Carolyn Lerner

  • Senior OSC employee blows the whistle on whistleblower protection agency

    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.

  • OMB not expecting shutdown, but plans for it

    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.

  • New immigration executive order issued

    The White House issued a redone version of its temporary travel and immigration ban from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

  • Support for open government, social media freedom gaining ground after agencies told to button up

    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.

  • MSPB down to one member, while President Obama taps inspectors general for major agencies

    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.

  • As trust in OSC rises, agency adjusts strategic plan for the future

    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 celebration of whistleblowers, oversight community says ‘We’re listening’

    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.

  • OSC whistleblower cases hit record highs in 2015

    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.

  • OSC again finds flaws with VA IG’s whistleblower investigations

    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.

  • OSC piles on to mounting criticism of VA OIG

    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.