The Bush administration official whose job was to protect government whistleblowers stands accused of mistreating them, illegally deleting documents and withholding information from Congress. Debra S. Katz, partner at Katz, Marshall & Banks explains what’s next
Senior Correspondent Mike Causey is working on a fall TV series called ’The Stupid Fed Show’. It’s the ultimate reality show and it doesn’t involve desert islands, round-the-world races of switching spouses. It’s practically done deal with only one federal official standing in his way. To find out how you can help Mike check his column today and don’t pass it on.
The Hatch Act restricts how open federal employees can be with political preferences
Congress expanded the Office of Special Counsel’s role to handle half of all claims by veterans under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. Previously, OSC just brought claims before the MSPB, but now it will handle them from beginning to end.
In part 2 of the special investigative series, Diane Sellers said she faced another round of retaliation just this past January when management moved her into a new position without cause. Sellers and two other career agency officials say they are facing a hostile work environment because they blew the whistle on potential misconduct. SBA says there is no evidence of HR violations or creating phony positions.
In part 3 of Federal News Radio’s exclusive investigative series ”Discouraged and Disrespected at SBA,” Karla Saunders weighs her options to find resolution in her three-year battle against alleged retaliation. Saunders and three other agency employees say they want to return to their original jobs and restore their reputations. SBA officials say the agency is focusing on strengthening management and oversight.
The former government protector of whistle-blowers who admitted to criminally withholding information from Congress asked a judge to withdraw his guilty plea to avoid mandatory jail time. Attorney Debra Roth explains what’s going on.
Carolyn Lerner plans to improve the Office of Special Counsel if confirmed following the agencies two-year span without a Senate confirmed leader.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today approved the nomination of Heather Higginbottom to be deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget.
The Office of the Special Counsel wants to see the law governing the political activity of federal employees updated. Carolyn Lerner, head of the OSC, told Federal News Radio the law is outdated and has led to unintended consequences. The act was created in 1939 when “typewriters were about the most advanced means of communication,” Lerner said.