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United States Office of Special Counsel

1730 M Street NW., Suite 218, Washington, DC 20036-4505



Principal Deputy Special CounselEllen C. Epstein

Legal AffairsPatrick Hartobey
Public PolicyTravis Millsaps

General CounselSusan K. Ullman

Administrative Services Division

Administrative Services Division

Administrative ServicesDerrick McDuffie
DataSmita Patel
FinancialKarl P. Kammann
Human CapitalKathy McDuffie
InformationSmita Patel

ClerkMahala Dar

General Law Division

General Law Division

Alternative Dispute ResolutionJane Juliano
Complaints ExaminingBarbara J. Wheeler
DisclosureCatherine A. McMullen
Diversity, Outreach, and TrainingShirine Moazed

Investigation and Prosecution Division—Field

Investigation and Prosecution Division—Field

DallasAnne Gullick
DetroitChristopher T. Tall
San Francisco Bay AreaJoseph Siegelman

Investigation and Prosecution Division—Headquarters

Investigation and Prosecution Division—Headquarters

Emilee Collier
Darshan Sheth
Rachel Venier

Hatch ActAna Galindo-Marrone
Retaliation and DisclosureElizabeth McMurray
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights ActPatrick H. Boulay

The above list of key personnel was updated 11–2019.

The above list of key personnel was updated 11–2019.

The United States Office of Special Counsel investigates allegations of certain activities prohibited by civil service laws, rules, or regulations and litigates before the Merit Systems Protection Board.


The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) was established on January 1, 1979, by Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1978 (5 U.S.C. app.).

Public Law 95–454, which is also cited as the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, was approved on October 13, 1978, and became effective on January 11, 1979. This statute enlarged the agency's functions and powers (92 Stat. 1112).

Pursuant to provisions of Public Law 101–12, which is also cited as the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989, the OSC functions as an independent investigative and prosecutorial executive branch agency that litigates before the Merit Systems Protection Board (103 Stat. 16).

Statutory material associated with the OSC is codified in sections 1211—1219 of 5 U.S. C.

Additional statutory material that affects the OSC and that derives from the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 is codified in section 1101, note, of 5 U.S.C.

The OSC included an organizational chart in its "Performance and Accountability Report for Fiscal Year 2018" on page 107.


The OSC safeguards the merit system in Federal employment by protecting employees and applicants from prohibited personnel practices, especially from reprisal for whistleblowing. The Office operates a secure channel for Federal whistleblower disclosures of gross waste of funds or mismanagement, substantial and specific danger to public health and safety, and violations of laws, regulations, or rules. The OSC also issues advice on the Hatch Act and enforces its restrictions on political activity by Government employees. It protects the civilian employment and reemployment rights of military servicemembers under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act. The OSC enhances Government accountability and performance by the realization of a diverse, inclusive Federal workplace where employees embrace excellence in service, uphold merit system principles, are encouraged to disclose wrongdoing, and are protected against reprisals and other unlawful employment practices.

Sources of Information

Archived Records

The "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States" indicates that OSC records have been assigned to record group 481. The Guide is accessible online, but no description is associated with this record group.

Business Opportunities

The OSC relies on the Department of Interior for performing assisted procurements. The OSC posts contract opportunities online by using Government acquisition vehicles like GSA Ebuy. It posts open market opportunities on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site.

Career Opportunities

The agency employs approximately 110 employees who work in Washington, DC, or in the Dallas, Detroit, and Oakland field offices. To carry out its mission, the OSC relies heavily on attorneys, investigators, and personnel management specialists.

The OSC seeks law students year-round for internships in Dallas, TX; Detroit, MI; Oakland, CA; and Washington, DC.

In 2018, the OSC ranked 14th among 29 small agencies in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.

Contact Information

The "Contact OSC" web page has postal and email addresses and phone numbers. | Email:

Electronic Filing

The E–Filing System makes filing a complaint with the OSC easier and faster.

En Español

The OSC posts information in Spanish on its "Para Información En Español" web page.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

FOIA requests must be submitted in writing by email, fax, or U.S. postal mail or other delivery service. The OSC provides a Public Access Link portal that allows information seekers to submit a request online and to receive confirmation of and updates on a pending request.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The OSC posts answers to FAQs on its website.

Hatch Act Advisory Opinions

Advice that the OSC has given to individuals on the Hatch Act is publicly accessible online.


The OSC posts press releases online.

Open Government

The OSC supports the Open Government initiative by promoting the principles of collaboration, participation, and transparency.

Prohibited Personnel Practices

The OSC provides information on personnel practices that are prohibited within the Federal workplace.


The OSC posts reports on its website.

Site Map

The website map allows visitors to look for specific topics or to browse content that aligns with their interests.

Social Media

The OSC tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.


To request a speaker, contact the OSC by phone or fax. Phone, 202-804-7000. Fax, 202-254-3711.

Whistleblower Files

The OSC posts documents from closed investigations on its website. These documents are based on whistleblower disclosures.

2302(c) Program Certification

The White House has required all Federal agencies to certify that they are educating their employees about the rights of whistleblowers. Phone, 703-466-0259. | Email:

The Sources of Information were updated 11–2019.