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VA RIN: 2900-AR82 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Outer Burial Receptacles 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to revise its regulation that governs the outer burial receptacle (OBR) monetary allowance for burials in a VA national cemetery when a privately purchased OBR is used in lieu of a government-furnished graveliner. First, VA proposes to expand applicability of the monetary allowance to burials in VA grant-funded cemeteries when a privately purchased OBR was used, or where an OBR is placed at the time of interment, at the cost of the State or Tribal Organization. Second, VA proposes to reimburse States and Tribal Organizations for OBRs that are pre-placed as part of a new construction or expansion grant project. In addition, VA proposes minor conforming revisions to its regulations governing aid for the establishment, expansion and improvement of veterans cemeteries to clarify that VA will reimburse the cost of preplaced OBRs separately from the grant award. These changes would implement new authorities provided in the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020. VA also proposes to amend the regulation by removing retroactive provisions no longer needed because the relevant time period has passed.

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 38.629   
Legal Authority: 38 U.S.C. 2306(e)(4)    38 U.S.C. 2408    5 U.S.C. 605(b)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  03/00/2024 
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:
Michelle Myers
Management and Program Analyst, Legislative and Regulatory Service (42E), NCA
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20420
Phone:202 717-2979