Department of Veterans Affairs February 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Proposed Information Collection (Monthly Certification of Flight Training) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-04402
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-26
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 on information needed to ensure that the amount of benefits payable to a student pursuing flight training is correct.
Proposed Information Collection (Certificate of Delivery of Advance Payment and Enrollment) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-04401
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-26
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 on information needed to authorize advance payment of educational assistance benefits.
Proposed Information Collection (Authorization To Disclose Personal Beneficiary/Claimant Information to a Third Party) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-04400
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-26
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 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 allow VA to share personal beneficiary or claims information to a third party.
Grants for the Rural Veterans Coordination Pilot (RVCP)
Document Number: 2013-04277
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-25
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adopts as a final rule, without change, the proposal to establish a pilot program known as the Rural Veterans Coordination Pilot (RVCP). The RVCP will provide grants to eligible community-based organizations and local and State government entities to be used by these organizations and entities to assist veterans and their families who are transitioning from military service to civilian life in rural or underserved communities. VA will use information obtained through the pilot program to evaluate the effectiveness of using community-based organizations and local and State government entities to improve the provision of services to transitioning veterans and their families. Five RVCP grants will be awarded for a 2-year period in discrete locations pursuant to a Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) to be published in the Federal Register.
Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2013-04276
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-25
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee, Notice of Meeting Amendment
Document Number: 2013-04253
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-25
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Voluntary Service National Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2013-04250
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-25
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Request for Information: Public-Private Collaborations in Pain Research
Document Number: 2013-04248
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-25
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) publishes this Request for Information (RFI) on public-private collaborations in pain research, seeking to connect the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) with commercial organizations that are conducting, or have an interest in conducting, pain research through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA). The CRADA is to develop public-private collaborations in pain research with the intent of developing novel therapies that will benefit Veterans suffering from chronic pain conditions.
VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program
Document Number: 2013-04222
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-25
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This document adopts as a final rule, with changes, the proposed rule to amend the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations concerning VA's Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program (Program). This rulemaking updates and improves the clarity of these regulations, and implements and authorizes new VA policies.
Criteria for a Catastrophically Disabled Determination for Purposes of Enrollment
Document Number: 2013-04134
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-02-22
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulation concerning the manner in which VA determines that a veteran is catastrophically disabled for purposes of enrollment in priority group 4 for VA health care. The current regulation relies on specific codes from the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT[supreg]). We propose to state the descriptions that would identify an individual as catastrophically disabled, instead of using the corresponding ICD-9-CM and CPT[supreg] codes. The revisions would ensure that our regulation is not out of date when new versions of those codes are published. The revisions would also broaden some of the descriptions for a finding of catastrophic disability. Additionally, we would eliminate the Folstein Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) as a criterion for determining whether a veteran meets the definition of catastrophically disabled, because we have determined that the MMSE is no longer a necessary clinical assessment tool.
Public Availability of the Department of Veterans Affairs Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Service Contract Inventory Analysis Report and FY 2012 Service Contract Inventory
Document Number: 2013-04117
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-22
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In accordance with Section 743 of Division C of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is publishing this notice to advise the public of the availability of the FY 2011 Service Contract Inventory Analysis Report and FY 2012 Service Contract Inventory. The FY 2011 analysis report discusses the methodology, analysis, and special interest functions studied from the FY 2011 inventory, as well actions, planned and taken, to address any identified weaknesses or challenges. The FY 2012 inventory provides information on VA service contract actions over $25,000. The inventory information is organized by function to show how contracted resources are distributed throughout the agency. The report and inventory were developed in accordance with guidance issued on November 5, 2010, and updated on December 19, 2011, by the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP). OFPP's guidance is available at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/ procurement-service-contract-inventories. VA posted the report, inventory, and a summary of the inventory on the VA Web site at: http:/ /www.va.gov/oal/business/pps/scaInventory.asp.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2013-04114
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-22
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552(a)(e)) requires all agencies to 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 ``Principles of Excellence Centralized Complaint System-VA'' 170VA22.
Agency Information Collection (Learner's Perception (LP) Survey) Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2013-03754
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-20
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.
Proposed Information Collection (Declaration of Status of Dependents) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-03262
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-13
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) 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 confirm marital status and dependent children.
Proposed Information Collection (Veterans Application for Assistance in Acquiring Special Housing Adaptations) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-03260
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-13
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 assistance disabled Veterans in acquiring special housing and/or adaptations to their current resident.
Use of Medicare Procedures To Enter Into Provider Agreements for Extended Care Services
Document Number: 2013-02993
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-02-13
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This rulemaking proposes to amend the medical regulations of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to allow VA to use Medicare or State procedures to enter into provider agreements to obtain extended care services from non-VA providers. In addition, this rulemaking proposes to include home health care, palliative care, and noninstitutional hospice care services as extended care services, when provided as an alternative to nursing home care. Under this proposed rule, VA would be able to obtain extended care services for veterans from providers who are closer to veterans' homes and communities.
Disclosures To Participate in State Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs
Document Number: 2013-03001
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-11
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its regulations concerning the sharing of certain patient information in order to implement VA's authority to participate in State Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs). Participation in PDMPs will allow the VA patient population to benefit from the reduction in negative health outcomes.
Agency Information Collection (eBenefits Portal) Activity Under OMB Review; Correction
Document Number: 2013-02906
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-08
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a collection of information notice in the Federal Register on January 31, 2013, that contained an error. The notice incorrectly identified the responsible VA organization. This document corrects that error by removing ``Office of Information and Technology'' and adding, in its place, ``Veterans Benefits Administration''.
Proposed Information Collection (Conduct the Point-of-Care Research Questionnaire) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-02789
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-07
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) 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 the notice. This notice solicits comments on information needed to develop and implement a new research protocol in the VA.
Initial Research on the Long-Term Health Consequences of Exposure to Burn Pits in Iraq and Afghanistan
Document Number: 2013-02264
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-04
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This notice announces the preliminary plans of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct a longitudinal cohort study of adverse health effects related to military deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan, to include potential exposure to airborne hazards and burn pits, and to take related actions to promote the effective monitoring and assessment of deployment-related exposures and potential health effects of deployments. The planned actions are based in part on VA's review of the analysis and recommendations in an October 31, 2011, report of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) concerning the potential long-term health consequences of exposure to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.