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One is the Office of the Special Counsel, an independent investigative and prosecutorial agency that processes complaints concerning prohibited personnel practices as set forth in 2302(b) of Title 5 of the United States Code, including reprisals for whistle-blowing.
However, for seven of these conversions documentation indicates that agencies may not have adhered to merit system principles, followed proper procedures, or may have engaged in prohibited personnel practices or other improprieties.
The OSC is an independent federal agency charged with safeguarding the merit-based employment system by protecting federal employees and applicants from prohibited personnel practices, with an emphasis on protecting federal whistleblowers.
In addition to handling USERRA claims, OSC handles claims of prohibited personnel practices by federal agencies.
Over the seven-year period, 34 percent of the prohibited personnel practices cases were backlogged as were 96 percent of the whistleblower disclosure cases.