VA whistleblower calls out VA Central Office senior leadership
A exterior view of the VA medical center in Phoenix (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -
Another VA insider is coming forward with shocking claims about leaders abusing power. Supervisors physically threatening employees and sexual harassment are just some of the allegations against the VA Central Office.
The employee, a U.S. Air Force veteran and information security officer who chose to conceal his identity, took his concerns all the way to the top and yet little to nothing has been done about them.
He came to us as a last resort, hoping someone would listen to his multitude of complaints.
"I've had several people come to me, wanting to know what to do, very upset," he said. "They want to do the right thing but they're afraid for their jobs."
It has been a recurring theme within the Phoenix VA for years, but this employee said he could no longer sit in silence.
"There's a lot of supervisors that use their positions to intimidate others," he said.
Case in point, he says, is his direct supervisor, whom he accuses of threatening him because he recently reported problems and even illegal activities within the facility.
"That's when he grabbed the arm of the chair and he lunged at me and he yelled at me and said, 'I'm your supervisor. I'm telling you it's wrong,' then he ordered me not to report anything without his permission," the whistleblower explained.
The employee says while some didn't acknowledge the incident, others, including a VA Central Office senior leader ,blamed the supervisor's alleged behavior on stress. He also said the supervisor in question and others continue to belittle and intimidate staff.
"I have had it put in writing to me that I am not to cooperate with investigators, specifically congressional investigators," he said. "My personal belief is that they don't want their dirty laundry exposed."
There was no response from the VA Central Office for comment on his claims.