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GAO's 2015 High-Risk Series: An Update
GAO-15-373T: Published: Feb 11, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2015.
Solid, steady progress has been made in the vast majority of the high-risk areas. Eighteen of the 30 areas on the 2013 list at least partially met all of the criteria for removal from the high risk list. Of those, 11 met at least one of the criteria for removal and partially met all others. Sufficient progress was made to narrow the scope of two high-risk issues— Protecting Public Health through...
Mental Health: HHS Leadership Needed to Coordinate Federal Efforts Related to Serious Mental Illness
GAO-15-375T: Published: Feb 11, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2015.
Agencies identified 112 federal programs that generally supported individuals with serious mental illness in fiscal year 2013. The majority of these programs addressed broad issues, such as homelessness, that can include individuals with serious mental illness. The programs were spread across eight federal agencies: Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Education, Department of Health and Hum...
Land-Use Agreements: Improved Data Reliability and Monitoring Needed for Department of Veterans Affairs
GAO-15-134T: Published: Feb 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 2015.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Capital Asset Inventory system—the system VA utilizes to record land-use agreements and revenues—VA had hundreds of land-use agreements with tens of millions of dollars in estimated revenues for fiscal year 2012, but GAO's review raised questions about the reliability of those data. For example, one land-use agreement was recorded 37 times,...
VA Construction: VA's Actions to Address Cost Increases and Schedule Delays at Major Medical-Facility Projects
GAO-15-332T: Published: Jan 21, 2015. Publicly Released: Jan 21, 2015.
In April 2013, GAO found that costs substantially increased and schedules were delayed for Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) largest medical-facility construction projects, located in Denver, Colorado; Las Vegas, Nevada; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Orlando, Florida. As of January 2015, in comparison with initial estimates, the cost increases for these projects ranged from 66 percent to 144 perc...
Transportation Disadvantaged Populations: Nonemergency Medical Transportation Not Well Coordinated, and Additional Federal Leadership Needed
GAO-15-110: Published: Dec 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2015.
Forty-two programs across six federal departments—Agriculture, Education, Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development, Transportation (DOT), and Veterans Affairs (VA)—can provide funding for nonemergency medical transportation (NEMT) service, although NEMT is not their primary mission. Twenty-one of these programs, including Medicaid, are administered or overseen by HHS. The...
Federal Food Service Operations: Implementation of the HHS/GSA Health and Sustainability Guidelines
GAO-15-262R: Published: Dec 23, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 23, 2014.
The Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations that were jointly released in 2011 by the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), called the HHS/GSA guidelines, are being implemented in some GSA and HHS food service operations, but data on the implementation are limited. As of August 2014, GSA reported tha...
Health Care: Information on Coverage Choices for Servicemembers, Former Servicemembers, and Dependents
GAO-15-4: Published: Dec 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2014.
Servicemembers', former servicemembers', and their dependents' eligibility for health care coverage through the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is primarily based on military status, while eligibility for Medicare, Medicaid, and coverage purchased through an exchange established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is based on age, incom...
VA Health Care: Improvements Needed in Monitoring Antidepressant Use for Major Depressive Disorder and in Increasing Accuracy of Suicide Data
GAO-15-55: Published: Nov 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2014.
GAO's analysis of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) data for fiscal years 2009 through 2013 shows that about 10 percent of veterans who received VA health care services were diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD). MDD is characterized by depressed mood or loss of interest along with other symptoms for 2 weeks or more that represent a change in the way individuals function from their prev...
Transportation for Older Adults: Measuring Results Could Help Determine If Coordination Efforts Improve Mobility
GAO-15-158: Published: Dec 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2014.
Two key federal programs and several other programs identified by GAO provide funding for transportation services for older adults. The Administration on Aging (AoA) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides funding for supportive services—including transportation—to state and local agencies exclusively for older adults. Within the Department of Transportation (DOT), th...
VA Health Care: Improvements Needed to Manage Higher-Than-Expected Demand for the Family Caregiver Program
GAO-15-245T: Published: Dec 3, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2014.
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA)--within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)--significantly underestimated caregivers' demand for services when it implemented the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (Family Caregiver Program). As a result, some VA medical centers (VAMCs) had difficulties managing the larger-than-expected workload, and some caregivers experienced d...