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Poverty Threshold

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Department of Veterans Affairs.




The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hereby gives notice of the weighted average poverty threshold established for 1999 for one person (unrelated individual) as established by the Bureau of the Census. The amount is $8,501.


For VA determinations, the 1999 poverty threshold is effective September 26, 2000, the date on which it was established by the Bureau of the Census.

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Paul Trowbridge, Consultant, Compensation and Pension Service, Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420, (202) 273-7218.

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We published a final rule amending 38 CFR 4.16(a) in the Federal Register of August 3, 1990, 55 FR 31,579. The amendment provided that marginal employment generally shall be deemed to exist when a veteran's earned annual income does not exceed the amount established by the Bureau of the Census as the poverty threshold for one person. The provisions of 38 CFR 4.16(a) use the poverty threshold as a standard in defining marginal employment when considering total disability ratings for compensation based on unemployability of an individual. We stated we would publish subsequent poverty threshold figures as notices in the Federal Register.

The Bureau of the Census recently published the weighted average poverty thresholds for 1999. The threshold for one person (unrelated individual) is $8,501.

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Dated: December 11, 2000.

Hershel W. Gober,

Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

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[FR Doc. 00-32109 Filed 12-15-00; 8:45 am]