A former top Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) official improperly steered a $5 million contract to personal friends, according to a report released Thursday by the department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG).
The OIG concluded that the actions of Peter Shelby, who was the VA’s assistant secretary for human resources and administration at the time, were not only unethical but resulted in the complete waste of government funds.
The report says that "in February 2018, VA awarded a one-year contract to a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) (the Small Business) that provides leadership and development training focused on its concept of 'Serving Leadership.' The contract also involved talent assessment services to be used for evaluating candidates for hiring and promotion decisions."
“When the contract concluded in August 2019, it became evident that VA had purchased services far in excess of what it could use,” the report continued.