Department of Veterans Affairs (81 - 90 of 1,551 items)
Federal Food Service Operations: Implementation of the HHS/GSA Health and Sustainability Guidelines
GAO-15-262R: Published: Dec 23, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 23, 2014.
The Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations that were jointly released in 2011 by the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), called the HHS/GSA guidelines, are being implemented in some GSA and HHS food service operations, but data on the implementation are limited. As of August 2014, GSA reported tha...
Health Care: Information on Coverage Choices for Servicemembers, Former Servicemembers, and Dependents
GAO-15-4: Published: Dec 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2014.
Servicemembers', former servicemembers', and their dependents' eligibility for health care coverage through the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is primarily based on military status, while eligibility for Medicare, Medicaid, and coverage purchased through an exchange established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is based on age, incom...
VA Health Care: Improvements Needed in Monitoring Antidepressant Use for Major Depressive Disorder and in Increasing Accuracy of Suicide Data
GAO-15-55: Published: Nov 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2014.
GAO's analysis of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) data for fiscal years 2009 through 2013 shows that about 10 percent of veterans who received VA health care services were diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD). MDD is characterized by depressed mood or loss of interest along with other symptoms for 2 weeks or more that represent a change in the way individuals function from their prev...
Transportation for Older Adults: Measuring Results Could Help Determine If Coordination Efforts Improve Mobility
GAO-15-158: Published: Dec 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2014.
Two key federal programs and several other programs identified by GAO provide funding for transportation services for older adults. The Administration on Aging (AoA) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides funding for supportive servicesâ€”including transportationâ€”to state and local agencies exclusively for older adults. Within the Department of Transportation (DOT), th...
VA Health Care: Improvements Needed to Manage Higher-Than-Expected Demand for the Family Caregiver Program
GAO-15-245T: Published: Dec 3, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2014.
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA)--within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)--significantly underestimated caregivers' demand for services when it implemented the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (Family Caregiver Program). As a result, some VA medical centers (VAMCs) had difficulties managing the larger-than-expected workload, and some caregivers experienced d...
Veterans' Reemployment Rights: Department of Labor Has Higher Performance Than the Office of Special Counsel on More Demonstration Project Measures
GAO-15-77: Published: Nov 25, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 25, 2014.
Demonstration Project Performance Between August 2011 and August 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL) demonstrated relatively higher performance than the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) on three of five performance metrics in the Veterans' Benefits Act of 2010 (VBA).The relative performance was influencedâ€”to a varying extentâ€”by a number of factors, such as the investigative approach.Case Outcom...
Veterans' Disability Benefits: Improvements Could Further Enhance Quality Assurance Efforts
GAO-15-50: Published: Nov 19, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2014.
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)â€”within the Department of Veterans Affairsâ€”measures and reports the accuracy of its disability compensation claim decisions in two ways: (1) by claim and (2) by disabling condition, though its approach has limitations. When calculating accuracy rates for either measure through its Systematic Technical Accuracy Review (STAR), VBA does not always follow...
Information Security: Additional Actions Needed to Address Vulnerabilities That Put VA Data at Risk
GAO-15-220T: Published: Nov 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2014.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has taken actions to mitigate previously identified vulnerabilities, but it has not fully addressed these weaknesses:Incident response: VA took actions to contain and eradicate the effects of a network intrusion detected in 2012, but it could not show that these actions were fully effective. Specifically, the department's Network and Security Operations Cent...
Information Security: VA Needs to Address Identified Vulnerabilities
GAO-15-117: Published: Nov 13, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2014.
While the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has taken actions to mitigate previously identified vulnerabilities, it has not fully addressed these weaknesses. For example, VA took actions to contain and eradicate a significant incident detected in 2012 involving a network intrusion, but these actions were not fully effective:The department's Network and Security Operations Center (NSOC) analyzed...
VA Health Care: Actions Needed to Ensure Adequate and Qualified Nurse Staffing
GAO-15-61: Published: Oct 16, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2014.
The seven Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers (VAMC) in GAO's review implemented the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) nurse staffing methodology, experienced problems developing and executing the related nurse staffing plans, and some reported improvements in nurse staffing. Specifically, GAO found that each of the seven VAMCs had developed a facility-wide staffing planâ€”which ou...