An employee at the embattled Veterans Affairs hospital in Arizona is facing a punishment ranging from “reprimand to removal,” Fox News has learned, for publicly revealing the name of a colleague he claims harassed him after the whistle-blower exposed exceedingly long wait times for patients at the Phoenix facility.

In a letter dated March 30, the VA accused scheduling manager Kuauhtemoc Rodriguez of violating “privacy standards you are expected to enforce [and] breaching your responsibilities as a supervisor,” by sending the media a copy of an email he wrote to the hospital director that detailed alleged harassment and included the name of a colleague as one of the top offenders.

The VA claims divulging the name of a fellow employee violates its policy prohibiting release of “Sensitive Personal Information” (SPI) without permission. This includes “education, financial transactions, medical history, criminal or employment history, and information that can be used to distinguish or trace the individual’s identity.”   More

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    Two months into his tenure as Secretary of Veterans Affairs, David Shulkin still doesn’t have most of his top team in place. 
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    Portland VA to temporarily stop removing vets from caregiver program

    Under pressure from Oregon's congressional leaders, the Portland VA said Monday that it has temporarily stopped removing people from a program that pays spouses of disabled veterans to be caregivers.  More

    State seeks dismissal of ex-Vets Affairs secretary's defamation suit
    Former Louisiana Veterans Affairs Secretary David LaCerte's defamation lawsuit against the state's legislative auditor and inspector general, who accused him of mismanaging state funds and puffing up his military service credentials, should be thrown out, state attorneys maintain.  More

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