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What We Do

​​​​​​The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) is an independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency. Our basic authorities come from four federal statutes: the Civil Service Reform Act, the Whistleblower Protection Act, the Hatch Act, and the Uniformed Services Employment & Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).​​​

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Prohibited Personnel Practices
Protecting federal employees from improper personnel actions, including retaliation for whistleblowingView More +
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Disclosure of Wrongdoing
Providing a safe channel for federal employees to disclose wrongdoingView More +
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Hatch Act
Protecting integrity of federal government and certain state and local agencies from prohibited political activityView More +
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USERRA
Protecting the employment and reemployment rights of veterans, guardsmen, and reservistsView More +
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Alternative Dispute Resolution
Offering mediation to complainants and agencies in selected casesView More +
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Outreach and Training
Offering speakers, educational materials and trainings to agenciesView More +
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