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VA Research: Actions Insufficient to Further Strengthen Human Subject Protections
GAO-03-917T: Published: Jun 18, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2003.
Every year thousands of veterans volunteer to participate in research projects under the auspices of the VA. Research offers the possibility of benefits to individual participants and to society, but it is not without risk to research subjects. VA studies, like other federally funded research programs, are governed by regulations designed to minimize risks and protect the rights and welfare of res...
Department of Veterans Affairs: Key Management Challenges in Health and Disability Programs
GAO-03-756T: Published: May 8, 2003. Publicly Released: May 8, 2003.
In previous GAO reports and testimonies on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and in its ongoing reviews, GAO identified major management challenges related to enhancing access to health care, improving the efficiency of health care delivery, and improving the effectiveness of disability programs. This testimony underscores the importance of continuing to make progress in addressing these ch...
VA Health Care: VA Increases Third-Party Collections as It Addresses Problems in Its Collections Operations
GAO-03-740T: Published: May 7, 2003. Publicly Released: May 7, 2003.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) collects health insurance payments, known as third-party collections, for veterans' health care conditions it treats that are not a result of injuries or illnesses incurred or aggravated during military service. In September 1999, VA adopted a new fee schedule, called "reasonable charges," that it anticipated would increase revenues from third-party collecti...
Veterans Affairs: Subcommittee Post-Hearing Questions Concerning the Department's Management of Information Technology
GAO-02-561R: Published: Apr 5, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 2002.
This report answers congressional questions about a recent GAO testimony (see GAO-02-369T) on the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) efforts to address weaknesses in its information technology program. Specifically, it discusses (1) challenges in implementing the "One VA" integrated Enterprise Architecture Plan, (2) steps taken to improve the accuracy and timeliness of data in VA's decision supp...
Veterans' Benefits: Quality Assurance for Disability Claims Processing
GAO-01-930R: Published: Aug 23, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2001.
Congress, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and veterans service organizations have all raised concerns about the accuracy of claims processing in the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). In 1998, VBA launched its systematic technical accuracy review (STAR) system to better measure the accuracy of claims processing. The system determines accuracy rates for (1) the nation as a whole, (2) each...
Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Departments of Defense, State, and Veterans Affairs
GAO-01-492T: Published: Mar 7, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2001.
Drawing on GAO's high risk series (GAO-01-241 to GAO-01-263), this testimony discusses major government programs prone to waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement. This testimony focuses on (1) the range of governmentwide challenges and opportunities the 107th Congress and the new administration face to enhance performance and accountability of the federal government, (2) the major management challe...
VA Drug Formulary: Better Oversight Is Required, but Veterans Are Getting Needed Drugs
GAO-01-183: Published: Jan 29, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2001.
During the last three years, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made significant progress in establishing its national drug formulary, which has generally met with the prescriber acceptance. Most veterans are receiving the drugs the need and rarely register complaints about prescription drugs. However, VA has not been sufficient to ensure that the Veterans Integrated Service Networks (V...
Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Department of Veterans Affairs
GAO-01-255: Published: Jan 1, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 1, 2001.
This report, part of GAO's performance and accountability series, discusses the major management challenges and program risks facing the Department of Veterans Affairs. Health care access for veterans, compensation and pension claims processing, and agencywide management strategies are some of the most critical challenges facing the agency.Below are the reports in this series:High Risk Series: An...
Inadequate Oversight of Laundry Facility at the Department of Veterans Affairs Albany, New York, Medical Center
GAO-01-207R: Published: Nov 30, 2000. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2000.
This document reviews the Department of Veterans Affairs' oversight of laundry services at its Medical Center in Albany, New York. GAO found inadequate management and oversight of the contract for operating the laundry facility. There was no separation of duties between the quality assurance evaluator and the contracting officer's technical representative. This individual allowed the contractor to...
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...