Reimbursement for Caskets and Urns for Burial of Unclaimed Remains in a National Cemetery or a VA-Funded State or Tribal Veterans' Cemetery, 4061 [2020-01005]

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[FR Doc. 2020–01077 Filed 1–22–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–33–P DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Reimbursement for Caskets and Urns for Burial of Unclaimed Remains in a National Cemetery or a VA-Funded State or Tribal Veterans’ Cemetery Department of Veterans Affairs. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: 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 or a VA-funded state or tribal veterans’ 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) 2020. SUMMARY: Jerry Sowders, National Cemetery Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, 4850 Lemay Ferry Road, Saint Louis, MO 63129. Telephone: (314) 461–6216 (this is not a toll-free number). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: OCC may retain PII only in limited circumstances and, if it does so, the OCC must comply with applicable requirements, restrictions, and prohibitions of the Privacy Act of 1974 and other privacy and confidentiality laws that govern the collection, retention, use, and/or disclosure of such PII. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 2 The VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:13 Jan 22, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00171 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 4061 Section 2306(f) of title 38, United States Code, authorizes VA National Cemetery Administration (NCA) to furnish a casket or urn for interment in a VA national cemetery or a VA-funded state or tribal veterans’ cemetery of the unclaimed remains of Veterans for whom VA cannot identify a next of kin and determines that sufficient financial resources for the furnishing of a casket or urn for burial are not available. VA implemented regulations to administer this authority as a reimbursement benefit in section 38.628 of title 38, Code of Federal Regulations. Reimbursement for a claim received in any CY will not exceed the average cost of a 20-gauge metal casket or a durable plastic urn during the fiscal year (FY) preceding the CY of the claim. Average costs are determined by market analysis for 20-gauge metal caskets, designed to contain human remains, with a gasketed seal, and external rails or handles. The same analysis is completed for durable plastic urns, designed to contain human remains, which include a secure closure to contain the cremated remains. Using this method of computation, in FY 2019, the average costs for caskets were determined to be $1,903 for caskets and $149 for urns. Accordingly, the maximum reimbursement rates payable for qualifying interments occurring during CY 2020 are $1,903 for caskets and $149 for urns. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Signing Authority The Secretary of Veterans Affairs approved this document and authorized the undersigned to sign and submit the document to the Office of the Federal Register for publication electronically as an official document of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Pamela Powers, Chief of Staff, Department of Veterans Affairs, approved this document on January 15, 2020, for publication. Luvenia Potts, Regulation Development Coordinator, Office of Regulation Policy & Management, Office of the Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs. [FR Doc. 2020–01005 Filed 1–22–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P E:\FR\FM\23JAN1.SGM 23JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS


Reimbursement for Caskets and Urns for Burial of Unclaimed 
Remains in a National Cemetery or a VA-Funded State or Tribal Veterans' 
Cemetery

AGENCY: Department of Veterans Affairs.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: 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 or a VA-funded state or tribal 
veterans' 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) 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jerry Sowders, National Cemetery 
Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, 4850 Lemay Ferry Road, 
Saint Louis, MO 63129. Telephone: (314) 461-6216 (this is not a toll-
free number).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 2306(f) of title 38, United States 
Code, authorizes VA National Cemetery Administration (NCA) to furnish a 
casket or urn for interment in a VA national cemetery or a VA-funded 
state or tribal veterans' cemetery of the unclaimed remains of Veterans 
for whom VA cannot identify a next of kin and determines that 
sufficient financial resources for the furnishing of a casket or urn 
for burial are not available. VA implemented regulations to administer 
this authority as a reimbursement benefit in section 38.628 of title 
38, Code of Federal Regulations.
    Reimbursement for a claim received in any CY will not exceed the 
average cost of a 20-gauge metal casket or a durable plastic urn during 
the fiscal year (FY) preceding the CY of the claim. Average costs are 
determined by market analysis for 20-gauge metal caskets, designed to 
contain human remains, with a gasketed seal, and external rails or 
handles. The same analysis is completed for durable plastic urns, 
designed to contain human remains, which include a secure closure to 
contain the cremated remains.
    Using this method of computation, in FY 2019, the average costs for 
caskets were determined to be $1,903 for caskets and $149 for urns. 
Accordingly, the maximum reimbursement rates payable for qualifying 
interments occurring during CY 2020 are $1,903 for caskets and $149 for 
urns.

Signing Authority

    The Secretary of Veterans Affairs approved this document and 
authorized the undersigned to sign and submit the document to the 
Office of the Federal Register for publication electronically as an 
official document of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Pamela Powers, 
Chief of Staff, Department of Veterans Affairs, approved this document 
on January 15, 2020, for publication.

Luvenia Potts,
Regulation Development Coordinator, Office of Regulation Policy & 
Management, Office of the Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2020-01005 Filed 1-22-20; 8:45 am]
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