President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order on April 27 establishing, within 45 days, an Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection, to be led by a Special Assistant to the Secretary.
The office will “work closely with relevant VA components to ensure swift and effective resolution of veterans’ complaints of wrongdoing at the VA” and to “ensure adequate investigation and correction of wrongdoing throughout the VA, and to protect employees who lawfully disclose wrongdoing from retaliation.”
[Cross-posted from Whistleblowing Today}
The White House announced Tuesday that President Obama has commuted whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s 35-year prison sentence, allowing her to be released from Fort Leavenworth on May 17, 2017. Manning’s sentence, wrote the New York Times, was “the longest ever handed down in a case involving a leak of United States government information for the purpose of having the information reported to the public.” (more…)
[Cross=posted at Whistleblowing Today]
The Project on Government Oversight reports that a three-person panel authorized by Obama’s Presidential Policy Directive 19 concluded last May that the National Security Agency’s inspector general retaliated against a whistleblower. Based on that information, Director Michael Rogers sent IG George Ellard a termination notice. The IG, who is on administrative leave while he appeals the decision, said in 2014, “Snowden could have come to me. We have surprising success in resolving the complaints that are brought to us.” (more…)
In Oregon, a whistleblower is preparing to go to trial against a powerful opponent, the Oregon Health Authority. As so often happens, the costs of whistleblowing—reporting waste, fraud and abuse—have fallen disproportionately on the truth teller’s shoulders. Vikki Mata, the whistleblower, lost her job as a public affairs specialist after she reported financial irregularities in a program set up to provide health care coverage for uninsured children. (more…)