Documents: VA refuses to fire officials who punished whistleblowers

Officials at the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix have held onto their jobs despite an internal review that uncovered evidence they had retaliated against whistleblowers.

The year-old report, which has not yet been made public by the VA, offered a detailed account of the retaliation two whistleblowers faced when they attempted to report wrongdoing at the Phoenix facility.

For example, Paula Pedene in the Phoenix system's public affairs office said her budget was slashed and her staff reduced in 2012 after she raised "multiple allegations of misconduct and mismanagement."

Pedene, who is legally blind, was then reassigned from the public affairs department and placed under investigation for an alleged "computer security violation" after she allowed her husband to log onto her work computer and upload pictures he had taken of a Veterans Day parade.