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

Proposed Information Collection (Transfer of Scholastic Credit (Schools) (FL-315)) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-32955
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-31
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 for students to transfer course credit from one school to another school.
Agency Information Collection: Collection (Requirement To Present Certain Health Information for a Service Dog
Document Number: 2015-32954
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-31
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 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.
Removal of Requirement To File Direct-Pay Fee Agreements With the Office of the General Counsel
Document Number: 2015-32687
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-29
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations concerning the payment of fees for representation by agents and attorneys in proceedings before VA. Specifically, this rule removes the requirement that an agent or attorney file a direct-pay fee agreement with both the VA Office of the General Counsel and the agency of original jurisdiction. The intended effect of this final rule is to require that direct-pay fee agreements be submitted only to the agency of original jurisdiction, thereby eliminating duplicate filings by agents and attorneys.
Payment of Emergency Medication by VA
Document Number: 2015-32098
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-22
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its medical regulations that govern reimbursement of emergency treatment provided by non-VA medical care providers. VA is clarifying its regulations insofar as it involves the reimbursement of medications prescribed or provided to the veteran during the episode of non-VA emergency treatment.
Allowance for Private Purchase of an Outer Burial Receptacle (or Grave Liner) in Lieu of a Government-Furnished Grave Liner for Use in a VA National Cemetery
Document Number: 2015-32006
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-22
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is updating the monetary allowance payable for qualifying interments that occur during calendar year 2016, which applies toward the private purchase of an outer burial receptacle (or ``grave liner'') for use in a VA national cemetery. The allowance is equal to the average cost of Government- furnished grave liners less any administrative costs to VA. The purpose of this Notice is to notify interested parties of the average cost of Government-furnished grave liners, administrative costs that relate to processing and paying the allowance, and the amount of the allowance payable for qualifying interments that occur during calendar year 2016.
Proposed Information Collection (Application for VA Education Benefits, Application for Family Member To Use Transferred Benefits, Application for VA Education Benefits Under the National Call to Service (NCS) Program and Application for Veterans Retraining Assistance Program)
Document Number: 2015-31694
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-17
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 of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice.
Proposed Information Collection (Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT): Helping Veterans Manage Chronic Pain, Engaging Caregivers Veterans With Dementia, Patient Centered Medical Home Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Veterans With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Bridging Primary and Behavioral Health Care (BP-BHC))
Document Number: 2015-31512
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-16
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 the information collections needed to evaluate the project aims to enhance Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) implementation by providing education about the needs and experiences of OEF/OIF Veterans that is emotionally resonant and engaging to learners on a visceral level, as well as promoting a greater sense of alignment with VA's mission of providing patient- centered care.
Proposed Information Collection (The Veterans Metrics Initiative: Linking Program Components to Post-Military Well-Being)
Document Number: 2015-31515
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-15
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) 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 use a longitudinal study design to assess the well-being of a large sample of transitioning Veterans over time, while simultaneously examining the extent and range of program use by these Veterans over the same period.
Agency Information Collection Activity; Withdrawal
Document Number: 2015-31387
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-14
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs published collection of information notices in a Federal Register on February 12, 2015 and August 3, 2015 that contained errors. With this notice, we are withdrawing those documents.
Reasonable Charges for Medical Care or Services; V3.18, 2016 Calendar Year Update and National Average Administrative Prescription Drug Charge Update
Document Number: 2015-31385
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-14
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) notice updates the data for calculating the ``Reasonable Charges'' collected or recovered by VA for medical care or services. This notice also updates the ``National Average Administrative Costs'' for purposes of calculating VA's charges for prescription drugs that were not administered during treatment but provided or furnished by VA to a veteran.
Agency Information Collection (Foreign Medical Program Application and Claim Cover Sheet)
Document Number: 2015-31235
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-11
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a collection of information notice in a Federal Register on August 14, 2015. The 30- day Federal Register Notice published 11 days after the 60-day Federal Register Notice published. This document corrects the errors by resubmitting a new 30-day Federal Register Notice.
Proposed Information Collection (Student Verification of Enrollment) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-31229
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-11
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 the notice.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review-Student Verification of Enrollment
Document Number: 2015-31224
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-11
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 the notice.
Commission on Care
Document Number: 2015-31223
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-11
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Commission on Care submitted to the President, through the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, its interim report as required under Section 202 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014. This Notice announces the public release of the report, entitled ``Commission on Care Interim Report'', on the Commission on Care Web site.
Proposed Information Collection (Learner's Perceptions Survey (LPS)); Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-31160
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-11
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) 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 identify areas for improvement in clinical training programs.
Commission on Care
Document Number: 2015-31237
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-10
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Proposed Information Collection (Report of Subcontracts to Small and Veteran-Owned Business-VA0896a) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-31155
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-10
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
VA OSDBU, 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 to be collected by VA through the Form 0896A, which intends to gather information from prime contractors regarding their subcontracts with service-disabled Veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB) and Veteran- owned small businesses (VOSB). This collection is in accordance with Public Law 109-461, Title V, Section 502(a)(1), codified at 38 U.S.C. 8127(a)(4).
Agency Information Collection (Title 38, Parts 51 and 52, State Home Programs) Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2015-31107
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-10
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.
Loan Guaranty: Maximum Allowable Foreclosure Timeframes
Document Number: 2015-30592
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-04
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This notice provides information to participants in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) home loan guaranty program concerning the state foreclosure timeframes allowable in the calculation of the maximum interest payable on a foreclosure of a VA- guaranteed loan. The table in this notice contains the timeframes the Secretary has determined to be reasonable and customary for all states, following an annual review of amounts allowed by other government- related home loan programs.
Agency Information Collection (Income, Asset and Employment Statement and Application for Veterans Pension)
Document Number: 2015-30439
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-03
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a collection of information notice in the Federal Register on November 12, 2015, which contained errors to the title and abstract. This document corrects these errors by updating the title and abstract and making corrections throughout
Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards; Updating References
Document Number: 2015-30346
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-01
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This rule adopts as final, without change, interim final rule amending the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations governing Office of Management and Budget (OMB) citations and references for federal grant programs. This amendment is necessary to replace obsolete OMB references in VA regulations.
Notice of Performance Review Board Members
Document Number: 2015-30338
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-01
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Under the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 4314(c)(4) agencies are required to publish a notice in the Federal Register of the appointment of Performance Review Board (PRB) members. This notice announces the appointment of persons to serve on the Performance Review Board of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Expanded Access to Non-VA Care Through the Veterans Choice Program
Document Number: 2015-29865
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-01
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) revises its medical regulations that implement section 101 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (hereafter referred to as ``the Choice Act''), which requires 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 (VHA) or who qualify based on their place of residence (hereafter referred to as the ``Veterans Choice Program'' or the ``Program''). These regulatory revisions are required by the most recent amendments to the Choice Act made by the Construction Authorization and Choice Improvement Act of 2014, and by the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015. The Construction Authorization and Choice Improvement Act of 2014 amended the Choice Act to define additional criteria that VA may use to determine that a veteran's travel to a VA medical facility is an ``unusual or excessive burden,'' and the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 amended the Choice Act to cover all veterans enrolled in the VA health care system, remove the 60-day limit on an episode of care, modify the wait-time and 40-mile distance eligibility criteria, and expand provider eligibility based on criteria as determined by VA. This interim final rule revises VA regulations consistent with the changes made to the Choice Act as described above.