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Program C: Contact Assistance

Program Authorization: La. Revised Statutes, Title 29, Sections 251-262, as Amended

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Contact Assistance Program is to aid all veterans and/or their dependents to receive any and all benefits to which they are entitled to under the laws of the United States and the states thereof.

The goals of the Contact Assistance Program are:

1. Ensure that all potential eligibles are aware of benefits provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

2. Inform Louisiana veterans, their dependents, and the public of federal and state veterans' benefits.

2. Assist applicants in applying for and securing all benefits to which they may be entitled.

3. Provide counseling for all servicemen, servicewomen, and their dependents who feel they have a claim against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, any branch of service, and any other federal agency.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

1. In FY 1998-99, the Contact Assistance Program will process 96,000 claims and locate approximately 227,000 veterans or dependents to determine their eligibility for veterans benefits.

1 Estimated based on available first quarter data.

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with state general fund and fees and self-generated revenues. The fees and self-generated revenues are derived from each parish's 25% share of providing a veterans service office.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$1,332,636

$1,752,498

56

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$1,332,636

$1,752,498

56

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

($48,323)

($48,323)

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s) (Non-recurring: -$48,323)

$27,442

$27,442

0

 

Annualization of 1997 -'98 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$0

$33,540

0

 

1998 -'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$27,148

$27,148

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

($8,911)

($8,911)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

 

 

 

 

 

$1,329,992

$1,783,394

56

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

($2,644)

$30,896

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 101.8% of the existing operating budget. It represents 89.8% of the total request ($1,986,525) for this program.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

This program does not have funding for Professional Services for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.

OTHER CHARGES

This program does not have funding for Other Charges for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$23,423

 

Replacement of office equipment

 

 

 

$23,423

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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