A Veterans Affairs Department inspector general’s report on how the agency blew $5 million on a botched cloud broker program should be mandatory reading for any tech-focused program manager or executive.
Released last Tuesday, the audit offers a guide of what not to do when it comes to implementing a cloud brokerage service. It depicts a trail of missed program management practices, bypassed testing and an improper funding model that left VA spending millions on something with “limited brokerage functionality.”
In other words, VA spent more than $5 million on two task orders for its 3X Cloud Expansion/Production Environment that had zero return on investment.
“Ultimately, any potential benefit to veterans and taxpayers could not be realized,” the audit states.