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DOD, VA Need More Data on How Their Toxic Exposure Tracking App is Used, Watchdog Says

June 3, 2024

Edward Graham

Government Executive

U.S. President Joe Biden signs the PACT Act in the East Room of the White House August 10, 2022. CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES

By Edward Graham, May 28, 2024 / Government Executive

The Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs jointly launched a system in 2019 to enhance toxic exposure-related services for military personnel and veterans, but they are not fully tracking staff usage of the tool to ensure that performance expectations are being met, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released on Thursday. 

The individual longitudinal exposure record, or ILER, is a web application that aggregates information from DOD and VA records on active duty personnel and veterans who were exposed to burn pits and other toxic chemicals. 

VA’s Veterans Health Administration and Veterans Benefits Administration, in addition to the DOD, make the system available to employees to help expedite the processing of claims related to toxic exposure and provide a centralized system for related healthcare information.

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