The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) manages nine healthcare related ‘schedules,’ groups of umbrella contracts used to order medical supplies and services, under the Federal Supply Schedules (FSS) program. These schedules allow VA medical centers to more easily obtain goods and services to support veterans.
The VA requested the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to produce a report focusing on the following:
- Program challenges.
- The timeliness of contract awards.
- The extent to which the schedules and the Medical Surgical Prime Vendor-Next Generation (MSPV-NG) program provide overlapping or duplicative offerings.
In addition to analyzing the requested issues, the report also contains a series of corrective recommendations to which the VA has largely agreed.