Department of Veterans Affairs.
This document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Board of Veterans' Appeals Rules of Practice to simplify notice procedures relating to withdrawal of services by a representative after certification of an appeal. We believe that these simplified notice procedures are adequate for establishing proof of service.
Effective Date: May 20, 2004.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Steven L. Keller, Senior Deputy Vice Chairman, Board of Veterans' Appeals, Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420 (202-565-5978). In a document published in the Federal Register on June 3, 2003 (68 FR 33040), we proposed amending Rule 608(b)(2) (38 CFR 20.608(b)(2)) to provide that, in cases involving a motion to withdraw services by a representative after certification of an appeal, proof of service will be accomplished by filing a statement with the Board of Veterans' Appeals (Board) certifying that the motion has been sent by first-class mail, postage prepaid, to the appellant or that the response has been sent by first-class mail, postage prepaid, to the representative, as applicable. The previous practice required mailing the motion, and any response to that motion, by certified mail. The purpose of this amendment is to shorten the time before the motion is ripe for determination by the Board, expediting the possibility of a transition, if appropriate, to a new representative.
We asked interested parties to submit comments on or before August 4, 2003. We received no comments. Based on the rationale noted above and as set forth in the proposed rule, we are adopting the proposed rule as a final rule without change.Start Printed Page 21069
Executive Order 12866
The Office of Management and Budget has reviewed this document under Executive Order 12866.
The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 requires, at 2 U.S.C. 1532, that agencies prepare an assessment of anticipated costs and benefits before developing any rule that may result in an expenditure by State, local, or tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of $100 million or more in any given year. This final rule would have no such effect on State, local, or tribal governments, or the private sector.
Paperwork Reduction Act
The Secretary hereby certifies that this final rule contains no new collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501-3521).
Regulatory Flexibility Act
The Secretary hereby certifies that this regulatory amendment will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities as they are defined in the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), 5 U.S.C. 601-612. This rule merely concerns requirements for proof of service of motions for withdrawal of services by a representative after certification of an appeal before the Board, and for proof of service of responses to such motions. Moreover, such motions and responses are events that occur in only a minor proportion of the cases before the Board. Any economic impact on small entities would be minimal. Therefore, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 605(b), this final rule is exempt from the initial and final regulatory flexibility analysis requirements of sections 603 and 604.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 38 CFR Part 20
- Administrative practice and procedure
- Legal services
- Procedural rules
Approved: March 18, 2004.
Anthony J. Principi,
Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
For the reasons set out in the preamble, 38 CFR part 20 is amended as set forth below:End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 20—BOARD OF VETERANS' APPEALS: RULES OF PRACTICEEnd Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation for part 20 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part
2. Section 20.608, paragraph (b)(2) is amended by:End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
A. In the third sentence, removing “permitted.” and adding, in its place, “permitted, and a signed statement certifying that a copy of the motion was sent by first-class mail, postage prepaid, to the appellant, setting forth the address to which the copy was mailed.”End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
B. Removing the sixth and seventh sentences.End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
C. In the eighth sentence, removing “motion.” and adding, in its place, “motion and must include a signed statement certifying that a copy of the response was sent by first-class mail, postage prepaid, to the representative, setting forth the address to which the copy was mailed.”End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
D. Removing the ninth and tenth sentences.End Amendment Part End Further Info End Preamble
[FR Doc. 04-8880 Filed 4-19-04; 8:45 am]
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