The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) has asked the Office of Special Counsel for protection for a whistleblower at the Department of Veterans Affairs, who they say was unfairly evaluated.
The request relates to the November 2011 Senate testimony of Dr. Michelle Washington, a post-traumatic stress disorder specialist who works for VA in Wilmington, Del. AFGE claims her personnel evaluation was changed and lowered the night before her testimony, in which she said poor staffing and pressure from management to meet arbitrary quotas harmed patient care.
Afterward, Washington’s duties were “radically changed,” resulting in significant inconvenience for veterans with PTSD, AFGE said.
During her testimony, Washington said she feared retaliation from management, and that several of her colleagues were too afraid to testify.