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Veterans Justice Outreach Program: Further Actions to Identify and Address Barriers to Participation Would Promote Access to Services

GAO-21-564
Sep 14, 2021
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Department of Veterans Affairs The Under Secretary for Health should develop and use detailed project plans that define all work activities, time frames, resources, and interim milestones to guide implementation and monitor progress toward achieving objectives and planned actions outlined in VJO's strategic plan related to identifying and addressing barriers justice-involved veterans may face in accessing VJO specialists. (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 Under Secretary for Health should improve training to help VJO specialists conduct targeted outreach to justice-involved veterans, through jail administrators, to increase justice-involved veterans' awareness and understanding of VJO and other program services available to certain justice-involved veterans with other than honorable discharges. (Recommendation 2)
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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 Under Secretary for Health should enhance its planning for research on the justice-involved veteran population by defining and prioritizing all activities needed to complete planned actions, establishing milestones, and identifying the resources needed to accomplish the program's research objectives. (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.

COVID-19: VA Should Assess Its Oversight of Infection Prevention and Control in Community Living Centers

GAO-21-559
Jul 28, 2021
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Department of Veterans Affairs The Department of Veterans Affairs Under Secretary for Health should conduct a retrospective assessment of VA's oversight of infection prevention and control in CLCs during the COVID-19 pandemic to identify lessons learned and be better prepared for 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 with Disabilities: VA Could Better Inform Veterans with Disabilities about Their Education Benefit Options

GAO-21-450
Jul 28, 2021
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Department of Veterans Affairs The Secretary of VA should take steps to provide veterans with additional information that VR&E can help those with service-connected disabilities pay for education. For example, VA could review and evaluate its websites and written communications to identify ways to better promote the breadth of services that the VR&E program provides, including education benefits. (Recommendation 1)
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VA agreed with this recommendation and will said it will, among other things, review and revise VA webpages and written communications regarding VR&E educational benefits. We will consider closing this recommendation when VA completes these efforts.
Department of Veterans Affairs The Secretary of VA should take steps to provide veterans with disabilities information about the comparative features of the GI Bill and VR&E programs. For example, VA could include a side-by-side comparison chart, or interactive tool, on its GI Bill Comparison Tool to inform veterans about the differences and similarities between the GI Bill and VR&E. (Recommendation 2)
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VA agreed with this recommendation and said it will develop a side-by-side comparison chart to inform veterans on the differences and similarities between the GI Bill and VR&E programs, among other things. We will consider closing this recommendation when VA completes this and any other efforts.

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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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.
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