The boss of the Veterans Administration (VA) official who was accused last month of unfairly canceling 15 already funded medical research grants and misspending $1.7 million has resigned, apparently for unrelated reasons.

VA Undersecretary for Health Robert Roswell relinquished his post Monday (April 5) in the wake of computer problems at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center, near St. Petersburg, Fla., that caused dozens of elective surgeries to be postponed last fall and winter because orders for sterile instruments went unfilled. He had been in charge of the VA's 163 hospitals, 135 nursing homes, and more than 800 clinics and 200 counseling centers nationwide, with a combined annual budget of more than $22 billion.

Last month, a VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) report accused Roswell's former chief research and development officer, Nelda Wray, of widespread mismanagement. She abruptly left her job last December, shortly before the investigation's results were...

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