There are thousands of veterans waiting for the Veterans’ Administration to streamline disability evaluations. While they wait, the VA dithers.
This has dragged on for more than a year, a year in which the GAO pummelled the VA for failing to comply with its own contracting standards when awarding contracts to a huge defense contractor – Lockheed Martin – that has almost NO experience in disability evaluations.
According to a piece in Politico earlier this year;
the GAO “citing “prejudicial errors” has directed the Department of Veteran Affairs to go back to the drawing board…the office “recommended that the VA reopen negotiations with the offerers, solicit, obtain, and evaluate revised proposals; and make new source selection decisions” [emphasis added]
Oh, and the VA “misled two of the protestors during the conduct of discussions or negotiations. These errors led the VA to make source selection decisions…that were unreasonable…” [emphasis added].
One of the protesting bidders – Veterans Evaluation Services – published an ad in yesterday’s WSJ calling on Trump to fix this. Here’s hoping this gets results. (disclosure – I’ve done work for VES in the past)
And fast, because our veterans have been waiting for far too long.