Department of Veterans Affairs March 2007 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Advisory Committee on CARES Business Plan Studies; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 07-1529
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-29
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Supplemental Statement of the Case
Document Number: E7-5435
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-03-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations regarding the time limit for filing a response to a Supplemental Statement of the Case in appeals to the Board of Veterans' Appeals (Board). We propose to change the response period from 60 days to 30 days. The purpose of this change is to improve efficiency in the appeals process and reduce the time that it takes to resolve appeals while still providing appellants with a reasonable period to respond to a Supplemental Statement of the Case.
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program-Initial Evaluations
Document Number: E7-5432
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adopts as a final rule in this document a proposed rule concerning initial evaluations of individuals who apply for vocational rehabilitation and employment benefits. This final rule is intended to reflect changes in law regarding initial evaluations, to reflect VA's interpretation of applicable law and its determinations of procedures appropriate for use in the initial evaluation, and to improve readability.
Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustments for Service-Connected Benefits
Document Number: E7-5331
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-23
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
As required by the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2006, Public Law 109-361, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is hereby giving notice of adjustments in certain benefit rates. These adjustments affect the compensation and dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) programs.
Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 07-1430
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-23
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Advisory Committee on CARES Business Plan Studies; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 07-1428
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-23
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 07-1392
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-22
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: E7-5135
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-21
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
As required by the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a(e), notice is hereby given that the Department of Veterans Affairs is amending the system of records currently entitled ``Program Evaluation Research Data Management RecordsVA'' (107VA008B) as set forth in the Federal Register 66 FR 29633-35. VA is amending the system by revising the System Name; System Location; Categories of Individuals Covered by the System; Categories of Records in the System; Purpose(s); Routine Uses of Records Maintained in the System, Including Categories of Users and the Purposes of Such Uses; Policies and Practices for Storing, Retrieving, Accessing, Retaining, and Disposing of Records in the System; System Manager and Address(es): Notification Procedures; Record Access Procedure(s); Contesting Records Procedures; and Record Source Categories. VA will be publishing a new system of records notice to cover evaluation of non-health information. VA is republishing the system notice in its entirety.
Schedule for Rating Disabilities; Appendices A, B, and C
Document Number: E7-4914
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-20
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is revising its Schedule for Rating Disabilities, Appendices A, B, and C to include all current diagnostic codes. Appendix A is also amended to include all the diagnostic code historical information since the last review.
Enhanced-Use Lease Development of Property at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center in Sepulveda, CA
Document Number: E7-4827
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-16
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) intends to enter into two enhanced-use leases with a joint venture consisting of two not-for-profit organizations. Each enhanced-use lease will include a building with an underlying parcel of land. Both parcels are located on approximately 5 acres of the VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center campus in Sepulveda, California. The lessee would develop, finance, renovate, construct, manage, maintain and operate the buildings to provide permanent supportive housing and ancillary services for the homeless, with priority placement for homeless veterans within the community. In addition to such property enhancements and veteran services, VA would receive consideration for the lease, in the form of in-kind services such as training, use of space, and professional counseling services to veteran tenants, and cash in the form of a percentage of revenues from certain filmmaking activities on the property.
Delegations of Authority-National Cemetery Administration
Document Number: E7-4826
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-16
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This final rule amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulation, ``Secretary's delegations of authority to certain officials.'' The amendment updates the regulation governing certain delegations of authority exercised by the Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs. This minor technical amendment provides delegation of authority from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to the Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs to accept monetary and/or non-monetary gifts and donations, made in any manner, which are made for the purpose of beautifying or benefiting national cemeteries. The authority to accept offers of land will remain with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Agency Information Collection Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: E7-4632
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-14
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-21), this notice announces that the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs, has submitted 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.
Special and Ancillary Benefits for Veterans, Dependents, and Survivors
Document Number: E7-4146
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-03-09
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to reorganize and rewrite in plain language regulations concerning special and ancillary benefits for veterans, dependents, and survivors. These revisions are proposed as part of VA's rewrite and reorganization of all of its compensation and pension rules in a logical, claimant- focused, and user-friendly format. The intended effect of the proposed revisions is to assist claimants and VA personnel in locating and understanding these provisions.
Medical: Informed Consent-Designate Health Care Professionals To Obtain Informed Consent
Document Number: E7-4142
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-08
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This document amends U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical regulations on informed consent. The final rule authorizes VA to designate additional categories of health care professionals to obtain the informed consent of patients or their surrogates for clinical treatment and procedures and to sign the consent form.
Traumatic Injury Protection Rider to Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance
Document Number: E7-4141
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-08
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This document adopts with changes a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) interim final rule that implemented section 1032 of Public Law 109-13, the ``Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, 2005.'' Section 1032 of Public Law 109-13 established an automatic traumatic injury protection rider to Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) for any SGLI insured who sustains a serious traumatic injury that results in certain losses as prescribed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in collaboration with the Secretary of Defense. Section 1032(a) is codified at 38 U.S.C. 1980A. Section 1032(c)(1) of Public Law 109-13 also authorized the payment of this traumatic injury benefit (TSGLI) to members of the uniformed services who incurred a qualifying loss between October 7, 2001, and the effective date of section 1032 of Public Law 109-13, i.e., December 1, 2005, provided the loss was a direct result of injuries incurred in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) or Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). This document modifies Sec. 9.20 of the interim rule to provide that a service member must suffer a scheduled loss within 2 years after a traumatic injury, rather than one year as provided in current Sec. 9.20(d)(4). This document also amends Sec. 9.20(d)(1) to clarify that a service member does not have to be insured under SGLI in order to be eligible for TSGLI based upon incurrence of a traumatic injury between October 7, 2001, and December 1, 2005, if the member's loss was a direct result of injuries incurred in OEF or OIF.
Enhanced-Use Lease Development of Property at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Dayton, OH
Document Number: E7-4015
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-07
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) intends to enter into an enhanced-use lease of approximately 0.6 acres of land and an existing building (Building No. 402) at the VA Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. The lease would have an initial term of 65 years, and an option to extend such term for 10 additional years. In exchange for and as consideration under the lease, the selected lessee would be required to develop, finance, renovate, construct, manage, maintain, and operate the building as a facility comprised of not less than 27 units, and provide transitional housing and supportive services to homeless individuals within the community. Such housing and supportive services would be provided by the lessee to veterans on a priority basis. As further consideration, VA would receive an annual rent of $5,000 (subject to yearly increases per a HUD fair market rent escalator) plus additional in-kind consideration, such as case management and counseling services, from the lessee during the lease term.
Enhanced-Use Lease of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Brecksville, OH
Document Number: E7-4014
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-07
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) intends to enter into an enhanced-use lease (EUL) for the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Brecksville, Ohio. Under the terms of the EUL, the selected lessee/developer would provide the Department with fair consideration in the form of discounted services needed at its Cleveland (Wade Park) campus. Such services would include administrative space and parking services. Additionally, the selected lessee/developer would make domiciliary services available to veterans in a private facility located within operational proximity of Wade Park.
Agency Information Collection Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: E7-4011
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-07
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-21), this notice announces that the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs, has submitted 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: E7-4010
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-07
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-21), this notice announces that the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Department of Veterans Affairs, has submitted 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 includes the actual data collection instrument.
Agency Information Collection Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: E7-4009
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-07
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-21), this notice announces that the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Department of Veterans Affairs, has submitted 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 includes the actual data collection instrument.
Agency Information Collection Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: E7-4008
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-07
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-21), this notice announces that the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Department of Veterans Affairs, has submitted 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 includes the actual data collection instrument.
Agency Information Collection Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: E7-4007
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-07
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-21), this notice announces that the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs, has submitted 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.
Enhanced-Use Lease for Development of Transitional Residential Homeless Program at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Butler, PA
Document Number: E7-4001
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-07
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) intends to enter into an enhanced-use lease of approximately 0.46 acres including a 6,000-square foot building at the VA Medical Center (VAMC) in Butler, Pennsylvania. The selected lessee would develop, finance, construct, manage, maintain and operate a transitional residential homeless program. The lessee also would be required to provide VA with in-kind consideration consisting of construction and improvement work on the VAMC campus and services relating to shelter, job preparation, and referrals for health care programs needs.
Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 07-1058
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-07
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs