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Violation of the 210-Day Limit Imposed by the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 for the Department of Veterans Affairs

B-326480 Mar 30, 2015
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Pursuant to section 3349(b) of title 5 of the United States Code, we are reporting a violation of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 (herein "the Vacancies Reform Act" or "the Act") at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with respect to the Inspector General position. The Inspector General position is a Presidential appointment subject to Senate confirmation under the provisions of the Inspector General Act of 1978 and thus is subject to the Vacancies Reform Act. 5 U.S.C. 3345(a). Specifically, we are reporting that the service of Richard J. Griffin as Acting Inspector General of VA, beginning July 30, 2014, until on or about January 5, 2015, was in violation of the Act. Although this position remains vacant, because Mr. Griffin is no longer Acting Inspector General, there is no current violation, and we believe no further action on this issue is necessary. Nonetheless, we will continue to monitor this vacancy until the position is filled.


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