Internal Veterans Affairs watchdog retires amid criticism

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Posted: Jun 30, 2015 6:33 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs is retiring, a year after he issued a scathing report on problems at the Phoenix VA hospital.

Richard J. Griffin has led the inspector general's office since January 2014. He says he is retiring Saturday after 43 years in federal service.

In May 2014 report, Griffin cited problems at the Phoenix hospital over long patient wait times and falsification of records to cover up the delays. The report and resulting scandal led to the resignation of former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Griffin faced criticism from some lawmakers and VA whistleblowers for not doing enough to hold VA leadership accountable for problems.

Assistant Inspector General Linda Halliday will serve as acting IG.