Veterans Affairs Department contractors did not reach the department's compliance rate for properly documenting when a veteran receives additional counseling sessions in a program for veterans who don't have access to the services at Vet Centers, an Aug. 16 VA inspector general report (.pdf) says.
The Housing and Urban Development and the Veterans Affairs departments will provide $7.8 million for housing and clinical services to 1,120 homeless veterans, an Aug. 21 VA statement says.
The Helping Heroes Fly Act, which passed the House and Senate unanimously, directs the Transportation Security Administration to work with the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments to develop a process that will facilitate screening for "severely injured or disabled" servicemembers and veterans.
The Obama administration announced two new collaborative efforts to research mild traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder in military servicemembers and veterans. The Defense and Veterans Affairs department are establishing two research consortia with a $107 million investment over a 5-year period, the VA said in an Aug. 10 release.
Wider use of purchase cards could save the Veterans Health Administration $24 million annually, a report from the Veterans Affairs Department office of inspector general says. The VHA spent about $3 billion on purchases worth $3,000 or less in fiscal 2012, earning it more than $65 million in rebates.
President Obama assured disabled veterans Aug. 10 that the disability backlog was being reduced, albeit more slowly than planned. "Now, the last time I was with you, I pledged to cut the backlog, slash those wait times, deliver your benefits sooner," Obama said at a Disabled American Veterans' convention in Orlando, Fla.
The power to verify Veteran-Owned Small Businesses, including those owned by service-disabled vets, would be transferred to the Small Business Administration from the Veterans Affairs Department because SBA could do it cheaper and better, says a press release announcing a bill introduced July 31 by House Small Business Committee Member Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.).
The Veterans Affairs Department doesn't know how much it's spending on consulting services and the Government Accountability Office couldn't find the data to tell the agency, a July 30 GAO report (.pdf) says.
A small percentage of schools received the majority of Veterans Affairs Department funding in fiscal 2011, and those schools enrolled a lower number of low-income students than most VA funded schools, a July 25 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) says.
Top agency managers could leave in droves over the next 5 years and to fill those vacancies the federal government needs to better utilize tools like the Candidate Development Programs and simply the hiring process, a July 23 Partnership for Public Service report says. The report says that two-thirds of the Senior Executive Service – made up of top managerial and policy positions in agencies – will be retirement eligible in the next 5 years.