Accession Number : ADA592710


Title :   Enhancing Cross-Cultural Collaboration between DoD and VA


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS WASHINGTON DC


Personal Author(s) : Picardo, Patrick W


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a592710.pdf


Report Date : 27 Apr 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 52


Abstract : The United States Government is facing an enormous budget deficit of over $1 trillion for a third straight year, and the call to streamline and cut spending is resonating. The need to improve performance and increase efficiency has forged an even greater effort to improve the relationship between the two largest government agencies: the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). However, after decades of collaboration between the DoD and the VA there remain significant challenges that need to be overcome to improve the partnership. Some of these challenges include a lack of unity of effort that would synchronize the organizations' diverse cultures, insufficient programs and policy implementation, inadequate oversight and accountability, and duplicative programs. This paper examines current DoD and VA collaboration efforts; reviews existing policies, procedures, and legislation; and identifies factors that may have impeded the collaboration process. The paper concludes by offering recommendations for a better future.


Descriptors :   *ACCOUNTABILITY , *COOPERATION , *CULTURAL DIFFERENCES , *DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , *INTERAGENCY COORDINATION , *MEDICAL SERVICES , *TRANSITIONS , BENEFITS , DEFICIENCIES , HISTORY , INFORMATION EXCHANGE , LEGISLATION , MILITARY PERSONNEL , ORGANIZATIONAL REALIGNMENT , POLICIES , REDUNDANCY , VETERANS(MILITARY PERSONNEL)


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Medicine and Medical Research
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE