Accreditation of Service Organization Representatives and Agents
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations governing the accreditation of representatives of claimants for veterans' benefits. As amended, the regulations require service organizations to recertify the qualifications of their accredited representatives every 5 years, and to notify VA when requesting cancellation of a representative's accreditation based upon misconduct or lack of competence, or if a representative resigns to avoid cancellation of accreditation for misconduct or lack of competence. They also clarify that VA's authority to cancel accreditation includes the authority to suspend accreditation. The purpose of these amendments is to ensure that claimants for veterans' benefits have responsible, qualified representation in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims.
Disposal of Enhanced-Use Leased Property at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in North Chicago, IL
The Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) intends to dispose of approximately 85.4 acres of property at the VA Medical Center in North Chicago, Illinois, which currently is being leased by the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS). The Secretary, in accordance with 38 U.S.C. section 8164, has determined that VA no longer needs such property and thatwith the exception of retaining ownership over certain existing utility systems, lines, and conduits; water lines located within its boundary; and a 1- acre parcel used as a parking lot, a transfer to RFUMS of all right, title, and interest of the United States in the property under section 8164 would be in the best interests of VA.