The Veterans Department has mandated overtime for its 15,000 employees who process disability claims in order to whittle down the backlog, which has drawn heat from Congress, veterans groups and even comedian Jon Stewart on the “Daily Show.”
The mandatory overtime will run through Sept. 30, the end of the 2013 fiscal year. "This increased overtime initiative will provide more Veterans with decisions on their claims and will help us achieve our goal of eliminating the claims backlog,” VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said.
Allison A. Hickey, VA’s undersecretary for benefits, said, “We’re committed to getting Veterans decisions on their claims as quickly and accurately as possible, we need to surge our resources now to help those who have waited the longest and end the backlog.”
If you like money, drawing overtime sure is better than the furloughs most other federal workers face this year.