Notice of Request for Applications for the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program, 22209 [2016-08764]

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[FR Doc. 2016–08721 Filed 4–14–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Institute of Food and Agriculture Notice of Request for Applications for the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is announcing the release of the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) request for applications. General information regarding the VMLRP can be obtained at: www.nifa.usda.gov/ vmlrp. The Request for Applications (RFA) can be obtained at: http://nifa.usda.gov/ vmlrp-request-applications-rfa. DATES: Applications are due May 20, 2016. SUMMARY: asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Danielle Tack, Program Coordinator, Institute of Food Production and Sustainability, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20024; telephone: (202) 401–6802; fax: (202) 720–6486; email: vmlrp@nifa.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background and Purpose In January 2003, the National Veterinary Medical Service Act VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Apr 14, 2016 Jkt 238001 (NVMSA) was passed into law adding section 1415A to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1997 (NARETPA). This law established a new Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (7 U.S.C. 3151a) authorizing the Secretary of Agriculture to carry out a program of entering into agreements with veterinarians under which they agree to provide veterinary services in veterinarian shortage situations. Section 7105 of FCEA amended section 1415A to revise the determination of veterinarian shortage situations to consider (1) geographical areas that the Secretary determines have a shortage of veterinarians; and (2) areas of veterinary practice that the Secretary determines have a shortage of veterinarians, such as food animal medicine, public health, epidemiology, and food safety. This section also added that priority should be given to agreements with veterinarians for the practice of food animal medicine in veterinarian shortage situations. NARETPA section 1415A requires the Secretary, when determining the amount of repayment for a year of service by a veterinarian to consider the ability of USDA to maximize the number of agreements from the amounts appropriated and to provide an incentive to serve in veterinary service shortage areas with the greatest need. This section also provides that loan repayments may consist of payments of the principal and interest on government and commercial loans received by the individual for the attendance of the individual at an accredited college of veterinary medicine resulting in a degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or the equivalent. This program is not authorized to provide repayments for any government or commercial loans incurred during the pursuit of another degree, such as an associate or bachelor degree. Loans eligible for repayment include educational loans made for one or more of the following: Loans for tuition expenses; other reasonable educational expenses, including fees, books, and laboratory expenses, incurred by the individual; and reasonable living expenses as determined by the Secretary. In addition, the Secretary is directed to make such additional payments to participants as the Secretary determines appropriate for the purpose of providing reimbursements to participants for individual tax liability resulting from participation in this program. Finally, this section requires USDA to promulgate regulations within 270 days of the enactment of FCEA (i.e., June 18, PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22209 2008). The Secretary delegated the authority to carry out this program to NIFA. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on April 19, 2010 [75 FR 20239–20248] allowing eligible veterinarians to competitively apply for and receive a VMLRP award. From FY 2010 through FY 2015, NIFA received 996 applications from which 340 VMLRP awards were offered. Additional information by funding year can be found at http://nifa.usda.gov/ vmlrp-reports-and-statistics. On December 18, 2015, the President signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Pub. 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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

National Institute of Food and Agriculture


Notice of Request for Applications for the Veterinary Medicine 
Loan Repayment Program

AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is 
announcing the release of the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment 
Program (VMLRP) request for applications. General information regarding 
the VMLRP can be obtained at: www.nifa.usda.gov/vmlrp.
    The Request for Applications (RFA) can be obtained at: http://nifa.usda.gov/vmlrp-request-applications-rfa.

DATES: Applications are due May 20, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Danielle Tack, Program Coordinator, 
Institute of Food Production and Sustainability, National Institute of 
Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC 
20024; telephone: (202) 401-6802; fax: (202) 720-6486; email: 
vmlrp@nifa.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background and Purpose

    In January 2003, the National Veterinary Medical Service Act 
(NVMSA) was passed into law adding section 1415A to the National 
Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1997 
(NARETPA). This law established a new Veterinary Medicine Loan 
Repayment Program (7 U.S.C. 3151a) authorizing the Secretary of 
Agriculture to carry out a program of entering into agreements with 
veterinarians under which they agree to provide veterinary services in 
veterinarian shortage situations.
    Section 7105 of FCEA amended section 1415A to revise the 
determination of veterinarian shortage situations to consider (1) 
geographical areas that the Secretary determines have a shortage of 
veterinarians; and (2) areas of veterinary practice that the Secretary 
determines have a shortage of veterinarians, such as food animal 
medicine, public health, epidemiology, and food safety. This section 
also added that priority should be given to agreements with 
veterinarians for the practice of food animal medicine in veterinarian 
shortage situations.
    NARETPA section 1415A requires the Secretary, when determining the 
amount of repayment for a year of service by a veterinarian to consider 
the ability of USDA to maximize the number of agreements from the 
amounts appropriated and to provide an incentive to serve in veterinary 
service shortage areas with the greatest need. This section also 
provides that loan repayments may consist of payments of the principal 
and interest on government and commercial loans received by the 
individual for the attendance of the individual at an accredited 
college of veterinary medicine resulting in a degree of Doctor of 
Veterinary Medicine or the equivalent. This program is not authorized 
to provide repayments for any government or commercial loans incurred 
during the pursuit of another degree, such as an associate or bachelor 
degree. Loans eligible for repayment include educational loans made for 
one or more of the following: Loans for tuition expenses; other 
reasonable educational expenses, including fees, books, and laboratory 
expenses, incurred by the individual; and reasonable living expenses as 
determined by the Secretary. In addition, the Secretary is directed to 
make such additional payments to participants as the Secretary 
determines appropriate for the purpose of providing reimbursements to 
participants for individual tax liability resulting from participation 
in this program. Finally, this section requires USDA to promulgate 
regulations within 270 days of the enactment of FCEA (i.e., June 18, 
2008). The Secretary delegated the authority to carry out this program 
to NIFA. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on April 
19, 2010 [75 FR 20239-20248] allowing eligible veterinarians to 
competitively apply for and receive a VMLRP award.
    From FY 2010 through FY 2015, NIFA received 996 applications from 
which 340 VMLRP awards were offered. Additional information by funding 
year can be found at http://nifa.usda.gov/vmlrp-reports-and-statistics. 
On December 18, 2015, the President signed into law the Consolidated 
Appropriations Act, 2016 (Pub. L. 114-113), which appropriated 
$5,000,000 for the VMLRP. Funding for future years will be based on 
annual appropriations and balances, if any, remaining from prior years.
    The eligibility criteria for applicants and the application forms 
and associated instructions needed to apply for a VMLRP award can be 
viewed and downloaded from the VMLRP Web site at: http://nifa.usda.gov/vmlrp-applicants.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 6th day of April, 2016.
 Sonny Ramaswamy,
Director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
[FR Doc. 2016-08764 Filed 4-14-16; 8:45 am]
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