To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the processing by the Department of Veterans Affairs of claims for benefits under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.
(a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``21st Century Veterans Benefits Delivery Act''. (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents for this Act is as follows:
Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. TITLE I--BENEFITS CLAIMS SUBMISSION
Sec. 101. Modification of Transition Assistance Program to enable online participation. Sec. 102. Requirement to encourage claimants to use appropriate forms. Sec. 103. Required communications to users of eBenefits Internet website. Sec. 104. Extension of authority for retroactive date of awards for filing fully developed claims. Sec. 105. Requirement that decisions on claims explain benefits of filing appeals within 180 days. Sec. 106. Requirement to use Department of Veterans Affairs form 21- 0958 in regional offices for filing of notices of disagreement. Sec. 107. Determination of manner of appearance for hearings before Board of Veterans' Appeals. TITLE II--PRACTICES OF REGIONAL OFFICES
Sec. 201. Required Comptroller General audit of regional offices of Veterans Benefits Administration. Sec. 202. Study on service-connected disabilities that worsen with age. Sec. 203. Improvements to authority for performance of medical disabilities examinations by contract physician. Sec. 204. Improvement of mail processing by Department of Veterans Affairs. Sec. 205. Review...