Program evaluation (51 - 60 of 79 items)
Military and Veterans' Benefits: Improvements Needed in Transition Assistance Services for Reserves and National Guard
GAO-05-844T: Published: Jun 29, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2005.
The increased role of the armed forces in military operations around the world, and the greater reliance on the Reserves and National Guard, has focused national attention on what is done to help service members transition to civilian life. GAO was asked to testify on its May 2005 report Military and Veterans' Benefits: Enhanced Services Could Improve Transition Assistance for Reserves and Nationa...
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...
Military and Veterans' Benefits: Enhanced Services Could Improve Transition Assistance for Reserves and National Guard
GAO-05-544: Published: May 20, 2005. Publicly Released: May 20, 2005.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 mandated that GAO review whether the transition assistance program (TAP) is meeting the needs of service members leaving the military. GAO (1) assessed TAP administration, including program participation, and (2) identified actions agencies are taking to improve TAP and challenges that remain. TAP serves military personnel with at least 1...
Vocational Rehabilitation: VA Has Opportunities to Improve Services, but Faces Significant Challenges
GAO-05-572T: Published: Apr 20, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 2005.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program has taken on heightened importance due, in large measure, to the number of servicemembers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq with serious injuries and their need for vocational rehabilitation and employment assistance. This statement draws on over 20 years of GAO's reporting on VA's provision of vocational...
VA Health Care: Important Steps Taken to Enhance Veterans' Care by Aligning Inpatient Services with Projected Needs
GAO-05-160: Published: Mar 2, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 2005.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates one of the nation's largest health care systems. In 1999, GAO reported on VA's aged, obsolete capital assets, noting that better management of these assets could significantly reduce VA's operating costs. GAO further noted that VA could reinvest the savings to enhance veterans' health care services. In response, VA initiated its Capital Asset Realig...
Veterans Affairs Homeless Programs: Implementation of the Transitional Housing Loan Guarantee Program
GAO-05-311R: Published: Mar 16, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2005.
In 1998, Congress passed the Veterans Programs Enhancement Act, which authorized the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish a new loan guarantee program for the construction or rehabilitation of multifamily transitional housing projects specifically designed to provide housing for homeless veterans. The program is intended to increase the amount of housing available, as well as provide o...
VA and DOD Health Care: Efforts to Coordinate a Single Physical Exam Process for Servicemembers Leaving the Military
GAO-05-64: Published: Nov 12, 2004. Publicly Released: Nov 12, 2004.
Servicemembers who leave the military and file disability claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may be subject to potentially duplicative physical exams in order to meet requirements of both the Department of Defense's (DOD) military services and VA. To streamline the process for these servicemembers, the military services and VA have attempted to coordinate their physical exam requi...
VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program: GAO Comments on Key Task Force Findings and Recommendations
GAO-04-853: Published: Jun 15, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2004.
This report responds to a request by the Ranking Minority Member, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, for an analysis of the findings and recommendations contained in the March 2004 report of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Task Force on Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E). The mission of the VR&E program is to provide comprehensive services and assistance necessary to enable...
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...
VA Health Care: Changes Needed to Improve Resource Allocation to Health Care Networks
GAO-02-744T: Published: May 14, 2002. Publicly Released: May 14, 2002.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spent $21 billion in fiscal year 2001 to treat 3.8 million veterans--most of whom had service-connected disabilities or low incomes. Since 1997, VA has used the Veterans Equitable Resource Allocation (VERA) system to allocate most of its medical care appropriation. GAO found that VERA has had a substantial impact on network resource allocations and workloads...