September 25, 2022

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VA Acquisition Management: Action Needed to Ensure Success of New Oversight Framework

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Department of Veterans Affairs The Secretary of Veterans Affairs should ensure that the Chief Acquisition Officer addresses challenges that pose risks to the Acquisition Lifecycle Framework’s success prior to its implementation. These risks include collecting cost data to enable identification of programs subject to increased oversight within the framework, addressing acquisition workforce needs, aligning the framework with other processes, and ensuring program compliance with the framework. (Recommendation 1)

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Department of Veterans Affairs The Secretary of Veterans Affairs should ensure that the Chief Acquisition Officer establishes a mechanism to collect, maintain, and monitor program costs and cost estimates necessary to identify programs subject to increased oversight within the Acquisition Lifecycle Framework. (Recommendation 2)

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Department of Veterans Affairs The Secretary of Veterans Affairs should ensure that the Chief Acquisition Officer and the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Human Resources and Administration conduct an enterprise-wide workforce assessment to identify any gaps that could limit effective adoption of the Acquisition Lifecycle Framework, such as in roles related to program management. (Recommendation 3)

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Department of Veterans Affairs The Secretary of Veterans Affairs should ensure that the Chief Acquisition Officer determines, documents, and communicates to programs how the Acquisition Lifecycle Framework should be used in conjunction with existing project management frameworks and processes, such as the Veteran-Focused Integration Process, VA Construction, and VA’s Project Management Framework. (Recommendation 4)

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Department of Veterans Affairs The Secretary of Veterans Affairs should ensure that the Chief Acquisition Officer identifies and documents a mechanism to monitor and ensure that applicable acquisition programs adopt and comply with the Acquisition Lifecycle Framework processes and decisions. (Recommendation 5)

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Department of Veterans Affairs The Secretary of Veterans Affairs should ensure that the Chief Acquisition Officer establishes key measures for the performance of the Acquisition Lifecycle Framework, collects and analyzes data related to these measures, and reports results. (Recommendation 6)

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Department of Veterans Affairs The Secretary of Veterans Affairs should ensure that the Chief Acquisition Officer establishes a documented lessons learned process to consistently collect, analyze, validate, archive, and share lessons learned related to implementation of the Acquisition Lifecycle Framework. (Recommendation 7)

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