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Military and Veteran Support: DOD and VA Programs That Address the Effects of Combat and Transition to Civilian Life
GAO-15-24: Published: Nov 7, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 2014.
GAO identified 99 programs provided by the Department of Defense (DOD) to help address the effects of combat on post-9/11 servicemembers, their families, or both. These programs often offer multiple types of services. The services most common are mental health and substance abuse (50), information and referral (37), and case management or care coordination (15).GAO identified 87 programs administe...
DOD's POW/MIA Mission: Capability and Capacity to Account for Missing Persons Undermined by Leadership Weaknesses and Fragmented Organizational Structure
GAO-13-810T: Published: Aug 1, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2013.
The department's response to the accounting-for goal established in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 brought into sharp relief longstanding disputes that have not been addressed by top-level leaders, and have been exacerbated by the accounting community's fragmented organizational structure. Leadership from the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and Pacific Command ha...
Charter Schools: Guidance Needed for Military Base Schools on Startup and Operational Issues
GAO-13-67: Published: Feb 5, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 2013.
Eight charter schools were located on domestic military bases and one charter school was being developed on a base at the time of GAO's review. The military base charter schools differed in their academic focuses and served militaryconnected students to different degrees. For example, one school focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics while another used the arts to teach all s...
Department of Defense Policies on Accommodating Children with Special Needs in Child Care Programs
GAO-13-165R: Published: Jan 16, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 16, 2013.
DOD officials stated that their policy is to accommodate children with special needs unless those accommodations fundamentally alter the nature of the program. However, DOD does not centrally collect or maintain data on accommodation decisions; instead they are kept at the installation level. Two services--Army and Air Force--have begun or plan to collect specific data at the service level to moni...
Military Dependent Students: Better Oversight Needed to Improve Services for Children with Special Needs
GAO-12-680: Published: Sep 10, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2012.
The Department of Defense (DOD) provides special education services through a complex system that varies by location. Domestically, DOD provides special education mainly within DOD schools. In contrast, DOD schools overseas vary in the types and levels of disabilities they are readily equipped to serve. For example, DOD schools in Ramstein, Germany, are equipped to serve children with severe disab...
Defense Transportation: DOD Needs a Comprehensive Approach to Planning for Implementing Its New Personal Property Program
GAO-07-671: Published: May 31, 2007. Publicly Released: May 31, 2007.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has been working to improve its personal property program since the mid-1990s to fix long-standing problems, such as excessive loss or damage to servicemembers' property and poor quality of service from moving companies. DOD plans to replace its current program with Families First, a program that promises to offer servicemembers an improved claims process and qualit...
Military Personnel: DOD Needs an Oversight Framework and Standards to Improve Management of Its Casualty Assistance Programs
GAO-06-1010: Published: Sep 22, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 2006.
Almost 6,000 servicemembers died from October 2001 through September 2005. The Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the Social Security Administration (SSA) provide assistance to survivors of servicemembers who die on active duty. This assistance includes but is not limited to making funeral arrangements, applying for federal benefits, providing relocation assi...
Military Housing: Further Improvement Needed in Requirements Determinations and Program Review
GAO-04-556: Published: May 19, 2004. Publicly Released: May 19, 2004.
The Department of Defense (DOD) plans to spend about $9.8 billion in fiscal year 2004 to provide housing for about 711,000 families of activeduty military personnel in the United States. DOD's policy for some time has been to rely on housing in the local communities and provide military-owned or privatized military housing when the communities cannot satisfy requirements. Historically, DOD has vie...
Military Personnel: DOD Needs More Data to Address Financial and Health Care Issues Affecting Reservists
GAO-03-1004: Published: Sep 10, 2003. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2003.
Since the 1991 Persian Gulf War, National Guard and Reserve personnel have been deployed to a number of contingency operations. Since September 2001, about 300,000 reservists have been called to active duty, and the pace of reserve operations is expected to remain high for the foreseeable future. House Report 107-436 accompanying the Fiscal Year 2003 National Defense Authorization Act (P.L. 107-31...
Military Dependents: Services Provide Limited Confidentiality in Family Abuse Cases
NSIAD-00-127: Published: Apr 5, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the policies, procedures, and practices of the military departments for protecting the confidentiality of communications between military dependents and counselors, therapists, and other service providers regarding family abuse, focusing on the: (1) extent of reported spousal and child abuse within the military; (2) degree to which...