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VA's disability claims backlog down by 44 percent, but problems remain

The Department of Veterans Affairs believes it is on track to end its disability claims backlog by 2015. It's an uphill fight, considering that more than half of its claims have been waiting for at least four months, and appeals take an average of more than two years.

Tags: DoD , Department of Veterans Affairs , disability claims backlog , American Legion , Zachary Hearn , House Appropriations Committee , management , Veterans Benefit Management System , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:53am EDT
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VA reduces disability claims backlog by 44 percent

The Veterans Affairs Department reduced the number of pending disability claims by 267,000 over the last year. Veterans are also waiting 119 days less than they did a year ago for their claims to be processed.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , disability claims backlog , Agent Orange , pay and benefits , Bernie Sanders , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 02:56pm EDT

Eric Shinseki, Secretary, Veterans Affairs Department

Cash, drugs and science experiments are all part of VA's fiscal 2015 budget request.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , Senate Veterans Affairs Committee , Senate , budget , In Depth

Monday - 03/17/2014, 04:58pm EDT
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House bill would make it easier to fire senior execs at VA

The VA Management Accountability Act would give VA Secretary Eric Shinseki broad authority to remove Senior Executives Service (SES) members "if the secretary determines the performance of the individual warrants such removal," according to the bill. In addition to outright removal, the bill would allow the VA secretary to bump SES members down to the General Schedule at any grade level the secretary deems appropriate according to the bill.

Tags: VA , Jeff Miller , SES , management , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Carol Bonosaro , workforce , SEA , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 02/12/2014, 01:22pm EST

House Veterans Committee adds latest VA cyber breach to ongoing investigations

Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) wants answers from the Veterans Affairs Department after its latest privacy and cyber breach of the data of more than 5,000 veterans through its eBenefits portal. VA says it has fixed the software defect and its Data Breach Core Team is investigating what happened.

Tags: technology , Congress , Veterans Affairs Department , Jeff Miller , House Veterans Affairs Committee , cybersecurity , data breach , eBenefits portal , VA Cyber Efforts in the Hot Seat , Jason Miller

Monday - 01/27/2014, 03:57am EST

VA benefits set to slightly increase in 2014

When veterans and their families, who receive disability compensation and retirement benefits from the Veterans Affairs Department, receive their annual cost-of-living increase next month, for the first time ever, it won't be rounded down to the nearest dollar. Overall, the COLA for veterans benefits will increase 1.5 percent. Until this year, the COLA for veterans' benefits was rounded down to the nearest dollar. That will change with payments beginning in January.

Tags: VA , pay and benefits , benefits , disability benefits , COLA , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 12/04/2013, 11:41am EST

VA lifts overtime requirement for claims workers

The Department of Veterans Affairs will temporarily suspend a program that requires more than 10,000 disability claims processors to work at least 20 hours of overtime per month with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki saying Thursday he had to be careful not to burn out his workforce.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , overtime , workforce , disability claims ,

Thursday - 11/07/2013, 08:10pm EST

VA prepares for still more furloughs as money runs out

Most workers in the Veterans Benefits Administration will be sidelined in the next few weeks if a shutdown continues. Funding for employees at the National Cemetery Administration will run out in the next few days.

Tags: government shutdown , furlough , Congress , VA , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Jeff Miller , claims backlog , VBMS , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 06:15am EDT
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