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Homeless VeteransRule2017-2394511/03/2017DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations that govern homeless veterans to conform to recent statutory requirements. VA is amending the definition of homeless veterans by including veterans who would otherwi … The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations that govern homeless veterans to conform to recent statutory requirements. VA is amending the definition of homeless veterans by including veterans who would otherwise be ineligible to receive certain benefits because of their length of service or type of discharge from the Armed Forces. This rule will also increase the payment of per diem in cases where homeless veterans are placed in transitional housing that will become permanent housing. This final rule is an essential part of VA's attempts to eliminate homelessness among the veteran population.homeless-veteransFR-Doc-2017-23945
Schedule for Rating Disabilities; The Endocrine SystemRule2017-2304411/02/2017DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentThis document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD) by revising the portion of the Schedule that addresses endocrine conditions and disorders of the endocrine system. The effect of this … This document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD) by revising the portion of the Schedule that addresses endocrine conditions and disorders of the endocrine system. The effect of this action is to ensure that the VASRD uses current medical terminology and to provide detailed and updated criteria for evaluation of endocrine disorders.schedule-for-rating-disabilities-the-endocrine-systemFR-Doc-2017-23044
Federal Employees' Retirement System; Government CostsRule2017-2314110/25/2017OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENTPersonnel Management OfficeThe Office of Personnel Management amends this rule to clarify the manner OPM uses for determining a supplemental liability under the Federal Employees' Retirement System (FERS), and to clarify the process by which the U.S. Postal Serv … The Office of Personnel Management amends this rule to clarify the manner OPM uses for determining a supplemental liability under the Federal Employees' Retirement System (FERS), and to clarify the process by which the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) may request reconsideration of OPM's valuation of the supplemental liability. The rule also clarifies the employee categories OPM uses to compute the FERS normal cost percentages. The rule also amends the definitions of actuary, present value factor, and actuarial present value to ensure these definitions are uniform and appropriate.federal-employees-retirement-system-government-costsFR-Doc-2017-23141
Extension of the Presumptive Period for Compensation for Gulf War VeteransRule2017-2297010/24/2017DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is issuing this final rule to affirm its adjudication regulations regarding compensation for disabilities resulting from undiagnosed illnesses suffered by veterans who served in the Persian Gulf … The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is issuing this final rule to affirm its adjudication regulations regarding compensation for disabilities resulting from undiagnosed illnesses suffered by veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War. This amendment is necessary to extend the period during which disabilities associated with undiagnosed illnesses and medically unexplained chronic multi-symptom illnesses must become manifest in order for a Veteran to be eligible for compensation. The intended effect of this amendment is to provide consistency in VA adjudication policy, preserve certain rights afforded to Persian Gulf War (GW) veterans, and ensure fairness for current and future GW veterans.extension-of-the-presumptive-period-for-compensation-for-gulf-war-veteransFR-Doc-2017-22970
Supportive Services for Veteran Families ProgramRule2017-1857409/01/2017DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations that govern the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. This rulemaking clarifies VA's procedures for continuing to fund SSVF Program services in co … The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations that govern the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. This rulemaking clarifies VA's procedures for continuing to fund SSVF Program services in communities that have lost grants due to the non-renewal or termination of services of an existing award to a grantee. VA can now award the non-renewed or deobligated funds to other existing SSVF grantees in or near the affected community. This award of non-renewed or deobligated funds prevents potential access issues associated with grant termination. This rulemaking also reduces the number of satisfaction surveys grantees are required to provide to participants in order to reduce the burden on grantees and participants.supportive-services-for-veteran-families-programFR-Doc-2017-18574
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Neurological Disorders; CorrectionRule2017-1772408/22/2017Social Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationWe published final rules in the Federal Register on July 1, 2016, that revised the Listing of Impairments (Listings) for the neurological body system. That document inadvertently omitted a reference. This document amends and corrects the final rule.We published final rules in the Federal Register on July 1, 2016, that revised the Listing of Impairments (Listings) for the neurological body system. That document inadvertently omitted a reference. This document amends and corrects the final rule.revised-medical-criteria-for-evaluating-neurological-disorders-correctionFR-Doc-2017-17724
Schedule for Rating Disabilities; Dental and Oral ConditionsRule2017-1613208/03/2017DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentThis document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Schedule for Rating Disabilities by revising the portion of the schedule that addresses dental and oral conditions. The effect of this action is to ensure that the rating sc … This document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Schedule for Rating Disabilities by revising the portion of the schedule that addresses dental and oral conditions. The effect of this action is to ensure that the rating schedule uses current medical terminology and to provide detailed and updated criteria for evaluation of dental and oral conditions for disability rating purposes.schedule-for-rating-disabilities-dental-and-oral-conditionsFR-Doc-2017-16132
Schedule for Rating Disabilities; Musculoskeletal System and Muscle InjuriesProposed Rule2017-1576608/01/2017DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to revise the regulations that involve the Musculoskeletal System within the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (``VASRD'' or ``Rating Schedule''). VA proposes to rename certain diagn … The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to revise the regulations that involve the Musculoskeletal System within the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (``VASRD'' or ``Rating Schedule''). VA proposes to rename certain diagnostic codes, revise rating criteria, give new rating guidance, add new codes, and remove obsolete codes. These revisions would incorporate medical terminology more recent than the last comprehensive review, as well as simplify the rating process.schedule-for-rating-disabilities-musculoskeletal-system-and-muscle-injuriesFR-Doc-2017-15766
Schedule for Rating Disabilities; The Genitourinary Diseases and ConditionsProposed Rule2017-1576507/28/2017DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentThe Department of Veterans Affairs proposes to amend the portion of the Schedule for Rating Disabilities that addresses the genitourinary system. The purpose of this change is to update current medical terminology, incorporate medical … The Department of Veterans Affairs proposes to amend the portion of the Schedule for Rating Disabilities that addresses the genitourinary system. The purpose of this change is to update current medical terminology, incorporate medical advances that have occurred since the last review, and provide well-defined criteria in accordance with actual, standard medical clinical practice. The proposed rule reflects the most up-to-date medical knowledge and clinical practice of nephrology and urology specialties, as well as comments from subject matter experts and the public garnered during a public forum held January 27-28, 2011.schedule-for-rating-disabilities-the-genitourinary-diseases-and-conditionsFR-Doc-2017-15765
Revisions to Rules Regarding the Evaluation of Medical EvidenceRule2017-0045501/18/2017Social Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationWe are revising our medical evidence rules. The revisions include redefining several key terms related to evidence, revising our rules about acceptable medical sources (AMS), revising how we consider and articulate our consideration … We are revising our medical evidence rules. The revisions include redefining several key terms related to evidence, revising our rules about acceptable medical sources (AMS), revising how we consider and articulate our consideration of medical opinions and prior administrative medical findings, revising our rules about medical consultants (MC) and psychological consultants (PC), revising our rules about treating sources, and reorganizing our evidence regulations for ease of use. These revisions conform our rules to the requirements of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA), reflect changes in the national healthcare workforce and in the manner that individuals receive medical care, and emphasize the need for objective medical evidence in disability and blindness claims. We expect that these changes will simplify our rules to make them easier to understand and apply, and allow us to continue to make accurate and consistent disability determinations and decisions.revisions-to-rules-regarding-the-evaluation-of-medical-evidenceFR-Doc-2017-00455
Diseases Associated With Exposure to Contaminants in the Water Supply at Camp LejeuneRule2017-0049901/13/2017DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its adjudication regulations regarding presumptive service connection, adding certain diseases associated with contaminants present in the base water supply at U.S. Marine Corps Base … The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its adjudication regulations regarding presumptive service connection, adding certain diseases associated with contaminants present in the base water supply at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (Camp Lejeune), North Carolina, from August 1, 1953, to December 31, 1987. This final rule establishes that veterans, former reservists, and former National Guard members, who served at Camp Lejeune for no less than 30 days (consecutive or nonconsecutive) during this period, and who have been diagnosed with any of eight associated diseases, are presumed to have incurred or aggravated the disease in service for purposes of entitlement to VA benefits. In addition, this final rule establishes a presumption that these individuals were disabled during the relevant period of service for purposes of establishing active military service for benefits purposes. Under this presumption, affected former reservists and National Guard members have veteran status for purposes of entitlement to some VA benefits. This amendment implements a decision by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs that service connection on a presumptive basis is warranted for claimants who served at Camp Lejeune during the relevant period and for the requisite amount of time and later develop certain diseases.diseases-associated-with-exposure-to-contaminants-in-the-water-supply-at-camp-lejeuneFR-Doc-2017-00499
Federal Employees' Retirement System; Government CostsProposed Rule2016-3048712/22/2016OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENTPersonnel Management OfficeThis rule proposes to amend its regulations to clarify the manner for determining a supplemental liability, the process by which the United States Postal Service (USPS) and the United States Department of the Treasury (Tr … This rule proposes to amend its regulations to clarify the manner for determining a supplemental liability, the process by which the United States Postal Service (USPS) and the United States Department of the Treasury (Treasury) may request reconsideration of OPM's valuation of the supplemental liability, and to make associated changes. OPM also proposes to amends its regulations to clarify the employee categories it will use to compute the normal cost percentages.federal-employees-retirement-system-government-costsFR-Doc-2016-30487
Ensuring Program Uniformity at the Hearing and Appeals Council Levels of the Administrative Review ProcessRule2016-3010312/16/2016Social Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationWe are revising our rules so that more of our procedures at the hearing and Appeals Council levels of our administrative review process are consistent nationwide. We anticipate that these nationally consistent procedures will enable u … We are revising our rules so that more of our procedures at the hearing and Appeals Council levels of our administrative review process are consistent nationwide. We anticipate that these nationally consistent procedures will enable us to administer our disability programs more efficiently and better serve the public.ensuring-program-uniformity-at-the-hearing-and-appeals-council-levels-of-the-administrative-reviewFR-Doc-2016-30103
Regulation Regarding Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Race, Color, or National Origin in Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance From the Department of the TreasuryRule2016-2962912/13/2016DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURYTreasury DepartmentThis final rule provides for the enforcement of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended (``Title VI'') to the end that no person in the United States shall on the grounds of race, color, or national origin be denied p … This final rule provides for the enforcement of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended (``Title VI'') to the end that no person in the United States shall on the grounds of race, color, or national origin be denied participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance from the Department of the Treasury. The promulgation of this final regulation will provide guidance to the Department's recipients of federal financial assistance in complying with the provisions of Title VI and will also promote consistent and appropriate enforcement of Title VI by the Department's components. Through this final rule, the Department also notifies beneficiaries of its programs offering financial assistance of the protections against discrimination based on race, color, and national origin.regulation-regarding-nondiscrimination-on-the-basis-of-race-color-or-national-origin-in-programs-orFR-Doc-2016-29629
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection and for Evaluating Functional Limitations in Immune System DisordersRule2016-2884312/02/2016Social Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationWe are revising the criteria in the Listing of Impairments (listings) that we use to evaluate claims involving human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in adults and children under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act … We are revising the criteria in the Listing of Impairments (listings) that we use to evaluate claims involving human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in adults and children under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). We also are revising the introductory text of the listings that we use to evaluate functional limitations resulting from immune system disorders. The revisions reflect our program experience, advances in medical knowledge, our adjudicative experience, recommendations from a commissioned report, and comments from medical experts and the public.revised-medical-criteria-for-evaluating-human-immunodeficiency-virus-hiv-infection-and-forFR-Doc-2016-28843
Providing Evidence of DisabilityProposed Rule2016-2706011/09/2016RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARDRailroad Retirement BoardWe propose to amend our regulations regarding the submission of evidence in disability claims to require you to inform us or submit all evidence known to you that ``relates to'' your disability claims with exceptions for privileged … We propose to amend our regulations regarding the submission of evidence in disability claims to require you to inform us or submit all evidence known to you that ``relates to'' your disability claims with exceptions for privileged communications and duplicates. This requirement would include the duty to submit all evidence obtained from any source in its entirety, subject to one of these exceptions. These modifications to our regulations would better describe your duty to submit all evidence that relates to your disability claim and will enable us to have a more complete case record which will allow us to make more accurate determinations of your disability status.providing-evidence-of-disabilityFR-Doc-2016-27060
Extension of the Expiration Date for State Disability Examiner Authority To Make Fully Favorable Quick Disability Determinations and Compassionate Allowance DeterminationsRule2016-2556510/24/2016Social Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationWe are extending, until December 28, 2018, the expiration date of our disability examiner authority (DEA) rule, which authorizes State agency disability examiners to make fully favorable determinations without the approval of a Stat … We are extending, until December 28, 2018, the expiration date of our disability examiner authority (DEA) rule, which authorizes State agency disability examiners to make fully favorable determinations without the approval of a State agency medical or psychological consultant in claims that we consider under our quick disability determination (QDD) and compassionate allowance (CAL) processes. This is our last extension of this rule because we will phase out the use of DEA during the extension period under section 832 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA). This extension provides us the time necessary to take all of the administrative actions we need to take in order to reinstate uniform use of medical and psychological consultants. The current rule will expire on November 11, 2016. In this final rule, we are changing the November 11, 2016 expiration or ``sunset'' date to December 28, 2018, extending the authority for 2 years and 1 month. This is the final extension of our DEA rule. On December 28, 2018, at the conclusion of this extension, the authority for this test will terminate. We are making no other changes.extension-of-the-expiration-date-for-state-disability-examiner-authority-to-make-fully-favorableFR-Doc-2016-25565
Unsuccessful Work Attempts and Expedited Reinstatement EligibilityRule2016-2487310/17/2016Social Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationThese rules finalize the rules we proposed in our notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), published on May 11, 2016. In these rules, we remove some of the requirements for evaluation of an unsuccessful work attempt (UWA) that lasts betw … These rules finalize the rules we proposed in our notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), published on May 11, 2016. In these rules, we remove some of the requirements for evaluation of an unsuccessful work attempt (UWA) that lasts between 3 and 6 months, allow previously entitled beneficiaries to apply for expedited reinstatement (EXR) in the same month they stop performing substantial gainful activity (SGA), and provide that provisional benefits will begin the month after the request for EXR if the beneficiary stops performing SGA in the month of the EXR request. These changes will simplify our policies and make them easier for the public to understand.unsuccessful-work-attempts-and-expedited-reinstatement-eligibilityFR-Doc-2016-24873
Extension of the Presumptive Period for Compensation for Gulf War VeteransRule2016-2501710/17/2016DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is issuing this interim final rule to amend its adjudication regulations regarding compensation for disabilities resulting from undiagnosed illnesses suffered by veterans who served in the Per … The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is issuing this interim final rule to amend its adjudication regulations regarding compensation for disabilities resulting from undiagnosed illnesses suffered by veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War. This amendment is necessary to extend the presumptive period for qualifying chronic disabilities resulting from undiagnosed illnesses that must become manifest to a compensable degree in order that entitlement for compensation be established. The intended effect of this amendment is to provide consistency in VA adjudication policy and preserve certain rights afforded to Persian Gulf War veterans and ensure fairness for current and future Persian Gulf War veterans.extension-of-the-presumptive-period-for-compensation-for-gulf-war-veteransFR-Doc-2016-25017
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Mental DisordersRule2016-2290809/26/2016Social Security AdministrationSocial Security AdministrationWe are revising the criteria in the Listing of Impairments (listings) that we use to evaluate claims involving mental disorders in adults and children under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). The revisions reflect our … We are revising the criteria in the Listing of Impairments (listings) that we use to evaluate claims involving mental disorders in adults and children under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act). The revisions reflect our program experience, advances in medical knowledge, recommendations from a commissioned report, and public comments we received in response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).revised-medical-criteria-for-evaluating-mental-disordersFR-Doc-2016-22908
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