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

Increase in Rates Payable Under the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program and Other Miscellaneous Issues
Document Number: E8-31033
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-30
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This document amends Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations to reflect increases effective for fiscal years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009, respectively, in the monthly rates payable under the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program in accordance with statutory requirements and previously established formulas; a change in the formula used to calculate entitlement charges for individuals pursuing apprenticeship or other on-job training in accordance with the Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2004; and nonsubstantive changes for the purpose of clarity and to reflect agency organization.
Advisory Committee on Women Veterans; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: E8-31026
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-30
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Elimination of Requirements for Prior Signature Consent and Pre- and Post- Test Counseling for HIV Testing
Document Number: E8-30841
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-29
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This document proposes to amend the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Informed Consent regulations to update requirements concerning testing for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) so that they are consistent with the Veterans' Mental Health and Other Care Improvements Act of 2008, which repealed provisions that had been enacted in 2003.
Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: E8-30796
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-29
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Agency Information Collection (Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes) Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: E8-30597
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-23
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.
Proposed Information Collection (VBA Loan Guaranty Service Appraiser and Realtor Satisfaction Surveys); Comment Request
Document Number: E8-30596
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-23
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 new collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to this notice. This notice solicits comments on information needed to determine realtor and appraiser satisfaction with the VBA Loan Guaranty Service (LGY).
Agency Information Collection (Application for Annual Clothing Allowance) Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: E8-30595
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-23
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, 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 (Fiduciary Statement in Support of Appointment) Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: E8-30594
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-23
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 (Architect-Engineer Fee Proposal) Under OMB Review
Document Number: E8-30593
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-23
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.
Post-9/11 GI Bill
Document Number: E8-29723
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to establish regulations regarding a new educational assistance program for individuals who serve on active duty after September 10, 2001. The new program, known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, was authorized by title V of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 (Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008). These proposed regulations are designed to implement the provisions of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 that govern the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
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: E8-30423
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-22
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Public Law 104-275 was enacted on October 9, 1996. It allows the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide a monetary allowance towards the private purchase of an outer burial receptacle for use in a VA national cemetery. Under VA regulation (38 CFR 38.629), the allowance is equal to the average cost of Government-furnished graveliners less any administrative costs to VA. The law provides a veteran's survivors with the option of selecting a Government-furnished graveliner for use in a VA national cemetery where such use is authorized. 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 2009.
Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: E8-30422
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-22
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Agency Information Collection (Pilot Study for the National Survey of Veterans, Active Duty Service Members, Activated National Guard and Reserve Members, Family Members and Survivors) Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: E8-30283
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
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 Office of Policy, Planning and Preparedness (OPP&P), Department of Veterans Affairs, has submitted the collection of information as 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 (Board of Veterans' Appeals Customer Satisfaction With Hearing Survey) Under OMB Review
Document Number: E8-30236
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
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 Board of Veterans' Appeals (BVA), 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 Activities (Conversion From Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance to Veterans' Group Life Insurance) Under OMB Review
Document Number: E8-30233
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
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 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 and it includes the actual data collection instrument.
Proposed Information Collection (VA Enrollment Certification) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: E8-29583
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-15
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 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 the amount of educational benefits payable to claimants pursuing approved programs of education.
Proposed Information Collection (Notice of Lapse-Government Life Insurance); Comment Request
Document Number: E8-29581
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-15
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 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 determine claimants' eligibility to reinstate lapsed Government Life Insurance policy.
Proposed Information Collection (Interest Rate Reduction Refinancing Loan Worksheet) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: E8-29577
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-15
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 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 whether lenders computed the loan amount on interest rate reduction refinancing loans properly.
Proposed Information Collection (Certification of Change or Correction of Name); Comment Request
Document Number: E8-29576
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-15
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 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 change or correct an insured claimant's name.
Agency Information Collection (Application in Acquiring Specially Adapted Housing or Special Home Adaptation Grant) Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: E8-29575
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-15
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 (Report Transfer of Custody Event) Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: E8-29574
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-15
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.
Reasonable Charges for Medical Care or Services; 2009 Calendar Year Update
Document Number: E8-29390
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-11
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Sec. 17.101 sets forth the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical regulations concerning ``reasonable charges'' for medical care or services provided or furnished by VA to a veteran for : (1) A non- service-connected disability for which the veteran is entitled to care or the payment of expenses for care under a health plan contract; (2) a non-service-connected disability incurred incident to the veteran's employment and covered under a worker's compensation law or plan that provides reimbursement or indemnification for such care and services; or (3) a non-service-connected disability incurred as a result of a motor vehicle accident in a State that requires automobile accident reparations insurance. The regulations include methodologies for establishing billed amounts for the following types of charges: Acute inpatient facility charges; skilled nursing facility and sub-acute inpatient facility charges; partial hospitalization facility charges; outpatient facility charges; physician and other professional charges, including professional charges for anesthesia services and dental services; pathology and laboratory charges; observation care facility charges; ambulance and other emergency transportation charges; and charges for durable medical equipment, drugs, injectables, and other medical services, items, and supplies identified by Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Level II codes. The regulations also provide that data for calculating actual charge amounts at individual VA facilities based on these methodologies will either be published as a notice in the Federal Register or will be posted on the Internet site of the Veterans Health Administration Chief Business Office, currently at https://www.va.gov/cbo, under ``Charge Data.'' The charge tables and supplemental tables that are applicable to this Federal Register notice can be viewed on the Veterans Health Administration Chief Business Office's Intranet and Internet Web sites. Certain charges are hereby updated as described in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION Section of this notice. These changes are effective January 1, 2009. In circumstances when charges for medical care or services provided or furnished at VA expense, by either VA or non-VA providers, have not been established under other provisions or regulations, the method for determining VA's charges is set forth at 38 CFR 17.101(a)(8).
Copayment for Medication
Document Number: E8-29327
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-11
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is hereby giving notice that there is no change in the medication copayment rate for calendar year 2009 and the rate will remain at $8.00. The total amount of copayments in a calendar year for a veteran enrolled in one of the priority groups 2 through 6 shall not exceed the cap of $960.00. These rates are based on the Prescription Drug component of the Medical Consumer Price Index as cited in title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, part 17, section 17.110.
Privacy Act of 1974: System of Records
Document Number: E8-29029
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-08
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 (VA) is amending the system of records entitled ``Police and Security Records VA'' (103VA07B) as set forth in 67 FR 77737 dated December 19, 2002. VA is amending the system of records by revising the section of Routine Uses of Records Maintained in the System; as such VA is republishing the system notice in its entirety.
Privacy Act of 1974: System of Records
Document Number: E8-29022
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-08
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
As required by the Privacy Act of 1974, Title 5 United States Code, Section 552a(e), notice is hereby given that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending VA Police Badge and Training Records SystemVA (83VA07) as set forth in 67 FR 49747 dated November 3, 1992. VA is republishing this system notice in its entirety.
Privacy Act of 1974
Document Number: E8-29020
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-08
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 ``Claimant Private Relief Legislative Files-VA'' (06VA026) as set forth in the Federal Register on January 13, 1982 [47 F.R. 1463]. VA is amending the system by revising the routine uses of records maintained in the system, deleting three routine uses and adding eight new routine uses. The Authority for Maintenance of the System is revised to reflect current legislation authorizing collection of this information. VA is republishing the system notice in its entirety.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: E8-29016
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-08
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 (VA) is amending two existing systems of records 04VA115, ``Blood Donor InformationVA'' and 69VA131, ``Ionizing Radiation RegistryVA'' to: Add a routine use relating to the release of information from VA to the Department of Justice (DoJ); add a routine use relating to releasing information to agencies in the event of fraud or abuse; and add a routine use relating to disclosing information when there is a risk of embarrassment or harm to the reputations of the record subjects.
Proposed Information Collection (Application for Burial Benefits) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: E8-28828
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-05
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 information needed to determine a deceased veteran's eligibility for burial benefits.
Agency Information Collection (Mentor-Protégé Program Application and Reports) Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: E8-28827
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-05
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 Office of Management (OM), 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 (Accelerated Payment Verification of Completion Letter) Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: E8-28825
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-05
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 (Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance) Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: E8-28824
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-05
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.
Assistance to States in Hiring and Retaining Nurses at State Veterans Homes
Document Number: E8-28542
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-03
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hereby establishes a final rule setting forth a mechanism for States to obtain payments from VA to assist a State veterans home in the hiring and retention of nurses for the purpose of reducing nursing shortages at the home. This rule implements provisions of the Veterans Health Programs Improvement Act of 2004.