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Department of Veteran Affairs: Information Security and Information Technology Management Reorganization

Department of Veteran Affairs: Information Security and Information Technology Management Reorganization

Date: August 14, 2006
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: On May 3, 2006, the home of a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) data analyst was burglarized, resulting in the theft of a laptop computer and an external data storage device that was reported to contain personal information on more than 26 million veterans and United States military personnel. The VA Secretary testified that he was not informed of the incident until May 16, 2006, almost two weeks after the data had been stolen. VA publicly announced the theft on May 22. On June 29, VA announced that the stolen laptop computer and external hard drive had been recovered intact and that, based on a forensic examination conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the files on the external hard drive had not been compromised.
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Department of Veterans Affairs FY2016 Appropriations: In Brief

Department of Veterans Affairs FY2016 Appropriations: In Brief

Date: November 9, 2015
Creator: Panangala, Sidath V.
Description: This report discusses budget issues for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which provides a range of benefits and services to veterans who meet certain eligibility rules.
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Department of Veterans Affairs FY2016 Appropriations: In Brief

Department of Veterans Affairs FY2016 Appropriations: In Brief

Date: October 22, 2015
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: This report discusses budget issues for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which provides a range of benefits and services to veterans who meet certain eligibility rules.
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Department of Veterans Affairs FY2016 Appropriations: In Brief

Department of Veterans Affairs FY2016 Appropriations: In Brief

Date: November 18, 2015
Creator: Panangala, Sidath V.
Description: This report discusses budget issues for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which provides a range of benefits and services to veterans who meet certain eligibility rules.
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Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs: Status of the Integrated Electronic Health Record (iEHR)

Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs: Status of the Integrated Electronic Health Record (iEHR)

Date: February 26, 2013
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga & Jansen, Don J.
Description: The purpose of this report is to provide a background on the long-standing efforts in sharing health information between Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
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Disability Benefits Available Under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Veterans Disability Compensation (VDC) Programs

Disability Benefits Available Under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Veterans Disability Compensation (VDC) Programs

Date: June 17, 2010
Creator: Moulta-Ali, Umar
Description: This report seeks to clarify why one group of individuals with disabilities may be eligible for benefits under Veteran's Disability Compensation (VDC), but ineligible for benefits under Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) (and vice versa), through a description and comparison of several distinguishing characteristics of the SSDI and VDC programs. This report concludes with a discussion of the challenges facing the administration of both programs, including processing delays for pending claims and appeals.
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Disability Benefits Available Under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Veterans Disability Compensation (VDC) Programs

Disability Benefits Available Under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Veterans Disability Compensation (VDC) Programs

Date: September 12, 2012
Creator: Moulta-Ali, Umar
Description: This report seeks to clarify why one group of individuals with disabilities may be eligible for benefits under Veteran's Disability Compensation (VDC), but ineligible for benefits under Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) (and vice versa), through a description and comparison of several distinguishing characteristics of the SSDI and VDC programs. This report concludes with a discussion of the challenges facing the administration of both programs, including processing delays for pending claims and appeals.
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Disability Evaluation of Military Servicemembers

Disability Evaluation of Military Servicemembers

Date: January 27, 2009
Creator: Scott, Christine; Panangala, Sidath V.; Henning, Charles A. & Szymendera, Scott
Description: This report is intended as a primer to describe disability evaluation in general, including evaluations used by the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in addition to civilian evaluations used by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and by workers' compensation programs. It also describes the DOD and VA disability rating processes in greater detail as well as recent congressional and executive actions and recommendations regarding DOD and VA disability evaluations.
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Disability Evaluation of Military Servicemembers

Disability Evaluation of Military Servicemembers

Date: October 21, 2008
Creator: Scott, Christine; Panangala, Sidath V. & Henning, Charles A.
Description: This report is intended as a primer to describe disability evaluation in general, including evaluations used by the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in addition to civilian evaluations used by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and by workers' compensation programs.
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Educational Assistance Programs Administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Educational Assistance Programs Administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Date: March 15, 2011
Creator: Dortch, Cassandria
Description: This report provides a detailed description of the six educational assistance programs that are available to veterans or other eligible individuals through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Although the programs are administered by the VA, some of the funding for the programs is provided by the Department of Defense (DOD), which transfers monies from its education trust fund to the VA for disbursement.
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Employment for Veterans: Trends and Programs

Employment for Veterans: Trends and Programs

Date: February 20, 2014
Creator: Collins, Benjamin; Dilger, Robert Jay; Dortch, Cassandria; Kapp, Lawrence; Lowry, Sean & Perl, Libby
Description: This report discusses veterans' employment trends and programs. The first section presents data on veterans' employment outcomes, identifying recent trends, and discussing issues to consider when interpreting veterans' employment data. The following sections present brief discussions of existing programs that provide employment-related services to veterans. These services are divided into (1) general programs that are broadly available to veterans, (2) programs that target veterans with service-connected disabilities, and (3) competitive grant programs that provide additional employment-related services to veterans but may be limited in scope or availability.
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Employment for Veterans: Trends and Programs

Employment for Veterans: Trends and Programs

Date: January 10, 2013
Creator: Collins, Benjamin; Bradley, David H.; Dilger, Robert Jay; Dortch, Cassandria; Kapp, Lawrence; Lowry, Sean et al.
Description: Veterans' employment outcomes in the civilian labor market are an issue of ongoing congressional interest. This report offers introductory data on veterans' performance in the civilian labor market as well as a discussion of veteran-targeted federal programs that provide employment-related benefits and services.
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Employment for Veterans: Trends and Programs

Employment for Veterans: Trends and Programs

Date: October 23, 2012
Creator: Collins, Benjamin; Bradley, David H.; Dortch, Cassandria; Kapp, Lawrence & Scott, Christine
Description: This report discusses veterans' employment trends and programs. The first section presents data on veterans' employment outcomes, identifying recent trends, and discussing issues to consider when interpreting veterans' employment data. The following sections present brief discussions of existing programs that provide employment-related services to veterans. These services are divided into (1) general programs that are broadly available to veterans, (2) programs that target veterans with service-connected disabilities, and (3) competitive grant programs that provide additional employment-related services to veterans but may be limited in scope or availability.
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Expedited Removal Authority for VA Senior Executives (38 U.S.C. § 713): Selected Legal Issues

Expedited Removal Authority for VA Senior Executives (38 U.S.C. § 713): Selected Legal Issues

Date: August 21, 2015
Creator: Nicola, Thomas J.
Description: This report discusses selected legal issues relating to the authority for summary removal of individuals in senior executive positions at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Section 707 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act, P.L. 113-146, enacted on August 7, 2014, created this authority by adding Section 713 to Title 38 of the United States Code. It authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to remove an individual in a senior executive position from federal service or transfer him or her to a position in the General Schedule if the Secretary determines that the individual's performance or misconduct warrants removal.
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Expedited Removal Authority for VA Senior Executives (38 U.S.C. § 713): Selected Legal Issues

Expedited Removal Authority for VA Senior Executives (38 U.S.C. § 713): Selected Legal Issues

Date: November 10, 2015
Creator: Nicola, Thomas J.
Description: This report discusses selected legal issues relating to the authority for summary removal of individuals in senior executive positions at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Expedited Removal Authority for VA Senior Executives (38 U.S.C. § 713): Selected Legal Issues

Expedited Removal Authority for VA Senior Executives (38 U.S.C. § 713): Selected Legal Issues

Date: March 4, 2016
Creator: Nicola, Thomas J.
Description: This report discusses selected legal issues relating to the authority for summary removal of individuals in senior executive positions at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Federal Holidays: Evolution and Current Practices

Federal Holidays: Evolution and Current Practices

Date: May 9, 2014
Creator: Straus, Jacob R.
Description: This report discusses the creation of federal holidays, how holidays affect employee pay, and recent holiday legislation.
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FY2012 Budget Highlights for the Human Resources "Superfunction": Education, Training, Social Services, Health, Income Security, and Veterans

FY2012 Budget Highlights for the Human Resources "Superfunction": Education, Training, Social Services, Health, Income Security, and Veterans

Date: May 17, 2011
Creator: Spar, Karen & Falk, Gene
Description: This CRS report highlights spending trends and key policy initiatives in the President's February budget and April Framework, and in the House-passed budget resolution, for the six functional categories of the federal budget that comprise the human resources "superfunction." The six human resources functions (and their function codes) are education, training, employment, and social services, health, Medicare, income security, social security, veterans benefits and services.
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FY2016 NDAA: A Comparison of House and Senate Provisions for Military Retirement Reform

FY2016 NDAA: A Comparison of House and Senate Provisions for Military Retirement Reform

Date: June 4, 2015
Creator: Kamarck, Kristy N.
Description: This report discusses the military retirement system, which is a funded, noncontributory, defined benefit system that provides a monthly annuity to servicemembers after 20 years of qualifying service.
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GI Bills Enacted Prior to 2008 and Related Veterans' Educational Assistance Programs: A Primer

GI Bills Enacted Prior to 2008 and Related Veterans' Educational Assistance Programs: A Primer

Date: October 22, 2012
Creator: Dortch, Cassandria
Description: This report describes the GI Bills enacted prior to 2008. Although participation in the programs has ended or is declining, the programs' evolution and provisions inform current policy. Included is a description of the eligibility requirements, eligible programs of education, benefit availability, and benefits. The report also provides some summary statistics, comparisons between the programs, and brief discussions of related programs.
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GI Bills Enacted Prior to 2008 and Related Veterans' Educational Assistance Programs: A Primer

GI Bills Enacted Prior to 2008 and Related Veterans' Educational Assistance Programs: A Primer

Date: January 29, 2016
Creator: Dortch, Cassandria
Description: This report describes the GI Bills enacted prior to 2008. Although participation in the programs has ended or is declining, the programs' evolution and provisions inform current policy. Included is a description of the eligibility requirements, eligible programs of education, benefit availability, and benefits. The report also provides some summary statistics, comparisons between the programs, and brief discussions of related programs.
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Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses

Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses

Date: April 11, 1997
Creator: Redhead, C. Stephen
Description: None
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Health Care for Dependents and Survivors of Veterans

Health Care for Dependents and Survivors of Veterans

Date: April 4, 2013
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga
Description: This report discusses the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA), which is primarily a health insurance program where certain eligible dependents and survivors of veterans receive care from private sector health care providers. This report provides information regarding eligibility requirements, available benefits, and payment structures.
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Health Care for Dependents and Survivors of Veterans

Health Care for Dependents and Survivors of Veterans

Date: March 3, 2016
Creator: Panangala, Sidath V.
Description: This report discusses the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA), which is primarily a health insurance program where certain eligible dependents and survivors of veterans receive care from private sector health care providers. The report provides information regarding eligibility requirements, available benefits, and payment structures.
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