Department of Veterans Affairs September 2018 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

VA Voluntary Service National Advisory Committee, Notice of Meetings
Document Number: 2018-21069
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-27
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Enhanced-Use Lease of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Real Property for the Development of a Permanent Supportive Housing Facility at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Document Number: 2018-21056
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-27
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) intends to enter into an EUL for the purpose of outleasing Buildings #1, 2, 14, 18, 19, 62, and 64 on approximately 4 acres of underutilized land on the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, consisting of approximately 101 housing units under different phases (Phase I will consist of 80 housing units in Building #2, and Phase II will consist of approximately 21 housing units in the remaining 6 buildings) to provide permanent supportive housing for veterans. The EUL lessee, National Soldiers Home Residences I, LLC, will finance, design, develop, rehabilitate, manage, maintain, and operate housing for eligible homeless veterans, or veterans at-risk of homelessness, and their families, as well as provide services that guide resident veterans toward attaining long-term self-sufficiency.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Notice of Lapse, Notice of Past Due Payment
Document Number: 2018-21031
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-27
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, 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 Activity: VA Educational Assistance Program Feedback
Document Number: 2018-21030
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-27
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Benefits Administration, 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 extension of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice.
Definition of Domiciliary Care
Document Number: 2018-20707
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-25
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adopts as final, with no changes, a proposed rule amending the definition of domiciliary care to encompass VA's Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MH RRTP). This rule aligns regulations with VA's administrative decision in 2005 to designate MH RRTP as a type of domiciliary care. We also proposed clarifying that domiciliary care provides temporary, not permanent, residence to affected veterans. We provided a 60-day comment period on this proposed rule and received 4 comments, all of which were generally supportive of the proposed changes. We make no changes based on public comments and adopt the proposed rule as final.
Special Medical Advisory Group, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2018-20642
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-24
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
VA Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) Verification Guidelines
Document Number: 2018-20639
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-24
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations governing VA's Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) Verification Program. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (``the NDAA''), placed the responsibility for issuing regulations relating to ownership and control for the verification of VOSBs with the United States Small Business Administration (SBA). This regulation implements the NDAA by referencing SBA's regulations governing ownership and control and adds and clarifies certain terms and references that are currently part of the verification process. The NDAA also provides that in certain circumstances a firm can qualify as VOSB or Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) when there is a surviving spouse or an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).
VA Acquisition Regulation: Taxes; Quality Assurance; Transportation; Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses; and Special Procurement Controls
Document Number: 2018-20323
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-24
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending and updating its VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) in phased increments to revise or remove any policy superseded by changes in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), to remove procedural guidance internal to VA into the VA Acquisition Manual (VAAM), and to incorporate any new agency specific regulations or policies. These changes seek to streamline and align the VAAR with the FAR and remove outdated and duplicative requirements and reduce burden on contractors. The VAAM incorporates portions of the removed VAAR as well as other internal agency acquisition policy. VA will rewrite certain parts of the VAAR and VAAM, and as VAAR parts are rewritten, we will publish them in the Federal Register. In particular, this rulemaking revises VAAR concerning Taxes; Quality Assurance; Transportation; Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses; and Special Procurement Controls.
Reasonable Charges for Inpatient MS-DRGs and SNF Medical Services; v3.24, Fiscal Year 2019 Update
Document Number: 2018-20331
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-19
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This document updates the acute inpatient and the skilled nursing facility (SNF)/sub-acute inpatient facility charges. The updated charges are based on the 2019 Medicare severity diagnosis related groups (MS-DRG).
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Accelerated Aging Among Vietnam-Era Veterans Survey
Document Number: 2018-20200
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-18
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, this notice announces that the Veterans Health 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 Activity Under OMB Review: Certification of Change or Correction of Name Government Life Insurance
Document Number: 2018-20199
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-18
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, 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.
VA Acquisition Regulation: Subcontracting Policies and Procedures; Government Property
Document Number: 2018-20183
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-18
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending and updating its VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) in phased increments to revise or remove any policy superseded by changes in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), to remove procedural guidance internal to VA into the VA Acquisition Manual (VAAM), and to incorporate any new agency specific regulations or policies. These changes seek to streamline and align the VAAR with the FAR and remove outdated and duplicative requirements and reduce burden on contractors. The VAAM incorporates portions of the removed VAAR as well as other internal agency acquisition policy. VA will rewrite certain parts of the VAAR and VAAM, and as VAAR parts are rewritten, we will publish them in the Federal Register. In particular, this rulemaking revises VAAR concerning Subcontracting Policies and Procedures and Government Property.
Net Worth, Asset Transfers, and Income Exclusions for Needs-Based Benefits
Document Number: 2018-19895
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-18
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its regulations governing veterans' eligibility for VA pensions and other needs-based benefit programs. The amended regulations establish new requirements for evaluating net worth and asset transfers for pensions and identify which medical expenses may be deducted from countable income for VA's needs-based benefit programs. The amendments help to ensure the integrity of VA's needs-based benefit programs and the consistent adjudication of pension and parents' dependency and indemnity compensation claims. Lastly, the amendments effectuate: Statutory changes for pension beneficiaries who receive Medicaid-covered nursing home care; a statutory income exclusion for disabled veterans; and longstanding statutory income exclusions for all VA needs-based benefits.
Veterans' Rural Health Advisory Committee, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2018-20074
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-17
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
VA Acquisition Regulation: Contract Cost Principles and Procedures; Protests, Disputes and Appeals
Document Number: 2018-18985
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-13
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending and updating its VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) in phased increments to revise or remove any policy superseded by changes in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), to remove procedural guidance internal to VA into the VA Acquisition Manual (VAAM), and to incorporate any new agency specific regulations or policies. These changes seek to streamline and align the VAAR with the FAR and remove outdated and duplicative requirements and reduce burden on contractors. The VAAM incorporates portions of the removed VAAR as well as other internal agency acquisition policy. VA will rewrite certain parts of the VAAR and VAAM, and as VAAR parts are rewritten, we will publish them in the Federal Register. In particular, this rulemaking revises VAAR concerning Contract Cost Principles and Procedures and Protests, Disputes and Appeals.
Annual Pay Ranges for Physicians, Dentists, and Podiatrists of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
Document Number: 2018-19847
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-12
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Mission Act of 2018 (VA Maintaining Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act), Section 502, provides that podiatrists be paid from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) physician and dentist pay system.
Agency Information Collection Activity: Department of Veteran Affairs Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) Clause 852.246-76 (Formerly 852.270-3)
Document Number: 2018-19658
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-11
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 extension of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice.
Agency Information Collection Activity: Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation; Architect-Engineer Fee Proposal; Contractor Production Report; Daily Log and Contract Progress Report
Document Number: 2018-19400
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-07
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 extension of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice.
Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2018-19373
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-07
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
VA Acquisition Regulation: Contracting by Negotiation; Service Contracting
Document Number: 2018-18310
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-09-07
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend and update its VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) in phased increments to revise or remove any policy superseded by changes in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), to remove procedural guidance internal to VA into the VA Acquisition Manual (VAAM), and to incorporate any new agency specific regulations or policies. These changes seek to streamline and align the VAAR with the FAR and remove outdated and duplicative requirements and reduce burden on contractors. The VAAM incorporates portions of the removed VAAR as well as other internal agency acquisition policy. VA will rewrite certain parts of the VAAR and VAAM, and as VAAR parts are rewritten, we will publish them in the Federal Register. VA will combine related topics, as appropriate. In particular, this rulemaking revises VAAR concerning Contracting by Negotiation and Service Contracting, as well as affected parts covering the Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation System, Types of Contracts, Termination of Contracts, Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses, and Loan Guaranty and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Programs.
VA Acquisition Regulation: Construction and Architect-Engineer Contracts
Document Number: 2018-18309
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-09-07
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend and update its VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) in phased increments to revise or remove any policy superseded by changes in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), to remove procedural guidance internal to VA into the VA Acquisition Manual (VAAM), and to incorporate any new agency specific regulations or policies. These changes seek to streamline and align the VAAR with the FAR and remove outdated and duplicative requirements and reduce burden on contractors. The VAAM incorporates portions of the removed VAAR as well as other internal agency acquisition policy. VA will rewrite certain parts of the VAAR and VAAM, and as VAAR parts are rewritten, will publish them in the Federal Register. VA will combine related topics, as appropriate. In particular, this rulemaking revises VAAR concerning Construction and Architect-Engineer Contracts, as well as affected parts covering the Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulations System, Foreign Acquisition, Contract Administration and Audit Services, Quality Assurance, Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses, and Forms.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Request for Substitution of Claimant Upon Death of Claimant
Document Number: 2018-19038
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-04
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, 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 and it includes the actual data collection instrument.