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VA Health Care: Additional Data Needed to Inform the COVID- 19 Response in Community Living Centers

GAO-21-369R
Jun 10, 2021
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Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Office of the Under Secretary for Health The Department of Veterans Affairs Under Secretary for Health should compile and review facility-specific COVID-19 data on Community Living Center staff cases and deaths on a regular basis to inform the agency's response to the pandemic or future infectious disease outbreaks. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Veterans Affairs: Ongoing Financial Management System Modernization Program Would Benefit from Improved Cost and Schedule Estimating

GAO-21-227
Apr 20, 2021
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Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Veterans Affairs The FMBT Deputy Assistant Secretary should take steps to help ensure that the FMBT program develops a reliable cost estimate using best practices described in GAO's <i>Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide</i>, in particular, by addressing those cost characteristics that were partially or minimally met. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Veterans Affairs The FMBT Deputy Assistant Secretary should take steps to help ensure that the FMBT program develops a reliable schedule using best practices described in GAO's <i>Schedule Assessment Guide</i>, in particular, by addressing those schedule characteristics that were partially or minimally met. (Recommendation 2)
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VA Health Care: Efforts Needed to Ensure Effective Use and Appropriate Staffing of Suicide Prevention Teams

GAO-21-326
Apr 05, 2021
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Department of Veterans Affairs The Under Secretary for Health should ensure that OMHSP conducts a comprehensive evaluation of local suicide prevention teams (including suicide prevention coordinators and case managers and others). Such an evaluation should seek to (a) obtain a full understanding of how facilities are using these teams, (b) identify challenges teams may experience in implementing VHA policies, and (c) identify the effects of program growth on teams' workload. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Veterans Affairs The Under Secretary for Health should ensure that OMHSP uses information obtained through the comprehensive evaluation of local suicide prevention teams to inform the support it provides--e.g., direction, guidance, and technical assistance. (Recommendation 2)
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Department of Veterans Affairs The Under Secretary for Health should ensure that OMHSP incorporates key practices for staffing model design into its determination of facilities' suicide prevention staffing needs: (a) involving key stakeholders; (b) incorporating work activities, their frequency, and the time required to complete them; (c) ensuring the quality of data used in the model; and (d) incorporating risk factors. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

VA Acquisition Management: Comprehensive Supply Chain Management Strategy Key to Address Existing Challenges

GAO-21-445T
Mar 24, 2021
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Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Veterans Affairs
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This is a priority recommendation.
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs should ensure the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Support develops a comprehensive supply chain management strategy that outlines how VHA's various supply chain initiatives are related to each other and to VA-wide initiatives. This strategy should link to VA's overall plans to address its broader acquisition management challenges and reflect key practices of organizational transformations, including an implementation plan with key milestones. (Recommendation 1)
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VA officials expressed verbal agreement with this recommendation. To implement this recommendation, VA needs to develop a comprehensive supply chain management strategy that addresses the interrelationships between its various modernization relationships, and reflects key practices of organizational transformations, including an implementation plan with key milestones.
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