GAO Chides VA Over $6.8B Disability Exam Contracts

By Bryan Koenig (July 25, 2016, 1:50 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Government Accountability Office has chided the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for botching the math for evaluating pricing proposals on a series of medical disability examination services contracts worth up to $6.8 billion each.

While the VA's evaluations were largely "unobjectionable," perceived failings in past performance examination, inadequate discussions with rejected bidders and insufficient pricing assessment were enough for the GAO to recommend that the VA reopen the acquisition process and reconsider proposals, according to a July 13 decision made public Friday.

In all, three contractors had won work across five contested geographic districts — there are seven districts...

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