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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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).

OSC's primary mission is to safeguard the mer​it system by protecting federal employees and applicants from prohibited personnel practices, especially reprisal for whistleblowing. For a description of prohibited personnel practices (PPPs), click here.​​​




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HENRY KERNERSpecial Counsel
ELLEN CHUBIN EPSTEINPrincipal Deputy Special Counsel
ZACHARY KURZCommunications Director
PATRICK HARTOBEYDeputy Special Counsel of Legislative Affairs
TRAVIS MILLSAPSDeputy Special Counsel for Public Policy
ANNE WAGNERAssociate Special Counsel
BRUCE FONGAssociate Special Counsel, Investigation and Prosecution
LOUIS LOPEZAssociate Special Counsel, Investigation and Prosecution – Headquarters
BRUCE GIPEChief Operating Officer
KARL KAMMANNChief Financial Officer
SUSAN K. ULLMANGeneral Counsel
ANNE GULLICKChief, Dallas Field Office
KATHY MCDUFFIEChief Human Capital Officer
DERRICK MCDUFFIEChief, Administrative Services Office
JANE JULIANOChief, Alternative Dispute Resolution Unit
CATHERINE MCMULLENChief, Disclosure Unit
SMITA PATELChief Information Officer (CIO) & Chief Data Officer
ELIZABETH MCMURRAYChief of Retaliation and Disclosure Unit
SHIRINE MOAZEDChief, Diversity, Outreach & Training
DARSHAN SHETHChief, Investigation and Prosecution Division – Headquarters
JOSEPH SIEGELMANChief, San Francisco Bay Area Field Office
KIMBERLEY BAXTERChief, Investigation and Prosecution Division – Headquarters
CHRISTOPHER T. TALLChief, Detroit Field Office
MARTHA SHETHChief, Investigation and Prosecution Division – Headquarters
EMILEE COLLIERChief, Investigation and Prosecution Division – Headquarters
RACHEL VENIERChief, Investigation and Prosecution Division – Headquarters
BARBARA WHEELERChief, Case Review Division
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OSC's Organization

OSC is headed by the Special Counsel, who is appointed by the President, and confirmed by the Senate. The agency employs approximately 110 employees (primarily personnel management specialists, investigators and attorneys) to carry out its government-wide responsibilities. They work in the headquarters office in Washington, D.C., and in the field offices in Dallas, Detroit, and Oakland.


Prohibited Personnel Practices, for Inquiries About Filing a Complaint with OSC
(202) 804-7000
(800) 872-9855
Whistleblower Disclosure Hotline, for Inquiries on How to Report Fraud, Waste, Abuse or Dangers to Health and Safety
(202) 804-7000
(800) 872-9855
Political Activity ("Hatch Act")
(800) 85-HATCH
(800) 854-2824
(202) 804-7002
(202) 254-3700
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
(202) 804-7022
For Inquiries from Members of the News Media
(202) 804-7065
(202) 254-3711
For Inquiries from Congressional Offices
(202) 804-7067
(202) 254-3711
OSC EEO Director
(202) 804-7000
(800) 872-9855
(202) 254-3711
OSC Headquarters
(202) 804-7000
(800) 872-9855
(202) 254-3711
San Francisco Bay Area Field Office
(510) 598-2065
(510) 637-3474
Dallas Field Office
(214) 974-7075
(214) 767-2764
Midwest Field Office
(313) 335-8085
(313) 226-5606
Requesting Speakers
(202) 804-7163
(202) 254-3711
Certification Program
(202) 804-7163
(202) 254-3711

​OSC's Privacy Program

As per OMB Memo M-17-06, you can read more about the Privacy Program for the OSC at https://osc.gov/privacy/privacy.aspx