Agency Information Collection (Certification of Change or Correction of Name Government Life Insurance, VA Form 29-586) Activity Under OMB Review
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.
Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement for the San Francisco VA Medical Center Long Range Development Plan
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) announces the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Long Range Development Plan (LRDP). Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4331 et seq.), the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Requirements of NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500-1508) and VA's implementing Regulations (38 CFR part 26), VA has considered comments received on the Supplemental Draft EIS and has prepared the Final EIS. The LRDP describes development and construction of patient care buildings, research buildings, business occupancy buildings, and parking structures, as well as retrofitting seismically deficient buildings. The Final EIS identifies and addresses environmental impacts associated with the Proposed Action.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
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. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending the system of records, known as ``Health Care Provider Credentialing and Privileging Records-VA'' (77VA10Q) as set forth in the Federal Register 73 FR 16097 dated 3/26/08. VA is amending the system notice by revising the paragraphs on System Number, System Location, Categories of Individuals Covered by the System, and Routine Uses of Records Maintained in the System. VA is republishing the system notice in its entirety at this time.
Per Diem Paid to States for Care of Eligible Veterans in State Homes; Correction
The Department of Veterans Affairs is correcting and clarifying a proposed rule that published in the Federal Register on June 17, 2015 (80 FR 34794).
Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program; Notice of Funding Availability
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the availability of 1-year renewal funding in fiscal year (FY) 2015 for the 21 currently operational FY 2014 VA Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Special Need Grant Recipients and their collaborative VA Special Need partners (as applicable) to make re-applications for assistance under the Special Need Grant Component of VA's Homeless Providers GPD Program. The focus of this NOFA is to encourage applicants to continue to deliver services to the homeless Special Need Veteran population as outlined in their current Special Need application. This NOFA contains information concerning the program, application process, and amount of funding available.
Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment to the Genomic Medicine Program Advisory Committee
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as a member of the Genomic Medicine Program Advisory Committee (hereinafter referred to as ``the Committee''). The Committee was established by the Secretary of the VA pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, 5 U.S.C. Appendix 2, to advise the Secretary with respect to the development of a world-class genomic medicine program within the Department, including policies to collect and utilize both genetic and other medical information to promote optimal medical care and research that contribute to the knowledge of diseases prevalent in Veterans. The Committee will be guided by the goal of using genetic information to optimize clinical care of Veterans, and enhance the study and development of diagnostic tests and treatments for diseases of particular relevance to Veterans. Nominations of qualified candidates in the area of genomic medicine from healthcare, academia, and/or other government agencies are being sought to fill vacancies on the Committee.
Presumption of Herbicide Exposure and Presumption of Disability During Service for Reservists Presumed Exposed to Herbicide
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulation governing individuals presumed to have been exposed to certain herbicides. Specifically, VA is expanding the regulation to include an additional group consisting of individuals who performed service in the Air Force or Air Force Reserve under circumstances in which they had regular and repeated contact with C-123 aircraft known to have been used to spray an herbicide agent (``Agent Orange'') during the Vietnam era. In addition, the regulation will establish a presumption that members of this group who later develop an Agent Orange presumptive condition were disabled during the relevant period of service, thus establishing that this service constituted ``active, naval, military or air service.'' The effect of this action is to presume herbicide exposure for these individuals and to allow individuals who were exposed to herbicides during reserve service to establish veteran status for VA purposes and eligibility for some VA benefits. The need for this action results from a recent decision by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to acknowledge that individuals who had regular and repeated exposure to C-123 aircraft that the United States Air Force used to spray the herbicides in Vietnam during Operation Ranch Hand were exposed to Agent Orange.
Delegations of Authority: Office of Regulation Policy and Management (ORPM)
The Department of Veterans Affairs is amending its regulations delegating rulemaking authority within the Office of the General Counsel. The amendments reflect current management structure and titles.
Per Diem Paid to States for Care of Eligible Veterans in State Homes
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to reorganize, update (based on revisions to statutory authority), and clarify its regulations that govern paying per diem to State homes providing nursing home and adult day health care to eligible veterans. The reorganization will improve consistency and clarity throughout these State home programs. We propose to revise the regulations applicable to adult day health care programs of care so that States may establish diverse programs that better meet participants' needs for socialization and maximize their independence. Currently, we require States to operate these programs exclusively using a medical supervision model. We expect that these liberalizing changes would result in an increase in the number of States that have adult day health care programs. We also propose to establish new regulations governing the payment of per diem to State homes providing domiciliary care to eligible veterans, because the current regulations are inadequate. Moreover, we propose to eliminate the regulations governing per diem for State home hospitals because there are no longer any State home hospitals. In general, this rulemaking is consistent with current regulations and policies, and we do not expect that these proposed rules would have a negative impact on State homes; rather, we believe that these proposed regulations would clarify current law and policy, which should improve and simplify the payment of per diem to State homes, and encourage participation in these programs.
Loan Guaranty: Elimination of Redundant Regulations; Technical Correction
On June 15, 2010, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a document in the Federal Register (75 FR 33704), amending its loan guaranty regulations to eliminate redundancies in the regulations that were a result of a new electronic reporting system. At that time, we failed to update the cross-reference citations within the redesignated sections. On October 22, 2010 (75 FR 65238), Sections 36.4301 through 36.4323(e) were amended to replace the incorrect cross-reference citations with the accurate, updated cross-references. This document corrects the remaining redesignated sections (Sec. 36.4324 through Sec. 36.4393) to contain the correct and updated cross-reference citations. These nonsubstantive changes are made for clarity and accuracy.
Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment to the Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Office of Construction and Facilities Management, is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to the Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department Facilities (``the Committee''). In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 8105, the Committee advises the Secretary on all matters of structural safety in the construction and altering of medical facilities and recommends standards for use by VA in the construction and alteration of facilities. Nominations of qualified candidates are being sought to fill current and upcoming vacancies on the Committee.
Schedule for Rating Disabilities; The Organs of Special Sense and Schedule of Ratings-Eye
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend the portion of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD or rating schedule) that addresses the organs of special sense and schedule of ratingseye. 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 National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and comments from subject matter experts and the public garnered as part of a public forum. The public forum, focusing on revisions to the organs of special sense and schedule of ratings for eye disabilities, was held on January 19-20, 2012.
Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment to the Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as a member of the Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs (herein-after in this section referred to as ``the Committee''). The Committee was established pursuant to 38 U.S.C. 543 to advise the Secretary of VA on administration of Department's prosthetic and special-disabilities programs, coordination of VA and non-VA programs to develop and test prosthetic devices, and coordination of the informational exchange regarding development and testing of prosthetic devices. The Committee will consult with the Secretary on adequate funding and the treatment capacity for those programs.