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VA Health Care: Improvements Needed in Monitoring Antidepressant Use for Major Depressive Disorder and in Increasing Accuracy of Suicide Data
GAO-15-55: Published: Nov 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2014.
GAO's analysis of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) data for fiscal years 2009 through 2013 shows that about 10 percent of veterans who received VA health care services were diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD). MDD is characterized by depressed mood or loss of interest along with other symptoms for 2 weeks or more that represent a change in the way individuals function from their prev...
VA Health Care: Improvements Needed to Manage Higher-Than-Expected Demand for the Family Caregiver Program
GAO-15-245T: Published: Dec 3, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2014.
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA)--within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)--significantly underestimated caregivers' demand for services when it implemented the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (Family Caregiver Program). As a result, some VA medical centers (VAMCs) had difficulties managing the larger-than-expected workload, and some caregivers experienced d...
Veterans' Reemployment Rights: Department of Labor Has Higher Performance Than the Office of Special Counsel on More Demonstration Project Measures
GAO-15-77: Published: Nov 25, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 25, 2014.
Demonstration Project Performance Between August 2011 and August 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL) demonstrated relatively higher performance than the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) on three of five performance metrics in the Veterans' Benefits Act of 2010 (VBA).The relative performance was influenced—to a varying extent—by a number of factors, such as the investigative approach.Case Outco...
Veterans' Disability Benefits: Improvements Could Further Enhance Quality Assurance Efforts
GAO-15-50: Published: Nov 19, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2014.
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)—within the Department of Veterans Affairs—measures and reports the accuracy of its disability compensation claim decisions in two ways: (1) by claim and (2) by disabling condition, though its approach has limitations. When calculating accuracy rates for either measure through its Systematic Technical Accuracy Review (STAR), VBA does not always follow...
Information Security: Additional Actions Needed to Address Vulnerabilities That Put VA Data at Risk
GAO-15-220T: Published: Nov 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2014.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has taken actions to mitigate previously identified vulnerabilities, but it has not fully addressed these weaknesses:Incident response: VA took actions to contain and eradicate the effects of a network intrusion detected in 2012, but it could not show that these actions were fully effective. Specifically, the department's Network and Security Operations Cent...
Information Security: VA Needs to Address Identified Vulnerabilities
GAO-15-117: Published: Nov 13, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2014.
While the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has taken actions to mitigate previously identified vulnerabilities, it has not fully addressed these weaknesses. For example, VA took actions to contain and eradicate a significant incident detected in 2012 involving a network intrusion, but these actions were not fully effective:The department's Network and Security Operations Center (NSOC) analyzed...
VA Health Care: Actions Needed to Ensure Adequate and Qualified Nurse Staffing
GAO-15-61: Published: Oct 16, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2014.
The seven Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers (VAMC) in GAO's review implemented the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) nurse staffing methodology, experienced problems developing and executing the related nurse staffing plans, and some reported improvements in nurse staffing. Specifically, GAO found that each of the seven VAMCs had developed a facility-wide staffing plan—which ou...
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...
Disability Compensation: Review of Concurrent Receipt of Department of Defense Retirement, Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Compensation, and Social Security Disability Insurance
GAO-14-854R: Published: Sep 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2014.
GAO’s analysis showed that 59,251 individuals received concurrent payments from Department of Defense (DOD) retirement, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability, and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in fiscal year 2013 totaling over $3.5 billion. Current law generally allows military personnel to receive concurrent disability compensation from DOD, VA, and SSDI. There were 1.9...
VA Health Care: Management and Oversight of Consult Process Need Improvement to Help Ensure Veterans Receive Timely Outpatient Specialty Care
GAO-14-808: Published: Sep 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2014.
Based on its review of a non-generalizable sample of 150 consults requested from April 2013 through September 2013, GAO found that the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) management of the consult process has not ensured that veterans always receive outpatient specialty care in a timely manner, if at all. Specifically, GAO found that for 122 of the 150 consu...