Statement from the Acting VA Inspector General
Suggestions from the media and some Members of Congress that the OIG kept secret inappropriate scheduling practices at the Phoenix VA Health Care System are belied by nearly a decade of reporting by the Office of Inspector General. Read the Acting Inspector General’s statement; a chronology of OIG reporting, Keeping Congress and VA Secretary Informed: VA Office of Inspector General’s Reporting on Patient Wait Times from 2005-2014; and the 2008 memorandum of administrative investigation on altered wait times at the Phoenix VA Health Care System.
Review of Alleged Patient Deaths, Patient Wait Times, and Scheduling Practices at the Phoenix VA Health Care System
- Read this Report
- Questions and Answers on the most significant aspects of the OIG’s report.
- Acting Inspector General's Oral Statement and Written Statement delivered before the House Committee On Veterans’ Affairs, September 17, 2014.
- Acting Inspector General's response to media coverage of baseless allegations on independence and integrity of the report.
Chairman Runyan and Ranking Member Titus, thank you for the opportunity to discuss the results of the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) work related to the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). We will focus on previously issued reports regarding the Philadelphia VA Regional Office (VARO), as well as recent situations that have come to our attention through the VA OIG Hotline and directly from current and former VARO employees. I am accompanied today by Nora Stokes, Director, OIG Bay Pines Benefits Inspection Division; Al Tate, Audit Manager, Atlanta Audit Division; and Jeffrey Myers, Benefits Inspector, San Diego Benefits Inspection Division.
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Review of the Veterans Health Administration's Use of Reverse Auction Acquisitions
The VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted a review of the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) use of commercial reverse auctions to procure products and services. The review determined that the methodology used to calculate and report savings by using reverse auctions greatly overstated any actual savings and did not comply with VHA’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). VHA’s mandatory requirement to use reverse auctions violated VA’s policy for using priority sources such as FSS contracts. Over 93 percent of the contract files reviewed did not contain proper documentation to validate the use of reverse auctions in accordance with VHA’s SOP. The review also determined that contracting officials run the risk of purchasing gray market items by using reverse auctions.