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Oct 5, 2012 | WASHINGTON POST

House Veterans chair Jeff Miller criticizes VA leadership over conference spending

The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee said Wednesday that an inspector general’s report on Department of Veterans Affairs spending on conferences raises questions about its leadership’s ability to cope with problems faced by the people it serves.

Oct 5, 2012 | MILITARY TIMES

Lawmakers: VA must police conference scandal

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee leaders are expressing concern that the Veterans Affairs Department employees involved in more than $760,000 in wasteful conference spending might evade disciplinary action.

Oct 4, 2012 | STARS & STRIPES

House Vets chair says VA has ‘a leadership void’

The head of the House Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday angrily blasted Department of Veterans Affairs officials for multiple failures related to a pair of costly 2011 training conferences.

Oct 4, 2012 | WASHINGTON EXAMINER

VA spent millions on meetings to improve financial management, but was nobody there actually listening?

Officials spent more than $19 million in less than a year on four training conferences for more than 5,700 financial managers at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Oct 3, 2012 | NEW AMERICAN

VA Department Wastes Over $700,000 on Lavish Employee Conference

Adding to the growing list of taxpayer-funded boondoggles, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is under heavy congressional scrutiny after wastefully spending more than $700,000 on two employee conferences last year. A 150-page report issued by the VA Office of Inspector General (IG) affirmed that the lavish events, which took place in Orlando, Florida, were poorly planned by the agency’s senior leadership.

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