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June 06, 2014

Office of Special Counsel Investigating 37 Cases of Whistleblowers Being Punished For Whistleblowing

Per Wikipedia, the OSC is...

a permanent independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency whose basic legislative authority comes from four federal statutes, the Civil Service Reform Act, the Whistleblower Protection Act, the Hatch Act, and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). OSC's primary mission is the safeguarding of the merit system in federal employment by protecting employees and applicants from prohibited personnel practices (PPPs), especially reprisal for "whistleblowing." The agency also operates a secure channel for federal whistleblower disclosures of violations of law, rule, or regulation; gross mismanagement; gross waste of funds; abuse of authority; and substantial and specific danger to public health and safety.

They're now looking into allegations -- and when I say "allegations," I of course mean "facts" -- that 37 whistleblowers were punished and kept silent after reporting on Department of Veterans Affairs corrupt practices.

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.

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In another case at a different VA facility, an employee received a proposed seven-day suspension after conveying concerns to the Inspector General regarding inadequate scheduling and coding procedures at the facility.

Additionally, the employee claims that the VA downgraded the employee’s performance evaluation and reassigned the individual for revealing the concerns to the VA Inspector General.

If you lie the way they want you to, you get promoted.

If you tell a truth they don't want out, you get suspended, reassigned, or fired.


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