Each and every year, Veterans Affairs spends at least $6 billion in violation of federal contract rules on purchases for medical care and supplies. The spending is not only a waste of taxpayer money, but it also puts veterans at risk if the product is inferior or unmonitored.
Agency head Robert McDonald received a 35-page document accusing agency leadership of gross mismanagement and general unlawful activities. Jan Frye wrote a procurement officer the document. DC insiders victimized Frye when he called out unlawful practices by other VA leaders.
Washington Post highlighted 9 takeaways from the document written by Jan Frye from VA procurement:
- Veterans are at risk if the government does not have contracts for private medical care and something goes wrong.
- VA is spending billions of dollars a year on medical care and supplies without contracts, but the public has no way to see how taxpayers’ money is being spent.
- Top VA officials are ignoring the large discrepancy between authorized spending on medical care and supplies and spending that is done improperly.
- VA has failed to hold anyone accountable for the improprieties he cites, or put contracts in place once officials realized they weren’t negotiated properly.
- Senior VA leaders must be held accountable for the problems with purchase cards he cites.
- An analysis of purchase card data from the Veterans Health Administration and found improprieties.
- The purchase card program lacks oversight.
- National Acquisition Center says employees at the Veterans Health Administration are buying thousands of medical supplies in off-the-shelf transactions, without competition.
- The document informs McDonald that reforming VA will be challenging unless basic contracting problems are addressed.
When do you think these reforms will happen?