• Latest Backlog at the VA: Whistleblower Complaints

    Members of Congress expressed concern and curiosity about the reason for a "significant" backlog in resolving the Department of Veteran's Affairs' whistleblower complaints.

    The VA Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection has 572 investigative cases that are more than 120 days old, with "many" that have been open for one or two years, Assistant Secretary Dr. Tamara Bonzanto testified in a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing.

    #Whistleblowers #VeteransAffairs #PeakCorruption
    Latest Backlog at the VA: Whistleblower Complaints Members of Congress expressed concern and curiosity about the reason for a "significant" backlog in resolving the Department of Veteran's Affairs' whistleblower complaints. The VA Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection has 572 investigative cases that are more than 120 days old, with "many" that have been open for one or two years, Assistant Secretary Dr. Tamara Bonzanto testified in a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing. #Whistleblowers #VeteransAffairs #PeakCorruption
    The Latest Backlog at the VA: Whistleblower Complaints
    The VA Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection has 572 investigative cases that are more than 120 days old.
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  • "...The Masters of Disaster can’t tolerate open revelation of their evil, witness the methodical crushing of a roster of whistleblowers, among whom the most damning and brutally handled are Manning, Assange, and Snowden. Two are jailed on bogus “charges” in peril of their lives, and Snowden is in exile, only free because the vengeful engine of American “justice” can’t nail him..." https://www.greanvillepost.com/2019/11/11/peak-hubris/
    "...The Masters of Disaster can’t tolerate open revelation of their evil, witness the methodical crushing of a roster of whistleblowers, among whom the most damning and brutally handled are Manning, Assange, and Snowden. Two are jailed on bogus “charges” in peril of their lives, and Snowden is in exile, only free because the vengeful engine of American “justice” can’t nail him..." https://www.greanvillepost.com/2019/11/11/peak-hubris/
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  • Retaliation against US Veterans at Veteran Affairs is a systemic national disgrace.... When asked if a culture of accountability now exists at the whistleblower office, VA Inspector General Mike Missal said his office “did not find that.” Missal’s scathing report issued last week found systemic and pervasive issues at OAWP, including retaliation against the whistleblowers it was meant to help, a lack of consistent and thorough investigatory practices and a failure to discipline virtually any senior leaders.

    "I cannot in good faith direct them to your office," a top lawmaker tells the head of VA's whistleblower office, the department’s Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection.

    #Whistleblowers #Veterans #MilitarySpending #PeakCorruption

    Retaliation against US Veterans at Veteran Affairs is a systemic national disgrace.... When asked if a culture of accountability now exists at the whistleblower office, VA Inspector General Mike Missal said his office “did not find that.” Missal’s scathing report issued last week found systemic and pervasive issues at OAWP, including retaliation against the whistleblowers it was meant to help, a lack of consistent and thorough investigatory practices and a failure to discipline virtually any senior leaders. "I cannot in good faith direct them to your office," a top lawmaker tells the head of VA's whistleblower office, the department’s Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection. #Whistleblowers #Veterans #MilitarySpending #PeakCorruption
    After Scathing Report, VA Faces Criticism for Not Improving Whistleblower Protection Office More Quickly
    "I cannot in good faith direct them to your office," a top lawmaker tells the head of VA's whistleblower office.
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  • When the new whistleblower and accountability-focused office at the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) opened its doors in 2017, it was supposed to help change the agency’s longstanding culture of retaliation against whistleblowers who speak out about waste and abuse in the agency that cares for our nation’s veterans. But since then, insider accounts have shown that accountability is still sorely lacking within the VA, and within the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection (OAWP) itself.

    The VA either knowingly or negligently spent taxpayer dollars to pay instructors without the relevant experience to quote government audit standards at people who are unlikely to conduct that kind of audit in their current jobs.

    When the office was created, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) voiced concerns that its placement within the agency lacked the structural independence necessary to create meaningful change, and we have been examining its performance since. Now, as the office has faced congressional scrutiny, we learned from sources within the office that it shelled out over $300,000 last month on ineffective and at times irrelevant training for its staff who work on misconduct and whistleblower retaliation allegations.

    Insiders who spoke to POGO described an office in disarray, with the expensive, hastily planned, and ineffective training as the latest symptom of poor management.

    #VA #MilitarySpending #Fraud
    When the new whistleblower and accountability-focused office at the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) opened its doors in 2017, it was supposed to help change the agency’s longstanding culture of retaliation against whistleblowers who speak out about waste and abuse in the agency that cares for our nation’s veterans. But since then, insider accounts have shown that accountability is still sorely lacking within the VA, and within the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection (OAWP) itself. The VA either knowingly or negligently spent taxpayer dollars to pay instructors without the relevant experience to quote government audit standards at people who are unlikely to conduct that kind of audit in their current jobs. When the office was created, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) voiced concerns that its placement within the agency lacked the structural independence necessary to create meaningful change, and we have been examining its performance since. Now, as the office has faced congressional scrutiny, we learned from sources within the office that it shelled out over $300,000 last month on ineffective and at times irrelevant training for its staff who work on misconduct and whistleblower retaliation allegations. Insiders who spoke to POGO described an office in disarray, with the expensive, hastily planned, and ineffective training as the latest symptom of poor management. #VA #MilitarySpending #Fraud
    VA Whistleblower Office Wasted $300,000 on “Useless” Training
    A key office at the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars for a last-minute training where “nobody learned anything,” insiders told POGO.
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