TABLE F-1. Procedural Steps and Success Rates for Determination of Vital Status Information

Procedural Step

Participants (38,668), %

Controls (35,242), %

Total No.

Total %

All submitted to BIRLS Of those submitted to BIRLS,

100.0

100.0

73,910

100.0

% found on BIRLS

87.4

88.1

 

87.7

Of those found on BIRLS, % with indication of death

38.7

37.9

 

38.3

Of those with indication on BIRLS of death, indicated by % date of death

96.9

96.9

 

96.9

% FARC folder location only

3.1

3.1

 

3.1

Of those with indication on BIRLS of death, % with claims folder location noted in BIRLS

80.3

81.3

 

80.8

Of those with claims folder location noted on BIRLS, % in VA regional offices

71.1

70.7

 

70.9

% in FARCs

28.6

29.3

 

28.9

Submitted to VAMI

100.0

100.0

24,762

100.0

Of those submitted to VAMI, % found

92.6

91.3

 

91.9

A veteran could be "not found" on the Beneficiary Identification and Locator Subsystem (BIRLS) for varied reasons: (a) the record existed but the Medical Follow-up Agency (MFUA) submitted insufficient information, such as a misspelled name, to identify it; (b) the requesting information was correct but the BIRLS record includes a misspelling; (c) a veteran was not entered into BIRLS because the veteran or a surviving dependent had filed no claim for medical, educational, loan, death, or other benefits. Similarly, a claims folder—identified by BIRLS—could be "not found" because (a) the request went to the wrong VA Regional Office (VARO), (b) misfiling, (c) the file was transferred to another VARO, or (d) the file was transferred to a regional Archives center (FARC). Finally, a claims folder may be found yet not contain the death



The National Academies | 500 Fifth St. N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20001
Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
Terms of Use and Privacy Statement