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Yesterday, news broke that Tammy Duckworth will have to undergo a trial in 2016 over her controversial tenure at the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.

Duckworth “allegedly retaliated against” two VA whistleblowers and is now being sued.


Duckworth had no comment on the trial: "Neither her congressional office nor her campaign office returned messages seeking comment."

However, in April Duckworth Said “I Have Been A Very Effective Administrator… I’m Proud Of The Work That I Did At The State Of Illinois Department Of Veteran’s Affairs.” (WFLD, 4/10/15)

In Addition To The Trial, A 2009 Audit Found Major Instances In Which The Illinois VA Failed To Properly Comply With Federal Law, State Law And Internal Regulations...

In June 2009, Illinois Auditor General William Holland Released A Compliance Examination Of The Illinois Department Of Veteran’s Affairs Covering June 30, 2006 to June 30, 2008.
(Illinois Auditor General, “Compliance Examination: State Of Illinois Department Of Veterans’ Affairs,” 6/30/08)

NOTE: Duckworth Served As Director Of The Illinois Dept. Of Veterans Affairs Between December 15, 2006 and February 6, 2009. (Illinois Auditor General, “Compliance Examination: State Of Illinois Department Of Veterans’ Affairs - Report Digest,” For The Two Years Ended June 30, 2008)

The Audit Found Seven Major Instances Of Non-Compliance And Mismanagement.(Illinois Auditor General, “Compliance Examination: State Of Illinois Department Of Veterans’ Affairs - Report Digest,” 6/30/08)

According To The Report, The IL VA “Did Not Maintain Adequate Internal Controls Over Travel.” “The Department did not maintain adequate internal controls over travel.” (Illinois Auditor General, “Compliance Examination: State Of Illinois Department Of Veterans’ Affairs - Report Digest,” 6/30/08)

According To The Report, The IL VA “Did Not Exercise Adequate Controls Over Employee Attendance.” “The Department did not exercise adequate controls over employee attendance.” (Illinois Auditor General, “Compliance Examination: State Of Illinois Department Of Veterans’ Affairs - Report Digest,” 6/30/08)
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According To The Report The IL VA “Did Not Comply With The Department Of Veterans Affairs Act Regarding An Annual Review Of The Benefits Received By Illinois Veterans.”“The Department did not comply with the Department of Veterans Affairs Act regarding an annual review of the benefits received by Illinois veterans.” (Illinois Auditor General, “Compliance Examination: State Of Illinois Department Of Veterans’ Affairs - Report Digest,” 6/30/08)
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According To The Report The IL VA “Did Not Comply With The National Guard Veterans Exposure To Hazardous Materials Act.” “The Department did not comply with the National Guard Veterans Exposure to Hazardous Materials Act.” (Illinois Auditor General, “Compliance Examination: State Of Illinois Department Of Veterans’ Affairs - Report Digest,” 6/30/08)
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According To The Report The IL VA “Inaccurately Compiled And Reported The Activities Of Its Veterans’ Service Officers.” “The Department inaccurately compiled and reported the activities of its Veterans’ Service Officers.” (Illinois Auditor General, “Compliance Examination: State Of Illinois Department Of Veterans’ Affairs - Report Digest,” 6/30/08)
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According To The Report The IL VA “Did Not Enforce Compliance With Its Grant Agreements’ Requirements Regarding Timely Submission Of Required Reports.”“The Department did not enforce compliance with its grant agreements’ requirements regarding timely submission of required reports.” (Illinois Auditor General, “Compliance Examination: State Of Illinois Department Of Veterans’ Affairs - Report Digest,” 6/30/08)

According To The Report The IL VA “Did Not Report Certain Financial Information To The Office Of The Comptroller Through The Financial Reporting Process.”“The Department did not report certain financial information to the Office of the Comptroller through the financial reporting process.” (Illinois Auditor General, “Compliance Examination: State Of Illinois Department Of Veterans’ Affairs - Report Digest,” 6/30/08)
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