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Veterans' Employment and Training Service: Labor Actions Needed to Improve Accountability and Help States Implement Reforms to Veterans' Employment Services
GAO-06-176: Published: Dec 30, 2005. Publicly Released: Dec 30, 2005.
Roughly 700,000 veterans have been unemployed in recent months, a figure that could swell considerably with the anticipated increase in the number of people leaving active duty. Congress passed the Jobs for Veterans Act in 2002 to improve employment and training services for veterans and to encourage employers to hire them. As mandated by law, GAO reviewed progress to date in its implementation, i...
Veterans' Disability Benefits: Claims Processing Challenges and Opportunities for Improvements
GAO-06-283T: Published: Dec 7, 2005. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2005.
The Chairman, Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives, asked GAO to report on the claims processing challenges and opportunities facing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation and pension program. For years, the claims process has been the subject of concern and attention within VA and by the Congress and veterans service organizations. Their concerns...
Veterans' Disability Benefits: Improved Transparency Needed to Facilitate Oversight of VBA's Compensation and Pension Staffing Levels
GAO-06-225T: Published: Nov 3, 2005. Publicly Released: Nov 3, 2005.
The Chairman, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, asked GAO to submit a statement for the record highlighting findings from an examination of the Veterans Benefit Administration's (VBA) fiscal year 2005 budget justification. In that review, we assessed (1) VBA's determination and justification of claims processing staffing levels, and t...
VA Disability Benefits: Routine Monitoring of Disability Decisions Could Improve Consistency
GAO-06-120T: Published: Oct 20, 2005. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2005.
The House Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs asked GAO to discuss its work on the consistency of disability compensation claims decisions of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). GAO has reported wide state-to-state variations in average compensation payments per disabled veteran, raising questions about decisional consistency. In 2003, GAO designated VA's disability pro...
Veterans Affairs: The Role of the Chief Information Officer in Effectively Managing Information Technology
GAO-06-201T: Published: Oct 20, 2005. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 2005.
In carrying out its mission of serving the nation's veterans and their dependents, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) relies extensively on information technology (IT), for which it is requesting about $2.1 billion in fiscal year 2006. VA's vision is to integrate its IT resources and streamline interactions with customers, so that it can provide services and information to veterans more quick...
Contract Management: Further Action Needed to Improve Veterans Affairs Acquisition Function
GAO-06-144: Published: Oct 19, 2005. Publicly Released: Oct 19, 2005.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is among the largest federal acquisition agencies, spending $7.3 billion on product and service acquisitions in 2004 alone. Recent reports by VA and other organizations identified weaknesses in the agency's acquisition function that could result in excess costs to the taxpayer. One report by the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) made 24 recommendations t...
Veterans' Disability Benefits: VA Could Enhance Its Progress in Complying with Court Decision on Disability Criteria
GAO-06-46: Published: Oct 12, 2005. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 2005.
To properly decide veterans' disability claims, the regional offices of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) must obtain all medical evidence required by law and federal regulations. To do so, in fiscal year 2004, the regional offices asked VA's medical centers to examine about 500,000 claimants and provide examination reports containing the necessary medical information. Exams for joint and sp...
Managerial Cost Accounting Practices: Departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs
GAO-05-1031T: Published: Sep 21, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 2005.
In the past 15 years, a number of laws, accounting standards, system requirements, and related guidance have emphasized the need for cost information in the federal government, establishing requirements and accounting standards for managerial cost accounting (MCA) information. Among them was the Federal Financial Management Improvement Act of 1996 (FFMIA), which required Chief Financial Officers A...
Veterans' Disability Benefits: Claims Processing Problems Persist and Major Performance Improvements May Be Difficult
GAO-05-749T: Published: May 26, 2005. Publicly Released: May 26, 2005.
The Chairman, Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, asked GAO to testify on the current state of VA's disability claims process and factors that may impede VA's ability to improve performance. For years, the claims process has been the subject of concern and attention within VA and by the Congress and veterans service organizations. Many of their concerns have focused on long waits for deci...
Veterans' Employment and Training Service: Preliminary Observations on Changes to Veterans' Employment Programs
GAO-05-662T: Published: May 12, 2005. Publicly Released: May 12, 2005.
The Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) administers two programs designed to assist the roughly 700,000 veterans who are unemployed in any given month. These two programs, the Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program (DVOP) and the Local Veterans' Employment Representative (LVER) program, fund employment, training, and job placement services to veterans. In 2002, Cong...