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

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| 20-01766-36 | Summary | Report

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The OIG notified the director of the Washington DC VA Medical Center that a contractor working within the facility lacked appropriate credentials for physical access. The medical center director advised that the service provided by the contractor was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and provided an action plan to address the deficiency prior to re-opening the service.

| 17-00126-267 | Summary | Report

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No. 1   to Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

The deputy undersecretary for health for the Office of Community Care, with the assistance of the Office of General Counsel as appropriate, ensures that the Office of Community Care’s Equal Employment Opportunity Office and its Revenue Operations group are correctly interpreting and complying with VA Handbook 5975.5 and VA’s Financial Policies and Procedures with regard to the administration of Special Emphasis Programs, including the purchase of food.

No. 2   to Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

The principal executive director and chief acquisition officer of the Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction and the deputy undersecretary for health for the Office of Community Care ensure that their staff are appropriately trained on requirements for compliance with VA Directive 6371 governing the destruction of temporary paper records.

| 17-04969-202 | Summary | Report

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No. 1   to Office of Information and Technology (OIT)

The employee’s supervisor confers with the Designated Agency Ethics Official and the Office of Human Resources and Administration to determine the appropriate administrative action to take, if any, with respect to the employee’s conduct in connection with the procurement of hotel services from the employer of the spouse.

| 18-01781-200 | Summary | Report

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No. 1   to Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

The Miami VA Health Care System Director determines the appropriate administrative action to take, if any, with respect to the chief nurse’s advocacy in favor of hiring the spouse.

| 19-00230-190 | Summary | Report

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No. 1   to Office of Acquisitions, Logistics, and Construction (OALC)

The Principal Executive Director and Chief Acquisition Officer for the Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction requires in any award made on a noncompetitive basis that the contracting officer obtain a written disclosure and certification by the program sponsor, contracting officer’s representative, and other staff involved in the procurement as appropriate, disclosing any personal or professional relationship between such staff and vendor personnel.

No. 2   to Office of Acquisitions, Logistics, and Construction (OALC)

The Principal Executive Director and Chief Acquisition Officer for the Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction determines what administrative action, if any, should be taken with respect to the conduct and performance of the contracting officer, the Agency Competition Advocate, and the two higher-level supervisors involved in this procurement.

No. 3   to Human Resources and Administration/Operations, Security, and Preparedness (HRA/OSP)

The Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration/Operations, Security, and Preparedness determines what administrative action should be taken, if any, with respect to the conduct and performance of the HR&A Program Director and the Contracting Officer’s Representative.

No. 4   to Office of Acquisitions, Logistics, and Construction (OALC)

VA’s Senior Procurement Executive determines what action, if any, should be taken with respect to the contracting officer’s warrant consistent with the authority granted by VA Acquisition Regulation § 801.690-6.

No. 5   to Office of General Counsel (OGC)

The Acting General Counsel reviews the circumstances of this procurement and uses that information to help determine whether it is appropriate for counsel to sign attestations on Justification and Approval forms, and issues policy guidance in accordance with that determination.

No. 6   to Office of Acquisitions, Logistics, and Construction (OALC); Office of General Counsel (OGC)

The Principal Executive Director and Chief Acquisition Officer for the Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction, in consultation with the Office of General Counsel, reviews the Small Business contract to determine what actions should be taken, if any, to recover funds or otherwise address the waste of VA funds.

No. 7   to Office of Acquisitions, Logistics, and Construction (OALC)

The Principal Executive Director and Chief Acquisition Officer for the Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction determines what administrative action, if any, should be taken with respect to the contracting officers’ acceptance of substitute performance that provided no value to VA.

No. 8   to Human Resources and Administration/Operations, Security, and Preparedness (HRA/OSP)

The Assistant Secretary of Human Resources and Administration (HR&A) / Operations, Security, and Preparedness determines what administrative action to take, if any, with respect to the Contracting Officer Representative’s failure to perform diligence sufficient to identify the cloud-computing issues associated with this procurement.

Total Monetary Impact of All Recommendations

Open: $ 0.00
Closed: $ 4,999,500.00

| 18-06501-158 | Summary | Report

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No. 1   to Office of General Counsel (OGC); Human Resources and Administration/Operations, Security, and Preparedness (HRA/OSP)

The Acting VA General Counsel confers with the Designated Agency Ethics Official and the Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration to determine whether any remaining administrative action should be taken with respect to the Attorney’s conduct.

No. 2   to Office of General Counsel (OGC)

The Acting VA General Counsel confers with the Designated Agency Ethics Official to determine whether VA should take any further action with respect to the Attorney’s representation of private parties in matters currently pending in U.S. federal court in which the United States is a party or has a direct and substantial interest to address any other government ethics issues.

No. 3   to Office of General Counsel (OGC)

The Acting VA General Counsel determines what, if any, obligation the Office of General Counsel has with respect to reporting the Attorney’s conduct to the relevant disciplinary authority under Rule 8.3 of the New York Rules of Professional Conduct or any other governing authority.

No. 4   to Office of General Counsel (OGC)

The Acting VA General Counsel determines the appropriate action to take, if any, with respect to Mr. Hogan’s failure in his official duties to take appropriate action.

No. 5   to Office of General Counsel (OGC)

The Acting VA General Counsel determines the appropriate action to take, if any, with respect to the Deputy Chief Counsel’s failure in his official duties to take appropriate action.

No. 6   to Office of General Counsel (OGC)

The Acting VA General Counsel confers with VA’s Designated Agency Ethics Official to revise its November 8, 2019 memorandum. The revision should at a minimum (a) emphasize all criminal conflict of interest statutes relevant to outside employment, (b) ensure appropriate time for supervisory review of confidential financial disclosure reports to identify potential conflicts or other issues, (c) identify the official responsible for ensuring that the annual risk assessment focused on outside activities is completed on an annual basis to assist Chief Counsel in identifying employees with outside employment, (d) engage employees with outside employment in formal discussions regarding applicable ethical rules and the consequences of noncompliance, and (e) document the annual meetings and formal discussions they have with employees.

No. 7   to Office of General Counsel (OGC)

The Acting VA General Counsel confers with VA’s Designated Agency Ethics Official to determine whether VA should consider implementing a supplemental agency regulation requiring VA employees, or any category of employees, to disclose and obtain prior approval before engaging in any outside activities for which they receive compensation in accordance with 5 C.F.R. § 2635.803.

| 18-03251-88 | Summary | Report

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No. 1   to Office of General Counsel (OGC)

The Office of General Counsel communicates to its telework-approving supervisors that they lack authority to grant permanent exceptions to the twice-per-pay-period reporting requirement of 5 C.F.R. § 531.605(d)(1), and that in any instance in which an exception is granted pursuant to 5 C.F.R. § 531.605(d)(2) or any other applicable provision, the supervisor is obligated to periodically reassess the employee’s telework arrangement to determine whether a permanent change of official worksite is necessary.

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