House members said they’re working on new legislation designed to clarify and improve protections for federal whistleblowers.
After more than one year after the Veterans Affairs Department stood up its new Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection. senior executives still make up a small fraction of disciplinary actions.
The Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, which senators introduced last week, may have more momentum than previous bills. It now has 12 co-sponsors, including four Democrats and VA Secretary David Shulkin himself. Yet some federal employee groups and experts question whether the new bill has the teeth to truly tackle long entrenched cultural problems at the department.