Skip to main content

About Us

Mission

The Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection is committed to improving accountability within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Organizational Structure

Our office has over 104 staff organized into three primary directorates: the Investigations Directorate, the Management and Operations Directorate, and the Compliance and Oversight Directorate. We are headquartered in Washington, D.C.

  • Assistant Secretary
    • Executive Director, Investigations Directorate
      • Director, Intake and Referral Division
      • Director, Investigations Division
      • Director, Operations and Training Division
      • Director, Quality Division
    • Management and Operations Directorate
      • Director, Stakeholder Engagement Division
      • Director, Resource Management and Operations Division
    • Executive Director, Compliance and Oversight Directorate
      • Director, Compliance Division
      • Director, Information Systems Management Division

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Led by an Executive Director for Investigations who reports directly to the Assistant Secretary.
  • Receives, reviews, and records all incoming matters involving allegations of senior leader misconduct and poor performance, whistleblower retaliation, and whistleblower disclosures.
  • Investigates allegations of VA senior leader misconduct and poor performance and allegations of whistleblower retaliation by VA supervisors.
  • Makes recommendations for disciplinary and other action on behalf of the Assistant Secretary.
  • Refers allegations in whistleblower disclosures that do not involve senior leaders and whistleblower retaliation to VA Administrations and Staff Offices for investigation and oversees the referral investigation for those allegations Receives and refers disclosures from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel for investigation within VA.
  • Implements whistleblower protection holds on disciplinary actions taken under 38 U.S.C. § 714.
  • Conducts quality assurance for the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection’s investigative process to identify systemic deficiencies in the way the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection receives, reviews, refers and investigates cases.
  • Advises the Assistant Secretary on policy and processes related to the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection investigations.

Primary entity within VA that receives, reviews, and records all incoming matters involving allegations of senior leader misconduct and poor performance, whistleblower retaliation, and whistleblower disclosures submitted by VA employees or applicants for employment. Whistleblower disclosures that involve allegations of whistleblower retaliation or allegations of senior leader misconduct or poor performance are transmitted to the Investigations Division for review and investigation. As required by law, other whistleblower disclosures are referred by the division for investigation to VA Administrations and Staff Offices. The division receives and refers disclosures from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel for investigation within VA. The division implements whistleblower protection holds on disciplinary actions taken under 38 U.S.C. § 714.

Primary entity within VA that investigates allegations of VA senior leader misconduct and poor performance and allegations of whistleblower retaliation by VA supervisors. If allegations are substantiated, makes recommendations for disciplinary, corrective, and other action on behalf of the Executive Director for Investigations.

Develops and provides education and training in whistleblower rights and protections required by 38 U.S.C. § 733 and 5 U.S.C. § 2302(c). Oversees VA’s certification under the U.S. Office of Special Counsel’s 5 U.S.C. § 2302(c) whistleblower certification program.

Conducts quality assurance for the office's investigative processes to identify systemic deficiencies in how we receive, review, refer, and investigate cases. Recommends ways to correct deficiencies to the Investigations Directorate leaders.

  • Led by a Deputy Assistant Secretary who reports directly to the Assistant Secretary.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Receives and processes Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act requests.
  • Advises on the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection human resources, budget, contracting, workforce planning, and other internal activities and management controls.

Manages our relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, to include Members of Congress, Congressional staff, other agencies of government, Veteran Service Organizations, whistleblower advocacy groups and the media. Oversees our Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act programs.

Advises on human resources, budget, contracting, workforce planning, employee engagement, training, and internal management controls.

  • Led by an Executive Director for Compliance and Oversight who reports directly to the Assistant Secretary.
  • Tracks and confirms the implementation of recommendations issued by the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection.
  • Records, tracks, reviews, and confirms the implementation of recommendations from audits and investigations carried out by VA’s Office of Inspector General, VA’s Office of Medical Inspector, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.
  • Identifies trends from audits and investigations so that VA can proactively address areas of concern.
  • Implements and maintains the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection information systems and supports innovation in the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection through technology.

Tracks and confirms the implementation of recommendations issued by the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection. Primary entity within VA that records, tracks, reviews and confirms the implementation of recommendations from audits and investigations carried out by VA’s Office of Inspector General, VA’s Office of Medical Inspector, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. The division identifies trends from audits and investigations so that VA can proactively address areas of concern.

Implements and maintains our information systems and supports our portfolio of products, services and processes from research and ideation through detailed design and delivery. The division collaborates with the Compliance Division to identify trends from audits and investigations so that VA can proactively address areas of concern.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Individuals may request copies of records maintained regarding themselves through the Privacy Act. Other agency records can be requested through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Email us at oawpfoiarequests@va.gov to request Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection records under either Act.

Visit the VA Freedom of Information Act website for more information on the process.

Page last updated on May 4, 2021

Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection

An official website of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Looking for U.S. government information and services?
Visit USA.gov

We’re here anytime, day or night - 24/7