Strategic planning (51 - 60 of 81 items)
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...
VA Long-Term Care: Trends and Planning Challenges in Providing Nursing Home Care to Veterans
GAO-06-333T: Published: Jan 9, 2006. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2006.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates a nursing home program that provides or pays for veterans' care in three nursing home settings: VA-operated nursing homes, community nursing homes, and state veterans' nursing homes. In addition, veterans needing nursing home care may also receive it from non-VA providers that are not funded by VA. VA is faced with a large elderly veteran population...
VA Health Care: Key Challenges to Aligning Capital Assets and Enhancing Veterans' Care
GAO-05-429: Published: Aug 5, 2005. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 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 also noted that VA could reinvest the savings to enhance veterans' health care. In response, VA initiated its Capital Asset Realignment for En...
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 Health Care: Resource Allocations to Medical Centers in the Mid South Healthcare Network
GAO-04-444: Published: Apr 21, 2004. Publicly Released: May 21, 2004.
Since fiscal year 1997, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has relied primarily on its 21 health care networks to allocate resources to its medical centers. VA headquarters also directly allocates some resources to the medical centers. In addition, medical centers collect resources from third-party insurance payments and other sources. VA provides general guidance to\ networks for resource al...
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: Framework for Analyzing Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services Decisions
GAO-03-1103R: Published: Aug 18, 2003. Publicly Released: Aug 18, 2003.
On May 14, 2003, as requested, we briefed Congress on our preliminary views on the Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services (CARES) process initiated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). On July 29, 2003, we shared our additional perspectives, which Congressional Staff indicated would be helpful to the Commission as it considers the draft National CARES Plan that VA presented on Augu...
Veterans' Benefits: Despite Recent Improvements, Meeting Claims Processing Goals Will Be Challenging
GAO-02-645T: Published: Apr 26, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2002.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will provide $25 billion in compensation and pension benefits in fiscal year 2002 to more than three million veterans, dependents and survivors. For years, the compensation and pension claims process has been subject to long long waits for decision and large claims backlogs. VA's goal for fiscal year 2003 is to complete accurate decisions on rating-related c...
Veterans Affairs: Status of Achieving Key Outcomes and Addressing Major Management Challenges
GAO-01-752: Published: Jun 15, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2001.
This report reviews the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) fiscal year 2000 performance report and fiscal year 2002 performance plan required by the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 to assess VA's process in achieving selected key outcomes that are important to its mission. VA reported making mixed progress towards achieving its key outcomes. For example, VA reported that it made go...
Veterans' Employment and Training Service: Better Planning Needed to Address Future Needs
T-HEHS-00-206: Published: Sep 27, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) and its planning activities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993, focusing on: (1) VETS' strategic plan for fiscal year (FY) 2000 through FY 2005 and its FY 2001 performance plan; (2) the adequacy of VETS' plans to address how it will operate in the one-stop center environmen...