The VA accounted for the greatest number of complaints of whistleblower retaliation and other prohibited personnel practices brought before the Office of Special Counsel in 2017, the OSC has reported, “a substantial portion of which concerned scheduling and patient care revelations.”
A total of 1,824 complaints originated at the VA, more than the 1,245 from DoD—which has twice as many employees—with DHS and Justice next at 566 and 262. Among Cabinet departments, Energy and State had the fewest, 51 and 54.
Whistleblower complaints surged at the VA in recent years as federal employees who had cooperated with investigations into the patient scheduling and care scandal alleged that management responded by retaliating against them.
In terms of cases per 1,000 employees, HUD was at the top with 5.8, followed by Education, VA and Labor, with 5.5, 4.8 and 4.2, respectively. Treasury, State and Commerce were lowest, 0.9, 1.3 and 1.3.
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