(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, released the following statement after the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Veterans Affairs released a report on their investigation into two conferences in Orlando run by VA’s Office of Human Resources and Administration.

“I am deeply dismayed by what the Office of Inspector General has found regarding these conferences.  The blatant waste of taxpayer dollars and government employees improperly accepting gifts cannot, and will not, be tolerated.

“The IG report highlights failures in areas that have continually been problems for VA, including contracting and human resources.  I expect the Department to act quickly to address these longstanding shortcomings.”