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[Federal Register: August 30, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 168)]


[Page 51674-51675]

From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission; Notice of Meeting

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gives notice under Public

Law 92-463 (Federal Advisory Committee Act) that the Veterans'

Disability Benefits Commission has scheduled a meeting for September

13-15, 2006, in the Ballroom of the Beacon Hotel, 1615 Rhode Island

Avenue, NW., Washington, DC. The meeting will begin 8:30 a.m. each day.

on September 13, the meeting will end at 5 p.m., on September 14 at

4:30 p.m., and on September 15 at 12 noon. the meeting is open to the


The purpose of the Commission is to carry out a study of the

benefits under the laws of the United States that are provided to

compensate and assist veterans and their survivors for disabilities and

deaths attributable to military service.

[[Page 51675]]

The agenda for September 13 will include updates on the progress of

the studies being conducted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the

Center for Naval Analyses (CNA). CNA will also present a report of its

review of lump sum payments as an option for disability compensation.

There will be a presentation by the Veterans Health Administration on

environmental and deployment health issues related to presumption of

service connection and an overview by Commission staff of the Bradley

Commission report.

The agenda for September 14 will include a briefing on the Army's

Battle Mind Training program and discussions of the 2006 Older

Americans Report and the aging veteran population, as well as initial

draft issue papers by Commission staff. Commissioners Cassiday and

McGinn will provide a summary of their regional team site visits to the

Pacific Northwest and New England. There will also be time set aside on

Thursday afternoon, September 14, for public comments.

On September 15, the Commission will receive an update on the VA-

DoD Information Technology (IT) initiatives in various stages of

development or implementation to foster interoperability between the

two agencies' health IT systems. Certification and training for VA

Compensation and Pension examiners and the use of templates for these

exams will also be addressed.

Interested persons may attend and present oral statements to the

Commission on Thursday, September 14. Oral presentations will be

limited to five minutes or less, depending on the number of

participants. Interested parties may also provide written comments for

review by the Commission prior to the meeting or at any time, by e-mail

to veterans@vetscommission.intranets.com or by mail to Mr. Ray Wilburn,

Executive Director, Veteran's Disability Benefits Commission, 1101

Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20004.

Dated: August 23, 2006.

By Direction of the Secretary.

E. Philip Riggin,

Committee Management Officer.

[FR Doc. 06-7219 Filed 8-29-06; 8:45 am]


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