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Veterans Benefits Administration Reports

2014 Monday Morning Workload Reports

The Monday Morning Workload Reports, part of VA's Transparency Program, are weekly compilations of performance measures for the processing of Disability, Pension and Education benefits, as reported by Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) regional offices.

VA Claims Inventory

67% of pending claims come from Veterans filing supplemental claims for additional benefits

claims inventory infographic - 66% supplemental claims filers and 33% first time claims filers

Source: Dept. Veterans Affairs, 04/12/2014

The Disability Compensation Inventory statistics displayed are tied to VA’s agency priority goals, which aim to: Improve accuracy and reduce the amount of time it takes to process Veterans' disability benefit claims. The Compensation Inventory includes all claims that have been received by VA regional offices and are pending a disability rating decision. Claims that have been pending for more than 125 days are characterized as "backlog." VA’s goal is to eliminate the backlog of compensation claims pending for more than 125 days by the end of 2015.

Since 2009, the backlog of compensation claims has grown. While VA completed a record-breaking 1 million claims per year in fiscal years 2010, 2011, and 2012, the number of claims received continues to exceed the number processed. In response, VA is implementing a comprehensive Transformation plan—a series of people, process and technology initiatives—to increase productivity and accuracy of disability claims processing. Once the Transformation is fully implemented, VA expects to systematically reduce the backlog and reach its 2015 goal.

Learn more about the Characteristics of the pending Compensation Inventory

 

NEW: Effective January 16th, 2014, VBA released a new version of the Monday Morning Workload Report.  To learn more about the data in the report, click here.

Calendar Year

1st Quarter  2nd Quarter  3rd Quarter  4th Quarter 
January 6, 2014  April 7, 2014 July 7, 2014 October 6, 2014
January 13, 2014 April 14, 2014 July 14, 2014 October 13, 2014
January 21, 2014  April 21, 2014 July 21, 2014 October 20, 2014
January 27, 2014  April 28, 2014 July 28, 2014 October 27, 2014
February 3, 2014  May 5, 2014 August 4, 2014 November 3, 2014
February 10, 2014 May 12, 2014 August 11, 2014 November 10, 2014
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February 24, 2014  May 26, 2014 August 25, 2014

November 24, 2014

March 3, 2014 June 2, 2014 September 1, 2014 December 1, 2014
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March 17, 2014 June 16, 2014 September 15, 2014 December 15, 2014
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March 31, 2014  June 30, 2014 September 29, 2014 December 29, 2014

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Archived Reports

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  • Calendar Year 2010 
  • Calendar Year 2009 
  • Calendar Year 2008
  • Calendar Year 2007
  • Calendar Year 2006
  • Calendar Year 2005
  • Calendar Year 2004

Characteristics of the pending Compensation Inventory

VA tracks claims that make up the pending Compensation Inventory by a Veteran’s era of service. As of Dec 31, 2012, claims from Veterans of the following eras make up VA’s inventory (total number of claims) and backlog (claims pending for more than 125 days):

  • VBA Claims Inventory by Era

    Total Pending Claims

    609,249 Total Claims

    Total Backlogged Claims

    331,875 Total Backlogged Claims

    Source: Dept. Veterans Affairs, 04/12/2014
    Backlog: Claims pending longer than 125 days

  • Post-9/11 (Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts) claims make up 23% of the total inventory and 24% of the backlog
  • Gulf War (definition) claims make up 24% of the total inventory and 24% of the backlog
  • Peacetime (period between end of Vietnam and Gulf War) claims make up 11% of the total inventory and 12% of the backlog
  • Vietnam claims make up 35% of the total inventory and 35% of the backlog
  • Korean War claims make 3% of the total inventory and 2% of the backlog
  • World War II claims make up 3% of the total inventory and 2% of the backlog
  • Other era claims make up 1% of the total inventory and 1% of the backlog

Original vs. Supplemental Claims

VA’s current Inventory of compensation claims contains both "original" claims—those submitted by Veterans of all eras who are claiming disability compensation from VA for the first time, and “supplemental” claims—those submitted by Veterans where a Veteran’s condition has worsened, they may file for review to see if they are entitled to greater compensation, and supplemental claims include Veterans already on the rolls who claim a new condition. Below is a breakout of the original and supplemental claims in the current VA inventory:

  • 67% of pending claims are supplemental, 33% are original.
  • 78% of Veterans filing supplemental claims are receiving some level of monetary benefit from VA.
  • 11% of Veterans filing supplemental claims already have a 100% disability rating (receive $2800 or more per month) or qualify for Individual Unemployability (compensated at the 100% disabled rate).
  • 43% of Veterans filing supplemental claims are already rated at 50% disability or higher.
  • 39% of supplemental claims are from Vietnam-era Veterans; 22% are from Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

There are 4.1 million Veterans of all eras who are currently in receipt of disability benefits from VA. Of those, 10% have a supplemental claim in the pending compensation inventory. In fiscal year 2012, VA delivered $54 billion in compensation and pension benefits.

The VBA's Office of Performance Analysis and Integrity is responsible for compiling these spreadsheets. Questions or comments should be e-mailed to VBA's Office of Field Operations which is responsible for regional office management.

To learn more, read the Department of Veterans Affairs Strategic Plan (PDF) to eliminate the Compensation claims backlog.