Bill introduced to help VA address supply chain issues

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – US Congresswoman Tracey Mann has helped introduce a bill to help the VA address supply chain issues.

Recently, US Representative Tracey Mann (R-KS) said she helped introduce the Virginia Supply Chain Management System Authorization Act. He said the legislation would authorize and create parameters for the US Department of Veterans Affairs to acquire a medical supply chain management system.

Congressman Mann said the bill requires the VA system to be fully implemented within three years and requires the new system to focus on the medical supply chain to ensure it doesn’t take no more than he can handle.

“Unfortunately, the VA has struggled to manage its medical supply chain in recent years due to outdated IT systems,” Mann said. “Previous attempts to replace this outdated system have failed due to the selection of systems that are too large and poorly suited for AV. The VA Supply Chain Management System Authorization Act, that I introduced last week, would modernize the VA’s medical supply chain management system by ensuring that veterans receive timely medical care and prescriptions. This bill also ensures that the new IT system has a specific and narrow focus to avoid repeating past mistakes. Veterans risk their lives to defend our freedoms. They should not be left waiting for prescriptions due to outdated computer systems. »

In September, Mann noted that the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Technology Modernization Subcommittee held a joint hearing to review major acquisition failures at the VA. .

Mann said the audience discussed several large VA IT projects that have stumbled in the past due to excessive size or unclear requirements. He said the bill would provide clarity by limiting the scope of these projects and setting performance targets.

To read the full text of the bill, click HERE.

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