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December 2013 Archives

Developments at the OSC: Investigative Report on Scott Bloch

Developments at the OSC:  On December 18, 2013, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) publicly released the report of investigation into various allegations of misconduct against former Special Counsel Scott Bloch.  The investigation was conducted by the Inspector General for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM/OIG), due to obvious conflict of interest issues  at the OSC.  OPM/OIG had held completion of this report at the request of the U.S. Attorney's Office, pending resolution of the criminal charges against Mr. Bloch, who was only sentenced in July 2013. Mr. Bloch left office in October 2008. 

Developments at the EEOC: FY 2013 Performance & Accountability Report

Developments at the EEOC: On December 16, 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its Performance and Accountability Report for FY 2013. The report is available online here.

News from the Courts: 9th Circuit Breaks With the Federal Circuit in Whistleblower Cases

News from the Courts:  On December 9, 2013, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit issued its decision in Kerr v. Salazar, No. 12-35084.  The 9th Circuit took a strong position in opposition to the Federal Circuit's pre-2012 decisions restricting the definition of protected whistleblowing.

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