Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection
Triage: Comprised of competent, capable and compassionate team members that help quickly manage resolution of VA employee whistleblower disclosures made on the Department. The division determines if matters fall within OAWP’s scope and the appropriate course of action to take on each matter. The team provides guidance, oversight, analysis and training on the whistleblower program and ensures all VA administrations implement recommendations from audits and investigations carried out by various entities including Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and Office of Inspector General (OIG).
Investigations: The primary entity within the VA for investigating senior leader misconduct and wrongdoing as well as whistleblower protection. The division makes recommendations and communicates Department policies that govern investigating non-criminal allegations of misconduct or malfeasance including whistleblower retaliation and other accountability matters throughout the Department.
Advisory & Analysis: Makes recommendations regarding disciplinary and accountability actions to the Secretary and other senior officials. The division works closely with senior management to prepare disciplinary actions in instances of senior leader misconduct or poor performance. Advisory & Analysis also provides advice and training to VA employees on the Accountability Law and provides guidance to management officials on the implementation of the Accountability Act and whistleblower protections.
Knowledge Management Operations: Serves as the primary lead for providing process, systems, analytical and performance consultative services to OAWP. Team members develop and maintain solutions for workload data tracking and management. The division serves as the primary entity responding to requests for data contained in the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection systems.