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VA RIN: 2900-AR36 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: ●Allowance for Caskets and Urns for Unclaimed Remains of Veterans 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to revise its regulations that govern the program that furnishes caskets and urns for the burial in national cemeteries of remains of veterans with no known next-of-kin (NOK) where sufficient resources are not available for this purpose in three ways.  First, VA proposes to implement the authority enacted in Public Law 114-273, the Charles Duncan Buried With Honor Act Of 2016 that expanded the applicability of VA’s casket and urn benefit for interment of deceased eligible veterans in a veterans’ cemetery of a State or Tribal Organization that has received a grant under 38 U.S.C. 2408. Second, VA proposes to issue flat-rate allowances for caskets and urns, rather than calculate reimbursement rates on an annual basis.  Use of flat-rates that are based on historical cost averages for caskets and urns that would promote consistency and efficiency in the administration of this program.  Third, VA proposes to eliminate the retroactive reimbursement provisions because the relevant time period has passed.

Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs(VA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 38 CFR 38   
Legal Authority: 38 U.S.C. 2306(f)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Jane Kang
Director, Legislative and Regulatory Service
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue NW (42E), 427R,
Washington, DC 20420
Phone:202 731-6971