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Attorney Pitts-Wiley Discusses Whistleblowers for FNR
This certification has been described as "an important first step in establishing an open culture where legitimate concerns are addressed" by Carolyn Lerner, head of the OSC.
Carolyn Lerner, head of the Office of Special Counsel, the independent federal agency tasked with protecting whistleblowers, condemned the court ruling when it was issued more than two years ago.
"We are disappointed in the outcome," Lerner said.
U.S. Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner testifies before the House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing in July 2014.
U.S. Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner testifies before the House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing in July 2014. Cliff Owen/Associated Press Share this on Facebook Thankfully, under the leadership of Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner, the Office of Special Counsel has had a successful track record of intervening to stop retaliation against VA whistleblowers in a number of high profile and important cases." The job was vacant for three years before Lerner took over. Since Lerner became head of OSC, he added, they have renewed confidence they can do so. The numbers support that theory; since 2011, when Lerner took over, total cases at OSC have increased by 52 percent.
In a letter to the White House in September, Carolyn N. Lerner of the Office of Special Counsel, the federal agency charged with reviewing whistleblower complaints, said that the VA's response to the question of the missed diagnoses had been "insufficient and unreasonable."
The agency had done limited reviews of a small sample of the accused radiologist's reports. But, she added, "[T]he agency admits […] that it has not determined what number of cases constitutes a sufficient review to achieve a statistically viable error rate," Lerner's letter said. In her letter to President Barack Obama in September, Lerner, the Special Counsel in Washington, said it was "increasingly difficult to believe that the agency's past reviews of Khan's work were objective or sufficient."
But alleged abuses of the system, largely by agents who do not work in the field, have cost taxpayers between $8 million and $37 million per year in improper payments, according to Carolyn Lerner, head of the Office of Special Counsel, a federal agency that investigates whistleblower allegations.