IG Condemns VA Conferences  

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (IG) released a report this week indicating a lack of oversight by senior VA officials regarding two training conferences for VA employees in 2011. The investigation of conferences in Orlando, Fla., where more than 1,800 VA employees were in attendance, concluded that Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration John Sepulveda, who recently resigned, “abdicated his oversight responsibilities resulting in numerous examples of excessive costs and unnecessary expenditures.”

Rep. Jeff Miller (Fla.), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, and Chairwoman of the Senate VA Committee Patty Murray (Wash.) condemned the wasteful spending and called for better oversight. The VA announced it has taken immediate action to address the issues outlined in the IG report to strengthen oversight and improve accountability.