VA clears out oldest pending disability claims

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that in two months it has cleared out 65,000 of its oldest claims—or 97 percent of all claims over two years old in its backlogged inventory.

Senators urge Obama to address VA disability claims backlog

Sixty-seven senators signed a letter to President Obama asking him to intervene and take direct action to reduce the current backlog of veterans’ disability claims.

Senator, VA secretary take aim at disability claims backlog

A leading Senate lawmaker and the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs held a press conference Feb. 19 to call for action aimed at cutting the backlog of veterans disability claims, and to discuss a new VA plan that will tackle the issue.

Federal Benefits Q&A

Question: "My VA rep is going for 70 percent+ VA disability rating with the unemployability factor. Could this offset the SSDI or FERS disability?"

Senators prod Shinseki on VA claims backlog

Two U.S. senators who represent the region experiencing the nation's worst backlog of veterans' benefits claims last week urged the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs to ramp up efforts to address the ongoing problem.

Lawmakers want action on VA claims backlog

Two U.S. senators who represent the region suffering from the nation's worst veterans' benefits claims backlog urged the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs to ramp up efforts to address the ongoing problem.

Senator, veterans groups line up against chained CPI

Representatives of veterans' organizations joined the incoming chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Dec. 19 to urge Congress and the White House not to adopt a proposed measure that would change in the way cost-of-living allowances are calculated—and produce gradual reductions in veterans disability benefits.

FECA reform plan would hit those with dependents

A Labor Department proposal to revise the benefits paid under the Federal Workers’ Compensation Act could save money over the long term, but the consequences of the reforms would not be the same for all beneficiaries,

Senator offers remedy to VA claims backlog

One Texas legislator thinks the Department of Veterans Affairs can learn a thing or two from his state that may help address VA’s claims backlog.

FECA reform proposal would have greater effect on beneficiaries with dependents

A new Government Accountability Office analysis of a Labor Department plan to revise the way benefits are paid under the Federal Workers’ Compensation Act shows that those changes would have a negative effect on beneficiaries with dependents.

Federal Benefits Q&A

Question: “I started my disability retirement on Jan. 13, 2012, and received my first payment Feb. 1. Will I receive the cost-of-living adjustment in 2013 or do I have to wait until 2014? If I am allowed the COLA, when would it start?”

Informed Investor: Disability income insurance and federal employees: Part II

This second of two columns on disability income insurance discusses what employees should consider when purchasing an individual long term disability income insurance policy. The column also examines the elimination period, benefit period, what a disability is, inflation riders, and taxation of individual disability income insurance benefits.

Bill would increase benefits for disabled vets

The House on July 9 passed a bill that would provide a cost-of-living increase for veterans’ disability benefits.

VA to prioritize disability claims

The Department of Veterans Affairs this week announced the deployment of a new model for processing compensation benefits claims at 16 of the department’s regional offices.

VA automation tool to cut claims backlog

The Department of Veterans Affairs said it is well on its way to addressing its disability claims backlog, according to the department’s top official.

Older FECA recipients get better deal than retirees

A new study from the Government Accountability Office may bolster the arguments of lawmakers who want to transition retirement-age beneficiaries of Federal Employees’ Compensation Act benefits out of that system and into federal retirement systems.

GAO highlights monetary advantage of keeping FECA past retirement age

A new study from the Government Accountability Office may provide more ammunition for lawmakers intent on transitioning retirement-age beneficiaries of Federal Employees’ Compensation Act benefits out of that system and into federal retirement systems.

You Be the Judge: Was DOJ attorney wrongly denied disability retirement?

A Department of Justice Assistant United States Attorney appeals the Office of Personnel Management’s decision to deny him disability retirement benefits.

House passes FECA reforms

The House of Representatives on Nov. 29 approved the Federal Workers’ Compensation Modernization and Improvement Act (H.R. 2465), which proponents said will significantly enhance and update the benefits in the program.

FECA reform bill clears House

The House of Representatives on Nov. 29 approved a bill which its sponsors said will significantly improve the disability benefits provided to injured or ill federal workers under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act.

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