Citing partisan political motivations, several Senators are calling on the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) to investigate the questionnaire the Department of Energy (DOE) received from President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team.
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Attesting that it has a substantial interest in a legal issue presented by Salazar v. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Office of Special Counsel filed a “friend of the court,” or amicus curiae, brief on August 3, 2016, with the Merit Systems Protection Board arguing that an employee who makes a disclosure in his normal course of duties should not be subject to an elevated standard when attempting to prove a prima facie case of whistleblower retaliation.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (HSGAC) Committee Chairman, Ron Johnson (R-WI), sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting an in-depth examination of the Office of Special Counsel’s (OSC) procedures and oversight mechanisms.
With a little over a month left until the election, many government employees are trying to ascertain what they can and can’t do on social media based on the Hatch Act regulations.