VA Acquisition Management: Supply Chain Management and COVID-19 Response, Statement of Shelby S. Oakley, Director, Contracting and National Security Acquisitions, Testimony Before the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate [open pdf - 213KB]
From the GAO [Government Accountability Office] Highlights: "VA [U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs] spends hundreds of millions of dollars annually to meet the health care needs of about 9 million veterans. In March 2019, GAO added VA Acquisition Management to its High Risk list due to longstanding problems such as ineffective purchasing of medical supplies and lack of reliable data systems. This statement summarizes findings from GAO's 2017 MSPV-NG [Medical-Surgical Prime Vendor-Next Generation] report and 2019 High Risk report and preliminary observations from two ongoing GAO performance audits to discuss VA's progress in building a more resilient supply chain. For the ongoing work, GAO reviewed VA documentation and interviewed VA officials, and VA medical center staff. Finally, GAO met with senior VA officials on June 5, 2020, to obtain agency views on the new observations GAO discusses in this statement."
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