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

Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2013-12891
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-31
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Privacy Act of 1974: Computer Matching Program
Document Number: 2013-12306
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-31
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides notice that it intends to conduct a recurring computer-matching program matching Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Federal tax information with VA pension and parents' dependency and indemnity compensation records. The purpose of this match is to identify applicants and beneficiaries who have applied for or who are receiving VA benefits and received unearned income, and to adjust or terminate VA benefits, if appropriate.
VA Dental Insurance Program
Document Number: 2013-12642
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-05-29
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its regulations to establish rules and procedures for the VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP), a pilot program that offers premium-based dental insurance to enrolled veterans and certain survivors and dependents of veterans. Under the pilot program, VA will contract with a private insurer, through the Federal contracting process, to offer dental insurance to eligible individuals. The private insurer will be responsible for the administration of the dental insurance plan. VA will form the contract and verify the eligibility of individuals who apply for the private dental insurance.
Community Residential Care
Document Number: 2013-12641
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-05-29
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its regulations concerning approval of non-VA community residential care facilities to allow VA to waive such facilities' compliance with standards that do not jeopardize the health or safety of residents. Waiver would be authorized in those limited circumstances where the deficiency cannot be corrected to meet a standard provided for in VA regulation. Authorizing this waiver will prevent veterans from needlessly choosing to move out of established and appropriate living situations due to minor deficiencies in standards that cannot be corrected, and into more restrictive and/or costly care. In addition, we make a technical edit to correct a reference to the section addressing requests for a hearing.
Garnishment of Accounts Containing Federal Benefit Payments
Document Number: 2013-12567
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-05-29
Agency: Railroad Retirement Board, Agencies and Commissions, Social Security Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of the Treasury, Office of Personnel Management
Treasury, SSA, VA, RRB and OPM (Agencies) are adopting as final an interim rule to amend their regulation governing the garnishment of certain Federal benefit payments that are directly deposited to accounts at financial institutions. The rule establishes procedures that financial institutions must follow when they receive a garnishment order against an account holder who receives certain types of Federal benefit payments by direct deposit. The rule requires financial institutions that receive such a garnishment order to determine the sum of such Federal benefit payments deposited to the account during a two month period, and to ensure that the account holder has access to an amount equal to that sum or to the current balance of the account, whichever is lower.
Copayments for Medications in 2013
Document Number: 2013-12252
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-05-23
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This document adopts as a final rule, without change, an interim final rule amending the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical regulations to freeze the copayments required for certain medications provided by VA until December 31, 2013. Under that rule, the copayment amounts for all enrolled veterans were maintained at the same rates as they were in 2012, which were $8 for veterans in priority groups 2-6 and $9 for veterans in priority groups 7 and 8. On January 1, 2014, the copayment amounts may increase based on the prescription drug component of the Medical Consumer Price Index (CPI-P).
Proposed Information Collection (Statement of Purchaser or Owner Assuming Seller's Loans) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-11907
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-20
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 determine release of liability and substitution of entitlement of Veterans-sellers to the government on guaranteed, insured and direct loans.
Proposed Information Collection (Statement of Heirs for Payment of Credits Due Estate of Deceased Veteran) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-11846
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-20
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 refundable credit.
Proposed Information Collection (Request for Details of Expenses) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-11845
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-20
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 determine a claimant's appropriate rate of pension.
Proposed Information Collection (Dependent's Request for Change of Program or Place of Training) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-11844
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-20
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 the information needed to request a change of education program or place of training.
Proposed Information Collection (Request for Disinterment) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-11843
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-20
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 information needed to determine a claimant entitlement to disinter the remains of a loved one from or within a national cemetery.
Proposed Information Collection (Request for Nursing Home Information in Connection With Claim for Aid and Attendance) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-11842
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-20
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 the information needed to determine eligibility for aid and attendance for claimants who are patients in nursing home.
Proposed Information Collection (HUD/VA Addendum to Uniform Residential Loan Application) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-11841
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-20
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 information needed to apply for a home loan guaranty.
Proposed Information Collection (Application for Educational Assistance To Supplement Tuition Assistance) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-11840
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-20
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 determine claimants' eligibility for educational assistance to supplement tuition assistance.
Proposed Information Collection (Availability of Educational, Licensing, and Certifications Records) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-11839
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-20
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 payments provided to educational institutions and licensing and certification organizations are correct.
Proposed Information Collection (Loan Service Report) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-11838
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-20
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 service delinquent home loans.
Proposed Information Collection (Application for Reinstatement (Insurance Lapsed More Than 6 Months), and Application for Reinstatement (Non Medical-Comparative Health Statement)) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-11837
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-20
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 reinstate a claimant's Government Life Insurance and/or Total Disability Income Provision.
Fund Availability Under VA's Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program (VANS)
Document Number: 2013-11585
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-16
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the availability of funds for assistance to acquire vans in order to facilitate transportation of veteran participants for currently operational Grant and Per Diem grantee projects funded under VA's Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program and demonstrate an occupancy rate of 65 percent or better for the period of October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2013. This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) contains information concerning the program, funding priorities, application process, and amount of funding available.
Fund Availability Under VA's Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program (Rehabilitation)
Document Number: 2013-11584
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-16
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the availability of funds for assistance to rehabilitate currently operational Grant and Per Diem grantee facilities originally funded under VA's Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program (see funding priorities). This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) contains information concerning the program, funding priorities, application process, and amount of funding available.
Tentative Eligibility Determinations; Presumptive Eligibility for Psychosis and Other Mental Illness
Document Number: 2013-11410
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-05-14
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulation authorizing tentative eligibility determinations to comply with amended statutory authority concerning minimum active-duty service requirements. This document also codifies in regulation statutory presumptions of medical care eligibility for veterans of certain wars and conflicts who developed psychosis within specified time periods and for Persian Gulf War veterans who developed a mental illness other than psychosis within 2 years after service and within 2 years after the end of the Persian Gulf War period.
Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses Task Force
Document Number: 2013-11384
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-14
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) established the Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses Task Force (GWVI-TF) in August 2009 to conduct a comprehensive review of VA's approach to and programs addressing 1990-1991 Gulf War Veterans' illnesses. The third Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses Task Force Draft Written Report is now complete. VA is inviting public comments on this draft report.
VA Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) Verification Guidelines
Document Number: 2013-11326
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-05-13
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is currently reviewing its regulations governing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) Verification Program. OSDBU intends to improve the regulations to provide greater clarity, to streamline the program, and to encourage more VOSBs to apply for verification. By issuing this notice of proposed rulemaking, OSDBU seeks comments on how best to approach this undertaking. Although OSDBU identified specific issues for discussion below, it encourages commenters to discuss any issue related to improving these specific regulations and the program.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2013-11158
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-10
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 Veteran Affairs (VA) is amending the system of records currently entitled ``Health Professional Scholarship ProgramVA'' (73VA14) as set forth in the Federal Register 74 FR 62390. VA is amending the system of records by revising the System Name, System Location, Categories of Individuals Covered by the System, Categories of Records in the System, Authority for Maintenance, Purpose, Storage, Retrievability, Safeguards, System Manager(s) and Address, Notification Procedure, Record Access Procedure, and Records Source Category. VA is republishing the system notice in its entirety.
Duty Periods for Establishing Eligibility for Health Care
Document Number: 2013-11051
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-05-09
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend its medical regulations concerning eligibility for health care to re- establish the definitions of ``active military, naval, or air service,'' ``active duty,'' and ``active duty for training.'' These definitions were deleted in 1996; however, we believe that all duty periods should be defined in part 17 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to ensure proper determination of eligibility for VA health care. We would also provide a more complete definition of ``inactive duty training.''
Report: Strategies for Serving Our Women Veterans
Document Number: 2013-10781
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-07
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
On May 14, 2012, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a notice in the Federal Register inviting public comment on the Draft Strategy Report (DSR) titled, Strategies for Serving Our Women Veterans. This document responds to the public comments received and affirms as final, with two identified changes, to the DSR.
Payment for Home Health Services and Hospice Care to Non-VA Providers
Document Number: 2013-10694
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-05-06
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its regulations concerning the billing methodology for non-VA providers of home health services and hospice care. Because the newly applicable methodology cannot supersede rates for which VA has specifically contracted, this rulemaking will only affect home health and hospice care providers who do not have existing negotiated contracts with VA. This rule also rescinds internal guidance documents that could be interpreted as conflicting with this final rule.
Privacy Act of 1974; Report of Matching Program
Document Number: 2013-10428
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-02
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides notice that it intends to conduct a recurring computer-matching program matching Social Security Administration (SSA) Master Beneficiary Records (MBR) and Self-Employment Income System (MEF) with VA pension, compensation, and dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) records. The goal of this match is to identify beneficiaries who are receiving VA benefits and SSA benefits or earned income, and to reduce or terminate VA benefits, if appropriate. The match will include records of current VA beneficiaries.