The Department of Veterans Affairs still has yet to reveal how it will hold its employees accountable for the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Pittsburgh that sickened 21 veterans and resulted in at least five fatalities between February 2011 and November 2012. Pennsylvania congressmen called for transparency in the VA, but are still waiting for a response.
Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, said that he was “extremely frustrated, but not surprised” about the delayed reply.
U.S. Attorney David Hickton at the VA Office of Inspector General led an investigation that found that the Pittsburgh VA did not follow established guidelines about preventing Legionella bacteria in the water system. However, no criminal wrongdoing could be found during the review either.
According to a written statement sent to the Tribune Review, the VA is currently performing an internal review to develop “recommended administrative actions,” but there was no mention of when the review would be completed or any disciplinary action.