Administrative Investigation of VA’s FY 2011 HR Conferences in Orlando, FL
Appendix E Affidavit of Mr. John U. Sepúlveda, September 25, 2012
I, John U. Sepúlveda, want to make the following statement under oath:I attest that I did not knowingly and willfully provide a false statement to OIGinvestigators when I was interviewed on August 16, 2012 regarding myknowledge of the two short motivational and educational films labeled by themedia as the “Patton” videos.When specifically asked by OIG investigators whether I personally viewedthese videos prior to their first public viewing during the VA “One HR”training conference in Orlando, FL, July 11- 15, 2011, I answered “no”. Thisresponse was based on my recollection at the time. I believed at the timethat this answer was accurate and truthful.In fact, at the time I did not accurately recollect that my staff had indeedarranged for me to briefly preview, for the first time, the two videos on July7, 2011. This short and unmemorable 30-minute meeting took place fivedays before the videos were shown on July 12, 2011 at the first of two “OneHR” conferences.During a later review of my calendar for July 7, 2011, I saw that I attendedseveral high priority meetings on that same day, including a Capitol Hillbriefing for Senate staffers. These meetings presumably held my primaryfocus and attention throughout most of the day, which may account for mynot remembering, one year later, that on that day I had previewed thevideos prior to the start of the July conference.I would like to express my sincerest apologies of not correctly recollectingthis brief July 7, 2011 meeting where the “Patton” videos were previewedand thus mistakenly providing OIG investigators incorrect information.
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