After an act of Congress, the Veterans Affairs Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection was established to assist in oversight and prevent employee retaliation at the agency. However, a new Inspector General report says that the Department of Veterans Affairs isn’t doing enough to protect whistleblowers at the agency. Michael Missal, Inspector General at VA, says that there are a few needed reforms at the office.
“We found they didn’t have comprehensive policies and procedures. They need to have them so they treat everybody fairly and they understand the standards in which they’re operating,” Missal said. “In addition, they need to have strong senior leaders in the office. There’s an assistant secretary now, but all of the positions below her are still to be filled. They have to make sure they fill them with the right people who understand the responsibilities of the office.”