Veterans (41 - 50 of 101 items)
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 Student Financial Aid: Actions Needed to Reduce Overlap in Approval Activities
GAO-07-775T: Published: Apr 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 2007.
In fiscal year 2006, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) paid $19 million to state approving agencies (SAA) to assess whether schools and training programs are of sufficient quality for veterans to receive VA education assistance benefits when attending them. The Departments of Education and Labor also assess education and training programs for various purposes. This testimony describes (1) ch...
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 Student Financial Aid: Management Actions Needed to Reduce Overlap in Approving Education and Training Programs and to Assess State Approving Agencies
GAO-07-384: Published: Mar 8, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2007.
In fiscal year 2006, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) paid approximately $2.1 billion in education assistance benefits to more than 470,000 beneficiaries and about $19 million to state approving agencies (SAA) to assess whether schools and training programs offer education of sufficient quality for veterans to receive VA education assistance benefits when attending them. Qualified individua...
VA Health Care: Spending for Mental Health Strategic Plan Initiatives Was Substantially Less Than Planned
GAO-07-66: Published: Nov 21, 2006. Publicly Released: Dec 4, 2006.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides mental health services to veterans with conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse disorders. To address gaps in services needed by veterans, VA approved a mental health strategic plan in 2004. VA planned to increase its fiscal year 2005 allocations for plan initiatives by $100 million above fiscal year 2004 levels...
Information Technology: VA and DOD Face Challenges in Completing Key Efforts
GAO-06-905T: Published: Jun 22, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 2006.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is engaged in an ongoing effort to share electronic medical information with the Department of Defense (DOD), which is important in helping to ensure high-quality health care for active duty military personnel and veterans. Also important, in the face of current military responses to national and foreign crises, is ensuring effective and efficient delivery o...
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...
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...