Last Friday, in typical, “there is nothing to see here” fashion, VA OIG dumped loads of reports on its website of advisory and closed cases.
Following the Tomah VAMC cover up, OIG claims it is working to be more transparent. It was in this spirit the supposed watchdog issued created two pages on which it will publish either advisory reports or investigation closures.
Administrative Investigation Advisories
According to the corresponding webpage, OIG states:
“The Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General (OIG) independently reviews allegations and conducts administrative investigations generally concerning high-ranking senior officials and other high profile matters of interest to Congress and the Department. While these reviews and investigations may result in the issuance of a formal report, they can also lead to the issuance of an administrative advisory to VA senior leadership. Advisories have been issued instead of reports if allegations are substantiated but no recommendations are made or are unsubstantiated during the course of the investigation and there is a need to notify VA leadership of the investigative results. It is our intention to maintain transparency with veterans, Congress, and the public by releasing information related to administrative investigative work completed by OIG.”
Friday, 38 reports of this type were published.
Administrative Investigation Closures
“While these reviews and investigations may result in the issuance of a formal report, they can also result in the issuance of an administrative closure memorandum. Closure memorandums are issued instead of a report or advisory if allegations are unsubstantiated or if the subject of the investigation retires or resigns from government service prior to the completion of the investigation, at which time no disciplinary action can be taken. OIG intends to maintain transparency with veterans, Congress, and the public by releasing our administrative investigative work. If additional administrative closure memorandums are issued, they will be available on this website if it is released publicly under Public Law 95-452, Inspector General Act, Public Law 104-231, Freedom of Information Act, or any other controlling confidentiality statute or regulation.”
Friday, IG published 49 of these reports.
The information is worth looking up from time to time.
While these reports are mostly old, they give a small view into the world OIG previously withheld from the public until now.
When you take a look at some of these, let me know what strikes you as surprising within the treasure trove of OIG reports.