13 Sep '17, 12am

Lawmakers: 'Unreliable' VA mail data a symptom of larger issues

WASHINGTON – A House subcommittee criticized the Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday for inaccurate and unreliable reporting of how much it spends on mail, which lawmakers contended is a sign of larger management issues at the agency. The VA reported spending about $355 million on 200 million pieces of mail in 2016 – making it one of the top spenders on mail in the federal government. But that’s not likely to be the true amount, according to a Government Accountability Office report that states VA spending data is “questionable.” “After a look at facility-by-facility data, bizarre and anomalous numbers immediately jumped out, and it begged the question whether anyone had ever reviewed and questioned the information,” said Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Mich., chairman of the oversight and investigations subcommittee of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. The General Serv...

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