The department should ensure that Veterans Services continues to pursue its various initiatives related to gathering veteransí contact information and increasing veteransí awareness of the benefits and services available to them. Additionally, the department should pursue efforts to update its Web site to ensure that it contains current, accurate, and useful information for veteransí reference.
In its one-year response, the department also reported that Veterans Services is continuing its efforts to gather veteransí contact information. Specifically, the department stated that in January 2010 it launched Operation Welcome Home, which is the governorís initiative to help veterans transition to civilian life once their military service ends. The department indicated that this effort formalizes and strengthens the initiatives discussed in the bureauís audit report to ensure contact information is collected from active duty and veterans attendees at outreach activities such as Transitional Assistance Program classes, Yellow Ribbon Program events, and other outreach events. The department reported that Veterans Services now has approximately 28,000 contacts in its veterans reintegration management system database. The department stated that Operation Welcome Home has formalized the departmentís relationship with the Employment Development Department and other state and local agencies to ensure that Veterans Services receives veteransí contact information. The department explained that Operation Welcome Home uses the veteransí contact information to make structured personal contact with veterans to assist them in receiving the services and benefits they have earned. Finally, the department has updated its Web site. (2011-406, p. 227)
†Response Type refers to the interval in which the auditee is providing the State Auditor with their status in implementing recommendations made in an audit report. Auditees must submit a response regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year or subsequent to one year.
*Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.