Program evaluation (11 - 20 of 32 items)
Veterans' Benefits: Improvements Needed in VA's Training and Performance Management Systems
GAO-08-1126T: Published: Sep 18, 2008. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2008.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) disability claims process has long been a subject of concern because of long waits for decisions and large backlogs of claims pending decisions. To address these issues, VA has hired almost 3,000 new claims processors since January 2007. However, adequate training and performance management are essential to developing highly competent disability claims proc...
VA Health Care: Additional Efforts to Better Assess Joint Ventures Needed
GAO-08-399: Published: Mar 28, 2008. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2008.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) have a long history of partnering to achieve more cost-effective use of health care resources. Their partnerships have evolved to include joint ventures--joint efforts to construct or share medical facilities. VA has maintained eight joint ventures with DOD across the country. VA has also developed partnerships, or affilia...
Veterans Affairs: Sustained Management Commitment and Oversight Are Essential to Completing Information Technology Realignment and Strengthening Information Security
GAO-07-1264T: Published: Sep 26, 2007. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2007.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has encountered numerous challenges in managing its information technology (IT) and securing its information systems. In October 2005, the department initiated a realignment of its IT program to provide greater authority and accountability over its resources. The May 2006 security incident highlighted the need for additional actions to secure personal inform...
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' Employment and Training Service: Labor Could Improve Information on Reemployment Services, Outcomes, and Program Impact
GAO-07-594: Published: May 24, 2007. Publicly Released: May 24, 2007.
In 2002, Congress enacted the Jobs for Veterans Act (JVA), which modified two Department of Labor (Labor) programs that specifically target veteran job seekers: the Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program (DVOP) and the Local Veterans' Employment Representative (LVER) program. However, questions have been raised about the adequacy of performance information on services to veterans by these and other e...
Veterans Benefits Administration: Progress Made in Long-Term Effort to Replace Benefits Payment System, but Challenges Persist
GAO-07-614: Published: Apr 27, 2007. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 2007.
Since 1996, the Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA) has been working on an initiative to replace its aging system for paying compensation and pension benefits. In 2005, concerned about the slow pace of development, VBA contracted with the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) for an independent evaluation of the project, known as the Veterans Service Network (VETSNET). SEI advised VBA to continue...
VA Health Care: VA Should Better Monitor Implementation and Impact of Capital Asset Alignment Decisions
GAO-07-408: Published: Mar 21, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 2007.
Through its Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates one of the largest health care systems in the country. In 1999, GAO reported that better management of VA's large inventory of aged capital assets could result in savings that could be used to enhance health care services for veterans. In response, VA initiated a process known as Capital Asset Realig...
VA and DOD Health Care: Opportunities to Maximize Resource Sharing Remain
GAO-06-315: Published: Mar 20, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2006.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003 required that the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense (DOD) implement programs referred to as the Joint Incentive Fund (JIF) and the Demonstration Site Selection (DSS) to increase health care resource sharing between the departments. The act requires GAO to report on (1) VA's and DOD's progress in implementing the programs. G...
Veterans' Employment and Training Service: Greater Accountability and Other Labor Actions Needed to Better Serve Veterans
GAO-06-357T: Published: Feb 2, 2006. Publicly Released: Feb 2, 2006.
The number of service members leaving active duty is likely to increase by 200,000 yearly, according to the Department of Labor. To improve employment and training services for veterans and to encourage employers to hire them, Congress passed the Jobs for Veterans Act in 2002, which reformed Labor's Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program (DVOP) and Local Veterans' Employment Representative (LVER) pro...
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...