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Federal officials squandered as much as $762,000 on two training conferences last year in Orlando, according to a scathing report issued today that resulted in the resignation of a top Department of Veterans Affairs executive, referral of a second case for possible prosecution, and the rebuke of additional VA employees.
Two multimillion-dollar conferences for Veterans Affairs Department human resources officials have resulted in the resignation of the agency’s top personnel official, as an internal investigation found excessive spending and evidence that some of those planning the events had improperly accepted gifts from potential vendors.
Poor oversight at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs allowed agency officials to waste as much as $762,000 at a pair of multimillion-dollar conferences that took place last year in Orlando, according to an investigative report released Monday.
Perhaps the $50,000 taxpayer-funded motivational video featuring a Gen. George S. Patton look-alike, played at the Veterans Affairs conferences, should have included a lecture on fiscal discipline.
A new internal report from the Veterans Affairs Department shows the VA spent at least $6.1 million for a pair of training conferences with about $762,000 labeled as "unauthorized, unnecessary, and/or wasteful expenses."