Friday, June 14, 2013

Overtime is the Solution

Jim Fausone
Veteran Disability Attorney

So it seems every week the VA offers a new plan to reduce the backlog.  Last week it was the requirement of mandatory overtime.  Everyone will be spending the summer working an extra 20 hours a month through September 30th.   At Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC, we often work long hours and Saturday mornings to keep up on the work.  My staff does it because they are dedicated and motivated to help veterans. 
The VA has taken the approach it must mandate overtime.   Under the plan, all 10,000-plus VA employees who process disability claims will be required to work at least 20 hours overtime each month.  We won’t speculate how this will impact morale.  I would hope that those employees do not take out missing the summer events on the veterans who have claims in the backlog.

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