Department of Veterans Affairs.
Public Law 104-275 was enacted on October 9, 1996. It allowed the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide a monetary allowance towards the private purchase of an outer burial receptacle for use in a VA national cemetery. Under VA regulation (38 CFR 1.629), the allowance is equal to the average cost of Government-furnished graveliners minus any administrative costs to VA. The law continues to provide a veteran's survivors with the option of selecting a Government-furnished graveliner for use in a VA national cemetery where such use is authorized.
The purpose of this Notice is to notify interested parties of the average cost of Government-furnished graveliners, administrative costs that relate to processing a claim, and the amount of the allowance payable for qualifying interments which occurred during or prior to calendar year 2000, but after October 9, 1996.
The allowance rates are effective the date this notice appears in the Federal Register.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Deanna L. Wilson, Program Analyst, Communications Management Services (402B1), National Cemetery Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420. Telephone: 202-273-5154 (this is not a toll-free number).End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Under 38 U.S.C. 501(a) and Public Law 104-275, section 213, VA may provide a monetary allowance for the private purchase of an outer burial receptacle for use in a VA national cemetery where its use is authorized. The allowance for qualified interments which occur during or prior to calendar year 2000, but after October 9, 1996, is the average cost of Government-furnished graveliners in fiscal year 1999, less the administrative costs incurred by VA in processing and paying the allowance in lieu of the Government-furnished graveliner.
The average cost of Government-furnished graveliners is determined by taking VA's total cost during a fiscal year for single-depth graveliners which were procured for placement at the time of interment and dividing it by the total number of such graveliners procured by VA during that fiscal year. The calculation excludes both graveliners procured and pre-placed in gravesites as part of cemetery gravesite development projects and all double-depth graveliners. Using this method of computation, the average cost was determined to be $147.96 for fiscal year 1999.
The administrative costs incurred by VA consist of those costs that relate to processing and paying an allowance in lieu of the Government-furnished graveliner. These costs have been determined to be $10.17 for calendar year 2000.
The net allowance payable for qualifying interments occurring during or before calendar year 2000, therefore, is $137.79.Start Signature
Hershel W. Gober,
Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
[FR Doc. 00-31290 Filed 12-7-00; 8:45 am]
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