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OSC, HHS's Sebelius at odds over Hatch Act violation

The Office of Special Counsel found the HHS Secretary's remarks in February at a gala violated the law prohibiting federal employees from engaging in partisan actions. Kathleen Sebelius contends she didn't break the law.

Tags: Hatch Act , Kathleen Sebelius , HHS , Carolyn Lerner , Barack Obama , Darrell Issa

Wednesday - 09/12/2012, 07:52pm EDT

FAA chief says voting claim under federal review

The head of the Federal Aviation Administration says an independent federal agency is investigating allegations that FAA managers in Seattle urged employees to vote Democratic in the upcoming election.FAA acting Administrator Michael Huerta says no one from his agency or elsewhere in the Obama administration gave such directions about how to vote.

Tags: FAA , Hatch Act , Michael Huerta

Wednesday - 09/12/2012, 04:10pm EDT

Reasons unclear for drop in whistleblower disclosures

The Office of Special Counsel's annual report to Congress found the number of employees bringing cases of potential wrongdoing declined for the first time in five years.

Tags: management , Federal Drive , John Mahoney , whistleblower , Retaliation , Tully Rinckey , Ann OHanlon , Taeja Smith

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 06:08am EDT

OSC warns agencies of email monitoring restrictions

The Office of Special Counsel is reminding agencies not to target email monitoring of employees that could have a chilling effect on whistleblowers who report waste, fraud and abuse.

Tags: OMB , whistleblower , email monitoring , FDA , technology , Federal Drive

Monday - 06/25/2012, 09:52am EDT
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Senators frustrated by FAA nominee's lack of specifics about delayed safety provisions

Acting administrator Michael Huerta had few answers for members of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee concerning the FAA's lack of progress on pilot training and safety regulations. Huerta said the final directive is expected to be out by October 2013. He also said the NextGen system is making progress and establishing important baselines.

Tags: management , FAA , Michael Huerta , Keith BieryGolick , Jared Serbu , Congress , NextGen , Air Transportation System , John Rockefeller , Frank Lautenberg , Senate Commerce , Science and Transportation Commi , whistleblower ,

Monday - 06/25/2012, 05:48am EDT
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In Depth interviews - June 11

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , James Wilson , Michelle Bernier-Toth , State Department , Kevin Jones , NASA , IPv6 , Bill Anderson , GAO

Monday - 06/11/2012, 06:18pm EDT

Hatch Act reform could put more feds in the hot seat

State and local investigations make it difficult for investigators to probe possible Hatch Act violations by federal employees, said Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner. The Office of Special Counsel is asking Congress to remove OSC's duty of policing state and local issues, so it can focus on federal cases.

Tags: Congress , management , Hatch Act , Hatch Act Modernization Act of 2012 , Carolyn Lerner , Elijah Cummings , Daniel Akaka , Ruben Gomez

Thursday - 05/17/2012, 08:17pm EDT
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Lerner: FAA failed to respond promptly to whistleblowers' concerns

Earlier this week, Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner notified the president and Congress that the Department of Transportation had not acted promptly or sufficiently to complaints made by FAA whistleblowers.

Tags: FAA , Transportation Department , Carolyn Lerner , Federal Drive , whistleblower

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 12:01pm EDT
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The silver lining in the GSA scandal

Experts say all the focus on Capitol Hill and within agencies will lead to better management and give more respect to whistleblowers. Carolyn Lerner, the head of the Office of Special Counsel, said the attention on the misdeeds of the Public Buildings Service would bolster the need for stronger ethics and integrity.

Tags: management , GSA , Carolyn Lerner , Scott Amey , Project on Government Oversight , Tom Schatz , Citizens Against Government Waste , oversight , whistleblower protection , Jason Miller , Shakeup at GSA

Friday - 04/20/2012, 05:47am EDT
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OSC protection sought for VA whistleblower

The American Federation of Government Employees has asked the Office of Special Counsel to investigate the case of a VA doctor who believes she was unfairly targeted by superiors due to her critical Senate testimony.

Tags: AFGE , Veterans Affairs , whistleblower protection , Michelle Washington

Tuesday - 04/17/2012, 08:34pm EDT
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