The House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs held a hearing on December 4, 2012, regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) transition to a paperless VA claim system. The hearing, entitled “Wading through Warehouses of Paper: The Challenges of Transitioning Veterans Records to Paperless Technology”, included witnesses from veteran advocacy groups as well as government agency represenatives involved in both active-duty and veteran record management. The hearing can be accessed at Hearing on VA Transition to Electronic Files.
Alan Bozeman, director of the veterans benefits management system at the Veterans Benefits Administration, testified that the VA has contracted with two private companties to scan 60 million pages of veterans’ paper records per month into its electronic system. Many of the witnesses expressed concern over the lack specifics being provided by the VA and how the transition would effect both pending claims and new claims.
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