Department of Veterans Affairs January 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Privacy Act of 1974; Amendment of System of Records
Document Number: 2016-01701
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-29
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
As required by the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a(e)(4)), notice is hereby given that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending the system of records entitled ``Ethics Consultation Web-based Database (ECWeb)-VA'' (152VA10E) as set forth in 76 FR 43386. VA is amending the system of records by revising the System Number, Categories of Individuals Covered by the System, Category of Records in the System, Purpose, Routine Uses of Records Maintained in the System, Safeguards, Retention and Disposal, and System Manager and Address. VA is republishing the system notice in its entirety.
Fisher Houses and Other Temporary Lodging
Document Number: 2016-01491
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-01-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations concerning Fisher House and other temporary lodging furnished by VA while a veteran is experiencing an episode of care at a VA medical facility. Such lodging is generally furnished to veterans' relatives, close friends, and caregivers at no cost, because VA's experience has shown that veterans' treatment outcomes are improved by having loved ones nearby. The proposed rule updates current regulations and better describes the application process for this lodging. The proposed rule generally reflects current VA policy and practice.
National Research Advisory Council, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2016-01297
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-25
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2016-01224
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-22
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
As required by the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a(e)(4)), notice is hereby given that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending the system of records entitled ``Customer User Provisioning System (CUPS)-VA'' (87VA005OP). VA is re-publishing the system notice in its entirety.
Commission on Care
Document Number: 2016-01128
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-21
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Agency Information Collection (Application for Adaptive Sports Grant, VA Form 10096) Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2016-00983
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-20
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 Veterans Sports Programs and Special Events (NVSPSE), Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs (OPIA), 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 (Pre-Discharge Compensation Claim) Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2016-00982
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-20
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-21), this notice announces that the Veterans Benefits 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 and it includes the actual data collection instrument.
Agency Information Collection (VA/DOD Joint Disability Evaluation Claim) Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2016-00981
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-20
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 (Application for Benefits for Certain Children With Disabilities Born of Vietnam and Certain Korea Service Veterans) Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2016-00980
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-20
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 (Income Verification) Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2016-00979
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-20
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-21), this notice announces that the Veterans Benefits 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 and it includes the actual data collection instrument.
Agency Information Collection (Verification of VA Benefits) Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2016-00978
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-20
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 Repurchase of Loan) Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2016-00977
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-20
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.
MyVA Federal Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2016-00934
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-20
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2016-00846
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-19
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Funding Availability Under Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program
Document Number: 2016-00727
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-15
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Funding Opportunity Title: Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program. Announcement Type: Initial. Funding Opportunity Number: VA-SSVF-011516. 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 Notice of Fund Availability (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, 2016.
Automobile or Other Conveyance and Adaptive Equipment Certificate of Eligibility for Veterans or Members of the Armed Forces With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Connected to Military Service
Document Number: 2016-00490
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-01-13
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published an Interim Final Rule on February 25, 2015, to amend its adjudication regulations to provide a certificate of eligibility for financial assistance in the purchase of an automobile or other conveyance and adaptive equipment for all veterans with service-connected amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and servicemembers serving on active duty with ALS. The amendment authorized 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 ALS and members of the Armed Forces serving on active duty with ALS. The intent of this final rule is to confirm the amendment made by the interim final rule without change.
Proposed Information Collection (Voice of Veteran Surveys, Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery (National Cemetery Administration, Veterans Benefits Affairs, Veterans Health Administration), Survey of Veteran Enrollees' Health and Reliance Upon VA, Bereaved Family Member Satisfaction Survey, Nation-Wide Customer Satisfaction Surveys (Survey of Healthcare Experiences of Patients), Veterans Health Benefits Handbook Satisfaction Survey, Veterans Transportation Service Data Collection, Center for Verification and Evaluation Site Inspections, Post Engagement, Awards & Return on Investment, Center for Verification and Evaluation Verification Survey) Activity: Comment Request
Document Number: 2016-75
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-08
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veteran's Experience Office, 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 non-substantive change request of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on 11 Information collections for the Veteran's Experience Agency Priority Goal, which specifies that four survey questions will be incorporated into existing customer experience surveys by Q1 FY2016. The information collected will be used by VA departmental leadership to track enterprise performance improvements as experienced by our Veterans. This notice will serve as notification for any future Non- substantive Change Information Collection Request adding these four customer service questions in the Information Collection Requests.
MyVA Federal Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting: Amended
Document Number: 2016-178
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-08
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Reimbursement for Caskets and Urns for Burial of Unclaimed Remains in a National Cemetery
Document Number: 2016-143
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-08
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is updating the monetary reimbursement rates for caskets and urns purchased for the interment in a VA national cemetery of Veterans who die with no known next of kin and where there are insufficient resources for furnishing a burial container. The purpose of this notice is to notify interested parties of the rates that will apply to reimbursement claims that occur during calendar year (CY) 2016.
Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Reconfiguration of VA Black Hills Health Care System; Comment Period Extension
Document Number: 2016-00064
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-07
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published, in the Federal Register on October 30, 2015, the Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Reconfiguration of VA Black Hills Health Care System (BHHCS) that analyzes the potential impacts of six alternatives for changes to VA's facilities in Hot Springs and Rapid City, South Dakota. Due to public requests and the fact that the original comment period included three major holidays, VA is extending the closing date for the comment period for the Draft EIS from January 5, 2016 to February 5, 2016.
Privacy Act of 1974: Computer Matching Program
Document Number: 2016-00010
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-07
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a, the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidelines on the Conduct of Matching Programs, notice is hereby given that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) intends to conduct a computer matching program with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Data from the proposed match will be used to verify the unearned income of nonservice-connected veterans, and those veterans who are zero percent service-connected (noncompensable), whose eligibility for VA medical care is based on their inability to defray the cost of medical care. These veterans supply household income information that includes their spouses and dependents at the time of application for VA health care benefits.
Loan Guaranty: Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology Grant Program
Document Number: 2015-33190
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-06
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announces the availability of funds for the Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology (SAHAT) Grant Program for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The objective of the grant is to encourage the development of new assistive technologies for specially adapted housing. This Notice is intended to provide applicants with the information necessary to apply for the SAHAT Grant Program. Registration will be available at www.Grants.gov. VA strongly recommends referring to the Loan GuarantySpecially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology Grant Program final rule (38 CFR part 36) in conjunction with this Notice. The registration process described within this Notice applies only to applicants who will register to submit project applications for FY 2016 SAHAT Grant Program funds.
Copayments for Medications Beginning January 1, 2017
Document Number: 2015-33052
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-01-05
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations concerning copayments charged to certain veterans for medication required on an outpatient basis to treat non-service connected conditions. VA currently charges non-exempt veterans either $8 or $9 for each 30-day or less supply of medication, and under current regulations, a calculation based on the prescription drug component of the Medical Consumer Price Index would be used to determine the copayment amount in future years. This rulemaking would eliminate the formula used to calculate future rate increases and establish three classes of medications, identified as Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3. These tiers would be defined further in the rulemaking and would be distinguished in part based on whether the medications are available from multiple sources or a single source, with some exceptions. Copayment amounts would be fixed and would vary depending upon the class of medication. The following copayment amounts would be effective January 1, 2017: $5 for a 30-day or less supply of a Tier 1 medication, $8 for a 30-day or less supply of a Tier 2 medication, and $11 for a 30-day or less supply of a Tier 3 medication. For most veterans these copayment amounts would result in lower out-of-pocket costs, thereby encouraging greater adherence to prescribed medications and reducing the risk of fragmented care that results when veterans use multiple pharmacies to fill their prescriptions.
Commission on Care
Document Number: 2015-33051
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-04
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
MyVA Federal Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2015-33040
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-04
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs