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Federal Drive Show Blog - November 19, 2013

On the Federal Drive show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Tags: Federal Drive , Ben Geman , Joe Klimavicz , Shefali Kapadia , Jason Miller , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 10:11am EST

VA chipping away at oldest disability claims in backlog

All veterans who have waited two years or more for a decision will have their cases decided by next month, the Department of Veterans Affairs told Congress. Half of the Veterans Benefits Administration's oldest cases already have been removed from the backlog.

Tags: VA , claims backlog , Congress , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Jeff Miller , Jared Serbu

Friday - 05/24/2013, 07:16am EDT
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Doubts remain over VA's ability to end huge disability claims backlog

VA officials still insist the 630,000 disability claims waiting to be processed will be eliminated by 2015. But so far, numbers are headed in the wrong direction and House Veterans Affairs Committee members are losing patience.

Tags: VA , VBMS , disability claims backlog , Congress , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Jeff Miller , Michael Michaud , Kevin McCarthy , Jared Serbu , technology , management ,

Thursday - 03/21/2013, 06:31am EDT
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Lawmakers tell VA 'no more hollow promises' to fix the claims backlog

The Department of Veterans Affairs has made strides toward increasing the number of disability claims it can process every year. But new claims from veterans are growing even faster than ever. House legislators are frustrated by the VA's lack of progress over the years.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , Congress , technology , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Darrell Issa , Jackie Speier , DoD , Veterans Benefits Management System , claims backlog , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 05:54am EDT
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VA tackles claims backlog with new priority approach

The agency will organize incoming claims into one of three categories based on the difficulty in solving them as part of an effort to increase efficiency. The Veterans Benefits Administration also is seeking other ways to reduce the number of backlogged cases such as new training for employees, said VA's Allison Hickey, the undersecretary for benefits.

Tags: VA , benefits , workforce , claims processing , Esther Carey , management , claims backlog

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 06:12pm EDT