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Interim Report: Review of VHA's Patient Wait Times, Scheduling Practices, and Alleged Patient Deaths at the Phoenix Health Care System

OIG provides an interim report of the ongoing review at the Phoenix Health Care System (HCS). The report identifies the allegations substantiated to date, and provides recommendations that VA should implement immediately. Allegations at the Phoenix HCS include gross mismanagement of VA resources and criminal misconduct by VA senior...More

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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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Audit of NCA's Rural Veterans Burial Initiative

In accordance with Public Law 113-6, Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013, which requires VA’s National Cemetery Administration (NCA) to address Congressional concerns that NCA does not adequately serve the Nation’s rural veterans, we conducted this audit to evaluate whether NCA’s Rural Veterans Burial Initiative (Rural Initiative) identifies the...More

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OIG Monthly Highlights

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Follow-Up Audit of VHA's Workers' Compensation Case Management

We determined whether VHA improved Workers’ Compensation Program (WCP) case management to better control costs in chargeback year 2012, which represented the most current audit data available at the time we began work. We identified issues with claims initiation and monitoring similar to those disclosed in our 2004 and 2011...More

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