Veterans Benefits Administration (31 - 40 of 232 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...
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...
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...
VA Mental Health: Action Needed to Improve Access Policies and Wait-Time Data
GAO-16-170T: Published: Oct 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 2015.
The way in which the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) calculates veteran mental health wait times may not always reflect the overall amount of time a veteran waits for care. VHA uses a veteran’s preferred date (determined when an appointment is scheduled) to calculate the wait time for that patient’s full mental health evaluation, the primary entry po...
Veterans Benefits Management System: Ongoing Development and Implementation Can Be Improved; Goals Are Needed to Promote Increased User Satisfaction
GAO-15-582: Published: Sep 1, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 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 system to all of its regional offices as of June 2013. While 95 percent of records related to veterans' disability claims are electronic and reside in the system, additional capabilities hav...
VA Health Care: Actions Needed to Assess Decrease in Root Cause Analyses of Adverse Events
GAO-15-643: Published: Jul 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 28, 2015.
To address adverse events, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers (VAMC) completed 18 percent fewer root cause analyses (RCA) in fiscal year 2014 compared to fiscal year 2010, and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has not analyzed the reasons for the decrease. VHA's National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) officials told GAO they were aware of the decrease, but were not certai...
Veterans' Disability Benefits: Improvements Needed to Better Ensure VA Unemployability Decisions Are Well Supported
GAO-15-735T: Published: Jul 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2015.
The number of veterans receiving Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU) benefits has been increasing, as has the total amount of benefit payments, especially among older veterans. VA generally provides TDIU benefits to disabled veterans who are unable to maintain employment with earnings above the federal poverty guidelines due to service-connected disabilities. To be eligible for TDIU...
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...
Mental Health: HHS Leadership Needed to Coordinate Federal Efforts Related to Serious Mental Illness
GAO-15-113: Published: Dec 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 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...