The Veterans Affairs Department spent more than $300,000 on hundreds of TVs that have sat in storage in Detroit for nearly three years because they were the wrong type of television.
Officials at VA’s Detroit medical center didn’t check ahead of time with the contractor installing the new TVs in patient rooms to ensure they properly fit the project’s design and specifications, according to the department’s inspector general. So, out of the 300 televisions the facility bought in September 2013, 282 of them have been gathering dust the past few years because they were purchased before the department awarded the installation contract.
The screw-up to date has cost VA $311,000, according to the watchdog: $292,492 for the TVs and related equipment and $19,052 for changes to the contract.
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