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What legal responsibilities do federal agencies have to prevent prohibited personnel practices?

Section 2302(c) of title 5 requires federal agency heads, and officials with delegated authority for any aspect of personnel management, to:

  • prevent prohibited personnel practices, including reprisal for whistleblowing;

  • comply with and enforce civil service laws, rules and regulations; and

  • ensure (in consultation with OSC) that federal employees are informed of their rights and remedies.

In addition, agency Inspectors General play a role in educating employees about whistleblower rights and protections.

OSC has developed a training guide for use by agencies in carrying out the duty of informing employees of their rights and remedies under title 5. On request, OSC may also make speakers available to assist in conducting such training.