VA Office of Inspector General Releases Administrative Investigation Report Concerning John Thomas Burch, Jr.
VA employee used position for private gain and misused government resources connected to outside employment with veterans’ charity.
VA Office of Inspector General Releases Phoenix Consult Mismanagement Report
OIG review finds that the Phoenix VA Health Care System inappropriately discontinued consults for some patients in 2015.
Owner of Chesapeake Barber College Pleads Guilty to $4.5 Million GI Bill Fraud
Virginia man pleads guilty to $4.5 million GI Bill Fraud Scheme.
Owner of Sham ‘Veteran-Owned’ Company Ordered to Forfeit $6.7 Million
Massachusetts man convicted of defrauding the Federal government is ordered to forfeit $6.7 million.
Former Veterans Hospital Nurse Pleads Guilty to Stealing Medication
Former VA nurse pleads guilty to stealing oxycodone and other medications from VA medical center.
OIG Monthly Highlights
Read about our top reports and investigations in October 2016. OIG REPORTS Review of Alleged Consult Mismanagement at the Phoenix VA Health Care System The Office of Inspector General (OIG) initiated this review to look into allegations made in 2015 by a confidential complainant and reported to OIG by the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. OIG’s review substantiated that the Phoenix VA Health Care System (PVAHCS) inappropriately discontinued consults for patients. In August 2014, the OIG previously reported on numerous allegations regarding patient deaths, patient wait times, and scheduling practices at PVAHCS. That report recommended that the VA Secretary ensure PVAHCS follow VA consult guidance and appropriately review consults before closing them to ensure veterans receive necessary medical care. Although the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) made efforts to improve the care provided at PVAHCS, OIG found that consult management issues continue at PVAHCS. The current review determined that because consults were inappropriately discontinued, some patients did not receive the care requested or they experienced delays in receiving care. The review found that during calendar year 2015, PVAHCS staff inappropriately discontinued and canceled consults and were generally unclear about following specific consult management procedures. Procedures and consult management responsibilities varied in different specialties throughout the system, which further led to staff confusion and, in some cases, canceled consults. OIG’s recommendations focused on improving the consult procedures at PVAHCS to ensure veterans receive the necessary follow-up medical care.
Office of Inspector General Department of Veterans Affairs Semiannual Report to Congress (SAR) April 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016
The Semiannual Report to Congress summarizes the results of OIG oversight, provides statistical information, and lists all reports issued April 1–September 30, 2016. During this reporting period, OIG audits, investigations, inspections, evaluations, and other reviews identified over $3.3 billion in monetary benefits for a return of $55 for every dollar invested in OIG oversight. During this reporting period, OIG issued 179 reports and work products on VA programs and operations, made 628 recommendations, and conducted investigations that led to 203 arrests.