Department of Veterans Affairs (71 - 80 of 1,554 items)
Veterans' Disability Benefits: VA Can Better Ensure Unemployability Decisions Are Well Supported
GAO-15-464: Published: Jun 2, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 2, 2015.
The number of older veterans receiving Individual Unemployability benefits, a disability supplement, has been increasing, as has the total amount of benefit payments. In fiscal year 2013, 330,000 veterans received this benefit, which the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides to disabled veterans of any age who are unemployable because of service-connected disabilities. From fiscal years 200...
VA Real Property: Actions Underway to Improve the Leasing of Outpatient Clinics
GAO-15-723T: Published: Jun 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2015.
In its April 2014 report, GAO found that schedules were delayed and costs increased for the majority of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) leased outpatient projects reviewed. As of January 2014, GAO found that 39 of the 41 projects reviewed—with a contract value of about $2.5 billion—experienced schedule delays, ranging from 6 months to 13.3 years, with an average delay of 3.3 years. Th...
Defense Health Care: DOD Needs to Clarify Policies Related to Occupational and Environmental Health Surveillance and Monitor Risk Mitigation Activities
GAO-15-487: Published: May 22, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 2015.
Inconsistencies between Department of Defense (DOD) and military service-specific policies regarding occupational and environmental health surveillance (OEHS) data storage have contributed to fragmentation and duplication of OEHS data between two information technology systems—the Military Exposure Surveillance Library (MESL) and the Defense Occupational and Environmental Health Readiness System...
VA Health Care: Improvements Needed to the Monitoring of Antidepressant Use for Major Depressive Disorder and the Accuracy of Suicide Data
GAO-15-648T: Published: Jun 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 2015.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) policy states that antidepressant treatment must be consistent with VA's current clinical practice guideline (CPG) for major depressive disorder (MDD); however, GAO's recent review of 30 veterans' medical records found that most contained deviations. For example, although the CPG recommends that veterans' depressive symptoms be assessed at 4-6 weeks after initia...
VA Health Care: Actions Needed to Improve Monitoring and Oversight of Non-VA and Contract Care
GAO-15-654T: Published: Jun 1, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 2015.
GAO's recent work has found significant weaknesses in the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) monitoring and oversight of its Non-VA Medical Care Program. Through this program, care is provided to veterans by non-VA providers in non-VA facilities. As GAO reported in May 2013, VA did not collect data on wait times veterans face in obtaining care from non-VA providers. Having data on wait times for...
Veterans Affairs Health Care: Addition to GAO's High Risk List and Actions Needed for Removal
GAO-15-580T: Published: Apr 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 2015.
To determine which federal government programs and functions should be designated high risk, GAO considers a number of factors. For example, it assesses whether the risk involves public health or safety, service delivery, national security, national defense, economic growth, or privacy or citizens' rights, or whether the risk could result in significantly impaired service, program failure, injury...
VA Construction: Actions to Address Cost Increases and Schedule Delays at Denver and Other VA Major Medical-Facility Projects
GAO-15-564T: Published: Apr 24, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 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. In comparison with initial estimates, the cost increases for these projects now range from 66 percent to 427 percent and delays ra...
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...
GAO'S 2015 High-Risk Series: An Update
GAO-15-371T: 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...