Veterans facing extreme delays with disability claims

February 4, 2013

A few items that caught our attention:

(Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post) Michael Scheibel is director of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ office in Baltimore.
(Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post) Michael Scheibel is director of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ office in Baltimore.

• The Department of Veterans affairs is facing a massive backlog of disability claims, with veterans in Maryland waiting for more than a year in some cases for the agency to issue its decisions, according to a front-page article in today’s Washington Post.

• House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said he is open to cost-cutting measures that affect federal pay and benefits, so long as they are part of a comprehensive deficit-reduction plan that asks others to sacrifice, according to an article in The Federal Times.

• Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa quelled rumors that he is up for a cabinet nomination, saying he is “firmly committed” to finishing his term, which ends on June 30. He had been mentioned as a possible candidate to replace Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who announced his departure last week.

 

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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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