Entity: Office of Special Counsel

FOIA to OSC Seeking Whistleblower Complaints Related to Coronavirus

May 11, 2020
FOIA to OSC seeking whistleblower complaints related to government misconduct in the coronavirus response.

No Records Response from OSC Regarding Communications about Nondisclosure Agreements

February 14, 2020
The Office of the Special Counsel (OSC) stated that it had not records in response to American Oversight's request for records concerning non-disclosure agreement(s) for White House staffers, or the potential creation or enforcement of any such agreements, between OSC officials.

AFGE Files Emergency Motion to Protect the Speech Rights of Federal Employees During Impeachment

January 28, 2020
The motion for a preliminary injunction asks a federal court to immediately suspend controversial guidance that has effectively barred federal workers from expressing views about the impeachment of President Trump while at work.

PI Motion: American Federation of Government Employees and AFGE Local 2578 v. OSC — Federal Employee Free Speech Rights

January 24, 2020
Motion for preliminary injunction filed by the American Federation of Government Employees and AFGE Local 2578 asking a federal court to immediately suspend controversial guidance issued by the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) in late 2018 that has effectively barred federal workers from expressing views about the impeachment of President Donald Trump while at work. AFGE is represented by the law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP and American Oversight.

News Roundup: The Hatch Act and Freedom of Speech

August 16, 2019
New harsh immigration policies, weaker endangered species protections, and a lawsuit to protect the free speech rights of federal employees.

AFGE Union Sues to Protect the Speech Rights of Federal Employees

August 13, 2019
New Hatch Act guidance presumptively restricts federal employees from expressing any opinion on “impeachment” or policy matters if terms like “#resist” or “resistance” are used. 

Complaint: American Federation of Government Employees and AFGE Local 2578 v. OSC – Federal Employee Free Speech Rights

August 13, 2019
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight on behalf of the American Federation of Government Employees and AFGE Local 2578 against the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). This suit challenges guidance issued by OSC that presumptively restricts federal employees from expressing any opinion on “impeachment” or policy matters if terms like “#resist” or “resistance” are used.

News Roundup: The Trump Administration and the Hatch Act

June 14, 2019
Like many norms in the Trump era, the prohibition on federal employees engaging in political activity while at work has been routinely tested by this administration.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway

New Guidance for Federal Employees’ Political Activity Goes Too Far

November 29, 2018
Updated November 30, 2018. This week, the Office of the Special Counsel (OSC) circulated troubling new Hatch Act guidance about the type of activity permitted for federal employees.

OSC Opens Whitaker Case File in Response to American Oversight Request

November 21, 2018
Update: The Office of Special Counsel has opened a case file in response to American Oversight's call for an investigation into Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's potential Hatch Act violations. American Oversight wrote to multiple federal offices requesting investigations of Whitaker.