Department of Veterans Affairs (41 - 50 of 1,555 items)
2016 Annual Report: Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits
GAO-16-375SP: Published: Apr 13, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 2016.
Improving Efficiency and EffectivenessGAO's 2016 Annual Report identified 12 new areas of fragmentation, overlap, and duplication in federal programs and activities. GAO also identified 59 new opportunities for cost savings and revenue enhancement. Related work and GAO's Action Tracker—a tool that tracks progress on GAO's specific suggestions for improvement—are available here. What GAO Found...
Veteran-Owned Small Businesses: VA Improved Its Verification Program but Lacks an Effective Operational Plan for Ongoing Efforts
GAO-16-129: Published: Mar 21, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 2016.
Since GAO's 2013 report, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) took significant steps to improve how it verifies and communicates with veteran-owned small businesses, consistent with several of GAO's previous recommendations. VA reported that due to process improvements, it reduced average application processing times by more than 50 percent—from 85 days in 2012 to 41 in 2015. VA reported that...
Federal Health Care Center: VA and DOD Need to Address Ongoing Difficulties and Better Prepare for Future Integrations
GAO-16-280: Published: Feb 29, 2016. Publicly Released: Feb 29, 2016.
The governance structure for the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) demonstration—which includes leadership officials within the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense (DOD)—helped resolve collaboration problems with local leadership, but limitations with the FHCC's leadership selection and evaluation processes may impede future collaboration. For example, VA a...
Veterans' Health Care: Preliminary Observations on VHA's Claims Processing Delays and Efforts to Improve the Timeliness of Payments to Community Providers
GAO-16-380T: Published: Feb 11, 2016. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2016.
To help ensure that veterans are provided timely and accessible health care services, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has purchased care from non-VA community providers through its care in the community programs since as early as 1945. GAO's preliminary work from the sites it visited shows that in fiscal year 2015, VHA's claims processing was sig...
VA's Health Care Budget: Preliminary Observations on Efforts to Improve Tracking of Obligations and Projected Utilization
GAO-16-374T: Published: Feb 10, 2016. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 2016.
GAO's ongoing work indicates that two areas accounted for the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) fiscal year 2015 projected funding gap of $2.75 billion. Specifically,Higher-than-expected obligations for VA's longstanding care in the community (CIC) program—which allows veterans to obtain care from providers outside of VA facilities—accounted for $2.34 billion or 85 percent of VA's projected...
Federally Leased Vehicles: Agencies Should Strengthen Assessment Processes to Reduce Underutilized Vehicles
GAO-16-136: Published: Jan 14, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 14, 2016.
The General Services Administration (GSA) provides guidance to agencies to assist them in reducing underutilized leased vehicles. This guidance can be written (such as bulletins) or advice from GSA's fleet service representatives (FSR) to agency fleet managers. FSRs assist agencies with leasing issues, and GSA expects its FSRs to communicate with fleet managers about vehicle utilization at least a...
Veterans Benefits Management System: Ongoing Efforts Can Be Improved; Goals Are Needed to Promote Increased User Satisfaction
GAO-16-227T: Published: Jan 12, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 2016.
As GAO reported in September 2015, the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made progress in developing and implementing the Veterans Benefits Management System (VBMS), with deployment of the initial version of the system to all of its regional offices as of June 2013. Since then, VBA has continued developing and implementing additional system f...
DOD and VA Health Care: Actions Needed to Help Ensure Appropriate Medication Continuation and Prescribing Practices
GAO-16-158: Published: Jan 5, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 5, 2016.
The Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) have collaborated to develop clinical practice guidelines for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). The mild TBI guideline does not include recommendations based on scientific evidence regarding the use of medications to treat symptoms because of...
Defense Health Care: Research on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to Treat Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
GAO-16-154: Published: Dec 18, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 18, 2015.
GAO identified 32 peer-reviewed, published articles on research about the use of hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) therapy to treat traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), most of which were focused solely on TBI (29 articles). The 32 articles consisted of 7 case reports (reports on the treatment of individuals), 10 literature reviews (reviews of studies), and 15 articles...
Centers of Excellence: DOD and VA Need Better Documentation of Oversight Procedures
GAO-16-54: Published: Dec 2, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 2015.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has developed criteria to designate an entity as a Defense Center of Excellence (COE), but the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has not. Health-focused COEs are intended to bring together treatment, research, and education to support health provider competencies; identify gaps in medical research and coordinate research effor...