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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA or DVA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. While veteran’s benefits have been provided since the Revolutionary War, the Veterans Administration itself was founded in 1930, and became the cabinet-level Department of Veterans Affairs in 1989. With a total 2009 budget of about $87.6 billion, VA employs nearly 345,000 people at hundreds of Veterans Affairs medical facilities, clinics, and benefits offices and is responsible for administering programs of veterans’ benefits for veterans, their families, and survivors. In 2012, the proposed budget for VA was $132 billion.VA 2014 budget request for 2014 was $152.7 billion. This included $66.5 billion in discretionary resources and $86.1 billion in mandatory funding. The discretionary budget request represented an increase of $2.7 billion, or 4.3 percent, over the 2013 enacted level. The Department of Veterans Affairs is headed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. The current Secretary of Veterans Affairs is Robert A. McDonald. The third listed executive on the VAs official web site is its Chief of Staff (currently Jose D. Riojas); the Chief of Staff position does not require Senate confirmation. In the latest Center for Effective Government analysis of 15 federal agencies which receive the most Freedom of Information Act (United States) (FOIA) requests, published in 2015 (using 2012 and 2013 data, the most recent years available), the VA earned a D by scoring 64 out of a possible 100 points, i.e. did not earn a satisfactory overall grade.