Report Summary

Title: Alleged Misuse of Government-Owned Vehicles at the Sacramento VA Medical Center, California
Report Number: 17-04127-266 Download
Issue Date: 11/8/2018
City/State: Mather, CA
VA Office: Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
Report Author: Office of Investigations
Report Type: Investigative
Release Type: Redacted

The VA OIG did not find that the Northern California Health Care System Director violated VA policy regarding the use of government vehicles. The Director was unaware employees drove these vehicles between work and home. The OIG found that Dr. Dawn Erckenbrack (GS-15), the Associate Director of the Sacramento VA Medical Center, improperly authorized a local policy permitting her to delegate authority for the approval of no-cost travel orders to the Chief of Logistics Management Service (CLMS). The CLMS used this authority to allow employees to take government vehicles home overnight and on weekends under the provisions applicable to TDY travel with the use of no-cost travel orders. The Director said that upon learning of this policy, he immediately rescinded it. The OIG did not substantiate another allegation, negating the need for further discussion in the report.