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Agency

Special Counsel Office

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) is an independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency. Our basic authorities come from four federal statutes: the Civil Service Reform Act, the Whistleblower Protection Act, the Hatch Act, and the Uniformed Services Employment & Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).
OSC’s primary mission is to safeguard the merit system by protecting federal employees and applicants from prohibited personnel practices, especially reprisal for whistleblowing. The Office receives, investigates, and prosecutes allegations of PPPs, with an emphasis on protecting federal government whistleblowers. OSC seeks corrective action remedies (such as back pay and reinstatement), by negotiation or from the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), for injuries suffered by whistleblowers and other complainants. OSC is also authorized to file complaints at the MSPB to seek disciplinary action against individuals who commit PPPs.
In addition, OSC also provides a secure channel for federal workers to disclose information about various workplace improprieties, including a violation of law, rule or regulation, gross mismanagement and waste of funds, abuse of authority, or a substantial danger to public health or safety; the Office further promotes compliance by government employees with legal restrictions on political activity by providing advisory opinions on, and enforcing, the Hatch Act; and finally, OSC protects the civilian employment and reemployment rights of military veterans and members of the Guard and Reserve by enforcing the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).

Listing ofRecently Published Documents

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  • Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel

    The U.S. Office of Special Counsel, with the concurrence of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE), is finalizing a regulation for OSC employees that supplements the executive branch Standards of Ethical Conduct issued by OGE. The supplemental regulation requires OSC employees to seek prior approval before engaging in outside employment or...

  • OSC Annual Survey

    The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), seeks approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for use of a modified survey that differs only slightly from the most recently approved information collection, OSC's 2020 Annual Survey. By statute, OSC must conduct an annual survey to collect feedback from those who have contacted OSC for...

  • OSC Annual Survey

    The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), seeks approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for use of a survey that differs only slightly from previously approved information collections. OSC is requesting emergency approval for the annual survey, which by statute must be completed by the end of FY2020. Following a one-year...

  • Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel

    The U.S. Office of Special Counsel, with the concurrence of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE), proposes a regulation for OSC employees that supplements the executive branch Standards of Ethical Conduct issued by OGE. The supplemental regulation requires OSC employees to seek prior approval before engaging in outside employment or activity.

  • Submission for Review: OSC Form-14

    OSC is providing 30 additional days for individuals to comment on OSC Form-14, the form used to file complaints and disclosures with OSC.

  • Form OSC-14

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) implementing regulations, and the Government Paperwork Elimination Act, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) is seeking comments on renewal of OMB's approval of OSC's updated, dynamic electronic form used to file complaints and disclosures with OSC....

  • Modification of OSC Annual Survey

    The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) seeks approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for use of a 2019 survey that differs slightly in process and timing from a previously approved information collection, OSC's annual survey. The prior OMB approval for the annual survey expired November 30, 2016. As required by statute, since...

  • Request for Emergency Processing of Revised Information Collection

    The U.S. Office of Special Counsel asked the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for emergency processing of an updated, consolidated complaint and disclosure form, Form 14, to be used for filing prohibited personnel practice and Hatch Act complaints and to make disclosures.

  • Filing of Complaints of Prohibited Personnel Practices or Other Prohibited Activities and Filing Disclosures of Information

    On June 9, 2017, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) published a final rule revising its regulations regarding the filing of complaints and disclosures with OSC, and updated OSC's prohibited personnel practice provisions. The rule's effective date was delayed indefinitely on July 14, 2017. This document establishes the effective date for...

  • OSC Annual Survey

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, and implementing regulations at 5 CFR part 1320, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), is requesting approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for use of a previously approved information collection (survey). OSC is required by statute to annually conduct the survey and...