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September 29, 2015

By Daniel Van Schooten

VA Whistleblowers Testify at Senate Hearing



VA Whistleblowers Senate Hearing There is an ongoing culture of retaliation and fear across the VA, and those responsible for it are often going unpunished.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

August 12, 2015

By Joe Newman

VA IG Drops Subpoena for POGO’s Whistleblower Records



VA IG Linda Halliday July 2015 Testimony The Office of Inspector General at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has dropped its demand for POGO to turn over records related to the more than 800 VA whistleblowers.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

July 30, 2015

By Joe Newman

Failures at the VA Expose "Oversight at Its Worst," POGO Tells Senate Panel



Danielle Brian testifies before a Senate panel POGO’s investigation into abuses within the VA uncovered many whistleblowers who said they were afraid to approach the VA Office of Inspector General (IG) because of the VA’s toxic culture of retaliation and intimidation

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

July 2, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

The VA’s Office of Inspector General Has No Clothes



Danielle Brian testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee The Veterans Affairs Inspector General tries to defend its poor performance when it should be trying to find solutions to its problems.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 30, 2015

By Danielle Brian

POGO Welcomes Leadership Change at VA Inspector General



Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington DC Richard Griffin’s decision to step down from his leadership role at the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Veterans Affairs is welcome news.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Whistleblower Protections

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