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The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) is committed to the goals of transparency, participation and collaboration for the American population. This webpage provides easy access to the many ways in which OSC operates in an open, transparent way. The White House's 2009 Open Government Directive and the 2013 second Open Government National Action Plan require each agency to develop an Open Government Plan that states how the agency will incorporate the principles of transparency, participation and collaboration into its core mission objectives.
OSC's Open Government Plan can be found here (pdf).
The White House's 2009 Open
Government Directive and the 2013 second
Open Government National Action Plan require each
agency to develop an Open
Government Plan that states how the agency will
incorporate the principles of transparency, participation and collaboration
into its core mission objectives.
Government Plan can be found here (pdf).
OSC posts annual reports on
its website containing a wide variety of useful information that date back to
1979. Examples of information that OSC makes public include:
OSC’s Annual Reports, Congressional Budget Justifications, Annual Performance and Accountability Reports, Federal Register Notices, and other information
Public Disclosures Files
OSC’s Organizational Chart
OSC also offers training to federal agencies and non-federal
organizations in the various areas within OSC’s jurisdiction. Specifically, OSC
offers training on (1) prohibited
including reprisal for whistleblowing; (2) whistleblower disclosures filed with OSC’s Disclosure Unit;
(3) the Hatch
Act and its
application both to federal employees and to state and local employees; and (4)
Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). For information on how to request an
OSC speaker please see here. Additionally, OSC publishes a variety
of materials on prohibited personnel practices, whistleblower disclosures and
the Hatch Act.
The Federal Records Act
(44 U.S.C. 31) and other statutes require all federal agencies to create records
that document their activities, file records for safe storage, efficient
retrieval, and dispose of records according to Agency schedules. OSC’s records program allows for federal
records to be preserved, records located when needed, and destroyed according
to its retention period. Records management
consists of three lifecycle stages: creation or receipt of a record or document;
maintenance and use of records; and archiving and disposing of records.
Executive Order (EO) 13556, Controlled
Unclassified Information, establishes an
open and uniform program for managing information that requires safeguarding or
dissemination controls pursuant to and consistent with law, regulations, and Government-wide
policies that is classified under EO 13526.
The National Archives and Records
Administration (NARA) has issued government-wide implementing regulations for
executive branch agencies to implement the CUI program.
OSC’s CUI Program is a new
program that intends to standardize the way we handle unclassified information
that, although unclassified, is still sensitive and merits special controls to
prevent unauthorized access. We designate, mark, safeguard, and disseminate
unclassified information that laws, regulations, or government-wide policies
require or allow agencies to protect using safeguarding or dissemination
Executive Order 13526
32 CFR Part 2002
CUI Notices and
CUI Marking Handbook
Learn more about CUI
CUI Training Tools
CUI Program Blog
Agency Official for CUI and Records Management
Office of Special Counsel
Tel: (202) 804-7000