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Whistleblower Agency Seeks #2

Apparently, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) isn�t too worried about finding candidates to apply for its number two position, the Deputy Special Counsel

The whistleblower protection agency posted the job announcement on July 29th with a two-week deadline to apply � during a time when many Washingtonians flee the city for vacations at the beach, etc. So, to help them out a bit, we thought we�d help publicize this opening.

This job isn�t for the weak kneed.  You might be the person who is taking the phone calls from the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and others about your boss, Special Counsel Scott Bloch, who can be a bit nutty. Then again, you might end up running the shop, at least temporarily, if your boss gets canned.

A little pointer from us � you might want to emphasize your church-going (religious right) ways in the interview with Bloch. You might also want to point out that you�ll be the "political fall guy" and sign controversial letters, as others have. Mostly, though, we are hoping whoever gets this job is seriously committed to helping whistleblowers. This is particularly so given that the position has changed from a term-limited appointment (pdf) to a career position, meaning a troublesome Deputy Special Counsel (as some felt the last one was) would be much more difficult to oust.

The OSC�s track record has been abysmal in recent years, leading some of us to wonder why we keep spending millions of dollars on an agency that tortures thousands of whistleblowers with meaningless paper-shuffling.

By: Beth Daley
Director of Investigations, POGO

At the time of publication, Beth Daley was the Director of Investigations for the Project On Government Oversight.

Authors: Beth Daley

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