Lawmakers said they still couldn’t recommend the Department of Veterans Affairs’ accountability office as a safe space for whistleblowers, despite VA’s assertions that the organization is slowly improving.
A scathing review by VA’s inspector general found the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection failed to meet the missions Congress gave it, and may have actually put whistleblowers in danger.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is developing new training and policies for both employees and investigators within the agency’s Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection.
The president’s nominees for the Veterans Affairs Department’s chief information officer and accountability and whistleblower protection director promised they would spark a long-awaited culture change at the agency.
A nomination hearing for chief information officer at the Veterans Affairs Department comes as half of senior leadership positions within the VA’s Electronic Health Record Modernization Office are empty.
In today’s Federal Newscast, the president has named Tamara Bonzanto to take over as the new assistant secretary for the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection at the Veterans Affairs Department.