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A business manager identified in a VA Office of Inspector General investigation as actively encouraging schedulers to “misreport” veteran appointment wait times was promoted to a top post at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque this year while the results of the inquiry were pending, the Journal has learned.
Julie Dreike had risen to acting associate director – the second in command in the leadership chart on a Department of Veterans Affairs website – but after the OIG report was released June 24, her photo and new title were removed from the website, which on Friday showed the position as “vacant.”
Medical Center Director Andrew Welch told the Journal on Friday that he didn’t know of the results of the OIG investigation until a report was made public two weeks ago.
The report was actually completed a year earlier, and was forwarded to a VA entity recently created amid the wait-time scandal in 2014 to ensure accountability from VA leadership.