Paula Pedene

ITL #159 The whistleblower’s story: a modern day battle of David versus Goliath

On December 10, 2012 my life changed forever, but little did I know that it was the starting point of something that would transcend across the country. It was on this day the Associate Director (AD) at the Phoenix VA took me out of my 21-year position as a VA Public Affairs Officer for what was later confirmed as a minor infraction. It was the …

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Phoenix VA whistle-blowers get retaliation settlements

PHOENIX — The Department of Veterans Affairs has come to terms with three Phoenix whistle-blowers who filed retaliation complaints after helping expose mismanagement and health-care breakdowns in the Phoenix VA medical center. The trio — Dr. Katherine Mitchell, Paula Pedene and Damian Reese — accepted mostly confidential settlements for demotions and harassment they suffered at the hands …

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For whistleblowers, a bold move can be followed by one to department basement

PHOENIX — On her 71st workday in the basement, Paula Pedene had something fun to look forward to. She had an errand to run, up on the first floor. “Today, I get to go get the papers. Exciting!” she said. “I get to go upstairs and, you know, see people.” The task itself was no thrill: …

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Taking a Stand for Ethics and Accountability in PR: Paula Pedene, APR

It’s hard to be in public relations. Constant learning, demanding clients and massive stress take a heavy toll on many of us. Sometimes, just to frost the cupcake, ethical issues come up that deeply test our honesty and integrity. We can either fall like dominoes to offload the pressure, or stand tall and let the …

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VA official in Arizona demoted after her testimony

A longtime spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Arizona has been removed from her post, allegedly because she breached security by asking her husband to upload photographs of the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade onto a secure government website. Paula Pedene, a 23-year employee with the VA Health Care System, is fighting her reassignment to …

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