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VA watchdog defends actions in contracting report

2 years 2 months 1 week ago March 17, 2015 Mar 17, 2015 Tuesday, March 17 2015 March 17, 2015 1:22 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The inspector general's office at the Department of Veterans Affairs is defending its actions after the office drew unusual criticism from its counterpart at the Treasury Department.

In a report in December, the VA inspector's office found that former VA procurement officer Iris Cooper improperly steered $15 million in uncompetitive contracts to a friend's company.

The VA report sparked a rare and sharp rebuke from the Treasury Department's inspector general, who called the allegations against Cooper unsupported. Cooper is now a top contracting official with the Treasury Department.

Maureen Regan, a top official who wrote the VA report, told a congressional committee Monday night that she stands behind it. Florida Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee said he found VA's actions in the Cooper case troubling.

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