VA improperly paid out more than $300,000 in disability claims

VA improperly paid out more than $300,000 in disability claims

by Steven Beynon
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs handed out about $311,000 in improper disability payments after an agency employee miscalculated claims, according to the department’s inspector general.

The overpayments stemmed from a single employee at the VA’s Little Rock Regional Office in Arkansas making bad decisions and improperly processing paperwork during the disability claims process, and the failure of managers to provide the proper oversight on 11 disability rating decisions, according to a report by the VA Inspector General’s Office. The employee, who was not named in the IG report, has resigned.

“As a result of the inaccurate rating decisions, Veterans Benefits Administration made nearly $311,000 in improper payments to beneficiaries,” the IG wrote in its report. “In addition, nearly $6,700 in improper payments were being paid on an ongoing monthly basis at the time of the review.”

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