Self Help Guides
- How to File an OSC Complaint under The Whistleblower Protection Act
The Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) became law in 1989. It protects federal employees from retaliation for disclosing various sorts of wrongdoing at government agencies. The idea behind the law is simple: If whistleblowers don’t fear retaliation, they’re more likely to expose bad actors within the government. That’s good for everyone except the bad guys. If you’re a federal employee who has been punished for speaking up—or even if you were punished because someone else spoke up—you can trigger the WPA’s provisions by filing a complaint with the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), an independent federal agency that’s charged with protecting whistleblowers under the WPA.