Department of Veterans Affairs January 15, 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Veterans Education: Incorporation of Miscellaneous Statutory Provisions
Document Number: E8-330
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-01-15
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This document amends regulations governing various aspects of the education programs administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. These amendments reflect some of the provisions of the Veterans Education and Benefits Expansion Act of 2001, the Veterans Benefits Act of 2003, and the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006. The changes include: Restoration of certain education benefits for individuals being ordered to active duty; restoration of Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance to certain full-time National Guard members; an opportunity for certain Vietnam-era veterans to qualify for Montgomery GI Bill education benefits; an increase in the maximum amount an individual can receive under the Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps educational assistance program and still qualify for the Montgomery GI BillActive Duty program; establishment of an ending date of the eligibility period for spouses under the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance program; expansion of special restorative training benefits to certain disabled spouses or disabled surviving spouses; and providing educational benefits for an independent study course that leads to a certificate reflecting educational attainment offered by an institution of higher learning. The document also amends the education regulations by making changes to reflect current agency organization and nonsubstantive changes for the purpose of readability or clarity.
VA Acquisition Regulation: Plain Language Rewrite
Document Number: E7-25380
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-01-15
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Acquisition Regulation (VAAR). This document revises the VAAR to conform to plain language principles, updates delegations of authority, and removes non-regulatory material. The document also makes changes in format, arrangement, and numbering to make the VAAR parallel to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) as required by the FAR. In addition, provisions that simply restate FAR provisions that are already applicable have been removed, and procedures for providing notice and a hearing to resolve issues regarding possible violations of the Gratuities clause, for establishing qualified products lists, for suspending or debarring a contractor, for expediting payments to small businesses, and for reducing or suspending payments upon a finding of contract fraud have been added. The VAAR clause on Organizational Conflicts of Interest has been expanded to cover a broader range of services that may be subject to organizational conflicts of interest. Additional VAAR clauses have been added to the list of clauses for use in commercial item solicitations and contracts. Items that have been deleted include requirements for setting aside construction and architect-engineer solicitations for small businesses that are in conflict with current statute, a requirement to conduct an audit of section 8(a) price proposals that is contrary to current FAR requirements, and a VAAR provision that requested data from offerors on veteran-owned small businesses that has been replaced by a FAR provision. Guidance to contracting officers on the types of data that should be requested from a contractor when evaluating the contractor's financial condition has been added. Other additions include a requirement to use the clause on Assignment of Claims in purchase orders and guidance to contracting officers on the criteria for revising the payment due dates for invoices. This final rule also makes non-substantive clarifying changes and corrections to the proposed rule. The Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109-461) was issued subsequent to the proposed rule. It will be addressed in a future rulemaking.