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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proposing to amend and update its VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) in phased increments to revise or remove any policy superseded by changes in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), to remove procedural guidance internal to VA into the VA Acquisition Manual (VAAM), and to incorporate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 These changes seek to streamline and align the VAAR with the FAR and remove outdated and duplicative requirements and reduce burden on contractors.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proposing to amend and update its VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) in phased increments to revise or remove any policy superseded by changes in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), to remove procedural guidance internal to VA into the VA Acquisition Manual (VAAM), and to incorporate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 These changes seek to streamline and align the VAAR with the FAR and remove outdated and duplicative requirements and reduce burden on contractors.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.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Application for Reimbursement of Licensing or Certification Test Fees
Document Number: 2018-18918
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-31
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.
Agency Information Collection Activity: Payment or Reimbursement for Emergency Services for Nonservice-Connected Conditions in Non-Department Facilities
Document Number: 2018-18916
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-31
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Health 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. DATES: Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection of information should be received on or before October 30, 2018.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Advertising, Sales, and Enrollment Materials, and Candidate Handbook
Document Number: 2018-18913
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-31
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.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Appointment of Veterans Service Organization as Claimant's Representative and Appointment of Individual as Claimant's Representative
Document Number: 2018-18912
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-31
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: The Veterans' Outcome Assessment (VOA) (Veteran Survey Interview)
Document Number: 2018-18911
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-31
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.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2018-18789
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-30
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
As required by the Privacy Act of 1974, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is giving notice that VA is fully republishing an update of the system of records entitled ``Veterans and Uniformed Services Personnel Programs of U.S. Government Life InsuranceVA (36VA29)''
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Appeal to Board of Veterans' Appeals
Document Number: 2018-18720
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-29
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, this notice announces that the Board of Veterans' Appeals, 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.
Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2018-18626
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-28
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Cost-Based and Inter-Agency Billing Rates for Medical Care or Services Provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs
Document Number: 2018-18555
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-28
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This document updates the Cost-Based and Inter-Agency billing rates for medical care or services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnished in certain circumstances.
Notice of Request for Information Regarding Health Care Standards for Quality
Document Number: 2018-18440
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-24
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is requesting information to assist in establishing health care standards for quality regarding hospital care, medical services, and extended care services furnished by the Department, including through non-Department health care providers.
Announcement for Public Meeting Regarding Health Care Standards for Quality
Document Number: 2018-18439
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-24
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is holding a public meeting to seek information from pertinent entities relating to establishing standards for quality regarding hospital care, medical services, and extended care services furnished by the Department, including through non-Department health care providers.
Agency Information Collection Activity: Notice of Disagreement: Appeal to the Board of Veterans' Appeals
Document Number: 2018-18189
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-23
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Board of Veterans' Appeals, 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 Under OMB Review: On-the-Job and Apprenticeship Training
Document Number: 2018-17952
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-21
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.
Veterans and Community Oversight and Engagement Board, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2018-17904
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-20
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2018-17894
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-20
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2018-17885
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-20
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2018-17708
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-16
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Solicitation of Nomination for Appointment to the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans
Document Number: 2018-17452
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-14
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for membership on the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans (``the Committee'') for the 2018 membership cycle.
Automatic Burial Benefits for Previously Unestablished Surviving Spouses
Document Number: 2018-17274
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-08-13
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This final rule amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulation governing persons who may receive VA burial benefits on behalf of a deceased veteran. As amended, the regulation reflects VA's current policy of paying an automatic burial benefit to surviving spouses who were not established in VA systems as a veteran's spouse at the time of the veteran's death. The intended effect of this amendment is to ensure that a veteran's surviving spouse receives burial benefits to which he or she is entitled at the earliest possible time.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2018-17228
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-13
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 522a (e) (4)) requires that all agencies publish in the Federal Register a notice of the existence and character of their systems of records. Notice is hereby given that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is modifying a system of records entitled ``Centralized Accounts Receivable System/Centralized Accounts Receivable On-Line System (CARS/CAROLS) (88VA244)''. This system was previously called ``Accounts Receivable Records VA'' (88VA244). This system had also been previously numbered ``88VA20A6''.
VA Claims and Appeals Modernization
Document Number: 2018-15754
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-08-10
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend its claims adjudication, appeals, and Rules of Practice of the Board of Veterans' Appeals (Board) regulations. In addition, VA proposes to revise its regulations with respect to accreditation of attorneys, agents, and Veterans Service Organization (VSO) representatives; the standards of conduct for persons practicing before VA; and the rules governing fees for representation. This rulemaking is needed to implement the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act. That law amended the procedures applicable to administrative review and appeal of VA decisions denying claims for benefits, creating a new, modernized review system. Unless otherwise specified, VA intends to make the proposed regulatory changes applicable to claims processed under the new review system, which generally applies where an initial VA decision on a claim is provided on or after the effective date or where a claimant has elected to opt into the new review system under established procedures.
Schedule for Rating Disabilities: Skin; Correction
Document Number: 2018-16859
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-08-07
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a final rule amending its Schedule for Rating Disabilities regulations pertaining to the skin body system in the Federal Register on Friday, July 13, 2018. VA has since determined that certain language added to the final rule was unintended and could be construed to prevent appropriate disability compensation ratings from being assigned to veterans. Therefore, VA is issuing this technical correction to ensure that skin disabilities are rated correctly.
Change in Burden of Proof
Document Number: 2018-16808
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-07
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This notice announces that the burden of proof for disciplinary and major adverse actions imposed against certain employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs has been changed from preponderance of evidence to substantial evidence.
Disciplinary Appeals Board Panel
Document Number: 2018-16759
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-06
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Section 203 of the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel Act of 1991 (Pub. L. 102-40), dated May 7, 1991, revised the disciplinary grievance and appeal procedures for employees. It also required the periodic designation of employees of the Department who are qualified to serve on Disciplinary Appeals Boards. These employees constitute the Disciplinary Appeals Board Panel from which Board members in a case are appointed. This notice announces that the roster of employees on the Panel is available for review and comment. Employees, employee organizations, and other interested parties shall be provided, without charge, a list of the names of employees on the Panel upon request and may submit comments concerning the suitability for service on the Panel of any employee whose name is on the list.
Proposed Information Collection Activity: Application for Burial in a National Cemetery
Document Number: 2018-16628
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-03
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, this notice announces that the National Cemetery Administration (NCA), 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: Description of Materials
Document Number: 2018-16471
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-01
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, this notice announces that the Loan Guaranty Service, 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.
Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment to the Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2018-16400
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-01
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as a member of the Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee (``Committee''). The Committee advises VA on all matters pertaining to geriatrics and gerontology.
Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation; Notice of Meeting Amended
Document Number: 2018-16343
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-31
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Findings of Research Misconduct
Document Number: 2018-15762
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-24
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), gives notice that the Department has made findings of research misconduct against Alba Chavez-Dozal, Ph.D., a former employee of the New Mexico VA Health Care System in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2018-15745
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-24
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: VA Disaster Resilience Survey of Community Dwelling Veterans
Document Number: 2018-15640
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-23
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: Evaluation of Patient and Provider Satisfaction With Mental Health-Clinical Pharmacy Specialists in Outpatient Mental Health Clinics at the Madison VA
Document Number: 2018-15639
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-23
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: VA Health Professional Scholarship and Visual Impairment and Orientation and Mobility Professional Scholarship Programs
Document Number: 2018-15638
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-23
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: VSO Access to VHA Electronic Health Records
Document Number: 2018-15637
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-23
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: Grants to States for Construction & Acquisition of State Home Facilities
Document Number: 2018-15636
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-23
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.
Solicitation of Nomination for Appointment to the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans
Document Number: 2018-15350
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-19
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for membership on the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans (``the Committee'') for the 2018 membership cycle.
Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment to the Veterans and Community Oversight and Engagement Board
Document Number: 2018-15333
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-18
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as a member of the Veterans and Community Oversight and Engagement Board (herein-after referred in this section to as ``the Board'') for the VA West Los Angeles Campus in Los Angeles, CA (``Campus''). The Board is established to coordinate locally with the Department of Veterans Affairs to identify the goals of the community and Veteran partnership; provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary to improve services and outcomes for Veterans, members of the Armed Forces, and the families of such Veterans and members; and provide advice and recommendations on the implementation of the Draft Master Plan approved by the Secretary on January 28, 2016, and on the creation and implementation of any other successor master plans.
National Research Advisory Council; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2018-15271
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-18
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Agency Information Collection Activity: Survey of Veteran Enrollees' Health and Use of Health Care
Document Number: 2018-15085
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-16
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Health 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 renewal of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice.
Agency Information Collection Activity: Notice of Lapse, Notice of Past Due Payment
Document Number: 2018-15084
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-16
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Benefits Administrations, 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. This notice solicits comments on information needed from veterans to reinstate a lapsed life insurance policy. The information requested is authorized by law, 38 CFR Section 8.11.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement of the Department of Veterans Affairs Housing Loan Program
Document Number: 2018-15073
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-16
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Under the authority of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and its implementing regulations, VA intends to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) to evaluate the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental consequences of continued operation and administration of VA's Housing Loan Program (HLP). VA's reference to the HLP includes federal assistance, administered by the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), in the form of loans made, insured, or guaranteed by VA. It also includes housing benefits that can be used in conjunction with the HLP (e.g., the Specially Adapted Housing program). Under the HLP, VBA is also responsible for the management, marketing, and disposition of real estate owned (REO) properties that VA acquires following the foreclosure of certain VA-guaranteed loans and loans held in VA's portfolio. This notice opens the public scoping phase and invites interested parties to identify potential issues, concerns, and reasonable alternatives that should be considered in the PEIS. Following the scoping meeting referenced below, a Draft PEIS will be prepared and circulated for public comment.