- The VA wastes billions of dollars every year on contracts for services and goods without giving those contracts and purchases proper oversight and management.
- The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the VA, which has spent at least $46 billion on procurement in just the past three years, is managing procurement contracts using “outdated and fragmented policies.”
- In addition, the GAO auditors found “shortcomings in the VA’s data systems, policies, oversight, acquisition workforce, and contract management related to the agency’s multi-billion-dollar procurement program.”
- Unfortunately, as we have found with other dysfunctional government agencies, the VA has been repeatedly told of their shortcomings over the years in this area and apparently did not fix what had been pointed out to them, resulting in the continued waste of billions of dollars: “This GAO report shows VA’s contracting operations are as dysfunctional as ever. This is the same sort of bureaucratic bungling that led to the massive VA procurement scandal that was exposed in 2015,” Congressman Jeff Miller (R., Fla.), chair of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, told the Washington Free Beacon. “The fact that VA can’t seem to stop mismanaging resources underscores the agency’s lack of respect for taxpayer dollars. Given VA’s abysmal accountability track record, it’s unlikely the department will hold any employees accountable for this mismanagement, leaving veterans and taxpayers to foot the bill.”
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