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Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection

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ABOUT OUR OFFICE

The Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection (OAWP) is committed to ensuring accountability within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). OAWP receives and investigates VA whistleblower disclosures and protects VA employees and applicants for VA employment from whistleblower retaliation.  

OAWP was established by the President of the United States on April 27, 2017, under Executive Order 13793. OAWP was statutorily established by the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, P.L. 115-41, and its functions are codified under 38 U.S.C. § 323.

OAWP is led by Assistant Secretary for Accountability and Whistleblower Protection, Dr. Tamara BonzantoClick here to learn more about OAWP, including our mission and values. 

WHAT DOES OAWP INVESTIGATE OR REFER FOR INVESTIGATION

OAWP accepts disclosures from VA employees and applicants for VA employment alleging:

  • a potential violation of any law, rule or regulation;
  • gross mismanagement or gross waste of funds;
  • abuse of authority; or
  • substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.


OAWP directly investigates whistleblower disclosures  that raise allegations of misconduct, retaliation, or poor performance involving:

  • VA senior executives;
  • VA employees in a confidential, policy-making, policy-determining, or policy-advocating position; and
  • supervisory employees, if the allegation involves retaliation against a VA employee for making a whistleblower disclosure.


All other whistleblower disclosures are either referred out to another VA investigative entity with oversight
 provided by OAWP or, because they fall outside of OAWP’s scope, are closed-out by OAWP and, if appropriate, routed to another VA investigative entity.


Examples of OAWP-referred matters include
:

  • allegations of leave abuse involving a facility human resources officer: referred to the respective administration for investigation with the investigation overseen by OAWP; and
  • allegations of negligent patient care: referred to VA’s Office of the Medical Inspector for investigation with the investigation overseen by OAWP.


Examples of matters outside of OAWP’s scope:

  • allegations involving crimes (see 38 C.F.R. § 1.204): closed-out by OAWP and transmitted to VA’s Office of Inspector General;
  • allegations made by non-VA employees and applicants for employment (see 38 U.S.C. § 323(g)(3)): transmitted by OAWP to the responsible VA administration or staff office; and
  • allegations involving equal employment opportunity (EEO) discrimination, EEO reprisal, sexual harassment, and hostile work environment (see VA Directive 5977): OAWP notifies the disclosing individual that he or she may contact VA’s Office of Resolution Management.

 

HOW TO MAKE A DISCLOSURE TO OAWP

If you are a VA employee or applicant for VA employment, you can:


QUESTIONS, CONCERNS, OR LOOKING FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OAWP

  • Call us at: 202-461-4119
  • Write to us at (note that the delivery of mail is sometimes delayed):


U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection

810 Vermont Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20420

 

CONNECT WITH OAWP

TO MAKE A DISCLOSURE
FOR ALL OTHER MATTERS
  • OAWP Main Line: 202-461-4119
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