2019 Fed 100

Federal 100: Chris Given

Name: Chris Given
Title: Digital Services Expert
Agency: U.S. Digital Service at Veterans Affairs

Appeals speedster. Congress added a hard deadline to a long-planned upgrade of the system that processes and tracks veterans’ benefit appeals via the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act, which was signed into law in 2017. Given and his team of digital service experts had 18 months to build and field a modern system that gives veterans several new paths and timelines for adjudicating appeals, with the goal of reducing the time to resolve such appeals from years to a matter of months. To design the user-centric system, Given traveled around the country to consult with claimants and other stakeholders.Main profile here.

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