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VA RIN: 2900-AP67 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Apportionments 
Abstract:

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends 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: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
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
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/14/2021  86 FR 57084   
NPRM Comment Period End  12/13/2021 
Final Action  05/00/2023 
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
810 Vermont Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20420
Phone:202 509-1067
Email: janel.keyes@va.gov