The Department of Veterans Affairs has been spending at least $6 billion a year in violation of federal contracting rules to pay for medical care and supplies, wasting taxpayer money and putting veterans at risk, according to an internal memo written by the agency’s senior official for procurement.
In a 35-page document addressed to VA Secretary Robert McDonald, the official accuses other agency leaders of “gross mismanagement” and making a “mockery” of federal acquisition laws that require competitive bidding and proper contracts.
Jan R. Frye, deputy assistant secretary for acquisition and logistics, describes a culture of “lawlessness and chaos” at the Veterans Health Administration, the massive health-care system for 8.7 million veterans.
I’m gonna skip over the outrage phase of this and just note:
The normal, legally mandated contracting and purchasing methods for the federal government are so unwieldy and burdensome that little money, and no time would likely have been saved.
You find people buying pizzas and scotch on their purchasing card, sure, I’m livid
You find them buying prosthetics for an amputee in a timely manner?
That’s a little harder to be upset about.