The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that its disability claims backlog is at the lowest level since it began tracking the data in 2007, due in part to replacing antiquated information systems.

According to Allison Hickey, VA undersecretary for benefits, the current backlog of more than 98,000 claims older than 125 days represents an 84 percent decrease from a peak of more than 600,000 claims reported in March 2013. Hickey credited the dramatic drop to more employees processing claims through mandatory overtime and using digital records rather than paper ones.

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