Veterans affairs (61 - 70 of 158 items)
VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment: Further Performance and Workload Management Improvements Are Needed
GAO-14-61: Published: Jan 14, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 14, 2014.
About half of the almost 17,000 veterans who entered the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program in fiscal year 2003 and received employment-related services were placed in suitable jobs, one-third left the program, and most of the others are still participating. It often took veterans 6 years or more to achieve success, due in part to veterans...
VA Surgical Implants: Purchase Requirements Were Not Always Followed at Selected Medical Centers and Oversight Needs Improvement
GAO-14-146: Published: Jan 13, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 2014.
Clinicians at the four Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMC) GAO visited said that patient need and their clinical expertise were the main factors influencing their decisions of which surgical implants to use. Also, clinicians in certain specialties said they typically used one of the implants available on VA-negotiated national committed-use contracts, which generally establish a...
VA Nursing Homes: Reporting More Complete Data on Workload and Expenditures Could Enhance Oversight
GAO-14-89: Published: Dec 20, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 20, 2013.
In fiscal year 2012, the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) nursing home workload--the average number of veterans receiving nursing home care per day--was 36,250 across all of the three nursing home settings in which VA provided or paid for veterans' nursing home care. The three settings include Community Living Centers (CLCs), which are VA-owned and operated; community nursing homes with which...
VA Benefits: Improvements Needed to Ensure Claimants Receive Appropriate Representation
GAO-13-643: Published: Aug 1, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 2013.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Office of General Counsel (OGC) procedures do not sufficiently ensure that accredited representatives have good character and knowledge. While GAO's analysis shows that VA follows its procedures for reviewing initial accreditation applications, VA relies on limited self-reported information to determine whether applicants have a criminal history or their ch...
Department of Veterans Affairs: Available Data Not Sufficiently Reliable to Describe Use of Consulting Services
GAO-13-714R: Published: Jul 30, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2013.
Because data were not readily available to identify how the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) uses consulting services and what is known about their costs, this report discusses the limitations on data concerning consulting services and provides information on some of the uses of consultant contracts. Two primary factors limited GAO's ability to identify a list of consulting contracts that was s...
VA Education Benefits: Student Characteristics and Outcomes Vary across Schools
GAO-13-567: Published: Jul 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2013.
The majority of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education payments were made to a small percentage of schools receiving VA funding in fiscal year 2011, primarily through the Post-9/11 GI Bill. About 5 percent of schools (654 schools) received more than $3.8 billion in aggregate VA education payments used for tuition and fees in fiscal year 2011, over 60 percent of such funding. These 654 "...
VA Health Care: Management and Oversight of Fee Basis Care Need Improvement
GAO-13-441: Published: May 31, 2013. Publicly Released: May 31, 2013.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) fee basis care spending increased from about $3.04 billion in fiscal year 2008 to about $4.48 billion in fiscal year 2012. The slight decrease in fiscal year 2012 spending from the fiscal year 2011 level was due to VA's adoption of Medicare rates as its primary payment method for fee basis providers. VA's fee basis care utilization also increased from about...
VA Construction: Additional Actions Needed to Decrease Delays and Lower Costs of Major Medical-Facility Projects
GAO-13-556T: Published: May 7, 2013. Publicly Released: May 7, 2013.
In summary, GAO recognizes that some cost increases and schedule delays result from factors beyond VA's control; however, GAO's review of VA's largest projects indicated weaknesses in VA's construction management processes also contributed to cost increases and schedule delays. Given that VA is currently involved in 50 major medical-facility construction projects, including four large medical cent...
VA and IHS: Further Action Needed to Collaborate on Providing Health Care to Native American Veterans
GAO-13-354: Published: Apr 26, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2013.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Indian Health Service (IHS) have developed mechanisms to implement and monitor their memorandum of understanding (MOU); however, the performance metrics developed to assess its implementation do not adequately measure progress made toward its goals. VA and IHS have defined common goals for implementing the MOU and developed strategies to achieve them...
Veteran-Owned Small Businesses: Planning and Data System for VA's Verification Program Need Improvement
GAO-13-425T: Published: Mar 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 2013.
In summary, the two key findings from GAO's January 2013 report are:VA has instituted a number of significant changes to its verification processes to improve and address program weaknesses but continues to face challenges in its efforts to establish a stable and efficient program to verify firms on a timely and consistent basis. These challenges are directly related to shortcomings in strategic p...