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

Standard Claims and Appeals Forms
Document Number: 2013-25968
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-10-31
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend its adjudication regulations and the appeals regulations and rules of practice of the Board of Veterans' Appeals (Board). There are two major components of these proposed changes. The first is to require all claims to be filed on standard forms prescribed by the Secretary, regardless of the type of claim or posture in which the claim arises. The second is to provide that VA would accept an expression of dissatisfaction or disagreement with an adjudicative determination by the agency of original jurisdiction (AOJ) as a Notice of Disagreement (NOD) only if it is submitted on a standardized form provided by VA for the purpose of appealing the decision, in cases where such a form is provided. The purpose of these amendments is to improve the quality and timeliness of the processing of veterans' claims for benefits.
Agency Information Collection (Shoulder and Arm Conditions Disability Benefits Questionnaire) Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2013-25945
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-31
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 (Neck (Cervical Spine) Conditions Disability Benefits Questionnaire) Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2013-25941
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-31
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 (Non-Degenerative Arthritis (Including Inflammatory, Autoimmune, Crystalline and Infectious Arthritis) and Dysbaric Osteonecrosis Disability Benefits Questionnaire) Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2013-25940
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-31
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 (Veterans, Researchers, and IRB Members Experiences With Recruitment Restrictions); Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-25859
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-31
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 new collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments for information needed conduct a study to examine whether current VA Institutional Review Board (IRB) policies pose barriers to recruitment of research study subjects and to explore Veterans views on recruitment procedures.
Proposed Information Collection (Statement of Person Claiming To Have Stood in Relation of a Parent) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-25858
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-31
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 determine a claimant's who stood in relation of parents to a deceased Veteran eligibility for death benefits.
Loan Guaranty: Mandatory Electronic Delivery of Loan Files for Review
Document Number: 2013-25418
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-28
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Loan Guaranty Service (LGY) announces a new policy with regard to lender submission of VA- guaranteed closed loan files for review. Currently, lenders can submit loan files selected for review by LGY through either electronic upload or in hard copy form. Effective January 1, 2014, LGY will require the electronic uploading of all loan files, pursuant to 38 CFR 36.4333.
Agency Information Collection (Principles of Excellence Complaint System Intake) Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2013-25141
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-25
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 (Claim for Standard Government Headstone or Marker for Installation in a Private or State Veterans' Cemetery) Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2013-25136
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-25
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 National Cemetery Administration, 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.
Discontinuance of Annual Financial Assessments
Document Number: 2013-25045
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-25
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This Notice informs the public that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will no longer request that certain veterans enrolled in the VA health care system annually submit income and asset information. VA uses such information to verify a veteran's continuing eligibility for certain health care benefits; however, VA is now able to get similar information through a means less burdensome on veterans. Moreover, annual, routine collection of this information has not significantly impacted veteran enrollment, and places an unwarranted burden on affected veterans. Therefore, VA will discontinue requesting that veterans submit an annual financial assessment following initial enrollment.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2013-24830
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-23
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552(3)(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 titled ``Human Resources Information Systems Shared Service Center (HRIS SSC)VA''(171VA056A).
Designee for Patient Personal Property
Document Number: 2013-24625
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-10-23
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulation that governs a competent veteran's designation of a person to receive the veteran's funds and personal effects in the event that such veteran was to die while in a VA field facility. The proposed rule would eliminate reference to an obsolete VA form, clarify the role of a VA fiduciary for an incompetent veteran-patient, as well as restructure the current regulation for ease of readability.
VA Dental Insurance Program-Federalism
Document Number: 2013-24588
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-10-23
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations related to the VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP), a pilot program to offer premium-based dental insurance to enrolled veterans and certain survivors and dependents of veterans. Specifically, this rule would add language to clarify the preemptive effect of certain criteria in the VADIP regulations.
VA Dental Insurance Program-Federalism
Document Number: 2013-24585
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-10-22
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking direct final action to amend its regulations related to the VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP), a pilot program to offer premium-based dental insurance to enrolled veterans and certain survivors and dependents of veterans. Specifically, this rule will add language to clarify the limited preemptive effect of certain criteria in the VADIP regulations.
Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2013-24312
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-04
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Loan Guaranty: Assistance to Eligible Individuals in Acquiring Specially Adapted Housing; Cost-of-Construction Index
Document Number: 2013-24134
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-02
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announces that the aggregate amounts of assistance available under the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant program will increase by 3.995 percent for fiscal year (FY) 2014.
Agency Information Collection (Statement of Dependency of Parent(s)) Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2013-24047
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-02
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, Voice of the Veteran Appellant Surveys; Correction
Document Number: 2013-23906
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-01
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published an information collection notice in a Federal Register on September 6, 2013 (78 FR 54956), that contained errors. VA announced that the Board of Veterans' Affairs was announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection. We have also corrected the frequency of response that was listed as quarterly to annually. Those errors are corrected by this notice.
Proposed Information Collection (Credit Underwriting Standards and Procedures for Processing VA Guaranteed Loans) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-23888
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-01
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 underwrite VA-guaranteed loans.