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Veteran Homelessness: VA and HUD Are Working to Improve Data on Supportive Housing Program
GAO-12-726: Published: Jun 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2012.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rely on VA medical centers (VAMC) and public housing agencies (PHA) that serve veterans directly to determine participant eligibility for the HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. VAMC staff GAO contacted said that they interview veterans interested in the HUD-VASH program to assess whether the ve...
Veterans' Health Care Budget: Transparency and Reliability of Some Estimates Supporting President's Request Could Be Improved
GAO-12-689: Published: Jun 11, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 2012.
The Presidents fiscal year 2013 budget request for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care services was $165 million more than the earlier advance appropriations request for the same year. This request reflected a $2 billion increase for initiatives and a $2.1 billion decrease for ongoing health care services, for a net decrease of $110 million in expected obligations. This...
VA Administrative Investigations: Improvements Needed in Collecting and Sharing Information
GAO-12-483: Published: Apr 30, 2012. Publicly Released: May 30, 2012.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has departmentwide policy and procedures for convening and conducting administrative investigation boards (AIB). The departments procedures contain requirements for convening and conducting AIB investigations, but according to VA officials, they also provide the flexibility to tailor an investigation to effectively meet diverse informational needs. For...
Military Disability System: Preliminary Observations on Efforts to Improve Performance
GAO-12-718T: Published: May 23, 2012. Publicly Released: May 23, 2012.
Case processing times under the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) process have increased over time, and measures of servicemember satisfaction have shortcomings. Each year, average processing time for IDES cases has climbed, reaching 394 and 420 days for active and reserve component members in fiscal year 2011well over established goals of 295 and 305 days, respectively. Also in...
VA Dialysis Pilot: Increased Attention to Planning, Implementation, and Performance Measurement Needed to Help Achieve Goals
GAO-12-584: Published: May 23, 2012. Publicly Released: May 23, 2012.
GAO found a number of weaknesses in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) execution of the planning and early implementation phases of the Dialysis Pilot. These weaknesses involved pilot location selection, cost estimation practices, and cost savings calculations that could collectively limit the achievement of the pilots goals. Specifically, VA did not do the following:Appropriately documen...
VA Health Care: Estimates of Available Budget Resources Compared with Actual Amounts
GAO-12-383R: Published: Mar 30, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2012.
VA estimates the amount of collections and reimbursements it expects to receive each year by using a projection model and other methods. These estimates have varied when compared with actual amounts for various reasons. VA used a projection model to estimate its collections for fiscal years 2005 through 2012 based on data reflecting the amount of health careknown as workloadVA has prov...
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...
Arlington National Cemetery: Actions Needed to Ensure Lasting, Positive Changes in Contracting and Management
GAO-12-436T: Published: Feb 3, 2012. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 2012.
GAO identified 56 contracts and task orders that were active during fiscal year 2010 and the first three quarters of fiscal year 2011 under which contracting offices obligated roughly $35.2 million on Arlingtons behalf. These contracts supported cemetery operations, construction and facility maintenance, and new efforts to enhance information-technology systems for the automation of burial o...
Arlington National Cemetery: Actions Taken and Steps Remaining to Address Contracting and Management Challenges
GAO-12-374T: Published: Jan 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 25, 2012.
GAO identified 56 contracts and task orders that were active during fiscal year 2010 and the first three quarters of fiscal year 2011 under which contracting offices obligated roughly $35.2 million on Arlingtons behalf. These contracts supported cemetery operations, construction and facility maintenance, and new efforts to enhance information technology systems for the automation of burial o...