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Prohibited personnel practices (PPPs) are employment-related activities that are banned in the federal workforce because they violate the merit system through some form of retaliation, improper hiring practices, or failure to adhere to laws, rules, or regulations that directly concern the merit system principles. The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) is authorized to investigate and prosecute claims that a PPP occurred in the federal workplace. Click HERE for more information on PPPs.
OSC is also safe channel for disclosures of wrongdoing from current federal employees, former federal employees, and applicants for federal employment within the executive branch of the federal government. Click HERE for more information on making a disclosure to OSC.
Violations of the
Hatch Act can also be filed with OSC. The Hatch Act limits certain political activities of federal employees, as well as some state, D.C., and local government employees who work in connection with federally funded programs. Click
HERE for more information on the Hatch Act.
To file a USERRA complaint about discrimination or reemployment as a member of the uniformed services, please visit the Department of Labor to complete a USERRA complaint form.
At this time, OSC is unable to process paper filings. Please file electronically. If you receive an error when trying to submit your complaint, please email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more efficient processing, we encourage you to use the Online Filing Portal above. However, if you do not wish to use the Online Filing Portal, you can download OSC Form 14, then email it to email@example.com for processing. Please click HERE to access the form and for additional information.