For over a decade, VA has tried with little success to implement a framework for managing and overseeing how it purchases goods and services. We added VA acquisition management to our High Risk List in 2019.
VA plans to implement a new framework but hasn’t:
- Identified major acquisition programs subject to the new framework
- Addressed acquisition workforce needs
If VA takes steps to address these and other challenges prior to implementing the new framework, VA could acquire goods and services more efficiently to support veterans.
We recommended VA take steps to address challenges before implementing the new framework…
GAO is making seven recommendations. These include establishing a mechanism to collect and monitor program costs, assessing workforce gaps, aligning the proposed framework with other agency processes, identifying a mechanism to ensure compliance, and ensuring these steps are taken before implementation of the new framework. VA agreed with GAO’s recommendations…