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Veterans' Benefits: Improved Operational Controls and Management Data Would Enhance VBA's Disability Reevaluation Process
GAO-08-75: Published: Dec 6, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 2007.
To help ensure that veterans are properly compensated for disabilities, VA is required to perform disability reevaluations for specific disabilities. VA also performs reevaluations whenever it determines there is a need to verify either the continued existence or current severity of veterans' disabilities. VBA completed about 17,700 reevaluations in fiscal year 2005. GAO was asked to review the Ve...
Department of Veterans Affairs: Actions Needed to Strengthen VA's Foreclosed Property Management Contractor Oversight
GAO-08-60: Published: Nov 15, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2007.
In 2003, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) significantly revised its in-house approach to managing and selling properties that become subject to foreclosure proceedings due to defaults by veterans on mortgages guaranteed by the department. VA contracted this function out to a private firm--Ocwen Financial Corporation (Ocwen)--after determining that doing so would increase the program's effic...
VA Health Care: Improvements Made in Physician Privileging Policies, but Medical Facility Compliance Has Not Been Assessed
GAO-08-271T: Published: Nov 6, 2007. Publicly Released: Nov 6, 2007.
In a report issued in May 2006, GAO examined compliance with the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) physician credentialing and privileging requirements at seven VA medical facilities GAO visited. VA's credentialing process is used to determine whether a physician's professional credentials, such as licensure, are valid and meet VA's requirements for employment. VA's privileging process is used...
Information Security: Sustained Management Commitment and Oversight Are Vital to Resolving Long-standing Weaknesses at the Department of Veterans Affairs
GAO-07-1019: Published: Sep 7, 2007. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2007.
In May 2006, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that computer equipment containing personal information on approximately 26.5 million veterans and active duty military personnel had been stolen. Given the importance of information technology (IT) to VA's mission, effective information security controls are critical to maintaining public and veteran confidence in its ability to prote...
Veterans Affairs: Progress Made in Centralizing Information Technology Management, but Challenges Persist
GAO-07-1246T: Published: Sep 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2007.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) depends on information technology (IT) to effectively serve our nation's veterans, with an IT budget of about $1 billion annually. However, it has encountered numerous challenges in managing its IT programs and initiatives. To address these challenges, VA is realigning its IT organization and management to a centralized model founded on a defined set of impr...
Veterans Affairs: Inadequate Controls over IT Equipment at Selected VA Locations Pose Continuing Risk of Theft, Loss, and Misappropriation
GAO-07-505: Published: Jul 16, 2007. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2007.
In July 2004, GAO reported that the six Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers it audited lacked a reliable property control database and had problems with implementation of VA inventory policies and procedures. Fewer than half the items GAO selected for testing could be located. Most of the missing items were information technology (IT ) equipment. Given recent thefts of laptops and...
Veterans Affairs: Lack of Accountability and Control Weaknesses over IT Equipment at Selected VA Locations
GAO-07-1100T: Published: Jul 24, 2007. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2007.
In July 2004, GAO reported that the six Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers it audited lacked a reliable property control database and had problems with implementation of VA inventory policies and procedures. Fewer than half the items GAO selected for testing could be located. Most of the missing items were information technology (IT) equipment. In light of these concerns and recen...
Veterans Affairs: Continued Focus on Critical Success Factors Is Essential to Achieving Information Technology Realignment
GAO-07-844: Published: Jun 15, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2007.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spends nearly $1 billion yearly to support its information technology (IT) needs; yet it has encountered persistent challenges in managing IT projects. In October 2005, VA initiated a realignment to centralize its IT management program that it plans to complete by July 2008. GAO was requested to determine (1) whether the department's realignment plan include...
VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment: Service Contract Management Is Improving, but Challenges Remain
GAO-07-568R: Published: Apr 23, 2007. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 2007.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program provides services such as vocational counseling and job training to assist veterans with service-connected disabilities obtain and maintain suitable employment and achieve maximum independence in daily living. In fiscal year 2006, the VR&E program obligated about $702 million and served about 89,000 ve...
Information Security: Veterans Affairs Needs to Address Long-Standing Weaknesses
GAO-07-532T: Published: Feb 28, 2007. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2007.
Security breaches at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other public and private organizations have highlighted the importance of well-designed and implemented information security programs. GAO was asked to testify on its past work on VA's information security program, as well as ongoing reviews that it is conducting at VA. In developing its testimony, GAO drew on over 15 of its previous...