Department of Veterans Affairs December 2019 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Funding Availability: Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program
Document Number: 2019-28095
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-30
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the availability of per diem funds to eligible entities to provide transitional housing beds or service centers for Veterans who are homeless or at risk for becoming homeless under VA's Homeless Providers GPD Program models. VA expects to fund approximately 11,500 beds and approximately 20 service center applications with this Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for applicants who will offer one (1) or a combination of the transitional housing bed models (i.e., Bridge Housing, Low Demand, Hospital-to-Housing, Clinical Treatment and Service-Intensive Transitional Housing) and for applicants who will offer service centers. Funding is based on a variety of factors including the quantity and quality of applications as well as the availability of funding.
Specialty Education Loan Repayment Program
Document Number: 2019-27511
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations that govern scholarship programs to certain health care professionals. This rulemaking would implement the mandates of the VA MISSION Act of 2018 by establishing a Specialty Education Loan Repayment Program, which would assist VA in meeting the staffing needs of VA physicians in medical specialties for which VA has determined that recruitment or retention of qualified personnel is difficult.
Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions
Document Number: 2019-26587
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-26
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This Agenda announces the regulations that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will have under development or review during the 12-month period beginning fall 2019. The purpose in publishing the Department's regulatory agenda is to allow all interested persons the opportunity to participate in VA's regulatory planning.
Allowance for Private Purchase of an Outer Burial Receptacle in Lieu of a Government-Furnished Graveliner for a Grave in a VA National Cemetery
Document Number: 2019-27616
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-23
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 (CY) 2020, which applies toward the private purchase of an outer burial receptacle (or ``graveliner'') for use in a VA national cemetery. The allowance is equal to the average cost of Government- furnished graveliners less any administrative costs to VA. The purpose of this notice is to notify interested parties of the average cost of Government-furnished graveliners, administrative costs that relate to processing and paying the allowance and the amount of the allowance payable for qualifying interments that occur CY 2020.
Veterans and Community Oversight and Engagement Board, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2019-27388
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-19
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Reasonable Charges for Medical Care or Services; v3.27 and National Average Administrative Prescription Drug Charge; Calendar Year 2020 Update
Document Number: 2019-27325
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-19
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 Prescription 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 Activity: Application for Approval of a Program in a Foreign Country
Document Number: 2019-26959
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-16
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: Application for Refund of Educational Contributions
Document Number: 2019-26958
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-16
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.
Disclosure of Certain Protected Records Without Written Consent
Document Number: 2019-26910
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-13
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations on disclosure of certain records. Recent changes in law, to include the VA MISSION Act of 2018, now authorize VA to disclose certain protected records to non-VA entities (including private entities and other Federal agencies) for purposes of providing health care or performing other health care-related activities or functions. The Act also authorizes VA to disclose these protected records to a third party for the purpose of recovering or collecting reasonable charges for care furnished to, or paid on behalf of, a patient in connection with a non-service connected disability or to which the United States is deemed to be a third-party beneficiary. This proposed rule would align VA's regulations with the recent changes in law.
Pilot Program for Dental Health Care Access
Document Number: 2019-26901
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-13
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Upon Congressional approval, VA intends to develop and implement a pilot program designed to increase veteran access to health care and support services at no additional cost to VA or veterans. The initial demonstration project VA proposes under this pilot program is to improve dental health care access for veterans by connecting them with community-based, pro bono or discounted, dental service providers. The objective of this pilot demonstration is to improve overall health by increasing access to dental services for enrolled veterans currently ineligible for dental services through VA. Improving the state of veteran health will be evaluated through assessment of emergency medical care visits. Thus, the anticipated impact of this pilot program is to improve quality of health while decreasing health care related costs associated with the provision of emergency care.
Reimbursement of Qualifying Adoption Expenses for Certain Veterans
Document Number: 2019-26751
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-13
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adopts as final, with changes based on subsequent statutory authority, an interim final rule providing for reimbursement of qualifying adoption expenses incurred by a veteran with a service-connected disability that results in the inability of the veteran to procreate without the use of fertility treatment. Under the Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act, VA may use funds appropriated or otherwise made available to VA for the ``Medical Services'' account to provide adoption reimbursement to these veterans. Under the law, reimbursement may be for the adoption-related expenses for an adoption that is finalized after the date of the enactment of this Act under the same terms as apply under the adoption reimbursement program of the Department of Defense (DoD), as authorized in DoD Instruction 1341.09, including the reimbursement limits and requirements set forth in such instruction. This rulemaking implements the new adoption reimbursement benefit for covered veterans.
Contracts and State Home Care Agreements for State Home Nursing Home Care
Document Number: 2019-26501
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-12
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This rulemaking adopts as final, with minor changes, an interim final rule amending the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations governing payments under contracts or State home care agreements between VA and State homes for the nursing home care of certain disabled veterans. The minor changes include revising the authority citation to be consistent with the John S. McCain III, Daniel K. Akaka, and Samuel R. Johnson VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (VA MISSION) Act of 2018.
Agency Information Collection Activity: HUD/VA Addendum to Uniform Residential Loan Application
Document Number: 2019-26483
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-10
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.
Annual Pay Ranges for Physicians, Dentists, and Podiatrists of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
Document Number: 2019-26435
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-09
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
VA is hereby giving notice of annual pay ranges, which is the sum of the base pay rate and market pay for VHA physicians, dentists, and podiatrists as prescribed by the Secretary for Department-wide applicability. These annual pay ranges are intended to enhance the flexibility of the Department to recruit, develop, and retain the most highly qualified providers to serve our Nation's Veterans and maintain a standard of excellence in the VA health care system.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Environmental Hazards Registry (EHR) Worksheet (VA Form 10-10176)
Document Number: 2019-26419
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-09
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: Submission of School Catalog to the State Approving Agency
Document Number: 2019-26391
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-09
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; it includes the actual data collection instrument.
Funding Availability Under Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program
Document Number: 2019-26281
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-05
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
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, renewal of supportive services grant application processes, and the amount of funding available. Awards made for supportive services grants will fund operations beginning October 1, 2020.
Agency Information Collection Activity: Request for Nursing Home Information in Connection With Claim for Aid and Attendance
Document Number: 2019-26240
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-05
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.
Agency Information Collection Activity: Disability Benefits Questionnaire (Group 3)
Document Number: 2019-26233
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-05
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 reinstatement 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: 2019-26083
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-03
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs