The Office of Special Counsel is reminding agencies not to engage in email monitoring that could have a chilling effect on whistleblowers who report waste, fraud and abuse.
In a memo last week,
Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner urged agencies to evaluate their employee email
"Although lawful agency monitoring of employees communications serves legitimate
purposes, federal law also protects the ability of workers to exercise their legal
rights to disclose wrongdoing without fear of retaliation, which is essential to
good government," according to the memo.