The 2009 Executive Budget Document
Department of Veterans ServicesMission Statement
The Department of Veterans Services serves Virginia’s veterans and their beneficiaries by ensuring they receive the benefits, support, quality care, and recognition they have earned through service and sacrifice.Operating Budget History
|General Fund||Nongeneral Fund||Positions|
|2005 Appropriation||$ 2,544,271||$ 14,216,430||295.00|
|2006 Appropriation||$ 3,568,102||$ 14,256,630||308.00|
|2007 Appropriation||$ 4,489,637||$ 17,700,072||402.00|
|2008 Appropriation||$ 5,764,721||$ 27,814,841||602.00|
|General Fund||Nongeneral Fund||Positions|
|2009 Base Budget||$ 8,548,041||$ 30,287,605||610.00|
|2009 Addenda||$ (586,689)||$ 0||(1.00)|
|2009 Total||$ 7,961,352||$ 30,287,605||609.00|
|2010 Base Budget||$ 8,048,041||$ 30,287,605||610.00|
|2010 Addenda||$ (596,380)||$ 5,122,114||(1.00)|
|2010 Total||$ 7,451,661||$ 35,409,719||609.00|
Recommended Operating Budget Addenda
Adjust appropriation to reflect federal fundsIncreases appropriation to reflect the receipt of a federal subsidy for residents at state veterans care centers. This amendment also increases the agency's special fund revenue to reflect an increase in the number of spousal or dependent burials at the state veterans cemeteries, with an offsetting decrease in federal funds. For 2010, $5.1 million (NGF).
Reflect Governor’s October reductions in agency budgetsReflects the reductions approved by Governor Kaine in October 2008 for 2009 and the corresponding continuation of savings in 2010. See Part D of this document for reduction details. For 2009, a decrease of $586,689 (GF) and one position. For 2010, a decrease of $576,258 (GF).
Implement targeted reductionsImplements targeted reductions for 2009 and 2010 included in Governor Kaine's 2008-2010 Budget Reduction Plan. Reduction details can be found in Part D of this document. For 2010, a decrease of $20,122 (GF).
Budget Reduction Strategies
October Reduction Strategies
Eliminate wage position
Consolidates the community outreach function within the Wounded Warrior program, thereby eliminating one wage position.
FY 2009 FY 2010 General Fund Savings $ (47,837) $ (63,783)
Leave positions vacant
Freezes recruitment for two benefit services district managers and two benefit agent positions.
FY 2009 FY 2010 General Fund Savings $ (194,414) $ (194,414)
Realign administrative offices
Eliminates an executive support position and reclassifies a policy and planning position.
FY 2009 FY 2010 General Fund Savings $ (77,681) $ (77,681) Position Changes (1.00) (1.00) Layoffs 1 0
Reduce capital project support cost
Reduce the amount of services purchased from the Department of Mental Health for capital project support.
FY 2009 FY 2010 General Fund Savings $ (19,276) $ (21,967)
Reduce discretionary cost
Reduces operating expenses at the Virginia War Memorial, including travel, office supplies, printing, postage, and architectural and engineering services.
FY 2009 FY 2010 General Fund Savings $ (24,595) $ (24,595)
Reduce grants to communities
Reduces the amount of operating grants to be awarded to community services boards for the Wounded Warrior program.
FY 2009 FY 2010 General Fund Savings $ (27,922) $ (27,922)
Reduce part-time positions
Eliminates a part-time administrative assistant position and a contract position.
FY 2009 FY 2010 General Fund Savings $ (21,584) $ 0
Reduce part-time wages
Reduces the hours of part-time staff for contract and procurement.
FY 2009 FY 2010 General Fund Savings $ (43,078) $ (43,078)
Reduce project cost
Limits the next phase of the TurboVet project to conducting a pilot program in selected field offices using the application previously developed.
FY 2009 FY 2010 General Fund Savings $ (50,000) $ 0
Reduce wage positions
Eliminates a part-time administrative position and a part-time claims examiner position.
FY 2009 FY 2010 General Fund Savings $ (23,624) $ (47,248)
Transitions part-time staff between projects.
FY 2009 FY 2010 General Fund Savings $ (56,678) $ (75,570)
December Reduction Strategies
Reduce cost for supplies and equipment
Reduces expenditures for supplies and equipment.
FY 2009 FY 2010 General Fund Savings $ 0 $ (10,000)
Remove additional funding for pay practices
Removes the half-percent pay practices funding granted to Executive branch agencies in the 2006-08 biennium.
FY 2009 FY 2010 General Fund Savings $ 0 $ (10,122)