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VA RIN: 2900-AR32 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Clarification of VA's Processing of Survivors Benefits Claims 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its adjudication regulations concerning the processing of survivors benefits claims. Currently, VA is required to consider a claim for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) as a claim for survivors pension, and a claim for survivors pension as a claim for DIC. This proposed amendment would clarify VA’s authority to pay the higher benefit between DIC and survivors pension, absent a specific election of the lesser benefit by the claimant. The intended effect of this amendment is to streamline and improve the timeliness of the adjudication of claims processing for VA survivor benefits.

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 3.152    38 CFR 3.702   
Legal Authority: 38 U.S.C. 5101    38 U.S.C. 1317   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  02/00/2024 
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:
David Klusman
Lead Program Analyst
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20420
Phone:202 632-8863