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VA RIN: 2900-AR51 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Exceptions to Applying the Bilateral Factor in VA Disability Calculations 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is issuing this interim final rule to amend the regulation governing the bilateral factor for diseases and injuries of both arms, both legs, or paired skeletal muscles. More specifically, this interim final rule will allow VA adjudicators to exclude certain disabilities that would be calculated using the bilateral factor to determine the combined evaluation if, by their exclusion, a higher combined evaluation can be achieved.

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 4.26   
Legal Authority: 38 U.S.C. 1155   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  04/14/2023  88 FR 22914   
Interim Final Rule Effective  04/16/2023 
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  06/13/2023 
Final Action  12/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
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RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Olumayowa Famakinwa
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20420
Phone:202 461-9700