|Title:||Administrative Investigation, Appearance of a Conflict of Interest, Fayetteville VA Medical Center, Fayetteville, NC|
|VA Office:||Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
|Report Author:||Office of Investigations
A VHA Project Manager improperly participated as a member of a survey team, creating an appearance of a conflict of interest, when she did not recuse herself from the site selection process for a new healthcare center after realizing that properties to be reviewed were owned by her extended family members. As a VA employee and Professional Engineer she knew that her participation may be a conflict of interest, or perceived as one, and that she should have recused herself from the site selection process as soon as she realized a family connection to the properties. This process ultimately resulted in VA purchasing about 35 acres of land from her extended family member for about $4.25 million. Further, VHA senior officials failed to properly discharge the duties of their positions when they individually learned of the possible conflict of interest and took insufficient action, and there were many discrepancies found within the records associated with the solicitation and purchase of this particular property.