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Whistleblowers credited in VA discipline decisions in Colorado, Wyoming

By: Associated Press
July 30, 2014 Updated: July 30, 2014 at 12:44 pm
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photo - Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner pauses for a drunk of water during her testimony before a House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. A federal investigative agency is examining 67 claims of retaliation by supervisors at the Department of Veterans Affairs against employees who filed whistleblower complaints--including 25 complaints filed since June 1, after a growing health care scandal involving long patient waits and falsified records at VA hospitals and clinics became public. The independent Office of Special Counsel said 30 of the complaints about retaliation have passed the initial review stage and were being further investigated for corrective action and possible discipline against VA supervisors and other executives. The complaints were filed in 28 states at 45 separate facilities, Lerner said. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner pauses for a drunk of water during her testimony before a House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. A federal investigative agency is examining 67 claims of retaliation by supervisors at the Department of Veterans Affairs against employees who filed whistleblower complaints--including 25 complaints filed since June 1, after a growing health care scandal involving long patient waits and falsified records at VA hospitals and clinics became public. The independent Office of Special Counsel said 30 of the complaints about retaliation have passed the initial review stage and were being further investigated for corrective action and possible discipline against VA supervisors and other executives. The complaints were filed in 28 states at 45 separate facilities, Lerner said. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) 

DENVER — Federal officials say whistleblowers contributed to a Veterans Affairs Department decision to seek disciplinary action against six employees in Colorado and Wyoming accused of manipulating health care data.

The VA said Tuesday it proposed unspecified action against supervisors and workers at the VA Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and a clinic in Fort Collins, Colorado.

They include Cheyenne Medical Center Director Cynthia McCormack and Rocky Mountain Network Director Ralph Gigliotti (ji-LAH'-tee).

Neither immediately responded to messages seeking comment. The other employees' names weren't released.

The independent Office of Special Counsel says whistleblowers provided information that led to the VA's proposals. Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner called the whistleblowers courageous and applauded the VA's decision.

The VA didn't say what data were manipulated, but an investigation found some offices falsified appointment records.

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