IG: VA Investigation Expanded to 26 Facilities

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Office of Inspector General at the Veterans Affairs Department says the number of VA facilities under investigation after complaints about falsified records and treatment delays has more than doubled in recent days.

A spokeswoman said late Tuesday that 26 facilities were being investigated nationwide. Acting Inspector General Richard Griffin told a Senate committee last week that at least 10 new allegations about manipulated waiting times and other problems had surfaced since reports of problems at the Phoenix VA hospital came to light last month.

The expanded investigations come as President Barack Obama’s choice to help carry out changes at the Veterans Affairs Department is set to travel to Phoenix this week to meet with staff at the local VA office amid mounting pressure to overhaul the beleaguered agency.

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