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

Report Summary

Title: Audit of VA’s Duty Station Assignments
Report Number: 11-04081-142 Download
Issue Date: 4/19/2012
VA Office: Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
Office of General Counsel (OGC)
Office of Acquisitions, Logistics, and Construction (OALC)
Office of Information and Technology (OIT)
Office of Human Resources and Administration
Report Author: Office of Audits and Evaluations
Report Type: Audits, Reviews & Evaluations
Release Type: Unrestricted

On August 11, 2011, Senator Charles Grassley, Ranking Member, Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, requested that the OIG conduct a Department-wide audit to determine whether VA has a systemic problem assigning incorrect duty stations and locality pay to employees. The Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans Affairs, United States Senate, also requested notification of our audit results. We determined VA does not have a systemic problem assigning incorrect duty stations and locality pay to employees across all VA organizations. We nonetheless identified 6 of 99 statistically sampled cases where VA assigned incorrect duty stations due to inadequately trained human resources personnel and lack supervisor verification of employee duty assignments. Consequently, VA overpaid a total of about $106,000 in locality pay from the time the errors first occurred. If problems assigning incorrect duty stations are not fixed, we project a total of approximately $1.4 million in potential monetary benefits over the next five years.