The VA has been violating federal contracting rules while spending at least $6 billion a year to pay for medical care and supplies, a senior official for procurement has said, according to The Washington Post. In a 35-page internal memo sent to VA Secretary Robert McDonald, Jan Frye, deputy assistant secretary for acquisition and logistics, accuses the agency’s leadership of “gross mismanagement” and making a “mockery” of federal acquisition laws that mandate competitive bidding and proper contracting.
Let’s get this straight. Senators want crooks to investigate crooks? Nearly 24 senators issued a bipartisan call for the Justice Department to lead a criminal probe into the Veterans Affairs scandal, citing mounting evidence of secret waiting lists and other “potential criminal wrongdoing.”