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Summary of Precedent Opinions of the General Counsel
Document Number: 2019-06855
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-08
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is publishing a summary of legal interpretations issued by the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) involving Veterans' benefits under laws administered by VA. These interpretations are considered precedential by VA and will be followed by VA officials and employees in claim matters involving the same legal issues. This summary is published to provide the public and, in particular, Veterans' benefits claimants and their representatives, with notice of VA's interpretations regarding the legal matters at issue.
Veterans Community Care Program-Organ and Bone Marrow Transplant Care
Document Number: 2019-06730
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-04-05
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
On February 22, 2019, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a proposed rulemaking to amend its regulations on the provision of necessary hospital care, medical services, and extended care services from non-VA entities or providers in the community. This supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) provides clarification about the process to be used to make decisions regarding organ and bone marrow transplant care.
Veterans' Advisory Committee on Education (VACOE), Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2019-06676
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-05
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Agency Information Collection Activity: Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC) Employment Verification Form
Document Number: 2019-06322
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-02
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.
Release of Information From Department of Veterans Affairs' Records
Document Number: 2019-06101
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-04-01
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
This document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) regulations governing the submission and processing of requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act to reorganize, streamline, and clarify existing regulations.
Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2019-05874
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-27
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Request for a Certificate of Eligibility for VA Home Loan Benefit
Document Number: 2019-05663
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-25
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.
Agency Information Collection Activity: Statement of Disappearance
Document Number: 2019-05660
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-25
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
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 extension of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice.
Agency Information Collection Activity: Pension Claim Questionnaire for Farm Income
Document Number: 2019-05659
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-25
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
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 extension of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice.
VA Acquisition Regulation: Construction and Architect-Engineer Contracts; Correction
Document Number: 2019-05576
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-03-25
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
On March 19, 2019, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a rule updating its VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) in phased increments. The changes seek to streamline and align the VAAR with the FAR and remove outdated and duplicative requirements and reduce burden on contractors. An error occurred in one amendatory instruction. This document corrects that error.
Committal Services, Memorial Services and Funeral Honors
Document Number: 2019-05454
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-03-25
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations to address committal or memorial services and funeral honors. The proposed rule would reflect current VA practices relative to respecting the expressed wishes of the personal representative when making arrangements for the committal or memorial service. We would clarify the process for requesting committal or memorial services when requesting interment at VA national cemeteries and we would address access to public areas at VA national cemeteries. The proposed rule would also address when committal services may be conducted at a gravesite rather than in a committal shelter. We also propose measures to implement the statutory requirement that VA notify the personal representative of the funeral honors available to the deceased veteran.
Veterans and Community Oversight and Engagement Board, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2019-05504
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-22
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Funding Availability: Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program
Document Number: 2019-05359
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-21
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the availability of funds to eligible entities to provide time-limited case management services to improve the retention of housing by Veterans who were previously homeless and are transitioning to permanent housing from programs such as VA's Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program or VA's Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Contracted Residential Services (CRS) Program.
Cost-of-Living Adjustments for Service-Connected Benefits
Document Number: 2019-05287
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-20
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
As required by the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2018, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is hereby giving notice of adjustments in certain benefit rates. These adjustments affect the compensation program.
Veterans' Rural Health Advisory Committee, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2019-05272
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-20
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
VA Acquisition Regulation: Construction and Architect-Engineer Contracts
Document Number: 2019-04900
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-03-19
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 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 Restoration of Educational Assistance
Document Number: 2019-04827
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-15
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: Application for Benefits for Certain Children With Disabilities Born of Vietnam and Certain Korea Service Veterans
Document Number: 2019-04721
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-14
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: Request for Details of Expenses
Document Number: 2019-04715
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-14
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
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 Under OMB Review: Verification of VA Benefits
Document Number: 2019-04602
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-13
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.
Advisory Committee on Women Veterans; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2019-04597
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-13
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Voluntary Service National Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2019-04596
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-13
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation; Notice of Meeting, Amended
Document Number: 2019-04324
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-11
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment to the Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities
Document Number: 2019-04305
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-11
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Office of Construction and Facilities Management, is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to the Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department Facilities (``the Committee'').
Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2019-04158
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-08
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Fertility Counseling and Treatment for Certain Veterans and Spouses
Document Number: 2019-04096
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-03-07
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adopts as final, with changes based on subsequent changes to our statutory authority, an interim final rule adding a new section to the medical regulations authorizing in vitro fertilization (IVF) for a veteran with a service- connected disability that results in the inability of the veteran to procreate without the use of fertility treatment. In addition, the rule added a new section stating that VA may provide fertility counseling and treatment using assisted reproductive technologies (ART), including IVF, to a spouse of a veteran with a service-connected disability that results in the inability of the veteran to procreate without the use of fertility treatment. As a result of this rulemaking, VA may provide both a covered veteran and spouse of a covered veteran all ART treatments available to enrolled veterans under the medical benefits package, as well as IVF. The interim final rule was effective on the date of publication. We provided a 60-day comment period, and received 13 comments from the public, all of which were supportive of this rulemaking. However, the commenters raised several issues that we address here. Following publication of the interim final rule, a statute was enacted that made several substantive changes to VA's authority to provide ART and IVF to covered veterans and spouses. This final rule reflects those changes.
Agency Information Collection Activity: Creating Options for Veterans Expedited Recovery (COVER) Commission Veterans Focus Groups: Mental Health Services Preferences and Utilization Data Collection
Document Number: 2019-04018
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-06
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 extension of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice.
Agency Information Collection Activity: Loan Analysis
Document Number: 2019-03985
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-06
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Loan Guaranty Service, 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: Request for Certificate of Veteran Status
Document Number: 2019-03980
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-06
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Loan Guaranty Service, 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. DATES: Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection of information should be received on or before May 6, 2019.
Agency Information Collection Activity: Claim for Repurchase of Loan
Document Number: 2019-03880
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-05
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Loan Guaranty Service, 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.
Schedule for Rating Disabilities; The Genitourinary Diseases and Conditions
Document Number: 2019-03748
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-03-05
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is withdrawing a document published in the Federal Register on July 28, 2017, proposing to amend the portion of its Schedule for Rating Disabilities that addresses the genitourinary system.
Update: Enrollment-Provision of Hospital and Outpatient Care to Medal of Honor Veterans
Document Number: 2019-03747
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-03-05
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its medical regulations governing eligibility for VA health care and copayment requirements to conform to recent statutory changes. VA is changing its enrollment criteria to move Medal of Honor recipients from priority category three to priority category one, and exempting recipients of the Medal of Honor from copayments for inpatient care, outpatient care, medications, and extended care services.
Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2019-03799
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-04
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Notice of Lapse, Notice of Past Due Payment
Document Number: 2019-03789
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-04
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.
Veterans' Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2019-03695
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-01
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Agency Information Collection Activity: Direct Deposit Enrollment; International Direct Deposit Enrollment
Document Number: 2019-03627
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-01
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 extension of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice.
Agency Information Collection Activity: Application for Accrued Amounts Due a Deceased Beneficiary
Document Number: 2019-03599
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-01
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 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: The Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC) Pilot Program
Document Number: 2019-03160
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-25
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.
Prohibition of Interment or Memorialization of Persons Who Have Been Convicted of Federal or State Capital Crimes or Certain Sex Offenses
Document Number: 2019-03078
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-02-25
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its national cemetery regulations prohibiting the interment or memorialization of certain persons who have been convicted of Federal or State capital crimes. This final rule incorporates the statutory prohibition against interment or memorialization in a VA national cemetery or VA-funded State or Tribal veterans' cemetery of a person who has been convicted of a Federal or State crime causing the person to be a tier III sex offender for purposes of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act; who, for such crime, is sentenced to a minimum of life imprisonment; and whose conviction is final (other than a person whose sentence was commuted by the President or Governor of a State). This prohibition was enacted as part of the Dignified Burial and Other Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2012.
Agency Information Collection Activity: Supplemental Information for Change of Program or Reenrollment After Unsatisfactory Attendance, Conduct, or Progress
Document Number: 2019-03116
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-22
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.
Veterans Community Care Program
Document Number: 2019-03030
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-02-22
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its medical regulations to implement its authority for covered veterans to receive necessary hospital care, medical services, and extended care services from non-VA entities or providers in the community. Section 101 of the John S. McCain III, Daniel K. Akaka, and Samuel R. Johnson VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Network Act of 2018 directs VA to implement a program to furnish such care and services to covered veterans through eligible entities and providers. This proposed rule would establish the criteria for determining when covered veterans may elect to receive such care and services through community health care entities or providers, as well as other parameters of this program.
Voluntary Service National Advisory Committee; Intent To Reestablish
Document Number: 2019-02750
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-20
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
We are giving notice that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs intends to reestablish the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service National Advisory Committee for a 2-year period. The Secretary has determined that the Committee is necessary and in the public interest.
Agency Information Collection Activity; VA MATIC Enrollment/Change
Document Number: 2019-02722
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-20
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: Application for Vocational Rehabilitation for Veterans With Service-Connected Disabilities
Document Number: 2019-02562
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-15
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 Vocational Rehabilitation for Veterans With Service-Connected Disabilities
Document Number: 2019-02560
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-15
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
On Feb 02, 2019, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) erroneously posted a 60-day Federal Register Notice Agency Information Collection Activity: (Application for Vocational Rehabilitation for Veterans with Service-Connected Disabilities (Chapter 31, Title 38 U.S.C.) (VA Form 28-1900)) Document Number: 2019-01687; OMB control number: 2900-0009 This FRN public comment period should have been listed as 60 days and not 30 days as published.
Special Medical Advisory Group, Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2019-02547
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-15
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs