Stop Demanding the Names of Whistleblowers
Recently, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been under close scrutiny for major lapses in care to America's veterans. The Project On Government Oversight set up an anonymous website for VA employees to share information and ways to improve care delivery, and hundreds of people have stepped forward to help.
Now, the Inspector General for the Department of Veterans Affairs has demanded that the names of these whistleblowers be turned over. This is a violation of the first amendment, and it sets a scary precedent.
These brave whistleblowers deserve protection — they fear retaliation if their identities are revealed. Where does the government draw the line?
Tell the VA Inspector General that the effort to find out the names of these whistleblowers is misguided. Make sure your voice is heard on this important issue by adding your name to the petition!
Dear Acting Inspector General Richard Griffin,
We the undersigned are writing you in support of the Project On Government Oversight. We strongly disagree with your attempt to force POGO to reveal the identities of its Veterans Affairs whistleblowers.
While we support your efforts to root out mismanagement and corruption at the VA, your subpoena for POGO’s records goes too far. We urge you to drop your demand for POGO’s records.
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