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    New Cyber Standards May Shrink Contractor Pool

    Officials at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) have expressed confusion about whether new vendor cybersecurity standards will limit the number of vendors that qualify for critical government technology projects. The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMS) standards published by the Pentagon in January were meant to increase cyber protections, but some small businesses have expressed concerns that they will not be able to compete for government contracts.

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Despite Lack of Quorum, Board Grants Stay at OSC Request

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On July 13, 2017, the Merit Systems Protection Board, currently without a quorum and consisting of only one member (Vice Chairman Mark Robbins) extended a stay of a Department of Veterans Affairs physician’s removal after the request was made by the Office of Special Counsel.

OSC File Amicus Brief Against Elevated Burden of Proof in VA Whistleblower Case

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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.

OSC Files Amicus Briefs in Cases Regarding Heightened Evidentiary Burden

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On April 7, 2016, and April 12, 2016, the United States Office of Special Counsel filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in two separate cases: Acha v. Department of Agriculture, and Benton-Flores v. Department of Defense, respectively. The Acha case is currently pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, while the Benton-Flores case is on remand to an MSPB administrative judge.

OSC Issues Updated Social Media Hatch Act Guidance

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On February 13, 2018, the United States Office of Special Counsel released updated Hatch Act Guidance on Social Media to “help federal employees understand what the Hatch Act does and does not allow when using social media.”

Senator Seeks GAO Review of Whistleblower Protection Agency


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.

Seventh Circuit: Board Theory of OSC Remedy Exhaustion Too Stringent

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A Special Agent at the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms filed an Individual Right of Action appeal with the Merit Systems Protection Board, alleging that his supervisors retaliated against him after he disclosed his suspicion that another agent had improperly shot at a fleeing suspect, provided an inaccurate report of the shooting incident, and had committed perjury during the subsequent criminal trial.

This Week on FEDtalk: Enhancements & Whistleblower Programs


Tune in this week for a special show on whistleblower programs with the Justice Department’s Deputy IG, a Deputy Counsel at Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General, and the Office of Special Counsel's Chief of Investigation and Prosecution.



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