American Homeless Veterans
THE CIRCLE OF FRIENDS FOR AMERICAN VETERANS
VETERANS’ BILL OF RIGHTS
Circle of Friends for American Veterans
IV. VA COLLECTION OF INSURANCE FEES
III. NEGOTIATION IN VA PROCUREMENT SERVICES
II. VETERANS DESERVE TIMELY ANSWERS
I. VETERANS ARE A TOP PRIORITY
We affirm that American Veterans are a top priority for the nation’s policy agenda.
The VA has long obfuscated the real average wait time on responding to disability claims. In May 2013 the VA Undersecretary for Benefits issued a memo called, "Fast Letter 13-10." The memo advised: "Use the date a previously unadjudicated claim is discovered as the date of claim for system control purposes." Later rescinded, the VAIG recently said the subterfuge was "by design in the "flawed" memo." Current VA estimates of wait time are highly questionable at best. We affirm the wait time for veterans filing a claim should be no more than the goal the VA set for itself: 125 days.
An extensive GAO investigation found that the VA procurement system is wasting billions of dollars of the taxpayers’ money. The VA was found to spend $7 billion in issuing over 130,000 purchase orders for which there was no negotiation of services for competitive rates. 70% of the purchase orders had no venders’ names. We affirm that the VA should negotiate for its procurement services.
Several GAO and VAIG investigations into billing and collecting processes showed that the VA failed to collect a staggering amount of money over time from insurance companies. “Inadequate management and little or no oversight” resulted in coding errors and outright failures to follow up on collections said the original GAO report, which found there are “no policies or procedures for oversight” at the $140 billion agency. While the VA has made significant strides in collection of funds that can be earmarked for more services to veterans, much more needs to be done. We affirm that the VA should collect on all possible past and ongoing insurance fees owed its agency.
Fighting to put vets first since 1993