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Whistleblowers run to-the-basement risk

Technically, offices relocated

Posted: August 10, 2014 at 3:42 a.m.

Paula Pedene seen July 27, 2014 at her home in Scottsdale, Ariz., used to be chief spokesperson for the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital. After she complained about management, she was moved to a receptionist's job at the hospital's library, which is in the building's basement. Illustrates BASEMENT (category a), by David A. Fahrenthold (c) 2014, The Washington Post. Moved Sunday, Aug. 4, 2014.  (MUST CREDIT: Photo by Samantha Sais for The Washington Post)

Paula Pedene seen July 27, 2014 at her home in Scottsdale, Ariz., used to be chief spokesperson for the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital. After she complained about management, she was moved to a receptionist's job at the hospital's library, which is in the building's basement. Illustrates BASEMENT (category a), by David A. Fahrenthold (c) 2014, The Washington Post. Moved Sunday, Aug. 4, 2014. (MUST CREDIT: Photo by Samantha Sais for The Washington Post)

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.

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