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Michael J. Missal, Inspector General

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The Office of Investigations (OI) investigates crimes committed against programs and operations of VA by employees and non-employees, as well as allegations of serious violations of policies and procedures by high-ranking members of the Department. OI is composed of four divisions: Criminal Investigations, Administrative Investigations, Analysis and Oversight, and Investigative Data Systems and Analysis. Criminal investigations focus on acts of embezzlement, and bribery committed by VA employees; fraud related to pharmaceutical firms’ illegal defective pricing or off-label marketing activities; Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and other procurement fraud; fraud against VA committed by fiduciaries, contractors, VA employees, and beneficiaries and their survivors; education benefits fraud committed by learning institutions; mortgage fraud; assaults involving VA employees and patients, including homicide, manslaughter, and rape; identity theft; theft and diversion of legal drugs by VA staff and others; sale of contraband drugs and pharmaceuticals by and to VA staff and patients; workers compensation fraud; theft of VA resources and data; and threats against VA employees, patients, facilities, and computer systems. Administrative investigations focus on violations of policies and procedures concerning high-ranking senior officials, such as misuse of Government resources and official time, preferential treatment, abuse of authority, nepotism, and travel irregularities. Through prosecution, administrative action, and monetary recoveries, these investigations promote integrity, patient safety, efficiency, and accountability.