A group of 10 senators led by Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin sent a letter to President Barack Obama telling him to hurry up and appoint a permanent inspector general for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The group argued tapping a permanent inspector general (IG) would help restore trust broken by the department.
Richard Griffin accepted the position of acting IG about 18 months ago near the end of 2013, shortly after George Opfer left the department.
Griffin has faced a long list of accusations during his tenure, including blatant cooperation with White House and VA officials who interfered with the report detailing manipulated appointment wait times in Phoenix. These officials included VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson and White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors. Griffin claimed the changes weren’t “directed,” but came as a result of “consultation,” and then proceeded to hold on to a draft report of the scandal. He also withheld a preliminary report on opioid overprescription at the Tomah VA facility, which enraged Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.