VA Acquisition Management: Comprehensive Supply Chain Management Strategy Key to Address Existing Challenges, Statement of Shelby S. Oakley, Director, Contracting and National Security Acquisitions, Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Veterans' Affairs, House of Representatives [open pdf - 398KB]
From the Highlights: "In fiscal year 2020, VA [Department of Veterans Affairs] received about $19.6 billion in supplemental appropriations for COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]-related needs and through February 2021 has spent about $1.1 billion on medical supplies and equipment. GAO [Government Accountability Office] testified in June 2020 and September 2020 that VA faced supply chain challenges, particularly in the early stages of the pandemic. Due in part to long-standing supply chain management issues that predated the pandemic, GAO added VA acquisition management to its High-Risk List in 2019. GAO's March 2021 High-Risk Update reported that VA has made limited progress in addressing its acquisition management challenges. This statement discusses VA's progress toward modernizing its supply chain. This statement is largely based on information from six reports issued from 2017-2020 and observations from an ongoing review of VA's COVID-19 procurements. To perform this work, GAO reviewed VA documentation and interviewed VA officials and medical center staff."
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/