VA yesterday awarded a contract to MITRE Corp. for an assessment of the hospital care, medical services and other health care processes in VA medical facilities throughout the fruited plain. For those of you in California-relax. That includes you and you don’t have to opt in.
Rumor has it VA Middle management are sharpening their pencils and brushing up their resumes. MITRE spokesman Dr. Robert M. Petzel indicated they will welcome former VA executives of all walks in an attempt to take advantage of their intimate knowledge of how VA works.
Here’s the skinny on MITRE– reputed to be a quasi-Not for Profit Corporation. No. Just kidding. MITRE is undoubtedly a NFP that quacks like a for profit. They just exude the cache of respectability and an aura of infallibility. As long as they don’t hire Sharon Helman, we’ll assume they are trustworthy. I think Kelli Kordach as their HR director would give them a lot of respectability right out of the chute. Keep your fingers crossed.
True independence in this audit is going to suffer a lot of disbelief if VAOIG’s Robert Griffin is seen hanging around an inordinate amount of time begging to look at the first drafts in hopes of nipping anything that cannot be substantiated before publication. Perhaps someone at MITRE should put out a BOLO on him and his colleagues.
I don’t think VA middle-of-the-earth poohbahs get it. Old McDonald owns the farm now and he isn’t going to fall down Allison in Wonderland Hickey’s Eei-Eei-Ooh! hole and buy a bunch of hooey about 125 days and 98% accuracy. He’s gonna wanna see this white rabbit in person-not on some magic paper with supportive statistics showing everyone lived happily ever after. Shinseki made the mistake of taking his underling’s word for it. That’s a weakness of Generals. The big dogs from Proctor and Gamble don’t take your word for it. They trust but verify.