Developments at the OSC: On September 10, 2013, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) issued its annual report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2012. This report demonstrated greatly increasing enforcement activity by OSC, but also increased hurdles for cases reaching the investigation stage and increased case backlogs.
Developments at OPM: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) published a Proposed Rule in the August 30, 2013 edition of the Federal Register (78 Fed.Reg. 53,695-53,700) for religious accommodations for federal employees. Comments on this Proposed Rule must be received by OPM by October 29, 2013.