VA act­ing chief: re­tal­i­a­tion will not be tol­er­ated

The Covington News - - OPINION -

SAN AN­TO­NIO (AP) — In­ves­ti­ga­tors said they are ex­am­in­ing al­le­ga­tions that su­per­vi­sors in the vet­er­ans’ health sys­tem re­tal­i­ated against 37 em­ploy­ees who com­plained about prac­tices such as fal­si­fied records used to cover up months-long de­lays in sched­ul­ing ap­point­ments. The act­ing VA chief said such reprisals would not be tol­er­ated.

“I think that is wrong. It is ab­so­lutely un­ac­cept­able,” Act­ing Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Sec­re­tary Sloan Gibson said Fri­day.

“There have been ques­tions raised about in­tim­i­da­tion or even re­tal­i­a­tion. There is a law that for­bids that, and we’ll fol­low the law,” Gibson said at a news con­fer­ence Fri­day fol­low­ing a visit to a San An­to­nio VA fa­cil­ity.

His com­ments came af­ter the Of­fice of Spe­cial Coun­sel said it was look­ing into pos­si­ble re­tal­i­a­tion against 37 em­ploy­ees of the VA who filed so-called “whistle­blower” com­plaints.

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