Office of Special Counsel

Maria Aran is the chief of staff for the Miami district of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a part of the Department of Homeland Security. When she discovered that a sub-office had mishandled hundreds of sensitive documents, she made a report for the agency’s security office. When she sent that report, she inadvertently reports that President Barack Obama still has not appointed anyone to lead the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). The article quotes leaders of a federal employee union, Danielle Brian of the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) and former OSC officials who all agree that a new Special Counsel is needed.  OSC investigates reports by