"It's an ingrained culture," Mr. Kohn said. "What they need to do if they were serious is to appoint a truly independent and responsible neutral mediator, someone who can come in and actually look these cases over and resolve them if they need to resolved. But they continue to fight them in court."
"Unless you do something real, it's just window dressing," said Stephen Kohn, executive director of the National Whistleblowers Center, when asked about the VA apology. "I haven't seen any change in the culture at VA. It really has a reputation as one of the worst federal agencies for whistleblowers."