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Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection


Kirk Nicholas

Executive Director

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Kirk Nicholas is the Executive Director of the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection (OAWP). Mr Nicholas provides oversight for the Secretary’s accountability agenda and final review. He is charged with providing advisory support directly to the Secretary and VA leadership in the direction, control, coordination and evaluation of Whistleblower Protections and Senior Leader Accountability throughout VA.

He is a retired Marine, Civil Servant and consultant who has been recognized as a dynamic leader, critical thinker and strategic innovator. Mr. Nicholas has highly developed skills in organizational design and de-layering married with deploying successful Lean Six Sigma and other process/performance improvement methodologies on a global scale. He is results driven and focused on identifying improvement opportunities that will drive increased performance and cost reductions in all operations.

A highly sought after Enterprise Solution Architect for many commercial and government organizations, he is a recognized expert on the strengths of Enterprise organizational design and performance improvement tied to people, process and technology. Kirk is also one of the most experienced deployment directors of Lean Six Sigma, covering global locations, 1.5 million people, a $546 Billion budget and a 3 year ROI of $54 Billion to the Army’s bottom line.