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Scott J. Bloch Esq.


Self Description

June 2007: "On June 26, 2003, President George W. Bush nominated Scott J. Bloch for the position of Special Counsel at the Office of Special Counsel. The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Mr. Bloch on December 9, 2003. On January 5, 2004, he was sworn in to serve a five-year term.

Mr. Bloch brings over 17 years of experience to the Office of Special Counsel, including litigation of employment, lawyer ethics, and complex cases before state courts, federal courts and administrative tribunals. He briefed and argued cases before state and federal appellate courts.

From 2001-2003, Mr. Bloch served as Associate Director and then Deputy Director and Counsel to the Task Force for Faith-based and Community Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on First Amendment cases, regulations, intergovernmental outreach, and programmatic initiatives. Before serving in the Justice Department, he was a partner with Stevens & Brand, LLP, of Lawrence, Kansas, where he practiced in the areas of civil rights law, employment law, and legal ethics. Mr. Bloch tried jury trials before state and federal courts, representing employees and employers in cases involving whistleblower and other retaliation claims, as well as civil rights claims. He worked on important cases that set precedents in the field of legal ethics, including a ground-breaking Texas case that changed the way plaintiffs’ lawyers handle mass tort cases.

Mr. Bloch served as chair of his county Bar Ethics and Grievance Committee, investigating cases of alleged breaches by attorneys of ethics rules, and making recommendations to the state Supreme Court on disciplinary action. He also served on the state board of discipline, hearing testimony and legal arguments, and making findings on appropriate discipline of attorneys. For five years, he served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law.

Mr. Bloch earned his bachelor's and law degree from the University of Kansas, where he graduated Order of the Coif, and served on the Boards of Editors of The Kansas Law Review and The Kansas Criminal Procedure Review.

Mr. Bloch has published various articles including: “The Judgment of History: Faction, Political Machines, and the Hatch Act,” published in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor & Employment Law (7 U. Pa. J. Lab. & Emp. L. 225 (2005), and “Don’t Bury the Hatch Act: Hidden Dangers for the Unwary and Politically Active Prosecutor’s Office Employee,” published in The Prosecutor in the September/October 2004 issue (Vol.38/Number 5, Sept/Oct 2004)..."

http://www.osc.gov/bloch.htm

Third-Party Descriptions

May 2008: 'The raid took place at the office of Scott J. Bloch, the head of the Office of Special Counsel. Computers and documents were seized by agents trying to determine whether Mr. Bloch obstructed justice by hiring an outside company to “scrub” his computer files, The Associated Press reported. Investigators also searched Mr. Bloch’s home in suburban Virginia after obtaining a subpoena.'

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/07/washington/06cnd-inquire.html

June 2007: In a June 8 letter to Bush, Special Counsel Scott J. Bloch accused Doan of 'engaging in the most pernicious of political activity' during a Jan. 26 lunch briefing involving 36 GSA political appointees and featuring a PowerPoint presentation about the November elections by the White House's deputy director of political affairs.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/11/AR2007061102169.html

May 2007: The House and Senate bills would repudiate a stance taken by Bloch, who has said that, under the law, federal employees are protected from discrimination based on their conduct, such as an off-duty appearance in a gay pride celebration, but that the law does not extend to protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/14/AR2007051401333.html

February 2005: In a Feb. 14 letter to Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), Scott J. Bloch wrote that he is committed to protecting federal whistle-blowers and that his agency has reduced by 90 percent a backlog of complaints from federal employees about waste, fraud and prohibited personnel practices in federal workplaces.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48369-2005Feb23.html

Relationships

RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Organization Executive (past or present) Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI) Organization Jun 12, 2007
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Organization Executive (past or present) Office of Special Counsel (OSC) Organization Jun 12, 2007
Student/Trainee (past or present) Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) University of Kansas (Kansas University) Organization Jun 12, 2007
Appointed/Selected by President George W. Bush Person Jun 12, 2007

Articles and Resources

Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at:
May 06, 2008 F.B.I. Raids Office of Special Counsel

QUOTE: The office of the official responsible for protecting federal workers from political interference was raided by F.B.I. agents on Tuesday as part of an investigation into whether he himself mixed politics with official business. The raid took place at the office of Scott J. Bloch, the head of the Office of Special Counsel. Computers and documents were seized by agents trying to determine whether Mr. Bloch obstructed justice by hiring an outside company to “scrub” his computer files...

New York Times
May 01, 2008 Doan Ends Her Stormy Tenure as GSA Chief: Resignation Comes at White House's Behest

QUOTE: General Services Administration chief Lurita Alexis Doan has resigned as head of the government's premier contracting agency at the request of the White House, ending a tumultuous tenure in which she was accused of trying to award work to a friend and misusing her authority for political ends.

Washington Post
Jun 12, 2007 Bush Is Asked to Discipline GSA Chief in Hatch Act Inquiry

QUOTE: After allegedly asking political appointees how they could “help our candidates,” General Services Administration chief Lurita Alexis Doan is facing possible disciplinary actions from President Bush for using her position for political purposes—in this case, to see how the agency could use its facilities to benefit the Republican Party.

Washington Post
May 15, 2007 Bills Would Affirm Anti-Bias Laws Cover Sexual Orientation

QUOTE: At issue are differing and legally complex views on civil service law that emerged shortly after President Bush took office and appointed Scott Bloch as the head of the Office of Special Counsel .... The House and Senate bills would repudiate a stance taken by Bloch, who has said that, under the law, federal employees are protected from discrimination based on their conduct, such as an off-duty appearance in a gay pride celebration, but that the law does not extend to protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Washington Post
Feb 16, 2007 Special Counsel Accused Of Intimidation in Probe: Contact With Investigators Controlled, Employees Say

QUOTE: A trouble-plagued whistle-blower investigation at the Office of Special Counsel -- whose duties include shielding federal whistle-blowers -- hit another snag this week when employees accused the special counsel of intimidation in the probe.

Washington Post
Feb 24, 2005 Dispute at Whistle-Blower Office: Counsel Says Backlog Is Reduced; Critics Question Retooling

QUOTE: The head of the federal Office of Special Counsel, which safeguards the federal merit system and protects whistle-blowers, says he has made substantial progress in eliminating complaint backlogs and contends a controversial reorganization will strengthen the agency....Critics say Bloch's reorganization is designed to punish employees who have questioned his management practices and policy decisions.

Washington Post
Oct 05, 2004 Partisan Politics at Work Criticized: Federal Employees Used as a 'Prop' in Bush Reelection Campaign in Violation of Hatch Act, Union Charges

QUOTE: ...federal employees cannot engage in political activity while on duty, use their official authority to influence an election, solicit money for a partisan candidate or run as a candidate for partisan office.

Washington Post
Apr 10, 2004 Groups Applaud Discrimination Ban: Agency Restored Protection for Gays

QUOTE: Gay rights groups and labor leaders yesterday hailed as long overdue a federal agency chief's decision to reinstate a ban on discrimination against federal employees on the basis of sexual orientation.

Washington Post