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Office of Special Counsel Clarifies Whistleblower Reprisal Complaint Settlement with Minnesota U.S. Attorney’s Office

CONTACT: Leslie Williamson, 202-254-3659, lwilliamson@osc.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. / December 4, 2008 - The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) announced yesterday the settlement of a prohibited personnel practice complaint filed by John Marti, an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the District of Minnesota. Mr. Marti previously served as the First Assistant United States Attorney (FAUSA) to the former U.S. Attorney, Rachel K. Paulose. He alleged that in April 2007, Ms. Paulose demoted him to a staff attorney position because he had reported to officials within the Department of Justice that she had mishandled classified material.

    In yesterday’s press release, OSC did not note that the settlement agreement reached between Mr. Marti and the U.S. Attorneys’ Office for the District of Minnesota was entered into by the Department of Justice as a no-fault agreement and was not to be construed as an admission of liability by DOJ. The settlement agreement specifically states this.


The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) is an independent investigative and prosecutorial agency and operates as a secure channel for disclosures of whistleblower complaints. Its primary mission is to safeguard the merit system in federal employment by protecting federal employees and applicants from prohibited personnel practices, especially retaliation for whistleblowing. OSC also has jurisdiction over the Hatch Act. For more information please visit our web site at www.osc.gov or call 1 (800) 872-9855.

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