Special Counsel investigation of 37 cases of harassment of VA whistleblowers
The VA scandal deepens and enters a new stage: busting the cover-up. Any thought that Bowe Bergdahl would make this national disgrace go away is a fantasy. Kerry Picket reports for Breitbart:
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) announced on Thursday that it is presently investigating allegations from 37 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employee whistleblowers at VA facilities in 19 states of retaliation for disclosing improper scheduling practices and other threats to patient care.
The OSC gives three examples of alleged retaliation toward VA whistleblowers they are looking into and were able to provide “interim relief to these employees” through requested stays to the particular VA’s in question.
“Receiving candid information about harmful practices from employees will be critical to the VA’s efforts to identify problems and find solutions. However, employees will not come forward if they fear retaliation,” remarked Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner in an OSC statement.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), co-author of the 1989 Whistlebower Protection Act, said in a press release, “It’s important that the Office of Special Counsel is fulfilling its role here. Whistleblowers are usually at the heart of exposing a major scandal. They ought to be celebrated, not punished, for acting in the public interest.”