U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) official agency web site. OSC protects federal employees and applicants from prohibited personnel practices, especially reprisal for whistleblowing. OSC also enforces the Hatch Act and protects the rights of federal employee military veterans and reservists under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.
based upon a complaint by a whistleblower, OSC may require an agency to investigate the alleged wrongdoing, even if it is reluctant to do so. Second, OSC provides an important accountability and quality control function in the investigative process. The whistleblowers, who are commonly experts on the subject matter of the allegations, are invited to comment on the quality of the agency investigation and corrective actions prescribed.