|Title:||Attorney Misconduct, Inadequate Supervision, and Mismanagement in the Office of General Counsel|
|VA Office:||Office of General Counsel (OGC)
|Report Author:||Office of Special Reviews
|Report Type:||Administrative Investigation
Following an investigation conducted in response to allegations made to the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) hotline, the Office of Special Reviews substantiated that an Office of General Counsel (OGC) attorney was using VA time and resources to work on matters related to his outside law practice. Moreover, the OIG determined that the attorney represented private clients in U.S. bankruptcy court in cases where the clients owed money to the federal government. This conduct implicated criminal conflict of interest laws, which prohibit federal government employees from representing third parties in cases where the United States is a party or has a direct and substantial interest.