VA COVID-19 Procurements: Pandemic Underscores Urgent Need to Modernize Supply Chain, Report to Congressional Committees [open pdf - 3MB]
From the Highlights: "In March 2020 and March 2021, Congress appropriated $19.6 billion and $17 billion in supplemental funds, respectively, for VA [Department of Veterans Affairs]'s COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] response effort. VA also authorized use of emergency flexibilities and automated aspects of its inventory system. In accordance with Congress's direction in the CARES [Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security] Act to monitor the exercise of authorities and use of funds provided to prepare for, respond to, and recover from the pandemic, relevant committees requested our sustained focus on VA. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to assess VA's acquisition management during its COVID-19 pandemic response. This report examines VA's efforts to obtain and track COVID-19-related products and services amid its ongoing struggle to improve its inventory and supply chain management."
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/