Report Summary

Title: Review of SES Reassignments in the Veterans Benefits Administration
Report Number: 21-01526-48 Download
Issue Date: 12/15/2021
VA Office: Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)
Report Author: Office of Special Reviews
Report Type: Management Advisory Memo
Release Type: Unrestricted

The OIG reviewed the reassignments of two executive directors in the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) to determine whether VA’s policies and procedures were followed when determining their eligibility for relocation allowances. The OIG found nothing improper with respect to the allowances paid to the two executive directors. The OIG observed, however, that there were inconsistencies in VA’s guidance regarding the approval of relocation allowances. Specifically, the policy guidance appears to have improperly applied criteria regarding relocation incentives rather than those for relocation allowances. These different payment options are defined in separate and distinct federal regulations and VA policy.

The OIG issued a VA management advisory memorandum to share observations from its review. No additional steps are being taken at this time, including any further reporting on the examination of the two executive directors’ circumstances, as no wrongdoing or violation of law or policy was identified regarding the relocation allowances. The Office of Human Resources and Administration (HRA) will inform the OIG what action, if any, HRA takes to address the issues identified.