Afternoon Press Conference Media Briefing With David B. Nolan Sr., Legal Director, Federal Ethics Center

Jan 29, 2010, 23:59 ET from National Press Club

National Press Club

Monday, February 1, 2010, 1 PM

National Press Club (Edward R. Murrow Room)

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Legal Director of the Federal Ethics Center, David B. Nolan, will address National Press Club Newsmakers at 1:00 PM on Monday, February 1, 2010 in the Edward R. Murrow room on the 13th floor, National Press Building, 529 14th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Nolan will announce support from Time Magazine's Woman of the Year and Department of Justice whistleblower, Colleen Rowley, OSC Watch, labor organization and whistleblower support to be nominated by the Obama Administration to head the Office of Special Counsel (OSC).   OSC has been rudderless for more than one year following the resignation of the controversial and former Special Counsel, Scott Bloch.

Nolan, a former attorney within the Office of Counsel to the President, will announce that he has bipartisan support to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate to:

  1. Enforce the entirety of the Civil Service Reform Act (CSRA) of 1978 that includes the affirmative OSC duty under 5 U.S.C. 1214(e) to report to federal agency heads each allegation of prohibited personnel practice,
  2. Cooperate fully with the pledge by MSPB Chief Judge Susan Grundmann to conduct a "special study" of whether or not OSC is meeting its statutory obligation to protect federal employees from reprisal for protected disclosures, and
  3. Recommend to President Obama that he fulfills his campaign promise to reform the federal Personnel Security Review Boards by providing new oversight of security clearance revocations.

"In the thirty-one years since the passage of the CSRA, twenty-five thousand whistleblowers have alleged fifty thousand violations of law to OSC.  Out of this number, OSC misfeasance and malfeasance have limited the number of corrective actions to fewer than two hundred," claimed Nolan.    

SOURCE David B. Nolan