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Developments at the OSC: FY2017 Annual Report Analyzed

Developments at the OSC: The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) recently issued its annual report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2017.

Developments at the OSC: FY2014 Annual Report Analyzed

Developments at the OSC: The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) recently issued its annual report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2014.

Developments at OPM: Guide on Protections for LGBT Federal Employees

Developments at OPM:  On June 3, 2015, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) jointly issued a new report, "Addressing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Federal Civilian Employment  A Guide to Employment Rights, Protections and Responsibilities."  This Guide summarizes the great extent to which the EEOC and OSC have expanded to cover sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination claims during the past 10 years.

Developments at the OSC: Proposed Rule for Contractor Whistleblowers

Developments at the OSC:  On January 22, 2015, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register (80 Fed.Reg. 3,182-3,184).  The Proposed Rule seeks to expand OSC's whistleblower disclosure program to handle complaints from current and former employees of certain federal government contractors, subcontractors and grantees. 

Developments at the OSC: Two Recent LGBT Cases Against the Army

Developments at the OSC:  The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) recently announced the results in two major cases involving protections for LGBT employees in the federal workforce.  OSC's jurisdiction includes enforcing the rules against prohibited personnel practices (PPPs); one of the PPPs--codified at 5 U.S.C. § 2302(b)(10)--prohibits discrimination "on the basis of conduct which does not adversely affect the performance of the employee or applicant or the performance of others," which has been interpreted to include discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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 OSC: Hiring PPP Case Settled

Developments at the OSC: On October 29, 2013, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) announced the settlement of a complaint against the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) for misconduct in the hiring process.

Developments at the OSC: OSC FY 2012 Annual Report Analyzed

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 the OSC: Stay For Employee Resisting Illegal Order

Developments at the OSC:  On July 29, 2013, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) received a stay order from the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), protecting an employee from threatened detail, in a case where the employee had refused an illegal order that risked exposing classified information.

News from the Federal Circuit: OSC Brief in Conyers/Northover

News from the Federal Circuit: on March 14, 2013, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) filed an amicus curiae ('friend of the court') brief in Berry, Director, Office of Personnel Management v. Conyers, Northover and Merit Systems Protection Board, Case No. 2011-3207, a case pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.   Passman & Kaplan previously analyzed Conyers/Northover, which currently awaits rehearing before the entire Federal Circuit, in this blog and in its Federal Legal Corner. 

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