Inspectors General: Watchdog Investigations Stymied by Federal Agencies

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight Committee, joined at left by Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the ranking member / AP

According to the letter, the Justice Department originally refused to hand over documents in three Inspector General investigations.

In a statement to the Washington Post, Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon said the department did not block the IG’s investigation.

Over 500 Grievous Injuries or Deaths at VA Hospitals in 2013

Augusta Georgia VA Medical Center / Wikipedia

Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country reported more than 500 incidents last year where patients were gravely injured or died as a result of the care they received.

Data obtained by the Washington Free Beacon through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) shows 575 “institutional disclosures of adverse events”—the bureaucratic phrase for reporting a serious mistake—at VA hospitals in fiscal year 2013.