5-31-11, House Passed Bill 419-1
H. R. 1484
To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the appeals process
of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the `Veterans Appeals Improvement Act of 2011'.
SEC. 2. WAIVER OF REGIONAL OFFICE JURISDICTION OVER INCORPORATION OF SUPPLEMENTAL
EVIDENCE INTO PREVIOUSLY SUBMITTED CLAIMS.
(a) Waiver- Section 7104 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding
at the end the following new subsection:
`(f) If a claimant or the claimant's representative submits new evidence in
support of a case for which a substantive appeal has been filed, such evidence
shall be submitted to the Board directly and not to the agency of jurisdiction,
unless the claimant or the claimant's representative requests that the evidence
be reviewed by the agency of jurisdiction before being submitted to the Board.'.
(b) Effective Date- Subsection (f) of section 7104 of title 38, United States
Code, as added by subsection (a) of this section, shall apply with respect
to evidence submitted on or after the date that is 90 days after the date
of the enactment of this Act.
Passed the House of Representatives May 31, 2011.
H. R. 1484
To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the appeals process of
the Department of Veterans Affairs.