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    ‘Replete with Misconduct’: Internal VA Investigation Finds Inappropriate Sexual Conduct in VA’s Anti-Harassment Office

    ‘Replete with Misconduct’: Internal VA Investigation Finds Inappropriate Sexual Conduct in VA’s Anti-Harassment Office

    Supervisors in a Department of Veterans Affairs office in charge of promoting a harassment-free workplace had inappropriate sexual relationships with subordinates and failed to take action when presented with allegations of sexual harassment, according to an internal VA investigation into allegations of misconduct in the office.

    While several allegations against supervisors in the Office of Resolution Management, Diversity and Inclusion, or ORMDI, were not substantiated, the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection's investigation into ORMDI still found “an office replete with misconduct.”

    “While OAWP did not identify individual misconduct on the part of every leader in the organization, the global leadership deficiencies and failures documented herein indicate the need for a reset to ensure that VA, and ORMDI in particular — the very office charged with addressing allegations of discrimination and workplace harassment — have a zero-tolerance policy for all forms of misconduct and harassment, not just in word, but in action,” the investigation said.

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    The 125-page investigative report was released by the VA on Wednesday morning ahead of a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing about the allegations of sexual harassment and other misconduct within ORMDI and the committee's own investigation into the allegations.

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