Thursday, January 14, 2016

Who's minding the store? Audit of VHA’s Non-VA Medical Care Obligations

Why We Did This Audit
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) assessed whether the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) adequately managed non-VA medical care miscellaneous obligation cost estimates and related management and system controls. The Non-VA Care (NVC) Program expenditures
of about $4.8 billion included $1.9 billion in obligated funds that remained unspent as of the end of fiscal year (FY) 2013. Significant under-or over obligation of these program funds could affect overall VHA operations.
What We Found
VHA medical facilities did not adequately manage the obligations used to purchase NVC. From October 1, 2013, through March 31, 2015, VHA medical facility officials determined that they had overestimated the funds needed to pay for these services by about $543 million. The unnecessary obligation of these funds prevented VHA from using $543 million of the $1.9 billion (29 percent) obligated for NVC for any purpose during FY 2013.

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