Prohibited Personnel Practices - Office of Accountability & Whistleblower Protection
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Office of Accountability & Whistleblower Protection

 

Prohibited Personnel Practices

By law, Federal employees may not:

  • Discriminate
  • Solicit or consider employment recommendations based on factors other than personal knowledge or records of job related abilities or characteristics
  • Coerce the political activity of any person
  • Deceive or willfully obstruct any person from competing for employment
  • Influence any person to withdraw from job competition
  • Give an unauthorized preference or advantage to improve or injure the prospects of any particular person for employment
  • Engage in nepotism
  • Take or threaten to take a personnel action because of whistleblowing
  • Take or threaten to take a personnel action because of the exercise of a lawful appeal, complaint, or grievance right
  • Discriminate based on personal conduct which does not adversely affect the performance of the employee or other employees
  • Knowingly take or fail to take personnel action in the violation of veteran's preference laws
  • Violate any law, rule or regulation implementing or directly concerning merit system principles
  • Implement or enforce a nondisclosure agreement or policy lacking notification of whistleblower rights
  • Access the medical record of an employee or applicant, as part of, or in furtherance of any of the above-listed prohibitions

More information may be obtained from:

U.S. OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL
1730 M STREET, N.W., SUITE 218 WASHINGTON,
DC 20036-4505

WEBSITE: www.osc.gov 
EMAIL: info@osc.gov
PHONE: (202) 804-7000* 
TOLL FREE: 1-800-872-9855*
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