Gov't Shutdown Hits VA's Disability Claims, Software Projects

Law360, New York (October 9, 2013, 6:49 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said Wednesday that it would be unable to process disability claims after Nov. 1 in the event of an extended government shutdown and that the funding lapse has already shut down its software development programs.

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki told the House Veterans Affairs Committee that the agency's claims staff will fall from 20,000 to 1,500, reversing recent progress on a  politically indefensible backlog of unprocessed disability claims. Between March and September, the VA reduced its disability claims backlog by...
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