VA Is Making Efforts To Improve Its Nursing Home Construction Planning Process

HRD-83-58: Published: May 20, 1983. Publicly Released: May 20, 1983.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed the Veterans Administration's (VA) justification for each nursing home construction project included in its fiscal year (FY) 1984 budget request to determine whether it had fully considered local conditions and less costly alternatives.

GAO stated that the processes VA used to plan, justify, and rank in priority order the seven nursing home projects proposed for FY 1984 funding were essentially the same as described in a previous GAO report. VA planned and justified the projects using national need projections without obtaining much input about local needs and resources or thoroughly considering potentially less costly alternatives.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The GAO review of VA FY 1985 budget justifications indicates that VA did not include accurate, up-to-date information on local needs and resources. A report on that finding was to be issued May 15, 1984.

    Recommendation: The Administrator of Veterans Affairs should include information on local needs and resources and a discussion of the VA consideration of less costly alternatives, such as conversion, renovation, and greater use of community nursing homes, as part of the budget justification for each proposed nursing home construction project beginning with its FY 1985 budget request.

    Agency Affected: Veterans Administration


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