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Veterans' Disability Benefits: Challenges to Timely Processing Persist
GAO-13-453T: Published: Mar 13, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 2013.
GAO found a number of factors--both external and internal to VBA--have contributed to the increase in processing times and subsequent growth in the backlog of veterans' disability compensation claims. For example, the number of claims received by VBA has increased as the population of new veterans has swelled in recent years. Moreover, due to new regulations that established eligibility for benefi...
Veterans' Disability Benefits: Timely Processing Remains a Daunting Challenge
GAO-13-89: Published: Dec 21, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 2013.
A number of factors—both external and internal to the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)—have contributed to the increase in processing timeframes and subsequent growth in the backlog of veterans’ disability compensation claims. As the population of new veterans has swelled in recent years, the annual number of claims received by VBA has gone up. Compared to the past, these claims have a...
Veterans' Health Care Budget: Better Labeling of Services and More Detailed Information Could Improve the Congressional Budget Justification
GAO-12-908: Published: Sep 18, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2012.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) creates its budget request through its Enrollee Health Care Projection Model (EHCPM) using data from systems designed for the former single-account structure. These systems do not explicitly consider the three appropriations accounts: Medical Services, Medical Support and Compliance, and Medical Facilities. According to Veterans Health Administration (VHA) o...
Veteran Homelessness: VA and HUD Are Working to Improve Data on Supportive Housing Program
GAO-12-726: Published: Jun 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2012.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rely on VA medical centers (VAMC) and public housing agencies (PHA) that serve veterans directly to determine participant eligibility for the HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. VAMC staff GAO contacted said that they interview veterans interested in the HUD-VASH program to assess whether the ve...
Veterans' Pension Benefits: Improvements Needed to Ensure Only Qualified Veterans Receive Benefits
GAO-12-784T: Published: Jun 6, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 2012.
In summary, we identified over 200 organizations that market financial and estate planning services to help pension claimants with excess assets qualify for pension benefits. These organizations consist primarily of financial planners and attorneys who offer products such as annuities and trusts. All 19 organizations our investigative staff contacted said a claimant can qualify for pension benefit...
VA Administrative Investigations: Improvements Needed in Collecting and Sharing Information
GAO-12-483: Published: Apr 30, 2012. Publicly Released: May 30, 2012.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has departmentwide policy and procedures for convening and conducting administrative investigation boards (AIB). The departments procedures contain requirements for convening and conducting AIB investigations, but according to VA officials, they also provide the flexibility to tailor an investigation to effectively meet diverse informational needs. For...
Comparative Effectiveness: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Process for Awarding Recovery Act Funds and Disseminating Results
GAO-12-332: Published: Feb 29, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2012.
AHRQ used its standard, competitive review processes and criteria to select the recipients of CER grants and contracts using Recovery Act funds. Specifically, to select the recipients of Recovery Act CER grants, AHRQ used its standard review process that includes peer review of grant applications, the development of funding recommendations by a team of senior officials within AHRQ, and final fundi...
VA Health Care: Estimates of Available Budget Resources Compared with Actual Amounts
GAO-12-383R: Published: Mar 30, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2012.
VA estimates the amount of collections and reimbursements it expects to receive each year by using a projection model and other methods. These estimates have varied when compared with actual amounts for various reasons. VA used a projection model to estimate its collections for fiscal years 2005 through 2012 based on data reflecting the amount of health careknown as workloadVA has prov...
Information Technology: Critical Factors Underlying Successful Major Acquisitions
GAO-12-7: Published: Oct 21, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2011.
Planned federal information technology (IT) spending has now risen to at least $81 billion for fiscal year 2012. As GAO has previously reported, although a variety of best practices exists to guide their successful acquisition, federal IT projects too frequently incur cost overruns and schedule slippages while contributing little to mission-related outcomes. Recognizing these problems, the Office...
VA Mental Health: Number of Veterans Receiving Care, Barriers Faced, and Efforts to Increase Access
GAO-12-12: Published: Oct 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2011.
In fiscal year 2010, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provided health care to about 5.2 million veterans. Recent legislation has increased many Operations Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Iraqi Freedom (OIF) veterans' priority for accessing VA's health care, and concerns have been raised about the extent to which VA is providing mental health care to eligible veterans of all eras. There also are...