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VA Executive May Have Directed IG to Smear Employee

The Inspectors General of the Treasury Department and the Veterans Affairs Department are battling it out over whether the VA IG retaliated against a former employee by issuing a report alleging the employee engaged in serious misconduct, according to The New York Times

The Treasury Department IG disagrees with the VA IG’s findings. From the Times:

Now, the Treasury inspector general, Eric Thorson, has completed his investigation, and he has issued some incendiary findings of his own. Not only did Mr. Thorson find the allegations of improper or unethical conduct by Ms. Cooper to be unsupported and “refuted by witnesses with firsthand knowledge,” he suggested that there may have been ulterior reasons for the charges.

Five Veterans Affairs witnesses interviewed by Mr. Thorson—four of them no longer at the agency—stated that another procurement official, Jan Frye, “sought to retaliate against Ms. Cooper after Ms. Cooper testified against Mr. Frye in an Administrative Investigation Board for creating a hostile work environment.”

Read the full story here.

By: Andre Francisco
Online Producer, POGO

andre francisco Andre Francisco is the Online Producer for the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: Government Accountability

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