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Department of Veterans Affairs

  Annual FTEs General Fund State Other Funds Total Funds
  (Dollars in Thousands)
Estimated Expenditures 859.0 33,779 123,885 157,664

2017-19 Maintenance Other Changes

Revenue Shortfall 0.0 10,550 0 10,550
2017-19 Maintenance Other Changes Total 0.0 10,550 0 10,550
Total Maintenance Changes 0.0 10,550 0 10,550
2017-19 Maintenance Level 859.0 44,329 123,885 168,214

2017-19 Policy Other Changes

Payee Automated System 0.0 203 0 203
2017-19 Policy Other Changes Total 0.0 203 0 203
Total Policy Changes 0.0 203 0 203
2017-19 Policy Level 859.0 44,532 123,885 168,417

Policy Changes

Revenue Shortfall

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) is unable to generate enough revenue to cover all of its expenses. The WDVA pays for the operational costs for the state veterans homes through reimbursements from Medicaid, Medicare, Veterans Administration per diem, and private insurance. In recent years, the WDVA has taken steps to maximize revenue through the daily census and improve resource utilization group (RUG) scores. The department has also made efforts to reduce overtime costs and other expenditures, yet a revenue shortfall remains. Funding is provided to ensure continued operations at the four state veterans homes.

Payee Automated System

In May 2018, an external application and network penetration test was conducted by the State Auditor's Office (SAO) on select Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs systems. The automated system for the current fiduciary management program was discovered to be vulnerable to system attacks. One-time funding is provided to replace the existing payee automated system which will ensure protection of client data and funds.