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VA RIN: 2900-AR94 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Revising Accreditation Process, Strengthening Legal Education Requirements, and Defining the Practice Before VA 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) intends to amend existing regulations concerning representation of claimants for VA benefits. These amendments will define the term practice before VA; allow VA to more efficiently process the applications of individuals seeking accreditation as an agent; update the information that will be requested when applying for accreditation to practice before VA; strengthen initial and continuing legal education (CLE) requirements for accredited attorneys and agents; update the ongoing responsibilities of attorneys, agents, and representatives accredited by VA; and make nomenclature changes to better define the scope of accreditation and for simplicity and readability.  Adding a definition of practice before VA is intended to help in protecting Veterans from predatory practices by unaccredited individuals who claim they do not need VA accreditation to prepare, present, or prosecute veterans benefit claims.

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 14.627    38 CFR 14.629   
Legal Authority: 38 U.S.C. 501    38 U.S.C. 5901 to 5904   
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 Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Jonathan Taylor
Staff Attorney
Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of the General Counsel (022), 810 Vermont Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20420
Phone:202 461-7699