AFGE: Whistleblowers Need Protection from Retalitation

ABC Chicago covered the latest in the revelations of fraud and abuse committed by Veteran Affairs Directors: “The Inspector General’s report calls it a systemic problem: secret lists that hide the truth about how long veterans are waiting to receive the health care they need.  President Obama called the report ‘extremely troubling,’ while Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said the findings are ‘reprehensible.'”

While VA officials at Hines have denied having any proof of secret waiting lists, American Federation of Government Employee’s Local 781 President Germaine Clarno has been detailing the facts of abuse, and points to e-mails that document the practice of using secret wait lists.

Clarno said that many Veteran Affairs employees are willing to come forward as whistleblowers, but will need protection from retaliation.

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