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Detail – Current Attorneys, Federal government wide

OSC is seeking current, Federal Attorneys experienced in various aspects of Federal personnel law to join the OSC team and serve on a Detail to one of our Program Units! We invite you to apply for this challenging, highly competitive, and rewarding opportunity so you can br​​ing back valuable skills on OSC covered areas to your current Agency! OSC consistently ranks in the top 5 in the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.  Additional information on this job opportunity and application procedures may be found at the following link:  USAJOBS - Job Announcement

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​General Employment Info: 

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC)'s primary mission is promoting accountability, integrity, and fairness in the Federal workplace by protecting employees and applicants against Prohibited Personnel Practices (PPPs), particularly from reprisal for whistle blowing.  The agency also operates as a secure channel for federal whistle blower disclosures of violations of law, rule or regulation; gross mismanagement; gross waste of funds; abuse of authority; and substantial and specific danger to public health and safety.  In addition, OSC issues advice on the Hatch Act and enforces its restrictions on political activity by government employees and protects the civilian employment and reemployment rights of military service members under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act (USERRA). 

As an OSC employee you'll be a member of a team where you can achieve your career goals and apply your skills and talents to our important mission.  The Agency is ranked as one of the best Federal agencies to work for and consistently receives high employee satisfaction ratings.

OSC understands the importance of work/life balance and offers programs and workplace polices to support, flexibility, health, and wellness. 


OSC offers multiple career paths in offices across the country including our Washington, DC headquarters, and Dallas, TX, Detroit, MI, and Oakland, CA Field Offices.


Attorney/Advisor Positions

OSC offers opportunities for attorneys to engage in the investigation, legal analysis, and prosecution of allegations of Prohibited Personnel Practice violations, Hatch Act violations, and USERRA violations, as well as the review of disclosures of government wrongdoing.  The legal issues span multiple areas of law, including federal personnel law, constitutional law, labor and employment law, administrative law, and civil procedure.

Qualified applicants will have a professional law degree (L.L.B., J.D., L.L.M.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, an active membership in good standing in a bar of a state, U.S. Territory, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth or Puerto Rico, and at least one year of professional legal experience.

To be considered for future attorney positions with OSC, please submit a cover letter, resume and transcripts to employment@osc.gov. Resumes will be considered active for 1 year. ​

Staff Positions

Employment opportunities for staff positions are posted on USAJobs.gov (search “U.S. Office of Special Counsel" for OSC vacancies) Interested applicants must apply directly through the vacancy announcements provided on the USAJOBS website to receive consideration for positions.  Each announcement includes details and instructions on how to apply along with required materials to include with your application.

OSC is invested in the professional growth of our employees. Employees have access to a wide range of developmental opportunities, including conferences, rotational assignments, seminars, trainings, and workshops.


The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.  OSC is committed to the realization of a diverse, inclusive federal workplace where employees embrace excellence in service, uphold merit system principles, are encouraged to disclose wrongdoing, and are safeguarded against reprisals and other unlawful employment practices.

We are proud to offer employment opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities.  Qualified individuals may be hired under Schedule A, special hiring authority used to hire individuals with severe physical disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, and intellectual disabilities.  Schedule A is an exception to the traditional hiring process.  Eligibility for the Schedule A Hiring Authority does not guarantee job placement at OSC.  For additional information and useful links, please visit OPM's web page on Disability and Employment.

OSC provides reasonable accommodations, upon request, for persons with disabilities when necessary during the application, interview, and hiring process (such as the need for forms in alternate formats or the use of a sign language interpreter during the interview). In addition, OSC provides reasonable accommodations to its employees who require additional assistance in carrying out their duties because of a disability. If you require a reasonable accommodation during the application or interview process, please contact the Human Capital Office at employment@osc.gov