5 CFR § 1800.2 - Filing complaints of prohibited personnel practices or other prohibited activities.
(a) Prohibited personnel practices. Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 1214 and 1215, OSC has investigative and prosecutorial jurisdiction over allegations that one or more of the prohibited personnel practices enumerated at 5 U.S.C. 2302 were committed against current or former Federal employees or applicants for Federal employment, including:
(1) Discrimination, including discrimination based on marital status or political affiliation (see § 1810.1 of this chapter for information about OSC's deferral policy for discrimination complaints);
(2) Soliciting or considering improper recommendations or statements about any individual requesting, or under consideration for, a personnel action;
(3) Coercing political activity, or engaging in retaliation for refusal to engage in political activity;
(4) Deceiving or obstructing any individual with respect to competition for employment;
(5) Influencing any individual to withdraw from competition to improve or injure the employment prospects of another individual;
(6) Granting an unauthorized preference or advantage to any individual to improve or injure the employment prospects of another individual;
(7) Nepotism involving a covered relative as defined at 5 U.S.C. 3110(a)(3);
(8) Retaliation for whistleblowing (whistleblowing is generally defined as the disclosure of information by an individual who reasonably believes that the information evidences a violation of any law, rule, or regulation; gross mismanagement; a gross waste of funds; an abuse of authority; a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety; or censorship related to scientific research or the integrity of the scientific process if the censorship will cause one of the aforementioned categories of wrongdoing);
(9) Retaliation for:
(i) Exercising certain grievance, complaint, or appeal rights;
(ii) Providing testimony or other assistance to any individual exercising such grievance, complaint, or appeal rights;
(iii) Cooperating with the Special Counsel, an Inspector General, or any other agency component responsible for internal investigation or review; or
(iv) Refusing to obey an order that would require the violation of law, rule, or regulation;
(10) Discrimination based on conduct that would not adversely affect job performance;
(11) Violating a veterans' preference requirement;
(12) Taking or failing to take a personnel action in violation of any law, rule, or regulation implementing or directly concerning merit system principles at 5 U.S.C. 2301(b);
(13) Implementing or enforcing any nondisclosure policy, form, or agreement that fails to include the statement found at 5 U.S.C. 2302(b)(13) or fails to inform any individual that they retain their whistleblowing rights; and
(14) Accessing the medical record of any individual as part of, or otherwise in furtherance of, any other prohibited personnel practice.
(b) Other prohibited activities. Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 1216, OSC also has investigative and prosecutorial jurisdiction over any allegation concerning the following:
(1) Prohibited political activity by Federal employees covered by the Hatch Act at title 5 of the U.S. Code, chapter 73, subchapter III;
(2) Prohibited political activity by State and local officers and employees covered by the Hatch Act at title 5 of the U.S. Code, chapter 15;
(3) Arbitrary and capricious withholding of information that should be released pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act at 5 U.S.C. 552 (except for certain foreign and counterintelligence information);
(4) Activities prohibited by any civil service law, rule, or regulation, including any activity relating to political intrusion in personnel decision-making;
(5) Involvement by any employee in any prohibited discrimination found by any court or appropriate administrative authority to have occurred in the course of any personnel action (unless OSC determines that the allegation may be resolved more appropriately under an administrative appeals procedure); and
(6) Pursuant to 38 U.S.C. 4324, violations of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), codified at 38 U.S.C. 4301, et seq.
(c) Procedures for filing complaints alleging prohibited personnel practices or other prohibited activities (other than the Hatch Act).
(1) Anyone may file a complaint with OSC alleging one or more prohibited personnel practices, or other prohibited activities within OSC's investigative jurisdiction. The OSC complaint form must be used to file all such complaints.
(2) OSC will not process a complaint filed in any format other than the completed OSC complaint form designated in paragraph (c)(1) of this section. OSC will, however, accept material supplementing the contents of Form 14, as long as the filer also submits a signed form. If a filer does not use this form to submit a complaint, OSC will provide the filer with information about the form and obtain a signature on the form. The OSC complaint form will be considered to be filed on the date on which OSC receives a completed form.
(3) The OSC complaint form requests that the filer provide basic information about the alleged prohibited personnel practices or other prohibited activities. A complaint may be amended to clarify or include additional allegations. A complaint is sufficient for investigation when OSC receives information identifying the parties, identifying any relevant personnel action(s), and describing generally the practices or activities at issue.
(4) The OSC complaint form is available:
(i) Online at: https://osc.gov (to print out and complete on paper, or to complete online);
(ii) By writing to OSC at: U.S. Office of Special Counsel, 1730 M Street NW, Suite 218, Washington, DC 20036–4505; or
(iii) By calling OSC at: (800) 872–9855 (toll-free), or (202) 804–7000 (in the Washington, DC area).
(5) A complainant can file a completed OSC complaint form:
(i) Electronically at: https://osc.gov;
(ii) By email to: firstname.lastname@example.org; or
(iii) By mail to: U.S. Office of Special Counsel, 1730 M Street NW, Suite 218, Washington, DC 20036–4505.
(d) Alternate Dispute Resolution. For selected cases, OSC may offer Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) pursuant to the voluntary Alternative Dispute Resolution Act of 1998, 5 U.S.C. 571–573. OSC provides information about its ADR program and process on its website at https://osc.gov.