Last May's "fix-it" event, sponsored by Congresswomen Barbara Lee and Jackie Speier, sought to address the backlog of disability cases in the Oakland VA Regional Office. But statistics show that Oakland is still among the least efficient of the 58-office national system.

Veterans Affairs:

May 21, 2012 April 15, 2013

Claims pending 829,866 804,420

Pending 125+ days 552,068 570,598

Pct. pending 125+ days 66.5% 70.9%

Oakland VA Regional Office:

May 21, 2012 April 15, 2013

Claims pending 33,974 30,186

Rank (out of 58) 54 54

Pending 125+ days 28,194 35,339

Rank (out of 58) 55 54

Pct. pending 125+ days 82.9% 84.1%

VA rank (out of 58) 58 57

Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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