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VA Claims and Appeals Modernization
Document Number: 2018-28350
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-01-18
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its claims adjudication, appeals, and Rules of Practice of the Board of Veterans' Appeals (Board) regulations. In addition, this rule revises VA's regulations with respect to accreditation of attorneys, agents, and Veterans Service Organization (VSO) representatives; the standards of conduct for persons practicing before VA; and the rules governing fees for representation. This rulemaking implements the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (AMA), which amended the procedures applicable to administrative review and appeal of VA decisions on claims for benefits, creating a new, modernized review system. Unless otherwise specified in this final rule, VA amends its regulations applicable to all claims processed under the new review system, which generally applies where an initial VA decision on a claim is provided on or after the effective date or where a claimant has elected to opt into the new review system under established procedures. For the reasons set forth in the proposed rule and in this final rule, VA is adopting the proposed rule as final, with minor changes, as explained below.
Allowance for Private Purchase of an Outer Burial Receptacle in Lieu of a Government-Furnished Graveliner for a Grave in a VA National Cemetery
Document Number: 2018-28401
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-31
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is updating the monetary allowance payable for qualifying interments that occur during calendar year 2019, which applies toward the private purchase of an outer burial receptacle (or ``graveliner'') for use in a VA national cemetery. The allowance is equal to the average cost of Government- furnished graveliners less any administrative costs to VA. The purpose of this Notice is to notify interested parties of the average cost of Government-furnished graveliners, administrative costs that relate to processing and paying the allowance and the amount of the allowance payable for qualifying interments that occur during calendar year 2019.
Agency Information Collection Activity: Certification of Lessons Completed
Document Number: 2018-28083
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-27
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.
Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2018-28009
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-27
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
VA Acquisition Regulation: Special Contracting Methods
Document Number: 2018-27591
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-12-27
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend and update its VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) in phased increments to revise or remove any policy superseded by changes in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), to remove any procedural guidance that is internal to VA into the VA Acquisition Manual (VAAM), and to incorporate new regulations or policies. These changes seek to streamline and align the VAAR with the FAR and remove outdated and duplicative requirements and reduce burden on contractors. The VAAM incorporates portions of the removed VAAR as well as other internal agency acquisition policy. VA will rewrite certain parts of the VAAR and VAAM, and as VAAR parts are rewritten, VA will publish them in the Federal Register. VA will combine related topics, as appropriate. In particular, this rulemaking revises VAAR concerning Special Contracting Methods and Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses.
Veterans and Community Oversight and Engagement Board, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2018-27923
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans' Group Life Insurance Increased Coverage
Document Number: 2018-27749
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-12-21
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Current statutory provisions provide Veterans' Group Life Insurance (VGLI) insureds under the age of 60 with the opportunity to increase their VGLI coverage by $25,000 not more than once in each five-year period beginning on the one-year anniversary of the date a person becomes insured under VGLI. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is finalizing the amendment of its VGLI regulations to establish a permanent regulatory framework for such elections of increased coverage. The final rule clarifies that coverage increases in an amount less than $25,000 are available only when existing VGLI coverage is within $25,000 of the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance maximum of $400,000, and any increases of less than $25,000 must be only in an amount that would bring the insurance coverage up to the statutory maximum.
Agency Information Collection Activity: Application for Veteran Employment through Technology Education Courses High Technology Program
Document Number: 2018-27503
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-20
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Benefits Administration, 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 new collection of information, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice.
Notice of Funding Availability Under Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program
Document Number: 2018-27465
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-19
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the availability of funds for supportive services grants for new applicants and existing grantees under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. This Notice of Fund Availability (NOFA) contains information concerning the SSVF Program, supportive services grant application process. Awards made for supportive services grants will fund operations beginning October 1, 2019.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2018-27334
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-18
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Privacy Act of 1974 requires that all agencies publish in the Federal Register a notice of the existence and character of their systems of records. Notice is hereby given that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is establishing a new system of records entitled, ``HealthShare Referral Manager (HSRM)-VA'' (180VA10D).
Loan Guaranty: Revisions to VA-Guaranteed or Insured Cash-Out Home Refinance Loans
Document Number: 2018-27263
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-12-17
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its rules on VA-guaranteed or insured cash-out refinance loans. The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act requires VA to promulgate regulations governing cash-out refinance loans. This interim final rule defines the parameters of when VA will permit cash-out refinance loans, to include defining net tangible benefit, recoupment, and seasoning requirements.
Notice of Availability of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the West Los Angeles Medical Center Campus Draft Master Plan
Document Number: 2018-27126
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-14
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
VA announces the availability of the draft PEIS for the VA West Los Angeles Medical Center Campus (WLA) draft Master Plan for public comment. The draft PEIS identifies, analyzes, and documents the potential environmental, cultural, socioeconomic, and cumulative impacts of the proposed improvements and alternatives for redevelopment as set forth in the WLA draft Master Plan.
Loan Guaranty: Assistance to Eligible Individuals in Acquiring Specially Adapted Housing; Cost-of-Construction Index
Document Number: 2018-27025
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-13
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announces that the aggregate amounts of assistance available under the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant program will increase by 5.63 percent for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019.
National Research Advisory Council; Notice of Meeting; Cancellation
Document Number: 2018-26714
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-11
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Reasonable Charges for Medical Care or Services; v3.25, 2019 Calendar Year Update and National Average Administrative Prescription Drug Charge Update
Document Number: 2018-26459
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-06
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) notice updates the data for calculating the ``Reasonable Charges'' collected or recovered by VA for medical care or services. This notice also updates the ``National Average Administrative Prescription Costs'' for purposes of calculating VA's charges for prescription drugs that were not administered during treatment, but provided or furnished by VA to a veteran.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: VA Educational Assistance Program Feedback
Document Number: 2018-26377
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-06
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.
Loan Guaranty: Revisions to VA-Guaranteed or Insured Cash-Out Home Loans
Document Number: 2018-26021
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-11-30
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is issuing this document in compliance with the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (the Act). The Act requires VA to amend its regulation on VA-guaranteed or insured cash-out refinance loans and to publish the amended regulation within a shortened time frame. If VA determines that urgent or compelling circumstances make compliance with the advance public notice and comment requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act impracticable or contrary to public interest and publishes notice of that determination in the Federal Register, the Act permits VA to amend the regulation through an interim final rule or final rule. VA has determined that urgent and compelling circumstances do exist and is, therefore, issuing this Federal Register document announcing VA's intent to promulgate an interim final rule implementing the Act.
VA Acquisition Regulation: Environment, Energy and Water Efficiency, Renewable Energy Technologies, Occupational Safety, and Drug-Free Workplace; Protection of Privacy and Freedom of Information; Other Socioeconomic Programs; and Contract Modifications
Document Number: 2018-25618
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-11-29
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend and update its VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) in phased increments to revise or remove any policy superseded by changes in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), to remove procedural guidance that is internal to VA into the VA Acquisition Manual (VAAM), and to incorporate any new agency specific regulations or policies. These changes seek to streamline and align the VAAR with the FAR and remove outdated and duplicative requirements and reduce burden on contractors. The VAAM incorporates portions of the removed VAAR as well as other internal agency acquisition policy. VA will rewrite certain parts of the VAAR and VAAM, and as VAAR parts are rewritten, we will publish them in the Federal Register. VA will combine related topics, as appropriate. In particular, this rulemaking would add VAAR coverage concerning Environment, Energy and Water Efficiency, Renewable Energy Technologies, Occupational Safety, and Drug-Free Workplace; Other Socioeconomic Programs; and Contract Modifications. This rulemaking revises VAAR concerning Protection of Privacy and Freedom of Information, Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation System, Construction and Architect-Engineer Contracts and Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation; Architect-Engineer Fee Proposal; Contractor Production Report; Daily Log and Contract Progress Report
Document Number: 2018-25911
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-28
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, this notice announces that the Office of Acquisition and Logistics, 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.
Per Diem Paid to States for Care of Eligible Veterans in State Homes
Document Number: 2018-25115
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-11-28
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This rulemaking adopts as final, with changes, proposed amendments to VA's regulations governing payment of per diem to States for nursing home care, domiciliary care, and adult day health care for eligible veterans in State homes. This rulemaking reorganizes, updates, and clarifies State home regulations, authorizes greater flexibility in adult day health care programs, and establishes regulations regarding domiciliary care, with clarifications regarding the care that State homes must provide to veterans in domiciliaries.
Prosthetic and Rehabilitative Items and Services
Document Number: 2018-24474
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-11-28
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
On October 16, 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs published a proposed rulemaking to amend its regulations on the provision of prosthetic and rehabilitative items and services. This supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) provides clarification about provisions of that proposed rulemaking and seeks additional public comments on them. This SNPRM also provides notice regarding certain communications between VA and external parties regarding the proposed rule, and a summary of these communications has been added to the public docket of this rulemaking.
Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2018-25783
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-27
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Notice of Request for Information on the Department of Veterans Affairs Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC)
Document Number: 2018-25763
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-27
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is requesting information regarding its Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC). This notice requests information and comments from interested parties on certain requirements of the John S. McCain III, Daniel K. Akaka, and Samuel R. Johnson VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018 or the VA MISSION Act of 2018 related to PCAFC.
Agency Information Collection Activity: Request for Restoration of Educational Assistance
Document Number: 2018-25614
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Benefits Administration, 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.
Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2018-25542
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-23
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2018-25507
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-23
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Agency Information Collection Activity: Notice of Disagreement
Document Number: 2018-24759
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-14
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, this notice announces that the Board of Veterans' Appeals, 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.
Cooperative Studies Scientific Evaluation Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2018-24326
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-07
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Notice of Intent To Grant an Exclusive License
Document Number: 2018-24036
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-02
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Notice is hereby given that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Office of Research and Development, Technology Transfer Program, intends to grant to Medline Industries, Inc., Three Lakes Drive, Northfield, IL 60093, an exclusive license to U.S. Patent Nos. 8,905,421; 9,445,958; 9,795,522; 9,980,863 and related patent applications associated with VA Invention Disclosure number 12-314, titled, ``Manual Wheelchair System for Improved Propulsion and Transfer.''
Schedule for Rating Disabilities: The Hematologic and Lymphatic Systems
Document Number: C1-2018-23517
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-11-01
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Notice of Performance Review Board Members
Document Number: 2018-23852
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-01
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Agencies are required to publish a notice in the Federal Register of the appointment of Performance Review Board (PRB) members. This notice announces the appointment of individuals to serve on the PRB of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Annual Pay Ranges for Physicians, Dentists, and Podiatrists of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
Document Number: 2018-23670
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-30
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is correcting a Notice that published in the Federal Register on September 12, 2018 which provides information that podiatrists be paid from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) physician and dentist pay system.
Schedule for Rating Disabilities: The Hematologic and Lymphatic Systems
Document Number: 2018-23517
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-10-29
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD) by revising the section of the Rating Schedule that addresses the hematologic and lymphatic systems. This action will ensure VA uses current medical terminology and provides detailed and updated criteria for evaluating conditions pertaining to the hematologic and lymphatic systems.
Solicitation of Nomination for Appointment to the Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation
Document Number: 2018-23503
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-29
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 Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation (hereinafter referred to as ``the Committee'').
VA Acquisition Regulation: Describing Agency Needs; Contract Financing; Correction
Document Number: 2018-23420
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-10-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs is correcting a final rule that published in the Federal Register on October 1, 2018 amending and updating its VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR). Two instructions in the rule are unneeded and are being removed.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers
Document Number: 2018-23298
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-25
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, this notice announces that the Veterans Health 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.
Enhanced-Use Lease (EUL) of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Real Property for the Development of a Permanent Supportive Housing Facility at the Lexington VA Health Care System, Franklin R. Sousley Campus in Lexington, Kentucky
Document Number: 2018-22941
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-22
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Secretary of VA intends to enter into an EUL for the purpose of outleasing Buildings #5, 6, 7, 8 and construct six new townhomes on approximately 10.52 acres of underutilized land on the Lexington VA Health Care System, Franklin R. Sousley campus, consisting of approximately 50 housing units to provide affordable housing for veterans. The EUL lessee, Leestown VA Housing, LLLP, will finance, design, develop, rehabilitate, construct, manage, maintain, and operate housing for eligible homeless veterans, or veterans at-risk of homelessness, and their families, as well as provide services that guide resident veterans toward attaining long-term self-sufficiency.
Presumption of Herbicide Exposure and Presumption of Disability During Service for Reservists Presumed Exposed to Herbicides
Document Number: 2018-22892
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-10-22
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is adopting as final an interim final rule published on June 19, 2015, to amend its adjudication regulation governing individuals presumed to have been exposed to certain herbicides. Specifically, VA expanded the regulation to include an additional group consisting of individuals who performed service in the Air Force or Air Force Reserve under circumstances in which they had regular and repeated contact with C-123 aircraft known to have been used to spray an herbicide agent (``Agent Orange'') during the Vietnam era. In addition, the regulation established a presumption that members of this group who later develop an Agent Orange presumptive condition were disabled during the relevant period of service, thus establishing that service as ``active military, naval, or air service.'' The effect of this action is to presume herbicide exposure for these individuals and to create a presumption that the individuals who are presumed exposed to herbicides during reserve service also meet the statutory definition of ``veteran'' (hereinafter, ``veteran status'') for VA purposes and eligibility for some VA benefits.
Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2018-22743
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-19
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
National Research Advisory Council; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2018-22664
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-17
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Net Worth, Asset Transfers, and Income Exclusions for Needs-Based Benefits
Document Number: 2018-22564
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-10-17
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
On September 18, 2018, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a final rule amending its regulations governing veterans' eligibility for VA pensions and other needs-based benefit programs. The final rule contained some errors in its preamble and in one amendment to the CFR. This document corrects those errors.
Adopting Standards for Laboratory Requirements
Document Number: 2018-22452
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-10-17
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its medical regulations to establish standards for VA clinical laboratories. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has established standards for the staffing, management, procedures, and oversight of clinical laboratories that perform testing used for the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of any disease or impairment of, or health assessment of, human beings. VA is required, in consultation with HHS, to establish standards equal to those applicable to other clinical laboratories. As a matter of policy and practice VA has applied HHS standards to its VA laboratory operations, and this proposed rule would formalize this practice. The proposed rule would establish quality standards for laboratory testing performed on specimens from humans, such as blood, body fluid and tissue, for the purpose of diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of disease, or assessment of health. Specifically, it would address how VA applies regulations as the controlling standards for VA medical facility laboratories.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Claim for Disability Insurance Benefits, Government Life Insurance
Document Number: 2018-22419
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-16
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, 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: Survey of Veteran Enrollees' Health and Use of Health Care
Document Number: 2018-22418
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-16
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, this notice announces that the Veterans Health 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.
Loan Guaranty: Ability-to-Repay Standards and Qualified Mortgage Definition Under the Truth-in-Lending Act
Document Number: 2018-21370
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-10-09
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published an interim final rule on May 9, 2014, implementing provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Dodd-Frank Act). This document informs the public that VA will not be publishing a final rule to adopt the provisions in the interim final rule that published on May 9, 2014. However, VA will be publishing a separate regulation in the near future that will supersede the provisions in the interim final rule that published on May 9, 2014.