The following article originally appeared in The Washington Examiner:
Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin was challenged Monday by a VA whistleblower who asked why he was still facing retaliation by the department, even though VA policy prohibits actions against officials who highlight problems within the agency.
Shulkin met with VA officials in Montana to tour the Fort Harrison facility, and later participated in a question-and-answer session. That’s where Greg Chiles, a veteran and VA police officer, asked Shulkin why retaliation against him is not being stopped.
As part of his official duties, Chiles — who had never had any previous disciplinary problems at VA — had issued a citation to a VA psychologist for driving 36 miles-per-hour in a 20-mph zone. Then, in 2014, Chiles failed a mandatory annual mental evaluation administered by that same psychologist.
Chiles told the Washington Examiner that the actions against him were a form of retaliation for enforcing the rules against a senior VA official, and for his complaint against that official for improperly accessing and altering his military record. Many of the psychologist’s actions toward Chiles were criticized in a Dec. 12, 2016 Merit Systems Protection Board hearing, but still, Chiles said the retaliation has gotten increasingly worse.