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POGO Proposes Reforming the Office of Special Counsel
In a recent report titled, “Breaking the Sound Barrier: Experiences of Air Marshals Confirm Need for Reform at the OSC,” the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) documents the need for a major overhaul of the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). In addition, the report provides very insightful recommendations for reforming the OSC, including:
- Increasing the budget request to increase the number of qualified investigators and prosecutors on staff at the OSC;
- Enacting legislation to grant OSC independent litigation authority and to prohibit executive agencies such as the Transportation Security Administration from retroactively marking or labeling information with the unclassified information designation;
- Creating an organizational culture where employees are not only encouraged to voice concerns, but also protected when they do so;
- Requiring all federal agencies to participate in the OSC’s Certification program;
- Requiring a staff interview with the whistleblower before closing a case;
- Allowing the whistleblower to respond to the agency’s investigation before closing a disclosure case; and
- Requiring OSC staff to report the number of favorable actions they seek on behalf of whistleblowers.
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