• VA secretary is the fifth Trump administration member to use government funds for private travel

    8 monthes ago - By Think Progress

    Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin's chief of staff altered an email and mislead ethics officials to create an excuse for wife Merle Bari's 10-day, taxpayer-funded trip to Europe last summer, a report from the VA Inspector General claims.
    The report , released Wednesday, found that the third-most senior official at the VA doctored an email from an aide coordinating the trip to make it look as though Shulkin was receiving an award from the Danish government. The chief of staff then used the “award” to justify Bari's expenses. According to the report, the VA paid more than $4,300 for...
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  • VA chief doctored email so wife could travel on taxpayer dime: watchdog

    VA chief doctored email so wife could travel on taxpayer dime: watchdog

    8 monthes ago - By New York Post

    The chief of staff to Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin altered an email and made false statements so that taxpayers would foot the bill for the secretary's wife on a luxury, 10-day trip to Europe last summer, according to the agency's inspector general. Vivieca Wright Simpson, the VA's third-most senior official, doctored language in an...
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  • VA chief Shulkin, staff misled ethics officials about European trip, report finds

    VA chief Shulkin, staff misled ethics officials about European trip, report finds

    8 monthes ago - By Post Gazette

    Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin's chief of staff doctored an email and made false statements to create a pretext for taxpayers to cover expenses for the secretary's wife on a 10-day trip to Europe last summer, the agency's inspector general has found.
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  • IG report: Shulkin and wife expensed European travel under false pretenses

    8 monthes ago - By Politico

    Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin's chief of staff altered an email to create a pretext for taxpayers to pay for Shulkin's wife to accompany him on a 10-day trip to Europe last summer, the agency's inspector general reported Wednesday. Shulkin also improperly accepted a gift of Wimbledon tickets during the trip, and a VA employee's time was misused planning tourist activities for Shulkin and his entourage, according to the report by Inspector General Michael Missal. Vivieca Wright Simpson changed language in an email from an aide coordinating the trip to make it appear that Shulkin...
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  • Veteran Affairs Chief and His Staff Misled Ethics Officials about a Taxpayer-Funded Trip to Europe

    8 monthes ago - By Fortune

    The Secretary of Veterans Affairs' chief of staff doctored an email and lied about the purpose of his trip to Europe with his wife that was paid for by taxpayers, according to an investigation by the agency's inspector genera l.
    V.A. Secretary David Shulkin and his wife Merle Bari spent 10 days in Copenhagen and London during July 2017. Though the delegation was there for official meetings to discuss veterans health issues, the couple also went on a river cruise and attended the Wimbeldon tennis tournament with tickets that they accepted as an ethically questionable gift, the Washington...
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  • Veterans Affairs chief Shulkin, staff misled ethics officials about European trip, report finds

    8 monthes ago - By The Washington Post

    A senior VA official altered an email to make it appear that David J. Shulkin was receiving an award from the Danish government, then used the award to justify paying for his wife's travel, an inspector general report found.
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