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C-File Claims Folder Is New Process

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a new proceeds heads up. email i got after request,

Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act Requests are now being handled at a centralized location. I have forwarded your request as well as this address update...

also they will call you and send you a letter asking if you want your records in hard copy paper or on a CD.

to lesten the time frame from now on put your answer to this in your FOIA request.

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Good information.

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Just called. They want SF-180 faxed to your Evidence Intake Center ASAP. Apparently the wait time is months to a year.

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Thanks so much for the information and it's very helpful. After 2 FOIA attempts this year to get my C-File from my local RO Office, it became a nightmare and I had to cancel them both. Frankly, it did not make sense that a FOIA request is considered another "claim" for the purposes of the VBA which takes your c-file out of the queue to get processed? Also, I figured that being an electronic file meant that it could be easily copied and processed to be sent to the veteran. Later, after the cancellations, my claim started processing again and I also cancelled my connections to the VSO whom did not advise me of that action would happen by ordering my c-file? The big problem is that the only time that I will find out what was digitized and used for my claim is when I see the final claims result? So, I've got my fingers crossed now that in fact everything was digitized in my very large "hard copy" service medical records file and used to adjudicated my FDC claim? The new process that you describe makes a lot of sense to me and I think the RO was not sure of the changes that were happening at the time?

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Thanks so much for the information and it's very helpful. After 2 FOIA attempts this year to get my C-File from my local RO Office, it became a nightmare and I had to cancel them both. Frankly, it did not make sense that a FOIA request is considered another "claim" for the purposes of the VBA which takes your c-file out of the queue to get processed? Also, I figured that being an electronic file meant that it could be easily copied and processed to be sent to the veteran. Later, after the cancellations, my claim started processing again and I also cancelled my connections to the VSO whom did not advise me of that action would happen by ordering my c-file? The big problem is that the only time that I will find out what was digitized and used for my claim is when I see the final claims result? So, I've got my fingers crossed now that in fact everything was digitized in my very large "hard copy" service medical records file and used to adjudicated my FDC claim? The new process that you describe makes a lot of sense to me and I think the RO was not sure of the changes that were happening at the time?

Paul i did not know that it makes it another "claim"

I am trying to get mine in the middle of a reduction, etc.

Funny thing is i sent it the first week of june certified/return receipt. the certified tracking shows it was delivered 8 June, however as a of 16 june still havent gotten the return receipt yet. I am sending another and faxing so my message is clear. if i havent heard back from them by Jul 3, i will send another letting them know i have not been notified of "extraordinary circumstances" and they are in violation of 5 U.S.C. § 552 (a)(6)(A)(2)(i) not that they would care.

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Paul i did not know that it makes it another "claim"

I am trying to get mine in the middle of a reduction, etc.

Funny thing is i sent it the first week of june certified/return receipt. the certified tracking shows it was delivered 8 June, however as a of 16 june still havent gotten the return receipt yet. I am sending another and faxing so my message is clear. if i havent heard back from them by Jul 3, i will send another letting them know i have not been notified of "extraordinary circumstances" and they are in violation of 5 U.S.C. § 552 (a)(6)(A)(2)(i) not that they would care.

Good approach. I ought to try that.

Interesting to see that you filed something via certified mail to an EIC and did not get the green postcard receipt back in the mail. I've got the same problem. I filed a Form 9 about six weeks ago and never got anything back, despite certified tracking making it clear that the envelope and contents were delivered. The form wasn't in the system either when I got someone up on chat the other day.

My guess is that they'll claim they never got your request due to their nationwide mail rooms being overwhelmed. Not sure that faxing something is actually faster, either. I did a test last fall in which I faxed something and then also mailed it certified. The certified copy made it into the system faster.

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