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VA RIN: 2900-AP67 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Apportionments 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations to remove most of the apportionment provisions and to stop apportioning most benefits. Currently, in limited situations, VA may pay a portion of a VA beneficiary’s monetary benefits directly to the beneficiary’s dependents. This is referred to as apportionment of benefits. Moreover, many claims for apportionment involve complex issues of family law, issues that VA claims adjudicators have limited ability to deal with and are more suited to state courts, which delays apportionment awards. Therefore, this regulation will prevent and stop delays in apportionment awards conducted by VA, which should have been initiated in a state court.

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 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 38 CFR 3.31    38 CFR 3.210    38 CFR 3.252    38 CFR 3.400    38 CFR 3.450 to 3.461    38 CFR 3.556    38 CFR 3.665    38 CFR 3.852    38 CFR 21.330   
Legal Authority: 38 U.S.C. 501(a)    38 U.S.C. 5307    38 U.S.C. 5313    38 U.S.C. 5502    38 U.S.C. 5503    Pub. L. 95-588, sec. 306, 92 Stat. 2497   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2019 
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:
Janel Keyes
Department of Veterans Affairs
1800 G Street NW., Suite 644,
Washington, DC 20006
Phone:202 461-1444