Report Summary

Title: Review of Allegations at VA Medical Center, Providence, Rhode Island
Report Number: 10-01937-63
Issue Date: 12/17/2012
City/State: Providence, RI
VA Office: Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
Report Author: Office of Audits and Evaluations
Report Type: Audits, Reviews & Evaluations
Release Type: Unrestricted
Summary: The purpose of this review was to determine the validity of 11 allegations received relating to financial and administrative matters at the VA Medical Center (VAMC), Providence, RI. We partially or fully substantiated 7 of the 11 allegations made by the complainant. We identified opportunities for management to improve oversight and strengthen controls over financial and administrative activities. Providence VAMC officials did not always ensure applicable laws and policies were followed. We also questioned costs totaling $4,444 related to misuse of appropriated funds. Additionally, for two of the four allegations we did not substantiate, we identified issues requiring action. We recommended strengthening the oversight and compliance with policies and procedures, as well as improving controls to ensure employees comply with applicable laws and policies. The VISN 1 Director concurred with our findings and recommendations and provided an appropriate action plan. The planned actions are responsive and we will follow up on the implementation of corrective actions.