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In a May 2011 testimony before this subcommittee (GAO-11-572T), based on a March 2011 report (GAO-11-250), GAO highlighted challenges for the Federal Recovery Coordination Program (FRCP), developed by the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) to assist some of the most severely wounded, ill, and injured servicemembers, veterans, and their families. Specifically, GAO reported on challenges in FRCP enrollment, staffing needs, caseloads, and placement locations. GAO also cited challenges faced by the FRCP when coordinating with other VA and DOD programs, including DOD's Recovery Coordination Program (RCP), which can result in duplication of effort and enrollee confusion. In this statement, GAO examines the status of DOD and VA's efforts to (1) implement GAO's March 2011 recommendations and (2) identify and analyze potential options to functionally integrate the FRCP and RCP. This statement is based on GAO's March 2011 report and updated information obtained in September 2011.

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Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Defense To improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and efficacy of services for recovering servicemembers, veterans, and their families, the Secretaries of DOD and VA should direct the Senior Oversight Committee to expeditiously develop and implement a plan to strengthen functional integration across all DOD and VA care coordination and case management programs that serve this population, including the FRCP and RCP, to reduce redundancy and overlap.
Closed - Not Implemented
In October 2011, GAO recommended that DOD's and VA's joint Senior Oversight Committee (SOC)develop and implement a plan to improve the coordination of medical care and support services for recovering servicemembers, veterans, and their families. However, the SOC was not able to develop such a plan, and in January 2012, the DOD and VA disbanded the SOC.
Department of Veterans Affairs To improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and efficacy of services for recovering servicemembers, veterans, and their families, the Secretaries of DOD and VA should direct the Senior Oversight Committee to expeditiously develop and implement a plan to strengthen functional integration across all DOD and VA care coordination and case management programs that serve this population, including the FRCP and RCP, to reduce redundancy and overlap.
Closed - Not Implemented
In October 2011, GAO recommended that DOD's and VA's joint Senior Oversight Committee (SOC)develop and implement a plan to improve the coordination of medical care and support services for recovering servicemembers, veterans, and their families. However, the SOC was not able to develop such a plan, and in January 2012, the DOD and VA disbanded the SOC.

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