Veterans benefits (1 - 10 of 79 items)
Military Personnel: Performance Measures Needed to Determine How Well DOD's Credentialing Program Helps Servicemembers [Reissued on October 21, 2016]
GAO-17-133: Published: Oct 17, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 2016.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has taken steps to establish the statutorily required credentialing program, but it has not developed performance measures to gauge the program's effectiveness. Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) officials are in the process of coordinating a draft DOD instruction for the program that will assign responsibilities and prescribe procedures for its operation, and...
Veterans Crisis Line: Additional Testing, Monitoring, and Information Needed to Ensure Better Quality Service
GAO-16-373: Published: May 26, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 2016.
GAO found that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) did not meet its call response time goals for the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL), although extended call wait times were not common. VA's goal is to answer 90 percent of VCL calls at the VCL primary center within 30 seconds. Currently, calls not answered within 30 seconds route to VCL backup call centers; however, for 5 months of fiscal year 2015,...
Veterans Justice Outreach Program: VA Could Improve Management by Establishing Performance Measures and Fully Assessing Risks
GAO-16-393: Published: Apr 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2016.
The Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) Program—created by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)—operates through VA medical centers to provide services to veterans involved in local criminal justice systems, and in fiscal year 2015 served about 46,500 veterans, mostly men and many diagnosed with mental health or substance abuse problems. Officials from VA medical centers manage more than 260 VJ...
Veteran-Owned Small Businesses: VA Improved Its Verification Program but Lacks an Effective Operational Plan for Ongoing Efforts
GAO-16-129: Published: Mar 21, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 2016.
Since GAO's 2013 report, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) took significant steps to improve how it verifies and communicates with veteran-owned small businesses, consistent with several of GAO's previous recommendations. VA reported that due to process improvements, it reduced average application processing times by more than 50 percent—from 85 days in 2012 to 41 in 2015. VA reported that...
Adaptive Sports Grant Program: VA Has Taken Steps toward Better Grantee Selection and Oversight, but Additional Actions Needed
GAO-15-791: Published: Sep 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2015.
From December 2013 through September 2014, VA developed implementing regulations, announced availability of funding, and selected grantees—ultimately awarding 69 grants from a pool of 161 applications to receive funding under its adaptive sports grant program. VA selected grantees in three steps, including (1) eliminating non-qualifying applications, (2) scoring and ranking qualifying applicatio...
Veterans' Employment: Need for Further Workshops Should Be Considered before Making Decisions on Their Future
GAO-15-518: Published: Jul 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2015.
The Department of Labor (DOL) was required by law to provide employment workshops to veterans and their spouses in a pilot program. In response, DOL used the same 3-day employment workshops for the pilot that it provides to servicemembers on military bases as part of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) in order to implement the pilot within time and resource constraints, according to DOL offic...
VA Real Property: Actions Underway to Improve the Leasing of Outpatient Clinics
GAO-15-723T: Published: Jun 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2015.
In its April 2014 report, GAO found that schedules were delayed and costs increased for the majority of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) leased outpatient projects reviewed. As of January 2014, GAO found that 39 of the 41 projects reviewed—with a contract value of about $2.5 billion—experienced schedule delays, ranging from 6 months to 13.3 years, with an average delay of 3.3 years. Th...
Transitioning Veterans: Improved Oversight Needed to Enhance Implementation of Transition Assistance Program
GAO-14-144: Published: Mar 5, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 2014.
The Departments of Defense (DOD), Labor (DOL), and Veterans Affairs (VA) have implemented most of the key components of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), a gateway to information and services available to servicemembers transitioning to civilian life. However, the agencies are still in the process of implementing other key components of TAP. While originally planned for October 2013, agenci...
VA Health Care: Additional Steps Needed to Strengthen Beneficiary Travel Program Management and Oversight
GAO-13-632: Published: Jul 15, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2013.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has developed efforts to improve the Beneficiary Travel Program, but lack of internal controls may impede their effectiveness. Specifically, VHA has developed multiple efforts to improve the management and oversight of its process for reimbursing veterans' travel expenses for medical appointments, as well as the timeline...
Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program: Additional Improvements to Fraud Prevention Controls Are Needed
GAO-12-205T: Published: Nov 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2011.
This testimony discusses the fraud prevention controls within the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) program at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Today's testimony summarizes our report, released today, on the design of VA's fraud prevention controls within the SDVOSB verification program, including recent improvements in controls. The SDVOSB program is intended to provi...