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More Bad Accounting in Veterans Health Care

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Government Accountability Office says the
Veterans Affairs Department is still lowballing budget estimates to
Congress to keep spending down.
A report released today finds the VA's strategic plan covering
2007 to 2013 uses cost assumptions and projections that are simply
unrealistic.
The report comes amid an expected surge in demand for care from veterans, and highlights the Bush administration's problems in
planning for the treatment of veterans that President Barack Obama
has pledged to fix.
The GAO report says the VA undercut and underestimated costs by
hundreds of millions of dollars in some cases, while vastly
overstating other types of care it planned to provide.
The VA's new secretary, Retired Gen. Eric Shinseki, has promised
to submit "credible and adequate" budget requests to Congress in
the future.


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