Tag Archives: Department of Veterans Affairs

Disclosing Wrongdoing: How to Improve Protections for Federal Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers help protect the government from waste, fraud, and abuse by reporting potential wrongdoing. Because there’s a risk of reprisal, such as being fired or reassigned, it’s important to safeguard whistleblowers’ identities and the information they provide. For National Whistleblower … Continue reading

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GAO’s 2019 Priority Recommendation Letters

Our stock-in-trade is making recommendations to agencies to help improve government operations and reduce costs. And we make a lot of recommendations—as of this month, we have over 4,700 open recommendations. To help agency leaders focus on the most important … Continue reading

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GAO’s Information Technology & Cybersecurity Team

GAO’s workforce is organized largely by subject area, with most employees working in one of our 15 mission teams. Today we’ll be putting the spotlight on our Information Technology & Cybersecurity (ITC) team, which helps the government respond to the … Continue reading

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GAO’s 2019 High-Risk List Update

Today we released our 2019 High Risk List, which includes 35 areas that we consider to be at high risk for waste, fraud, abuse, or mismanagement, or in need of transformation. Since our 2017 report, the rankings for more than … Continue reading

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VA’s Suicide Prevention Media Outreach Campaign (video)

After military service, many veterans struggle with mental health conditions and other hardships that put them at higher risk for suicide. The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that an average of 20 veterans die by suicide each day. Preventing veteran … Continue reading

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Information Technology and Veterans Affairs

Avid readers of the WatchBlog have seen some of our many posts on veterans’ access to health care and other support services, such as disability payments. Despite years of attempts to correct ongoing problems with health care and disability benefits, … Continue reading

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Housing with Supportive Services for Veterans

The Department of Housing and Urban Development estimated that nearly 40,000 veterans were homeless as of January 2016—making up about 10 percent of all people experiencing homelessness. To help, the government is converting unneeded federal property into supportive housing for … Continue reading

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Veterans Health Administration Management Challenges (podcast)

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provides health care to the nation’s veterans, including everything from treating post-traumatic stress disorder, to providing surgical care, to caring for an aging veteran population. But VHA’s human capital challenges—including skills gaps and inadequate training … Continue reading

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Housing for Homeless Veterans through VA’s Enhanced-Use Lease Program (interactive graphics)

Approximately 39,000 U.S. veterans were homeless as of January 2016 due to factors such as mental health issues and substance abuse. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ enhanced-use lease program turns unused federal buildings into affordable housing for homeless veterans. This … Continue reading

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Health Care for Women Veterans (podcast)

The Department of Veterans Affairs has policies intended to help ensure the privacy, safety, and dignity of women veterans when they receive medical care at its facilities. For example, exam rooms must have privacy curtains and exam tables must face … Continue reading

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