First the math. There are what, about 300 Vet Centers in the USA and Puerto Rico?
From how I read this, simply to have a "Diversity Visual" on a wall, Vet Centers are required (we all know what "will" means) to purchase a framed printed from a sole vendor for $250 plus $50 shipping and handling. Not including the 150-300 man-hours VA wide to unwrap, process, and mount each picture - the math is $300 x 300 = $90,000.
$90,000 for this. Assume this is only for Region 4a, isn't is safe to assume that all have or will have a similar mandate? Even if not, how many artificial limbs would that buy? How many days in a hotel for family members? How many hours of physical therapy?
Want to see how this happens? Behold the workings of your VA.
Nice story of a woman who served her country well and all ... but will those who have been wounded in our wars really get their $90,000 out of this?All,Per RCS, info is the Vendor’s information regarding the ordering of Cathay Williams portrait (see attachment). Per George [redacted] (Region 4A AAWG Representative), this portrait had been approved by Dr. Alphonse [redacted] and Don [redacted] for all Vet Centers to purchase. If you have any questions regarding this matter, feel free to contact Javier [redacted] (ARM/RCS) for funds and George [redacted] a7 602 640 [redacted] (Phx Vet Center) for the portrait.Portrait: Cathay Williams Poster Framed with 4 Corner Metal and 3 Decorative Insignia.Price: $250 (portrait); approx $50 Shipping & Insurance (Depending on the State)Vendor: Gallery Chuma Inc.VISTA Vendor File:NUMBER: 19492 NAME: GALLERY CHUMAORDERING ADDRESS1: 43 JOHN ST ORDERING CITY: CHARLESTONORDERING STATE: SOUTH CAROLINA ORDERING ZIP CODE: 29403-6132PROCUREMENT CONTACT PERSON: CC:[redacted] NWOKIKEVENDOR PHONE NUMBER: 843/224 [redacted]SOCIOECONOMIC GROUP (FPDS): N SM DISADVANTAGED BUSSOCIOECONOMIC GROUP (FPDS): HZ HUBZONE SMALL BUSINESS CONCERNBUSINESS TYPE (FPDS): SMALL IS A SF129 ON FILE?: YESDATE OF SF129: NOV 21, 2012 SPECIAL FACTORS: CREDIT CARD ACCEPTFMS VENDOR CODE: [redacted]NON-RECURRING/RECURRING VENDOR: RECURRINGFMS VENDOR NAME: GALLERY CHUMA INC TAX ID/SSN: [redacted]SSN/TAX ID INDICATOR: TAX IDENTIFICATION NUMBERPAYMENT HOLD INDICATOR: NO 1099 VENDOR INDICATOR: YESPENDING FLAG: CONFIRMATION OF APPROVALCENTRAL REMIT: NO VENDOR TYPE: COMMERCIALMTI ACTION: ADD IFCAP ONLYSYNONYM: GALLERY CHUMA INCSYNONYM: [redacted]PAYMENT ADDRESS1: 43 JOHN ST PAYMENT CITY: CHARLESTONPAYMENT STATE: SOUTH CAROLINA PAYMENT ZIP CODE: 29403-6432DUN & BRADSTREET #: [redacted] DATE VENDOR CREATED: APR 18, 2012CREATED BY: [redacted],SHARON FAX #: 843/763 [redacted]George,Forward the vendor information to all Vet Centers. Each Vet Center will request funds and coordinate purchase accordingly.Thanks,Hello J, Upon reflection on how to pay for the portraits and discussing with my regional representative counterparts on the most productive way to get the portraits to the vet centers. I suggest that the monies be placed in each Region 4a vet center’s account with the specified purpose that the funds be used to purchase the portrait. Also, as the portraits are received at each vet center, they in turn contact me so I that I may check them off the list as “portraits received.”I believe that this process is easier and will get the portraits to the vet centers in a timely manner.Thank you in advance for facilitating this request.George R. [redacted], MC, LPCRegional Representative 4AAfrican American Working Group
Gallery Chuma is many things, but disadvantaged - it is not. Look it up.