Department of Veterans Affairs February 2015 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Schedule for Rating Disabilities; Gynecological Conditions and Disorders of the Breast
Document Number: 2015-03851
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-02-27
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend the portion of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD or rating schedule) that addresses gynecological conditions and disorders of the breast. The purpose of these changes is to incorporate medical advances that have occurred since the last review, update current medical terminology, and provide clear evaluation criteria. The proposed rule reflects advances in medical knowledge, recommendations from the Gynecological Conditions and Disorders of the Breast Work Group (Work Group), which is comprised of subject matter experts from both the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and comments from experts and the public gathered as part of a public forum. The public forum, focusing on revisions to the gynecological conditions and disorders of the breast section of the VASRD, was held on January 24, 2012.
Automobile or Other Conveyance and Adaptive Equipment Certificate of Eligibility for Veterans or Members of the Armed Forces With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Document Number: 2015-03889
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-02-25
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its adjudication regulation regarding certificates of eligibility for financial assistance in the purchase of an automobile or other conveyance and adaptive equipment. The amendment authorizes automatic issuance of a certificate of eligibility for financial assistance in the purchase of an automobile or other conveyance and adaptive equipment to all veterans with service-connected amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and members of the Armed Forces serving on active duty with ALS.
Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program
Document Number: 2015-03753
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-02-24
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This rule adopts as final, with changes, a proposed rule of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to amend its regulations concerning the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program (SSVF). In the proposed rule published on May 9, 2014, VA proposed to make a number of changes to the SSVF program to emphasize the intended goals of SSVF. VA is making minor changes to the proposed rule based on comments we received.
Proposed Information Collection (Applications and Appraisals for Employment for Title 38 Positions and Trainees); Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-03455
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-19
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 revision collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on the information needed for Veterans, Veteran Representatives and health care providers to request reimbursement from the federal government for emergency services at a private institution.
Proposed Information Collection (IL Assessment) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-03446
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-19
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 evaluate a disabled veterans' independent living needs.
Agency Information Collection (Appeal to Board of Veterans' Appeals) Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2015-03425
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-19
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 and includes the actual data collection instrument.
Proposed Information Collection (Application for Fee or Roster Personnel Designation) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-03367
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-19
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 applicants' qualifications as a fee appraiser or compliance inspector.
Proposed Information Collection (Expanded Access to Non-VA Care Through the Veterans Choice Program) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-03354
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-19
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 extension collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on the information needed for Veterans, Veteran Representatives and health care providers to request reimbursement from the federal government for emergency services at a private institution.
Notice of Intent To Grant an Exclusive License
Document Number: 2015-03274
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-18
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Notice is hereby given that the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Research and Development, intends to grant to L.A.D. Global Enterprises, Inc., 1309 S. Fountain Drive, Olathe, KS 66061, USA, an exclusive license to practice the following: U.S. Patent Application Serial No. 13/593,456 (``UNIVERSAL STERILE DRAPE AND SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR INOPERATING-ROOM SAFE PATIENT HANDLING EQUIPMENT''), filed 23 August 2012, which claimed the priority of U.S. Provisional Patent Application Serial No. 61/526,993, filed 24 August 2011. Copies of the published patent applications may be obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office at www.uspto.gov.
Proposed Information Collection (Clarification of a Notice of Disagreement) Activity Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-03249
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-18
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Board of Veterans' Appeals (BVA), 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 clarify actions taken by the agency of original jurisdiction regarding a claimant's disagreement with his or her rating decision.
Proposed Information Collection (Appointment of Veterans Service Organization/or Individuals as Claimant's Representative) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-03248
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-18
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 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 claimant appointed a veterans service organization or an individual to prosecute their VA claims.
Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2015-03243
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-18
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2015-03070
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-17
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Proposed Information Collection (Description of Materials) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-03067
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-17
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 and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments for information needed to determine if proposed construction material meets regulatory requirements and if the property is suitable for mortgage insurance.
Proposed Information Collection (From War to Home: Improving Patient-Centered Care and Promoting Empathy for “Operation Enduring Freedom” and “Operation Iraqi Freedom” (OEF/OIF) Veterans in the Veterans Health Administration Patient Aligned Care Team Demo Lab VISN 4)
Document Number: 2015-02884
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-12
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 new collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on information needed to obtain an accurate and comprehensive assessment of satisfaction of patients who receive mental health care services and on outcomes for Veterans who seek mental health treatment from VHA. Data will allow the program office to ensure that the target audience is being reached, effective treatments are being offered, and tangible, quantitative results are being measured and tracked for continual program improvement.
Proposed Information Collection (NCA PreNeed Burial Planning) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-02883
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-12
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 revised collection allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on information needed to determine a claimant's eligibility for burial at a National Cemetery.
Agency Information Collection (VA Form 10-21081 Bereaved Family Member Satisfaction Survey) Activities: Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2015-02828
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-11
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 (National Practioner Data Bank (NPDB) Regulations) Activities: Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2015-02827
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-11
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.
Proposed Information Collection (Notice of Lapse-Government Life Insurance); Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-02818
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-11
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 this notice. This notice solicits comments on information needed to determine claimants' eligibility to reinstate lapsed Government Life Insurance policy.
Using Peer Monitors To Support PACT Team Efforts To Improve Diabetes-PACT Demo Lab VHA-VISN 4)
Document Number: 2015-02690
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-10
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.
Proposed Information Collection (Intent To File a Claim for Compensation and/or Pension, or Survivors Pension and/or DIC) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-02677
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-10
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. VA Form 21-0966 will be used by claimants and/or their authorized representatives to indicate an intent to file a claim for compensation and/or pension, or survivors pension and/or DIC, to establish an effective date for an award granted in association with a complete claim filed within 1 year of such form.
Proposed Information Collection (Financial Status Report) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-02673
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-10
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Office of Management (OM), 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 financial status.
National Research Advisory Council; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2015-02567
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-09
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Proposed Information Collection (Casket/Urn Reimbursement) Activity: Withdrawal
Document Number: 2015-02387
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-06
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
On Wednesday January 28, 2015, The National Cemetery Administration (NCA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), published a notice in the Federal Register announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection Casket/Urn Reimbursement. This notice (FR Vol. 80, Number 18, January 28, 2015) was published in error; therefore this document corrects that error by withdrawing this FR notice, document number 2015-01581.
Annual Determination of Staffing Shortages
Document Number: 2015-02229
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-04
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Section 7412 of title 38, United States Code (U.S.C.) requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Inspector General (IG) to determine and report on the five occupations of personnel of title 38 of the Department covered under 38 U.S.C. 7401 for which there are the largest staffing shortages throughout the Department as calculated over the five-year period preceding the determination. The Secretary is required to publish these findings in the Federal Register. Based on its review, the IG identified the following five occupations as having the largest staffing shortages in the identified time period: Medical Officer, Nurse, Physician Assistant, Physician Therapist, and Psychologist. Additional information and analysis can be found at: www.va.gov/OIG.
Publication of Wait-Times for the Department for the Veterans Choice Program
Document Number: 2015-02205
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-04
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In keeping with its commitment to improve transparency, the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) publishes wait-times for the scheduling of appointments in each VA facility for primary care, specialty care, and mental health services every two weeks. The Department also publishes a Federal Register Notice every 90 days with the address of the Web site where this wait-time data can be accessed. This Federal Register Notice announces the availability of the data on that Web site.
Funding Availability Under Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program
Document Number: 2015-02070
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-03
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
VA is announcing the availability of funds for supportive services grants under the SSVF Program. This NOFA contains information concerning the SSVF Program, initial supportive services grant application processes, and the amount of funding available. Funding Opportunity Title: Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program. Announcement Type: Initial. Funding Opportunity Number: VA-SSVF-021015. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 64.033, VA Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the availability of funds for supportive services grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. This NOFA contains information concerning the SSVF Program, initial supportive services grant application processes, and the amount of funding available. Awards made for supportive services grants will fund operations beginning October 1, 2015.
Proposed Information Collection (Survivors' and Dependents' Application for VA Education Benefits)
Document Number: 2015-02060
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-03
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 Veteran's or Servicemember's spouse, surviving spouse, or child eligibility for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance and Fry Scholarship benefits.