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Inspector General Initiates Review of DOD Procedures Following Austin Hospitalization

January 16, 2024

C. Todd Lopez

DOD News

By C. Todd Lopez, DOD News / January 11, 2024

The Defense Department's inspector general yesterday sent a memorandum announcing a review examining the roles, processes, procedures, responsibilities and actions related to the secretary of defense's recent hospitalization.

"[The review will] assess whether the DOD's policies and procedures are sufficient to ensure timely and appropriate notifications and the effective transition of authorities as may be warranted due to health-based or other unavailability of senior leadership," the memorandum said.

During a briefing today, Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder said the department welcomes the review and will cooperate with the IG to ensure its success. 

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