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Agency Information Collection Activity: Request for Contact Information (VA Form Letter 21-30)
Document Number: 2017-03471
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-23
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed revision of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. VA Form Letter 21-30 is used to locate a fiduciary, beneficiary, claimant, or witness when a field examination is necessary in order to gather information that is needed to maintain program integrity.
Agency Information Collection Activity (Employment Questionnaire (VA Form 21-4140 and VA Form 21-4140-1))
Document Number: 2017-03470
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-23
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed revision of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. VA Forms 21-4140 and 21-4140-1 are to be used to gather the necessary information to determine continued entitlement to individual unemployability for veterans who are unable to secure or follow a substantially gainful occupation as a result of his or her service- connected disabilities. Additionally, per 38 CFR 3.901, veterans must knowingly submit false information in order for it to be considered fraud. Therefore, VA requires veterans who are receiving individual unemployability benefits to certify that they are still unemployed or are marginally employed. The form will be completed annually by all recipients of individual unemployability who are under age 60.
VA Veteran-Owned Small Business Verification Guidelines
Document Number: 2017-03331
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-21
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This document implements a portion of the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006, which requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to verify ownership and control of veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB), including service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB) in order for these firms to participate in VA acquisitions set-aside for SDVOSB/VOSBs. This interim final rule contains a minor revision to require re-verification of SDVOSB/VOSB status only every three years rather than biennially. The purpose of this change is to reduce the administrative burden on SDVOSB/VOSBs regarding participation in VA acquisitions set asides for these types of firms.
Veterans Benefits Administration; Loan Guaranty: Technical Corrections
Document Number: 2017-03329
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-21
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
On June 15, 2010, VA published a document in the Federal Register eliminating redundant provisions from its loan guaranty regulations following the implementation of a new electronic reporting system and redesignating the section numbers of these regulations. At that time, VA did not update cross-reference citations to conform to the redesignated sections. A subsequent notice updated some, but not all, cross-reference citations. VA is now updating the remaining non- substantive, cross-reference citations for clarity and accuracy.
Recognition of Tribal Organizations for Representation of VA Claimants; Delay of Effective Date
Document Number: 2017-03328
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-21
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In accordance with the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' this action delays the effective date of the final rule (``Recognition of Tribal Organizations for Representation of VA Claimants'') published January 19, 2017, from February 21, 2017, until March 21, 2017.
Fertility Counseling and Treatment for Certain Veterans and Spouses, Correction
Document Number: 2017-03319
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-21
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017, an interim final rulemaking adding a new section authorizing in vitro fertilization (IVF) for a veteran with a service-connected disability that results in the inability of the veteran to procreate without the use of fertility treatment. In addition, we added a new section authorizing VA to provide fertility counseling and treatment using assisted reproductive technologies (ART), including IVF, to a spouse of a veteran with a service-connected disability that results in the inability of the veteran to procreate without the use of fertility treatment. These sections contain an error regarding the expiration date VA's authority to provide health care services. This document corrects the errors and does not make any substantive change to the content of the interim final rule.
Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment to the Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation
Document Number: 2017-03220
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-17
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as a member of the Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation (``the Committee''). In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 546, the Committee advises the Secretary on the maintenance and periodic readjustment of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities. In providing advice to the Secretary, the Committee assembles and reviews relevant information relating to the needs of Veterans with disabilities; provides information relating to the nature and character of the disabilities arising from service in the Armed Forces; provides an ongoing assessment of the effectiveness of VA's Schedule for Rating Disabilities; and provides ongoing advice on the most appropriate means of responding to the needs of Veterans relating to disability compensation in the future. In carrying out its duties, the Committee takes into special account the needs of Veterans who have served in a theater of combat operations. Nominations of qualified candidates are being sought to fill upcoming vacancies on the Committee.
Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2017-02982
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-15
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2017-02765
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-10
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Loan Guaranty: Maximum Allowable Attorney Fees
Document Number: 2017-02474
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-07
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This notice provides updated information to participants in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Home Loan Guaranty program concerning the maximum allowable bankruptcy attorney fees that are incurred by a servicer for legal services performed on their behalf. The notice also provides the allowable maximum attorney fees in calculating the indebtedness used to determine the guaranty claim payable upon loan termination. The table in this notice contains the amounts the Secretary has determined to be reasonable and customary for all States, following an annual review of amounts allowed by other government-related home loan programs.
National Research Advisory Council; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2017-02310
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-03
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Agency Information Collection Activity: (Statement of Purchaser or Owner Assuming Seller's Loan)
Document Number: 2017-02277
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-03
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, this notice announces that the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs, will submit the collection of information, abstracted below, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The PRA submission describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden; it includes the actual data collection instrument.
Request for Information: To Provide Comprehensive Advice To Assist the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) With Developing Policy Regarding Safety and Quality Standards for Providers of Modification Services Under the Automobile Adaptive Equipment (AAE) Program
Document Number: 2017-02173
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-02
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The VA is requesting information to assist in implementing section 3 of the Veterans Mobility Safety Act of 2016 (H.R. 3471, hereafter referred to as ``the Act''), which requires VA to develop a comprehensive policy regarding quality standards for automobile adaptive modification services provided to eligible Veterans and Servicemembers under VA's AAE program. This notice requests information and comments from interested parties to help inform VA's development of this policy, to include specific questions for comment with regard to safety and quality standards for AAE and installation, installer or provider certification by a third party organization or manufacturer, education and training of VA personnel, installer or provider compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and permitting eligible Veterans and Servicemembers to receive automobile adaptive modifications at their residence or location of choice.
Agency Information Collection Activity: (Application and Renewal for Health Benefits and Request for Hardship Determination)
Document Number: 2017-02138
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-01
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed revision of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on information needed to identify areas for improvement in clinical training programs.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: (Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program Application for Supportive Services Grant)
Document Number: 2017-02078
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-01
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3521), this notice announces that the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Department of Veterans Affairs, will submit the collection of information abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The PRA submission describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden and includes the actual data collection instrument.
Agency Information Collection Activity: Certification of School Attendance or Termination (VA Form 21-8960 & VA Form 21-8960-1)
Document Number: 2017-02003
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-31
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed revision of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. VA Forms 21-8960 & 21-8960-1 are used to gather the necessary information to determine continued benefit entitlement to or for a child between the ages of 18 and 23 who is attending school.
Proposed Information Collection Activity: (Income Verification)
Document Number: 2017-01753
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including this new collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on information needed to identify areas for improvement in clinical training programs.
Proposed Information Collection Activity: (PACT: Veteran's Health and Well-Being)
Document Number: 2017-01752
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including this new collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on information needed to identify areas for improvement in clinical training programs.
Agency Information Collection Activity: Shoulder and Arm Conditions Disability Benefits Questionnaire (VA Form 21-0960M-12)
Document Number: 2017-01751
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed revision of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. VA Forms 21-0960M-12 is used to gather necessary information from a claimant's treating physician regarding the results of medical examinations.
Agency Information Collection Activity: Application for Reimbursement of National Exam Fee (VA Form 22-0810)
Document Number: 2017-01750
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on information needed to determine a claimant's entitlement to reimbursement of national exam fee.
Agency Information Collection Activity: Certification of Affirmation of Enrollment Agreement Correspondence Course (VA Form 22-1999c)
Document Number: 2017-01749
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed revision of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on information needed to determine a claimant's entitlement to educational assistance.
Agency Information Collection Activity: (Application and Training Agreement for Apprenticeship and On-the-Job Training Programs) (VA Form 22-8864; 22-8865))
Document Number: 2017-01748
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on information needed to determine that training programs (Apprenticeship and On-the-Job Training) and agreements meet the statutory requirements for approval.
Agency Information Collection Activity: (Nonsupervised Lender's Nomination and Recommendation of Credit Underwriter (VA Form 26-8736a))
Document Number: 2017-01747
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed revision of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice.
Agency Information Collection Activity: (Statement of Person Claiming to Have Stood in Relation of Parent, VA Form 21P-524))
Document Number: 2017-01746
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed revision of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice.
Agency Information Collection Activity: (VA Request for Determination of Reasonable Value (26-1805 & 26-1805-1))
Document Number: 2017-01745
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed revision of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice.
Agency Information Collection Activity: (Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD) Disability Benefits Questionnaire (VA Form 21-0960A-1), Hairy Cell and Other B-Cell Leukemias Disability Benefits Questionnaire (VA Form 21-0960B-1), and Parkinson's Disease Disability Benefits Questionnaire (VA Form 21-0960C-1)). Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2017-01744
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-21), this notice announces that the Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, will submit the collection of information abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The PRA submission describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden and it includes the actual data collection instrument.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Submission of School Catalog to the State Approving Agency
Document Number: 2017-01743
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3521), this notice announces that the Office of Policy and Planning (OPP), Department of Veterans Affairs, will submit the collection of information abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The PRA submission describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden; it includes the actual data collection instrument. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on this collection of information was published on November 3, 2016, Vol. 81, page 76699.
Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2017-01567
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-24
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Cost-of-Living Adjustments Effective December 1, 2016
Document Number: 2017-01458
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-24
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
As required by law, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is hereby giving notice of cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) in certain benefit rates. These COLAs affect the dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) program. The rate of the adjustment is tied to the increase in Social Security benefits effective December 1, 2016, as announced by the Social Security Administration (SSA). SSA has announced an increase of 0.3%.
Agency Information Collection Activity: Status of Dependents Questionnaire (VA Form 21-0538).
Document Number: 2017-01398
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-23
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed revision of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. VA Form 21-0538 is used to request certification of the status of dependents for whom additional compensation is being paid to veterans. Without this information, continued entitlement to the benefits for dependents could not be determined.
Agency Information Collection Activity: (Annual Certification of Veteran Status and Veteran relatives (VA Form 20-0344))
Document Number: 2017-01397
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-23
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed revision of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. VA Form 20-0344 is completed by VBA employees, non-VBA employees in VBA space and Veteran Service Organization (VSO) employees who have access to benefit records. These individuals are required to provide personal identifying information for themselves and any veteran relatives, so VA is able to identify and properly protect these benefit records.
Loan Guaranty: Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology Grant Program
Document Number: 2017-00797
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-17
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing the availability of funds for the Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology (SAHAT) Grant Program for fiscal year (FY) 2017. The objective of the grant is to encourage the development of new assistive technologies for specially adapted housing. This Notice is intended to provide applicants with the information necessary to apply for the SAHAT Grant Program. Registration will be available at www.Grants.gov. VA strongly recommends referring to the Loan GuarantySpecially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology Grant Program final rule (38 CFR 36.4412) in conjunction with this Notice. The registration process described within this Notice applies only to applicants who will register to submit project applications for FY 2017 SAHAT Grant Program funds.
Repayment by VA of Educational Loans for Certain Psychiatrists; Correction
Document Number: 2017-00232
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-01-17
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs published in the Federal Register on September 29, 2016, a document amending its regulations concerning the repayment of educational loans for certain psychiatrists who agree to a period of obligated service with VA. The document contained several section and paragraph numbering errors. This document corrects the errors and does not make any substantive change to the content of the final rule.
Agency Information Collection Activity: (Non-Degenerative Arthritis (Including Inflammatory, Autoimmune, Crystalline and Infectious Arthritis) and Dysbaric Osteonecrosis Disability Benefits Questionnaire (VA Form 21-0960M-3)
Document Number: 2017-00624
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-13
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed revision of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. VA Forms 21-0960M-3 is used to gather necessary information from a claimant's treating physician regarding the results of medical examinations.
Diseases Associated With Exposure to Contaminants in the Water Supply at Camp Lejeune
Document Number: 2017-00499
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-01-13
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its adjudication regulations regarding presumptive service connection, adding certain diseases associated with contaminants present in the base water supply at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (Camp Lejeune), North Carolina, from August 1, 1953, to December 31, 1987. This final rule establishes that veterans, former reservists, and former National Guard members, who served at Camp Lejeune for no less than 30 days (consecutive or nonconsecutive) during this period, and who have been diagnosed with any of eight associated diseases, are presumed to have incurred or aggravated the disease in service for purposes of entitlement to VA benefits. In addition, this final rule establishes a presumption that these individuals were disabled during the relevant period of service for purposes of establishing active military service for benefits purposes. Under this presumption, affected former reservists and National Guard members have veteran status for purposes of entitlement to some VA benefits. This amendment implements a decision by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs that service connection on a presumptive basis is warranted for claimants who served at Camp Lejeune during the relevant period and for the requisite amount of time and later develop certain diseases.
Notice of Availability of a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Reconfiguration of VA Black Hills Health Care System (BHHCS)
Document Number: 2017-00278
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-11
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
VA announces the availability of the ROD for the Reconfiguration of VA Black Hills Health Care System (BHHCS). The ROD states the decision to implement VA's preferred alternative as described in the Final EIS. Environmental consequences of the action are discussed in the ROD, along with the required minimization and mitigation measures.
Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2017-00235
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-10
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Agency Information Collection Activity: (Application Requirements To Receive VA Dental Insurance Plan Benefits under 38 CFR 17.169)
Document Number: 2017-00208
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-10
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3521), this notice announces that the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Department of Veterans Affairs, will submit the collection of information abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The PRA submission describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden; it includes the actual data collection instrument.
Ecclesiastical Endorsing Organizations
Document Number: 2016-31949
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-01-05
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its medical regulations by establishing in regulation the eligibility requirements that ecclesiastical endorsing organizations must meet in order to provide ecclesiastical endorsements of individuals seeking employment as VA chaplains or of individuals who are seeking to be engaged by VA under contract or appointed as on-facility fee basis VA chaplains under 38 U.S.C. 7405. VA considers the veterans' spiritual care an integral part of the veterans' overall health care. As such, VA is committed to providing qualified VA chaplains to address the veterans' spiritual needs by engaging chaplains that are ecclesiastically endorsed. Ecclesiastical endorsement would certify that the individual is qualified to perform all the religious sacraments, rites, rituals, ceremonies and ordinances needed by members of a particular faith.
Agency Information Collection Activity: (Foot Conditions Including Flatfoot (Pes Planus) Disability Benefits Questionnaire (VA Form 21-0960M-6)
Document Number: 2016-31459
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-29
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed revision of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. VA Forms 21-0960M-6 is used to gather necessary information from a claimant's treating physician regarding the results of medical examinations.
Agency Information Collection Activity: Back (Thoracolumbar Spine) Conditions Disability Benefits Questionnaire (VA Form 21-0960M-14)
Document Number: 2016-31458
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-29
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed revision of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. VA Forms 21-0960M-14 is used to gather necessary information from a claimant's treating physician regarding the results of medical examinations.
Agency Information Collection Activity: (Knee and Lower Leg Conditions Disability Benefits Questionnaire (VA Form 21-0960M-9))
Document Number: 2016-31318
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-28
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed revision of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. VA Forms 21-0960M-9 is used to gather necessary information from a claimant's treating physician regarding the results of medical examinations.
Agency Information Collection Activity: (Elbow and Forearm Conditions Disability Benefits Questionnaire (VA Form 21-0960M-4))
Document Number: 2016-31317
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-28
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed revision of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. VA Forms 21-0960M-4 is used to gather necessary information from a claimant's treating physician regarding the results of medical examinations.
Agency Information Collection Activity: (Hip and Thigh Conditions Disability Benefits Questionnaire (VA Form 21-0960M-8))
Document Number: 2016-31316
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-28
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed revision of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. VA Forms 21-0960M-8 is used to gather necessary information from a claimant's treating physician regarding the results of medical examinations.
Agency Information Collection Activity: (State Approving Agency Reports and Notices 38 CFR 21.4154, 21.4250(b), 21.4258, 21.4259)
Document Number: 2016-31118
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-27
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on information needed to determine a claimant's entitlement to education benefits.
Advisory Committee Charter Renewals
Document Number: 2016-30698
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-21
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee ACT (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2, and after consultation with the General Services Administration, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has determined that the following Federal advisory committee is vital to the mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and renewing its charter would be in the public interest. Consequently, the charter for the following Federal advisory committee is renewed for a two-year period, beginning on the dates listed below:
Special Monthly Compensation for Veterans With Traumatic Brain Injury
Document Number: 2016-30509
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-21
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) seeks to amend its adjudication regulations to add an additional benefit for veterans with residuals of traumatic brain injury (TBI). This benefit was enacted by the Veterans' Benefits Act of 2010 and provides special monthly compensation for veterans with TBI who are in need of aid and attendance and, in the absence of such aid and attendance, would require hospitalization, nursing home care, or other residential institutional care. Prior to the law's enactment, veterans with TBI were not eligible for this benefit unless they had a separate service- related disability that qualified under the law.
Reimbursement for Caskets and Urns for Burial of Unclaimed Remains in a National Cemetery
Document Number: 2016-30510
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is updating the monetary reimbursement rates for caskets and urns purchased for the interment in a VA national cemetery of Veterans who die with no known next of kin and where there are insufficient resources for furnishing a burial container. The purpose of this notice is to notify interested parties of the rates that will apply to reimbursement claims that occur during calendar year (CY) 2017.