The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced it proposed disciplinary action against three Board of Veterans' Appeals (Board) attorneys, and has filed a Complaint against two Board Veterans Law judges. Accountability actions against the Board judges have been referred to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), which has direct jurisdiction over cases concerning administrative law judges. The actions were taken for reasons of misconduct based on information received as part of an Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation that revealed a pattern of inappropriate emails that were racist and sexist in tone. VA is conducting a review of appeals handled by these individuals. At this time, VA has no indication that any veteran's appeal was unjustly influenced by their conduct.
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