Veterans Health Administration (61 - 70 of 98 items)
VA Medical Centers: Internal Control over Selected Operating Functions Needs Improvement
GAO-04-755: Published: Jul 21, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 2004.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides health care to veterans through the $27 billion Veterans Health Administration (VHA) medical programs. VHA administers and operates VA's medical system, providing care to nearly 5 million patients in 2003. As of September 2003, VHA operated 160 hospitals, 847 outpatient clinics, 134 nursing homes, 42 domiciliaries, and 73 comprehensive home care pro...
Veterans Health Administration: Inadequate Controls over the Purchase Card Program Resulted in Improper and Questionable Purchases
GAO-04-857T: Published: Jun 17, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 2004.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has continued to identify significant vulnerabilities in the department's use of government purchase cards. Over the years, the OIG has identified internal control weaknesses that resulted in instances of fraud and numerous improper and questionable uses of purchase cards. The OIG has made a number of recommendations for cor...
VHA Purchase Cards: Internal Controls Over the Purchase Card Program Need Improvement
GAO-04-737: Published: Jun 7, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 2004.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (OIG) has identified significant vulnerabilities in Veterans Affairs' (VA) use of government purchase cards. In its April 26, 2004 report, the OIG reported instances of fraudulent activity totaling $435,900, and numerous improper and questionable uses of the purchase cards totaling $1.1 million. Given that VHA comprised at least 90 per...
VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program: GAO Comments on Key Task Force Findings and Recommendations
GAO-04-853: Published: Jun 15, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2004.
This report responds to a request by the Ranking Minority Member, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, for an analysis of the findings and recommendations contained in the March 2004 report of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Task Force on Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E). The mission of the VR&E program is to provide comprehensive services and assistance necessary to enable...
Human Capital: Selected Agencies' Experiences and Lessons Learned in Designing Training and Development Programs
GAO-04-291: Published: Jan 30, 2004. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 2004.
Effective training and development programs are an integral part of a learning environment, helping improve federal workforce performance in achieving agency results. Therefore, in this report GAO was asked to identify examples of selected federal agencies' experiences and some of the key lessons they have learned in designing their training and development programs. This work focused on ways that...
Managing for Results: Efforts to Strengthen the Link Between Resources and Results at the Veterans Health Administration
GAO-03-10: Published: Dec 10, 2002. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2002.
Encouraging a clearer and closer link between budgeting and planning is essential to improving federal management and instilling a greater focus on results. Through work at various levels within the organization, this report on the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)--and its two companion studies on the Administration on Children and Families (GAO-03-09) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (G...
VA Health Care: Community-Based Clinics Improve Primary Care Access
GAO-01-678T: Published: May 2, 2001. Publicly Released: May 2, 2001.
This testimony discusses the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) efforts to improve veterans' access to health care through its Community-Based Outpatient Clinics Initiative. Overall, through its clinics, VHA is steadily making primary care more available within reasonable proximity of patients who have used VHA's system in the past. However, the uneven distribution of patients living more than...
Managing for Results: Emerging Benefits From Selected Agencies' Use of Performance Agreements
GAO-01-115: Published: Oct 30, 2000. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2000.
The Veterans Health Administration, the Department of Transportation, and the Office of Student Financial Assistance have begun to use results- oriented performance agreements to align agency expectations with organizational goals. Each agency developed and implemented agreements that reflected their specific organizational priorities, structures, and cultures. GAO identified the following five co...
VA Information Systems: Computer Security Weaknesses Persist at the Veterans Health Administration
AIMD-00-232: Published: Sep 8, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed information system general controls over financial and sensitive veteran medical information maintained by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), focusing on: (1) specific computer security weaknesses GAO identified at the New Mexico and North Texas health care systems in conjunction with the audit of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) fi...
VA Systems Security: Information System Controls at the VA Maryland Health Care System
AIMD-00-117R: Published: Apr 19, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO assessed the effectiveness of information system general controls at the Department of Veterans Affairs' Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS).GAO noted that: (1) there are significant weaknesses that pose a risk of inadvertent or deliberate misuse, fraudulent use, improper disclosure, and destruction of financial and sensitive veteran medical information;...