The Merit Systems Protection Board is moving forward with a whistleblower case from James Wilson, the chief human capital officer for the Office of Special Counsel, who filed a whistleblower retaliation complaint against OSC. The agency plays a key role in investigating cases of whistleblower reprisal and protecting federal employees from prohibited personnel actions.
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has echoed the sentiment of President Donald Trump on the possibility of a government shutdown this week.
The White House issued a redone version of its temporary travel and immigration ban from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Initial shock and online backlash after a handful of federal agencies were handed down communication directives has given way to backtracking and also encouragement for federal employees to stand up for open government and whistleblowing.
With the the chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board resigning in less than a week, employees appealing their disciplinary actions will have to be patient as they wait for President-elect Donald Trump to appoint at least one member for a quorum.
The Office of Special Counsel is taking a step forward with a new, five-year strategic plan for the future. As more federal employees turn their cases to OSC than ever before, the agency said it’s adjusting its priorities to better meet the demands of an increasing workload and persistent budget uncertainty.
In the first event of its kind, the oversight community touted the importance of whistleblowers and their contributions in combating waste, fraud and abuse at a National Whistleblower Appreciation Day event on Capitol Hill.
More federal employees turned to the Office of Special Counsel with prohibited personnel practice or whistleblower complaints in 2015, and the agency resolved more cases than any other year in its history.
For the second time this year, the Office of Special Counsel said the Veterans Affairs Inspector General isn’t properly addressing three cases of whistleblower allegations. OSC Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner voiced similar concerns about two other cases to President Barack Obama in February.
The Office of Special Counsel said two reports from the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General are incomplete, because the IG didn’t address the issues whistleblowers raised about problems with wait times at two VA medical centers.