OSC makes historic number of favorable decisions in workforce complaints
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Jun 13, 2018
The Office of Special Counsel issued its highest number in its 40-year history of decisions in favor of federal employees who made workforce complaints, Government Executive reports.
The OSC, which is tasked with protecting federal employees from whistleblower retaliation and other actions prohibited by civil service laws, released its annual report this week showing that by the end of fiscal 2017, there were 323 decisions made in favor of the employee, up 16 percent from 2016, the article notes, adding that about 75 percent of those cases were whistleblower retaliation complaints.
Longtime observers say that the higher rate of positive outcomes is a total reversal from OSC’s earlier days when bringing a complaint to the OSC would virtually end an employee’s career, according to the article, which also noted that the total number of cases received in 2017 dropped from 2016.