VA whistleblowers faced workplace retaliation

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VA whistleblowers faced workplace retaliation

Agency Examines 67 Claims of Retaliation Against VA Whistleblowers

Office of Special Counsel Says About 30 Complaints Passed Initial Review Stage

VA employees testify about retaliation against whistleblowers

Four Department of Veterans Affairs employees on Tuesday night testified before a House panel that supervisors retaliated against them for exposing problems at VA medical centers, saying whistleblower-protection issues deserve as much attention as the agency’s recent scheduling scandal.

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) reminded attendees at the panel’s hearing that VA workers initially brought to light the issue of VA hospitals falsifying appointment data to hide treatment delays.

“Whistleblowers serve the essential function of providing a reality check of what is actually going on at the department,” he said. “Unlike their supervisors, these whistleblowers have put the interests of veterans above their very own interests.”


Felicia Schwartz

Updated July 8, 2014 11:44 p.m. ET

An independent federal investigative agency is pursuing 67 active complaints about VA health facilities from employees, according to testimony given at a House panel Tuesday evening.

Special counsel Carolyn Lerner said the complaints have come from 28 states and 45 separate facilities, including 25 complaints filed since June 1.

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