VA OIG attorney-advisors conducted two related internal investigations following allegations that a then special agent in charge in the Office of Investigations engaged in inappropriate conduct or sexual harassment that his superiors ignored and that contributed to a hostile work environment. OIG disciplinary officials determined the special agent in charge engaged in “conduct unbecoming” and should be removed from federal service. The special agent in charge retired during the 30-day advance notice period that is required before completing a removal action. The evidence did not support a charge of sexual harassment, failure to act by senior leaders, or a hostile work environment. To enhance future reporting and a safe workplace, the OIG implemented and updated directives on romantic relationships involving coworkers and sexual misconduct in addition to other responsive actions. The OIG publishes summaries of internal investigations of alleged senior personnel misconduct to promote transparency and accountability. Summary information released is consistent with applicable privacy laws and regulations.
Monday, November 21, 2022
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