VA whistleblower honored by Common Cause for speaking out

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scott davisCommon Cause Georgia honored VA whistleblower Scott Davis on Sunday for his efforts to expose a backlog of hundreds of thousands of VA health applications and other problems that impact veterans.

The good government group added a whistleblower category this year to its annual Democracy Awards for 2014. Davis won top honors in the whistleblower category.

He first appeared in an AJC article in June that detailed a variety of problems at the VA’s national enrollment office in Atlanta, including possible purging of health applications and the pending backlog. In July, Davs testified before Congress in a hearing with other VA whistleblowers from across the country. Davis speaking out has spawned investigations into the problems at the Health Eligibility Center which oversee enrollment nationwide for millions of veterans.

Davis said he never set out to be a whistleblower, but was honored to be recognized by the group at its annual awards reception on Sunday.

“There was a lot of support from veterans and from people that support veterans,” Davis said.

Stacy Kalberman and Sherilyn Streicker, the former top two staff officials at the State Ethics Commission, were also honored in the whistleblower category. The women sued the state for retaliation they experienced after an ethics commission investigation into Gov. Nathan Deal’s 2010 campaign. The state awarded Kalberman $1.15 million in May after a jury agreed with her claim and the state reached a $1 million settlement with Streicker in June.



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