VA severs ties with embattled contractor

The Department of Veterans Affairs has cut its ties to a politically connected contractor weeks after an investigation found officials for the company, FedBid, plotted to “assassinate” the character of one of the VA’s top acquisition officials in 2012.

The Veterans Health Administration “has ended the contract with FedBid“, VA spokeswoman Genevieve Billia said in a statement to The Washington Times this week, following a series of reports that the VA’s “reverse auction” process — handled by contractor FedBid — was prompting complaints from suppliers and had allowed potentially counterfeit surgical supplies to flow unchecked into VA medical centers.