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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...
Homeless Women Veterans: Actions Needed to Ensure Safe and Appropriate Housing
GAO-12-182: Published: Dec 23, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 2012.
Limited VA data show the number of women veterans it has identified as homeless more than doubled, from 1,380 in fiscal year 2006 to 3,328 in fiscal year 2010. Although these data are not generalizable to the overall population of homeless women veterans, we identified some characteristics of these women. For example, almost two-thirds were between 40 and 59 years old and over one-third had disabi...
VA Enhanced Monthly Benefits: Recipient Population Is Changing, and Awareness Could Be Improved
GAO-12-153: Published: Dec 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 2012.
According to VA data during fiscal years 2000 to 2010, most enhanced monthly benefit recipients were veterans, over age 65, and receiving the A&A enhancement as part of their pension benefit. The recipient population is changing, however. In particular, the percentage of enhanced monthly benefit recipients age 65 or younger increased from 18 percent to 24 percent over the decade. Also, the percent...
Arlington National Cemetery: Additional Actions Needed to Continue Improvements in Contract Management
GAO-12-99: Published: Dec 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2011.
Roughly $35 million was obligated under 56 Arlington contracts and task orders valued over $100,000 and active during fiscal years 2010 and 2011. These contracts supported cemetery operations, construction and facility maintenance, and new efforts to enhance information technology systems for the automation of burial operations. ANCP does not award its own contracts, but instead obtains contractin...
Arlington National Cemetery: Management Improvements Made, but a Strategy Is Needed to Address Remaining Challenges
GAO-12-105: Published: Dec 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2011.
The Army has taken positive steps to address management deficiencies at Arlington and has implemented improvements across a range of areas. However, GAO identified opportunities to build upon these improvements. Specifically, GAO found that ANCP: (1) has invested in information-technology improvements and has begun projects to further enhance capabilities, but is not yet basing its investments on...
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...