Elimination of On-the-Job Training and Apprenticeship Trainee Certification, 59190-59192 [2020-17844]

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Gretchen Jacobs, Interim Executive Director. [FR Doc. 2020–18411 Filed 9–18–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8150–01–P DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS 38 CFR Part 21 RIN 2900–AQ61 Elimination of On-the-Job Training and Apprenticeship Trainee Certification Department of Veterans Affairs. Final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations that contain the requirements for certification of attendance at on-the-job training and apprenticeship programs. This final rule adopts without change a proposed rule implementing a section of the ‘‘Veterans Apprenticeship and Labor Opportunity Reform Act’’ (VALOR Act), which eliminated the requirement that veterans and other eligible persons certify attendance at an on-the-job or apprentice training program prior to disbursement of a training assistance allowance. This final rule also eliminates the certification requirement for trainees in a program of apprenticeship or on-the-job training under chapter 30 of title 38, United States Code. DATES: This rule is effective on October 21, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl Amitay, Chief, Policy and Regulation Development Staff (225C), Education Service, Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20420, (202) 461–9700. (This is not a toll-free telephone number.) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On February 28, 2020, VA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register (85 FR 11906), which would amend its regulations that contain the requirements for certification of attendance at on-the-job training and apprenticeship programs. VA provided a 60-day comment period, which ended on April 28, 2020. We received 2 comments on the proposed rule. This rule adopts as a final rule, without changes, the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on February 28, 2020. Section 3 of the ‘‘Veterans Apprenticeship and Labor Opportunity SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Reform Act’’ (VALOR Act), Public Law 115–89, amended 38 U.S.C. 3680(c) to eliminate the requirement that veterans and other eligible persons who receive on-the-job training or apprenticeship training (‘‘trainees’’) certify attendance at on-the-job or apprenticeship training prior to disbursement of a training assistance allowance, thereby placing the responsibility solely on employers to certify attendance in on-the-job and apprenticeship programs. VA proposed to implement the VALOR Act by amending 38 CFR 21.4138(e)(2)(ii), 21.5133(b)(2), and 21.7640(a)(3)(ii) to remove references to the trainee certification requirement, revising the authority citation for §§ 21.4138(e) and 21.5133, and revising the information collection approval parenthetical at the end of §§ 21.4138, 21.5133, and 21.7640. VA also proposed to revise 38 CFR 21.7140(c)(2)(ii) to eliminate the trainee certification requirement for trainees in a program of apprenticeship or on-thejob training under 38 U.S.C. chapter 30, add an authority citation for paragraph (c)(2), and revise the information collection approval parenthetical at the end of the section. Both comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking that VA received were supportive in part or in whole and lauded VA for reducing the administrative burden on veterans pursuing apprenticeship or on-the job training programs eligible for GI Bill benefits. One commenter pointed out that the rule codifies Congressional intent in enacting the VALOR Act and eliminates an obstacle to obtaining training. VA agrees with the commenter. The other commenter stated that, because a trainee would no longer be required to sign a certification under the proposed rule, a disagreement could arise if the trainee does not agree with the training establishment or trainer’s calculation of hours. However, VA finds that there should rarely, if ever, be a discrepancy as to the number of hours earned by a trainee because the total amount of program hours is already prescribed in the established, documented training plan for the program. The periodic certification merely indicates to VA that the correct apportioned amount has been completed, i.e., that the trainee remains in the program and has not terminated training. Indeed, Congress eliminated the dual certification requirement because experience had shown it to be unnecessary. H.R. Rep. 115–398, at 3–4 (2017). In the unlikely event a discrepancy does arise, VA would, of course, take appropriate steps to resolve the discrepancy with the trainee and the training establishment or trainer, and E:\FR\FM\21SER1.SGM 21SER1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 183 / Monday, September 21, 2020 / Rules and Regulations we would reassess the need for specific regulations on that issue in the future if such need arises. No changes are warranted based on the two comments. Based on the rationale set forth in the notice of proposed rulemaking and in this document, VA adopts the proposed rule as a final rule. Executive Orders 12866, 13563, and 13771 Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess the costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, when regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health and safety effects, and other advantages; distributive impacts; and equity). Executive Order 13563 (Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review) emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, reducing costs, harmonizing rules, and promoting flexibility. The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has determined that this rule is not a significant regulatory action under Executive Order 12866. VA’s impact analysis can be found as a supporting document at http:// www.regulations.gov, usually within 48 hours after the rulemaking document is published. Additionally, a copy of the rulemaking and its regulatory impact analysis are available on VA’s website at http://www.va.gov/orpm/ by following the link for ‘‘VA Regulations Published From FY 2004 Through Fiscal Year to Date.’’ This final rule is not an E.O. 13771 regulatory action because the rule is not significant under E.O. 12886. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES Regulatory Flexibility Act The Secretary hereby certifies that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities as they are defined in the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601–612). This rulemaking does not change VA’s policy or provisions involving any small entities. Therefore, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 605(b), the initial and final regulatory flexibility analysis requirements of 5 U.S.C. 603 and 604 do not apply. Unfunded Mandates The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 requires at 2 U.S.C. 1532 that agencies prepare an assessment of anticipated costs and benefits before issuing any rule that may result in the expenditure by State, local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:14 Sep 18, 2020 Jkt 250001 private sector, of $100 million or more (adjusted annually for inflation) in any one year. This final rule will have no such effect on State, local, and tribal governments, or on the private sector. Congressional Review Act Pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs designated this rule as not a major rule, as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2). Paperwork Reduction Act This final rule contains provisions constituting a collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501–3521). As required by 44 U.S.C. 3507(d), VA submitted this information collection to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. OMB approved the information collection requirement in 38 CFR 21.4138(e)(2), 21.5133(b), 21.7140(c)(2), and 21.7640(a)(3) and assigned OMB control number 2900–0178. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance numbers and titles for the programs affected by this document are 64.027, Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance; 64.028, Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance; 64.032, Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve; Reserve Educational Assistance Program; 64.117, Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance; 64.120, Post-Vietnam Era Veterans’ Educational Assistance; 64.124, AllVolunteer Force Educational Assistance. List of Subjects in 38 CFR Part 21 Administrative practice and procedure; Armed forces; Civil rights; Claims; Colleges and universities; Conflict of interests; Defense Department; Education; Employment; Grant programs—education; Grant programs—veterans; Health care; Loan Programs—education; Loan programs— veterans; Manpower training programs; Reporting and recordkeeping requirements; Schools; Travel and transportation expenses; Veterans; Vocational education; Vocational rehabilitation. Signing Authority The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, or designee, 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. Brooks D. Tucker, Acting Chief of Staff, Department of Veterans Affairs, PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 59191 approved this document on August 11, 2020, for publication. Luvenia Potts, Regulation Development Coordinator, Office of Regulation Policy & Management, Office of the Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs. For the reasons stated in the preamble, VA amends 38 CFR part 21 as follows: PART 21—VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND EDUCATION Subpart D—Administration of Educational Assistance Programs 1. The authority citation for part 21, Subpart D continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 10 U.S.C. 2141 note, ch. 1606; 38 U.S.C. 501(a), chs. 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, and as noted in specific sections. 2. Amend § 21.4138 by: a. Revising paragraph (e)(2)(ii). b. Revising the authority citation for paragraph (e). ■ c. Revising the information collection approval parenthetical at the end of the section. The revisions read as follows: ■ ■ ■ § 21.4138 Certifications and release of payments. * * * * * (e) * * * (2) * * * (ii) VA has received from the training establishment a certification of hours worked. * * * * * (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 5113, 3680(b), 3680(c), 3680(g)) * * * * * (The Office of Management and Budget has approved the information collection requirements in this section under control numbers 2900–0178 and 2900–0604) Subpart G—Post-Vietnam Era Veterans’ Educational Assistance Under 38 U.S.C. Chapter 32 3. The authority citation for part 21, Subpart G continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 38 U.S.C. 501(a), chs. 32, 36, and as noted in specific sections. 4. Amend § 21.5133 by: a. Revising paragraph (b)(2). b. Revising the information collection approval parenthetical at the end of the section. ■ c. Revising the authority citation at the end of the section. The revisions read as follows: ■ ■ ■ § 21.5133 Certifications and release of payments. * E:\FR\FM\21SER1.SGM * * 21SER1 * * 59192 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 183 / Monday, September 21, 2020 / Rules and Regulations (b) * * * (2) VA has received from the training establishment a certification of hours worked. Generally, this certification will be required monthly, resulting in monthly payments. * * * * * (Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control numbers 2900–0178 and 2900–0465) (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3680(c), 3680(g), 3689) 5. The authority citation for part 21, Subpart K continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 38 U.S.C. 501(a), chs. 30, 36, and as noted in specific sections. 6. Amend § 21.7140 by: a. Revising paragraph (c)(2)(ii). b. Adding an authority citation for paragraph (c)(2). ■ c. Revising the information collection approval parenthetical at the end of the section. The revisions and addition read as follows: ■ ■ ■ § 21.7140 Certifications and release of payments. * * * * * (c) * * * (2) * * * (ii) VA has received from the training establishment a certification of hours worked. (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3034, 3680(g)) * * * * (The Office of Management and Budget has approved the information collection provisions in this section under control numbers 2900–0178, 2900–0695, and 2900– 0698) Subpart L—Educational Assistance for Members of the Selected Reserve 7. The authority citation for part 21, Subpart L continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 10 U.S.C. ch. 1606; 38 U.S.C. 501(a), 512, ch. 36, and as noted in specific sections. 8. Amend § 21.7640 by: a. Revising paragraph (a)(3)(ii). b. Revising the information collection approval parenthetical at the end of the section. The revisions read as follows: ■ ■ ■ § 21.7640 Release of payments. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES * * * * * (a) * * * (3) * * * (ii) VA has received certification by the training establishment of the reservist’s hours worked. * * * * * VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:14 Sep 18, 2020 Jkt 250001 [FR Doc. 2020–17844 Filed 9–18–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 52 [EPA–R04–OAR–2020–0170; FRL–10013– 41–Region 4] Subpart K—All Volunteer Force Educational Assistance Program (Montgomery GI Bill—Active Duty) * (Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control numbers 2900–0073 and 2900–0178) Air Plan Approval; Alabama: Air Quality Control, VOC Definition Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Final rule. 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SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah LaRocca, Air Regulatory Management Section, Air Planning and Implementation Branch, Air and Radiation Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, 61 Forsyth Street SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303–8960. Ms. LaRocca can be reached via telephone at (404) 562–8994 or via electronic mail at larocca.sarah@ epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Tropospheric ozone, commonly known as smog, occurs when VOC and nitrogen oxides (NOX) react in the atmosphere in the presence of sunlight. Because of the harmful health effects of ozone, EPA and state governments implement rules to limit the amount of certain VOC and NOX that can be released into the atmosphere. VOC have different levels of reactivity; they do not react at the same speed or do not form ozone to the same extent. Section 302(s) of the CAA specifies that EPA has the authority to define the meaning of ‘‘VOC,’’ and hence, what compounds shall be treated as VOC for regulatory purposes. EPA determines whether a given carbon compound has ‘‘negligible’’ reactivity by comparing the compound’s reactivity to the reactivity of ethane. It is EPA’s policy that compounds of carbon with negligible reactivity be excluded from the regulatory definition of VOC. See 42 FR 35314 (July 8, 1977), 70 FR 54046 (September 13, 2005). EPA lists these compounds in its regulations at 40 CFR 51.100(s) and excludes them from the definition of VOC. The chemicals on this list are often called ‘‘negligibly reactive.’’ EPA may periodically revise the list of negligibly reactive compounds to add or delete compounds. II. Analysis of State Submission EPA is approving the change to the Alabama SIP submitted by the State of Alabama through a letter dated February 27, 2020,1 that revises the definition of ‘‘Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)’’ at subparagraph (gggg) of Rule 335–3–1– .02—‘‘Definitions’’ by adding cis1,1,1,4,4,4—hexafluorobut-2-ene (HFO1336mzz-Z) to the list of organic compounds having negligible photochemical reactivity.2 Alabama submitted this SIP revision in response to EPA adding cis-1,1,1,4,4,41 EPA received Alabama’s SIP revision on March 5, 2020. 2 On February 27, 2020, Alabama submitted other SIP revisions which will be addressed in separate actions. E:\FR\FM\21SER1.SGM 21SER1

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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

38 CFR Part 21

RIN 2900-AQ61


Elimination of On-the-Job Training and Apprenticeship Trainee 
Certification

AGENCY: Department of Veterans Affairs.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its 
regulations that contain the requirements for certification of 
attendance at on-the-job training and apprenticeship programs. This 
final rule adopts without change a proposed rule implementing a section 
of the ``Veterans Apprenticeship and Labor Opportunity Reform Act'' 
(VALOR Act), which eliminated the requirement that veterans and other 
eligible persons certify attendance at an on-the-job or apprentice 
training program prior to disbursement of a training assistance 
allowance. This final rule also eliminates the certification 
requirement for trainees in a program of apprenticeship or on-the-job 
training under chapter 30 of title 38, United States Code.

DATES: This rule is effective on October 21, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl Amitay, Chief, Policy and 
Regulation Development Staff (225C), Education Service, Department of 
Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20420, (202) 461-
9700. (This is not a toll-free telephone number.)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On February 28, 2020, VA published a 
proposed rule in the Federal Register (85 FR 11906), which would amend 
its regulations that contain the requirements for certification of 
attendance at on-the-job training and apprenticeship programs. VA 
provided a 60-day comment period, which ended on April 28, 2020. We 
received 2 comments on the proposed rule. This rule adopts as a final 
rule, without changes, the proposed rule published in the Federal 
Register on February 28, 2020.
    Section 3 of the ``Veterans Apprenticeship and Labor Opportunity 
Reform Act'' (VALOR Act), Public Law 115-89, amended 38 U.S.C. 3680(c) 
to eliminate the requirement that veterans and other eligible persons 
who receive on-the-job training or apprenticeship training 
(``trainees'') certify attendance at on-the-job or apprenticeship 
training prior to disbursement of a training assistance allowance, 
thereby placing the responsibility solely on employers to certify 
attendance in on-the-job and apprenticeship programs. VA proposed to 
implement the VALOR Act by amending 38 CFR 21.4138(e)(2)(ii), 
21.5133(b)(2), and 21.7640(a)(3)(ii) to remove references to the 
trainee certification requirement, revising the authority citation for 
Sec. Sec.  21.4138(e) and 21.5133, and revising the information 
collection approval parenthetical at the end of Sec. Sec.  21.4138, 
21.5133, and 21.7640.
    VA also proposed to revise 38 CFR 21.7140(c)(2)(ii) to eliminate 
the trainee certification requirement for trainees in a program of 
apprenticeship or on-the-job training under 38 U.S.C. chapter 30, add 
an authority citation for paragraph (c)(2), and revise the information 
collection approval parenthetical at the end of the section.
    Both comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking that VA received 
were supportive in part or in whole and lauded VA for reducing the 
administrative burden on veterans pursuing apprenticeship or on-the job 
training programs eligible for GI Bill benefits. One commenter pointed 
out that the rule codifies Congressional intent in enacting the VALOR 
Act and eliminates an obstacle to obtaining training. VA agrees with 
the commenter.
    The other commenter stated that, because a trainee would no longer 
be required to sign a certification under the proposed rule, a 
disagreement could arise if the trainee does not agree with the 
training establishment or trainer's calculation of hours. However, VA 
finds that there should rarely, if ever, be a discrepancy as to the 
number of hours earned by a trainee because the total amount of program 
hours is already prescribed in the established, documented training 
plan for the program. The periodic certification merely indicates to VA 
that the correct apportioned amount has been completed, i.e., that the 
trainee remains in the program and has not terminated training. Indeed, 
Congress eliminated the dual certification requirement because 
experience had shown it to be unnecessary. H.R. Rep. 115-398, at 3-4 
(2017). In the unlikely event a discrepancy does arise, VA would, of 
course, take appropriate steps to resolve the discrepancy with the 
trainee and the training establishment or trainer, and

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we would reassess the need for specific regulations on that issue in 
the future if such need arises.
    No changes are warranted based on the two comments.
    Based on the rationale set forth in the notice of proposed 
rulemaking and in this document, VA adopts the proposed rule as a final 
rule.

Executive Orders 12866, 13563, and 13771

    Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess the 
costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, when 
regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize 
net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public 
health and safety effects, and other advantages; distributive impacts; 
and equity). Executive Order 13563 (Improving Regulation and Regulatory 
Review) emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and 
benefits, reducing costs, harmonizing rules, and promoting flexibility. 
The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has determined that 
this rule is not a significant regulatory action under Executive Order 
12866.
    VA's impact analysis can be found as a supporting document at 
http://www.regulations.gov, usually within 48 hours after the 
rulemaking document is published. Additionally, a copy of the 
rulemaking and its regulatory impact analysis are available on VA's 
website at http://www.va.gov/orpm/ by following the link for ``VA 
Regulations Published From FY 2004 Through Fiscal Year to Date.''
    This final rule is not an E.O. 13771 regulatory action because the 
rule is not significant under E.O. 12886.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Secretary hereby certifies that this rule will not have a 
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities 
as they are defined in the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-
612). This rulemaking does not change VA's policy or provisions 
involving any small entities. Therefore, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 605(b), 
the initial and final regulatory flexibility analysis requirements of 5 
U.S.C. 603 and 604 do not apply.

Unfunded Mandates

    The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 requires at 2 U.S.C. 1532 
that agencies prepare an assessment of anticipated costs and benefits 
before issuing any rule that may result in the expenditure by State, 
local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private 
sector, of $100 million or more (adjusted annually for inflation) in 
any one year. This final rule will have no such effect on State, local, 
and tribal governments, or on the private sector.

Congressional Review Act

    Pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), 
the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs designated this rule 
as not a major rule, as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2).

Paperwork Reduction Act

    This final rule contains provisions constituting a collection of 
information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-
3521). As required by 44 U.S.C. 3507(d), VA submitted this information 
collection to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. OMB 
approved the information collection requirement in 38 CFR 
21.4138(e)(2), 21.5133(b), 21.7140(c)(2), and 21.7640(a)(3) and 
assigned OMB control number 2900-0178.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

    The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance numbers and titles for 
the programs affected by this document are 64.027, Post-9/11 Veterans 
Educational Assistance; 64.028, Post-9/11 Veterans Educational 
Assistance; 64.032, Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve; Reserve 
Educational Assistance Program; 64.117, Survivors and Dependents 
Educational Assistance; 64.120, Post-Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational 
Assistance; 64.124, All-Volunteer Force Educational Assistance.

List of Subjects in 38 CFR Part 21

    Administrative practice and procedure; Armed forces; Civil rights; 
Claims; Colleges and universities; Conflict of interests; Defense 
Department; Education; Employment; Grant programs--education; Grant 
programs--veterans; Health care; Loan Programs--education; Loan 
programs--veterans; Manpower training programs; Reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements; Schools; Travel and transportation 
expenses; Veterans; Vocational education; Vocational rehabilitation.

Signing Authority

    The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, or designee, 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. Brooks D. 
Tucker, Acting Chief of Staff, Department of Veterans Affairs, approved 
this document on August 11, 2020, for publication.

Luvenia Potts,
Regulation Development Coordinator, Office of Regulation Policy & 
Management, Office of the Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs.

    For the reasons stated in the preamble, VA amends 38 CFR part 21 as 
follows:

PART 21--VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND EDUCATION

Subpart D--Administration of Educational Assistance Programs

0
1. The authority citation for part 21, Subpart D continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 10 U.S.C. 2141 note, ch. 1606; 38 U.S.C. 501(a), chs. 
30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, and as noted in specific sections.


0
2. Amend Sec.  21.4138 by:
0
a. Revising paragraph (e)(2)(ii).
0
b. Revising the authority citation for paragraph (e).
0
c. Revising the information collection approval parenthetical at the 
end of the section.
    The revisions read as follows:


Sec.  21.4138   Certifications and release of payments.

* * * * *
    (e) * * *
    (2) * * *
    (ii) VA has received from the training establishment a 
certification of hours worked.
* * * * *

(Authority: 38 U.S.C. 5113, 3680(b), 3680(c), 3680(g))

* * * * *
(The Office of Management and Budget has approved the information 
collection requirements in this section under control numbers 2900-
0178 and 2900-0604)

Subpart G--Post-Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational Assistance Under 
38 U.S.C. Chapter 32

0
3. The authority citation for part 21, Subpart G continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 38 U.S.C. 501(a), chs. 32, 36, and as noted in 
specific sections.


0
4. Amend Sec.  21.5133 by:
0
a. Revising paragraph (b)(2).
0
b. Revising the information collection approval parenthetical at the 
end of the section.
0
c. Revising the authority citation at the end of the section.
    The revisions read as follows:


Sec.  21.5133  Certifications and release of payments.

* * * * *

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    (b) * * *
    (2) VA has received from the training establishment a certification 
of hours worked. Generally, this certification will be required 
monthly, resulting in monthly payments.
* * * * *
(Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control 
numbers 2900-0178 and 2900-0465)

(Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3680(c), 3680(g), 3689)

Subpart K--All Volunteer Force Educational Assistance Program 
(Montgomery GI Bill--Active Duty)

0
5. The authority citation for part 21, Subpart K continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 38 U.S.C. 501(a), chs. 30, 36, and as noted in 
specific sections.


0
6. Amend Sec.  21.7140 by:
0
a. Revising paragraph (c)(2)(ii).
0
b. Adding an authority citation for paragraph (c)(2).
0
c. Revising the information collection approval parenthetical at the 
end of the section.
    The revisions and addition read as follows:


Sec.  21.7140  Certifications and release of payments.

* * * * *
    (c) * * *
    (2) * * *
    (ii) VA has received from the training establishment a 
certification of hours worked.

(Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3034, 3680(g))

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(The Office of Management and Budget has approved the information 
collection provisions in this section under control numbers 2900-
0178, 2900-0695, and 2900-0698)

Subpart L--Educational Assistance for Members of the Selected 
Reserve

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7. The authority citation for part 21, Subpart L continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 10 U.S.C. ch. 1606; 38 U.S.C. 501(a), 512, ch. 36, 
and as noted in specific sections.


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8. Amend Sec.  21.7640 by:
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a. Revising paragraph (a)(3)(ii).
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b. Revising the information collection approval parenthetical at the 
end of the section.
    The revisions read as follows:


Sec.  21.7640  Release of payments.

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    (a) * * *
    (3) * * *
    (ii) VA has received certification by the training establishment of 
the reservist's hours worked.
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(Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control 
numbers 2900-0073 and 2900-0178)

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