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VA RIN: 2900-AP51 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Recognition of Tribal Organizations for Representation of VA Claimants 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend its regulations concerning recognition of certain national, State, and regional or local organizations for purposes of VA claims representation. Specifically, this rule would allow the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to recognize Tribal organizations in a similar manner as the Secretary recognizes State organizations. The rule would allow a Tribal organization that is established and funded by one or more Tribal governments to be recognized for the purpose of providing assistance on VA benefit claims. In addition, the rule would allow an employee of a Tribal government to become accredited through a recognized State organization in a similar manner as a County Veterans’ Service Officer (CVSO) may become accredited through a recognized State organization. The intended effect of this proposed rule is to improve access of Native American veterans to VA recognized organizations and VA-accredited individuals who may assist them on their benefit claims.

Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs(VA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 38 CFR 14.627    38 CFR 14.628    38 CFR 14.629    38 CFR 14.635    28 CFR 14    28 CFR 14 Appendix   
Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301    28 U.S.C. 2671 to 2680    38 U.S.C. 501(a)    38 U.S.C. 512    38 U.S.C. 515    38 U.S.C. 5502    38 U.S.C. 5901 to 5905   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/20/2016  81 FR 47087   
NPRM Comment Period End  09/19/2016 
Final Action  02/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Dana Raffaelli
Staff Attorney (022O)
Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of the General Counsel, 810 Vermont Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20420
Phone:202 461-7699