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Department of Veterans Affairs

  Average Annual FTEs Near General Fund State Other Funds Total Funds
  (Dollars in Thousands)
Current Budget 860.2 49,723 128,116 177,839
2019-21 Maintenance Level 880.2 48,351 142,116 190,467
Difference from 2017-19 20.0 (1,372) 14,000 12,628
% Change from 2017-19 2.3% (2.8%) 10.9% 7.1%

2019-21 Policy Other Changes

Home Operations Director 1.0 345 0 345
LGBTQ Veteran Coordinator 0.50 155 0 155
Veterans Farm Grant 0.0 0 621 621
VA Case Manager Grant 0.0 0 197 197
King County Vet Corps 0.0 0 365 365
2019-21 Policy Other Changes Total 1.5 500 1,183 1,683

2019-21 Policy Comp Changes

PERS & TRS Plan 1 Benefit Increase 0.0 19 0 19
2019-21 Policy Comp Changes Total 0.0 19 0 19

2019-21 Policy Central Services Changes

Archives/Records Management 0.0 2 0 2
Attorney General 0.0 1 0 1
DES Central Services 0.0 13 0 13
OFM Central Services 0.0 999 0 999
2019-21 Policy Central Services Changes Total 0.0 1,015 0 1,015
Total Policy Changes 1.5 1,534 1,183 2,717
2019-21 Policy Level 881.7 49,885 143,299 193,184
Difference from 2017-19 21.5 162 15,183 15,345
% Change from 2017-19 2.5% 0.33% 11.9% 8.6%

Policy Changes

DES Central Services

Adjustments are made to reflect each agency’s anticipated share of charges from the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) for campus rent, utilities, parking, and contracts; capital project surcharges; financing cost recovery; public and historic facilities; real estate services; risk management services; personnel service rates; the Perry Street child care center; small agency services; and the department’s enterprise applications. (General Fund - State)

OFM Central Services

Adjustments are made to reflect each agency’s anticipated share of charges from the Office of Financial Management (OFM) for statewide financial applications, One Washington, and other OFM central services. (General Fund - State)

Home Operations Director

The Washington State Veterans Homes program has continued to expand and now includes four facilities and employs over 750 FTE staff across the state. Funding is provided to establish a Veterans Home Operations Director position to provide strategic and operational leadership in the highly regulated field of long-time care. (General Fund - State)

LGBTQ Veteran Coordinator

Under the former federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) members of the U.S. Armed Forces received less than honorable discharges because of their sexuality or gender identity, which severely limits earned benefits and eligibility for services provided by the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs. Funding is provided for a LGBTQ veteran's coordinator to provide assistance with applying for upgraded characters of discharge and appeals for any previously denied claims for benefits. (General Fund - State)

Veterans Farm Grant

Increased federal authority is provided for the grant-funded Veterans in Agriculture pilot program. The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs was selected by the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, and approved for funding by the Office of Rural Health, to provide the agricultural vocation training and behavioral health services to veterans. (General Fund - Federal, General Fund - State)

VA Case Manager Grant

Increased federal authority is provided for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Homeless Providers Grant that was awarded to the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. The grant funding is provided for case management services to veterans who were previously homeless and are transitioning to permanent housing or are at risk of becoming homeless. (General Fund - Federal, General Fund - State)

King County Vet Corps

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs' Vet Corps program, funded through an AmeriCorps grant, helps veterans and their family members navigate Washington's higher education system while adjusting from military to college life. Increased local authority is provided for the Vet Corps Initiative as the result of additional funding from the King County Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy. (General Fund - Local, General Fund - Private/Local, General Fund - State, other funds)

PERS & TRS Plan 1 Benefit Increase

For eligible Public Employees' and Teachers' Retirement Systems Plan 1 members, this item provides an increase of 1.5 percent, up to a maximum of $22 per month. (General Fund - Federal, General Fund - Local, General Fund - State, other funds)

Archives/Records Management

Adjustments are made to reflect each agency’s anticipated share of state archiving and state records center costs from the Secretary of State’s Office. (General Fund - State)

Attorney General

Adjustments are made to reflect each agency's anticipated share of legal service charges from the Attorney General’s Office. (General Fund - State)