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

Agency Emergency Information Collection (Principles of Excellence Complaint Intake Questionnaire) Activities Under OMB-Request for Public Comment
Document Number: 2013-10112
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-30
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, has submitted the collection of information abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and public comment. The PRA submission describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden; it includes the actual data collection instrument. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency's functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden. To obtain copies of the supporting statement and the related form for this information collection, contact the Further Information Contact listed in this notice. DATE: Comments must be submitted on or before May 30, 2013.
Proposed Information Collection (uSPEQ Consumer Survey Experience (Rehabilitation)) Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-09813
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-25
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA), 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 measure veterans' experience in VA's rehabilitation programs.
Proposed Information Collection (Inquiry Concerning Applicant for Employment) Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-09812
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-25
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Office of Human Resources and Administration (HRA), 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 on the information needed to determine an applicant's suitability and qualification for employment.
Proposed Information Collection (Ethics Consultation Feedback Tool (ECFT)) Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-09811
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-25
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA), 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 improve the process of ethics consultation service.
Proposed Information Collection (Marital Status Questionnaire) Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-09809
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-25
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 on the information needed to determine whether surviving spouses are entitled to dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) benefits.
Copayment for Extended Care Services
Document Number: 2013-09396
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-04-22
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend how VA determines the ``spousal resource protection amount,'' which is the amount of liquid assets of a veteran and community (i.e., not institutionalized) spouse that is considered unavailable when calculating the veteran's maximum monthly copayment obligation for extended care services longer than 180 days. This proposed rule would define the ``spousal resource protection amount'' by reference to the Maximum Community Spouse Resource Standard, which is published each year by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and is adjusted annually based on the Consumer Price Index. This change would have the immediate effect of increasing the spousal resource protection amount from $89,280 to $115,920, and would ensure that the spousal resource protection amount stays consistent with the comparable protection for the spouses of Medicaid recipients.
Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2013-09338
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-22
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2013-09186
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-19
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2013-09090
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-18
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Special Medical Advisory Group, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2013-09072
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-18
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2013-09064
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-18
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Removal of Penalty for Breaking Appointments
Document Number: 2013-08794
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-04-15
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to remove a regulation that states that a veteran who misses two medical appointments without providing 24 hours' notice and a reasonable excuse is deemed to have refused VA medical care. The current regulation states that no further treatment will be furnished to a veteran deemed to have refused care except in emergency situations, unless the veteran agrees to cooperate by keeping future appointments. VA believes that the current regulation is incompatible with regulatory changes implemented after the regulation was promulgated, is not in line with current practice, and is inconsistent with VA's patient-centered approach to medical care.
Proposed Information Collection (Technical Industry Standards) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-08739
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-15
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OA&L), 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 ensure items being purchased meet minimum safety standards.
Proposed Information Collection (Service Data Manual) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-08738
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-15
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OA&L), 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 repair technical medical equipment and devices or mechanical equipment.
Proposed Information Collection (Special Notice) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-08737
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-15
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OA&L), 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 ensure that equipment proposed by the contractor meets specification requirements.
Proposed Information Collection (Purchase of Shellfish) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-08736
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-15
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OA&L), 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 ensure that shellfish purchased by VA are from a State- and Federal-approved and inspected source.
Privacy Act of 1974; Report of Matching Program
Document Number: 2013-08532
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-11
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides notice that it intends to conduct a recurring computer-matching program matching Office of Personnel Management (OPM) records with VA pension and dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) records. The purpose of this match is to identify beneficiaries who are receiving VA benefits and payment under the Civil Service Retirement Act or Federal Employees' Retirement System Act, and to adjust or terminate benefits, if appropriate.
Privacy Act of 1974: Computer Matching Program
Document Number: 2013-08531
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-11
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 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 Social Security Administration (SSA). 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.
Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustments for Service-Connected Benefits
Document Number: 2013-08529
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-11
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
As required by the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2012, Public Law 112-198, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is hereby giving notice of adjustments in certain benefit rates. These adjustments affect the compensation and dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) programs.
Proposed Information Collection (Brand Name or Equal) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-08510
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-11
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OA&L), 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 allow firms to offer items that are equal to the brand name item stated in the bid.
Proposed Information Collection (Caution to Bidders-Bid Envelopes) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-08509
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-11
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OA&L), 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 identify bid envelopes from other mail parcels.
Proposed Information Collection (Regulation for Reconsideration of Denied Claims) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-08508
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-11
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 extension of a currently approved, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on information needed to request an informal review of veterans' denied healthcare benefits claims.
Grants to States for Construction or Acquisition of State Homes
Document Number: 2013-08366
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-10
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This interim final rule amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulation on the prioritization of State applications for VA grants for the construction or acquisition of State home facilities that furnish domiciliary, nursing home, or adult day health care to veterans. As amended, the regulation gives preference to State applications that would use grant funds solely or primarily (under certain circumstances) to remedy cited life or safety deficiencies. This rulemaking also makes certain necessary technical amendments to regulations governing State home grants.
Proposed Information Collection (Women Veterans Healthcare Barriers Survey)
Document Number: 2013-08284
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-10
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; it includes the actual data collection instrument.
Proposed Information Collection (NCA Customer Satisfaction Surveys (Headstone/Marker) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-08080
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-08
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The National Cemetery Administration (NCA), 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 burden estimates relating to customer satisfaction surveys involving the National Cemetery Administration (NCA).
Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas
Document Number: 2013-07636
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-02
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its regulations to establish a new program to provide grants to eligible entities to assist veterans in highly rural areas through innovative transportation services to travel to VA medical centers, and to otherwise assist in providing transportation services in connection with the provision of VA medical care to these veterans, in compliance with section 307 of title III of the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010. This final rule establishes procedures for evaluating grant applications under the new grant program, and otherwise administering the new grant program.