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Veterans Affairs Announces Claims Backlog Cleared, Technology Key Factor

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today that the massive backlog of claims has been “reduced to a manageable level,” according to an official statement.

“We typically see a huge workload with education benefits needs around October and February to coincide with the school year,” said spokesman Ian Johnson. “But a combination of technology and hard working claims processors have reduced the backlog and substantially sped up the process.”

The 27,000 employees recently hired by the VA to stand around the office water cooler “has been a big help,” according to Johnson, but it hasn’t been the only factor.

“We’ve reduced complaints and new claims to basically zero in the past week by making a simple change: turning off our phones,” Johnson said confidently. “Veterans calling in and asking for an agent are told to call back later, which really helps us out with getting ahead and reducing the caseload.”

He went on to speak about new technological breakthroughs that VA has produced.

“In the past, we’ve had 2 or 3 claims processors standing around an old paper shredder,” said Johnson. “It was grossly inefficient. We could only clear ten to fifteen veteran claims per hour that way. We’ve already installed the new Future Issue Request Evaluator-Veteran system in four regional processing offices and they’ve been very successful.”

The FIRE-V system is a completely automated system that claims processors now use, which is credited with reducing processing time from 22 days in the past, to a current average of 487 days — an astonishing 2114% improvement.

“How it works is basically the employee takes the veterans’ records and inserts them into this slot here,” Johnson said, as he pointed to a soot-colored opening. “What’s really amazing about this machine is that you can put in hundreds of records and it will scan them all simultaneously.”

“In the office, we nicknamed it ‘The Burn Pit’ because it burns through records much faster than our old systems could,” he added.

The Veterans Affairs spokesman went on to say that they are upgrading the FIRE-V system to handle benefits appeals as well, through the use of a complex conveyor belt system directly from the mailroom into the “burn pit” for further processing.

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1 year 9 months ago

Mr Johnson also claimed that “the FIRE-V system will also be a great asset this winter as it will save the V.A. hundreds of dollars in heating costs at each location where it has been implemented. Best of all the program will be attractive to whichever administration is in charge in 2013l. Liberals love the program as being an energy saver and a shovel ready job, while conservatives like it because it pisses off the E.P.A. and is revenue neutral.”

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1 year 9 months ago

Once again, the Duffel Blog blurs parody and reality…

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1 year 9 months ago

Finally, the truth has come out.

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1 year 9 months ago

They borrowed that technology from the National Personnel Records Center. The NPRC has been ahead of the technology curve for years!

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