The former director of the VA Medical Center in Washington D.C. has been fired after an internal investigation revealed he sent sensitive information about the hospital to his wife’s personal email account.
In a statement Wednesday, the VA confirmed that Brian Hawkins had been fired July 28 because he “failed to provide effective leadership at the medical center.” The statement did not specify the nature of the information Hawkins sent to his wife.
“This action underscores VA’s commitment to holding all employees accountable if they fail to do their jobs or live up to VA’s values,” the statement added.
Hawkins had been reassigned to administrative duty in April after the VA’s inspector general published a scathing report that detailed unsafe and unsanitary conditions at the hospital, including 18 of 25 sterile storage areas for syringes that were found dirty.
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