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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it's reached a tipping point in its ongoing effort to eliminate its backlog of disability claims. The department says the backlog is 40 percent smaller than it was a year ago. But VA observers say there are several problems with the way VA is measuring success. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:53pm EDT
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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 , Eric Shinseki , American Legion , Zachary Hearn , House Appropriations Committee , management , Veterans Benefit Management System ,

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:53am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army says its early analyses of its excess base infrastructure show it's spending at least a half billion dollars per year on facilities it no longer needs. And as Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu reports, that figure is very likely to climb as the Army gets smaller in the coming years.

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Friday - 03/28/2014, 06:07pm EDT
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Army spends $500 million per year on vacant facilities

The Army is the first service to begin an analysis of its excess real estate after a Congressional prohibition against even studying the subject expired. Early results show up to a quarter of its stateside infrastructure isn't being used right now, and the Army will need even less as it shrinks in size.

Tags: DoD , Congress , BRAC , Army , John McHugh , John Campbell , workforce

Monday - 03/31/2014, 04:01am EDT
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On DoD: Reshaping the Army Corps of Engineers

Lt. Gen Thomas Bostick, the Army Corps of Engineers' commanding general, talks about changes coming to the Corps as a result of the military and budget draw downs.

Tags: On DoD , Thomas Bostick , DoD , Army , Army Corps of Engineers

Friday - 03/28/2014, 12:58pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

As if there weren't enough uncertainty in the Pentagon's budget future, officials are wrestling with another looming threat: When the war in Afghanistan formally ends, there's no guarantee DoD will hold onto the overseas contingency account that's funded that operation since 2001. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu reports, military leaders say losing those funds would create a huge problem.

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Thursday - 03/27/2014, 05:51pm EDT
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Another budget quandary for DoD: What if war funding dries up?

Military officials say overseas contingency operations dollars are vital to ongoing operations around the world, even after the wars end. All the services tell the House Armed Services Committee that OCO funding is helping with readiness and maintenance challenges.

Tags: DoD , Congress , sequestration , budget , House Armed Services , Overseas Contingency Operations , Burton Field , James Huggins , Joseph Mulloy ,

Friday - 03/28/2014, 03:44am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Pentagon leaders say the reductions to military personnel spending they're proposing as part of the 2015 budget weren't easy decisions, but Congress needs to OK them this year, or the overall budget picture will get far worse over the next five years. More from Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu.

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Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 05:51pm EDT
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Cuts to military pay and benefits can't wait, Pentagon tells Congress

Defense officials say they are eagerly awaiting next year's report from a congressionally-chartered commission that's currently examining military compensation. But officials say intense pressure on the top-line defense budget demands significant changes to personnel spending.

Tags: DoD , military pay , Congress , pay and benefits , Lindsey Graham , Kirsten Gillibrand

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 04:30am EDT
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Cuts to military pay and benefits can't wait, Pentagon tells Congress

Defense officials say they are eagerly awaiting next year's report from a Congressionally-chartered commission that's currently examining military compensation. But officials say intense pressure on the top-line defense budget demands significant changes to personnel spending.

Tags: military pay , DoD , pentagon , budget , Congress

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 04:34am EDT
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