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Pentagon inspector general to investigate mishandling of Lloyd Austin's hospitalization

Posted on AllSides January 11th, 2024
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Cliff Owen/AP

The Defense Department inspector general said Thursday that it will investigate the mishandling of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's recent secretive hospitalization.

In a memo, the inspector general said it will examine "the roles, processes, procedures, responsibilities, and actions related to the Secretary of Defense's hospitalization."

Additionally, it said it 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."

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