2019-27616. Allowance for Private Purchase of an Outer Burial Receptacle in Lieu of a Government-Furnished Graveliner for a Grave in a VA National Cemetery  

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    AGENCY:

    Department of Veterans Affairs.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is updating the monetary allowance payable for qualifying interments that occur during Calendar Year (CY) 2020, which applies toward the private purchase of an outer burial receptacle (or “graveliner”) for use in a VA national cemetery. The allowance is equal to the average cost of Government-furnished graveliners less any administrative costs to VA. The purpose of this notice is to notify interested parties of the average cost of Government-furnished graveliners, administrative costs that relate to processing and paying the allowance and the amount of the allowance payable for qualifying interments that occur CY 2020.

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    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    William Carter, Chief of Budget Execution Division, National Cemetery Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20420. Telephone: 202-461-9764 (this is not a toll-free number).

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    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Section 2306(e)(3) and (4) of title 38, United States Code authorizes VA to 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 that occur during CY 2020 is the average cost of Government-furnished graveliners in fiscal year 2019, 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 that were procured for placement at the time of interment and dividing it by the total number of such graveliners procured by VA during that FY. 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 $342.00 for FY 2019.

    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 $9.00 for CY 2020.

    The allowance payable for qualifying interments occurring during CY 2020, therefore, is $333.00.

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    The Secretary of Veterans Affairs approved this document and authorized the undersigned to sign and submit the document to the Office of the Federal Register for publication electronically as an official document of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Pamela Powers, Chief of Staff, Department of Veterans Affairs, approved this document on December 16, 2019, for publication.

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    Luvenia Potts,

    Regulation Development Coordinator, Office of Regulation Policy & Management, Office of the Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs.

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    [FR Doc. 2019-27616 Filed 12-20-19; 8:45 am]

    BILLING CODE 8320-01-P

Document Information

Published:
12/23/2019
Department:
Veterans Affairs Department
EntryType:
Notice
Action:
Notice.
Document Number:
2019-27616
Pages:
70626-70626 (1 pages)
SectionNoes:
PDF File:
2019-27616.pdf