At a subcommittee hearing of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Monday, VA employees addressed lawmakers once again about the culture of whistleblower retaliation within the agency that keeps raising its ugly head.
Stars and Stripes reports that despite the increased scrutiny of the past year and a half, and the ongoing department overhaul, whistleblowers are still facing retaliation. Indeed, if anything, according to Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL), the “we’ve taken steps backwards.”
At the hearing, Monday, the employees described a workplace culture where speaking out comes at great cost, even though VA Secretary Bob McDonald has made whistleblower protection a top priority.
One doctor who testified, last summer about wait-time manipulation, was demoted “and embarrassed in front of his patients.” Another employee – an Associate Director from Alabama – was demoted and publicly humiliated by his superiors.
“The hostility they receive for their conscientious behavior shows that the retaliatory culture, where…
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