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Government Whistleblowers: Please Share Your OSC Experience With Us!
Government Accountability Project
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Government Whistleblowers and Whistleblower Attorneys: Tell Us about Your Experience with the Office of Special Counsel's Disclosure Unit!
The Government’s Office of Special Counsel (OSC) has been in operation since 1979, with directives to protect the rights of government employees and applicants for government jobs, defend the merit system, and support government whistleblowersin their fights against government retaliation. Throughout its history, however, the OSC has frequently been accused of damaging the very rights it was designed to protect.Overall the current OSC has shown considerable improvements over previous administrations, but GAP perceives that thereare still great shortcomings within the OSC’s Disclosure Unit. In GAP’s experience, the Unit’s failure to comply with statutoryrequirements at times has rendered its operations dysfunctional, and counterproductive for whistleblowers seeking credibilityfor valid disclosures and good faith reports on their charges. Perhaps our frustrations are only anecdotal, however, and itwould be unfair to draw conclusions based on our clients’ experiences alone.In order to establish a baseline on the current state of operations of the OSC Disclosure Unit, and to develop a basis forrecommendations,
GAP would like to invite you to participate in our survey concerning the function and practices of the OSC’s Disclosure Unit
. If you choose to take part, your identity will remain anonymous. Within the survey, you will beable to grant or deny permission for us to use any comments you supply for our ongoing advocacy. Remember that yourcomments can have identifying information without your name being disclosed. (For clarity, in the survey the term “you” refers to whoever is filling out the form – either a whistleblower or a whistleblower attorney.)
Click Here To Take The Survey Now!
We would like to share preliminary results with others in our community as part of a whistleblower conference at the end of the month, so, if possible, please complete the survey before July 26th, 2013. But if you are unable to complete the surveybefore the 26th, no worries! Please fill it out at your convenience; the survey is meant to be a living tool to continue tomonitor the Unit’s functionality, and to update recommendations over time. Any information you provide will certainly be of great use as we continue to advocate for enforcement of the OSC mandate.If you had a good experience dealing with the Disclosure Unit, we want to know so that we can give positive reinforcementthrough credit where due. But if you were frustrated, we hope you’ll view this as an opportunity to turn your negativeexperience into much-needed positive change. Your experience and insights can make a difference for future whistleblowersto have a functional, effective system for their disclosures. Please feel free to share this message with peers who haveundergone the OSC process. GAP contacts for this project are Adam Arnold through July,
;and afterwards Shanna Devine,
GAP's mission is to promote corporate and government accountability by protecting whistleblowers, advancing occupational free speech, and empoweringcitizen activists. GAP has been the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization since 1977.
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