The Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection (OAWP) is committed to ensuring accountability within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). OAWP was established by the President of the United States on April 27, 2017, under Executive Order 13793. OAWP was statutorily established by the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, P.L. 115-41, and its functions are codified under 38 U.S.C. 323. More information about OAWP’s investigative process can be found in VA Directive 0500.
Disclosures from any individual alleging:
Disclosures from VA employees and applicants for VA employment alleging:
OAWP investigates the above disclosures if they involve allegations of whistleblower retaliation or allegations of senior leader misconduct or poor performance. As required by law, other whistleblower disclosures are referred for investigation to another VA office (e.g., VA’s Office of the Medical Inspector (OMI), the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the Veterans Benefits Administration). When referring a case for investigation, OAWP identifies the allegations to be investigated and the witnesses to be interviewed. After a referral is made, VA offices prepare a report of investigation (ROI). OAWP accepts the ROI if the VA office interviewed the witnesses identified by OAWP and addressed the allegations identified by OAWP.
Examples of matters referred to another VA investigative entity by OAWP:
Examples of matters outside of OAWP’s investigative scope:
Whistleblower retaliation refers to a supervisor taking or failing to take, threatening to take or not to take, a personnel action because you disclosed a violation of law, rule, or regulation; mismanagement; gross waste of funds; abuse of authority; or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.