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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

GSA spending scandal puts agency whistleblowers in spotlight

Not all claims of agency wrongdoing wind up with the agency IG's office. Some employees turn to the Office of Special Counsel, the independent investigative agency that acts under the authority of the Whistleblower Protection Act. OSC's relatively-low profile has grown since Carolyn Lerner, the head of the office, joined the agency about nine months ago.

Tags: management , Catherine McMullen , Carolyn Lerner , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 04/10/2012, 10:01pm EDT
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Report: Federal whistleblowers don't sense letup in agency retaliation

Federal employees increasingly perceive less agency wrongdoing but that doesn't necessarily mean the threat of retaliation for reporting such misconduct has similarly decreased, according to a new Merit System Protection Board report.

Tags: MSPB , Susan Tsui Grundmann , whistleblower , EPA , FDA , best practices , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 11/15/2011, 08:39am EST

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
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