Shows & Panels
- The 2014 Big Picture on Cyber Security
- AFCEA Answers
- Ask the CIO
- Connected Government
- Consolidating Mission-critical Systems
- Constituent Servicing
- The Data Privacy Imperative: Safeguarding Sensitive Data
- Eliminating the Pitfalls: Steps to Virtualization in Government
- Federal Executive Forum
- Federal Tech Talk
- Government Cloud Brokerage: Who, What, When, Where, Why?
- Government Mobility
- The Intersection: Where Technology Meets Transformation
- Maximizing ROI Through Data Center Consolidation
- Mobile Device Management
- The Modern Federal Threat Landscape
- Moving to the Cloud. What's the best approach for me
- Navigating Tough Choices in Government Cloud Computing
- Satellite Communications: Acquiring SATCOM in Tight Times
- Transformative Technology: Desktop Virtualization in Government
- Understanding the Intersection of Customer Service and Security in the Cloud
Shows & Panels
VA CHCO resigns one day before IG releases conference spending report
Monday - 10/1/2012, 12:42pm EDT
John Sepulveda, the chief human capital officer at the Veterans Affairs Department, resigned Sunday — one day before the agency's inspector general is to release a final report on two human resources conferences last year that cost the department $5 million.
A VA spokesman confirmed Sepulveda's last day was Sunday.
Preliminary findings from the IG's office revealed attendees of the Florida conferences may have received lavish gifts. Among the gifts were spa treatments and concert tickets. The House Veterans Affairs Committee also released a 15-minute training video parodying Gen. George Patton that cost $52,000 to produce for the conferences.
John Sepulveda (Photo:VA.gov)
Sepulveda told Federal Times he was resigning due to the IG report's release.
"I resigned because I did not want to be a distraction for the administration, [VA] Secretary [Eric] Shinseki and the VA, especially as they continue to work each day to address the urgent needs of our nation's veterans," he told Federal Times.
The release of the IG's final report is likely to spark more congressional hearings on agency conference spending. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, has told Federal News Radio he will, in fact, hold hearings, but the question was whether the committee could meet before the November elections.
This year, Congressional inquiries into conference spending have taken off following revelations that the General Services Administration spent more than $820,000 on a Las Vegas conference.
Email and voicemail messages left for Sepulveda's assistant were not immediately returned.
Sepulveda was sworn in as assistant secretary for human resources and administration in 2009. He previously served as deputy director of the Office of Personnel Management, working on diversity efforts, according to his biography on VA's website.