This afternoon, AMVETS National Legislative Director Ray Kelley will appear before the House VA Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs to discuss VA's Systematic Technical Accuracy Review program, or STAR.
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While Kelley applauds VA's recent efforts to improve STAR, the next critical issue is what VA does with the data it collects. AMVETS suggests enhancing STAR to allow regional offices to easily identify error trends in claims-processing, encouraging the Veterans Benefits Administration, or VBA, to strive for accuracy in claims-processing, rather than timeliness, and VA's Office of the Inspector General must conduct periodic review of STAR to ensure a reasonable margin of error in the program's findings.
American Veteran will follow today's hearing. Check back later this afternoon for updates.