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Spa treatments, concert tickets, and helicopter and stretch limo rides — the initial details in a Veterans Affairs' Office of the Inspector General investigation could overshadow the General Services Administration conference spending scandal
A Republican lawmaker is raising questions about spending at training conferences held in Florida last year by the Veterans Affairs Department that have prompted an internal investigation at the agency.
The Department of Veterans Affairs spent $5 million—and set aside $4 million more — last year for two training conferences whose organizers are under investigation for breaking ethics rules by improperly accepting gifts, congressional committees and government sources said Monday.
A panel led by the US House Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing in Orlando Monday, demanding answers for ongoing delays to the construction of a new VA hospital. The contractor building the hospital blames poor communication for the delay.
The Veterans Affairs Department last year held two employee conferences at a combined cost of at least $5 million at which attendees received tens of thousands of dollars in promotional items.