Thursday, March 5, 2015
A newly released Inspector General report finds that two senior members of the Veterans Health Administration’s Chief Business Office illegally moved $96 million dollars in medical support compliance funds to pay for a claims processing system. http://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/VAOIG-14-00730-126.pdf and http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2015/03/04/va-illegally-shifted-funds-to-pay-for-new-it-system-in-frank-underwood-fashion/. This news combined with the President’s desire to move unused money out of the VHA’s new program that allows vets the ability to choose a health care provider outside a VA when wait times are too long (http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/veterans_law/2015/02/choice-card-woes.html) appears to signal that the VHA is having some significant issues in managing the funds it is being granted by Congress. While it is unlikely that VHA’s funding will be significantly affected in the wake of the Phoenix VA Medical Center fiasco, perhaps more thought needs to be put into where the VHA’s money is being spent?