Sneak Preview: VA Plans To Revise GPDP Application Procedures

April 27, 2012 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to update its Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program (GPDP) application and oversight procedures within the next year in response to VA Office of Inspector General recommendations to improve the program’s effectiveness and address security concerns.

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provides GPDP awards to nonprofit organizations and government entities that offer outreach, rehabilitative services, vocational counseling and training, and traditional housing assistance to homeless veterans. A recent VA OIG audit evaluated GPDP grant providers offering services prior to March 31, 2011.

The OIG found that the program is providing vital services to homeless veterans, but VHA’s policies and procedures did not consistently ensure the safety, security and privacy of veterans. For example, the OIG found that eight out of 26 GPDP applications that VHA reviewed did not clearly state the gender of the veteran homeless population the grant application proposed to support. “Without a clear understanding of the homeless population to be supported, VA medical facilities cannot determine what risks are associated with the populations and adequately monitor the provider’s safety and security arrangements,” the OIG added.

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