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Welcome to the Office of Special Counsel’s FOIA Online Submission Website

Through this Public Access Link (PAL), a requester may create a user account that will enable the requester to submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request online to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), communicate with the FOIA office, check the status of a FOIA request, and receive responses to FOIA requests.

Use the menu on the left to register or to log in to your existing profile.

When submitting a request for records, remember to describe the requested records clearly by including relevant case numbers, dates, and/or other specific information about the records you wish to receive. If you seek records about yourself, OSC will need proof of your identity (e.g., a copy of an official ID card with your signature). OSC will process such requests under the FOIA as well as the Privacy Act. For more information about OSC’s FOIA and/or Privacy Act process, click here.

Do not use this Public Access Link to make requests for another agency’s records or for information pertaining to immigration records, state or local law enforcement or prison matters, personal financial matters of members of the public, or other matters not related to OSC. OSC does not maintain records for other agencies or for private entities. OSC does not process FOIA requests on behalf of other agencies. For a listing of the FOIA offices at other federal agencies, click here.

About OSC: The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) has as its mission promoting accountability, integrity, and fairness in the Federal workplace by protecting employees and applicants against prohibited personnel practices (PPPs), particularly from reprisal for “whistleblowing.” (5 U.S.C. §2302). The agency also operates as a secure channel for federal whistleblower disclosures of violations of law, rule or regulation; gross mismanagement; gross waste of funds; abuse of authority; and substantial and specific danger to public health and safety. (5 U.S.C. §1213). In addition, OSC issues advice on the Hatch Act and enforces its restrictions on political activity by government employees. (5 U.S.C. §§ 1502, 7321-23). Finally, OSC protects the civilian employment and reemployment rights of military service members under USERRA, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act (38 U.S.C. §§ 4301-4335).

Privacy Act Routine Uses: The information collected by OSC is used for official purposes. Some disclosure of information from OSC files is needed to fulfill OSC's investigative, prosecutorial, disclosure review, and related responsibilities. OSC published descriptions of 25 routine uses for information in its files in the Federal Register (F.R.), at 82 F.R. 45076 (September 27, 2017). The routine uses permit OSC to furnish information to individuals or state or federal offices for purposes of review, consultation, investigation, administrative action, litigation, or reporting functions; to Congress; or to the public or the media as required by law or as determined by the Special Counsel to be necessary and appropriate. A copy of these routine uses is available from OSC upon request, and is also available by clicking here

You are accessing a U.S. Government Information System. Use of this system constitutes consent to monitoring on your part. Information stored on this system is FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY and will be protected.