Richard Griffin, the acting Inspector General for the Veterans Affairs Department, is retiring effective July 4. The VA OIG has been under scrutiny after recent reports of tampering with investigations and not investigating whistleblower claims. Griffin will be temporarily replaced by Linda Halliday, assistant inspector general for audits and evaluations.
Many people inside and outside the VA have called for Griffin to be fired and for President Obama to appoint a permanent VA inspector general. Danielle Brian from the Project on Government Oversight wrote, ” The VA’s Office of Inspector General is in desperate need of new leadership – the kind of aggressive and independent oversight sorely lacking under Griffin’s tenure.”
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