Entity: Office of Special Counsel

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.

Letter to OSC Calling for Hatch Act Investigation of Matt Whitaker

November 21, 2018
Letter from American Oversight to the Office of Special Counsel calling for an investigation into Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s potential violations of the Hatch Act by accepting political campaign contributions in January and February 2018 while serving as a senior Justice Department official.

OSC Finds FCC Commissioner O’Rielly Violated Hatch Act

May 1, 2018
In response to American Oversight’s complaint, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) found Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Michael O’Rielly violated the Hatch Act during an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). O’Rielly advocated for Donald Trump’s re-election while speaking at CPAC in his official capacity.

FOIA to OSC Regarding Nondisclosure Agreements for White House Staff

March 22, 2018
FOIA to OSC seeking all final decisions, memoranda, analyses, or recommendations concerning non-disclosure agreements for White House staffers.

FOIA to OSC Seeking Communications Related to Nondisclosure Agreements

March 22, 2018
FOIA to OSC seeking communications concerning non-disclosure agreement(s) for White House staffers, or the potential creation or enforcement of any such agreements, between OSC officials.

FOIA Seeking Communications Between OSC and the White House’s Council Office

March 22, 2018
FOIA seeking communications concerning non-disclosure agreement(s) for White House staffers, or the potential creation or enforcement of any such agreements, between OSC and the White House Counsel’s office, including, but not limited to, Deputy White House Counsel Stefan Passantino.

FOIA to OSC Regarding Nondisclosure Agreements Seeking Communications with the Transition Team

March 22, 2018
FOIA to OSC seeking communications concerning non-disclosure agreement(s) for White House staffers, or the potential creation or enforcement of any such agreements, between OSC and any member of the Trump Presidential Transition Team (PTT).