VA Whistleblower Says He Was Harrassed after Voicing Concerns to White House

by Molly Wharton

A VA whistleblower says he was harassed after he contacted a White House official about his concerns regarding the VA.

Program specialist Scott Davis from the VA National Health Eligibility Center spoke Tuesday night of the harassment he received from “top levels of management” at the VA. He explained that after he brought his complaint to White House deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors, the news was leaked to his manager, who said that she was contacting him on behalf of Nabor and the VA’s acting secretary, Sloan Gibson. “Neither Mr. Gibson nor Mr. Nabors have responded to this fact,” Davis said.

His employment records were illegally altered, he said, he was illegally placed on a permanent work detail. He then was placed on involuntary administrative leave “curiously” at the same time that the inspector general’s investigation of the VA was taking place, he said.

After describing his own experience, he noted, “Unfortunately, my experience is not unique at the VA.” Davis noted his co-workers who “have experienced the same retaliation for reporting medical errors and patient neglect as well as misconduct by senior VA police officials.”

His local union president, he said, said is “routinely harassed as a direct consequence of assisting me and other disabled federal employees with retaliatory action by members of management.”

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