Tag Archive for Veterans Affairs

Whistleblowers testify that VA whitewashed healthcare scandals, retaliation persists

[Cross-posted from Whistleblower Support Fund] At a hearing of the Senate Appropriations committee Thursday, whistleblowers testified on Veterans Affair’s investigation of the concerns about healthcare deficiencies at Veterans Affairs hospitals–investigations they characterized as a collective whitewash.

VA settles reprisal complaints of three whistleblowers

With help from the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) three Veterans Affairs whistleblowers received “full and fair relief’ for reprisals experienced after they brought to light abuses at the VA hospital in Phoenix.  They are Dr. Katherine Mitchell, Paula Pedene, and…

Internal report supports VA whistleblowers’ claims; Shinseki apologizes and resigns

President Obama announced Friday that he had accepted the resignation of Eric Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs.Sloan D. Gibson will replace Shinseki as acting secretary. Ron Nabors, White House Deputy Chief of Staff, will aid Gibson in the transition and…

House committee gives VA officials a tongue-lashing

At a testy Wednesday night hearing, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs received testimony from Veterans Affairs officials on the  handling of healthcare appointments at VA medical facilities. Witnesses included Ms. Joan Mooney, Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Legislative Affairs;…

VA crisis exposes cost of whistleblower reprisal

The Department of Veterans Affairs is embroiled in a scandal:  Employees “cooked the books” to hide extraordinary delays in scheduling healthcare appointments.  In Phoenix, 40 veterans reportedly died while waiting for appointments say sources who came forward last month. But, the…