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Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 12/16/2010

Obama taps new chief for Office of Special Counsel

By Ed O'Keefe

The agency responsible for protecting federal whistleblowers and rooting out illegal politicking at government offices is one step closer to having its first permanent boss in more than two years.

President Obama on Wednesday tapped Washington attorney Carolyn Lerner to serve as head of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. Lerner is a founding partner of the civil rights and employment law firm Heller, Huron, Chertkof, Lerner, Simon & Salzman and represents several local nonprofits on a variety of legal issues.

The OSC has not had a permanent leader since Scott Bloch left the agency in 2008. He pleaded guilty in April to withholding information from congressional investigators after having his office computer files professionally deleted in 2006.

The agency serves as the government's independent investigative and prosecutorial agency, handling issues related to whistleblowers, military veterans seeking government jobs, the Civil Service Reform Act and the Hatch Act.

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 16, 2010; 11:31 AM ET
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door  
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The Coalition For Change, Inc. (C4C) is pleased that President Obama has appointed a leader to head the Office of Special Counsel. Federal employees, particular whistleblowers who expose race discrimination, remain vulnerable within Federal sector. It is our hope that this appointment will set a tone of accountability against public officials, like Craig Littlejohn of U.S. Department of Interior, who have been found culpable of discrimination and / or reprisal. EEOC 570-2008-00625X.

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