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Recommendation: The Under Secretary for Health should further clarify when and for what purposes each national policy and guidance document type should be used, including whether guidance documents, such as program office memos, should be vetted and recertified. (Recommendation 1)
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs: Veterans Health Administration Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: VA agreed with our recommendation. In October 2019, VHA issued an interim policy on program office memos (also known as "operational memos") that described how these guidance documents should be vetted and recertified. For example, operational memos issued after VHA's new interim policy will expire 2 years after publication if no further action is taken. In November 2019, VHA further clarified in another interim policy the purpose of all national policy and guidance documents, including the purpose and audience for each document type. Because VHA interim policy, by definition, is automatically rescinded after 1 year unless incorporated into a national policy directive, VHA needs to provide us with the finalized version of its recertified national policy directive in order to fully implement this recommendation. The recertified national policy directive should include the framework outlined in its interim policy documents.