Eighteen thousand, five hundred twenty-two.
That's how many people have signed a petition asking the Veterans Affairs inspector general to halt its demand for the names of whistleblowers who have reached out to the Project on Government Oversight.
POGO gave the petition to the IG's office July 8, according to the independent government watchdog.
As the wait list and mismanagement scandals at VA continue to unravel, POGO, along with its partners at the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, has collected tips on the agency from nearly 800 whistleblowers through a special encrypted website.
But earlier this year, acting VA IG Richard Griffin issued a subpoena to POGO for all information it has received relating to the VA's problems, including the names of VA employees or veterans that have contacted POGO.
POGO has not complied with Griffin's demands, saying the subpoena violates its First Amendment rights.