VA Finds It on Craigslist
The Department of Veterans Affairs has done what many people do when looking for just the right product or service—it went to Craigslist. Or rather, to the man who created it. VA announced this week that Craigslist founder Craig Newmark has agreed to serve on a blue-ribbon panel charged with reviewing ways to reduce VA disability claims processing times and cut backlogs.
“I am very encouraged by the fact that VA is embracing new ways to look at old problems,” said Newmark, a supporter of veteran’s causes—and a vocal proponent of using technology to support government innovation.
The panel, chaired by Patrick W. Dunne, VA under secretary for benefits, will evaluate ideas submitted by VA employees and members of veterans service organizations. VA officials from each of the 57 regional offices across the country have submitted ideas, VA said, and the agency has received and reviewed over 3,000 suggestions since Sept. 8.
The panel will review the top 17 submissions and chose five projects that will receive full funding at the regional VA office that submitted the idea. To see more, go to: http://www1.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=1808.