Veterans disability compensation (11 - 20 of 22 items)
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...
DOD and VA: Preliminary Observations on Efforts to Improve Health Care and Disability Evaluations for Returning Servicemembers
GAO-07-1256T: Published: Sep 26, 2007. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2007.
In February 2007, a series of Washington Post articles disclosed troublesome deficiencies in the provision of outpatient services at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, raising concerns about the care for returning servicemembers. These deficiencies included a confusing disability evaluation system and servicemembers in outpatient status for months and sometimes years without a clear understanding ab...
GAO Findings and Recommendations Regarding DOD and VA Disability Systems
GAO-07-906R: Published: May 25, 2007. Publicly Released: May 25, 2007.
As of April 2007, about 26,000 service members had been injured as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), according to the Department of Defense (DOD). Those service members injured in the line of duty are eligible for military disability compensation. When they leave the military, they may also be eligible for compensation from the Department of Veterans Affai...
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...
Veterans' Disability Benefits: Processing of Claims Continues to Present Challenges
GAO-07-562T: Published: Mar 13, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 2007.
The Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, House Veterans' Affairs Committee, asked GAO to discuss its recent work related to the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) disability claims and appeals processing. GAO has reported and testified on this subject on numerous occasions. GAO's work has addressed VA's efforts to improve the timeliness of decisions on claims and appeals a...
Veterans' Disability Benefits: Long-Standing Claims Processing Challenges Persist
GAO-07-512T: Published: Mar 7, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2007.
The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee asked GAO to discuss its recent work related to the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) disability claims and appeals processing. GAO has reported and testified on this subject on numerous occasions. GAO's work has addressed VA's efforts to improve the timeliness and accuracy of decisions on claims and appeals, VA's efforts to reduce backlogs, and concerns a...
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...
VA Benefits: Other Programs May Provide Lessons for Improving Individual Unemployability Assessments
GAO-06-207T: Published: Oct 27, 2005. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 2005.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides disability compensation to veterans disabled by injuries or diseases that were incurred or aggravated while on active military duty. Under Individual Unemployability (IU) benefit regulations, a veteran can receive increased compensation at the total disability compensation rate if VA determines that the veteran is unemployable because of service-con...
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...
VA Benefits: Fundamental Changes to VA's Disability Criteria Need Careful Consideration
GAO-03-1172T: Published: Sep 23, 2003. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2003.
This testimony discusses our past reviews of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability programs as Congress considers the fundamental issue of eligibility for benefits and the related issue of concurrent receipt of VA disability compensation and Department of Defense (DOD) retirement pay. Our work has addressed these issues in addition to identifying significant program design and managem...