WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI) reacted to the findings of VA’s Inspector General regarding the Department’s award of a $15 million sole-source contract to research Gulf War Illness to a University which then breached the terms of the contract.
“Unless the Department terminates this contract with the University, it risks setting a precedent that VA contracts can be ignored regardless of the legal or fiscal impact or the consequences for veterans.
“An untold number of servicemembers returned from the first Gulf War with significant health concerns that are still not understood. VA must secure the remaining funds from the $15 million contract and dedicate that funding to research that will help the Department better understand and treat the illnesses of Gulf War veterans.” Akaka’s letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary Erik K. Shinseki on this matter is available here.
The IG’s report is available here.
July 16, 2009