VA Accused of Retaliating Against Whistleblowers
Meanwhile, Obama's pick for health undersecretary backs out
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 5, 2014 2:25 PM CDT
This photo from May 17 shows the Department of Veterans Affairs in Phoenix.   (AP Photo/Matt York)

(Newser) – As if the cloud over the Department of Veterans Affairs wasn't dark enough, the Office of Special Counsel has now launched an investigation into allegations that it retaliated against 37 whistleblowers—including some that tried to bring the waiting list scandal to light, the Washington Post reports. Employees in 19 states said they had been demoted, suspended, or otherwise punished by managers after trying to draw attention to inappropriate scheduling practices and other wrongdoing, the OSC announced today.

Meanwhile, the White House announced today that President Obama's pick to be the department's top health official had pulled his hat out of the ring, saying he feared his nomination would spark a political dogfight. Jeffrey Murawsky had been tapped to replace undersecretary for health care Robert Petzel, who was forced to resign when the waiting list scandal broke, the AP explains. But Murawsky's come under fire, too, because the Chicago-area VA network he oversees includes a hospital that's been accused of waiting list shenanigans.

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Chuck Roast
Jun 6, 2014 8:08 AM CDT
Exactly why patriot Edward Snowden left the country. In this patriot's case things would of been different due to the information he uncovered regarding the integrity issues caused by the out of control policies for collecting confidential information from America's allies and american citizens.
Jun 5, 2014 6:55 PM CDT
Over the years I always have seen same problem, that is: People who reported the problem they were retaliated against later down the road. I guess conservatives knows very well what is going on and upon reporting, they just can' take it.
Jun 5, 2014 5:06 PM CDT
The House passed a VA Accountability bill with a huge bi-partisan majority that allows the firing of losers who are causing all the problems at the VA (not whistle blowers) . As usual, Harry Reid has not brought it to a vote in the Senate. Edit: I sit in amazement. The Senate is considering a companion bill.