Veterans disability compensation (51 - 60 of 79 items)
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...
Military and Veterans' Benefits: Observations on the Concurrent Receipt of Military Retirement and VA Disability Compensation
GAO-03-575T: Published: Mar 27, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 2003.
Because pending legislation would modify current law, which requires that military retirement pay be reduced by the amount of VA disability compensation benefit received, the Subcommittee on Personnel, Senate Committee on Armed Services asked GAO to discuss the treatment of concurrent benefit receipt in other programs. GAO was also asked to discuss its broader work on federal disability programs.T...
Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: Department of Veterans Affairs
GAO-03-110: Published: Jan 1, 2003. Publicly Released: Jan 1, 2003.
In its 2001 performance and accountability report on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), GAO identified management challenges related to health care quality, access, resource management, and disability claims processing. In addition to these and other continuing challenges, VA must now prepare for biological and chemical acts of terrorism. The information in this report aims to sustain congre...
Veterans' Benefits: Quality Assurance for Disability Claims and Appeals Processing Can Be Further Improved
GAO-02-806: Published: Aug 16, 2002. Publicly Released: Aug 26, 2002.
For fiscal year 2002, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will pay $25 billion in cash disability benefits to 3.3 million disabled veterans and their families. Veterans who are dissatisfied with VA's 57 regional offices' decisions may file appeals with VA's Board of Veteran's Appeals. In about half of such appeals, the Board has either granted the benefits denied or returned the cases to regio...
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' Benefits: Promising Claims-Processing Practices Need to Be Evaluated
HEHS-00-65: Published: Apr 7, 2000. Publicly Released: May 8, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Veterans Benefits Administration's (VBA) claims processing procedures, focusing on: (1) practices that individual regional offices believe have helped them improve the accuracy of their disability decisions and remand rates; and (2) VBA's efforts to evaluate and disseminate information on individual regional office practices that hold promise f...
Veterans' Benefits: Improvements Made to Persian Gulf Claims Processing
T-HEHS-98-89: Published: Feb 5, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) adjudication of veterans' claims for compensation for undiagnosed illnesses that resulted from their service in the Persian Gulf War, focusing on: (1) VA's efforts to improve Persian Gulf claims processing; and (2) its effect on the readjudication of claims previously denied.GAO noted that: (1) VA has taken...
Department of Veterans Affairs: Programmatic and Management Challenges Facing the Department
T-HEHS-97-97: Published: Mar 18, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 1997.
GAO discussed some of the major challenges facing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and some of the options for deficit reduction through changes in VA benefits and programs.GAO noted that: (1) significant improvements have occurred in the efficiency of the VA health care system; (2) VA's new management and Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) structure clearly values efficiency and cu...
Veterans' Compensation: Evidence Considered in Persian Gulf War Undiagnosed Illness Claims
HEHS-96-112: Published: May 28, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the procedures the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) uses to process Persian Gulf War undiagnosed illness claims.GAO found that: (1) before VA will provide benefits, veterans must provide it with evidence of a chronic disability and verifiable evidence of time lost from work, prior medical treatment, or changes in appearance, physical abilities,...
Tax Consequences of Offsets
NSIAD-96-74R: Published: Dec 22, 1995. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the tax consequences to veterans of the required offset of certain types of Department of Defense separation pay and Department of Veterans Affairs disability compensation, focusing on whether veterans could: (1) reclassify separation pay as disability compensation; and (2) deduct recouped separation pay from gross income. GAO noted that according...