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

Annual Pay Ranges for Physicians, Dentists, and Podiatrists of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
Document Number: 2018-23670
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-30
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is correcting a Notice that published in the Federal Register on September 12, 2018 which provides information that podiatrists be paid from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) physician and dentist pay system.
Schedule for Rating Disabilities: The Hematologic and Lymphatic Systems
Document Number: 2018-23517
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-10-29
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD) by revising the section of the Rating Schedule that addresses the hematologic and lymphatic systems. This action will ensure VA uses current medical terminology and provides detailed and updated criteria for evaluating conditions pertaining to the hematologic and lymphatic systems.
Solicitation of Nomination for Appointment to the Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation
Document Number: 2018-23503
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-29
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as a member of the Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation (hereinafter referred to as ``the Committee'').
VA Acquisition Regulation: Describing Agency Needs; Contract Financing; Correction
Document Number: 2018-23420
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-10-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs is correcting a final rule that published in the Federal Register on October 1, 2018 amending and updating its VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR). Two instructions in the rule are unneeded and are being removed.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers
Document Number: 2018-23298
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-25
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.
Enhanced-Use Lease (EUL) of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Real Property for the Development of a Permanent Supportive Housing Facility at the Lexington VA Health Care System, Franklin R. Sousley Campus in Lexington, Kentucky
Document Number: 2018-22941
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-22
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Secretary of VA intends to enter into an EUL for the purpose of outleasing Buildings #5, 6, 7, 8 and construct six new townhomes on approximately 10.52 acres of underutilized land on the Lexington VA Health Care System, Franklin R. Sousley campus, consisting of approximately 50 housing units to provide affordable housing for veterans. The EUL lessee, Leestown VA Housing, LLLP, will finance, design, develop, rehabilitate, construct, 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.
Presumption of Herbicide Exposure and Presumption of Disability During Service for Reservists Presumed Exposed to Herbicides
Document Number: 2018-22892
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-10-22
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is adopting as final an interim final rule published on June 19, 2015, to amend its adjudication regulation governing individuals presumed to have been exposed to certain herbicides. Specifically, VA expanded 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 established 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 service as ``active military, naval, or air service.'' The effect of this action is to presume herbicide exposure for these individuals and to create a presumption that the individuals who are presumed exposed to herbicides during reserve service also meet the statutory definition of ``veteran'' (hereinafter, ``veteran status'') for VA purposes and eligibility for some VA benefits.
Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2018-22743
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-19
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
National Research Advisory Council; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2018-22664
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-17
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Net Worth, Asset Transfers, and Income Exclusions for Needs-Based Benefits
Document Number: 2018-22564
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-10-17
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
On September 18, 2018, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a final rule amending its regulations governing veterans' eligibility for VA pensions and other needs-based benefit programs. The final rule contained some errors in its preamble and in one amendment to the CFR. This document corrects those errors.
Adopting Standards for Laboratory Requirements
Document Number: 2018-22452
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-10-17
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its medical regulations to establish standards for VA clinical laboratories. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has established standards for the staffing, management, procedures, and oversight of clinical laboratories that perform testing used for the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of any disease or impairment of, or health assessment of, human beings. VA is required, in consultation with HHS, to establish standards equal to those applicable to other clinical laboratories. As a matter of policy and practice VA has applied HHS standards to its VA laboratory operations, and this proposed rule would formalize this practice. The proposed rule would establish quality standards for laboratory testing performed on specimens from humans, such as blood, body fluid and tissue, for the purpose of diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of disease, or assessment of health. Specifically, it would address how VA applies regulations as the controlling standards for VA medical facility laboratories.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Claim for Disability Insurance Benefits, Government Life Insurance
Document Number: 2018-22419
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-16
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 Under OMB Review: Survey of Veteran Enrollees' Health and Use of Health Care
Document Number: 2018-22418
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-16
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.
Loan Guaranty: Ability-to-Repay Standards and Qualified Mortgage Definition Under the Truth-in-Lending Act
Document Number: 2018-21370
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-10-09
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published an interim final rule on May 9, 2014, implementing provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Dodd-Frank Act). This document informs the public that VA will not be publishing a final rule to adopt the provisions in the interim final rule that published on May 9, 2014. However, VA will be publishing a separate regulation in the near future that will supersede the provisions in the interim final rule that published on May 9, 2014.
VA Acquisition Regulation: Describing Agency Needs; Contract Financing
Document Number: 2018-18984
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-10-01
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 Describing Agency Needs and Contract Financing, as well as affected parts covering the Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation System, Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses, and Special Procurement Controls.