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VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment: Service Contract Management Is Improving, but Challenges Remain
GAO-07-568R: Published: Apr 23, 2007. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 2007.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program provides services such as vocational counseling and job training to assist veterans with service-connected disabilities obtain and maintain suitable employment and achieve maximum independence in daily living. In fiscal year 2006, the VR&E program obligated about $702 million and served about 89,000 ve...
VA Health Care: VA Should Better Monitor Implementation and Impact of Capital Asset Alignment Decisions
GAO-07-408: Published: Mar 21, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 2007.
Through its Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates one of the largest health care systems in the country. In 1999, GAO reported that better management of VA's large inventory of aged capital assets could result in savings that could be used to enhance health care services for veterans. In response, VA initiated a process known as Capital Asset Realig...
Veterans' Disability Benefits: VA Can Improve Its Procedures for Obtaining Military Service Records
GAO-07-98: Published: Dec 12, 2006. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2006.
The Ranking Democratic Member, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, asked GAO to determine (1) whether VA's internal assessments indicate its regional offices are complying with the requirements of the Veterans Claims Assistance Act (VCAA) of 2000 for obtaining military service records for veterans' disability compensation claims and (2) whether VBA could improve its procedures for obtaining mili...
Information Security: Leadership Needed to Address Weaknesses and Privacy Issues at Veterans Affairs
GAO-06-897T: Published: Jun 20, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2006.
The recent information security breach at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in which personal data on millions of veterans were compromised, has highlighted the importance of the department's security weaknesses, as well as the ability of federal agencies to protect personal information. Robust federal security programs are critically important to properly protect this information and the p...
Purpose Statute Violation: Veterans Affairs Improperly Funded Certain Cost Comparison Studies with VHA Appropriations
GAO-06-124R: Published: Nov 30, 2005. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2005.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides health care to about 4.7 million veterans primarily through its medical facilities--which include hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, and other health care facilities--and by contracting for care with other healthcare providers. To lower costs, increase access, and improve the quality of care provided to eligible veterans, VA evaluates the...
VA and DOD Health Care: VA Has Policies and Outreach Efforts to Smooth Transition from DOD Health Care, but Sharing of Health Information Remains Limited
GAO-05-1052T: Published: Sep 28, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2005.
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) servicemembers and those who are discharged from military service may receive health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Since the onset of OIF and OEF, the Department of Defense (DOD) has reported that more than 15,000 servicemembers have been wounded in combat. Those who are seriously injured require comprehensive...
VA Health Care: Preliminary Information on the Joint Venture Proposal for VA's Charleston Facility
GAO-05-1041T: Published: Sep 26, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2005.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) maintains partnerships, or affiliations, with university medical schools to obtain medical services for veterans and provide training for medical residents. In 2002, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)--which is affiliated with VA's medical facility in Charleston--proposed that VA and MUSC enter into a joint venture for a new VA facility as part...
Managerial Cost Accounting Practices: Departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs
GAO-05-1031T: Published: Sep 21, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 2005.
In the past 15 years, a number of laws, accounting standards, system requirements, and related guidance have emphasized the need for cost information in the federal government, establishing requirements and accounting standards for managerial cost accounting (MCA) information. Among them was the Federal Financial Management Improvement Act of 1996 (FFMIA), which required Chief Financial Officers A...
VA Health Care: Key Challenges to Aligning Capital Assets and Enhancing Veterans' Care
GAO-05-429: Published: Aug 5, 2005. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 2005.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates one of the nation's largest health care systems. In 1999, GAO reported on VA's aged, obsolete capital assets, noting that better management of these assets could significantly reduce VA's operating costs. GAO also noted that VA could reinvest the savings to enhance veterans' health care. In response, VA initiated its Capital Asset Realignment for En...
VA Disability Benefits: Board of Veterans' Appeals Has Made Improvements in Quality Assurance, but Challenges Remain for VA in Assuring Consistency
GAO-05-655T: Published: May 5, 2005. Publicly Released: May 5, 2005.
The House Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs asked GAO to update a 2002 study to determine what VA has done to (1) correct reported weaknesses in methods used by the Board to select decisions for quality review and calculate the accuracy rates reported by the Board and (2) address the potential for inconsistency in decision-making at all levels of adjudication in VA, includ...