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VA Health Care: Methodology for Estimating and Process for Tracking Savings Need Improvement
GAO-12-305: Published: Feb 27, 2012. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2012.
GAO found that VAs estimated savings from two of its six operational improvements lacked analytic support and estimated savings from another were flawed. Without a sound methodology for estimating these savings, VA runs the risk of not achieving them. Furthermore, due in part to flaws GAO identified with another operational improvementreducing acquisition costsVA decided to revis...
SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAM: Governmentwide Fraud Prevention Control Weaknesses Leave Program Vulnerable to Fraud and Abuse, but VA Has Made Progress in Improving Its Verification Process
GAO-12-443T: Published: Feb 7, 2012. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 2012.
Governmentwide fraud prevention control weaknesses over the SDVOSB program leave it vulnerable to fraud and abuse. In October 2009, GAO reported on 10 selected firms that misrepresented their status as SDVOSBs, which allowed them to win approximately $100 million in SDVOSB set-aside and sole-source contracts. Cases like this happen because the SDVOSB program relies on firms to self-certify annuall...
Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program: Additional Improvements to Fraud Prevention Controls Are Needed
GAO-12-205T: Published: Nov 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2011.
This testimony discusses the fraud prevention controls within the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) program at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Today's testimony summarizes our report, released today, on the design of VA's fraud prevention controls within the SDVOSB verification program, including recent improvements in controls. The SDVOSB program is intended to provi...
VA Community Living Centers: Actions Needed to Better Manage Risks to Veterans' Quality of Life and Care
GAO-12-11: Published: Oct 19, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2011.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) annually provides care to more than 46,000 elderly and disabled veterans in 132 VA-operated nursing homes, called community living centers (CLC). After media reports of problems with the care delivered to veterans in CLCs, VA contracted with the Long Term Care Institute, Inc. (LTCI), a nonprofit organization that surveys nursing homes, to conduct in-depth re...
VA Mental Health: Number of Veterans Receiving Care, Barriers Faced, and Efforts to Increase Access
GAO-12-12: Published: Oct 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2011.
In fiscal year 2010, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provided health care to about 5.2 million veterans. Recent legislation has increased many Operations Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Iraqi Freedom (OIF) veterans' priority for accessing VA's health care, and concerns have been raised about the extent to which VA is providing mental health care to eligible veterans of all eras. There also are...
VA Health Care: Improvements Needed for Monitoring and Preventing Sexual Assaults and Other Safety Incidents
GAO-11-736T: Published: Jun 13, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 2011.
During GAO's recent work on services available for women veterans (GAO-10-287), several clinicians expressed concern about the physical safety of women housed in mental health programs at a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facility. GAO examined (1) the volume of sexual assault incidents reported in recent years and the extent to which these incidents are fully reported, (2) what factor...
VA Health Care: Actions Needed to Prevent Sexual Assaults and Other Safety Incidents
GAO-11-530: Published: Jun 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 2011.
Changes in patient demographics present unique challenges for VA in providing safe environments for all veterans treated in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities. GAO was asked to examine whether or not sexual assault incidents are fully reported and what factors may contribute to any observed underreporting, how facility staff determine sexual assault-related risks veterans may pose in r...
Information Technology: Department of Veterans Affairs Faces Ongoing Management Challenges
GAO-11-663T: Published: May 11, 2011. Publicly Released: May 11, 2011.
The use of information technology (IT) is crucial to helping the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) effectively serve the nation's veterans, and the department has expended billions of dollars annually over the last several years to manage and secure its information systems and assets. VA has, however, experienced challenges in managing its IT. GAO has previously highlighted VA's weaknesses in ma...
VA Health Care: VA Spends Millions on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Research and Incorporates Research Outcomes into Guidelines and Policy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Services
GAO-11-32: Published: Jan 24, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 2011.
In addition to providing health care to veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) funds research that focuses on health conditions veterans may experience. According to VA, experts estimate that up to 20 percent of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans have experienced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and demand for PTSD treatment is increasing. Because of th...
Information Security: Veterans Affairs Needs to Resolve Long-Standing Weaknesses
GAO-10-727T: Published: May 19, 2010. Publicly Released: May 19, 2010.
Since 1997, GAO has identified information security as a governmentwide high-risk issue. This has been particularly true at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), where the department has been challenged in protecting the availability, confidentiality, and integrity of its information and systems. Since the 1990s, GAO has highlighted the challenges the department has faced, including the need to...