The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has faced questions about its relevancy since its founding three decades ago, but the agency charged with protecting federal whistleblowers received the ultimate insult in 2008 when federal agents raided its Washington, D.C., headquarters and the home of its leader, Scott Bloch. By October of last year, after a stormy tenure, Bloch had submitted his resignation amid accusations that he violated the law by, ironically, retaliating against his own employees.

Almost a year later, the office is still trying to recover.

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