A new report by the Office of Inspector General this week revealed that the VA’s Office of Information and Technology spent $7.2 million on computers and software licenses that it did not need. That $7.2 million has now been deemed waste.
For security purposes the department that manages patient billing and reimbursements purchased “3,695 computers, two advanced computers, 3,697 software licenses (at $1,339.11 each), and annual software licensing renewal at $20 each.” However, according to the process by which employees access the client network, these computers and the accompanying software were completely unnecessary.
The Office of Inspector General called this $7.2 million a waste of funds and recommended that the Office of Information and Technology “put in place processes to better understand what was actually needed before making large purchases in the future.”
That is a nice way of saying the office should know what they need before they spend $7 million of taxpayer money on equipment.
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