Federal facilities had a hard time competing with the private sector for employees.
Officials at one Department of Defense military hospital said that the private sector offered $33,000 more annually than the federal government for a similar nursing job in the same community.
To maintain staffing, some federal health care programs offered bonuses, retention pay, student loan repayment, and flexible work hours.
Congress helped, too. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022, increased the amount of pay for certain health care professions within the Veterans Health Administration.
Collaborating Offices of Inspectors General
The PRAC’s Health Care Subgroup consists of Inspectors General who oversee the federal agencies that provide or reimburse for health care services. This review was performed by the Offices of Inspectors General at the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Health and Human Services.