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Tell the Inspector General to Drop His Demand for the Names of VA Whistleblowers

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Richard Griffin

Richard Griffin, Acting Inspector General for the Department of Veterans Affairs

The Inspector General at the Department of Veterans Affairs gave us until last Friday to turn over the names of whistleblowers who had contacted us about mismanagement at the VA. Protecting whistleblowers has been at the core of POGO’s mission for 33 years, and as always we will not reveal our sources.

We offered to brief Acting Veterans Affairs IG Richard Griffin on our findings, with the condition that we wouldn’t reveal the names of our sources. However, Acting IG Griffin’s subsequent demand for our records violates POGO’s First Amendment freedoms of speech, press and association.

If the VA IG can demand POGO’s records – one that amounts to little more than a fishing expedition – where does the government draw the line? What keeps the IG from grabbing the records of individuals or other organizations, such as CNN, the New York Times or the Washington Post, all of which are involved in similar confidential investigations with whistleblowers?

Tell the Inspector General to Drop His Demand for the Names of VA Whistleblowers


Dear Acting Inspector General Richard Griffin,

We the undersigned are writing you in support of the Project On Government Oversight. We strongly disagree with your attempt to force POGO to reveal the identities of its Veterans Affairs whistleblowers.

While we support your efforts to root out mismanagement and corruption at the VA, your subpoena for POGO’s records goes too far. We urge you to drop your demand for POGO’s records.

Supporters

Pat Schumacher Brownsville, TX

Maura Buckley Indianapolis, IN

Joel Quaintance Huntsville, TX

Ashley Schutt Surprise, AZ

Helen Mendoza Waterville, NY

If the records support POGO, who cares who told POGO.

Lori Walker Coeur d'Alene, ID

john potamites chicago, IL

Let POGO keep the names of the whistleblowers to itself. Just fix the problem.

Deborah Britt Manteca, CA

You do not need the names of informants. You NEED to act upon the information

KENNETH NEWBERG ,

Lauren Linda Laguna Woods, CA

Peter Keiser Manlius, NY

Laurie Fisher Tigard, OR

Kaydell Gaasvig ,

Elaine Becker Roanoke, VA

Pat Annoni , UT

Never shoot the whistleblowers!

Denise Griffin Mobile, AL

richard smith melvindale, MI

FIRE THIS BASTARD, TOO. GRIFFIN DOESN'T THINK HE WORKS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: IT'S TIME HE FOUND OUT THAT HE DOES, AND MAYBE THAT HE USED TO.

Louise Lanham Pasadena, TX

Henry Weinberg Santa Barbara, CA

William Howald Marysville, WA

Kristen Bossert Milton ,

Patricia PERRON ,

Herman S. Simms, Jr. Detroit, MI

Damn the names, if the FACTS FIT!!

Michael Callaway Upland, CA

Outrageous! Why shoot the messanger?

karen toyohara La Mesa, CA

William Bodden Redmond, OR

Whistleblowers shouldn't be persecuted

joyce niksic Hammond, IN

Philip Dennany Indianapolis, IN

It is not the Whistle blowers that are the Peoples' concern, but the public officials that abuse their authority when they are supposedly working for the People. Than includes Inspector Generals that are supposed to keep that duty in mind.

Thomas Rogers Eagle, ID

choky alvarez MIAMI, FL

I demand the inspector General to drop his demand for the names of VA Whistleblowers.May I remind him that his duty is to take care of the Veterans.It looks to Me that You have failed to take care of the Veterans.You should leave your position as Inspector General.

Frank Kroger Seattle Washington, WA

Dwight Johnson Bellingham, WA

Mary Randall Boulder, CO

Sarah Baker East Peoria, IL

Kathleen Carr Cedaredge, CO

KENNETH NEWBERG ,

erin yarrobino ,

Arthur Hansen Kew Gardens Hills, NY

William Mulloy LAKEWOOD, WA

Drop your demand of VA Whistle-blower Hero's.

Joyce Kwartler Chester, NY

You should investigate the Newark RO, and how their employees have been treated

Debra Charette Middletown , NY

Gerald Thompson Granite City, IL

Jerrie Hopkins Rancho Cordova, CA

They are necessary in order to keep justice and fair policies. Often necessary and the only way to find the the truth.

christopher vichiola torrington, CT

Maureen Wheeler Silver Spring, MD

m-l reifschneider Raleigh, NC

Drop your demand for the names of whistleblowers to be released.

christopher vichiola torrington, CT

Amber Garlan St. Paul, MN

Protect whistle blowers!

christopher vichiola torrington, CT

reita NEWKIRK SANTA FE, NM

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