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This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on September 19, 2012 but was never passed by the Senate.
Last updated Sep 20, 2012.
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To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the supervision of fiduciaries of veterans under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, to establish a Place of Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 5948--112th Congress: Veterans Fiduciary Reform and Honoring Noble Service Act. (2012). In www.GovTrack.us. Retrieved March 12, 2014, from http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr5948
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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.
The summary below was written by the House Republican Conference, which is the caucus of Republicans in the House of Representatives.
This summary can be found at http://www.gop.gov/bill/112/2/hr5948.
Following the mark-up of the legislation, the bill’s sponsor stated: “This critical legislation is an important step forward to protecting America's veterans from abuses in the VA fiduciary system," Johnson said. "Our investigations showed that VA's current fiduciary system leaves many veterans vulnerable to financial risk. We performed our chief function as the oversight body for VA, found the flaws and put forth common sense legislation to tackle this very serious problem.”
H.R. 5948 would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to overhaul Chapter 55 of Title 38, which governs VA’s fiduciary process, to include stricter background checks on potential fiduciaries, decreased compensation for fiduciaries, and greater deference to fiduciary/Power of Attorney appointments made outside of Title 38.
The bill would also establish a Place of Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery, furnish caskets and urns for deceased veterans with no next of kin, improve communication with VA officials and funeral directors.
The bill would also exclude persons convicted of certain sex offenses from burial at VA National Cemeteries and Arlington National Cemetery, and would provide freedom of conscience protection for veterans funerals
The bill would also extend the authority of the Veterans Benefits Administration to use contract medical examiners, would provide access to case tracking information to certain government employees, and would allow for notifying the Secretary of VA of individuals whose sensitive personal information involved a data breach.
Lastly, the bill would establish a limitation on bonuses for certain VA employees, and would include a sense of Congress regarding the Patriot Guard Riders and Korean War Veterans.
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The bill contains the following citations to other parts of U.S. law:
The United States Code is the compilation of general and permanent laws enacted by Congress. Laws that are not permanent in nature, law that affect a single individual, family, or small group, regulations, case law, state law, and local law do not appear in the United States Code.