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Letter to Secretary Peake Regarding Witness Retaliation

Sep 19, 2008

September 19, 2008

The Honorable James Peake
Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420

Dear Secretary Peake:

Last week, the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight held a hearing on the destruction of an irreplaceable collection of legionella and other infectious bacteria and environmental specimens by high-ranking officials of the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS).[1]  The specimens were housed in the Special Pathogens Laboratory (SPL), which was abruptly closed in July of 2006 by those same officials.


[1] “How the Lack of a Coherent Policy Allowed the Veterans Administration to Destroy An Irreplaceable Collection of Legionella Samples,” Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, Committee on Science and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives, Sept. 9, 2008.

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110th Congress