The 2012 Executive Budget Document
Department of Veterans Services [ http://www.dvs.virginia.gov/ ]Mission 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 Summary
|General Fund||Nongeneral Fund||Personnel Cost|
|2009 Appropriation||$ 8,011,352||$ 30,287,605||$ 26,084,380|
|2010 Appropriation||$ 7,124,145||$ 35,615,085||$ 26,084,380|
|2011 Appropriation||$ 7,280,118||$ 35,820,085||$ 29,993,385|
|2012 Appropriation||$ 8,515,991||$ 41,400,085||$ 35,738,811|
|2013 Base Budget||$ 8,515,991||$ 41,400,085||$ 35,738,811|
|2013 Addenda||$ 575,510||$ 3,028,736||$ 2,049,195|
|2013 Total||$ 9,091,501||$ 44,428,821||$ 37,788,006|
|2014 Base Budget||$ 8,515,991||$ 41,400,085||$ 35,738,811|
|2014 Addenda||$ 660,443||$ 3,934,987||$ 2,715,108|
|2014 Total||$ 9,176,434||$ 45,335,072||$ 38,453,919|
|General Fund||Nongeneral Fund||Total Positions|
|2013 Base Budget||106.00||511.00||617.00|
|2014 Base Budget||106.00||511.00||617.00|
Capital Totals for the Biennium
|$ 0||$ 461,539||$ 0|
Recommended Operating Budget Addenda
Provide funding to agencies for changes in payroll processing costsProvides funding for organizational changes related to processing payroll that are expected to achieve long term efficiencies.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ 10,494 $ 10,494
Improve the delivery of benefit services to Virginia VeteransAdds funding and positions for two additional claims agents to help improve services to Virginia's veterans and increase the number of claims filed. In FY 2010, the agency filed 26,431 claims on behalf of Virginia veterans, resulting in an estimated $122 million in new disability compensation payments.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ 127,068 $ 127,068 Authorized Positions $ 2 $ 2
Fund changes in state employee workers' compensation premiumsAdjusts the agency's budget for the general fund share of state employee workers' compensation premiums based on the allocation of FY 2013 and FY 2014 program costs provided by the Department of Human Resource Management. The allocation is based on the historical experience of the agency and reflects the current policy of providing agencies with 50 percent of any increased costs and allowing agencies to retain 50 percent of any reduced costs.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ 10,735 $ 11,645
Provide funding and positions for operation of the Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center additionProvides appropriation and positions to staff and operate the 40-bed addition to the Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center in Richmond, projected to be complete in FY 2013. The skilled nursing addition will have the capacity to deliver up to 14,600 patient days of care a year (a patient day is one patient in the care center for one day).
FY 2013 FY 2014 Nongeneral Fund $ 2,718,753 $ 3,625,004 Authorized Positions $ 51 $ 51
Adjust position level to meet new federal requirementsTransfers two unfunded positions between service areas to perform compliance surveys under the Post-9/11 GI Bill Improvement Act. The current federal appropriation under the federal contract is sufficient to pay for the additional positions, which will conduct audits of veterans education and financial aid records at all active institutions in Virginia. Compliance surveys are conducted at schools to verify enrollment data, award actions, and previous payments for accuracy and to ensure that payments made to eligible veterans are in keeping with Veterans Administration regulations.
Eliminate County Veterans Service Officer Liaison programEliminates the recently established County Veterans Services Officer (CVSO) Liaison program.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ (82,306) $ (82,306)
Adjust funding to reflect changes in information technology and telecommunication chargesAdjusts the agency's budget for the general fund share of information technology and telecommunication charges based on changes in utilization, services, and rate changes approved by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission on July 1, 2010, and September 1, 2011.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ 177,139 $ 177,139
Transfer positions to correct service areasTransfers five positions to the proper service areas.
Transfer appropriation between programsTransfers appropriation between programs to correctly reflect where revenue is earned and expenses are incurred.
Implement program to move Virginia veterans from Medicaid to VA benefitsProvides funding to fill two vacant unfunded positions, permitting the agency to partner with the Department of Medical Assistance Services to identify Virginia veterans receiving Medicaid benefits. The agency will work with these veterans to determine if they are eligible for disability and compensation benefits and for medical care through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ 128,068 $ 128,068
Distribute Central Appropriation amounts to agency budgetsAdjusts the agency budget to reflect amounts moved to or from Central Appropriations to cover the costs of items such as changes in retirement and other benefit contribution rates, as well as the distribution of other centrally funded items.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ 45,445 $ 45,445 Nongeneral Fund $ 309,983 $ 309,983
Purchase equipment using the state's Master Equipment Lease Purchase program.Provides funding for the purchase of an emergency generator through the state's Master Equipment Lease Purchase program. The equipment will be financed over a seven year period and funding will become available December 2012.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ 0 $ 77,574
Eliminate wage positionRemoves funding for a special projects coordinator wage position.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ (20,000) $ (20,000)
Provide one position for the Virginia Wounded Warrior ProgramTransfers one position between service areas to oversee the continued implementation and operation of the Virginia Veterans Corps, which is funded by a federal AmeriCorps grant. The AmeriCorps grant provides stipends to 20 unpaid volunteer "navigators" working in Wounded Warrior community-partner agencies to assist Virginia service members, veterans, Guardsmen, and Reservists, and their families in accessing mental health and rehabilitative care.
Reduce discretionary expensesReduces printing and public relations expenses at the Virginia War Memorial.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ (14,905) $ (14,905)
Delay equipment replacement at veterans cemeteriesExtends the timeframe for replacement of equipment such as a backhoe, dump truck, and riding mowers.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ (22,593) $ (22,593)
Implement Virginia Homeless Veterans InitiativeProvides funding and positions for two Homeless Veterans Coordinators, who will, community by community, help build local coalitions and continuums of care to provide veterans access to available resources, including housing vouchers, employment support, and social services.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ 197,018 $ 197,018 Authorized Positions $ 2 $ 2
Adjust funding to reflect changes in rent charges at the seat of governmentProvides additional funding to cover the general fund share of increased rent charges at the seat of government. The rent rate increase, the first in six years, results from additional costs to maintain facilities.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ 19,347 $ 25,796
Recommended Capital Budget Addenda
Increase funding for maintenance reserveAdds appropriation to implement maintenance reserve projects required to allow the continued use of existing facilities.
FY 2011 FY 2012 Nongeneral Fund 0 461539