- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 15, 2014

Veterans and government oversight groups announced a new project to protect whistleblowers in the Department of Veterans Affairs ahead of Secretary Eric Shinseki’s testimony before Congress Thursday morning.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America joined with the Project on Government Oversight to launch www.VAOversight.org, a secure website that allows VA employees to contact the two groups if they want to report mistakes or neglect in the department.

“It takes a lot of courage to step forward and put one’s career at risk,” said Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight. “Whistleblowers shouldn’t have to go it alone. We can help whistleblowers hold the VA accountable, and keep the focus on solutions rather than attempts to hunt down those who voiced concerns.”

Mr. Shinseki will appear before the Senate Committee on Veteran’s Affairs on Thursday to respond to allegations that at least 40 veterans died while waiting on a secret list for care at a Phoenix VA facility.

The president announced on Wednesday that Rob Nabors, the deputy chief of staff of policy at the White House, will be temporarily reassigned to work with Mr. Shinseki to solve these issues.