WASHINGTON (AP) - The Department of Veterans Affairs says more than 10,000 workers who handle disability claims will be required to work at least 20 hours of overtime each month in an effort reduce a sizable backlog.
The overtime requirement will last through September and comes as many federal workers face furloughs because of mandatory budget cuts. The VA was exempt from those spending reductions.
The VA has come under fire from veterans groups and members of Congress for the number of claims pending longer than 125 days. About 570,000 disability claims fall into this category. That's nearly two-thirds of all claims pending.
The VA said in a press release that managers are being encouraged to let workers choose the days when they will work overtime.