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

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Title: Administrative Investigation Nepotism, Abuse of Authority, Misuse of Position, Improper Hiring, and Improperly Administered Awards, OI&T, Washington, DC
Report Number: 09-01123-196 Download
Issue Date: 8/18/2009
City/State: Washington, DC
VA Office: Office of Information and Technology (OIT)
Report Author: Office of Investigations
Report Type: Administrative Investigation
Release Type: Redacted

We substantiated that Ms. Jennifer S. Duncan, former Executive Assistant to the former Assistant Secretary for OI&T, Mr. Robert Howard, engaged in nepotism when she improperly advocated for the hiring and advancement of XXXXX within OI&T; abused her authority and engaged in prohibited personnel practices when she improperly hired an acquaintance and friend and at a rate above the minimum rate of pay. Ms. Duncan’s XXXXX misused her own position for the private gain of XXXXX; that XXXXX misused his position for the private gain of his XXXXX and XXXXX when he advocated for their VA appointments and his XXXXX above the minimum rate of pay; that XXXXX did not testify freely and honestly in matters relating to employment; and that he failed to properly discharge the duties of his position. OI&T Managers improperly authorized academic degree funding for Ms. Duncan’s family and friends and for XXXXX; they improperly utilized the FCIP and DHA to appoint Ms. Duncan’s family and friends; and they were not fiscally responsible when they improperly administered awards.