Sunday, April 30, 2017

Presidential Executive Order on Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protection at the Department of Veterans Affairs

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Presidential Executive Order on Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protection at the Department of Veterans Affairs

EXECUTIVE ORDER
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IMPROVING ACCOUNTABILITY AND WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION
AT THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1.  Purpose.  This order is intended to improve accountability and whistleblower protection at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by directing the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Secretary) to establish within the VA an Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection and to appoint a Special Assistant to serve as Executive Director of the Office.
Sec. 2.  Establishing a VA Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection.  (a)  Within 45 days of the date of this order, and to the extent permitted by law, the Secretary shall establish in the VA the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection (Office), and shall appoint a Special Assistant, reporting directly to the Secretary, to serve as Executive Director of the Office.  The VA shall provide funding and administrative support for the Office, consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(b)  To the extent permitted by law, the Office shall:
(i)    advise and assist the Secretary in using, as appropriate, all available authorities to discipline or terminate any VA manager or employee who has violated the public's trust and failed to carry out his or her duties on behalf of veterans, and to recruit, reward, and retain high-performing employees;
(ii)   identify statutory barriers to the Secretary's authority to discipline or terminate any employee who has jeopardized the health, safety, or well-being of a veteran, and to recruit, reward, and retain high‑performing employees; and report such barriers to the Secretary for consideration as to the need for legislative changes;
(iii)  work closely with relevant VA components to ensure swift and effective resolution of veterans' complaints of wrongdoing at the VA; and
(iv)   work closely with relevant VA components to ensure adequate investigation and correction of wrongdoing throughout the VA, and to protect employees who lawfully disclose wrongdoing from retaliation.
(c)  In establishing the Office, the Secretary shall consider, in addition to any other relevant factors:
(i)    whether some or all of the functions of the Office are currently performed by an existing VA office, component, or program;
(ii)   whether certain administrative capabilities necessary for operating the Office are redundant with those of another VA office, component, or program; and
(iii)  whether combining the Office with another VA office, component, or program may improve the VA's efficiency, effectiveness, or accountability.
Sec. 3.  General Provisions.  (a)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i)   the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii)  the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b)  This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(c)  This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

 DONALD J. TRUMP

THE WHITE HOUSE,
April 27, 2017.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/04/27/presidential-executive-order-improving-accountability-and-whistleblower

2 comments:

  1. Wait, back the truck up! Your previous post has a document, poster, or some type of advertising from the Office of Special Counsel. The Office of Special Counsel is the federal activity that is supposed to protect Whistleblowers from Whistleblower retaliation. Why would the VA need an office to protect VA Whistleblowers from Whistleblower retaliation?

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  2. Anonymous, I think you nailed it. Why didn't the Special Counsel protect the VA Whistleblowers and why is it necessary to have a VA office to protect Whistleblowers. The answer is really pretty clear, but Carolyn N. Lerner has a number of politicians snowed beyond belief, and they actually want her appointed to another term. Those politicians actually believe the statistics that they receive from Lerner herself, without seing the obvious or the internal policies established by Lerner that actually harm whistleblowers so that Carolyn Lerner can report a high case closure rate. The case closure rate does not mean that there has been any kind of resolution at all. It means that Carolyn Lerner and her staff close cases without investigation just so they can make-up their own metrics and pat themselves on the back. The truth of the matter is that the OSC is still seriously corrupt and with the exception of a relative few cases that they point to and say "look how good we are," the corruption is happening at full speed.
    Last month President Trump withdrew reappointment nomination of Carolyn Lerner. That's great news for whistleblowers who could possibly get some justice with a new Special Counsel. It would be impossible with the corrupt Carolyn Lerner. I hope President Trump does not reconsider his decision to shit-can Lerner because a few politicians are writing letters praising her. It's obvoius that those politicians don't know what Lerner is all about. Get rid of Carolyn Lerner and do a favor for the Federal workers that Lerner does not support.

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