Monday, October 07, 2013 7:02 pm
VA says progress halted in cutting claims backlog
By KEVIN FREKINGAssociated Press
The department said Monday that the backlog stood at about 418,500 at the end of September. It has increased by slightly more than 200 since the shutdown, largely because the VA stopped requiring disability claims processors to work overtime.
The backlog had been dropping by more than 2,000 claims a day in the week leading up to the shutdown.
Most of the VA is exempt from furloughs. But 7,000 VA workers will be furloughed on Tuesday and access to all regional offices will be suspended. Another 2,750 technology workers were furloughed Monday. Some help to maintain the disability claims computer system.