State employees are free to express opinions to state or local elected officials on matters of public concern. State employees may not be subjected to acts of retaliation because the employee has expressed such opinions. "Matters of public concern" are those issues of interest to the community as a whole, whether for social, political, or other reasons, including discussions that disclose any evidence of corruption, impropriety, or other malfeasance on the part of government officials; violations of law; or incidence of fraud, abuse, or gross mismanagement (VA Stat. Sec. 2.2- 2902.1).