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Voluntary Service National Advisory Committee; Intent To Reestablish
Document Number: 2019-02750
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-20
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
We are giving notice that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs intends to reestablish the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service National Advisory Committee for a 2-year period. The Secretary has determined that the Committee is necessary and in the public interest.
Agency Information Collection Activity; VA MATIC Enrollment/Change
Document Number: 2019-02722
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-20
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 extension of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice.
Agency Information Collection Activity: Application for Vocational Rehabilitation for Veterans With Service-Connected Disabilities
Document Number: 2019-02562
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-15
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: Application for Vocational Rehabilitation for Veterans With Service-Connected Disabilities
Document Number: 2019-02560
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-15
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
On Feb 02, 2019, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) erroneously posted a 60-day Federal Register Notice Agency Information Collection Activity: (Application for Vocational Rehabilitation for Veterans with Service-Connected Disabilities (Chapter 31, Title 38 U.S.C.) (VA Form 28-1900)) Document Number: 2019-01687; OMB control number: 2900-0009 This FRN public comment period should have been listed as 60 days and not 30 days as published.
Special Medical Advisory Group, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2019-02547
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-15
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
VA Claims and Appeals Modernization
Document Number: 2019-01840
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-02-15
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is correcting a final rule regarding its claims adjudication, appeals, and Rules of Practice of the Board of Veterans' Appeals (Board) regulations. This correction addresses minor technical errors in the published final rule.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2019-02315
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-14
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
As required by the Privacy Act of 1974, notice is hereby given that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to modify an existing system of records, Compensation, Pension, Education, and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment RecordsVA'' (58VA21/22/28).
Agency Information Collection Activity: Claim for One Sum Payment Government Life Insurance and Claim for Monthly Payments Government Life Insurance
Document Number: 2019-02238
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-14
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 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 process the beneficiaries claim for payment of Life Insurance Policy insurance proceeds. The information on the form is required by law, 38 CFR 6.48 and 8.36.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Claim for Disability Insurance Benefits, Government Life Insurance
Document Number: 2019-02232
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-14
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: Authorization and Certification of Entrance or Reentrance Into Rehabilitation and Certification of Status
Document Number: 2019-02136
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-13
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 Cemeteries and Memorials, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2019-02135
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-13
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Schedule for Rating Disabilities: Infectious Diseases, Immune Disorders, and Nutritional Deficiencies
Document Number: 2019-01985
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-02-12
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is correcting a proposed rule to amend the section of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD or Rating Schedule) that addresses infectious diseases and immune disorders. This correction addresses minor technical errors in the proposed rule published February 5, 2019.
VA National Academic Affiliations Council, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2019-01907
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-11
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Agency Information Collection Activity: Marital Status Questionnaire
Document Number: 2019-01692
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-08
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Veteran's 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. DATES: Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection of information should be received on or before April 9, 2019.
Agency Information Collection Activity: (Application for Vocational Rehabilitation for Veterans With Service-Connected Disabilities (Chapter 31, Title 38 U.S.C.) (VA Form 28-1900))
Document Number: 2019-01687
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-08
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 28-1900 is completed by Veterans with a combined service- connected disability rating of 10 percent or more and Servicemembers awaiting discharge for such disability to apply for vocational rehabilitation benefits. VA provides services and assistance to Veterans with service-connected disabilities, who are determined entitled to such benefits, to obtain and maintain suitable employment. Vocational rehabilitation also provides service to support veterans with service-connected disabilities to achieve maximum independence in their daily living activities if employment is not reasonably feasible. VA use the information collected to determine the claimant's eligibility for vocational rehabilitation benefits.
Veterans Community Integration Resources Military Life Cycle Module
Document Number: 2019-01495
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-07
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing to the public its intent to develop a ``Community Integration Resources'' (CIR) Military Life Cycle (MLC) module. MLC modules are learning opportunities that are available at designated touchpoints throughout servicemembers' careers and that help servicemembers plan for transition well before separation. This CIR module will help make servicemembers and veterans aware of the community resources and services available; it will also help them learn to use Federal tools like the National Resource Directory to identify and vet those resources and services and decide how and when to engage them for assistance. Organizations interested in supporting servicemembers and veterans as they integrate into their communities are encouraged to register with the National Resource Directory (NRD) by visiting http:// nrd.gov and selecting ``Submit a Resource.'' Registration in NRD ensures that your organization is included in the MLC module's resources and makes your organization visible and accessible to servicemembers and veterans across the Nation.
VA Claims and Appeals Modernization
Document Number: 2019-01432
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-02-07
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is providing notice that the effective date of the new VA appeals system, outlined in the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (AMA), is February 19, 2019.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) Clause 852.246-76, Purchase of Shellfish (Formerly 852.270-3)
Document Number: 2019-01156
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-06
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.
Government-Furnished Headstones, Markers, and Medallions; Unmarked Graves
Document Number: 2019-00375
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-02-06
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations related to the provision of government-furnished headstones, markers, and medallions. These proposed revisions would clarify eligibility for headstones, markers, or medallions, would establish replacement criteria for such headstones, markers, and medallions consistent with VA policy, would define the term ``unmarked grave'' consistent with VA policy, and would generally reorganize and simplify current regulatory language for ease of understanding.
Schedule for Rating Disabilities: Infectious Diseases, Immune Disorders, and Nutritional Deficiencies
Document Number: 2019-00636
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-02-05
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend the section of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD or Rating Schedule) that addresses infectious diseases and immune disorders. The purpose of these changes is to incorporate medical advances since the last revision, update medical terminology, and clarify evaluation criteria. The proposed rule considers comments from experts and the public during a forum held from January 31 to February 1, 2011, on revising this section of the VASRD.
Notice To Extend the Public Comment Period
Document Number: 2019-00735
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-01
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
On December 14, 2018, The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a notice at 83 FR 64431 for the VA's Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, West Los Angeles Medical Center Campus Draft Master Plan (Draft PEIS). The public comment period ends January 29, 2019. This notice announces an extension of the public comment period until February 13, 2019.
Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2019-00702
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-01
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
National Research Advisory Council; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2019-00678
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-01
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
VA Acquisition Regulation: Competition Requirements
Document Number: 2018-28206
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-02-01
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 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, will publish them in the Federal Register. VA will combine related topics, as appropriate. In particular, this rulemaking revises the VAAR concerning Competition Requirements.
Reimbursement for Caskets and Urns for Burial of Unclaimed Remains in a National Cemetery or a VA-Funded State or Tribal Veterans' Cemetery
Document Number: 2019-00379
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-01-31
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 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) 2019.
Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Amendments
Document Number: 2019-00369
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-01-31
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is providing public notice of inflationary adjustments to the maximum civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced by VA, as implemented by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, for calendar year 2019. VA may impose civil monetary penalties for false loan guaranty certifications. Also, VA may impose civil monetary penalties for fraudulent claims or written statements made in connection with VA programs generally. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, sets forth a formula that increases the maximum statutory amounts for civil monetary penalties and directs VA to give public notice of the new maximum amounts by regulation. Accordingly, VA is providing notice of the calendar year 2019 inflationary adjustments that increase maximum civil monetary penalties from $22,363 to $22,927 for false loan guaranty certifications and from $11,181 to $11,463 for fraudulent claims or written statements made in connection with VA programs generally.
Urgent Care
Document Number: 2019-00277
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-01-31
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend its regulations that govern VA health care. This rule would grant eligible veterans access to urgent care from qualifying non-VA entities or providers without prior approval from VA. This rulemaking would implement the mandates of the VA MISSION Act of 2018 and increase veterans' access to health care in the community.
Loan Guaranty: Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology Grant Program
Document Number: 2019-00266
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-01-30
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) 2019. 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. VA strongly recommends referring to the Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology Grant Program regulation in conjunction with this notice. The registration process described in this notice applies only to applicants who will register to submit project applications for FY 2019 SAHAT Grant Program funds.
Confidentiality of Certain Medical Records Under the MISSION Act
Document Number: 2018-28285
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-01-28
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) document provides an update to VA's requirements for obtaining a signed release of information for third party billing practices from VA beneficiaries with a sensitive diagnosis under the United States Code to align with the amendments made by the VA MISSION Act of 2018.
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.