Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.
Strategies For RepresentingStrategies For Representing
Whistleblowers In The FederalWhistleblowers In The Federal
Governme...
MacLean v. DHSMacLean v. DHS
VICTORY!VICTORY!
Overview of 2302(b)(8)Overview of 2302(b)(8)
and (b)(9)and (b)(9)
 2302(b)(8) protected conduct2302(b)(8) protected condu...
WPEA RetroactivityWPEA Retroactivity
 Nasuti v. Dep’t of StateNasuti v. Dep’t of State, 2014 MSPB, 2014 MSPB
12 (2014)12 ...
Limitation on WPEALimitation on WPEA
Protected ConductProtected Conduct
 Webb v. Department of the InteriorWebb v. Depart...
Key Procedural IssuesKey Procedural Issues
 5 USC 7121 election of remedies5 USC 7121 election of remedies
– Must be know...
Filing a WhistleblowerFiling a Whistleblower
Claim at OSCClaim at OSC
 No statute of limitationsNo statute of limitations...
OSC InvestigationsOSC Investigations
 OSC Investigatory ProcessOSC Investigatory Process
 Rebutting agency positionRebut...
Litigating IRA Appeals atLitigating IRA Appeals at
the MSPBthe MSPB
 Establishing jurisdictionEstablishing jurisdiction
...
Litigating IRA Appeals atLitigating IRA Appeals at
the MSPBthe MSPB
 Establishing jurisdictionEstablishing jurisdiction
...
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

Representing Whistleblowers in the Federal Government

586 views

Published on

  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

Representing Whistleblowers in the Federal Government

  1. 1. Strategies For RepresentingStrategies For Representing Whistleblowers In The FederalWhistleblowers In The Federal GovernmentGovernment
  2. 2. MacLean v. DHSMacLean v. DHS VICTORY!VICTORY!
  3. 3. Overview of 2302(b)(8)Overview of 2302(b)(8) and (b)(9)and (b)(9)  2302(b)(8) protected conduct2302(b)(8) protected conduct  2302(b)(9) protected conduct2302(b)(9) protected conduct  WPEA expansion of protectedWPEA expansion of protected conductconduct  Uncapped compensatoryUncapped compensatory damagesdamages
  4. 4. WPEA RetroactivityWPEA Retroactivity  Nasuti v. Dep’t of StateNasuti v. Dep’t of State, 2014 MSPB, 2014 MSPB 12 (2014)12 (2014) – Section 101 (defining the scope ofSection 101 (defining the scope of protected conduct) applies retroactivelyprotected conduct) applies retroactively  King v. Dept. of the Air ForceKing v. Dept. of the Air Force, 2013, 2013 MSPB 62MSPB 62 – Compensatory damages provision notCompensatory damages provision not retroactiveretroactive
  5. 5. Limitation on WPEALimitation on WPEA Protected ConductProtected Conduct  Webb v. Department of the InteriorWebb v. Department of the Interior,, 2015 MSPB 6 (2015)2015 MSPB 6 (2015) – general policy disagreements with agencygeneral policy disagreements with agency decisions or actions do not constitutedecisions or actions do not constitute protected disclosures unless disclosureprotected disclosures unless disclosure evidences one of the categories ofevidences one of the categories of WPEA-protected wrongdoingWPEA-protected wrongdoing
  6. 6. Key Procedural IssuesKey Procedural Issues  5 USC 7121 election of remedies5 USC 7121 election of remedies – Must be knowing and informed.Must be knowing and informed. Agoranos v.Agoranos v. Dept. of JusticeDept. of Justice, 2013 MSPB 41 (2013), 2013 MSPB 41 (2013)  IRA option for (b)(8) and some (b)(9) claimsIRA option for (b)(8) and some (b)(9) claims  Burden of proof andBurden of proof and Whitmore v. DOL,Whitmore v. DOL, 680 F.3d 1353 (Fed. Cir. 2012).680 F.3d 1353 (Fed. Cir. 2012).  Exhaustion of remediesExhaustion of remedies  All-Circuit ReviewAll-Circuit Review
  7. 7. Filing a WhistleblowerFiling a Whistleblower Claim at OSCClaim at OSC  No statute of limitationsNo statute of limitations  Mechanics of filingMechanics of filing  Requesting a stayRequesting a stay  Deferral to pending EEO investigationDeferral to pending EEO investigation or MSPB appealor MSPB appeal  OSC process to determine whether toOSC process to determine whether to refer a case for further investigationrefer a case for further investigation
  8. 8. OSC InvestigationsOSC Investigations  OSC Investigatory ProcessOSC Investigatory Process  Rebutting agency positionRebutting agency position  Corrective Action  Disciplinary Action  Remedies at OSC  Mediation at OSCMediation at OSC
  9. 9. Litigating IRA Appeals atLitigating IRA Appeals at the MSPBthe MSPB  Establishing jurisdictionEstablishing jurisdiction  Requesting a stay from the BoardRequesting a stay from the Board  DiscoveryDiscovery  HearingsHearings  Practice TipsPractice Tips
  10. 10. Litigating IRA Appeals atLitigating IRA Appeals at the MSPBthe MSPB  Establishing jurisdictionEstablishing jurisdiction  Requesting a stay from the BoardRequesting a stay from the Board  DiscoveryDiscovery  HearingsHearings  Practice TipsPractice Tips

×