Recent Podcasts

Produced by the VA OIG the podcast features staff interviews that provide context and perspective for a better understanding of the OIG's oversight work.

Episode 20190207-29: VA OIG January 2019 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for January 2019.

Episode 20190117-28: VA OIG December 2018 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for December 2018.

Episode 20181213-27: VA OIG November 2018 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for November 2018.

Episode 20181127-26: Healthcare Inspection Review of Two Mental Health Patients Who Died by Suicide, William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin

The OIG’s Dr. Alan Mallinger and Lauren Olstad discuss the quality of mental health care provided to two patients at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital Madison, Wisconsin, and the benefits, concerns, and controls necessary to use psychiatric clinical pharmacists for mental health care supervised by psychiatrists.

Episode 20181031-25: VA OIG October 2018 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for October 2018.

Episode 20181016-24: Illicit Fentanyl Use and Urine Drug Screening Practices in a Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program at the Bath VA Medical Center, New York

OIG staff discuss the findings and recommendations from the report Illicit Fentanyl Use and Urine Drug Screening Practices in a Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program at the Bath VA Medical Center, New York. The report addressed concerns regarding illicit fentanyl use and urine drug screening (UDS) practices at the Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (DRRTP), Bath VA Medical Center, New York.

Episode 20181003-23: VA OIG September 2018 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for September 2018.

Episode 20180906-22: VA OIG August 2018 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for August 2018.

Episode 20180823-21: VA OIG Strategic Plan

Inspector General Michael Missal discusses the OIG’s new strategic plan. The plan outlines our goals and objectives in promoting the efficiency, effectiveness, and integrity of VA’s operations and describes the strategies that will advance our efforts to deter fraud, waste, and abuse.

Episode 20180802-20: VA OIG July 2018 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for July 2018.

Episode 20180710-19: VA OIG June 2018 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for June 2018.

Episode 20180614-18: OIG Determination of Veterans Health Administration’s Occupational Staffing Shortages for Fiscal Year 2018

Subject matter experts Sami O’Neill, Dr. Robert Yang, and Nathan McClafferty discuss the OIG’s latest OIG Determination of Veterans Health Administration’s Occupational Staffing Shortages report. The report identifies self-reported gaps in clinical and nonclinical occupations at VA medical centers. The report also identifies challenges to meeting staffing goals and recommends development of a new staffing model that identifies and prioritizes staffing needs at the national level while supporting flexibility at the facility.

Episode 20180607-17: Semiannual Report to Congress October 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018

Inspector General Michael Missal discusses the OIG’s latest Semiannual Report to Congress that chronicles the OIG’s oversight of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs between October 1, 2017, through March 31, 2018.

Episode 20180531-16: VA OIG May 2018 Highlights

Highlights of the VA OIG’s oversight activities for May 2018.

Episode 20180514-15: Assessment of VA Protocols for Traumatic Brain Injury Compensation and Pension Examinations

Dr. Terri Julian, Dr. Robert Yang, and Ms. Sami ONeill discuss the findings and recommendations in the OIG’s Healthcare Inspection—Review of Montana Board of Psychologists Complaint and Assessment of VA Protocols for Traumatic Brain Injury Compensation and Pension Examinations.