News from Passman & Kaplan: Passman & Kaplan Principal Andrew J. Perlmutter will be moderating a panel discussion with staff from the Office of Special Counsel on October 21, 2019. The discussion, "Latest Developments at the Office of Special Counsel", is sponsored by the American Bar Association, Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, Government Personnel Committee. For additional details or to register, see the ABA's website.
News from Passman & Kaplan: P&K Founding Principal Edward H. Passman was recently interviewed by the New York Times and by CNN. The interviews related to the testimony of Carl Kline, the former director of the White House's Personnel Security Office, before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, in connection with the claims of P&K client Tricia Newbold against the Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration. Ms. Newbold's claims have been previously discussed in greater detail in this blog. Ms. Newbold is represented by Mr. Passman.
News from Passman & Kaplan: Both of Passman & Kaplan's Founding Principals have been recently interviewed in the press.
Developments at the MSPB: On February 28, 2019, the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) issued its annual report for FY 2018. The report discussed the current status of the MSPB's overall case processing in FY 2018.
Developments at the OSC: The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) recently issued its annual report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2017.
News from Passman & Kaplan: As a public service, Passman & Kaplan wished to generally warn federal employees about the often-short response deadlines that apply when federal employees are faced with a proposed adverse action, in light of recent changes in the law.
News from the Courts: The U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 7th and 9th Circuits each issued recent whistleblower reprisal decisions. Both courts reversed rigid Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) decisions requiring specific fact allegations in whistleblower claims at the Office of Special Counsel (OSC).
News from the Courts: On December 7, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit issued its decision in Flynn v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 16-2122. In one of the later decisions to arise under the recently-expired all-circuit review provision for federal sector whistleblower reprisal claims.
News from Congress: On October 26, 2017, new whistleblower protection legislation was signed into law as Pub.L. 115-73. The statute makes several important changes to whistleblower reprisal protections for federal employees.
Developments at the GAO: On September 29, 2017, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report concerning the status of Department of Defense (DoD) whistleblower protections for government contractors.