Health care delivery issues often get the most attention at the Veterans Affairs Department. But the Veterans Benefits Administration actually spends more dollars than the health side.
For those making claims — including for disability benefits — against government agencies, some federal judges say they should pay attention to a new White House directive allowing administrative law judges to be politically appointed.
The VA just launched a new online tool called the appeals status tracker that will allow veterans with a disability compensation appeal to track what stage of the process their appeal is in.
GAO’s Elizabeth Curda tells Federal News Radio what enhancements VA can make to ensure success of its new disability appeals process.
More veterans trust the department now than they did two years ago, the Veterans Affairs Department said in a new report detailing its progress on Secretary Bob McDonald’s myVA Transformation.
The White House, Congress and the Department of Justice laid out to-do lists to address problems plaguing the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as legislation to provide veterans with resources for education, economic opportunities, health care and to end homelessness.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is set to introduce new, standardized disability claims forms to help streamline the claims process. The goal is to make it easier for veterans and their survivors to clearly state their claims and also provide necessary documentation.
The Department of Veterans Affairs, which processed a record one million claims in 2010, is still seeing claims come in faster than it can process them and expects even more new filings in 2011. Despite that, VA hopes to eliminate its backlog of claims by 2015.
VA officials said they intend eliminate the backlog of disability claims by 2015 by looking to new technology. The agency wants to dramatically expand a pilot program that lets vets submit claims online.
More than 40,000 servicemembers have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Defense Department are facing a backlog in disability claims. Both agencies have been conducting a pilot to…