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VA Whistleblower Retaliation Still Growing Despite Trump Vow

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By    |   Monday, 30 October 2017 11:40 AM

"No more games," President Donald Trump promised in March, after multiple scandals involving the Department of Veterans Affairs, but whistleblowers still report retaliation for speaking out.

"Although I do have a good relationship with my current immediate supervisor, the overall … retaliation in my current job worsened in January 2017 and continues unabated," Dr. Katherine Mitchell, a physician with the VA in Phoenix, told The Washington Post in an email. "The overt retaliation from VA Central Office (VACO) also worsened under the Trump administration"

Mitchell filed complaints with Congress and the VA Office of Inspector General in 2014, but eventually went to The Arizona Republic to reveal the department's understaffing, inadequate training and poor administration.

"In my opinion, based on my experiences and conversations with other VA whistleblowers, since President Trump was elected, it appears to be open season across the nation on VA whistleblowers despite the passage of the [VA] Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017," she continued. "VACO is dragging its feet on resolving whistleblower retaliation claims."

Another VA whistleblower, Scott Davis, wrote an open letter to Trump in the Washington Examiner released Monday to complain about the lack of reform.

"Mr. President, it is with great disappointment that I inform your office that despite your efforts to reform VA, the agency has done little to improve its operations to enhance Veteran access to healthcare," he wrote.

"It is for these reasons that I ask you to consider appointing a White House czar for Veterans Affairs to assist your office with enforcing the administration's VA reform agenda to improve access to healthcare for Veterans."

Davis notes that he attended a meeting at Mar-a-Lago to discuss reforms to the VA, and that although Trump could not make it, "all of the attendees expressed their support for your campaign promise that you will be the president that will finally hold corrupt VA officials accountable for denying our nation's veterans access to healthcare."

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