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Carolyn Lerner, Office of Special Counsel

The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 is one tool that is helping to build federal employees' trust in their agencies. More employees are reporting waste, fraud and abuse to the Office of Special Counsel. As part of our special report Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and its Employees, Tom and Emily spoke with Carolyn Lerner on the Federal Drive. She says the new law lets her office more aggressively defend both whistleblowers and the federal government's merit system.

Tags: Carolyn Lerner , Trust Redefined , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 01:52pm EDT
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Is hike in whistleblower claims a sign of progress or growing mistrust?

The heads of both the Office of Special Counsel and Merit Systems Protection Board tell Federal News Radio as part of our special report, "Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees," that their increasing workloads could actually be a sign of progress, and that more employees feel protected enough to make whistleblower disclosures. However, an exclusive Federal News Radio survey reveals a wide chasm of trust remains when it comes to feds blowing the whistle at work.

Tags: management , workforce , Oversight , MSPB , Carolyn Lerner , Susan Tsui Grundmann , Shirine Moazed , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 02:10am EDT
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OSC targets Hatch Act violations at IRS, improper hiring at CBP

A customer service representative at the IRS who repeatedly greeted taxpayers calling a help-line with a chant urging President Barack Obama's re-election in 2012 could now be facing significant disciplinary action, according to the Office of Special Counsel. It's one of three cases of improper political activity at the agency recently uncovered by OSC. Meanwhile, three career officials at Customs and Border Protection are under fire by OSC for allegedly manipulating the hiring process to install job candidates favored by political leadership into career appointments.

Tags: CBP , IRS , Carolyn Lerner , Hatch Act , Alan Bersin , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 03:45pm EDT

New leadership at DHS cracks down on overtime abuse at CBP

Union and CBP officials call for reform of outdated OT pay system, saying the purpose of Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime was misinterpreted.

Tags: workforce , management , Catherine Emerson , Jeh Johnson , DHS , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , John Tester , Carolyn Lerner , National Border Patrol Council , Brandon Judd , Ronald Vitiello , CBP , administratively uncontrollable overtime , pay and benefits , Lauren Larson

Wednesday - 01/29/2014, 02:28pm EST
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Whistleblower cases have gone 'through the roof,' even as OSC faces uncertain budget

The Office of Special Counsel, the agency tasked with investigating federal-agency whistleblower claims and protecting whistleblowers, themselves, from retaliation has seen demand for its work skyrocket in the wake of recent legislative changes. Now, Carolyn Lerner, the head of the OSC, said she hopes the small agency's budget will keep pace.

Tags: Carolyn Lerner , workforce , whistleblower , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Jack Moore

Monday - 12/02/2013, 05:23pm EST
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Court ruling gives agencies 'weapon' against employees, union says

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are not entitled to a key civil-service protection under a recent ruling by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington. Andres Grajales, deputy general counsel for the American Federation of Government Employees who represented two federal employees in the case, said the ruling gives agencies a weapon against employees.

Tags: DoD , OPM , MSPB , whistleblower protections , Andres Grajales , AFGE , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 08/27/2013, 02:32pm EDT
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Training Update: The FDR Conference

Bill Bransford hosts a roundtable discussion of the upcoming Federal Dispute Resolution Conference.
July 12, 2013

Tags: workforce , Federal Dispute Resolution Conference , civil rights , EEO , dispute resolution , labor relations , MSPB , OPM , FLRA , Bill Bransford , Dan Gephart , Joseph Swerdzewski , Barbara Haga , Roslyn Brown , Shaw Bransford & Roth , Fed Talk

Friday - 07/12/2013, 11:23pm EDT
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Court ruling could tie OSC's hands when it comes whistleblowers

The Office of Special Counsel is "deeply concerned" about the implications of a federal court ruling that stripped low-level Defense Department employees of their ability to appeal suspensions and demotions outside the agency. OSC, which filed an amicus brief earlier this month with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, is worried the ruling could have a chilling effect on whistleblowers.

Tags: Oversight , workforce , MSPB , whistleblower , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Jack Moore

Monday - 03/25/2013, 06:31pm EDT
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Office of Special Counsel wants Hatch Act overhaul

The Office of the Special Counsel wants to see the law governing the political activity of federal employees updated. Carolyn Lerner, head of the OSC, told Federal News Radio the law is outdated and has led to unintended consequences. The act was created in 1939 when "typewriters were about the most advanced means of communication," Lerner said.

Tags: Carolyn Lerner , Hatch Act , whistleblowers , workforce , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 10/12/2011, 10:03am EDT
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Lawmakers unveil Hatch Act update

A group of lawmakers has proposed an update to the law governing federal employees' political activity that would exempt some state and local employees and allow for a range of penalties other than automatic suspension for minor violations.

Tags: Joseph Lieberman , Daniel Akaka , elijah cummings , Mike Lee , Hatch Act , Carolyn Lerner , MSPB , workforce , Congress , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 09:39pm EST
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