VA FAIL: Another $500 Million IT ‘Failure’ For Veterans Affairs

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VA Failure

Veterans Affairs just announced its massive $500 million asset tracking IT project will be delayed by at last one year due to “catastrophic failure.”

Five years ago, VA launched a project to digitally track medical equipment. That project was slated to cost $543 million where Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Service (now DXC Technology) was awarded the primary contract.

The project was intended to create a real-time locating system (RTLS) that would solve mysterious problems VA has in managing its inventory. Basically, it was supposed to be a VA version of the “Internet of Things”.

According to documents obtained by My Statesman, the project ran into massive problems because VA lacked the wi-fi systems in its hospitals to actually implement the project even if HP showed up with the software, today.

Due to “catastrophic failure”, the project will be delayed at least another year.

Here is an excerpt from the publication that well summarizes what may be at the core of the problem:

In September 2013, the VA declared Hewlett-Packard’s underlying data architecture “unacceptable.”

Then, just as the Government Accountability Office was releasing its postmortem of the failed scheduling software and record merging project, the VA began large-scale testing of its RTLS tracking system.

The March 2015 test was an overwhelming failure: the system could only accurately track equipment in 40 percent of cases (a percentage disputed by Hewlett-Packard). In the majority of cases, the system could not pinpoint location and even misidentified the floor equipment was stored on. 

The dismal performance was “endangering performance of the RTLS contract,” VA officials at the department’s Technology Acquisition Center in Austin warned the firm, threatening to cancel the contract if Hewlett-Packard didn’t make quick fixes.

Hewlett-Packard in turn blamed the VA’s inadequate wireless Internet infrastructure for the problems.

The company told the VA that 137 WiFi access points were non-operational and blamed the VA for cutting corners in trying to implement a cutting edge RTLS system while using faulty WiFi.

The root problem for the failures lay in “performance errors that it appears VA has failed to take responsibility to correct,” Hewlett Packard wrote, adding that the company “should not be held accountable for the VA’s WiFi limitations.” 

By mid-2016, frustrations were boiling over. When a VA supervisor refused to let HP access its cloud-based back-up systems, another VA employee wondered why in an email chain. “I was also surprised,” a third VA employee wrote in an email. “But I read it as, I am 100% fed up with these nitwits and I’m not going to give on anything anymore.” 

The VA later issued a stop work order and re-negotiated new or modified contracts with Hewlett-Packard. The VA downplayed the issues mentioned in internal documents, telling the Statesman that the stop work order “allowed the VA to refocus efforts toward delivering capabilities in an incremental approach beginning with those that were more mature” and “provided both parties the opportunity to finalize the path forward and realign the schedule to achieve those goals.”

“In a technology project of the scope and magnitude of RTLS, it’s common for those involved to periodically reassess the program and realign the approach in order to achieve the desired outcome,” VA officials said.

These problems are not unique to this program. VA has a horrific track record working with IT companies to develop custom solutions regardless of the amount of money thrown at the issues.

VA and DOD spent over $1 billion to unify their health care record systems without finding a solution. Ultimately, the program was abandoned and now VA is buying the same commercial solution DOD purchased.

VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, has promised to stop the practice of VA getting involved in developing IT solutions since it is a complete waste of money and time. Instead, the agency will now focus more on purchasing off-the-shelf solutions.

Good. It is about time VA focus on what the agency is supposed to do rather than develop custom IT solutions that are a complete waste of money and time.

Source: http://www.mystatesman.com/news/local-military/foray-into-internet-things-faced-catastrophic-failure/tlxTO87eQO8uX4CFyk810J/

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James Clement
James Clement
Nice article, Ben. I agree that it is way past time for the VA to do what it is supposed to do. Notice that this is only a delay, NOT a cancellation. In the meantime – – – they will be using OTS solutions. They will still be spending the money on this (although delayed) or OTHER FRIVOLOUS PROJECTS. BEST to cancel them all, reduce employee bonuses, hire more computer literate veterans as claims processors/supervisors at the VBA. Regarding medical healthcare, it is time to FIX THE DAMN BROKEN VA: 1. Recognize the problems inherent in the VA are SYSTEM-WIDE,… Read more »
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James Clement
James Clement

@COMERDIAVA – – – Hmm. I agree with you as usual. You remind me of another great poster and PATRIOT.

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Anthony OConnell

I left a comment about 40 minutes ago and later realized my comments about a paragraph could be interpreted as criticizing the writer. I was not criticizing the writing, I was criticizing what the VA didn’t do but should have done. Sorry

Jo3n

I’m not sure why, but I feel like I’ve read this article before. I have but one question. Whom in the VA made the most money? Well, a couple questions. Clinics say they don’t have WiFi. They were never going through with it. Just moving money. Isn’t$500,000,000.00 a lot of money to track a bar code? If, the VA had proper WiFi? No idea what the truth is, just know we won’t hear it from the VA or the good Doctor. An informative article Ben, and Cj, I am calm.

IT Project Manager
IT Project Manager
Jo3n, most clinics had WiFi at the time of contract start, or were planning to get it installed soon. There was not generally a problem with VA facility WiFi connectivity at enabled sites, once the RTLS was installed. The problem was that the components didn’t work well together, and that’s because the VA gave HPES a narrow set of suppliers and technical solutions. Nobody had ever done RTLS on such a scale, with first-time-together vendors. Regarding the overall money, you’d be surprised at the savings that have been measured in smaller implementations, as well as much more efficient sterilization and… Read more »
OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

DO YOU WORK FOR HP IF YES HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN THERE.?

namnibor
namnibor
@IT Project Manager- Without any standardization across any system, and namely the VA in this scenario, that lack of standardization of ALL systems makes for a systemic mess and that’s what the VA is. A given Vet may go to Denver VAMC and relocate within that year to say New York or Puerto Rico and go to utilize those new to that Vet VAMC only to find they do things ENTIRELY different, interpret regulations as THEY SEE FIT….having a continual VA outsourcing contract cluster of many vendors but nobody on the same page…again, the recipe for the systemic mess the… Read more »
Crazy elf
Crazy elf

I kinda thought someone would come on here and TRY to defend both, the VA AND H/P!
Won’t work “IT Project Manager”! We’re onto the MANY scams VA has/will pull on veterans AND taxpayers!
Don’t think, one bit, by coming on here, a veteran centric website, to try to defend the indefensible you won’t receive backlash!
Oh, and btw, how much of the taxpayers monies have you socked away for a rainy day over this train wreck of a $500 million sweet deal/contract?

That’s all I have to say about that bullshit!

James Clement
James Clement

@IT Project Manager – – – I believe you. I believe you are a total fucking troll. VA helping to enrich your bank account?

IT Project Manager
IT Project Manager
@James Clement: your reading comprehension is insufficient to enable effective participation on this blog. To recap: I was laid off in 2016 when this project failed so badly that even my employer (HPES) and the client (VA) had to stop work. I have described the many, many problems on this project here today on the part of both the contractors (HPES, etc.) and the VA. You and Crazy Elf are unable to comprehend what I have written, perhaps intentionally so. How is that being a troll? How is that defending the VA? I’m disappointed in this site. As a disabled… Read more »
IT Project Manager
IT Project Manager

3rd para has a error, arising from haste in posting: should read

“…by reading the daily emails. When this project hit the news today, I thought some might appreciate the details. Instead, your reading and cognitive impairment result in your knee-jerk reaction to insult me.”

IT Project Manager
IT Project Manager

Regarding RTLS savings in general: yes, it saves quite a bit of personnel time, and can make sterilization and maintenance scheduling much easier. But those results have come in much smaller implementations, such as one clinic in one hospital, and using the same vendor with their standardized, off-the-shelf solutions. Nobody had ever tried cobbling together bits and pieces on a national scale before. We had six vendors for hardware and software.

James Gallegos

Just another excuse, va does what they want even if they don’t know what their doing.

Excuse after excuse. Yawn. !

Bunch of liers, tell us how u saved 💰 !

Small amounts, denying veterans their deserved disabilities does not count. !!!

James Clement
James Clement

@IT Project Manage – – – Good Luck to you, too. TROLL !!! Don’t let the low-order BITS BYTE your high-order ASS on the way out.

A bit of IT humor there . . .

namnibor
namnibor

“[… Don’t let the low-order BITS BYTE your high-order ASS on the way out….]”

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Still laughing 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 THAT was funny! 🙂

James Clement
James Clement

@Nam – – – Just a polite way of telling IT Project Manager to:

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cj
cj

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James Clement
James Clement

@cj – – –

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cj
cj

But I don’t wanna be an ocifer 🙁

James Clement
James Clement

@cj – – – We’ll let you slide T-H-I-S time. 🙂 🙂 🙂

namnibor
namnibor
Yeah, we have been here and done that a few times over with the VA and IT upgrades. Sometimes you just cannot help save a clusterfuck network called the VA. HP needs to fully realize the VA is not far from still using cans connected with string for their IT Network….the only problem is, the VA still hasn’t figured-out that the canned peas need to be emptied for the message to fully transmit and they are using spaghetti instead of sting. Welcome to the machine, the VA Clusterfuck Machine. It does not want to be fixed…it ONLY wants FED $$$.… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

$500,000,000. is a LOT of canned peas.

namnibor
namnibor

Only problem is, VA Procurement mistakenly purchased canned pee instead of peas.

“You can’t fix stupid”–F. Gump

OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

Sound’s like IT is, the/They’re best scam going, nothing but more thievery going on

want to know where the rest of the tax dollars are going watch this…

The Greatest Ongoing Financial Scam in Modern History ~ The CAFR Reports – YouTube

“https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSR6o6pNSzI”

Crazy elf
Crazy elf
Where did $543 million of taxpayers monies end up? I’ll bet/guarantee y’all most of it went into the pockets of H/P AND VA upper management. Why is it, when VA screws up and fucks the taxpayers, one of the first things they do is ask/beg for MORE taxpayers monies? And, then the first persons to get screwed are the disabled veterans they’re in charge of! I can see the writing on the wall come August and September (for the “fiscal year of 2018”). “Shithead Shulkin” will, more likely than NOT, take “compensations” away from veterans to pay for something else!… Read more »
OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

ELF…You need to watch that video I posted, It explains a lot….The VA is just pocket money…

OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

ELF…The more I think about how fucked up the VA is,upper management like’s the chaos down below,,,# 1 in the playbook is distraction/diversion
I used to read a lot of military manuals that’s what I call it today, forgot what they were really called, but I read also # 1 reason for war was depopulation I was young at the time and couldn’t wrap my head around that answer.. I read those in the 70’s

James Clement
James Clement

2OLDMARINE – – – B-U-L-L-S-E-Y-E !!! Guess we must have read some of the same books.

OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

James….I’m glad someone else read those, I must have read at least 10 of those hand books but the only one that stands out were those 2

James Clement
James Clement

@Crazy Elf – – – I absolutely agree that in the case of the VA, MASS FIRINGS should be used as a TOOL to help motivate the troops into taking care of veterans in the manner they should be taken care of. I also think in the case of certain management – – – Investigations followed by Extensive Polygraphs need to be conducted. If they fail – – – they are out. Just too damn much thievery, lying, and General Horse Fuckery going on at all levels . . .

James Clement
James Clement
Whoops! Forgot to mention – – – Those investigations will not have to meet the LEGAL standards required by U S Courts. They will only need to meet the “Veterans Standard of Honesty and Fair Play”. As Seymore Klearly has demonstrated time and again, there is no need for investigations to drag on for months and years. I think there are 5 to 10 guys on this blog who as a TEAM could change the course of the VA culture within two years – – – if only they were given the opportunity – – – and provided cover from… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

@James Clement- Let’s officially call those ‘teams’ along military terms of FIRE TEAMS. The ‘weapon’ in this case would be the simple stroke of a pen. However, if they become stubborn or unruly, let loose the drug-seeking attack military German Shepherds. Those dogs are SURE to find something on each and everyone of these engorged pukes.

Yeah, in a mood today.

James Clement
James Clement

@Nam – – – FIRE Teams, Aye! If it ever came to fruition – – – YOU would be one of the guys off this blog to be drafted. We’d use you as a “Wiper”, but it would NOT be wings you would be wiping . . .

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

James Clement
James Clement

Dammit! Finger-Slip! Hope your mood improves.

namnibor
namnibor

@James Clement- 🙂 “Wiper” 🙂 <—-That's exactly what toilet paper's job is, to wipe away your troubles down the drain….or was that the Rotorooter jingle? Anyway, as part of any "wiper team" I would gladly give it my best swipe. 🙂

James Clement
James Clement

@Nam – – – Actually glad you asked. The term Wiper in the Nav/MC can refer to a couple of different things.

What I had in mind was this – – – I know you are a musician. And I like music. Ron Wilson and his group The Surfaris recorded one of my favorite tunes “Surfer Joe”. I apologized to Ron publicly for changing the words to fit the “Hines VA Cockroach Feast”.

Thought you might be willing to join the team to play “Wipe Out”. Any ideas who we might want to “Wipe Out”?

OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

ELF….It’s time VA, from Shulkin on down, to come clean about EVERY thing they’re involved in granting the VA monies!…..That isn’t ever going to happen, no matter what, If they did the headline would read, sec. of the VA committed suicide, with two gun shot wounds to the back of the head…LOL…Got to protect/milk the sacred cow…..

Crazy elf
Crazy elf
+OLDMARINE, I just finished watching the video. Your correct, the Sec. of VA would probably “…commit suicide with two bullets to the back of his head!” – lol. No big loss though! As I watched the video, One could say the VA IS a “separate corporation”. Hiding taxpayers monies FOR the VA upper management, starting with “Shithead Shulkin”! He used California, (plus, the “legalized gambling of the State Lottery Systems”), as an example on HOW the “scam” is played out over time. I do believe it’s time for ALL of America to wake the fuck up. Americans need to demand… Read more »
OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE
ELF…I’m glad you watched it, I wish everybody would, they might learn something….But most of them are still dreaming the American dream…LOL…And I’m going to post that one, on every one of BEN”S articles he put’s out ….I watch a lot of his videos, aplanetruth.info……And the older I get the old saying of, TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION, gets reinforced even more …… once people get there eye lids cracked open and you start wondering what else is a scam..Hmmmmmm NASA, another scam like the VA,. Go to the NASA web sight where they talk about the van allen belt… Read more »
OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

should have been through not trough

Lem
Lem

Love sticking Wall Street hands in taxpayers’ pockets.

OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

Well, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never
mention that part to us, do they? George Carlin.

If it requires a uniform, it’s a worthless endeavor

I have as much authority as the Pope, I just don’t have as many people who believe it. George Carlin

The reason I talk to myself is that I’m the only one whose answers I accept.
And this one is mine….THE SPACE PROGRAM IS IN BETWEEN YOUR EARS…LOL

Windguy
Windguy

There’s a reason they call it the American Dream – because you have to be asleep to believe it.

Windguy
Windguy

oops

Windguy
Windguy

The article says that HP whined about 137 wi-fi points being non-operational. OK – that’s a $137,000 fix – what about the other half billion dollars?

This shit is never supposed to work unless it is coincidental. These are engineered transactions. A company lobbies an agency, the agency writes an RFQ and tailors it to that favorite company. The deal is cut, someone in VA procurement/management gets a delayed reaction consulting deal with the company, shit doesn’t work, and it’s the VA’s fault.

touchavet@gmail.com
Veterans Choice Program administered by Health Net Federal Services is a total 5+ Billion scam. I had the occasion to use the services and found them to be completely incompetent. After 3 months of dealing with them the professional I was to see has no relation with the VA because their services does not not get paid for by them for months so they pulled out. Now I am back to square one. My calls remained unanswered and nobody has a clue what to do. Reminds me on Obamba’s healthcare sign up computer system. I don’t think Trumps system is… Read more »
cj
cj

Great way to start the day, thanks for the video OLDMARINE.
Fuck no, GI Joe/Jane, NO MONEY FOR YOU!!!!
Why?
Let’s see what’s behind:
Door #1). Intentional incompetence! <—–No explanation necessary.
Door #2). Look!! It's the wasteful spending incinerator!! Wooo whoo!!!
Door #3). Gimme-mo-money-madness-merry-go-round.
Door #4 -150, are under a perpetual, decreasing radius, construction program!

Yeahhh, That's The ticket!!!

touchavet@gmail.com

and never any consequences

cj
cj

Haven’t seen Dennis lately, hope he just got into some goooood puff n stuff, and is doing well.

OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

cj ..I think he mentioned a family reunion over the 4th

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Seems clear to me that the laws of physic just do not apply at the VA. So maybe we need to define the laws of physic for the VA to find a solution.

Clearly VA physic shows that all measure of Accountability implemented at the VA Medical Facilities will be met with overwhelming counter measure to Accountability at the VA.

Simple solution stop wasting money and shut down all VA Health Care Facilities.

Time to get off the “if this don’t work then throw some more money at it” merry-go-round.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Problem is Seymore, NO ONE seems to be able to get them off that “…mo-money-merry-go-round!”
And until it happens, we veterans and taxpayers get fucked HARD!

Jo3n

Anything that would track and know where things are is counterproductive in the VA. Unless it’s like the 300tv’s. They were in boxes and the bar code was on the box. So when they stole them, they took them out of box $500,000,00.00, why can’t they sign for it coming in(responsible), and going out (responsible)? Ah, that word… responsible. Also, how much money could Dr. Shulkin get for that? I bet he’d get some. Save money and lives….Shut the VHA DOWN. They’re killing veterans before our time.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

I’m just tired, of being sicken tired of this shit. Shumbody needs an ass whooping. – – – Nutter.

James Clement
James Clement

@ANutterVet – – – Shithead Shulkin should be the first Shumbody.

IT Project Manager
IT Project Manager
I was a PM on this project, laid off in April 2016 when the project stalled at the same time that HPES was laying off in general in order to become DXC. I’m also a patient as a 30% disabled vet. Part of the tech problem and a large part of the contract problem was the choice of subcontractors. This was never a wide-open, competitively bid project that evaluated all technologies. Rather, the VA presented HPES a list of vendors, including set-aside categories for large and small businesses, disabled-veteran-owned businesses, and Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) companies — the last category… Read more »
OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

SOUND”S LIKE THAT WOMAN THAT WAS HOLDING UP PROGRESS WAS PROBABLY RELATED TO SOMEONE ON THE INSIDE,

Jo3n

@IT Project Manager, guess you can see by most posts, we no longer trust the VA. This crap happens on a weekly basis. The VA steals, loses, wants more, blah blah blah. Oh, IT Guy, my clinic doesn’t have WiFi; or they just say they don’t. Why doesn’t one of these pukes come on and tell me how friendly VA is.

Jo3n

IT Project Manager, I apologize for any derogatory comments towards you personally. Thank for the information on this fiasco. Bet no one but you knows about the batteries life.

IT Project Manager
IT Project Manager

Jo3n, I didn’t see any derogatory remarks towards me, but thanks for being polite.

IT Project Manager
IT Project Manager

No derogatory remarks from you, to be precise.

Jo3n

And, who was this woman? Company name?

IT Project Manager
IT Project Manager
I honestly don’t remember her name or the company name. I’ll dig through the virtual box and see if I can come up with the name. Not incidentally, one of the VA’s promises to small businesses is that they’ll be paid within 30 days of invoicing. The subcontractors would invoice HPES (prime contractor, me in this case), and I would submit through the HPES accounting team for their approval. Then I had to ask the VISN director to sign the acknowledgement of delivery, but in many/most cases, the VISN directors nationwide were terrified to put their name on something —… Read more »
IT Project Manager
IT Project Manager
Forgot to mention: VA IT, as slow and ineffective as they are, did not support this project. Why? Initially, the VA leadership said that IT could use RTLS to track their property, which have millions of dollars of losses annually. IT was gung-ho, of course. Then VA leadership changed scope suddenly so that only medical equipment would be covered. That meant the project had to get in line for IT attention along with every printer request, new construction cabling, etc., and there was large resentment on the part of VA IT that they might be expected to support this project… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

Sounds like you bruised that IT supervisor’s engorged purple team ego…you have knowledge, skills, thus a threat to that purple team gravy train. Can’t have that.

The VA loathes and absolutely hates standardization of any kind. Why? Because the path of standardization leads to VA’s arch enemy and kryptonite called accountability.

IT Project Manager
IT Project Manager

Accountability — you just made a clear ringing sound by hammering that nail home. Of all the problems with this project — technical, business, etc. — lack of accountability on the VA was the worst of all. As I mentioned, nobody on the VA side had been tasked with championing the project, probably because they couldn’t find anybody to step up — if they even asked.

namnibor
namnibor
Not even Wonder Woman’s Golden Lasso Of Truth could muster an ounce of accountability and truth from the VA. Also, at the VA they tend to just promote people to positions regardless of any qualifications and sadly, that even extends into the medical parts of VA, and the VA will even go as far to blame their contractors for the VA’s own ineptitude. An example of that was short of a decade ago I receive as part of a mass-mailing that since having dental work in a certain VAMC clinic and that Dr. and Dept. was not only NOT properly… Read more »
Homer Conley
Homer Conley
Oh, they have had wifi for many years, don’t be deceived. It is something else I’m sure. Perhaps trying to get A&MM people to cooperate or perhaps it is the IT people in VAMCs. I’m not talking about the IT techs or the Supply Techs, I’m talking about management! They go back and forth about who will be responsible for this and that. People are always trying to pad that grade up. The VA is stuck in AMES/MERS’s dhcp zone and quite a few things live on there. Even though that system sucks out loud. I recall sending equipment inventory… Read more »
IT Project Manager
IT Project Manager

Crazy Elf, you’ve completely misapprehended my posts. You’re angrily trying to put words in my mouth. I thought some might appreciate the details. I’m certainly not defending the company that laid me off after a failed project (not a lot of “socking away” on unemployment compensation, dumbass), or the client (VA) that let the project fail and wasted our taxpayer money as well as a lot of personal energy. And don’t ever try to pull the “we’re veterans here” card on me, as I’m a patient of the VA health system myself.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf
Ok, let me put it another way, “IT Project Manager. BEFORE you were laid off in April, and yet, knew of all the screw-ups at, not only VA, but the company you worked for. How come you didn’t turn “Whistle-Blower”???? Or, at the very least, contacting news outlets to let them know how your company and VA was screwing the taxpayers????? Your “expertise” and “experience” with computer systems would have been helpful to expose the corruption, waste, fraud and abuse at both entities, right. Yet, from your own words, that never happened. Why? This is exactly why I, or we,… Read more »
OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

That NASA web sight is as bad as the VA’S, error 404 page has been moved, Yea just keep scrambling the shit around so you can’t find it…LOL….CGI picture’s are all you get, But don’t worry folks, were sending BUZZED up BUZZ ARMSTRONG to mars for a family reunion in 2120, and he’s going to take some real pictures , we’ll keep him on ice if we have to, and thats a promise from us, to you., good tax payers …..LOL…….

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