Enhancing Cross-Cultural Collaboration between DoD and VA
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS WASHINGTON DC
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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.
- Government and Political Science
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Military Forces and Organizations