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October 6, 2014

By David S. Hilzenrath

One Man's Nightmarish Journey Through the Troubled VA



Photograph of Steven Massong Army veteran Steven P. Massong's nightmare began after a routine procedure at a VA hospital in 2005 led to the amputations of his right foot and scrotum. In the nine years since, he has been lost in a bureaucratic quagmire trying to get the disability bene

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 30, 2014

By David S. Hilzenrath

At VA, Complaint Couched in Humor Was a Punishable Offense



Shopping Cart VA employee and whistleblower Stuart Kallio was reprimanded for sending a satirical email in which he imagined his life as a “Homeless Supervisor” after his cubicle was given to someone else.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

July 30, 2014

By Lydia Dennett

POGO Letter to VA Secretary Prompts Congressional Action



VA Seal The Representatives from Arizona sent a letter to Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson requesting an investigation into allegations POGO reported last week regarding the new interim director of the VA Southwest Health Care Network who allegedly retaliated agai

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

July 9, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

VA Whistleblowers Recount Retaliation for Voicing Concerns



Four Veterans Affairs whistleblowers from across the country told a House committee they had experienced harsh retaliation from superiors after they voiced concerns about the effectiveness and quality of health care for veterans.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

July 8, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Thousands of Petitioners Tell Inspector General to Back Off Demand for POGO’s Whistleblower Records



Veterans Affairs Seal More than 18,500 people have signed a petition asking the Inspector General (IG) at the Department of Veterans Affairs to drop its demand for the names of whistleblowers who have contacted the Project On Government Oversight (POGO). POGO delivered the peti

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Topics: Government Accountability

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The Congressional Management Foundation offers the Gold Mouse Awards annually to members of Congress who make the most of the opportunity the digital world offers them. POGO spoke with members of Rep. Mike Honda's communications team about their award.