Political Battles Expected to Overshadow OSC Reauthorization

Debra S. Katz, counsel for current and former employees of the Office of Special Counsel who have filed a complaint against Scott Bloch, OSC Special Counsel, is quoted by the Federal Times in connection with the OSC reauthorization hearings. According to Katz, "We believe that it is obvious that Mr. Bloch launched this wide-ranging inquiry in an attempt to deflect attention from his own serious misconduct and obstruct the investigation that is being conducted by the OPM IG." The article references an April 2007 written by Katz to White House Counsel Fred Fielding asking Bloch to recuse himself from the Hatch Act probe of Karl Rove and other White House personnel. According to Katz, "the Hatch Act investigation will allow Bloch to label an adverse finding in the OPM investigation as retaliation." She also notes that if Bloch's investigation of the White House "is still under way when OPM completes its own investigation of Mr. Bloch ... the White House will be put in the position of having to make a decision about Mr. Bloch's future while it is itself being investigated by [him]."