The Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) recently allowed a stay in the termination of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) whistleblower, Paul T. Hardy. The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) requested the stay on his behalf due to reasonable belief that Mr. Hardy’s recent termination from the FDA constituted a violation of the Whistleblowers Protection Act (WPA).

According to the OSC, there is substantial evidence that Mr. Hardy’s termination was a direct retaliation for disclosures he made about serious safety issues with a screening device designed to detect breast cancer. The OSC explained that Mr. Hardy’s whistleblowing “raised issues related to exposing the general population to unwarranted radiation exposure and ineffective cancer screening devices.”

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Carolyn LernerSpecial Counsel Carolyn Lerner (pictured) announced today that she filed requests yesterday on behalf of two federal whistleblowers to protect them from adverse personnel actions. She filed the requests with the Merit System Protection Board (MSPB) in support of Paul T. Hardy, a Regulatory Review Officer for the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), and Franz Gayl, a high-level civilian science and technology adviser to the U.S. Marines Corps.

These actions by the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) were unprecedented in the prior administration. Today marks the beginning of new assertiveness by the OSC, and new grounds for optimism by federal employees at every level. Bravo!

Hardy and Gayl have endured hostility from management for years. It is long overdue that someone in government finally took a stand on their behalf. Thankfully, the newly installed Special Counsel is in just the right position to take that stand. Here in this corner, we are so pleased. Follow the continuation of this blog post to read more about Hardy and Gayl’s cases.

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