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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 Health Care: Improvements Needed in Processes Used to Address Providers' Actions That Contribute to Adverse Events
GAO-14-55: Published: Dec 3, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2013.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers GAO visited did not adhere to certain policy elements of the protected peer review process, and monitoring by VA's Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is limited. According to policy issued by VHA, protected peer review may be used by VA medical centers (VAMC) when there is a need to determine whether a provider's actions associated with an...
VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program: Independent Living Services and Supports Require Stronger Oversight
GAO-14-149T: Published: Nov 13, 2013. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2013.
Why GAO Did This StudyOf the 9,215 veterans who entered the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Independent Living (IL) track within the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program from fiscal years 2008 to 2011, most were male Vietnam era veterans in their 50s or 60s. The most prevalent disabilities among these veterans were post-traumatic stress disorder and tinnitus ("ringing in th...
Native American Veterans: DOL Needs a Clear Plan to Improve Employment and Training Services on Tribal Lands
GAO-13-664: Published: Sep 26, 2013. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 2013.
The Department of Labor (DOL) is in the early stages of implementing several of the 2010 report's recommendations, but implementation of the remaining recommendations has not occurred. The agency has begun to take steps to respond to three of the report's six recommendations: improve interagency collaboration, create an advisory subcommittee for Native American veterans, and conduct a needs assess...
VA Health Care: Additional Guidance, Training, and Oversight Needed to Improve Clinical Contract Monitoring
GAO-14-54: Published: Oct 31, 2013. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2013.
All 12 contracts GAO reviewed from the four Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) medical centers (VAMC) visited contained performance requirements consistent with VA acquisition policy. However, the performance requirements lacked detail in six categories: type of provider or care; credentialing and privileging; clinical practice standards; medical record documentation; business processes; and acc...
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...
VA Health Care: Actions Needed to Improve Administration of the Provider Performance Pay and Award Systems
GAO-13-536: Published: Jul 24, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 23, 2013.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) performance pay policy has gaps in information needed to appropriately administer this type of pay. The performance pay policy gives VA's 152 medical centers and 21 networks discretion in setting the goals providers must achieve to receive this pay, but does not specify an overarching purpose the goals are to support. VA officials responsible for writing th...
Veterans' Health Care Budget: Improvements Made, but Additional Actions Needed to Address Problems Related to Estimates Supporting President's Request
GAO-13-715: Published: Aug 8, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 2013.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) expanded the use of the Enrollee Health Care Projection Model (EHCPM) in developing the agencys health care budget estimate that supported the Presidents fiscal year 2014 budget request. VA expanded the use of the EHCPM by using, for the first time, the models estimate for the amount of care providedworkloadto develop estimates...