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Review of Alleged Patient Deaths, Patient Wait Times, and Scheduling Practices at the Phoenix VA Health Care System

This is the final report addressing allegations of gross mismanagement of VA resources, criminal misconduct by senior leadership, systemic patient safety issues, and possible wrongful deaths at the Phoenix VA Health Care System. The OIG found patients at the Phoenix VA Health Care System experienced access barriers that adversely affected the quality of primary and specialty care provided for them. More

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Former VA Contractor Arrested In Connection With Stolen Identity Refund Fraud

Tampa Man Arrested for Stealing Veterans’ Information from James Haley VAMC Then Selling It for Use in Filing Fraudulent Tax Refunds...Read this press release

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Healthcare Inspection - Improper Closure of Non-VA Care Consults, Carl Vinson VA Medical Center, Dublin, GA

OIG conducted an inspection in response to a complaint, followed by a request from Congressman Jack Kingston, regarding alleged consult mismanagement at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin, GA. We found that, in order to meet organizational goals, facility staff improperly “batch closed” more than 1,500 Non-VA Care...More

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Wentzville Woman Pleads Guilty to Theft of Government Funds

Missouri Woman Admits To Stealing $138K in Veterans’ Benefits in the Name of Her Deceased Mother, Faces Up to 10 Years in Prison and $250K Fine...Read this press release

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OIG Monthly Highlights

Read about our top reports and investigations in June 2014...Read the Monthly Highlights

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Review of Alleged Mail Mismanagement at VBA’s Baltimore VA Regional Office

On June 19, 2014, the Acting Director of the Baltimore VA Regional Office (VARO) alerted the OIG that approximately 8,000 documents and claims folders for 80 veterans were inappropriately stored in a supervisor’s office. Desk audits of staff office space performed by VARO management revealed about 1,500 additional documents containing...More

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Congressional Testimony - 7/14/2014

Statement of Linda A. Halliday Assistant Inspector General for Audits and Evaluations Office of Inspector General Department of Veterans Affairs Before The Committee on Veterans’ Affairs United States House Of Representatives Hearing On “Evaluation Of The More

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Review of VBA’s Special Initiative To Process Rating Claims Pending Over 2 Years

On April 19, 2013, the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) began a Special Initiative to process all claims pending over 2 years. VA Regional Office (VARO) staff were to issue provisional ratings for cases awaiting required evidence and complete these older claims within 60 days. Our review focused on whether...More

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Audit of Post-9/11 G.I. Bill Monthly Housing Allowance and Book Stipend Payments

OIG evaluated the Veterans Benefits Administration’s (VBA) management of Post-9/11 G.I. Bill monthly housing allowance and book stipend payments. We performed this audit due to the size of the program and the financial risks associated with benefits delivery. During calendar year 2013, VBA paid about $5.4 billion in housing...More

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