Department of Veterans Affairs November 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Per Diem for Nursing Home Care of Veterans in State Homes
Document Number: E8-28171
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-11-28
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations which set forth a mechanism for paying per diem to State homes providing nursing home care to eligible veterans. More specifically, we are proposing to update the basic per diem rate, to implement provisions of the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006, and to make several other changes to better ensure that veterans receive quality care in State homes.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: E8-28199
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552(e) (4)) 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 ``Customer Relationship Management System (CRMS)-VA'' 155VA16.
Privacy Act of 1974
Document Number: E8-28197
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552(e)(4)) 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 amending the system of records entitled ``Individual Correspondence RecordsVA'' (05VA026) as set forth in the Federal Register on January 13, 1982 [47 FR 1462]. VA is amending the system by revising the routine uses of records maintained in the system, and adding seven new routine uses. VA is also making minor editorial changes to reflect the transition of Office of General Counsel from District Offices to Regional Offices, and to revise the list of those covered by the system of records to reflect current OGC correspondence. VA is republishing the system notice in its entirety.
Proposed Information Collection (Claim for Credit of Annual Leave) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: E8-28191
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Human Resources Management (HRM), 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 this notice. This notice solicits comments on information needed to process current and former employee's claims for restored annual leave charged on a non-workday while on military active duty.
Proposed Information Collection (Procedures, and Security for Government Financing) Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-28190
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Office of Management (OM), 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. This notice solicits comments on information needed to reduce or suspend contract payments and to determine if the contractor has adequate security to warrant payment in advance.
Proposed Information Collection (Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI)) Activity; Comment Request; Withdrawal
Document Number: E8-28185
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3521), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a collection of information notice in the Federal Register on October 23, 2008, at 73 FR 63229, announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. The notice solicited comments on information needed to determine servicemembers' eligibility requirements for payment of traumatic injury protection benefits covered under Servicemembers' Group Live Insurance. With respect to the collection of information in that notice, we are withdrawing our request for comments because it was necessary to seek an immediate OMB approval on an emergency basis under 44 U.S.C. 3507(j). VA has submitted a copy of the amended TSGLI form (Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Application for TSGLI Benefits) to OMB for an emergency approval. This document withdraws the October 23, 2008 notice.
Privacy Act of 1974
Document Number: E8-28183
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552(e)(4)) 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 ``Administrative Data RepositoryVA'' (150VA19).
Agency Information Collection (Regulation on Application for Fisher Houses and Other Temporary Lodging and VHA Fisher House Application) Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: E8-28170
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-26
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; it includes the actual data collection instrument.
Community Residential Care Program
Document Number: E8-28122
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-11-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its Community Residential Care regulations to update the standards for VA approval of facilities, including standards that would be adopted for fire safety and heating and cooling systems. This rule would also establish a single 12-month duration for VA approvals and would authorize provisional approval of certain facilities. Finally, this rule would eliminate the VA statement of needed care requirement in current regulations and clarify that it is the care providers at the facility that determine the services needed by a particular veteran. VA intends that the proposed amendments would help ensure that veterans are provided appropriate care at facilities that receive VA referrals.
Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program
Document Number: E8-28114
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is issuing this interim final rule to amend the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance traumatic injury protection program (TSGLI) regulations in order to add losses that would be covered under the program and to define terms relevant to these new losses. This rulemaking also clarifies language in and reorganizes existing provisions.
Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: E8-27660
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-20
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Proposed Information Collection (National Acquisition Center Customer Response Survey) Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-27509
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-19
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Office of Management (OM), 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 extension of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on the information needed to measure customer satisfaction with delivered products and services.
Proposed Information Collection (Request for Change of Program or Place of Training) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: E8-27507
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-19
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 extension of currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on the information needed to determine a claimant's eligibility for continued educational assistance when he or she requests a program change or place of training.
Proposed Information Collection (Application for Work-Study Allowance) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: E8-27506
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-19
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 extension of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments for information needed to determine a claimant's eligibility for work-study benefits.
Proposed Information Collection (State Application for Interment Allowance) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: E8-27505
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-19
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 extension of currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on the information needed to determine a State's eligibility for plot or interment allowances.
Agency Information Collection Activities (Survey of Post-Deployment Adjustment Among OEF and OIF Veterans) Under OMB Review
Document Number: E8-27504
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-19
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3521), 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 (Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans Health Needs Assessment) Under OMB Review
Document Number: E8-27503
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-19
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, 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 includes the actual data collection instrument.
Schedule for Rating Disabilities; Evaluation of Residuals of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); Correction
Document Number: E8-27457
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-19
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This document contains a minor correction to the final rulemaking that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published at 73 FR 54693 on September 23, 2008. The rulemaking relates to a revision of the portion of VA's Schedule for Rating Disabilities that addresses neurological conditions and convulsive disorders to provide detailed and updated criteria for evaluating residuals of traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Increase in Mileage Reimbursement Rate and Deductible Amounts in the Beneficiary Travel Program
Document Number: E8-27339
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-18
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This Notice is to inform the public of the Secretary's decision to increase the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Beneficiary Travel program mileage reimbursement rate under 38 U.S.C. 111 for travel of eligible beneficiaries in connection with VA health care and for other purposes. Effective November 17, 2008, the beneficiary travel mileage reimbursement rate is increased from 28.5 cents to 41.5 cents based upon mileage traveled to or from a Department facility or other place in connection with vocational rehabilitation, counseling required by the Secretary pursuant to 38 U.S.C. Chapter 34, ``Educational Assistance'' or Chapter 35, ``Survivors and Dependents' Education Assistance'' or for the purpose of examination, treatment or care. The deductible requirements for purposes of beneficiary travel of mileage reimbursement will remain at $7.77 one-way; $15.54 round trip; with a monthly cap of $46.62.
Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: E8-26861
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-12
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Proposed Information Collection (Clarification of a Notice of Disagreement) Activity Comment Request
Document Number: E8-26860
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-12
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Board of Veterans' Appeals (BVA), 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. This notice solicits comments on the information needed to clarify actions taken by the agency of original jurisdiction regarding a claimant's disagreement with his or her rating decision.
Proposed Information Collection (Notice of Change in Student Status) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: E8-26857
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-12
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. This notice solicits comments for information needed to report changes in students' enrollment status.
Proposed Information Collection (Application for Reimbursement of Licensing or Certification Test Fees) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: E8-26630
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-10
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 currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments for information needed to determine an applicant's eligibility for reimbursement of licensing and certification test fees.
Proposed Information Collection (Certification of Lessons Completed) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: E8-26629
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-10
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 extension of currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments for information needed to report the number of correspondence course lessons completed and for correspondence schools to report the number of lessons serviced.
Proposed Information Collection (Monthly Certification of On-the-Job and Apprenticeship Training) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: E8-26628
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-10
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 extension of currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments for information needed to determine a claimant's continued eligibility for educational benefits.
Schedule for Rating Disabilities; Eye
Document Number: E8-26304
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-10
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Schedule for Rating Disabilities (Rating Schedule) by updating the portion of the schedule that addresses disabilities of the eye. These amendments ensure that the schedule uses current medical terminology, provides unambiguous criteria for evaluating disabilities, and incorporates pertinent medical advances.
Agency Information Collection (Request for Supplies (Chapter 31-Vocational Rehabilitation)) Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: E8-26358
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-05
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3521), 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.
Agency Information Collection (Locality Pay System for Nurses and Other Health Care Personnel) Under OMB Review
Document Number: E8-26357
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-05
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, 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 includes the actual data collection instrument.
Agency Information Collection (Request for Transportation Expense Reimbursement Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: E8-26356
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-05
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3521), 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.
Board of Veterans' Appeals: Expedited Claims Adjudication Initiative-Pilot Program
Document Number: E8-26310
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-05
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is launching an initiative for accelerated claims and appeals processing at four VA facilities, based on voluntary participation by eligible claimants. The purpose of this initiative is to determine whether VA can expedite the processing of claims and appeals by obtaining claimants' waivers of certain statutory and regulatory response periods, and by utilizing the Board of Veterans' Appeals' (Board or BVA) statutory authority to pre- screen cases. VA's responsibility to fully develop and decide cases in a fair, accurate, and non-adversarial manner remains unchanged under this initiative. If this initiative is successful at the four trial sites, the data obtained may provide a basis for expanding some, or all, of the program nationwide, and ultimately help accelerate the processing of all claims and appeals. The parameters of the initiative are set forth in these regulations.
Privacy Act of 1974: Computer Matching Program
Document Number: E8-26246
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-04
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. section 552a, the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidelines on the Conduct of Matching Programs, notice is hereby given that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) intends to conduct a computer matching program with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Data from the proposed match will be used to verify the earned income of nonservice- connected veterans, and those veterans who are zero percent service- connected (noncompensable), whose eligibility for VA medical care is based on their inability to defray the cost of medical care. These veterans supply household income information that includes their spouses and dependents at the time of application for VA health care benefits.
Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA): Expansion of Benefit Coverage for Prostheses and Enuretic (Bed-Wetting) Devices; Miscellaneous Provisions
Document Number: E8-26245
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-04
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This document adopts a final rule amending the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical regulations for the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) to expand benefits by covering any non-dental prostheses determined medically necessary for the treatment of certain medical conditions and by removing the exclusion from coverage of enuretic (bed-wetting) devices. In addition, this final rule makes changes in delegations of authority, technical changes, and nonsubstantive changes for purposes of clarity in VA's regulations governing CHAMPVA.
Elimination of Co-Payment for Weight Management Counseling
Document Number: E8-26177
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-03
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a direct final rule amending our medical regulations to designate weight management counseling (individual and group sessions) as a service that is not subject to VA's co-payment requirements. VA received no significant adverse comments concerning this rule or its companion substantially identical proposed rule published on the same date. This document confirms that the direct final rule became effective on June 16, 2008. In a companion document in this issue of the Federal Register, we are withdrawing as unnecessary that proposed rule.
Increase in Rates Payable Under the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty and Other Miscellaneous Issues
Document Number: E8-26176
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-03
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This document amends regulations governing education programs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers. In accordance with statutory requirements and previously established formulas, it amends the regulations to show increases in the monthly rates of basic educational assistance payable under the Montgomery GI BillActive Duty program, an increase in the percentage payable to veterans pursuing apprenticeship or other on-job training, and a change in the formula used to calculate the entitlement charge for individuals pursuing apprenticeship or other on-job training. It also amends procedural provisions and delegations of authority regarding continuation of payments during emergency school closings. Furthermore, this document makes nonsubstantive technical changes for purposes of clarity and to remove obsolete provisions.
Presumptive Service Connection for Disease Associated With Exposure to Certain Herbicide Agents: AL Amyloidosis
Document Number: E8-26175
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-11-03
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend its adjudication regulations concerning presumptive service connection for a certain disease based on the most recent National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Institute of Medicine committee report, ``Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2006 (Update 2006).'' This proposed amendment is necessary to implement a decision of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs that there is a positive association between exposure to herbicides used in the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam era and the subsequent development of AL amyloidosis. The intended effect of this proposed amendment is to establish presumptive service connection for AL amyloidosis based on herbicide exposure.
Elimination of Co-Payment for Weight Management Counseling
Document Number: E8-26174
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-11-03
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is withdrawing VA's proposal published in the Federal Register at 73 FR 20579 on April 16, 2008, to amend our medical regulations to designate weight management counseling (individual and group sessions) as a service that is not subject to VA's co-payment requirements. VA received no significant adverse comments concerning the proposed rule or its companion substantially identical direct final rule published on the same date. In a companion document in this issue of the Federal Register, we are confirming that the direct final rule became effective on June 16, 2008. Accordingly, this document withdraws as unnecessary the proposed rule.
Disclosure of Information to Organ, Tissue and Eye Procurement Organizations
Document Number: E8-26172
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-03
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This document adopts, with changes, a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) interim final rule that implemented provisions of the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006 concerning disclosure of information to organ, tissue and eye procurement organizations. The regulation will provide authority for VA to provide individually-identifiable VA medical records of veterans or dependents of veterans who are deceased or whose death is imminent to representatives of organ procurement organizations, eye banks, and tissue banks to determine whether the patients are suitable potential donors. This document modifies the interim final rule to clarify the definition of ``near death'' and to correct a grammatical error in the definition of ``procurement organization.'' This document also clarifies that eye bank and tissue bank registration with FDA must have an active status.
Agency Information Collection: Emergency Submission for OMB (Yellow Ribbon) Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-26127
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-03
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3521), this notice announces that the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the following emergency proposal for the collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3507(j)(1)). The reason for the emergency clearance is to determine which institutions of higher learning (IHLs) will be participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, the maximum number of individuals for whom the IHL will make contributions in any given academic year, and the percentage of outstanding established charges the IHL will agree to waive. OMB has been requested to act on this emergency clearance request by December 31, 2008.