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Veterans Health Administration: Inadequate Controls over the Purchase Card Program Resulted in Improper and Questionable Purchases
GAO-04-857T: Published: Jun 17, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 2004.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has continued to identify significant vulnerabilities in the department's use of government purchase cards. Over the years, the OIG has identified internal control weaknesses that resulted in instances of fraud and numerous improper and questionable uses of purchase cards. The OIG has made a number of recommendations for cor...
VHA Purchase Cards: Internal Controls Over the Purchase Card Program Need Improvement
GAO-04-737: Published: Jun 7, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 2004.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (OIG) has identified significant vulnerabilities in Veterans Affairs' (VA) use of government purchase cards. In its April 26, 2004 report, the OIG reported instances of fraudulent activity totaling $435,900, and numerous improper and questionable uses of the purchase cards totaling $1.1 million. Given that VHA comprised at least 90 per...
VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program: GAO Comments on Key Task Force Findings and Recommendations
GAO-04-853: Published: Jun 15, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2004.
This report responds to a request by the Ranking Minority Member, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, for an analysis of the findings and recommendations contained in the March 2004 report of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Task Force on Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E). The mission of the VR&E program is to provide comprehensive services and assistance necessary to enable...
VA Health Care: Resource Allocations to Medical Centers in the Mid South Healthcare Network
GAO-04-444: Published: Apr 21, 2004. Publicly Released: May 21, 2004.
Since fiscal year 1997, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has relied primarily on its 21 health care networks to allocate resources to its medical centers. VA headquarters also directly allocates some resources to the medical centers. In addition, medical centers collect resources from third-party insurance payments and other sources. VA provides general guidance to\ networks for resource al...
Opportunities for Congressional Oversight and Improved Use of Taxpayer Funds: Budgetary Implications of Selected GAO Work
GAO-04-649: Published: May 7, 2004. Publicly Released: May 7, 2004.
This report contains in a single document the budgetary implications of selected program reforms discussed in past GAO work but not yet implemented or enacted. Since 1994, we have prepared annual reports similar to this product, in order to continue to assist congressional committees in identifying approaches to reduce federal spending or increase revenues. This year's report contains over 100 exa...
Information Technology: Benefits Realized for Selected Health Care Functions
GAO-04-224: Published: Oct 31, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2003.
The rapidly rising costs of health care, along with an increasing concern for the quality of care and the safety of patients, are driving health care organizations to use information technology (IT) to automate clinical care operations and their associated administrative functions. Among its other functions, IT is now being used for electronic medical records, order management and results reportin...
Veterans' Benefits: Improvements Needed in the Reporting and Use of Data on the Accuracy of Disability Claims Decisions
GAO-03-1045: Published: Sep 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2003.
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) has a large inventory of claims for benefits under its compensation and pension programs. The Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs has pledged to substantially reduce this inventory in order to improve timeliness. In response, VBA emphasized producing more claims decisions per year. GAO was asked to ascertain how accuracy has changed since VBA...
Federal Real Property: Vacant and Underutilized Properties at GSA, VA, and USPS
GAO-03-747: Published: Aug 19, 2003. Publicly Released: Aug 19, 2003.
The federal government has many vacant and underutilized properties that are no longer needed. Retaining unneeded real properties presents federal agencies with significant potential risks for (1) lost dollars because such properties are costly to maintain; and (2) lost opportunities because the properties could be put to more cost-beneficial uses, exchanged for other needed property, or sold to g...
VA Health Care: Framework for Analyzing Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services Decisions
GAO-03-1103R: Published: Aug 18, 2003. Publicly Released: Aug 18, 2003.
On May 14, 2003, as requested, we briefed Congress on our preliminary views on the Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services (CARES) process initiated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). On July 29, 2003, we shared our additional perspectives, which Congressional Staff indicated would be helpful to the Commission as it considers the draft National CARES Plan that VA presented on Augu...
Veterans Benefits Administration: Process for Preventing Improper Payments to Deceased Veterans Can Be Improved
GAO-03-906: Published: Jul 24, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2003.
In fiscal year 2002, the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) paid about $22.4 billion in disability compensation to over 2.6 million veterans and their survivors and about $3.3 billion in pension benefits to about 581,000 veterans and their survivors. To ensure that VBA makes proper payments under these programs, we reviewed the effectiveness of VBA efforts to prevent payments to deceased veter...