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OSC Issues Reminder of Anti-Gag Provisions in Whistleblower Law

OSC Issues Reminder of Anti-Gag Provisions in Whistleblower LawWashington, D.C. January 26, 2017. The Office of Special Counsel (OSC), issued a press release yesterday reminding federal agencies and the federal work force of the rights afforded to whistleblowers under the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA). OSC is an independent watchdog agency that protects federal employees from unauthorized personnel practices in government.… Continue Reading

Senate Passes Three Important Whistleblower Bills

Capitol_winterLast week the Senate passed important legislation that increases protections for whistleblowers. The three bills protect whistleblowers who report information to inspector generals’ offices, extends whistleblower protections to employees of government subcontractors, and allows FBI employees to now report wrongdoing to their direct supervisors.… Continue Reading

Senator Johnson Calls for OIG Investigation of Tomah VA Medical Center

TomahVAOn Thursday, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter to the VA Office of Inspector General requesting an independent investigation of  the mental health clinic at the Tomah VAMC. This request was in response to whistleblower allegations of staffing shortages followed by the death of a 29-year-old … Continue Reading

MSPB Rules Creation of Hostile Work Environment Violates WPA

MSPB Rules Creation of Hostile Work Environment Violates WPAWashington, D.C. September 8, 2015. In a precedent setting decision, Savage v. Department of the Army, 2015 M.S.B.P. 51 (Sept. 3, 2015), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) ruled that the creation of a hostile work environment standing alone violates the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA). The WPA provides protection to federal workers who blow the whistle … Continue Reading

Proposed OSC Rule for Federal Contractors May Cause Harm

FederalKIn January the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) proposed a rule that it claims would extend protections under the Civil Service Reform Act and the Whistleblower Protection Act to employees of federal contractors.  However, the unintended consequences of this rule may cause more harm than good for employees of federal contractors. On Monday, March … Continue Reading

VA Official Says Whistleblower Protection Bills Could Harm the Agency

VA HospitalOn March 19, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a legislative hearing on H.R. 571, the Veterans Affairs Retaliation Prevention Act of 2015. H.R. 571 would provide Veterans’ Affairs (VA) employees who seek to report potential government waste, criminal behavior, or compromised healthcare services within the VA a set process to fix … Continue Reading

Whistleblowers Help Cut $100 Million of Waste at Department of Homeland Security

customs_border_protectionIn a memo released today, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) sent its findings on recent efforts to address widespread misuse of millions of taxpayer dollars that had resulted from the abuse of the “administratively uncontrollable overtime” (AUO) system within Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to President Obama. Several whistleblowers from DHS stepped forward … Continue Reading

New Mexico Considers Expanding Whistleblower Reward Program

New Mexico State Senator William PayneAccording to a January 28 story by KOB4 of Albuquerque, New Mexico lawmakers are considering a bill that would broaden the state whistleblower rewards law. This law rewards whistleblowers who expose government corruption and save taxpayers money. The current law gives incentives to state government whistleblower. The new bill proposes to expand the program to … Continue Reading

OSC Proposed Rule For Federal Contractor Employees May Cause Confusion

OSC Issues Reminder of Anti-Gag Provisions in Whistleblower LawWashington, D.C. January 22, 2015. Today the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) proposed a rule that it claims would extend protections under the Civil Service Reform Act and the Whistleblower Protection Act to employees of Federal contractors.  However, the unintended consequences of OSC’s proposed rule may cause more harm than good for employees of … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Backs Former Air Marshal

US Supreme Court BuildingWashington, D.C.  January 21, 2015.  Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that former Air Marshall Robert MacLean was not “specifically prohibited by law” from disclosing information to the press about TSA’s plan to cutback on the number of air marshals during a terrorist alert.  Such a disclosure was against agency regulations. The Whistleblower Protection Act … Continue Reading

Members of Congress Defend Whistleblower Protection Act at Supreme Court

Washington, D.C. October 1, 2014. A bipartisan group of senators and congressmen submitted an Amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court yesterday in defense of whistleblowers. The members of Congress argued in the brief that the “Whistleblower Protection Act is for making disclosures, unless explicitly prohibited by statute.” The issue before the Supreme Court … Continue Reading
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