I used to do some acquisition training for the VA, and I was consistently flabbergasted by the contracting personnel. More than any other agency I’ve ever dealt with, the COs at the VA has no idea how the FAR works, have no idea what they are doing, and in fact have concocted a number of rules and policies from thin air that only exist in their imagination. They lose protests constantly, and you can read the underlying contempt in the GAO decisions when they describe what idiot thing the VA did this time. Like this one. I don’t know how to fix stupid, but someone has to yank some warrants and sweep house over there.