Department of Veterans Affairs (111 - 120 of 1,555 items)
Health Care Access: Improved Oversight, Accountability, and Prioritization Can Improve Access for Native American Veterans
GAO-14-489: Published: Jun 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 2014.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Indian Health Service (IHS) have taken a variety of actions to improve access to care for Native American veterans under their 2010 memorandum of understanding (MOU); however according to stakeholders, these agencies face substantial implementation challenges. VA and IHS have taken actions to (1) strengthen outreach and enrollment through information...
Military Sexual Trauma: Improvements Made, but VA Can Do More to Track and Improve the Consistency of Disability Claim Decisions
GAO-14-477: Published: Jun 9, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 2014.
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), has taken several steps to improve decision-making on disability claims involving military sexual trauma (MST) and to rectify past errors. In 2011, VBA began assigning MST-related claims to adjudicators with expertise in complex cases and required them to receive MST-specific training, such as on the broade...
VA Health Care: Ongoing and Past Work Identified Access, Oversight, and Data Problems That Hinder Veterans' Ability to Obtain Timely Outpatient Medical Care
GAO-14-679T: Published: Jun 9, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 2014.
GAO's ongoing work examining the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) process for managing outpatient specialty care consults has identified examples of delays in veterans receiving outpatient specialty care. GAO has found consults—requests for evaluation or management of a patient for a specific clinical concern—that were not processed in accordance with...
VA Real Property: Action Needed to Improve the Leasing of Outpatient Clinics
GAO-14-300: Published: Apr 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 3, 2014.
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. The large majority of delays occurred prior...
VA Health Care: VA Lacks Accurate Information about Outpatient Medical Appointment Wait Times, Including Specialty Care Consults
GAO-14-620T: Published: May 15, 2014. Publicly Released: May 15, 2014.
As GAO previously reported in its testimony on April 9, 2014, its preliminary work examining the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA), Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) management of outpatient specialty care consults identified examples of delays in veterans receiving outpatient specialty care, as well as limitations in the implementation of new consult business rules designed to standardize...
VA Education Benefits: VA Should Strengthen Its Efforts to Help Veterans Make Informed Education Choices
GAO-14-324: Published: May 13, 2014. Publicly Released: May 13, 2014.
Selected schools used various practices, from mass advertising to individual outreach, to recruit and inform prospective student veterans. Eight of nine schools GAO interviewed reported advertising in print or online media dedicated to military audiences. Most of the nine schools contacted veterans directly by phone or email, sometimes with military-focused recruiters, to provide information on be...
Information Technology: Agencies Need to Establish and Implement Incremental Development Policies
GAO-14-361: Published: May 1, 2014. Publicly Released: May 8, 2014.
All five agencies in GAO's review—the Departments of Defense (Defense), Health and Human Services (HHS), Homeland Security (DHS), Transportation (Transportation), and Veterans Affairs (VA)—have established policies that address incremental development; however, the policies usually did not fully address three key components for implementing the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) guidance...
VA Construction: VA's Actions to Address Cost Increases at Denver and Other Major Medical-Facility Projects
GAO-14-548T: Published: Apr 22, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 2014.
The costs associated with the Veterans Affairs' (VA) medical-center construction project in Denver have substantially increased, its schedule significantly delayed, and its scope modified. In fact, GAO reported in April 2013 that of VA's four largest medical-facility construction projects, Denver had the highest cost increase—from $328 million in 2004 to $800 million in November, 2012. Further,...
Health Care Workforce: Federal Investments in Training and the Availability of Data for Workforce Projections
GAO-14-510T: Published: Apr 9, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 2014.
GAO found that there is substantial federal funding for health care workforce training programs but that obtaining comprehensive information about the scope of such programs is challenging. In GAO's August 2013 report on the federal role in health care workforce training, GAO found that four federal departments—the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Veterans Affairs...
VA Health Care: Ongoing and Past Work Identified Access Problems That May Delay Needed Medical Care for Veterans
GAO-14-509T: Published: Apr 9, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 2014.
GAO's ongoing work examining VHA's management of outpatient specialty care consults identified examples of delays in veterans receiving outpatient specialty care, as well as limitations in the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA), Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) implementation of new consult business rules designed to standardize aspects of the clinical consult process. For example, for 4 o...