OIG Seal
Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General
Michael J. Missal, Inspector General

Oversight Reports

Legend:   Open|   Closed

No. 1   to Office of General Counsel (OGC)

Secretary Shulkin reimburses the $4,312 paid by VA to cover Dr. Bari’s travel costs.

No. 2   to Office of General Counsel (OGC)

Secretary Shulkin consults with the Office of General Counsel to determine the value of the Wimbledon tickets; grounds pass; and any food, parking, and other tangible benefits Ms. Gosling provided in connection with Wimbledon and reimburse that amount to her. If Ms. Gosling declines to accept reimbursement, Secretary Shulkin reimburses such amount to the US Treasury.

No. 3   to Office of Human Resources and Administration; Office of General Counsel (OGC)

The Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs confers with the Offices of General Counsel, Human Resources, and Accountability and Whistleblower Protection to determine the appropriate administrative action to take, if any, against Ms. Wright Simpson and any other individuals associated with the Europe trip.

No. 4   to Office of General Counsel (OGC)

The Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs ensures that a thorough audit is conducted of the expense vouchers, travel authorizations, and the time and attendance records for all travelers on the Europe trip. Any overpayments should be reimbursed to VA by the traveler and any required leave adjustments should be made. Detailed results of the audits, including supporting documentation, shall be provided to the Office of Inspector General no later than thirty days following the publication of this report.

No. 5   to Office of General Counsel (OGC)

The Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs ensures that the Office of General Counsel (i) reviews and enhances the training provided to staff on travel planning, approvals, and the solicitation or acceptance of gifts; and (ii) provides refresher training on these topics to all travelers on the Europe trip as well as all staff involved in the planning and implementation of the trip.

Total Monetary Impact of All Recommendations

These recommendations have no monetary value.

Legend:   Open|   Closed

No. 1   to Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

We recommend that the Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management confer with the Offices of Human Resources and General Counsel to determine the appropriate administrative action to take, if any, against Dr. West.

No. 2   to Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

We recommend that the Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management confer with the Offices of Human Resources and General Counsel to determine the appropriate administrative action to take, if any, against Dr. Lynch.

No. 3   to Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

We recommend that the Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management confer with the Offices of General Counsel and Human Resources and issue Dr. West a bill of collection in the amount of $19,800 to reimburse VA for the lump sum TQSE payment he received but did not incur.

No. 4   to Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

We recommend that the Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management confer with the Offices of General Counsel and Human Resources and issue Dr. West a bill of collection in the amount of $55,434 to reimburse VA for the increase salary he received based on Washington, DC, market pay, from September 2013 to October 2016, when he was actually located in Salt Lake City, UT.

Total Monetary Impact of All Recommendations

These recommendations have no monetary value.

Legend:   Open|   Closed

No. 1   to Office of General Counsel (OGC)

We recommend that the General Counsel determine whether Ms. (redacted) official duty station from July 2016 to December 2016 was Phoenix or Los Angeles.

No. 2   to Office of General Counsel (OGC)

We recommend that if the General Counsel determines Ms. (redacted) official duty station from July 2016 to December 2016 was Phoenix, determine the total amount of locality pay improperly paid to her, and issue her a bill of collection in that amount.

Total Monetary Impact of All Recommendations

These recommendations have no monetary value.

Legend:   Open|   Closed

No. 1   to Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

We recommend the Network Director confer with the Offices of Human Resources and General Counsel to determine the appropriate administrative action to take, if any, against Ms. Hepker.

No. 2   to Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

We recommend the Network Director confer with the Offices of Human Resources and General Counsel to review Dr. Johnston’s improper use of sick leave, and consider whether VA should seek recoupment or waive the improper pay and allowances in accordance with VA Financial Policies and Procedures § 010508.

No. 3   to Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

We recommend the Network Director confer with Ms. Hepker to review and revise the local VAMC leave policy, Policy Memorandum No. 05-01 (Leave Administration), to ensure it is consistent with VA’s policy, VA Handbook 5011, limiting the approval of LWOP to employee’s who are reasonably expected to return to duty.

Total Monetary Impact of All Recommendations

These recommendations have no monetary value.

Legend:   Open|   Closed

No. 1   to Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

We recommend that the Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management confer with the Offices of Human Resources and General Counsel to determine the appropriate administrative action to take, if any, against Mr. Hawkins.

Total Monetary Impact of All Recommendations

These recommendations have no monetary value.

Legend:   Open|   Closed

No. 1   to Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

We recommend that the VAMC Director confer with the Offices of General Counsel, Human Resources, and Accountability Review to determine the appropriate administrative action to take, if any, against Dr. (name redacted).

No. 2   to Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

We recommend that the VAMC Director confer with the Offices of General Counsel, Human Resources, and Accountability Review to determine the appropriate administrative action to take, if any, against Ms. (name redacted).

No. 3   to Office of General Counsel (OGC)

We recommend that until such time as Congress either repeals or modifies 38 USC § 3683, VA OGC Ethics Group should also focus on 38 USC § 3683 in their annual Ethics training for all VA employees.

No. 4   to Office of General Counsel (OGC)

We recommend that VA OGC either enforce the law as written, or initiate the waiver provision found in subsection (d) of the statute.

Total Monetary Impact of All Recommendations

These recommendations have no monetary value.

Legend:   Open|   Closed

No. 1   to Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

We recommend that the VAHCS Director confer with the Offices of General Counsel and Human Resources to ensure a bill of collection is issued to Dr. [redacted] for VA hours he claimed and certified but did not work.

No. 2   to Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

We recommend that the VAHCS Director confer with the Offices of General Counsel and Human Resources to deterine the appropriate administrative action to take, if any, against Dr. [redacted].

No. 3   to Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

We recommend that the VA Designated Agency Ethics Official review Dr. [redacted] non-VA sanctioned travel to determine any potential violation of the Code of Ethics.

No. 4   to Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

We recommend that the VAHCS Director confer with the Offices of General Counsel and Human Resources to determine the appropriate administrative action to take, if any, against Dr. Comp.

Total Monetary Impact of All Recommendations

These recommendations have no monetary value.

Legend:   Open|   Closed

No. 1   to Office of General Counsel (OGC)

We recommend that VA’s General Counsel confer with the Office of Human Resources to determine the appropriate administrative action to take, if any, against Mr. Burch.

No. 2   to Office of General Counsel (OGC)

We recommend that VA’s General Counsel conduct a review of the CFBNP Steering Committee charter, membership, and activities, to determine whether members of the committee have engaged in a conflict of interest, or created the appearance of one, through the members’ association with non-Governmental Organizations, as defined in VA Directive 0008, or otherwise, and take the appropriate corrective action.

No. 3   to Office of General Counsel (OGC)

We recommend that VA’s General Counsel extend the “covered positions” requirement for filing of Confidential Financial Disclosure Reports under 5 C.F.R. § 2634.904(a) to all attorneys employed by VA.

Total Monetary Impact of All Recommendations

These recommendations have no monetary value.

Legend:   Open|   Closed

No. 1   to Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)

We recommend that the Director, VBA Continental District, confer with the Offices of General Counsel (OGC), Human Resources (OHR), and Accountability Review to determine the appropriate administrative action to take, if any, against Ms. Murphy.

No. 2   to Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

We recommend that the Director, VBA Continental District, review whether the privilege of credit hours and telework should be revoked and ensure that Ms. Murphy receives refresher training on VA’s policy for time and attendance, credit hours, and telework.

No. 3   to Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)

We recommend that the Director, VBA Continental District, confer with OGC and OHR concerning the 14 days in which Ms. Murphy was unable to fully account for her activities, determine whether she was absent without approved leave, and initiate action to recover pay she received when she was not present for duty.

No. 4   to Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

We recommend that the Director, VBA Continental District, ensure that any VARO local policy for credit hours complies with VA policy and that employees use VA Form 5631 or the ETA system as the official means to record, certify, and report their time and attendance, to include any compensatory or credit hours earned or used.

Total Monetary Impact of All Recommendations

These recommendations have no monetary value.

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