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Contracting Improvements Still Needed in DoD's FY 2011 Purchases Made Through the Department of Veterans Affairs

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Objectives The initial audit objective was to determine whether Department of Defense DoD and the Department of Veterans Affairs VA improved their interagency purchasing practices since our last report, Report No. D-2009-043, FY 2007 DoD Purchases Made Through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, January 21, 2009. In addition, we examined the policies, procedures, and internal controls to determine whether DoD had a legitimate need to use VA, whether DoD clearly defined its requirements, whether DoD interagency contracting practices adhered to Federal and DoD regulations, and whether VA and DoD properly used and tracked funds. We also determined whether VA officials complied with Federal and Defense procurement requirements. In May 2008, the VA Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics issued a memorandum terminating its support for assisted interagency acquisitions made on behalf of the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General effective May 2009. VA determined it could not continue the service as it had become increasingly difficult to hire and retain qualified contracting personnel. VA also stated that it must use existing resources to meet its own requirements. Initially, our announced objective was to determine whether DoD and VA improved their interagency purchasing practices since our last report. However, after issuing the announcement letter and meeting with VA Office of Inspector General OIG personnel, we identified two VA assisted acquisitions, totaling 40,625, during FY 2011. VA OIG then reviewed the two acquisitions and found that VA completed only one acquisition on DoD s behalf in FY 2011. Specifically, VA s National Acquisition Center awarded a delivery order for an X-Ray machine for DoD at a cost of 38,000.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Economics and Cost Analysis

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