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Office of Regulation Policy and Management


Compensation and Pension Regulation Rewrite Project

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Summary of Regulation Rewrite Project

As our nation strives to care for disabled Veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, VA is taking steps to make its benefit programs easier for Veterans to understand. Like most other Federal agencies, many of VA’s regulations reflect the very technical “government writing style” that most Americans have had to tolerate far too long. VA is reorganizing and rewriting in plain language its regulations for all compensation and pension benefit programs. These regulations govern programs which provide more than $41 billion annually to approximately 3.7 million disabled Veterans, their families, and their survivors.

Our goal is to rewrite these regulations in a logical, claimant-focused, and user-friendly format, in order to help Veterans, their families, and VA personnel understand regulatory provisions that directly affect compensation and pension determinations.

This project began shortly after Secretary Anthony J. Principi took office in 2001. In May of that year, he tasked VA to “[d]evelop a plan for a comprehensive review of Title 38, CFR, to determine what regulations need modification, are out of date, or are no longer pertinent.” In October 2001, the Secretary’s VA Claims Processing Task Force recommended that VA “First, rewrite and organize the C&P Regulations in a logical and coherent manner. . . .” The Secretary endorsed that recommendation and launched the effort to reorganize and rewrite VA’s Compensation and Pension Regulations. The Secretary subsequently garnered White House and Congressional approval for the establishment of an Office of Regulation Policy and Management, working directly for him, to provide centralized management and coordination of VA’s rulemaking process. One of the major functions of this office is to oversee the VA Regulation Rewrite Project as it improves the clarity of existing VA regulations. Consistent with our effort to simplify material and write in plain language, our goal is simple: to write regulations that people can read, understand, and apply.

Although some of our rewritten regulations entail no substantive changes, and therefore need not be published for notice and comment under the Administrative Procedure Act, we decided that it would be helpful to seek public input on all the rewritten regulations. We published them for comment in 20 separate proposed rulemaking packages, which were an average of more than 100 pages. On November 27, 2013, we compiled all the regulations and responded to comments in one proposed rule, providing 120 days for the public comment. We plan to publish the Final Rule after the VA Claims backlog has been eliminated.

For a more detailed description of VA’s Regulation Rewrite Project, see, “Serving Our Veterans Through Clearer Rules,” published in the Winter 2004 edition of the American Bar Association’s Administrative Law Review and Making Veterans Benefits Clear: VA’s Regulation Rewrite Project” published in the Spring 2009 edition of that same publication.

C&P Regulation Rewrite Project: Published Proposed Regulations
Publication DateRIN
Doc No
Proposed Rule Title
11/27/2013 2900-AO13
VA Compensation and Pension Regulation Rewrite Project
01/14/2011 2900-AL74
Apportionments to Dependents and Payments to Fiduciaries and Incarcerated Beneficiaries
09/01/2010 2900-AM07
Service-Connected and Other Disability Compensation
10/31/2008 2900-AM06
Payments and Adjustments to Payments
10/17/2008 2900-AL88
Special Ratings
04/14/2008 2900-AM16
VA Benefit Claims
04/08/2008 2900-AL72
Burial Benefits
10/02/2007 2900-AL95
Payments to Beneficiaries Who Are Eligible for More Than One Benefit
09/26/2007 2900-AM04
Improved Pension
05/22/2007 2900-AM01
General Evidence Requirements, Effective Dates, Revision of Decisions, and Protection of Existing Ratings
03/09/2007 2900-AL84
Special and Ancillary Benefits for Veterans, Dependents, and Survivors
09/20/2006 2900-AL94
Dependents and Survivors
06/30/2006 2900-AL76
Benefits for Certain Filipino Veterans and Survivors
05/31/2006 2900-AM05
Matters Affecting the Receipt of Benefits
03/31/2006 2900-AL87
General Provisions
10/21/2005 2900-AL89
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Benefits
05/10/2005 2900-AL82
Duties of VA; Rights and Responsibilities of Claimants and Beneficiaries
12/27/2004 2900-AL83
Elections of Improved Pension; Old-Law and Section 306 Pension
10/01/2004 2900-AL71
Accrued Benefits, Death Compensation, and Special Rules Applicable Upon Death of a Beneficiary
07/27/2004 2900-AL70
Presumptions of Service Connection for Certain Disabilities, and Related Matters
01/30/2004 2900-AL67
Service Requirements for Veterans

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