|Title:||False Statements and Concealment of Material Information by VA Information Technology Staff|
|VA Office:||Office of Information and Technology (OIT)
Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
|Report Author:||Office of Special Reviews
|Report Type:||Administrative Investigation
The VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an administrative investigation in response to a referral from VA officials about the potential for a conflict of interest involving VA employees’ establishment of a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) between VA and a private company in 2016. The CRADA contemplated VA sharing with the private company the health data of all veterans who had ever received health care from VA. The CRADA was canceled prior to the release of any health data. The OIG did not substantiate the existence of any conflict of interest; however, investigators found that two VA employees involved in creating the CRADA made false representations to and concealed material information from VA’s approving official for the agreement.