RAO Bulletin Update 01 May 2018

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD 04 == NPRC Lost Records [05] —- (3K-5K Restored Weekly) 05 == Defense Health Agency [09] —- (TRICARE Overpaid $16.2M for Breast Pumps) 06 == DoD Blended Retirement System [01] —- (Retention Concerns) 06 == Afghan AWOL’s —- (9 of 150 AWOL Trainees in U.S. Remain Unaccounted For) […]

Nearly $700 Million in State Veterans Home Funding Leads to New Construction Projects

Recently the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it will use $685 million in funding from Congress to fund several State Veterans Home construction projects through the VA State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program. The new funding can be used where needed for repairs, renovation or new construction, and is part of an Omnibus Bill […]

“Prescribed to Death” opioid memorial raises awareness of prescription drug crisis

I’m Robert Wilkie. I’m visiting the National Safety Council’s “Prescribed to Death” opioid memorial. The memorial is currently located here at the White House. It’s part of President Trump’s Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand. Inside, 22,000 faces are engraved on small, white pills. Each symbolizes the tragic story of […]

VA Updates and Improves Assistance Program for Transitioning Service Members

As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) ongoing efforts to help transitioning service members navigate and understand VA’s various benefits, the agency recently updated VA’s briefing portion of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) – an interagency initiative authorized as a voluntary program in 1991 under the National Defense Authorization Act and made mandatory under the […]

VA Takes Decisive Actions to Move off GAO High-Risk List

Recently the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced actions it will take to address challenges and issues identified by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) when it placed VA on its High-Risk List. The move is designed to address lingering deficiencies in its health-care system once and for all. Every two years, GAO calls attention to agencies and […]

Statement by Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie – Congress Must Pass Choice Bill Now to Give Best Care Options to our Veterans

Today marks four years since the disastrous wait-time scandal in Phoenix came to light, where long wait times at the Phoenix VA and at other department facilities nationwide led to unconscionable delays in receiving care. Following that scandal, Congress passed the bipartisan VA Choice legislation that allowed Veterans to seek care in the private sector […]

VA Takes Significant Step in Improving Correspondence With Veterans

As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) ongoing improvement of managing taxpayer dollars, the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) has deployed the Centralized Benefits Communications Management Program (CBCM) nationally. The program represents a new centralized printing and mailing process system designed to improve productivity and streamline correspondence with Veterans on compensation benefits and […]

VA to host Nationwide ‘Baby Shower’ for Mother’s Day

To honor and support Veterans welcoming new children into their families in 2018, 60 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers (VAMC) around the country will host baby showers between May 5-16, the weeks surrounding Mother’s Day, in partnership with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. “The Nationwide Baby Shower will ensure Veterans have what they need […]