What changes does Dr. Ronny Jackson need to make to the VA if he is confirmed as the next Veterans Affairs secretary? Dr. Stewart Levenson, a VA whistleblower and congressional candidate, weighs in.
Federal government employees are being intimidated, bullied and threatened with physical violence as they try to blow the whistle on wrongdoing in their agencies – particularly within the Department of Veterans Affairs. And as some whistleblowers realize that disclosing things through the “proper channels” doesn’t always suffice, they are increasingly turning to outside groups for help and support, especially when they start encountering threats on their lives, and those of their loved ones.
In 2017, the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection (OAWP) was created for employees to report wrongdoing within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). During remarks at the signing of the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act in June that same year, President Donald Trump said that “for many years, the government failed to keep its promises to our veterans,” and he called a litany of VA scandals (overlong waitlists, over-prescribing, poor treatment) “a national disgrace.”
The bill, Trump said,