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  • Stacie Lemick posted an article
    VA Issues Final Access Rule For Representatives see more

    On June 24, 2022, VA issued its final rule governing Individuals Using the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Information Technology Systems to Access Records Relevant to a Benefit Claim: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2022-06-24/pdf/2022-13312.pdf.  The rule goes into effect on July 25, 2022. 

    This rule expands access for attorneys and agents.  Specifically, VA will now allow system access for any accredited attorney or agent who either “holds power of attorney for one or more claimants” or  “is authorized to assist in the representation of one or more claimants as an associate attorney or agent employed by the same legal services office as the attorney or agent of record.”  38 CFR § 1.601(a)(ii)(A)-(B).  It also allows all attorneys and agents working in “the same legal services office as the attorney or agent of record” to access “the records of VA claimants” who have named an attorney working in that office as POA, so long as the client has “consented to affiliated access on VA Form 21-22a.”  38 CFR § 1.600(b)(2)(ii).

    VA also expanded access for certain staff members working under accredited individuals, e.g., “unaccredited support-staff person[nel], including a legal intern, law student, or paralegal, working under the direct supervision of an accredited attorney or agent who has been designated to provide representation to one or more claimants.”  38 CFR § 1.601(a)(iii).  With this amendment, VA notes that “the individual or VSO holding the POA will have heightened responsibilities that extend further than just their own individual access, in terms of ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the information that is stored, processed, and transmitted by VA within its systems.”  87 FR 37746.

    In response to comments from NOVA and others, VA also included some due process protections when VA notifies of its intention to cut off access. 

    We will provide additional information regarding implementation of this regulation as it becomes available and will continue to assist our members as needed.  If you have questions, feel free to contact, Diane Boyd Rauber, Executive Director, at drauber@vetadvocates.org

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     June 27, 2022
  • Katy Whalen posted an article
    In accordance with NOVA’s bylaws... see more

    In accordance with NOVA’s bylaws, the terms of one-third of the members of its Board of Directors expire at the end of each year. This year’s election of Board members will be conducted at the annual Membership Meeting to be held in person on October 28, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. ET for a term of three (3) years from 2023-2025.

    To serve on the Board, an individual must have been a Sustaining Member in good standing for the five (5) years preceding his or her nomination, with active participation in NOVA, and must be either admitted or accredited to practice before either the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, or both. Other membership categories are not eligible to serve.  

    To ensure that all Board members can exercise independent judgment in all matters coming before the Board, no more than one person employed by or affiliated with the same entity, for employment or business purposes, may serve on the Board at the same time. Should the situation arise where more than one member or member elect to the Board have such employment or business relationship, the entirety of the Board members unaffiliated with that entity shall determine a resolution by a majority vote. Nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit a Board member or member-elect from engaging in business referral arrangements, acting as co-counsel, or similar arrangements, or otherwise being a member of, or participating in, professional or social organizations.

    Board members serve a three (3) year term beginning on January 1st of the year following election. 

    Board membership requires commitment both of time and resources as you represent other NOVA members. Board members are expected to be active participants in NOVA. They are required to attend Board meetings, seminars, and conference calls. The Board meets in-person at the Spring and Fall seminars and for a two-day planning meeting, bi-monthly by phone, and on an ad hoc basis. Members cover their own expenses, including travel, lodging, and meals for all seminars and meetings.

    Beginning on July 1, anyone interested in serving and meeting the minimum requirements, must inform the Secretary of his or her desire to be a candidate for election no later than July 30, 2022. Thereafter, the Secretary will solicit additional information from each candidate. The Board shall select by majority vote candidates to appear on the ballot equal to the number of positions on the Board to be filled at the upcoming election. The Board will then announce its selections to NOVA’s membership.  Thereafter, any additional nominations must be endorsed with the names of at least ten (10) Sustaining Members and submitted to the Secretary. The required timeframes are specified below. Each such nominee will appear as a candidate on the ballot.

    Each candidate may provide a written statement supporting his or her candidacy. Such a statement must be submitted to the Secretary. The Secretary will distribute the written statements to the Sustaining Members prior to balloting. A candidate wishing to speak to the membership at the annual meeting prior to balloting shall be allowed up to five (5) minutes to do so. 

    Any Sustaining Member in good standing who will not be attending the Membership Meeting may request an absentee ballot from the Executive Director. An absentee ballot may only be cast by members who will not be in attendance. The completed absentee ballot must be submitted to the Secretary and received no later than five (5) days prior to the Membership Meeting.

    The nomination and election process will follow this schedule:

    July 1, 2022 The Secretary begins accepting nominations
    July 30, 2022 Open nominations close
    September 1, 2022 The Board announces its selection of candidates
    September 28, 2022 Deadline for accepting additional nominations
    September 29, 2022 The Secretary announces the slate of candidates
    October 3, 2022 Due date for candidate's statements
    October 8, 2022 Last day to request absentee ballots
    October 23, 2022 Deadline for receipt of absentee ballots
    October 28, 2022 Election held and results announced

    Nominations, candidate’s statements, or questions, may be directed to the Secretary, Christine Clemens, at cclemens@cck-law.com.

    Requests for absentee ballots may be directed to the Executive Director, Diane Boyd Rauber, at drauber@vetadvocates.org. Completed absentee ballots must be received no later than October 23, 2022. They should be sent by email to Christine Clemens, at cclemens@cck-law.com.

     

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  • Katy Whalen posted an article
    Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay (CRDP) allows military retirees to receive both military... see more

    Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay (CRDP) allows military retirees to receive both military retired pay and VA disability compensation. Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC) is a special compensation for combat-related disabilities. Each program has its own unique rules and both are important to understand when advising your clients.

    Gregg Maxon will review the requirements of both CRDP and CRSC, and provide the latest information to help you navigate these programs and understand how they fit within the VA disability compensation scheme.

    Click here to register!

  • Katy Whalen posted an article
    Planning is underway for NOVA’s fall conference, which will be held on October 27-29, 2022... see more

    Planning is underway for NOVA’s fall conference, which will be held on October 27-29, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH.  We will host a fully in-person event; we will tape presentations from the general session and offer them for sale after the event.  

    There will be no virtual option for this year’s fall conference. Registration will open in early August – we hope to see you there!

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