America’s veterans can run into as many as 613 forms across 18 agencies as they seek services, according to a story in the Stars and Stripes.
The report by the American Action Forum found that:
- The result of 31.2 million Veterans Affairs claims each year — takes federal employees roughly 43.3 million hours to process.
- A disabled veteran seeking health and educational benefits could encounter up to 49 different forms, more than four hours of paperwork, and an aggregate cost of $125, assuming $31 per hour of compliance time.
- One collection, “Income-Net Worth and Employment Statement,” contains 40 questions, takes one hour to complete, and VA receives more than 104,000 responses every year.
- Four different agencies administer 12 million hours of paperwork related to veterans’ employment and training, imposing 24 different forms, at a cost of $892 million.
The American Action Forum describes itself as “center-right,” and says it does not take positions on policy. You can read the full Stars and Stripes story HERE.
You can read the American Action Forum report HERE.