Statement from the Acting VA Inspector General
Suggestions from the media and some Members of Congress that the OIG kept secret inappropriate scheduling practices at the Phoenix VA Health Care System are belied by nearly a decade of reporting by the Office of Inspector General. Read the Acting Inspector General’s statement; a chronology of OIG reporting, Keeping Congress and VA Secretary Informed: VA Office of Inspector General’s Reporting on Patient Wait Times from 2005-2014; and the 2008 memorandum of administrative investigation on altered wait times at the Phoenix VA Health Care System.
Review of Alleged Patient Deaths, Patient Wait Times, and Scheduling Practices at the Phoenix VA Health Care System
- Read this Report
- Questions and Answers on the most significant aspects of the OIG’s report.
- Acting Inspector General's Oral Statement and Written Statement delivered before the House Committee On Veterans’ Affairs, September 17, 2014.
- Acting Inspector General's response to media coverage of baseless allegations on independence and integrity of the report.
Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to discuss the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) work regarding VA’s Office of Information and Technology’s (OIT) management of its information security programs. Our statement today focuses on VA’s effectiveness in implementing the configuration management controls, access controls, security management, and contingency planning necessary to protect its mission-critical systems from unauthorized access, alteration, or destruction. We base our conclusions on the OIG’s past and ongoing audits of VA’s information security program. We will also focus on the challenges VA faces overcoming several information security concerns not highlighted in previous years.
Office of Inspector General Department of Veterans Affairs Semiannual Report to Congress (SAR) April 1, 2014 - September 30, 2014
The Semiannual Report to Congress summarizes the results of OIG oversight, provides statistical information, and lists all reports issued April 1 – September 30, 2014. During this reporting period, OIG audits, investigations, inspections, evaluations, and other reviews identified nearly $1.59 billion in monetary benefits for a return of $31 for every dollar invested in OIG oversight. OIG issued 195 reports and 22 memoranda on VA programs and operations. OIG investigations led to 288 arrests, and OIG investigative work and Hotline activity oversight resulted in 587 administrative sanctions and corrective actions.
Chairman Runyan and Ranking Member Titus, thank you for the opportunity to discuss the results of the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) work related to the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). We will focus on previously issued reports regarding the Philadelphia VA Regional Office (VARO), as well as recent situations that have come to our attention through the VA OIG Hotline and directly from current and former VARO employees. I am accompanied today by Nora Stokes, Director, OIG Bay Pines Benefits Inspection Division; Al Tate, Audit Manager, Atlanta Audit Division; and Jeffrey Myers, Benefits Inspector, San Diego Benefits Inspection Division.
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