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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 28, 2014

By Michelle Li

House Committee Investigating Commerce IG Todd Zinser



Todd Zinser The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is conducting a bipartisan investigation into allegations that Department of Commerce Inspector General Todd Zinser has failed to discipline two of his closest aides, who were found to have intimidated employees that they perceived to be potential whistleblowers.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

July 24, 2014

By Avery Kleinman

Whistleblowers 'Hung Out to Dry'



NSA NPR reporter David Welna profiled two of those whistleblowers, Bill Binney and Thomas Drake, for Morning Edition this week. He also spoke to POGO’s executive director about the complicated politics of whistleblower protections.

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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

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