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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...
Veterans Disability Benefits: Clearer Information for Veterans and Additional Performance Measures Could Improve Appeal Process
GAO-11-812: Published: Sep 29, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2011.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has struggled to provide timely reviews for veterans who appeal decisions on their disability compensation claims. A veteran appeals to the VA regional office that made the initial decision, and if still dissatisfied, to the Board of Veterans Appeals (Board). An appeal to the Board adds more than 2 years, on average, to the wait for a decision on the appeal...
Veterans Health Care: Monitoring Is Needed to Determine the Accuracy of Veteran Copayment Charges
GAO-11-795: Published: Aug 29, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2011.
In fiscal year 2010, the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) billed veterans millions of medical copayment charges totaling more than $1 billon. Witnesses at a 2009 Subcommittee on Health, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, hearing raised concerns about inappropriate copayment charges, including some associated with veterans' service-connected conditions. A...
Veterans' Health Care Budget Estimate: Changes Were Made in Developing the President's Budget Request for Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013
GAO-11-622: Published: Jun 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 2011.
The Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009 requires GAO to report whether the amounts for the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) health care services in the President's budget request are consistent with VA's budget estimates as projected by the Enrollee Health Care Projection Model (EHCPM) and other methodologies. Based on the information VA provided, this report descri...
VA Health Care: Improvements Needed for Monitoring and Preventing Sexual Assaults and Other Safety Incidents
GAO-11-736T: Published: Jun 13, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 2011.
During GAO's recent work on services available for women veterans (GAO-10-287), several clinicians expressed concern about the physical safety of women housed in mental health programs at a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facility. GAO examined (1) the volume of sexual assault incidents reported in recent years and the extent to which these incidents are fully reported, (2) what factor...