Role of Office of Special Counsel

(Information from the OSC website) 

OSC is an independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency.   One of its basic authorities comes from the Whistleblower Protection Act.  Claims of prohibited personnel practices, including reprisal for whistleblowing, may be pursued by filing a complaint with OSC’s Complaints Examining Unit (OSC Form 11, Complaint of Prohibited Personnel Practice).  You can also alert OSC to possible wrongdoing in a federal agency through a whistleblower disclosure (OSC Form 12, Whistleblower Disclosure).  A disclosure does not focus on resolving personnel decisions involving or against the filer or other individuals.  An employee who believes he or she has suffered reprisal for whistleblowing may elect to file both OSC Form 11, to report reprisal, and OSC Form 12, to disclose the underlying wrongdoing.

See for more detailed information.

See OSC slide presentation on Prohibited Personnel Practices and Whistleblower Protect: 5 U.S.C. 2302(c) Certification Program Power Point Presentation

Also see OSC brief description of whistleblower rights here: Know Your Rights When Reporting Wrongs.

(OSC) provides guidance on what is considered whistleblowing and what is considered retaliation, as follows:

For more information contact:

1730 M STREET, N.W., SUITE 218
WASHINGTON, DC 20036-4505
PHONE: (202) 254-3600 TOLL FREE: 1-800-872-9855*
*Hearing and Speech Disabled: Federal Relay Service 1-800-877-8339
Other Helpful Information

The OSC Referral Process to Agency Heads Under 5 U.S.C. § 1213(c) can be found at the following link: