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An immediate and thorough investigation is needed of alleged substandard care at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Leeds described ... Her allegations of substandard care in the VA health care system are part of a pattern of concerns raised by other whistleblowers in New England.
A federal whistleblower complaint alleges that a major California insurer failed to pay an estimated $89 million in taxes on premium revenue as ... President Donald Trump's pick to be Veterans Affairs secretary is promising not to privatize the agency, a key Democratic senator said Tuesday, taking a ...

The suicide of a veteran at John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis last month is the latest in a string of such deaths on Veterans Affairs properties nationwide. Phillip Crews, 62, shot himself in the hospital's emergency room waiting area just after 4 a.m. on March 26, city and VA officials said. VA Hospitals
Any hopes that the acquisition would lead to improved services were soon dashed when, last year, a whistleblower alerted authorities to Health Net's complete failure to schedule appointments for some veterans in New Hampshire, some of whom had to wait for longer than six months to schedule ...
It's galling when leaders of federal agencies view taxpayer money like personal piggy banks -- something we've seen recently in scandals involving the Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs departments. It is an affront that we often only learn about through the courage of whistleblowers.
New Hampshire politicians want the Department of Veterans Affairs to follow through on the promises made by fired VA Secretary David Shulkin to fix the many problems that plague ... Last year, several whistle-blowers came forward with accounts of substandard care at the Manchester VA medical center.

Embattled Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin spent Monday morning speaking to Delaware veterans amid reports he could be ousted by ... Shulkin oversaw the creation of a 24-hour White House hotline for veteran complaints and an Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection at the ...
(CNN) At least one investigation has been launched into how a senior adviser to Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin hired on a temporary basis ended up with a coveted job ... The VA's Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection has opened an investigation into the issue, the agency said. staffer VA hospital
The American Federation of Government Employees is filing a grievance against the Veterans Affairs Department for the way the agency is implementing portions of the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act. AFGE, which represents more than 220,000 VA employees, said the ...
Members of the American Federation of Government Employees protest outside the Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Feb. ... For months, questions have swirled among the veterans community about the involvement of Darin Selnick, veteran affairs adviser for the White ... whistleblowers
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said he would reimburse the U.S. Treasury for his wife's travel expenses and Wimbledon tennis tickets, after the department's ... The department would also hire an additional 70 employees to staff VA's new Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection. whistleblowers
MITCHELL — A former veterans service officer in southeastern South Dakota is appealing her firing to the state's Labor Department. Jessica Davidson alleges that she was fired in November because she blew the whistle on the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. She had raised concerns about ... whistleblowers
The Department of Veterans Affairs took expedient action to implement the Secretary's new authority to hold employees accountable provided for in the ... After enactment of the Department of Veteran Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 (PL 115-41), the OAWP enhanced its ... whistleblowers
... of Veterans Affairs proposing that he be removed from his position due to misconduct. According to Curt Cashour, the spokesman for the federal agency, Traxler resigned from his position effective Feb. 2, the same day that the VA proposed his removal from federal service for whistleblower retaliation, ... whistleblowers
... Whistleblower in Billings VA clinic faces removal while office is shut down · With Veterans Affairs whistleblower's fate undetermined, officials saying little about case · Zinke dismisses criticism of travel with vulgarity · Bullock vetoes bill meant to protect whistleblowers · Fort Harrison gets 2 of 5 stars in secret ... whistleblowers
This is a developing story; please check back for updates. Louisville's Veterans Affairs Medical Center Director Martin Traxler resigned Friday, the same day the federal agency asked for his removal. Traxlar was accused of "whistle blower retaliation, conduct unbecoming of a senior executive and lack of ... whistleblowers

MANCHESTER — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs responded sluggishly to concerns about faulty care of veterans at the Manchester VA ... said the VA's Office of Medical Inspector (OMI) did not go far enough in reviewing patient charts and investigating complaints raised by whistleblower doctors. whistleblowers
The Veterans Affairs administration failed to seriously investigate multiple complaints of poor patient care at the Manchester VA Medical Center in New ... to VA whistle-blowers that only the glaring spotlight of public scrutiny will move the agency to action,” wrote the head of the whistle-blower agency, Henry ... whistleblowers
Special Counsel Henry Kerner sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Thursday detailing his concerns about the VA's lack of action when confronted with whistleblower complaints. He wrote the situation could signal a larger problem at the VA – that information from whistleblowers isn't taken seriously. whistleblowers
Laura Follett said she still has nightmares about working at the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Follett said she is a whistle-blower who was fired for refusing to bend the rules, re-hired after she filed a complaint, and then retaliated against until she resigned. She left the VA with a $40,000 ... whistleblowers
WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs is implementing a new agency-wide policy to flag medical records of patients at high risk of suicide within 24 hours — a decision made following whistleblower allegations last year that a VA suicide-prevention team in Albuquerque, N.M. was being ... whistleblowers
DaVita Inc. will pay $63.7 million to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit that alleged that the Denver-based company's pharmaceutical division improperly billed the ... Earlier this year, the company won $538 million in its settlement of a lawsuit alleging that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs underpaid it for ... whistleblowers
A whistleblower within McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center took photos of dogs used in controversial research and submitted them to the ... group White Coat Waste Project launched a campaign to bring to light so-called maximum pain experiments at the McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in ... whistleblowers
A longtime attorney for whistleblowers has described the investigative process at the Office of Special Counsel as “operating at a molasses pace.” ... governmentwide whistleblower protections under the 2017 Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act, which became law this fall and was named for a Veterans Affairs ... whistleblowers
This situation effectively nullifies the Whistleblower Protection Act, which is enforced by the MSPB. For example, at an agency such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, which is notorious for its reprisals against employees reporting wrongdoing and dangerous conditions, a whistleblower facing firing may ... whistleblowers
Law360, Nashville (December 5, 2017, 7:33 PM EST) -- Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., asked the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday to explain its ongoing efforts to protect whistleblowers at the agency, saying she was “troubled” by reports alleging that retaliation against VA employees is on the upswing. whistleblowers
And that's why the 11 whistleblowers were so mad when U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin appointed Mayo-Smith as co-chair of the task force. Conflict of interest? You bet, Kois and others insisted. Under pressure, Shulkin removed Mayo-Smith in October, but concern remains that he's still ... whistleblowers
The Committee on Veterans Affairs looks at where the VA is failing and where it's doing ... and Whistleblower Protection Act becoming law over the summer. The bill protects whistleblowers and gives the VA authority to remove ... whistleblowers
During a regular day of work at a Veterans Affairs hospital, Chris ... passed the Dr. Christopher Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 to ... seeks to send a “strong message that federal whistleblowers like Chris ... whistleblowers
Phil Roe, R-Tenn., who is chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Veterans Affairs and was visiting area VA campuses. He served two years in the U.S. Army ... Some recent legislative changes include the Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act becoming law over the summer. The bill protects ... whistleblowers
DENVER (CBS4) – The Office of the Inspector General finds secret wait lists at Veterans Affairs facilities in Denver, Colorado Springs and ... whistleblowers
Earlier this year, President Trump signed a VA reform bill to protect whistleblowers who report abuse at the government agency. The bill also made it easier to discipline and VA fire employees. According to Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) the chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, the VA is slowly ... whistleblowers
... to focus on Roseburg VA employee concerns, whistle-blower retaliation next week ... When investigators return to the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center ... minted VA Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection will ... and that the whistle-blowers who reported it were retaliated against. whistleblowers
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs changed its story several times and focused on a whistleblower's actions rather its psychiatrists' ... whistleblowers
BEDFORD -- Following a string of deaths and reports of retaliation against whistleblowers at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin announced Saturday that he has proposed demoting the hospital's former director and initiated a search for a new ... whistleblowers
Report Explains Whistleblower Protection Bill ... VA and across the Federal Government relating to retaliation against whistleblowers, ... of the Department of Veterans Affairs This section requires the VA to formulate a plan for ... whistleblowers
EUGENE (AP) — U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs investigators plan to visit ... against whistleblowers were driving doctors to move to the Eugene clinic, ... Shanon Goodwin, a spokeswoman for Veteran Affairs in Roseburg, ... whistleblowers
23 June 2016: Voted against the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, ... of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, ... whistleblowers
Editorial: Whistle-blower laws are a must ... superiors, we label them as “whistle-blowers” and subject them to retaliation? ... Or take surgeon Scott Russi, who raised concerns about the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center's ... in favor of the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. whistleblowers
Blum said whistleblowers are on the “front lines” of knowing what's ... week is called the Dr. Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. whistleblowers
A whistleblower at the Billings Veterans Affairs clinic revealed practices in the .... The VA Accountability and Whistleblowers Protection Act, ... whistleblowers
The management at the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center is “totally ... in favor of the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. ... The whistle-blower act has already been passed by the Senate and goes next to ... punishments for supervisors who retaliate against whistle-blowers. whistleblowers
New whistleblower protections head to Trump's desk ... a psychologist was fired from a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center after ... “Future whistleblowers who take a risk to expose wrongdoing and waste in the ... whistleblowers
A Hopkinton physician who gained prominence as one of the whistleblowers at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Manchester is running for ... whistleblowers
Ask Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin what his biggest challenge is ... the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act in June. whistleblowers
“A key concern that I've learned during the confirmation process when I was talking to some whistleblower advocacy groups was that whistleblowers really need a faster resolution of their cases,” Henry ... About a third of the caseload so far has come from the Veterans Affairs Department, Kerner said. whistleblowers
President Donald Trump, accompanied by Veterans Affairs Secretary ... and Whistleblower Protection" at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Thursday ... were being hoarded and unprocessed, whistleblowers faced retaliation, ... whistleblowers
The Massachusetts Democrat fielded questions from The Enterprise about issues with the Veteran's Affairs medical system, the opioid crisis, ... whistleblowers
The task force was formed in response to whistleblower allegations of ... VA doctor Ed Kois, another of the whistleblowers, says he'd like to see ... whistleblowers


 

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