Budget Funds Process to Eliminate VA Disability Claims Backlog

The VA has praised the President’s fiscal 2015 budget request ($163.9 billion total, a 6.5 percent increase over fiscal 2014) for providing for full implementation of the Veterans Benefits Administration’s transformation plan for reducing the disability claims backlog and process all claims within 125 days with 98 percent accuracy. VA… noted that major transformation initiatives in the budget proposal invest $312 million to bring leading-edge technology to the claims backlog, including$173 million ($137 million of that for IT, $36 million in VBA) for the next generation of the electronic claims processing Veterans Benefits Management System and$139 million for Veterans Claims Intake Program to continue conversion of paper records into electronic images and data in VBMS.