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Sexual Harassment: Inconsistent and Incomplete Policies and Information Hinder VA's Efforts to Protect Employees
[Technical Report, Congressional Report]
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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A federal survey estimates that 22 of Veterans Affairs employees experienced workplace sexual harassment in 2014-2016. VA has policies to prevent and address harassment, but some are inconsistent and incomplete. For example, the person who oversees personnel functions e.g., hiring, promotions is the same person who oversees the complaint process. This can create a conflict of interest. In addition, VA doesnt centrally collect information on all complaintsmaking it harder to direct its resources for preventing and addressing sexual harassment where theyre needed most. Our 7 recommendations address these and other issues we found.
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