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ID:

320

Date:

2008-07-07

Headline:

VA Official Scolded for Ties to Advocacy Group

Reporter's name:

Derek Kravitz

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

The Washington Watchdogs (Washington Post)

City:

Washington, DC

Summary:

The VA Office of Inspector General issued a report, obtained by the Washington Post under FOIA, examining the possibility of conflicts of interest involving Robert T. Reynolds, executive management officer for the Veterans Benefits Administration, who has also been national commander of Disabled American Veterans since August 2006. While the report found that "serving in both positions did not in itself constitute a conflict of interest," it did mention a previous statement from the VA Office of General Counsel "that the situation was 'fraught with possibilities for running afoul of the Standards of Conduct'" - and the report recommended both close monitoring and further instruction on circumstances requiring recusal.

Notes:

A FOIA request by the Washington Post revealed government lawyers worried a Veterans Administration official also holding a leadership position at a veterans group could create a conflict of interest and violate standards for ethical conduct, and investigators sought close scrutiny of the official's activities. The posted version of the audit includes redactions (marked as (b)(6) exemptions to FOIA), but does refer to the organization Disabled American Veterans, whose national commander works at the office mentioned.

Keywords:

veterans affairs, VA, conflict of interest, inspector general

URL:

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/washingtonpostinvestigations/2008/07/officials_political_ties_promp.html


Agencies:

VA

States:

DC
KY

Categories:

military
veteran


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