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January 20, 2013

Government Accountability Office (GAO), VA Backlog Triples

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Government watchdog sounds alarm over disability benefits for veterans
Jan. 18, 2013 4:56PM PST

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) noted that “the VA hasn’t been able to keep pace with the rising number of claims arriving from injured veterans and the GAO said its backlog reduction strategy “fell short of established criteria for sound planning.”

“Without a comprehensive plan … the agency risks spending limited resources on initiatives that may not speed up disability claims and appeals processes,” the report said.

The GAO’s Daniel Bertoni told Reuters that it was far from certain that the VA would be able to achieve its goal of processing all claims within 125 days by 2015. The backlog of claims — those in system for more than 125 days — has more than tripled since September 2009.

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