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VA RIN: 2900-AP56 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Board of Veterans' Appeals: Remand for Issuance of a Statement of the Case 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend the Appeals Regulations of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) to make discretionary, as opposed to mandatory, Board remand of a claim for the limited purpose of issuance of a Statement of the Case (SOC). The purpose of the amendment is to avoid unnecessary remands in the current environment of paperless VA claims and appeals processing.

Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs(VA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 38 CFR 19.9(c)   
Legal Authority: 38 U.S.C. 501   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Donnie R. Hachey
Chief Counsel for Operations
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20420
Phone:202 632-4603