Department of Veterans Affairs April 24, 2015 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2015-09567
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-24
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552(e) (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 amending the system of records currently entitled ``Suicide Prevention Database-VA'' (158VA11). VA is amending the system by revising the System Name, System Number, System Location, Categories of Records in the System, Purpose, Storage, Safeguard, Retention and Disposal, System Manager and Address, Notification Procedure, and Record Access Procedure.
Driving Distance Eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program
Document Number: 2015-09370
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-04-24
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its medical regulations implementing section 101 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, which directed VA to establish a program to furnish hospital care and medical services through eligible non-VA health care providers to eligible veterans who either cannot be seen within the wait-time goals of the Veterans Health Administration or who qualify based on their place of residence (hereafter referred to as the Veterans Choice Program, or the ``Program''). VA published an interim final rule implementing the Veterans Choice Program on November 5, 2014. Under current law, VA uses a straight-line or geodesic distance to determine eligibility based on place of residence. This interim final rule modifies how VA measures the distance from a veteran's residence to the nearest VA medical facility. This modified standard will consider the distance the veteran must drive to the nearest VA medical facility, rather than the straight-line or geodesic distance to such a facility.