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Union Calendar No. 565
101st CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5093
[Report No. 101-932]
A BILL
To amend title 38, United States Code, to codify and reorganize the provisions
of law relating to the creation of the new Department of Veterans Affairs,
and for other purposes.
October 23, 1990
Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House
on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed
HR 5093 RH
Union Calendar No. 565
101st CONGRESS
2d Session
 H. R. 5093
[Report No. 101-932]
To amend title 38, United States Code, to codify and reorganize the provisions
of law relating to the creation of the new Department of Veterans Affairs,
and for other purposes.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 20, 1990
Mr. MONTGOMERY introduced the following bill; which was referred to the
Committee on Veterans' Affairs
October 23, 1990
Additional sponsors: Mr. EDWARDS of California, Mr. HAMMERSCHMIDT,
Mr. APPLEGATE, Mr. WYLIE, Mr. EVANS, Mr. MCEWEN, Mr. PENNY, Mr. ROWLAND of
Connecticut, Mr. STAGGERS, Mr. BURTON of Indiana, Mr. ROWLAND of Georgia,
Mr. BILIRAKIS, Mr. STENHOLM, Mr. RIDGE, Mr. HARRIS, Mr. SMITH of New Hampshire,
Mrs. PATTERSON, Mr. JONTZ, Mr. PAYNE of Virginia, Mr. MORRISON of Connecticut,
Mr. SANGMEISTER, Mr. PARKER, Mr. JONES of Georgia, Ms. LONG, Mr. GEREN
of Texas, Mr. HOCHBRUECKNER, Mr. LEATH of Texas, Mr. HEFNER, Mr. JENKINS,
Mr. RICHARDSON, and Mr. Browder
October 23, 1990
Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House
on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed
[Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed
in italic]
[For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on June 20, 1990]
A BILL
To amend title 38, United States Code, to codify and reorganize the provisions
of law relating to the creation of the new Department 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; REFERENCES TO TITLE 38, UNITED STATES CODE.
  (a) SHORT TITLE- This Act may be cited as the `Department of Veterans
  Affairs Codification Act'.
  (b) REFERENCES- Except in sections 3 and 7 and as otherwise expressly
  provided, whenever in this Act an amendment or repeal is expressed in
  terms of an amendment to, or repeal of, a section or other provision, the
  reference shall be considered to be made to a section or other provision
  of title 38, United States Code.
SEC. 2. CODIFICATION, REORGANIZATION, AND REVISION OF LAWS RELATING TO
ESTABLISHMENT, ORGANIZATION, AND AUTHORITY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS
AFFAIRS.
  (a) IN GENERAL- Part I of title 38 is amended by striking out chapter 3
  and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
`CHAPTER 3--DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
`Sec.
`151. Department.
`152. Seal.
`153. Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
`154. Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
`155. Under Secretary for Health.
`156. Under Secretary for Benefits Administration.
`157. Director of the National Cemetery System.
`158. Assistant Secretaries; Deputy Assistant Secretaries.
`159. Chief Financial Officer.
`160. Chief Information Resources Officer.
`161. General Counsel.
`162. Inspector General.
`163. Availability of appropriations.
`164. Central Office.
`165. Regional offices.
`167. Colocation of regional offices and medical centers.
`Sec. 151. Department
  `(a) The Department of Veterans Affairs is an executive department of the
  United States.
  `(b) The purpose of the Department is to administer the laws providing
  benefits and other services to veterans and the dependents and the
  beneficiaries of veterans.
  `(c) The Department is composed of the following:
  `(1) The Office of the Secretary.
  `(2) The Veterans Health Administration.
  `(3) The Veterans Benefits Administration.
  `(4) The National Cemetery System.
  `(5) The Board of Veterans' Appeals.
  `(6) The Veterans' Canteen Service.
  `(7) The Board of Contract Appeals.
  `(8) Such other offices and agencies as are established or designated by
  law or by the President or the Secretary.
  `(9) Any office, agency, or activity under the control or supervision of
  any element named in paragraphs (1) through (8).
`Sec. 152. Seal
  `(a) The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall cause a seal of office
  to be made for the Department of such device as the President shall
  approve. Judicial notice shall be taken of the seal.
  `(b) Copies of any public document, record, or paper belonging to or in
  the files of the Department, when authenticated by the seal and certified
  by the Secretary (or by an officer or employee of the Department to whom
  authority has been delegated in writing by the Secretary), shall be evidence
  equal with the original thereof.
`Sec. 153. Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  `There is a Secretary of Veterans Affairs, who is the head of the Department
  and is appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of
  the Senate. The Secretary is responsible for the proper execution and
  administration of all laws administered by the Department and for the
  control, direction, and management of the Department.
`Sec. 154. Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  `There is in the Department a Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs, who
  is appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the
  Senate. The Deputy Secretary shall perform such functions as the Secretary
  shall prescribe. Unless the President designates another officer of the
  Government, the Deputy Secretary shall be Acting Secretary of Veterans
  Affairs during the absence or disability of the Secretary or in the event
  of a vacancy in the office of Secretary.
`Sec. 155. Under Secretary for Health
  `(a)(1) There is in the Department an Under Secretary for Health, who is
  appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.
  `(2) The Under Secretary shall be a doctor of medicine and shall be
  appointed without regard to political affiliation or activity and solely--
  `(A) on the basis of demonstrated ability in the medical profession,
  in health-care administration and policy formulation, and in health-care
  fiscal management; and
  `(B) on the basis of substantial experience in connection with the
  programs of the Veterans Health Administration or programs of similar
  content and scope.
  `(b) The Under Secretary is the head of, and is directly responsible to
  the Secretary for the operation of, the Veterans Health Administration.
  `(c) The Under Secretary shall be appointed for a period of four years,
  with reappointment permissible for successive like periods. If the President
  removes the Under Secretary before the completion of the term for which
  the Under Secretary was appointed, the President shall communicate the
  reasons for the removal to Congress.
  `(d)(1) Whenever a vacancy in the position of Under Secretary occurs or
  is anticipated, the Secretary shall establish a commission to recommend
  individuals to the President for appointment to the position.
  `(2) A commission established under this subsection shall be composed of
  the following members appointed by the Secretary:
  `(A) Three persons representing clinical care and medical research and
  education activities affected by the Veterans Health Administration.
  `(B) Two persons representing veterans served by the Veterans Health
  Administration.
  `(C) Two persons who have experience in the management of veterans health
  services and research programs, or programs of similar content and scope.
  `(D) The Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
  `(E) The Chairman of the Special Medical Advisory Group established under
  section 4112 of this title.
  `(F) One person who has held the position of Under Secretary for Health or
  Chief Medical Director, if the Secretary determines that it is desirable
  for such person to be a member of the Commission.
  `(3) A commission established under this subsection shall recommend at least
  three individuals for appointment to the position of Under Secretary. The
  commission shall submit all recommendations to the Secretary. The Secretary
  shall forward the recommendations to the President with any comments the
  Secretary considers appropriate. Thereafter, the President may request
  the commission to recommend additional individuals for appointment.
  `(4) The Assistant Secretary or Deputy Assistant Secretary of Veterans
  Affairs who performs personnel management and labor relations functions
  shall serve as the executive secretary of a commission established under
  this subsection.
`Sec. 156. Under Secretary for Benefits Administration
  `(a) There is in the Department an Under Secretary for Benefits
  Administration, who is appointed by the President, by and with the advice
  and consent of the Senate. The Under Secretary shall be appointed without
  regard to political affiliation or activity and solely on the basis of
  demonstrated ability in--
  `(1) fiscal management; and
  `(2) the administration of programs within the Veterans Benefits
  Administration or programs of similar content and scope.
  `(b) The Under Secretary is the head of, and is directly responsible to
  the Secretary for the operations of, the Veterans Benefits Administration.
  `(c) The Under Secretary shall be appointed for a period of four years,
  with reappointment permissible for successive like periods. If the President
  removes the Under Secretary before the completion of the term for which
  the Under Secretary was appointed, the President shall communicate the
  reasons for the removal to Congress.
  `(d)(1) Whenever a vacancy in the position of Under Secretary occurs or
  is anticipated, the Secretary shall establish a commission to recommend
  individuals to the President for appointment to the position.
  `(2) A commission established under this subsection shall be composed of
  the following members appointed by the Secretary:
  `(A) Three persons representing education and training, real estate,
  mortgage finance, and related industries, and survivor benefits activities
  affected by the Veterans Benefits Administration.
  `(B) Two persons representing veterans served by the Veterans Benefits
  Administration.
  `(C) Two persons who have experience in the management of veterans benefits
  programs or programs of similar content and scope.
  `(D) The Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
  `(E) The chairman of the Veterans' Advisory Committee on Education formed
  under section 1792 of this title.
  `(F) One person who has held the position of Under Secretary for Benefits
  or Chief Benefits Director, if the Secretary determines that it is desirable
  for such person to be a member of the Commission.
  `(3) A commission established under this subsection shall recommend at least
  three individuals for appointment to the position of Under Secretary. The
  commission shall submit all recommendations to the Secretary. The Secretary
  shall forward the recommendations to the President with any comments the
  Secretary considers appropriate. Thereafter, the President may request
  the commission to recommend additional individuals for appointment.
  `(4) The Assistant Secretary or Deputy Assistant Secretary of Veterans
  Affairs who performs personnel management and labor relations functions
  shall serve as the executive secretary of a commission established under
  this subsection.
`Sec. 157. Director of the National Cemetery System
  `There is in the Department a Director of the National Cemetery System,
  who is appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of
  the Senate. The Director is the head of the National Cemetery System as
  established in section 1000 of this title and shall perform such functions
  as may be assigned by the Secretary.
`Sec. 158. Assistant Secretaries; Deputy Assistant Secretaries
  `(a) There shall be in the Department not more than six Assistant
  Secretaries. Each Assistant Secretary shall be appointed by the President,
  by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.
  `(b) The Secretary shall assign to the Assistant Secretaries responsibility
  for the administration of such functions and duties as the Secretary
  considers appropriate, including the following functions:
  `(1) Budgetary and financial functions.
  `(2) Personnel management and labor relations functions.
  `(3) Planning, studies, and evaluations.
  `(4) Management, productivity, and logistic support functions.
  `(5) Information management functions as required by section 3506 of
  title 44.
  `(6) Capital facilities and real property program functions.
  `(7) Equal opportunity functions.
  `(8) Functions regarding the investigation of complaints of employment
  discrimination within the Department.
  `(9) Functions regarding intergovernmental, public, and consumer information
  and affairs.
  `(10) Procurement functions.
  `(c) Whenever the President nominates an individual for appointment as an
  Assistant Secretary, the President shall include in the communication to
  the Senate of the nomination a statement of the particular functions of
  the Department specified in subsection (b), and any other functions of
  the Department, the individual will exercise upon taking office.
  `(d)(1) There shall be in the Department such number of Deputy Assistant
  Secretaries, not exceeding 18, as the Secretary may determine. Each Deputy
  Assistant Secretary shall be appointed by the Secretary and shall perform
  such functions as the Secretary prescribes.
  `(2) At least two-thirds of the number of positions established and
  filled under paragraph (1) shall be filled by individuals who have at
  least five years of continuous service in the Federal civil service in
  the executive branch immediately preceding their appointment as a Deputy
  Assistant Secretary. For purposes of determining such continuous service
  of an individual, there shall be excluded any service by such individual
  in a position--
  `(A) of a confidential, policy-determining, policy-making, or
  policy-advocating character;
  `(B) in which such individual served as a noncareer appointee in the
  Senior Executive Service, as such term is defined in section 3132(a)(7)
  of title 5; or
  `(C) to which such individual was appointed by the President.
`Sec. 159. Chief Financial Officer
  `(a) The Secretary shall designate the Assistant Secretary whose functions
  include budgetary and financial functions as the Chief Financial Officer
  of the Department. The Chief Financial Officer shall advise the Secretary
  on financial management of the Department.
  `(b)(1) The Chief Financial Officer shall develop and maintain a financial
  management system for the Department. The financial management system shall
  include accounting and related transaction systems, internal control systems,
  and financial reporting systems.
  `(2) The financial management system shall provide for--
  `(A) development and maintenance of consistent, compatible, and useful data;
  `(B) development and reporting of cost information; and
  `(C) integration of accounting and budgeting information.
  `(c) The Chief Financial Officer shall supervise and coordinate all
  financial management system activities and operations of the Department.
  `(d) The Chief Financial Officer shall direct and manage financial management
  activities and operations of the Department, including--
  `(1) the development of financial management budgets; and
  `(2) the approval and management of financial management system design or
  enhancement projects.
`Sec. 160. Chief Information Resources Officer
  `(a) The Secretary shall designate the Assistant Secretary whose functions
  include information management functions (as required by section 3506 of
  title 44) as the Chief Information Resources Officer of the Department.
  `(b) The Chief Information Resources Officer shall advise the Secretary
  on information and management activities of the Department as required by
  section 3506 of title 44.
  `(c) The Chief Information Resources Officer shall develop and maintain an
  information resources management system for the Department that provides
  for--
  `(1) the conduct of and accountability for any acquisitions made pursuant
  to a delegation of authority under section 111 of the Federal Property
  and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (40 U.S.C. 759);
  `(2) the implementation of all applicable Governmentwide and Department
  information policies, principles, standards, and guidelines with respect
  to information collection, paperwork reduction, privacy and security of
  records, sharing and dissemination of information, acquisition and use of
  information technology, and other information resources management functions;
  `(3) the periodic evaluation of and (as needed) the planning and
  implementation of improvements in the accuracy, completeness, and reliability
  of data and records contained within Department information systems; and
  `(4) the development and annual revision of a five-year plan for meeting
  the Department's information technology needs.
  `(d) The Chief Information Resources Officer shall report directly to the
  Secretary in carrying out the duties of the Chief Information Resources
  Officer under this section and under chapter 35 of title 44.
`Sec. 161. General Counsel
  `There is in the Department the Office of the General Counsel. There is at
  the head of the office a General Counsel, who is appointed by the President,
  by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. The General Counsel is
  the chief legal officer of the Department and provides legal assistance
  to the Secretary concerning the programs and policies of the Department.
`Sec. 162. Inspector General
  `(a) There is in the Department an Inspector General, who is appointed
  by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate,
  as provided in the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App. 3). The
  Inspector General performs the functions, has the responsibilities, and
  exercises the powers specified in that Act.
  `(b)(1) The Secretary shall provide for not less than 40 full-time
  positions in the Office of Inspector General in addition to the number of
  such positions in that office on March 15, 1989.
  `(2) Of the number of additional full-time positions in the Office of
  Inspector General required by paragraph (1), the Secretary shall provide
  for one-half by not later than September 30, 1990, and shall provide for
  the remainder by not later than September 30, 1991.
  `(3) The President shall include in the budget transmitted to the Congress
  for each fiscal year pursuant to section 1105 of title 31 an estimate of the
  amount for the Office of Inspector General that is sufficient to provide for
  not less than the number of full-time positions in that office on March 15,
  1989, and the additional number of such positions required by paragraph
  (1) to be provided for by the Secretary.
`Sec. 163. Availability of appropriations
  `(a) Funds appropriated to the Department may remain available until
  expended.
  `(b) Funds appropriated to the Department may not be used for a settlement
  of more than $1,000,000 on a construction contract unless--
  `(1) the settlement is audited by an entity outside the Department for
  reasonableness and appropriateness of expenditures; and
  `(2) the settlement is provided for specifically in an appropriation law.
`Sec. 164. Central Office
  `The Central Office of the Department shall be in the District of Columbia.
`Sec. 165. Regional offices
  `(a) The Secretary may establish such regional offices and such other
  field offices within the United States, its Territories, Commonwealths,
  and possessions, as the Secretary considers necessary.
  `(b) The Secretary may maintain a regional office in the Republic of the
  Philippines until September 30, 1991.
`Sec. 167. Colocation of regional offices and medical centers
  `(a) To provide for a more economical, efficient, and effective operation
  of such regional offices, the Secretary shall provide for the colocation
  of at least three regional offices with medical centers of the Department--
  `(1) on real property under the jurisdiction of the Department of Veterans
  Affairs at such medical centers; or
  `(2) on real property that is adjacent to such a medical center and is
  under the jurisdiction of the Department as a result of being conveyed to
  the United States for the purpose of such colocation.
  `(b)(1) In carrying out this section and notwithstanding any other
  provision of law, the Secretary may lease, with or without compensation
  and for a period of not to exceed 35 years, to another party at not more
  than seven locations any of the real property described in paragraph (1)
  or (2) of subsection (a).
  `(2) Such real property shall be used as the site of a facility--
  `(A) constructed and owned by the lessee of such real property; and
  `(B) leased under subsection (c)(1) to the Department for such use and
  such other activities as the Secretary determines are appropriate.
  `(c)(1) The Secretary may enter into a lease for the use of any facility
  described in subsection (b)(2) for not more than 35 years under such terms
  and conditions as may be in the best interests of the Department.
  `(2) Each agreement for such a lease shall provide--
  `(A) that the obligation of the United States to make payments under
  the agreement is subject to the availability of appropriations for that
  purpose; and
  `(B) that the ownership of the facility shall vest in the United States
  at the end of such lease.
  `(d)(1) The Secretary may sublease any space in such a facility to another
  party at a rate not less than--
  `(A) the rental rate paid by the Secretary for such space under subsection
  (c); plus
  `(B) the amount the Secretary pays for the costs of administering such
  facility (including operation, maintenance, utility, and rehabilitation
  costs) which are attributable to such space.
  `(2) In any such sublease, the Secretary shall include such terms relating
  to default and nonperformance as the Secretary considers appropriate to
  protect the interests of the United States.
  `(e) The Secretary shall use the receipts of any payment for the lease
  of real property under subsection (b) for the payment of the lease of a
  facility under subsection (c).
  `(f)(1) Subject to paragraph (3)(A), the Secretary shall, not later than
  April 18, 1990, issue an invitation for offers with respect to three
  colocations to be carried out under this section. The invitation shall
  include, with respect to each such  colocation, at least the following:
  `(A) Identification of the site to be developed.
  `(B) Minimum office space requirements for regional office activities.
  `(C) Design criteria of the facility to be constructed.
  `(D) A plan for meeting the security and parking needs for the facility
  and its occupants and visitors.
  `(E) A statement of current and projected rents and other costs for regional
  office activities.
  `(F) The estimated cost of construction of the facility concerned, the
  estimated annual cost of leasing space for regional office activities in
  the facility, and the estimated total annual cost of leasing all space in
  such facility.
  `(G) A plan for securing appropriate licenses, easements, and rights-of-way.
  `(H) A list of terms and conditions the Secretary has approved for inclusion
  in the lease agreement for the facility concerned.
  `(2) Subject to paragraph (3)(B), the Secretary shall--
  `(A) not later than one year after the date on which the invitation is
  issued under paragraph (1), enter into an agreement to carry out one
  colocation under this subsection; and
  `(B) within 180 days after entering into the agreement referred to in
  subparagraph (A), enter into agreements to carry out two additional
  colocation,
unless the Secretary determines that it is not economically feasible for the
Department to undertake them, taking into consideration all of the tangible
and intangible benefits associated with such  collocations.
  `(3) The Secretary shall--
  `(A) at least 10 days before the issuance or other publication of the
  invitation referred to in paragraph (1), submit a copy of the invitation
  to the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate and House of
  Representatives; and
  `(B) at least 30 days before entering into an agreement under paragraph
  (2), submit a copy to the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate
  and House of Representatives of the proposals selected by the Secretary
  from those received in response to the invitation issued under paragraph (1).
  `(g) The authority to enter into an agreement under this section shall
  expire on September 30, 1992.
`CHAPTER 5--AUTHORITY AND DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY
`SUBCHAPTER I--GENERAL AUTHORITIES
`Sec.
`201. Rules and regulations.
`202. Judicial review of rules and regulations.
`203. Administrative error; equitable relief.
`205. Opinions of Attorney General.
`210. Authority to reorganize offices.
`211. Decisions of the Secretary; finality.
`212. Delegation of authority; assignment of functions and duties.
`213. Contracts and personal services.
`215. Settlement of tort claims.
`SUBCHAPTER II--SPECIFIED FUNCTIONS
`221. Assistance to certain rehabilitation activities.
`222. Studies of rehabilitation of disabled persons.
`223. Coordination and promotion of other programs affecting veterans and
their dependents.
`225. Publication of laws relating to veterans.
`227. Evaluation and data collection.
`229. Annual report to Congress.
`SUBCHAPTER III--ADVISORY COMMITTEES
`231. Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War.
`232. Advisory Committee on Women Veterans.
`SUBCHAPTER I--GENERAL AUTHORITIES
`Sec. 201. Rules and regulations
  `(a) The Secretary has authority to prescribe all rules and regulations
  which are necessary or appropriate to carry out the laws administered by
  the Department and are consistent with those laws, including--
  `(1) regulations with respect to the nature and extent of proof and evidence
  and the method of taking and furnishing them in order to establish the
  right to benefits under such laws;
  `(2) the forms of application by claimants under such laws;
  `(3) the methods of making investigations and medical examinations; and
  `(4) the manner and form of adjudications and awards.
  `(b) Any rule, regulation, guideline, or other published interpretation or
  order (and any amendment thereto) issued pursuant to the authority granted by
  this section or any other provision of this title shall contain citations to
  the particular section or sections of statutory law or other legal authority
  upon which such issuance is based. The citation to the authority shall
  appear immediately following each substantive provision of the issuance.
  `(c) In applying section 552(a)(1) of title 5 to the Department, the
  Secretary shall ensure that subparagraphs (C), (D), and (E) of that section
  are complied with, particularly with respect to opinions and interpretations
  of the General Counsel.
  `(d) The provisions of section 553 of title 5 shall apply, without regard
  to subsection (a)(2) of that section, to matters relating to loans, grants,
  or benefits under a law administered by the Secretary.
`Sec. 202. Judicial review of rules and regulations
  `An action of the Secretary to which section 552(a)(1) or 553 of title 5 (or
  both) refers (other than an action relating to the adoption or revision of
  the schedule of ratings for disabilities adopted under section 355 of this
  title) is subject to judicial review. Such review shall be in accordance
  with chapter 7 of title 5 and may be sought only in the United States Court
  of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. However, if such review is sought in
  connection with an appeal brought under the provisions of chapter 72 of
  this title, the provisions of that chapter shall apply rather than the
  provisions of chapter 7 of title 5.
`Sec. 203. Administrative error; equitable relief
  `(a) If the Secretary determines that benefits administered by the Department
  have not been provided by reason of administrative error on the part of
  the Federal Government or any of its employees, the Secretary may provide
  such relief on account of such error as the Secretary determines equitable,
  including the payment of moneys to any person whom the Secretary determines
  is equitably entitled to such moneys.
  `(b) If the Secretary determines that a veteran, surviving spouse, child of
  a veteran, or other person has suffered loss as a consequence of reliance
  upon a determination by the Department of eligibility or entitlement to
  benefits, without knowledge that it was erroneously made, the Secretary may
  provide such relief on account of such error as the Secretary determines is
  equitable, including the payment of moneys to any person whom the Secretary
  determines is equitably entitled to such moneys.
  `(c) Not later than April 1 of each year, the Secretary shall submit to
  Congress a report containing a statement as to the disposition of each
  case recommended to the Secretary for equitable relief under this section
  during the preceding calendar year.
`Sec. 205. Opinions of Attorney General
  `The Secretary may require the opinion of the Attorney General on any
  question of law arising in the administration of the Department.
`Sec. 210. Authority to reorganize offices
  `(a) Except to the extent inconsistent with law, the Secretary may--
  `(1) consolidate, eliminate, abolish, or redistribute the functions of
  the Administrations, offices, facilities, or activities in the Department;
  `(2) create new Administrations, offices, facilities, or activities in
  the Department; and
  `(3) fix the functions of any such Administration, office, facility,
  or activity and the duties and powers of their respective executive heads.
  `(b) The Secretary may not in any fiscal year implement an administrative
  reorganization described in subsection (c) unless the Secretary first submits
  to the appropriate committees of the Congress a report containing a detailed
  plan and justification for the administrative reorganization. Any such
  report shall be submitted not later than the day on which the President
  submits to the Congress the Budget for the fiscal year in which the
  administrative reorganization is to be implemented. No action to carry
  out such reorganization may be taken after the submission of such report
  until the first day of such fiscal year.
  `(c) An administrative reorganization described in this subsection is a
  consolidation, elimination, abolition or redistribution of functions under
  the authority given the Secretary under subsection (a) that--
  `(1) in the case of a covered field office or facility, involves a reduction
  during any fiscal year in the number of full-time equivalent employees
  with permanent duty stations at that office or facility--
  `(A) by 10 percent or more, or
  `(B) by a percent which, when added to the percent reduction made in the
  number of such employees with permanent duty stations at such office or
  facility during the preceding fiscal year, is 15 percent or more; and
  `(2) in the case of a covered Central Office unit, involves a reduction
  during any fiscal year in the number of full-time equivalent employees
  with permanent duty stations at that unit--
  `(A) by 25 percent or more, or
  `(B) by a percent which, when added to the percent reduction made in the
  number of such employees with permanent duty stations at such unit during
  the preceding fiscal year, is 30 percent or more.
  `(d)(1) Not less than 30 days before the date on which the implementation of
  any reorganization described in paragraph (2) of a unit in the Central Office
  is to begin, the Secretary shall transmit to the Committees on Veterans'
  Affairs of the Senate and the House of Representatives a notification
  regarding the reorganization.
  `(2) Paragraph (1) applies to the reorganization of any unit of the
  Central Office that is the duty station for more than 25, but less than
  100, employees if the reorganization involves a reduction in any fiscal
  year in the number of full-time equivalent employees with permanent duty
  station in such unit--
  `(A) by 10 percent or more, or
  `(B) by a percent which, when added to the percent reduction made in the
  number of such employees with permanent duty station in such unit during
  the preceding fiscal year, is 15 percent or more.
  `(e) For purposes of this section:
  `(1) The term `covered Central Office unit' means an office in the Central
  Office of the Department that is the permanent duty station for 100 or
  more employees.
  `(2) The term `covered field office or facility' means a Department office
  or facility outside the Central Office that is the permanent duty station
  for 25 or more employees or that is a free-standing outpatient clinic.
  `(3) The term `detailed plan and justification' means, with respect to
  an administrative reorganization, a written report that, at a minimum,
  includes the following:
  `(A) Specification of the number of employees by which each covered office or
  facility affected is to be reduced, the responsibilities of those employees,
  and the means by which the reduction is to be accomplished.
  `(B) Identification of any existing or planned office or facility at
  which the number of employees is to be increased and specification of the
  number and responsibilities of the additional employees at each such office
  or facility.
  `(C) A description of the changes in the functions carried out at any
  existing office or facility and the functions to be assigned to an office
  or facility not in existence on the date that the plan and justification
  are submitted pursuant to subsection (b).
  `(D) An explanation of the reasons for the determination that the
  reorganization is appropriate and advisable in terms of the statutory
  missions and long-term goals of the Department.
  `(E) A description of the effects that the reorganization may have on the
  provision of benefits and services to veterans and dependents of veterans
  (including the provision of benefits and services through offices and
  facilities of the Department not directly affected by the reorganization).
  `(F) Estimates of the costs of the reorganization and of the cost impact
  of the reorganization, together with analyses supporting those estimates.
`Sec. 211. Decisions of the Secretary; finality
  `(a) The Secretary shall decide all questions of law and fact necessary
  to a decision by the Secretary under a law that affects the provision of
  benefits by the Secretary to veterans or the dependents or survivors of
  veterans. Subject to subsection (b), the decision of the Secretary as to
  any such question shall be final and conclusive and may not be reviewed
  by any other official or by any court, whether by an action in the nature
  of mandamus or otherwise.
  `(b) The second sentence of subsection (a) does not apply to--
  `(1)matters subject to sections 102(c), 201(d), and 202 of this title;
  `(2)matters covered by sections 775 and 784 of this title;
  `(3)matters arising under chapter 37 of this title; and
  `(4)matters covered by chapter 72 of this title.
`Sec. 212. Delegation of authority; assignment of functions and duties
  `(a) Except as otherwise provided by law, the Secretary may assign functions
  and duties, and delegate, or authorize successive redelegation of, authority
  to act and to render decisions, with respect to all laws administered by
  the Department, to such officers and employees as the Secretary may find
  necessary. Within the limitations of such delegations, redelegations,
  or assignments, all official acts and decisions of such officers and
  employees shall have the same force and effect as though performed or
  rendered by the Secretary.
  `(b) There shall be included on the technical and administrative staff
  of the Secretary such staff officers, experts, inspectors, and assistants
  (including legal assistants) as the Secretary may prescribe.
`Sec. 213. Contracts and personal services
  `The Secretary may, for purposes of all laws administered by the Department,
  accept uncompensated services, and enter into contracts or agreements with
  private or public agencies or persons (including contracts for services of
  translators without regard to any other law), for such necessary services
  (including personal services) as the Secretary may consider practicable. The
  Secretary may also enter into contracts or agreements with private concerns
  or public agencies for the hiring of passenger motor vehicles or aircraft
  for official travel whenever, in the Secretary's judgment, such arrangements
  are in the interest of efficiency or economy.
`Sec. 215.Administrative settlement of tort claims
  `(a)(1) Notwithstanding the limitations contained in section 2672 of title
  28, the Secretary may settle a claim for money damages against the United
  States cognizable under section 1346(b) or 2672 of title 28 or section
  4116 of this title to the extent the authority to do so is delegated to
  the Secretary by the Attorney General. Such delegation may not exceed the
  authority delegated by the Attorney General to United States attorneys to
  settle claims for money damages against the United States.
  `(2) For purposes of this subsection, the term `settle', with respect to
  a claim, means consider, ascertain, adjust, determine, and dispose of the
  claim, whether by full or partial allowance or by disallowance.
  `(b) The Secretary may pay tort claims, in the manner authorized in the
  first paragraph of section 2672 of title 28, when such claims arise in
  foreign countries in connection with Department operations abroad. A claim
  may not be allowed under this subsection unless it is presented in writing
  to the Secretary within two years after the claim accrues.
`SUBCHAPTER II--SPECIFIED FUNCTIONS
`Sec. 221. Assistance to certain rehabilitation activities
  `(a) The Secretary may assist any organization named in or approved under
  section 3402 of this title in providing recreational activities which
  would further the rehabilitation of disabled veterans. Such assistance
  may be provided only if--
  `(1) the activities are available to disabled veterans on a national
  basis; and
  `(2) a significant percentage of the individuals participating in the
  activities are eligible for rehabilitative services under chapter 17 of
  this title.
  `(b) The Secretary may accept from any appropriate source contributions
  of funds and of other assistance to support the Secretary's provision of
  assistance for such activities.
  `(c)(1) Subject to paragraph (2), the Secretary may authorize the use,
  for purposes approved by the Secretary in connection with the activity
  involved, of the seal and other official symbols of the Department and
  the name `Department of Veterans Affairs' by--
  `(A) any organization which provides an activity described in subsection
  (a) with assistance from the Secretary; and
  `(B) any individual or entity from which the Secretary accepts a significant
  contribution under subsection (b) or an offer of such a contribution.
  `(2) The use of such seal or name of any official symbol of the Department
  in an advertisement may be authorized by the Secretary under this subsection
  only if--
  `(A) the Secretary has approved the advertisement; and
  `(B) the advertisement contains a clear statement that no product, project,
  or commercial line of endeavor referred to in the advertisement is endorsed
  by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
`Sec. 222. Studies of rehabilitation of disabled persons
  `(a) The Secretary may conduct studies and investigations, and prepare
  reports, relative to the rehabilitation of disabled persons, the relative
  abilities, aptitudes, and capacities of the several groups of the
  variously handicapped, and how their potentialities can best be developed
  and their services best used in gainful and suitable employment including
  the rehabilitation programs of foreign nations.
  `(b) In carrying out this section, the Secretary (1) may cooperate with
  such public and private agencies as the Secretary considers advisable;
  and (2) may employ consultants who shall receive a reasonable per diem,
  as prescribed by the Secretary, for each day actually employed, plus
  necessary travel and other expenses.
`Sec. 223. Coordination and promotion of other programs affecting veterans
and their dependents
  `(a) The Secretary shall seek to achieve (1) the maximum feasible
  effectiveness, coordination, and interrelationship of services among all
  programs and activities affecting veterans and their dependents carried out
  by and under all other departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the
  executive branch, and (2) the maximum feasible coordination of such programs
  with programs carried out under this title. The Secretary shall actively
  promote the effective implementation, enforcement, and application of all
  provisions of law and regulations providing for special consideration,
  emphasis, or preference for veterans.
  `(b) The Secretary shall seek to achieve the effective coordination of
  the provision, under laws administered by the Department, of benefits
  and services (and information about such benefits and services) with
  appropriate programs (and information about such programs) conducted by
  State and local governmental agencies and by private entities at the
  State and local level. In carrying out this subsection, the Secretary
  shall place special emphasis on veterans who are 65 years of age or older.
`Sec. 225. Publication of laws relating to veterans
  `(a) The Secretary may compile and publish all Federal laws relating to
  veterans' relief, including laws administered by the Department as well as
  by other agencies of the Government. Such compilation and publication shall
  be in such form as the Secretary considers advisable for the purpose of
  making currently available in convenient form for the use of the Department
  and full-time representatives of the several service organizations an
  annotated, indexed, and cross-referenced statement of the laws providing
  veterans' relief.
  `(b) The Secretary may maintain such compilation on a current basis either
  by the publication, from time to time, of supplementary documents or by
  complete revision of the compilation.
  `(c) The distribution of the compilation to the representatives of the
  several service organizations shall be as determined by the Secretary.
`Sec. 227. Evaluation and data collection
  `(a) The Secretary, pursuant to general standards which the Secretary
  shall prescribe in regulations, shall measure and evaluate on a continuing
  basis the effect of all programs authorized under this title, in order to
  determine their effectiveness in achieving stated goals in general, and
  in achieving such goals in relation to their cost, their effect on related
  programs, and their structure and mechanisms for delivery of services. Such
  information as the Secretary may consider necessary for purposes of such
  evaluations shall be made available to the Secretary, upon request, by
  all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the executive branch.
  `(b) In carrying out this section, the Secretary shall collect, collate, and
  analyze on a continuing basis full statistical data regarding participation
  (including the duration thereof), provision of services, categories of
  beneficiaries, planning and construction of facilities, acquisition of
  real property, proposed excessing of land, accretion and attrition of
  personnel, and categorized expenditures attributable thereto, under all
  programs carried out under this title.
  `(c) The Secretary shall make available to the public, and on a regular
  basis provide to the appropriate committees of the Congress, copies of
  all completed evaluative research studies and summaries of evaluations of
  program impact and effectiveness carried out, and tabulations and analyses
  of all data collected, under this section.
`Sec. 229. Annual report to Congress
  `The Secretary shall submit annually, at the close of each fiscal year,
  a report in writing to Congress. Each such report shall--
  `(1) give an account of all moneys received and disbursed by the Department
  for such fiscal year;
  `(2) describe the work done during such fiscal year; and
  `(3) state the activities of the Department for such fiscal year.
`SUBCHAPTER III--ADVISORY COMMITTEES
`Sec. 231. Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War
  `(a)(1) The Secretary shall establish an advisory committee to be known
  as the Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War (hereinafter in this
  section referred to as the `Committee').
  `(2)(A) The members of the Committee shall be appointed by the Secretary
  from the general public and shall include--
  `(i) appropriate representatives of veterans who are former prisoners of war;
  `(ii) individuals who are recognized authorities in fields pertinent
  to disabilities prevalent among former prisoners of war, including
  authorities in epidemiology, mental health, nutrition, geriatrics, and
  internal medicine; and
  `(iii) appropriate representatives of disabled veterans.
  `(B) The Committee shall also include, as ex officio members, the Under
  Secretary for Health and the Under Secretary for Benefits Administration,
  or their designees.
  `(3) The Secretary shall determine the number, terms of service, and pay and
  allowances of members of the Committee appointed by the Secretary, except
  that the term of service of any such member may not exceed three years.
  `(b) The Secretary shall, on a regular basis, consult with and seek the
  advice of the Committee with respect to the administration of benefits under
  this title for veterans who are former prisoners of war and the needs of
  such veterans with respect to compensation, health care, and rehabilitation.
  `(c)(1) Not later than July 1 of each odd-numbered year, the Committee
  shall submit to the Secretary a report on the programs and activities
  of the Department that pertain to veterans who are former prisoners of
  war. Each such report shall include--
  `(A) an assessment of the needs of such veterans with respect to
  compensation, health care, and rehabilitation;
  `(B) a review of the programs and activities of the Department designed
  to meet such needs; and
  `(C) such recommendations (including recommendations for administrative
  and legislative action) as the Committee considers to be appropriate.
  `(2) The Secretary shall, within 60 days after receiving each report under
  paragraph (1), submit to the Congress a copy of the report, together with
  any comments concerning the report that the Secretary considers appropriate.
  `(3) The Committee may also submit to the Secretary such other reports
  and recommendations as the Committee considers appropriate.
  `(4) The Secretary shall submit with each annual report submitted to the
  Congress pursuant to section 229 of this title a summary of all reports
  and recommendations of the Committee submitted to the Secretary since the
  previous annual report of the Secretary submitted to the Congress pursuant
  to that section.
`Sec. 232. Advisory Committee on Women Veterans
  `(a)(1) The Secretary shall establish an advisory committee to be known
  as the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans (hereinafter in this section
  referred to as `the Committee').
  `(2)(A) The Committee shall consist of members appointed by the Secretary
  from the general public, including--
  `(i) representatives of women veterans;
  `(ii) individuals who are recognized authorities in fields pertinent to
  the needs of women veterans, including the gender-specific health-care
  needs of women; and
  `(iii) representatives of both female and male veterans with
  service-connected disabilities, including at least one female veteran
  with a service-connected disability and at least one male veteran with a
  service-connected disability.
  `(B) The Committee shall include, as ex officio members--
  `(i) the Secretary of Labor (or a representative of the Secretary of Labor
  designated by the Secretary after consultation with the Assistant Secretary
  of Labor for Veterans' Employment);
  `(ii) the Secretary of Defense (or a representative of the Secretary of
  Defense designated by the Secretary of Defense after consultation with
  the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services); and
  `(iii) the Under Secretary for Health and the Under Secretary for Benefits
  Administration, or their designees.
  `(C) The Secretary may invite representatives of other departments and
  agencies of the United States to participate in the meetings and other
  activities of the Committee.
  `(3) The Secretary shall determine the number, terms of service, and pay and
  allowances of members of the Committee appointed by the Secretary, except
  that a term of service of any such member may not exceed three years. The
  Secretary may reappoint any such member for additional terms of service.
  `(b) The Secretary shall, on a regular basis, consult with and seek the
  advice of the Committee with respect to the administration of benefits by
  the Department for women veterans, reports and studies pertaining to women
  veterans and the needs of women veterans with respect to compensation,
  health care, rehabilitation, outreach, and other benefits and programs
  administered by the Department.
  `(c)(1) Not later than July 1 of each even-numbered year, the Committee
  shall submit to the Secretary a report on the programs and activities of the
  Department that pertain to women veterans. Each such report shall include--
  `(A) an assessment of the needs of women veterans with respect to
  compensation, health care, rehabilitation, outreach, and other benefits
  and programs administered by the Department;
  `(B) a review of the programs and activities of the Department designed
  to meet such needs; and
  `(C) such recommendations (including recommendations for administrative
  and legislative action) as the Committee considers appropriate.
  `(2) The Secretary shall, within 60 days after receiving each report under
  paragraph (1), submit to the Congress a copy of the report, together with
  any comments concerning the report that the Secretary considers appropriate.
  `(3) The Committee may also submit to the Secretary such other reports
  and recommendations as the Committee considers appropriate.
  `(4) The Secretary shall submit with each annual report submitted to the
  Congress pursuant to section 229 of this title a summary of all reports
  and recommendations of the Committee submitted to the Secretary since the
  previous annual report of the Secretary submitted pursuant to such section.
`CHAPTER 7--EMPLOYEES
`Sec.
`251. Placement of employees in military installations.
`253. Miscellaneous authorities respecting employees.
`255. Telephone service for medical officers and facility directors.
`257. Benefits for employees at overseas offices who are United States
citizens.
`259. Employment restrictions.
`261. Grade reductions.
`Sec. 251. Placement of employees in military installations
  `The Secretary may place employees of the Department in such Army, Navy,
  and Air Force installations as may be considered advisable for the purpose
  of adjudicating disability claims of, and giving aid and advice to, members
  of the Armed Forces who are about to be discharged or released from active
  military, naval, or air service.
`Sec. 253. Miscellaneous authorities respecting employees
  `(a) The Secretary may furnish and launder such wearing apparel as may be
  prescribed for employees in the performance of their official duties.
  `(b) The Secretary may transport children of Department employees located
  at isolated stations to and from school in available Government-owned
  automotive equipment.
  `(c) The Secretary may provide recreational facilities, supplies, and
  equipment for the use of patients in hospitals and employees in isolated
  installations.
  `(d) The Secretary may provide for the preparation, shipment, installation,
  and display of exhibits, photographic displays, moving pictures, and other
  visual educational information and descriptive material.
  `(e) The Secretary may reimburse employees for the cost of repairing or
  replacing their personal property damaged or destroyed by patients or
  domiciliary members while such employees are engaged in the performance
  of their official duties.
  `(f)(1) The Secretary, upon determining that an emergency situation exists
  and that such action is necessary for the effective conduct of the affairs of
  the Department, may use Government-owned, or leased, vehicles to transport
  employees to and from their place of employment and the nearest adequate
  public transportation or, if such public transportation is either unavailable
  or not feasible to use, to and from their place of employment and their home.
  `(2) The Secretary shall establish reasonable rates to cover the cost of
  the service rendered under this subsection, and all proceeds collected
  therefrom shall be applied to the applicable appropriation.
`Sec. 255. Telephone service for medical officers and facility directors
  `The Secretary may pay for official telephone service and rental in the field
  whenever incurred in case of official telephones for directors of centers,
  hospitals, independent clinics, domiciliaries, and medical officers of
  the Department where such telephones are installed in private residences
  or private apartments or quarters, when authorized under regulations
  established by the Secretary.
`Sec. 257. Benefits for employees at overseas offices who are United States
citizens
  `(a) The Secretary may, under such rules and regulations as may be prescribed
  by the President or the President's designee, provide to personnel of the
  Department who are United States citizens and are assigned by the Secretary
  to the Department offices in the Republic of the Philippines allowances
  and benefits similar to those provided by the following provisions of law:
  `(1) Section 905 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980 (relating to allowances
  to provide for the proper representation of the United States).
  `(2) Sections 901(1), (2), (3), (4), (7), (8), (9), (11), and (12) of the
  Foreign Service Act of 1980 (relating to travel expenses).
  `(3) Section 901(13) of the Foreign Service Act of 1980 (relating to
  transportation of automobiles).
  `(4) Section 903 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980 (relating to the return
  of personnel to the United States on leave of absence).
  `(5) Section 904(d) of the Foreign Service Act of 1980 (relating to payments
  by the United States of expenses for treating illness or injury of officers
  or employees and dependents requiring hospitalization).
  `(6) Section 5724a(a)(3) of title 5 (relating to subsistence expenses for
  30 days in connection with the return to the United States of the employee
  and such employee's immediate family).
  `(7) Section 5724a(a)(4) of title 5 (relating to the sale and purchase
  of the residence or settlement of an unexpired lease of the employee when
  transferred from one station to another station and both stations are in
  the United States, its territories or possessions, or the Commonwealth of
  Puerto Rico).
  `(b) The authority in subsection (a) supplements, but is not in lieu of,
  other allowances and benefits for overseas employees of the Department
  provided by title 5 and the Foreign Service Act of 1980 (22 U.S.C. 3901
  et seq.).
`Sec. 259. Employment restrictions
  `(a)(1) Notwithstanding section 3134(d) of title 5, the number of Senior
  Executive Service positions in the Department which are filled by noncareer
  appointees in any fiscal year may not at any time exceed 5 percent of the
  average number of senior executives employed in Senior Executive Service
  positions in the Department during the preceding fiscal year.
  `(2) For purposes of this subsection, the average number of senior executives
  employed in Senior Executive Service positions in the Department during a
  fiscal year shall be equal to 25 percent of the sum of the total number
  of senior executives employed in Senior Executive Service positions in
  the Department on the last day of each quarter of such fiscal year.
  `(b) The number of positions in the Department which may be excepted from
  the competitive service, on a temporary or permanent basis, because of
  their confidential or policy-determining character may not at any time
  exceed the equivalent of 15 positions.
  `(c)(1) Political affiliation or activity may not be taken into account
  in connection with the appointment of any person to any position in or to
  perform any service for the Department or in the assignment or advancement
  of any employee in the Department.
  `(2) Paragraph (1) shall not apply--
  `(A) to the appointment of any person by the President under this title,
  other than the appointment of the Under Secretary for Health, the Under
  Secretary for Benefits Administration, and the Inspector General; or
  `(B) to the appointment of any person to (i) a Senior Executive Service
  position as a noncareer appointee, or (ii) a position that is excepted
  from the competitive service, on a temporary or permanent basis, because
  of the confidential or policy-determining character of the position.
`Sec. 261. Grade reductions
  `(a)The Secretary may not implement a grade reduction described in
  subsection (b) unless the Secretary first submits to the Committees on
  Veterans' Affairs of the Senate and House of Representatives a report
  containing a detailed plan for such reduction and a detailed justification
  for the plan. The report shall include a determination by the Secretary
  (together with data supporting such determination) that, in the personnel
  area concerned, the Department has a disproportionate number of employees
  at the salary grade or grades selected for reduction in comparison to
  the number of such employees at the salary levels involved who perform
  comparable functions in other departments and agencies of the Federal
  Government and in non-Federal entities. Any grade reduction described in
  such report may not take effect until the end of a period of 90 calendar
  days (not including any day on which either House of Congress is not in
  session) after the report is received by the committees.
  `(b) A grade reduction referred to in subsection (a) is a systematic
  reduction, for the purpose of reducing the average salary cost for Department
  employees described in subsection (c), in the number of such Department
  employees at a specific grade level.
  `(c) The employees referred to in subsection (b) are--
  `(1) health-care personnel who are determined by the Secretary to be
  providing either direct patient-care services or services incident to
  direct patient-care services;
  `(2) individuals who meet the definition of professional employee as set
  forth in section 7103(a)(15) of title 5; and
  `(3) individuals who are employed as computer specialists.
  `(d) Not later than the 45th day after the Secretary submits a report under
  subsection (a), the Comptroller General shall submit to such Committees a
  report on the Secretary's compliance with such subsection. The Comptroller
  General shall include in the report the Comptroller General's opinion as to
  the accuracy of the Secretary's determination (and of the data supporting
  such determination) made under such subsection.
  `(e) In the case of Department employees not described in subsection (c),
  the Secretary may not in any fiscal year implement a systematic reduction for
  the purpose of reducing the average salary cost for such Department employees
  that will result in a reduction in the number of such Department employees at
  any specific grade level at a rate greater than the rate of the reductions
  systematically being made in the numbers of employees at such grade level
  in all other agencies and departments of the Federal Government combined.
`CHAPTER 9--SECURITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT ON PROPERTY UNDER THE JURISDICTION
OF THE DEPARTMENT
`Sec.
`271. Authority to prescribe rules for conduct and penalties for violations.
`272. Enforcement and arrest authority of Department police officers.
`273. Uniform allowance.
`274. Equipment and weapons.
`275. Use of facilities and services of other law enforcement agencies.
`Sec. 271. Authority to prescribe rules for conduct and penalties for
violations
  `(a)(1) The Secretary shall prescribe regulations to provide for the
  maintenance of law and order and the protection of persons and property
  on Department property.
  `(2) In this chapter, the term `Department property' means land and buildings
  that is under the jurisdiction of the Department and is not under control
  of the Administrator of General Services.
  `(b) Such regulations shall include--
  `(1) rules for conduct on Department property; and
  `(2) the penalties, within the limits specified in subsection (c), for
  violations of such rules.
  `(c) Whoever violates any rule prescribed by regulation under subsection
  (b)(1) shall be fined in accordance with title 18 or imprisoned not more
  than six months, or both. The Secretary may prescribe by regulation a
  maximum fine less than that which would otherwise apply under the preceding
  sentence or a maximum term of imprisonment of a shorter period than that
  which would otherwise apply under the preceding sentence, or both. Any
  such regulation shall apply notwithstanding any provision of title 18 or
  any other law to the contrary.
  `(d) The rules prescribed under subsection (a), together with the penalties
  for violations of such rules, shall be posted conspicuously on property
  to which they apply.
  `(e) The Secretary shall consult with the Attorney General before prescribing
  regulations under this section.
`Sec. 272. Enforcement and arrest authority of Department police officers
  `(a)(1) Employees of the Department who are Department police officers
  shall, with respect to acts occurring on Department property, enforce--
  `(A) Federal laws;
  `(B) the rules prescribed under section 271 of this title; and
  `(C) subject to paragraph (2), traffic and motor vehicle laws of a State or
  local government within the jurisdiction of which such Department property
  is located.
  `(2) A law described in subparagraph (C) of paragraph (1) may be enforced
  under such subparagraph only as authorized by an express grant of authority
  under applicable State or local law. Any such enforcement shall be by the
  issuance of a citation for violation of such law.
  `(3) Subject to regulations prescribed under subsection (b), a Department
  police officer may make arrests on Department property for a violation of
  a Federal law or any rule prescribed under section 271(a) of this title.
  `(b) The Secretary shall prescribe regulations with respect to Department
  police officers. Such regulations shall include--
  `(1) policies with respect to the exercise by Department police officers
  of the enforcement and arrest authorities provided by this section;
  `(2) the scope and duration of training that is required for Department
  police officers, with particular emphasis on dealing with situations
  involving patients; and
  `(3) rules limiting the carrying and use of weapons by Department police
  officers.
  `(c) The Secretary shall consult with the Attorney General before prescribing
  regulations under paragraph (1) of subsection (b).
  `(d) Rates of basic pay for Department police officers may be increased
  by the Secretary under section 4255(a)(2)(C) of this title.
`Sec. 273. Uniform allowance
  `(a) The Secretary may pay an allowance under this section for the purchase
  of uniforms to any Department police officer who is required to wear a
  prescribed uniform in the performance of official duties.
  `(b) The amount of the allowance that the Secretary may pay under this
  section--
  `(1) may be based on estimated average costs or actual costs;
  `(2) may vary by geographic regions; and
  `(3) except as provided in subsection (c), may not exceed $200 in a fiscal
  year for any police officer.
  `(c) The amount of an allowance under this section may be increased to
  an amount up to $400 for not more than one fiscal year in the case of any
  Department police officer. In the case of a person who is appointed as a
  Department police officer on or after January 1, 1990, an allowance in an
  amount established under this subsection shall be paid at the beginning
  of such person's employment as such an officer. In the case of any other
  Department police officer, an allowance in an amount established under
  this subsection shall be paid upon the request of the officer.
  `(d) A police officer who resigns as a police officer less than one year
  after receiving an allowance in an amount established under this section
  shall repay to the Department a pro rata share of the amount paid, based on
  the number of months the officer was actually employed as such an officer
  during the twelve-month period following the date on which such officer
  began such employment or the date on which the officer submitted a request
  for such an allowance, as the case may be.
  `(e) An allowance may not be paid to a Department police officer under
  this section and under section 5901 of title 5 for the same fiscal year.
`Sec. 274. Equipment and weapons
  `The Secretary shall furnish Department police officers with such weapons
  and related equipment as the Secretary determines to be necessary and
  appropriate.
`Sec. 275. Use of facilities and services of other law enforcement agencies
  `With the permission of the head of the agency concerned, the Secretary may
  use the facilities and services of Federal, State, and local law enforcement
  agencies when it is economical and in the public interest to do so.'.
  (b) VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION- Part V of title 38, United States
  Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new chapter:
`CHAPTER 77--VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
`SUBCHAPTER I--ORGANIZATION; GENERAL
`Sec.
`4501. Organization of the Administration.
`4503. Functions of the Administration.
`SUBCHAPTER II--VETERANS OUTREACH SERVICES PROGRAM
`4521. Purpose; definitions.
`4522. Outreach services.
`4523. Veterans assistance offices.
`4524. Outstationing of counseling and outreach personnel.
`4525. Use of other agencies.
`4526. Annual report to Congress.
`SUBCHAPTER I--ORGANIZATION; GENERAL
`Sec. 4501. Organization of the Administration
  `(a) There is in the Department of Veterans Affairs a Veterans Benefits
  Administration. The primary function of the Veterans Benefits Administration
  is the administration of nonmedical benefits programs of the Department
  which provide assistance to veterans and their dependents and survivors.
  `(b) The Veterans Benefits Administration is under the Under Secretary for
  Benefits Administration, who is directly responsible to the Secretary for
  the operations of the Administration.
`Sec. 4503. Functions of the Administration
  `The Veterans Benefits Administration is responsible for the administration
  of the following programs of the Department:
  `(1) Compensation and pension programs.
  `(2) Vocational rehabilitation and educational assistance programs.
  `(3) Veterans' home loan programs.
  `(4) Veterans' and servicemembers' life insurance programs.
  `(5) Outreach programs and other veterans' services programs.
`SUBCHAPTER II--VETERANS OUTREACH SERVICES PROGRAM
`Sec. 4521. Purpose; definitions
  `(a) The Congress declares that the outreach services program authorized by
  this subchapter is for the purpose of ensuring that all veterans (especially
  those who have been recently discharged or released from active military,
  naval, or air service and those who are eligible for readjustment or
  other benefits and services under laws administered by the Department) are
  provided timely and appropriate assistance to aid and encourage them in
  applying for and obtaining such benefits and services in order that they
  may achieve a rapid social and economic readjustment to civilian life and
  obtain a higher standard of living for themselves and their dependents. The
  Congress further declares that the outreach services program authorized
  by this subchapter is for the purpose of charging the Department with the
  affirmative duty of seeking out eligible veterans and eligible dependents
  and providing them with such services.
  `(b) For the purposes of this subchapter--
  `(1) the term `other governmental programs' includes all programs under
  State or local laws as well as all programs under Federal law other than
  those authorized by this title; and
  `(2) the term `eligible dependent' means an `eligible person' as defined
  in section 1701(a)(1) of this title.
`Sec. 4522. Outreach services
  `(a) In carrying out the purposes of this subchapter, the Secretary
  shall provide the outreach services specified in subsections (b) through
  (d). In areas where a significant number of eligible veterans and eligible
  dependents speak a language other than English as their principal language,
  such services shall, to the maximum feasible extent, be provided in the
  principal language of such persons.
  `(b) The Secretary shall by letter advise each veteran at the time of the
  veteran's discharge or release from active military, naval, or air service
  (or as soon as possible after such discharge or release) of all benefits and
  services under laws administered by the Department for which the veteran may
  be eligible. In carrying out this subsection, the Secretary shall ensure,
  through the use of veteran-student services under section 1685 of this title,
  that contact, in person or by telephone, is made with those veterans who,
  on the basis of their military service records, do not have a high school
  education or equivalent at the time of discharge or release.
  `(c) The Secretary shall distribute full information to eligible veterans
  and eligible dependents regarding all benefits and services to which they
  may be entitled under laws administered by the Department and may, to the
  extent feasible, distribute information on other governmental programs
  (including manpower and training programs) which the Secretary determines
  would be beneficial to veterans.
  `(d) The Secretary shall provide, to the maximum extent possible, aid and
  assistance (including personal interviews) to members of the Armed Forces,
  veterans, and eligible dependents with respect to subsections (b) and (c)
  and in the preparation and presentation of claims under laws administered
  by the Department.
`Sec. 4523. Veterans assistance offices
  `(a) The Secretary shall establish and maintain veterans assistance
  offices at such places throughout the United States and its territories
  and possessions, and in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, as the Secretary
  determines to be necessary to carry out the purposes of this subchapter. In
  establishing and maintaining such offices, the Secretary shall give due
  regard to--
  `(1) the geographical distribution of veterans recently discharged or
  released from active military, naval, or air service,
  `(2) the special needs of educationally disadvantaged veterans (including
  their need for accessibility of outreach services), and
  `(3) the necessity of providing appropriate outreach services in less
  populated areas.
  `(b) The Secretary shall establish and carry out all possible programs and
  services, including special telephone facilities, as may be necessary to
  make the outreach services provided for under this subchapter as widely
  available as possible.
`Sec. 4524. Outstationing of counseling and outreach personnel
  `The Secretary may station employees of the Department at locations other
  than Department offices, including educational institutions, to provide
  counseling and other assistance regarding benefits under this title to
  veterans and other persons eligible for benefits under this title and to
  provide outreach services under this subchapter.
`Sec. 4525. Use of other agencies
  `In carrying out this subchapter, the Secretary shall do the following:
  `(1) Arrange with the Secretary of Labor for the State employment service
  to match the particular qualifications of an eligible veteran or eligible
  dependent with an appropriate job or job training opportunity, including,
  where possible, arrangements for outstationing the State employment personnel
  who provide such assistance at appropriate facilities of the Department.
  `(2) In consultation with the Secretary of Labor, actively seek to promote
  the development and establishment of employment opportunities, training
  opportunities, and other opportunities for veterans, with particular emphasis
  on the needs of veterans with service-connected disabilities and other
  eligible veterans, taking into account applicable rates of unemployment
  and the employment emphases set forth in chapter 42 of this title.
  `(3) Cooperate with and use the services of any Federal department or
  agency or any State or local governmental agency or recognized national
  or other organization.
  `(4) Where appropriate, make referrals to any Federal department or
  agency or State or local governmental unit or recognized national or
  other organization.
  `(5) At the Secretary of Veterans Affairs discretion, furnish available
  space and office facilities for the use of authorized representatives of
  such governmental unit or other organization providing services.
  `(6) Conduct and provide for studies in consultation with appropriate
  Federal departments and agencies to determine the most effective program
  design to carry out the purposes of this subchapter.
`Sec. 4526. Annual report to Congress
  `The Secretary shall include in the annual report to the Congress required by
  section 229 of this title a report on the activities carried out under this
  subchapter. Each such report shall include an appraisal of the effectiveness
  of the programs authorized in this subchapter and recommendations for the
  improvement or more effective administration of those programs.'.
SEC. 3. REPEALS AND CONFORMING AMENDMENTS TO DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
ACT.
  (a) CONFORMING REPEALS- The following provisions of the Department of
  Veterans Affairs Act (Public Law 100-527) are repealed:
  (1) The second and third sentences of section 2.
  (2) The second sentence of section 7.
  (3) Sections 3, 4, 5, 8(a), 9(b), 12, and16.
  (b) OTHER CONFORMING AMENDMENT- Section 10 of such Act is amended by striking
  out paragraphs (4), (5), and (6) and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
  `(4) to the Chief Medical Director of the Veterans' Administration (or of
  the Department of Veterans Affairs) shall be deemed to refer to the Under
  Secretary for Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs;
  `(5) to the Department of Medicine and Surgery of the Veterans Administration
  (or to the Veterans Health Services and Research Administration of the
  Department of Veterans Affairs) shall be deemed to refer to the Veterans
  Health Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs;
  `(6) to the Chief Benefits Director of the Veterans Administration (or
  of the Department of Veterans Affairs) shall be deemed to refer to the
  Under Secretary for Benefits Administration of the Department of Veterans
  Affairs;'.
SEC. 4. REVISION AND REORGANIZATION OF PART V.
  (a) TRANSFER OF CHAPTER 75- (1) Chapter 75 is transferred to the end of part
  V (after chapter 77 as added by section 2) and is redesignated as chapter 78.
  (2) Sections 4201 through 4210 of that chapter are redesignated as sections
  4601 through 4610, respectively, and the items relating to those sections
  in the table of sections at the beginning of that chapter are revised so
  as to conform to such redesignations.
  (b) REORGANIZATION AND RESTATEMENT OF CHAPTER 73- Part V is further amended
  as follows:
  (1) The heading of chapter 73 is amended to read as follows:
`CHAPTER 73--VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION--ORGANIZATION AND FUNCTIONS'
  (2) Such chapter is amended--
  (A) by striking out subchapter V; and
  (B) by redesignating subchapter VI as subchapter IV.
  (3) Such chapter is further amended by striking out the table of sections
  and subchapters I and II and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
`SUBCHAPTER I--ORGANIZATION
`Sec.
`4101.Functions of Veterans Health Administration: in general.
`4102.Functions of Veterans Health Administration: health-care personnel
education and training programs.
`4103.Functions of Veterans Health Administration: research programs.
`4104.Regulations.
`4105.Divisions of Veterans Health Administration.
`4106.Office of the Under Secretary.
`SUBCHAPTER II--GENERAL AUTHORITY AND ADMINISTRATION
`4111.Quality assurance.
`4112.Special medical advisory group.
`4113.Advisory committees: affiliated institutions.
`4114.Geriatric research, education, and clinical centers.
`4115.Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee.
`4116.Malpractice and negligence suits: defense by United States.
`4117.Hazardous research projects: indemnification of contractors.
`SUBCHAPTER III--PATIENT RIGHTS
`4131.Informed consent.
`4132.Confidentiality of certain medical records.
`4133.Nondiscrimination against alcohol and drug abusers and persons infected
with human immunodeficiency virus.
`4134.Regulations.
`SUBCHAPTER IV--RESEARCH CORPORATIONS
`4161.Authority to establish; status.
`4162.Purpose of corporations.
`4163.Board of directors; executive director.
`4164.General powers.
`4165.Applicable State law.
`4166.Accountability and oversight.
`4167.Report to Congress.
`4168.Expiration of authority.
`SUBCHAPTER I--ORGANIZATION; GENERAL
`Sec. 4101. Functions of Veterans Health Administration: in general
  `(a) There is in the Department of Veterans Affairs a Veterans Health
  Administration. The Under Secretary for Health is the head of the
  Administration.
  `(b) The primary function of the Administration is to provide a complete
  medical and hospital service for the medical care and treatment of veterans,
  as provided in this title and in regulations prescribed by the Secretary
  pursuant to this title.
`Sec. 4102. Functions of Veterans Health Administration: health-care personnel
education and training programs
  `(a) In order to carry out more effectively the primary function of the
  Administration and in order to assist in providing an adequate supply of
  health personnel to the Nation, the Secretary--
  `(1) to the extent feasible without interfering with the medical care and
  treatment of veterans, shall develop and carry out a program of education
  and training of health personnel; and
  `(2) shall carry out a major program for the recruitment, training, and
  employment of veterans with medical military occupation specialties as--
  `(A) physician assistants,
  `(B) expanded-function dental auxiliaries, and
  `(C) other medical technicians.
  `(b) In carrying out subsection (a)(1), the Secretary shall include in such
  program of education and training the developing and evaluating of new health
  careers, interdisciplinary approaches, and career advancement opportunities.
  `(c) In carrying out subsection (a)(1), the Secretary shall advise all such
  qualified veterans and members of the armed forces about to be discharged
  or released from active duty of such employment opportunities.
  `(d) The Secretary shall carry out subsection (a) in cooperation with the
  following institutions and organizations:
  `(1) Schools of medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy,
  optometry, podiatry, public health, or allied health professions.
  `(2) Other institutions of higher learning.
  `(3) Medical centers.
  `(4) Academic health centers.
  `(5) Hospitals.
  `(6) Such other public or nonprofit agencies, institutions, or organizations
  as the Secretary considers appropriate.
`Sec. 4103. Functions of Veterans Health Administration: research programs
  `(a)(1) In order to carry out more effectively the primary function of the
  Administration and in order to contribute to the Nation's knowledge about
  disease and disability, the Secretary shall carry out a program of medical
  research in connection with the provision of medical care and treatment
  to veterans.
  `(2) Such program of medical research shall include biomedical research,
  mental illness research, prosthetic and other rehabilitative research,
  and health-care-services research.
  `(3) Such program shall stress--
  `(A) research into spinal-cord injuries and other diseases that lead to
  paralysis of the lower extremities, and
  `(B) research into injuries and illnesses particularly related to service.
  `(4) In carrying out such research program, the Secretary shall act in
  cooperation with the entities described in section 4102(d) of this title.
  `(b) Prosthetic research shall include research and testing in the field of
  prosthetic, orthotic, and orthopedic appliances and sensory devices. In order
  that the unique investigative material and research data in the possession
  of the Government may result in the improvement of such appliances and
  devices for all disabled persons, the Secretary (through the Under Secretary)
  shall make the results of such research available to any person, and shall
  consult and cooperate with the Secretary of Health and Human Services and
  the Secretary of Education, in connection with programs carried out under
  section 204(b)(2) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 762(b)(2))
  (relating to the establishment and support of Rehabilitation Engineering
  Research Centers).
  `(c) Funds appropriated to carry out this section shall remain available
  until expended.
`Sec. 4104. Regulations
  `(a) Unless specifically otherwise provided, the Under Secretary shall
  prescribe all regulations necessary to the administration of the Veterans
  Health Administration, including regulations relating to--
  `(1) travel, transportation of household goods and effects, and deductions
  from pay for quarters and subsistence; and
  `(2) the custody, use, and preservation of the records, papers, and property
  of the Administration.
  `(b) Regulations prescribed by the Under Secretary are subject to the
  approval of the Secretary.
`Sec. 4105. Divisions of Veterans Health Administration
  `The Veterans Health Administration shall include the following:
  `(1) The Office of the Under Secretary.
  `(2) A Medical Service.
  `(3) A Dental Service.
  `(4) A Podiatric Service.
  `(5) An Optometric Service.
  `(6) A Nursing Service.
  `(7) Such other professional and auxiliary services as the Secretary may
  find to be necessary to carry out the functions of the Department.
`Sec. 4106. Office of the Under Secretary
  `(a) The Office of the Under Secretary shall consist of the following:
  `(1) The Deputy Under Secretary, who shall be the principal assistant of
  the Under Secretary and who shall be a qualified doctor of medicine.
  `(2) The Associate Deputy Under Secretary, who shall be an assistant to
  the Under Secretary and the Deputy Under Secretary and who shall be a
  qualified doctor of medicine.
  `(3) Not to exceed eight Assistant Under Secretaries.
  `(4) Such Medical Directors as may be appointed to suit the needs of
  the Department, who shall be either a qualified doctor of medicine or a
  qualified doctor of dental surgery or dental medicine.
  `(5) A Director of Nursing Service, who shall be a qualified registered
  nurse and who shall be responsible to the Under Secretary for the operation
  of the Nursing Service.
  `(6) A Director of Pharmacy Service, a Director of Dietetic Service,
  a Director of Podiatric Service, and a Director of Optometric Service,
  who shall be responsible to the Under Secretary for the operation of their
  respective Services.
  `(7) Such other personnel as may be authorized by this chapter.
  `(b) Of the Assistant Under Secretaries appointed under subsection (a)(3)--
  `(1) not more than two may be persons qualified in the administration
  of health services who are not doctors of medicine, dental surgery, or
  dental medicines;
  `(2) one shall be a qualified doctor of dental surgery or dental medicine
  who shall be directly responsible to the Under Secretary for the operation
  of the Dental Service; and
  `(3) one shall be a qualified physician trained in, or having suitable
  extensive experience in, geriatrics who shall be responsible to the Under
  Secretary for evaluating all research, educational, and clinical health-care
  programs carried out in the Department in the field of geriatrics and who
  shall serve as the principal advisor to the Under Secretary with respect
  to such programs.
  `(c) Appointments under subsection (a) shall be made by the Secretary. In
  the case of appointments under paragraphs (1), (2), (3), and (4) of that
  subsection, such appointments shall be made upon the recommendation of
  the Under Secretary.
  `(d) Except as provided in subsection (e)--
  `(1) any appointment under this section shall be for a period of four years,
  with reappointment permissible for successive like periods,
  `(2) any such appointment or reappointment may be extended by the Secretary
  for a period not in excess of three years, and
  `(3) any person so appointed or reappointed or whose appointment or
  reappointment is extended shall be subject to removal by the Secretary
  for cause.
  `(e)(1) The Secretary may designate a member of the Chaplain Service of
  the Department as Director, Chaplain Service, for a period of two years,
  subject to removal by the Secretary for cause. Redesignation under this
  subsection may be made for successive like periods or for any period not
  exceeding two years.
  `(2) A person designated as Director, Chaplain Service, shall at the end
  of such person's period of service as Director revert to the position,
  grade, and status which such person held immediately before being designated
  Director, Chaplain Service, and all service as Director, Chaplain Service,
  shall be creditable as service in the former position.
`SUBCHAPTER II--GENERAL AUTHORITY AND ADMINISTRATION
`Sec. 4111. Quality assurance
  `(a) The Secretary shall--
  `(1) establish and conduct a comprehensive program to monitor and evaluate
  the quality of health care furnished by the Veterans Health Administration
  (hereinafter in this section referred to as the `quality-assurance
  program'); and
  `(2) delineate the responsibilities of the Under Secretary with respect
  to the quality-assurance program, including the duties prescribed in
  this section.
  `(b)(1) As part of the quality-assurance program, the Under Secretary
  shall periodically evaluate--
  `(A) whether there are significant deviations in mortality and morbidity
  rates for surgical procedures performed by the Administration from prevailing
  national mortality and morbidity standards for similar procedures; and
  `(B) if there are such deviations, whether they indicate deficiencies in
  the quality of health care provided by the Administration.
  `(2) The evaluation under paragraph (1)(A) shall be made using the
  information compiled under subsection (c)(1). The evaluation under paragraph
  (1)(B) shall be made taking into account the factors described in subsection
  (c)(2)(B).
  `(3) If, based upon an evaluation under paragraph (1)(A), the Under Secretary
  determines that there is a deviation referred to in that paragraph, the
  Under Secretary shall explain the deviation in the report submitted under
  subsection (f).
  `(c)(1) The Under Secretary shall--
  `(A) determine the prevailing national mortality and morbidity standards
  for each type of surgical procedure performed by the Administration; and
  `(B) collect data and other information on mortality and morbidity rates
  in the Administration for each type of surgical procedure performed by the
  Administration and (with respect to each such procedure) compile the data
  and other information so collected--
  `(i) for each medical facility of the Department, in the case of cardiac
  surgery, heart transplant, and renal transplant programs; and
  `(ii) in the aggregate, for each other type of surgical procedure.
  `(2) The Under Secretary shall--
  `(A) compare the mortality and morbidity rates compiled under paragraph
  (1)(B) with the national mortality and morbidity standards determined
  under paragraph (1)(A); and
  `(B) analyze any deviation between such rates and such standards in terms
  of the following:
  `(i) The characteristics of the respective patient populations.
  `(ii) The level of risk for the procedure involved, based on--
  `(I) patient age;
  `(II) the type and severity of the disease;
  `(III) the effect of any complicating diseases; and
  `(IV) the degree of difficulty of the procedure.
  `(iii) Any other factor that the Under Secretary considers appropriate.
  `(d) Based on the information compiled and the comparisons, analyses,
  evaluations, and explanations made under subsections (b) and (c), the
  Under Secretary, in the report under subsection (f), shall make such
  recommendations with respect to quality assurance as the Under Secretary
  considers appropriate.
  `(e)(1) The Secretary shall allocate sufficient resources (including
  sufficient personnel with the necessary skills and qualifications) to enable
  the Administration to carry out its responsibilities under this section.
  `(2) The Inspector General of the Department shall allocate sufficient
  resources (including sufficient personnel with the necessary skills
  and qualifications) to enable the Inspector General to monitor the
  quality-assurance program.
  `(f)(1) Not later than February 1, 1991, the Under Secretary shall submit to
  the Secretary a report on the experience through the end of the preceding
  fiscal year under the quality-assurance program carried out under this
  section.
  `(2) Such report shall include--
  `(A) the data and other information compiled and the comparisons, analyses,
  and evaluations made under subsections (b) and (c) with respect to the
  period covered by the report; and
  `(B) recommendations under subsection (d).
  `(g)(1) Not later than 60 days after receiving such report, the Secretary
  shall submit to the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate and
  House of Representatives a copy of the report, together with any comment
  concerning the report that the Secretary considers appropriate.
  `(2) A report submitted under paragraph (1) shall not be considered to be
  a record or document as described in section 3305(a) of this title.
`Sec. 4112. Special medical advisory group
  `(a) The Secretary shall establish an advisory committee to be known as
  the special medical advisory group. The advisory group shall advise the
  Secretary, through the Under Secretary, and the Under Secretary directly,
  relative to the care and treatment of disabled veterans and other matters
  pertinent to the Administration.
  `(b) Members of the special medical advisory group shall be appointed by
  the Secretary upon the recommendation of the Under Secretary. The special
  medical advisory group shall be composed of--
  `(1) members of the medical, dental, podiatric, optometric, and allied
  scientific professions;
  `(2) other individuals considered by the Under Secretary to have experience
  pertinent to the mission of the Administration; and
  `(3) a disabled veteran.
  `(c) The special medical advisory group shall meet on a regular basis
  as prescribed by the Secretary. The number, terms of service, pay,
  and allowances of members of the advisory group shall be prescribed in
  accordance with existing law and regulations.
  `(d) Not later than February 1 of each year, the special medical advisory
  group shall submit to the Secretary and the Congress a report on the
  advisory groups  activities during the preceding fiscal year.
`Sec. 4113. Advisory committees: affiliated institutions
  `(a) In each case where the Secretary has a contract or agreement with
  any school, institution of higher learning, medical center, hospital,
  or other public or nonprofit agency, institution, or organization for the
  training or education of health personnel, the Secretary shall establish
  an advisory committee to advise the Secretary and the Under Secretary with
  respect to policy matters arising in connection with, and the operation of,
  the program with respect to which it was appointed. Such a committee may
  be a dean's committee, a medical advisory committee, or the like.
  `(b) Any such advisory committee may be established on an institution-wide,
  multi-disciplinary basis or on a regional basis whenever establishment on
  such a basis is found to be feasible.
  `(c) Members of each such advisory committee shall be appointed by
  the Secretary and shall include personnel of the Department (including
  appropriate representation from the full-time staff) and of the entity
  with which the Secretary has entered into the contract or agreement. The
  number of members, and terms of members, of each advisory committee shall
  be prescribed by the Secretary.
  `(d) The Secretary shall require that the Chief of the Nursing Service
  (or the designee of the Chief) at each Department health-care facility
  be included in the membership of each policymaking committee at that
  facility. Such committees include: (1) committees relating to matters
  such as budget, education, position management, clinical executive issues,
  planning, and resource allocation, and (2) the dean's committee or other
  advisory committee established under subsection (a).
`Sec. 4114. Geriatric research, education, and clinical centers
  `(a) The Secretary, upon the recommendation of the Under Secretary and
  pursuant to the provisions of this section, shall designate not more than
  25 Department health-care facilities as the locations for centers of
  geriatric research, education, and clinical activities and (subject to
  the appropriation of sufficient funds for such purpose) shall establish
  and operate such centers at such locations in accordance with this section.
  `(b) In designating locations for centers under subsection (a), the
  Secretary, upon the recommendation of the Under Secretary, shall--
  `(1) designate each Department health-care facility that on August 26, 1980,
  is operating a geriatric research, education, and clinical center unless
  (on the recommendation of the Under Secretary) the Secretary determines
  that such facility does not meet the requirements of subsection (c)
  or has not demonstrated effectiveness in carrying out the established
  purposes of such center or the purposes of title III of the Veterans'
  Administration Health-Care Amendments of 1980 (Public Law 96-330; 94
  Stat. 1048) or the potential to carry out such purposes effectively in
  the reasonably foreseeable future; and
  `(2) assure appropriate geographic distribution of such facilities.
  `(c) The Secretary may not designate a health-care facility as a location for
  a center under subsection (a) unless the Secretary (upon the recommendation
  of the Under Secretary) determines that the facility has (or may reasonably
  be anticipated to develop) each of the following:
  `(1) An arrangement with an accredited medical school which provides
  education and training in geriatrics and with which such facility
  is affiliated under which residents receive education and training
  in geriatrics through regular rotation through such center and through
  nursing home, extended care, or domiciliary units of such facility so as
  to provide such residents with training in the diagnosis and treatment of
  chronic diseases of older individuals, including cardiopulmonary conditions,
  senile dementia, and neurological disorders.
  `(2) An arrangement under which nursing or allied health personnel receive
  training and education in geriatrics through regular rotation through
  nursing home, extended care, or domiciliary units of such facility.
  `(3) The ability to attract the participation of scientists who are capable
  of ingenuity and creativity in health-care research efforts.
  `(4) A policymaking advisory committee composed of appropriate health-care
  and research representatives of the facility and of the affiliated school
  or schools to advise the directors of such facility and such center on
  policy matters pertaining to the activities of such center during the
  period of the operation of such center.
  `(5) The capability to conduct effectively evaluations of the activities
  of such center.
  `(d) Before providing funds for the operation of any such center at a
  health-care facility other than a health-care facility designated under
  subsection (b)(1), the Secretary shall assure that the center at each
  facility designated under such subsection is receiving adequate funding
  to enable such center to function effectively in the areas of geriatric
  research, education, and clinical activities.
  `(e) There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary
  for the support of the research and education activities of the centers
  established pursuant to subsection (a). The Under Secretary shall allocate
  to such centers from other funds appropriated generally for the Department
  medical care account and medical and prosthetics research account, as
  appropriate, such amounts as the Under Secretary determines appropriate.
  `(f) Activities of clinical and scientific investigation at each center
  established under subsection (a) shall be eligible to compete for the
  award of funding from funds appropriated for the Department medical and
  prosthetics research account and shall receive priority in the award of
  funding from such account insofar as funds are awarded to projects for
  research in geriatrics and gerontology.
`Sec. 4115. Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee
  `(a) The Secretary shall establish in the Administration a Geriatrics and
  Gerontology Advisory Committee (hereinafter in this section referred to as
  the `Committee'). The membership of the Committee shall be appointed by the
  Secretary, upon the recommendation of the Under Secretary, and shall include
  individuals who are not employees of the Federal Government and who have
  demonstrated interest and expertise in research, education, and clinical
  activities related to aging and at least one representative of a national
  veterans service organization. The Secretary, upon the recommendation of
  the Under Secretary, shall invite representatives of other appropriate
  departments and agencies of the United States to participate in the
  activities of the Committee and shall provide the Committee with such
  staff and other support as may be necessary for the Committee to carry
  out effectively its functions under this section.
  `(b) The Committee shall--
  `(1) advise the Under Secretary on all matters pertaining to geriatrics
  and gerontology;
  `(2) assess, through an evaluation process (including a site visit
  conducted not later than three years after the date of the establishment
  of each new center and not later than two years after the date of the last
  evaluation of those centers in operation on August 26, 1980), the ability
  of each center established under section 4114 of this title to achieve
  its established purposes and the purposes of title III of the Veterans'
  Administration Health-Care Amendments of 1980;
  `(3) assess the capability of the Department to provide high quality
  geriatric services, extended services, and other health-care services to
  eligible older veterans, taking into consideration the likely demand for
  such services from such veterans;
  `(4) assess the current and projected needs of eligible older veterans for
  geriatric services, extended-care services, and other health-care services
  from the Department and its activities and plans designed to meet such
  needs; and
  `(5) perform such additional functions as the Secretary or Under Secretary
  may direct.
  `(c)(1) The Committee shall submit to the Secretary, through the Under
  Secretary, such reports as the Committee considers appropriate with respect
  to its findings and conclusions under subsection (b). Such reports shall
  include the following:
  `(A) Descriptions of the operations of the centers of geriatric research,
  education, and clinical activities established pursuant to section 4114
  of this title.
  `(B) Assessments of the quality of the operations of such centers.
  `(C) An assessment of the extent to which the Department, through the
  operation of such centers and other health-care facilities and programs, is
  meeting the needs of eligible older veterans for geriatric and extended-care
  and other health-care services.
  `(D) Assessments of and recommendations for correcting any deficiencies
  in the operations of such centers.
  `(E) Recommendations for such other geriatric, extended-care, and other
  health-care services as may be needed to meet the needs of older veterans.
  `(2) Not later than 90 days after receipt of a report submitted under
  paragraph (1), the Secretary shall transmit the report, together with
  the Secretary's comments and recommendations thereon, to the appropriate
  committees of the Congress.
`Sec. 4116. Malpractice and negligence suits: defense by United States
  `(a)(1) The remedy--
  `(A) against the United States provided by sections 1346(b) and 2672 of
  title 28, or
  `(B) through proceedings for compensation or other benefits from the United
  States as provided by any other law, where the availability of such benefits
  precludes a remedy under section 1346(b) or 2672 of title 28,
for damages for personal injury, including death, allegedly arising from
malpractice or negligence of a medical care employee of the Administration in
furnishing medical care or treatment while in the exercise of that employee's
duties in or for the Administration shall be exclusive of any other civil
action or proceeding by reason of the same subject matter against the medical
care employee (or employee's estate) whose act or omission gave rise to
such claim.
  `(2) For purposes of paragraph (1), the term `medical care employee of
  the Administration' means a physician, dentist, podiatrist, optometrist,
  nurse, physician assistant, expanded-function dental auxiliary, pharmacist,
  or paramedical (such as medical and dental technicians, nursing assistants,
  and therapists), or other supporting personnel.
  `(b) The Attorney General shall defend any civil action or proceeding
  brought in any court against any person referred to in subsection (a)
  (or such person's estate) for any such damage or injury. Any such person
  against whom such civil action or proceeding is brought shall deliver within
  such time after date of service or knowledge of service as determined by
  the Attorney General, all process served upon such person or an attested
  true copy thereof to such person's immediate superior or to whomever was
  designated by the Secretary to receive such papers and such person shall
  promptly furnish copies of the pleading and process therein to the United
  States attorney for the district embracing the place wherein the proceeding
  is brought, to the Attorney General, and to the Secretary.
  `(c) Upon a certification by the Attorney General that the defendant
  was acting in the scope of such person's employment in or for the
  Administration at the time of the incident out of which the suit arose,
  any such civil action or proceeding commenced in a State court shall be
  removed without bond at any time before trial by the Attorney General
  to the district court of the United States of the district and division
  embracing the place wherein it is pending and the proceeding deemed a tort
  action brought against the United States under the provisions of title
  28 and all references thereto. After removal the United States shall have
  available all defenses to which it would have been entitled if the action
  had originally been commenced against the United States. Should a United
  States district court determine on a hearing on a motion to remand held
  before a trial on the merits that the employee whose act or omission gave
  rise to the suit was not acting within the scope of such person's office
  or employment, the case shall be remanded to the State court.
  `(d) The Attorney General may compromise or settle any claim asserted in
  such civil action or proceeding in the manner provided in section 2677 of
  title 28, and with the same effect.
  `(e) The Secretary may, to the extent the Secretary considers appropriate,
  hold harmless or provide liability insurance for any person to whom the
  immunity provisions of this section apply (as described in subsection (a)),
  for damage for personal injury or death, or for property damage, negligently
  caused by such person while furnishing medical care or treatment (including
  the conduct of clinical studies or investigations) in the exercise of such
  person's duties in or for the Administration, if such person is assigned
  to a foreign country, detailed to State or political division thereof, or
  is acting under any other circumstances which would preclude the remedies
  of an injured third person against the United States, provided by sections
  1346(b) and 2672 of title 28, for such damage or injury.
  `(f) The exception provided in section 2680(h) of title 28 shall not apply
  to any claim arising out of a negligent or wrongful act or omission of any
  person described in subsection (a) in furnishing medical care or treatment
  (including medical care or treatment furnished in the course of a clinical
  study or investigation) while in the exercise of such person's duties in
  or for the Administration.
`Sec. 4117. Hazardous research projects: indemnification of contractors
  `(a)(1) With the approval of the Secretary, any contract or research
  authorized by section 4103 of this title, the performance of which involves
  a risk of an unusually hazardous nature, may provide that the United States
  will indemnify the contractor as provided in paragraph (2), but only to
  the extent that the liability, loss, or damage concerned arises out of
  the direct performance of the contract and to the extent not covered by
  the financial protection required under subsection (e).
  `(2) Indemnity under paragraph (1) is indemnity against either or both of
  the following:
  `(A) Liability (including reasonable expenses of litigation or settlement)
  to third persons, except liability under State or Federal workers' injury
  compensation laws to employees of the contractor employed at the site of
  and in connection with the contract for which indemnification is granted,
  for death, bodily injury, or loss of or damage to property, from a risk
  that the contract defines as unusually hazardous.
  `(B) Loss of or damage to property of the contractor from a risk that the
  contract defines as unusually hazardous.
  `(b) A contract that provides for indemnification in accordance with
  subsection (a) must also provide for--
  `(1) notice to the United States of any claim or suit against the contractor
  for death, bodily injury, or loss of or damage to property; and
  `(2) control of or assistance in the defense by the United States, at its
  election, of any such suit or claim for which indemnification is provided
  hereunder.
  `(c) A payment may not be made under subsection (a) unless the Secretary
  certifies that the amount is just and reasonable.
  `(d) Upon approval by the Secretary, payments under subsection (a) may be
  made from--
  `(1) funds obligated for the performance of the contract concerned;
  `(2) funds available for research or development or both, and not otherwise
  obligated; or
  `(3) funds appropriated for those payments.
  `(e) Each contractor which is a party to an indemnification agreement
  under subsection (a) shall have and maintain financial protection of such
  type and in such amounts as the Secretary shall require to cover liability
  to third persons and loss of or damage to the contractor's property. The
  amount of financial protection required shall be the maximum amount of
  insurance available from private sources, except that the Secretary may
  establish a lesser amount, taking into consideration the cost and terms of
  private insurance. Such financial protection may include private insurance,
  private contractual indemnities, self-insurance, other proof of financial
  responsibility, or a combination of such measures.
  `(f) In administering the provisions of this section, the Secretary may
  use the facilities and services of private insurance organizations and
  may contract to pay a reasonable compensation therefor. Any contract made
  under the provisions of this section may be made without regard to the
  provisions of section 3709 of the Revised Statutes (41 U.S.C. 5), upon a
  showing by the Secretary that advertising is not reasonably practicable,
  and advance payments may be made under any such contract.
  `(g) The authority to indemnify contractors under this section does not
  create any rights in third persons which would not otherwise exist by law.
  `(h) Funds appropriated to carry out this section shall remain available
  until expended.
  `(i) In this section, the term `contractor' includes subcontractors of any
  tier under a contract containing an indemnification provision pursuant to
  subsection (a).'.
  (c) ENACTMENT OF NEW CHAPTER 74- Part V is further amended by inserting
  after chapter 73 (as amended by subsection (b)) the following new chapter:
`CHAPTER 74--VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION--PERSONNEL
`SUBCHAPTER I--APPOINTMENTS
`Sec.
`4211. Appointments in Veterans Health Administration.
`4212. Qualifications of appointees.
`4213. Period of appointments; promotions.
`4214. Grades and pay scales.
`4215. Temporary full-time appointments, part-time appointments, and
without-compensation appointments.
`4216. Residencies and internships.
`4217. Administrative provisions for section 4215 and 4216 appointments.
`4218. Appointment of additional employees.
`4219. Contracts for scarce medical specialist services.
`SUBCHAPTER II--PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION
`4231. Personnel administration.
`4234. Travel expenses of employees.
`4235. Employees: laws not applicable.
`4236. Retirement rights.
`SUBCHAPTER III--SPECIAL PAY FOR PHYSICIANS AND DENTISTS
`4241. Special pay for physicians and dentists.
`SUBCHAPTER IV--PAY FOR NURSES AND OTHER HEALTH-CARE PERSONNEL
`4251. Nurses and other health-care personnel: competitive pay.
`4252. Nurses and other health-care personnel: administration of pay.
`4253. Nurses: additional pay.
`4254. Physician assistants and other health care professionals: additional
pay.
`4255. Increases in rates of basic pay.
`4256. Nurses: special rules for weekend duty.
`4257. On-call pay.
`4258. Recruitment and retention bonus pay.
`SUBCHAPTER V--DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES
`4261. Disciplinary boards.
`SUBCHAPTER VI--REGIONAL MEDICAL EDUCATION CENTERS
`4271. Designation of Regional Medical Education Centers.
`4272. Supervision and staffing of Centers.
`4273. Personnel eligible for training.
`4274. Consultation.
`SUBCHAPTER I--APPOINTMENTS
`Sec. 4211. Appointments in Veterans Health Administration
  `There may be appointed by the Secretary such personnel as the Secretary
  may find necessary for the medical care of veterans (in addition to those
  in the Office of the Under Secretary appointed under section 4106 of this
  title), as follows:
  `(1) Physicians, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists, registered nurses,
  physician assistants, and expanded-function dental auxiliaries.
  `(2) Psychologists (other than those described in paragraph (3)), dietitians,
  and other scientific and professional personnel, such as microbiologists,
  chemists, biostatisticians, and medical and dental technologists.
  `(3) Clinical or counseling psychologists who hold diplomas as diplomates in
  psychology from an accrediting authority approved by the Secretary, certified
  or registered respiratory therapists, licensed physical therapists, licensed
  practical or vocational nurses, pharmacists, and occupational therapists.
`Sec. 4212. Qualifications of appointees
  `(a) To be eligible for appointment to the positions in the Administration
  covered by subsection (b), a person must have the applicable qualifications
  set forth in that subsection.
  `(b)(1) PHYSICIAN- To be eligible to be appointed to a physician position,
  a person must--
  `(A) hold the degree of doctor of medicine or of doctor of osteopathy from
  a college or university approved by the Secretary,
  `(B) have completed an internship satisfactory to the Secretary, and
  `(C) be licensed to practice medicine, surgery, or osteopathy in a State.
  `(2) DENTIST- To be eligible to be appointed to a dentist position,
  a person must--
  `(A) hold the degree of doctor of dental surgery or dental medicine from
  a college or university approved by the Secretary, and
  `(B) be licensed to practice dentistry in a State.
  `(3) NURSE- To be eligible to be appointed to a nurse position, a person
  must--
  `(A) have successfully completed a full course of nursing in a recognized
  school of nursing, approved by the Secretary, and
  `(B) be registered as a graduate nurse in a State.
  `(4) DIRECTOR OF A HOSPITAL, DOMICILIARY, CENTER, OR OUTPATIENT CLINIC-
  To be eligible to be appointed to a director position, a person must have
  such business and administrative experience and qualifications as the
  Secretary shall prescribe.
  `(5) PODIATRIST- To be eligible to be appointed to a podiatrist position,
  a person must--
  `(A) hold the degree of doctor of podiatric medicine, or its equivalent,
  from a school of podiatric medicine approved by the Secretary, and
  `(B) be licensed to practice podiatry in a State.
  `(6) OPTOMETRIST- To be eligible to be appointed to an optometrist position,
  a person must--
  `(A) hold the degree of doctor of optometry, or its equivalent, from a
  school of optometry approved by the Secretary and
  `(B) be licensed to practice optometry in a State.
  `(7) PHARMACIST- To be eligible to be appointed to a pharmacist position,
  a person must--
  `(A) hold the degree of bachelor of science in pharmacy, or its equivalent,
  from a school of pharmacy, approved by the Secretary, and
  `(B) be registered as a pharmacist in a State.
  `(8) PSYCHOLOGIST- To be eligible to be appointed to a psychologist position,
  a person must--
  `(A) hold a doctoral degree in psychology from a college or university
  approved by the Secretary,
  `(B) have completed study for such degree in a specialty area of psychology
  and an internship which are satisfactory to the Secretary, and
  `(C) be licensed or certified as a psychologist in a State, except that
  the Secretary may waive the requirement of licensure or certification
  for an individual psychologist for a period not to exceed two years on
  the condition that that psychologist provide patient care only under the
  direct supervision of a psychologist who is so licensed or certified.
  `(9) OTHER HEALTH-CARE POSITIONS- To be appointed as a physician
  assistant, expanded-function dental auxiliary, certified or registered
  respiratory therapist, licensed physical therapist, licensed practical
  or vocational nurse, occupational therapist, dietitian, microbiologist,
  chemist, biostatistician, medical technologist, dental technologist,
  or other position, a person must have such medical, dental, scientific,
  or technical qualifications as the Secretary shall prescribe.
  `(c) Except as provided in section 4217(a) of this title, a person may not
  be appointed in the Administration to a position listed in section 4211(1)
  of this title unless the person is a citizen of the United States.
  `(d) A person may not be appointed under section 4211(1) of this title to
  serve in the Administration in any direct patient-care capacity unless the
  Under Secretary determines that the person possesses such basic proficiency
  in spoken and written English as will permit such degree of communication
  with patients and other health-care personnel as will enable the person to
  carry out the person's health-care responsibilities satisfactorily. Any
  determination by the Under Secretary under this subsection shall be in
  accordance with regulations which the Secretary shall prescribe.
`Sec. 4213. Period of appointments; promotions
  `(a)(1) Appointments under this chapter of health-care professionals to
  whom this section applies may be made only after qualifications have been
  satisfactorily established in accordance with regulations prescribed by
  the Secretary, without regard to civil-service requirements.
  `(2) This section applies to the following persons appointed under this
  chapter:
  `(A) Physicians.
  `(B) Dentists.
  `(C) Podiatrists.
  `(D) Optometrists.
  `(E) Nurses.
  `(F) Physician assistants.
  `(G) Expanded-duty dental auxiliaries.
  `(b)(1) Appointments described in subsection (a) shall be for a probationary
  period of two years.
  `(2) The record of each person serving under such an appointment in the
  Medical, Dental, and Nursing Services shall be reviewed from time to time
  by a board, appointed in accordance with regulations of the Secretary. If
  such a board finds that such person is not fully qualified and satisfactory,
  such person shall be separated from the service.
  `(c) Promotions of persons to whom this section applies shall be made
  only after examination given in accordance with regulations prescribed
  by the Secretary. Advancement within grade may be made in increments of
  the minimum rate of basic pay of the grade in accordance with regulations
  prescribed by the Secretary.
  `(d) In determining eligibility for reinstatement in the Federal civil
  service of persons appointed to positions in the Administration under
  this chapter who at the time of appointment have a civil-service status,
  and whose employment in the Administration is terminated, the period of
  service performed in the Administration shall be included in computing
  the period of service under applicable civil-service rules and regulations.
  `(e) In accordance with regulations prescribed by the Secretary, the grade
  and annual rate of basic pay of a person to whom this section applies
  whose level of assignment is changed from a level of assignment in which
  the grade level is based on both the nature of the assignment and personal
  qualifications may be adjusted to the grade and annual rate of basic pay
  otherwise appropriate.
  `(f)(1) Upon the recommendation of the Under Secretary, the Secretary may--
  `(A) use the authority in subsection (a) to establish the qualifications
  for and (subject to paragraph (2)) to appoint individuals to positions
  listed in section 4211(3) of this title; and
  `(B) use the authority provided in subsection (c) for the promotion and
  advancement of Department employees serving in such positions.
  `(2) In using such authority to appoint individuals to such positions, the
  Secretary shall apply the principles of preference for the hiring of veterans
  and other persons established in subchapter I of chapter 33 of title 5.
  `(3) Notwithstanding any other provision of this title or other law, all
  matters relating to adverse actions, disciplinary actions, and grievance
  procedures involving individuals appointed to such positions (including
  similar actions and procedures involving an employee in a probationary
  status) shall be resolved under the provisions of title 5 as though such
  individuals had been appointed under that title.
  `(g)(1) The Secretary may appoint in the competitive civil service without
  regard to the provisions of subchapter I of chapter 33 of title 5 (other
  than sections 3303 and 3328 of such title) an individual who--
  `(A) has a recognized degree or certificate from an accredited institution
  in a health-care profession or occupation; and
  `(B) has successfully completed a clinical education program affiliated
  with the Department.
  `(2) In using the authority provided by this subsection, the Secretary
  shall apply the principles of preference for the hiring of veterans and
  other persons established in subchapter I of chapter 33 of title 5.
  `(h) A person may not serve as Chief of Staff of a Department health-care
  facility if the person is not serving on a full-time basis.
`Sec. 4214. Grades and pay scales
  `(a) The annual rates or ranges of rates of basic pay for positions provided
  in section 4106 of this title shall be prescribed from time to time by
  Executive order as authorized by chapter 53 of title 5 or as otherwise
  authorized by law.
  `(b)(1) The grades for positions provided for in paragraph (1) of section
  4211 of this title shall be as follows. The annual ranges of rates of basic
  pay for those grades shall be prescribed from time to time by Executive order
  as authorized by chapter 53 of title 5 or as otherwise authorized by law:
`PHYSICIAN AND DENTIST SCHEDULE
  `Director grade.
  `Executive grade.
  `Chief grade.
  `Senior grade.
  `Intermediate grade.
  `Full grade.
  `Associate grade.
`NURSE SCHEDULE
  `Director grade.
  `Senior grade.
  `Intermediate grade.
  `Entry grade.
`CLINICAL PODIATRIST AND OPTOMETRIST SCHEDULE
  `Chief grade.
  `Senior grade.
  `Intermediate grade.
  `Full grade.
  `Associate grade.
  `(2) A person may not hold the director grade in the Physician and
  Dentist Schedule unless the person is serving as a director of a hospital,
  domiciliary, center, or outpatient clinic (independent). A person may not
  hold the executive grade in that Schedule unless the person holds the
  position of chief of staff at a hospital, center, or outpatient clinic
  (independent), or comparable position.
  `(3) Physician assistants and expanded-function dental auxiliaries shall
  be compensated by use of grade titles and related pay ranges under the
  Nurse Schedule. The Secretary shall prescribe by regulation standards for
  such compensation.
  `(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 4233(a) of this title, a
  person appointed under section 4106 of this title who is not eligible for
  special pay under subchapter III shall be deemed to be a career appointee
  for the purposes of sections 4507 and 5384 of title 5.
  `(d) Except as provided under subchapter III and in section 4257 of this
  title, pay may not be paid at a rate in excess of the rate of basic pay
  for an appropriate level authorized by section 5315 or 5316 of title 5
  for positions in the Executive Schedule, as follows:
  `(1) Level IV for the Deputy Under Secretary.
  `(2) Level V for all other positions for which such basic pay is paid
  under this section.
`Sec. 4215. Temporary full-time appointments, part-time appointments, and
without-compensation appointments
  `(a) The Secretary, upon the recommendation of the Under Secretary, may
  employ, without regard to civil service or classification laws, rules,
  or regulations, personnel as follows:
  `(1) On a temporary full-time basis, part-time basis, or without compensation
  basis, persons in the following positions:
  `(A) Positions listed in section 4211(1) of this title.
  `(B) Certified or registered respiratory therapists, licensed physical
  therapists, licensed practical or vocational nurses, pharmacists, and
  occupational therapists.
  `(C) Dietitians, social workers, and librarians.
  `(D) Other professional, clerical, technical, and unskilled personnel
  (including interns, residents, trainees, and students in medical support
  programs).
  `(2) On a fee basis, persons in the following positions:
  `(A) Positions listed in section 4211(1) of this title.
  `(B) Certified or registered respiratory therapists, licensed physical
  therapists, licensed practical or vocational nurses, pharmacists, and
  occupational therapists.
  `(C) Other professional and technical personnel.
  `(b) Personnel employed under subsection (a)--
  `(1) shall be in addition to personnel described in section 4106, paragraphs
  (1) and (3) of section 4211, and section 4218 of this title; and
  `(2) shall be paid such rates of pay as the Secretary may prescribe.
  `(c)(1) Temporary full-time appointments under this section of persons
  in positions listed in section 4211(1) of this title may be for a period
  in excess of 90 days only if the Under Secretary finds that circumstances
  render it impracticable to obtain the necessary services through appointments
  under paragraph (1) of section 4211 of this title.
  `(2) Temporary full-time appointments of persons who have successfully
  completed a full course of nursing in a recognized school of nursing,
  approved by the Secretary, and who are pending registration as a graduate
  nurse in a State, may not be for a period in excess of two years.
  `(3) Temporary full-time appointments of other personnel may not be for
  a period in excess of one year except as authorized in subsection (f).
  `(d) A part-time appointment may not be for a period of more than one
  year, except for appointments of persons specified in subsection (a)(1)(A)
  and interns, residents, and other trainees in medical support programs
  and except as authorized in subsection (f).
  `(e) A student nurse who has a temporary appointment under this paragraph
  and who is pursuing a full course of nursing in a recognized school of
  nursing approved by the Secretary may be reappointed for a period not to
  exceed one year. Other personnel whose appointments are limited by this
  section to one year may not be reappointed under this subsection.
  `(f) During any period during which the Secretary is exercising the authority
  provided in subsections (a) and (f)(1) of section 4213 of this title in
  connection with the appointment, under paragraph (3) of section 4211 of this
  title, of personnel in a category of personnel described in such paragraph--
  `(1) the Secretary may make temporary full-time appointments of personnel
  in such category for periods exceeding 90 days if the Under Secretary finds
  that circumstances render it impractical to obtain the necessary services
  through appointments under paragraph (3) of section 4211 of this title; and
  `(2) part-time appointments of personnel in such category may be for
  periods of more than one year.
`Sec. 4216. Residencies and internships
  `(a)(1) The Secretary may establish residencies and internships. The
  Secretary may appoint qualified persons to such positions without regard
  to civil service or classification laws, rules, or regulations.
  `(2) For the purposes of this section:
  `(A) The term `internship' includes the equivalency of an internship
  as determined in accordance with regulations which the Secretary shall
  prescribe.
  `(B) The term `intern' means a person serving an internship.
  `(b) The Secretary may prescribe the conditions of employment of persons
  appointed under this section, including necessary training, and the
  customary amount and terms of pay for such positions during the period
  of such employment and training. The amount and terms of such pay may
  be established retroactively based on changes in such customary amount
  and terms.
  `(c)(1) In order to carry out more efficiently the provisions of
  subsection (a)(1), the Secretary may contract with one or more hospitals,
  medical schools, or medical installations having hospital facilities and
  participating with the Department in the training of interns or residents to
  provide, by the designation of one such institution to serve as a central
  administrative agency, for the central administration--
  `(A) of stipend payments;
  `(B) provision of fringe benefits; and
  `(C) maintenance of records for such interns and residents,
  `(2) The Secretary may pay to such designated agency, without regard to
  any other law or regulation governing the expenditure of Government moneys
  either in advance or in arrears, an amount to cover the cost for the period
  such intern or resident serves in a Department hospital of--
  `(A) stipends fixed by the Secretary pursuant to paragraph (1);
  `(B) hospitalization, medical care, and life insurance and any other
  employee benefits as are agreed upon by the participating institutions
  for the period that such intern or resident serves in a Department hospital;
  `(C) tax on employers pursuant to chapter 21 of the Internal Revenue Code
  of 1986, where applicable; and
  `(D) an amount to cover a pro rata share of the cost of expense of such
  central administrative agency.
  `(3)(A) Any amounts paid by the Secretary to such central administrative
  agency to cover the cost of hospitalization, medical care, or life insurance
  or other employee benefits shall be in lieu of any benefits of like nature to
  which such intern or resident may be entitled under the provisions of title
  5, and the acceptance of stipends and employee benefits from the designated
  central administrative agency shall constitute a waiver by the recipient of
  any claim such recipient might have to any payment of stipends or employee
  benefits to which such recipient may be entitled under this title or title 5.
  `(B) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), any period of service of any such
  intern or resident in a Department hospital shall be deemed creditable
  service for the purposes of section 8332 of title 5.
  `(4) The agreement with such central administrative agency may further
  provide that the designated central administrative agency shall--
  `(A) make all appropriate deductions from the stipend of each intern and
  resident for local, State, and Federal taxes;
  `(B) maintain all records pertinent to such deductions and make proper
  deposits of such deductions; and
  `(C) maintain all records pertinent to the leave accrued by such intern
  and resident for the period during which such recipient serves in a
  participating hospital, including a Department hospital.
  `(5) Such leave may be pooled, and the intern or resident may be afforded
  leave by the hospital in which such person is serving at the time the
  leave is to be used to the extent of such person's total accumulated leave,
  whether or not earned at the hospital in which such person is serving at
  the time the leave is to be afforded.
`Sec. 4217. Administrative provisions for section 4215 and 4216 appointments
  `(a) When the Under Secretary determines that it is not possible to
  recruit qualified citizens for the necessary services, appointments under
  sections 4215 and 4216 of this title may be made without regard to the
  citizenship requirements of section 4212(c) of this title or of any other
  law prohibiting the employment of, or payment of compensation to, a person
  who is not a citizen of the United States.
  `(b)(1) Subject to paragraph (2), the Under Secretary may waive for the
  purpose of the appointment of an individual under section 4215 or 4216 of
  this title the requirements set forth in section 4212(b) of this title--
  `(A) that a physician, dentist, psychologist, optometrist, registered
  nurse, practical or vocational nurse, or physical therapist be licensed
  or certified, as appropriate;
  `(B) that the licensure or certification of such an individual be in a
  State; and
  `(C) that a psychologist have completed an internship.
  `(2) The waivers authorized in paragraph (1) may be granted--
  `(A) in the case of clauses (A) and (C) of such paragraph, if the individual
  (i) will be employed to conduct research or serve in an academic position,
  and (ii) will have no responsibility for furnishing direct patient care
  services; and
  `(B) in the case of clause (B) of such paragraph, if the individual will
  be employed to serve in a country other than the United States and the
  individual's licensure or registration is in the country in which the
  individual is to serve.
  `(c) The program of training prescribed by the Secretary in order to
  qualify a person for the position of full-time physician assistant or
  expanded-function dental auxiliary shall be considered a full-time
  institutional program for purposes of chapter 34 of this title. The
  Secretary may consider training for such a position to be on a less than
  full-time basis for purposes of such chapter when the combined classroom
  (and other formal instruction) portion of the program and the on-the-job
  training portion of the program total less than 30 hours per week.
  `(d) A person may not be appointed under section 4215 or 4216 of this title
  to an occupational category described in section 4211(1) of this title or
  in section 4216 of this title unless the person meets the requirements
  established in section 4212(d) of this title and regulations prescribed
  under that section.
  `(e) In accordance with the provisions of section 4233(b) of this title,
  the provisions of chapter 34 of title 5 pertaining to part-time career
  employment shall not apply to part-time appointments under sections 4215
  and 4216 of this title.
`Sec. 4218. Appointment of additional employees
  `(a) There shall be appointed by the Secretary under civil-service laws,
  rules, and regulations, such additional employees, other than those
  provided in section 4106 and paragraphs (1) and (3) of section 4211 of
  this title and those specified in sections 4215 and 4216 of this title,
  as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter.
  `(b) The Secretary, after considering an individual's existing pay,
  higher or unique qualifications, or the special needs of the Department,
  may appoint the individual to a position in the Administration providing
  direct patient-care services or services incident to direct patient-services
  at a rate of pay above the minimum rate of the appropriate grade.
`Sec. 4219. Contracts for scarce medical specialist services
  `(a) The Secretary may enter into contracts with institutions and
  persons described in subsection (b) to provide scarce medical specialist
  services at Department facilities. Such services may include the services
  of physicians, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists, nurses, physician
  assistants, expanded-function dental auxiliaries, technicians, and other
  medical support personnel.
  `(b) Institutions and persons with whom the Secretary may enter into
  contracts under subsection (a) are the following:
  `(1) Schools and colleges of medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, podiatry,
  optometry, and nursing.
  `(2) Clinics.
  `(3) Any other group or individual capable of furnishing such scarce
  medical specialist services.
`SUBCHAPTER II--PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION
`Sec. 4231. Personnel administration
  `(a)(1) Notwithstanding any law, Executive order, or regulation, the
  Secretary shall prescribe by regulation the hours and conditions of
  employment and leaves of absence of persons in positions specified in
  paragraph (2) appointed to the Administration under this chapter.
  `(2) Paragraph (1) refers to the following positions:
  `(A) Physicians.
  `(B) Dentists.
  `(C) Podiatrists.
  `(D) Optometrists.
  `(E) Registered nurses.
  `(F) Physician assistants.
  `(G) Expanded-duty dental auxiliaries.
  `(b) The hours of employment in carrying out responsibilities under this
  title of any person who is appointed in the Administration on a full-time
  basis in a position specified in subsection (a)(2) (other than an intern or
  resident appointed pursuant to section 4216 of this title) shall consist
  of not less than 80 hours in a biweekly pay period (as that term is used
  in section 5504 of title 5). Such a person may not do any of the following:
  `(1) Assume responsibility for the medical care of any patient other than
  a patient admitted for treatment at a Department facility, except in those
  cases where the person, upon request and with the approval of the Under
  Secretary, assumes such responsibilities to assist communities or medical
  practice groups to meet medical needs which would not otherwise be available
  for a period not to exceed 180 calendar days, which may be extended by the
  Under Secretary for additional periods not to exceed 180 calendar days each.
  `(2) Teach or provide consultative services at any affiliated institution
  if such teaching or consultation will, because of its nature or duration,
  conflict with such person's responsibilities under this title.
  `(3) Accept payment under any insurance or assistance program established
  under title XVIII or XIX of the Social Security Act or under chapter 55 of
  title 10 for professional services rendered by such person while carrying
  out such person's responsibilities under this title.
  `(4) Accept from any source, with respect to any travel performed by such
  person in the course of carrying out such person's responsibilities under
  this title, any payment or per diem for such travel, other than as provided
  for in section 4111 of title 5.
  `(5) Request or permit any individual or organization to pay, on such
  person's behalf for insurance insuring such person against malpractice
  claims arising in the course of carrying out such person's responsibilities
  under this title or for such person's dues or similar fees for membership
  in medical or dental societies or related professional associations, except
  where such payments constitute a part of such person's remuneration for the
  performance of professional responsibilities permitted under this section,
  other than those carried out under this title.
  `(6) Perform, in the course of carrying out such person's responsibilities
  under this title, professional services for the purpose of generating money
  for any fund or account which is maintained by an affiliated institution
  for the benefit of such institution, or for such person's personal benefit,
  or both.
  `(c) In the case of any fund or account described in subsection (b)(6)
  that was established before September 1, 1973--
  `(1) the affiliated institution shall submit semiannually an accounting
  to the Secretary and to the Comptroller General of the United States with
  respect to such fund or account, and thereafter shall maintain such fund
  or account subject to full public disclosure and audit by the Secretary
  and the Comptroller General for a period of three years or for such longer
  period as the Secretary shall prescribe, and
  `(2) no person in a position specified in subsection (a)(2) may receive,
  after September 1, 1973, any cash from amounts deposited in such fund or
  account derived from services performed before that date.
  `(d) As used in this section:
  `(1) The term `affiliated institution' means any medical school or other
  institution of higher learning with which the Secretary has a contract or
  agreement as referred to in section 4112(b) of this title for the training
  or education of health personnel.
  `(2) The term `remuneration' means the receipt of any amount of monetary
  benefit from any non-Department source in payment for carrying out any
  professional responsibilities.
  `(e)(1) The Secretary shall establish a leave transfer program for the
  benefit of health-care professionals in positions listed in subsection
  (a)(2). The Secretary may also establish a leave bank program for the
  benefit of such health-care professionals.
  `(2) To the maximum extent feasible--
  `(A) the leave transfer program shall provide the same or similar
  requirements and conditions as are provided for the program established
  by the Director of the Office of Personnel Management under subchapter
  III of chapter 63 of title 5; and
  `(B) any leave bank program established pursuant to paragraph (1) shall
  be consistent with the requirements and conditions provided for agency
  leave bank programs in subchapter IV of such chapter.
  `(3) Participation by a health-care professional in the leave transfer
  program established pursuant to paragraph (1), and in any leave bank program
  established pursuant to such paragraph, shall be voluntary. The Secretary may
  not require any health-care professional to participate in such a program.
  `(4)(A) The Secretary and the Director of the Office of Personnel Management
  may enter into an agreement that permits health-care professionals referred
  to in paragraph (1) to participate in the leave transfer program established
  by the Director of the Office of Personnel Management under subchapter
  III of chapter 63 of title 5 or in any leave bank program established for
  other employees of the Department pursuant to subchapter IV of chapter 63
  of title 5, or both.
  `(B) Participation of such health-care professionals in a leave transfer
  program or a leave bank program pursuant to an agreement entered into under
  subparagraph (A) shall be subject to such requirements and conditions as
  may be prescribed in such agreement.
  `(5) The Secretary is not required to establish a leave transfer program
  for any personnel permitted to participate in a leave transfer program
  pursuant to an agreement referred to in paragraph (4).
`Sec. 4232. Travel expenses of employees
  `(a) The Secretary may pay the expenses (other than membership fees) of
  persons described in sections 4106 and 4211(1) of this title, and persons in
  positions described in section 4213(a)(2) of this title who are appointed
  on a temporary full-time basis or a part-time basis under section 4215 of
  this title, who are detailed by the Under Secretary to attend meetings of
  associations for the promotion of medical and related science.
  `(b)(1) The Secretary may prescribe regulations establishing conditions
  under which officers and employees of the Administration who are nationally
  recognized principal investigators in medical research may be permitted to
  accept payment, in cash or in kind, from non-Federal agencies, organizations,
  and individuals for travel and such reasonable subsistence expenses as
  are approved by the Secretary pursuant to such regulations--
  `(A) in connection with their attendance at meetings or in performing
  advisory services concerned with the functions or activities of the
  Department; or
  `(B) in connection with acceptance of significant awards or with activity
  related thereto concerned with functions or activities of the Department.
  `(2) Any such payment may be retained by such officers and employees to
  cover the cost of such expenses or shall be deposited to the credit of
  the appropriation from which the cost of such expenses is paid, as may be
  provided in such regulations.
`Sec. 4233. Employees: laws not applicable
  `(a) Physicians, dentists, nurses, and other health-care professionals
  employed by the Administration and appointed under section 4106, 4211(1),
  4215, or 4216 of this chapter are not subject to the following provisions
  of law:
  `(1) Section 413 of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978.
  `(2) Subchapter II of chapter 31 of title 5.
  `(3) Subchapter VIII of chapter 33 of title 5.
  `(4) Subchapter V of chapter 35 of title 5.
  `(5) Subchapter II of chapter 43 of title 5.
  `(6) Section 4507 of title 5.
  `(7) Subchapter VIII of chapter 53 of title 5.
  `(8) Subchapter V of chapter 75 of title 5.
  `(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no provision of title 5 or
  any other law pertaining to the civil service system which is inconsistent
  with any provision of section 4106 of this title or this chapter shall
  be considered to supersede, override, or otherwise modify such provision
  of this chapter except to the extent that such provision of title 5
  or of such other law specifically provides, by specific reference to a
  provision of this chapter, or such provision to be superseded, overridden,
  or otherwise modified.
`Sec. 4234. Retirement rights
  `(a) Except as provided in subsection (b), persons appointed to the
  Administration shall be subject to the provisions of and entitled to
  benefits under subchapter III of chapter 83 of title 5 or subchapter II
  of chapter 84 of title 5, whichever is applicable.
  `(b)(1) In computing the annuity under subchapter III of chapter 83, or
  subchapter II of chapter 84, of title 5 of an individual who retires under
  such subchapter (other than under section 8337 or 8451 of such title) after
  December 31, 1981, and who served at any time on a less-than-full-time
  basis in a position in the Department of Medicine and Surgery to which
  such individual was appointed under this subchapter--
  `(A) for the purpose of determining such individual's average pay, as
  defined by section 8331(4) or 8401(3) of title 5, whichever is applicable,
  the annual rate of basic pay for full-time service shall be deemed to be
  such individual's rate of basic pay; and
  `(B) the amount of such individual's annuity as computed under section
  8339 or 8415 of title 5 (before application of any reduction required by
  subsection (i) of section 8339) shall be multiplied by the fraction equal
  to the ratio that that individual's total full-time equivalent service
  bears to that individual's creditable service as determined under section
  8332 or 8411 of title 5, whichever is applicable.
  `(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1)(B), an individual's full-time
  equivalent service is the individual's creditable service as determined under
  section 8332 or 8411 of title 5, whichever is applicable, except that any
  period of service of such individual served on a less-than-full-time basis
  shall be prorated based on the fraction such service bears to full-time
  service. For the purposes of the preceding sentence, full-time service
  shall be considered to be 80 hours of service per biweekly pay period.
  `(3) A survivor annuity computed under section 8341, or subchapter IV of
  chapter 84, of title 5 based on the service of an individual described in
  paragraph (1) shall be computed based upon such individual's annuity as
  determined in accordance with such paragraph.
  `(c) The Secretary may authorize an exception to the restrictions in
  subsections (a), (b), and (c) of section 5532 of title 5 if necessary to meet
  special or emergency employment needs which result from a severe shortage
  of well-qualified candidates in physician positions, and registered nurse
  positions, which otherwise cannot be readily met. The authority of the
  Secretary under the preceding sentence with respect to registered-nurse
  positions expires on September 30, 1992.
`SUBCHAPTER III--SPECIAL PAY FOR PHYSICIANS AND DENTISTS
`SUBCHAPTER IV--PAY FOR NURSES AND OTHER HEALTH-CARE PERSONNEL
`Sec. 4253. Nurses: additional pay
  `(a) In addition to the rate of basic pay provided for nurses, a nurse
  shall receive additional pay as provided by this section.
  `(b) A nurse performing service on a tour of duty, any part of which is
  within the period commencing at 6 postmeridian and ending at 6 antemeridian,
  shall receive additional pay for each hour of service on such tour at a rate
  equal to 10 percent of the nurse's hourly rate of basic pay if at least four
  hours of such tour fall between 6 postmeridian and 6 antemeridian. When less
  than four hours of such tour fall between 6 postmeridian and 6 antemeridian,
  the nurse shall be paid the differential for each hour of service performed
  between those hours.
  `(c) A nurse performing service on a tour of duty, any part of which is
  within the period commencing at midnight Friday and ending at midnight
  Sunday, shall receive additional pay for each hour of service on such tour
  at a rate equal to 25 percent of such nurse's hourly rate of basic pay.
  `(d) A nurse performing service on a holiday designated by Federal statute
  or Executive order shall receive for each hour of such service the nurse's
  hourly rate of basic pay, plus additional pay at a rate equal to such hourly
  rate of basic pay, for that holiday service, including overtime service. Any
  service required to be performed by a nurse on such a designated holiday
  shall be deemed to be a minimum of two hours in duration.
  `(e)(1) A nurse performing officially ordered or approved hours of service
  in excess of 40 hours in an administrative workweek, or in excess of eight
  hours in a day, shall receive overtime pay for each hour of such additional
  service. The overtime rates shall be one and one-half times such nurse's
  hourly rate of basic pay.
  `(2) For the purposes of this subsection, overtime must be of at least 15
  minutes duration in a day to be creditable for overtime pay.
  `(3) Compensatory time off in lieu of pay for service performed under the
  provisions of this subsection shall not be permitted, except as voluntarily
  requested in writing by the nurse in question.
  `(4) Any excess service performed under this subsection on a day when
  service was not scheduled for such nurse, or for which such nurse is
  required to return to the nurse's place of employment, shall be deemed to
  be a minimum of two hours in duration.
  `(5) For the purposes of this subsection, the period of a nurse's officially
  ordered or approved travel away from such nurse's duty station may not be
  considered to be hours of service unless--
  `(A) such travel occurs during such nurse's tour of duty; or
  `(B) such travel--
  `(i) involves the performance of services while traveling,
  `(ii) is incident to travel that involves the performance of services
  while traveling,
  `(iii) is carried out under arduous conditions as determined by the
  Secretary, or
  `(iv) results from an event which could not be scheduled or controlled
  administratively.
  `(f) For the purpose of computing the additional pay provided by subsections
  (b), (c), (d), or (e), a nurse's hourly rate of basic pay shall be derived
  by dividing such nurse's annual rate of basic pay by 2,080.
  `(g) When a nurse is entitled to two or more forms of additional pay
  under subsections (b), (c), (d), or (e) for the same period of service,
  the amounts of such additional pay shall be computed separately on the
  basis of such nurse's hourly rate of basic pay, except that no overtime
  pay as provided in subsection (e) shall be payable for overtime service
  performed on a holiday designated by Federal statute or Executive order
  in addition to pay received under subsection (d) for such service.
  `(h) A nurse who is officially scheduled to be on call outside such nurse's
  regular hours or on a holiday designated by Federal statute or Executive
  order shall be paid for each hour of such on-call duty, except for such
  time as such nurse may be called back to work, at a rate equal to 10
  percent of the hourly rate for excess service as provided in subsection (e).
  `(i) Any additional pay paid pursuant to this section shall not be considered
  as basic pay for the purposes of the following provisions of title 5
  (and any other provision of law relating to benefits based on basic pay):
  `(1) Subchapter VI of chapter 55.
  `(2) Section 5595.
  `(3) Chapters 81, 83, 84, and 87 of title 5.
  `(j)(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law and subject to paragraph
  (2), the Secretary may increase the rates of additional pay authorized
  under subsections (b) through (h) if the Secretary determines that it is
  necessary to do so in order to obtain or retain the services of nurses.
  `(2) An increase under paragraph (1) in rates of additional pay--
  `(A) may be made at any specific Department health-care facility in order to
  provide nurses, or any category of nurses, at such facility additional pay
  in an amount competitive with, but not exceeding, the amount of the same
  type of pay that is paid to the same category of nurses at non-Federal
  health-care facilities in the same geographic area as such Department
  health-care facility (based upon a reasonably representative sampling of
  such non-Federal facilities); and
  `(B) may be made on a nationwide, local, or other geographic basis if the
  Secretary finds that such an increase is justified on the basis of a review
  of the need for such increase (based upon a reasonably representative
  sampling of non-Federal health-care facilities in the geographic area
  involved).
`Sec. 4254. Physician assistants and other health care professionals:
additional pay
  `(a) Physician assistants and expanded-function dental auxiliaries shall
  be entitled to additional pay on the same basis as provided for nurses in
  section 4253 of this title.
  `(b) When the Secretary determines it to be necessary in order to obtain
  or retain the services of certified or registered respiratory therapists,
  licensed physical therapists, licensed practical or vocational nurses,
  pharmacists, or occupational therapists, the Secretary may, on a nationwide,
  local, or other geographic basis, pay persons employed in such positions
  additional pay on the same basis as provided for nurses in section 4253
  of this title.
  `(c) The Secretary shall prescribe by regulation standards for compensation
  and payment under this section.
`Sec. 4255. Increases in rates of basic pay
  `(a)(1) Subject to subsections (b), (c), and (d), when the Secretary
  determines it to be necessary in order to obtain or retain the services of
  persons described in paragraph (2), the Secretary may increase the minimum,
  intermediate, or maximum rates of basic pay authorized under applicable
  statutes and regulations. Any increase in such rates of basic pay--
  `(A) may be made on a nationwide basis, local basis, or other geographic
  basis; and
  `(B) may be made--
  `(i) for one or more of the grades listed in the schedules in subsection
  (b)(1) of section 4214 of this title;
  `(ii) for one or more of the health personnel fields within such grades, or
  `(iii) for one or more of the grades of the General Schedule under section
  5332 of such title.
  `(2) Paragraph (1) applies to the following:
  `(A) Individuals employed in positions listed in paragraphs (1) and (3)
  of section 4211 of this title.
  `(B) Health-care personnel who--
  `(i) are employed in the Administration (other than administrative,
  clerical, and physical plant maintenance and protective services employees);
  `(ii) are paid under the General Schedule pursuant to section 5332 of
  title 5;
  `(iii) are determined by the Secretary to be providing either direct
  patient-care services or services incident to direct patient-care services;
  and
  `(iv) would not otherwise be available to provide medical care and treatment
  for veterans.
  `(C) Employees who are Department police officers providing services under
  chapter 9 of this title.
  `(b) Increases in rates of basic pay may be made under subsection (a)
  only in order--
  `(1) to provide pay in an amount competitive with, but not exceeding, the
  amount of the same type of pay paid to the same category of personnel at
  non-Federal facilities in the same labor market;
  `(2) to achieve adequate staffing at particular facilities; or
  `(3) to recruit personnel with specialized skills, especially those with
  skills which are especially difficult or demanding.
  `(c) The amount of any increase under subsection (a) in the maximum rate
  for any grade may not (except in the case of nurse anesthetists and licensed
  physical therapists) exceed the amount by which the maximum for such grade
  (under applicable provisions of law other than this subsection) exceeds
  the minimum for such grade (under applicable provisions of law other than
  this subsection), and the maximum rate as so increased may not exceed the
  rate paid for individuals serving as Assistant Under Secretary.
  `(d)(1) In the exercise of the authority provided in subsection (a) with
  respect to personnel described in subparagraph (B) or (C) of paragraph (2)
  of that subsection to increase the rates of basic pay for any category of
  personnel not appointed under this subchapter, the Secretary shall, not
  less than 45 days before the effective date of a proposed increase, notify
  the President of the Secretary's intention to provide such an increase.
  `(2) Such a proposed increase shall not take effect if, before the effective
  date of the proposed increase, the President disapproves such increase
  and provides the appropriate committees of the Congress with a written
  statement of the President's reasons for such disapproval.
  `(3) If, before that effective date, the President approves such increase,
  the Secretary may advance the effective date to any date not earlier than
  the date of the President's approval.
`Sec. 4256. Nurses: special rules for weekend duty
  `(a) Subject to subsection (b), if the Secretary determines it to be
  necessary in order to obtain or retain the services of nurses at any
  Department health-care facility, the Secretary may provide, in the case
  of nurses appointed under this chapter and employed at such facility,
  that such nurses who work two regularly scheduled 12-hour tours of duty
  within the period commencing at midnight Friday and ending at midnight the
  following Sunday shall be considered for all purposes (except computation
  of full-time equivalent employees for the purposes of determining compliance
  with personnel ceilings) to have worked a full 40-hour basic workweek.
  `(b)(1) Basic and additional pay for a nurse who is considered under
  subsection (a) to have worked a full 40-hour basic workweek shall be
  subject to paragraphs (2) and (3).
  `(2) The hourly rate of basic pay for such a nurse for service performed
  as part of a regularly scheduled 12-hour tour of duty within the period
  commencing at midnight Friday and ending at midnight the following Sunday
  shall be derived by dividing the nurse's annual rate of basic pay by 1,248.
  `(3)(A) Such a nurse who performs a period of service in excess of such
  nurse's regularly scheduled two 12-hour tours of duty is entitled to
  overtime pay under section 4253(e) of this title, or other applicable law,
  for officially ordered or approved service performed in excess of eight
  hours on a day other than a Saturday or Sunday or in excess of 24 hours
  within the period commencing at midnight Friday and ending at midnight
  the following Sunday.
  `(B) Except as provided in subparagraph (C), a nurse to whom this subsection
  is applicable is not entitled to additional pay under section 4253 of this
  title, or other applicable law, for any period included in a regularly
  scheduled 12-hour tour of duty.
  `(C) If the Secretary determines it to be further necessary in order to
  obtain or retain the services of nurses at a particular facility, a nurse
  to whom this paragraph is applicable who performs service in excess of such
  nurse's regularly scheduled two 12-hour tours of duty may be paid overtime
  pay under section 4253(e) of this title, or other applicable law, for all
  or part of the hours of officially ordered or approved service performed
  by such nurse in excess of 40 hours during an administrative workweek.
  `(c) A nurse described in subsection (b)(1) who is absent on approved
  sick leave or annual leave during a regularly scheduled 12-hour tour of
  duty shall be charged for such leave at a rate of five hours of leave for
  three hours of absence.
  `(d) The Secretary shall prescribe regulations for the implementation of
  this section.
`Sec. 4257. On-call pay
  `(a) The Secretary may pay an employee to whom this section applies pay
  at the rate provided in section 4253(h) of this title except for such time
  as the employee may be called back to work.
  `(b) This section applies to an employee who meets each of the following
  criteria:
  `(1) The employee is employed in a position listed in paragraph (3) of
  section 4211 of this title or meets the criteria specified in clauses (i),
  (ii), and (iii) of section 4254(a)(2)(B) of this title.
  `(2) The employee is employed in a work unit for which on-call premium
  pay is authorized.
  `(3) The employee is officially scheduled to be on call outside such
  employee's regular hours or on a holiday designated by Federal statute or
  Executive order.
  `(c) An employee who is eligible for on-call pay under subsection (a) and
  who was receiving standby premium pay pursuant to section 5545 of title 5
  on May 20, 1988, shall, as long as such employee is employed in the same
  position and work unit and remains eligible for such standby pay, receive
  pay for any period of on-call duty at the rate equal to the greater of--
  `(1) the rate of pay which such employee would receive if being paid the
  rate of standby pay pursuant to such section that such individual would
  be entitled to receive if such individual were not scheduled to be on call
  instead, or
  `(2) the rate of pay which such employee is entitled to receive including
  on-call premium pay described in subsection (a).
`SUBCHAPTER V--DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES
`Sec. 4261. Disciplinary boards
  `(a)(1) The Under Secretary shall from time to time appoint boards to
  determine charges of inaptitude, inefficiency, or misconduct involving
  any person employed in a position provided in paragraph (1) of section
  4211 of this title. Such boards shall be known as disciplinary boards.
  `(2) Each such board shall consist of not less than three nor more than
  five employees, senior in grade, of the Administration. The majority of
  employees on a disciplinary board shall be employed in the same category
  of position as the employee who is the subject of the charges.
  `(3) Appointment of disciplinary boards shall be made under regulations
  prescribed by the Secretary.
  `(4) Determinations of boards shall be made upon notice and opportunity
  for a fair hearing.
  `(b) The Secretary shall appoint the chairman and secretary of the board,
  each of whom shall have authority to administer oaths.
  `(c) The Under Secretary may designate or appoint one or more investigators,
  to assist each disciplinary board in the collection and presentation of
  evidence. Any person answering to charges before a disciplinary board may
  be represented by counsel choosen by such person.
  `(d)(1) A disciplinary board, when in its judgment charges are sustained,
  shall recommend to the Secretary suitable disciplinary action, within
  limitations prescribed by the Secretary. Possible actions that may be
  recommended shall include reprimand, suspension without pay, reduction in
  grade, and discharge from the Administration.
  `(2) The Secretary shall--
  `(A) approve the recommendation of the board;
  `(B) approve such recommendation with modification or exception;
  `(C) approve such recommendation and suspend further action at the time; or
  `(D) disapprove such recommendation.
  `(3) The Secretary shall cause to be executed such action as the Secretary
  approves. The decision of the Secretary shall be final.
  `(e)(1) The Secretary, within such limitations as the Secretary may
  prescribe, may delegate to the Under Secretary the authority vested in
  the Secretary by subsections (b) and (d) to--
  `(A) appoint the chairman and secretary of a disciplinary board, such
  official to have the power prescribed by this section; and
  `(B) receive and act upon the recommendations of such a board.
  `(2) Any person against whom disciplinary action is taken under authority
  delegated pursuant to paragraph (2) shall have the right to appeal such
  action to the Secretary, but in the absence of such an appeal the decision
  of the Under Secretary shall have the same force and effect as a decision
  of the Secretary.
`SUBCHAPTER VI--REGIONAL MEDICAL EDUCATION CENTERS
`Sec. 4271. Designation of Regional Medical Education Centers
  `(a) In carrying out the Secretary's functions under section 4102 of this
  title with regard to the training of health manpower, the Secretary shall
  implement a program under which the Secretary shall designate as Regional
  Medical Education Centers such Department hospitals as the Secretary
  determines appropriate to carry out the provisions of this subchapter.
  `(b) Each Regional Medical Education Center (hereinafter in this subchapter
  referred to as `Center') designated under subsection (a) shall provide
  continuing medical and related education programs for personnel eligible for
  training under this subchapter. Such programs shall include the following:
  `(1) The teaching of newly developed medical skills and the use of newly
  developed medical technologies and equipment.
  `(2) Advanced clinical instruction.
  `(3) The opportunity for conducting clinical investigations.
  `(4) Clinical demonstrations in the use of new types of health personnel
  and in the better use of the skills of existing health personnel.
  `(5) Routine verification of basic medical skills and, where determined
  necessary, remediation of any deficiency in such skills.
`Sec. 4272. Supervision and staffing of Centers
  `(a) Centers shall be operated under the supervision of the Under Secretary
  and shall be staffed with personnel qualified to provide the highest quality
  instruction and training in various medical and health care disciplines.
  `(b) As a means of providing appropriate recognition to persons in the career
  service of the Administration who possess outstanding qualifications in a
  particular medical or health care discipline, the Under Secretary shall
  from time to time and for such period as the Under Secretary considers
  appropriate assign such persons to serve as visiting instructors at Centers.
  `(c) Whenever the Under Secretary considers it necessary for the effective
  conduct of the program provided for under this subchapter, the Under
  Secretary may contract for the services of highly qualified medical and
  health personnel from outside the Department to serve as instructors at
  such Centers.
`Sec. 4273. Personnel eligible for training
  `(a) The Under Secretary shall determine the manner in which personnel are
  to be selected for training in the Centers. Preference shall be given to
  career personnel of the Administration.
  `(b) To the extent that facilities are available medical and health
  personnel from outside the Administration may, on a reimbursable basis,
  be provided training in the Centers. Such reimbursement may include
  reciprocal training of personnel of the Administration provided under
  sharing arrangements entered into by the Under Secretary and the heads of
  the entities providing such reciprocal training. Any amounts received by
  the United States as reimbursement under this subsection shall be credited
  to the applicable Department medical appropriation account.
`Sec. 4274. Consultation
  `The Under Secretary shall carry out this subchapter after consultation
  with the special medical advisory group established pursuant to section
  4112(a) of this title.'.
  (d) TRANSFERS OF CHAPTER 73 SECTIONS TO NEW CHAPTER 74- (1) Section 4118 of
  title 38, United States Code, as in effect on the day before the date of the
  enactment of this Act, is redesignated as section 4241 and is transferred
  to subchapter III of chapter 74 of that title, as added by  subsection
  (c), and inserted after the heading for that subchapter.
  (2)(A) Sections 4141 and 4142 of such title, as added by Public Law 101-366,
  are redesignated as sections 4251 and 4252, respectively, and are transferred
  to subchapter IV of chapter 74 of that title, as added by subsection (c),
  and inserted before section 4253.
  (B) The heading for subchapter IV of chapter 73, as added by section 102(b)
  of Public Law 101-366, is repealed.
  (3) Section 4251, as so redesignated and transferred, is amended--
  (A) in subsection (a)--
  (i) by striking out `clauses (1) and (3) of section 4104' in paragraph (2)(B)
  and inserting in lieu thereof `paragraphs (1) and (3) of section 4211';
  (ii) by striking out `section 4107' in paragraph (3) and inserting in lieu
  thereof `section 4211';
  (iii) by striking out `section 4142' in paragraph (4) and inserting in
  lieu thereof `section 4252';
  (B) by striking out `section 4104(1)' and `section `4107(b)' in subsection
  (b) and inserting in lieu thereof `section 4211(1)' and `section 4214(b)',
  respectively; and
  (C) by striking out `section 4142(b)(2)' in subsection (g)(8) and inserting
  in lieu thereof `section 4252(b)(2)'.
  (4) Section 4252, as so redesignated and transferred, is amended--
  (A) in subsection (a)--
  (i) by striking out `section 4141(a)' in paragraph (1) and inserting in
  lieu thereof `section 4251(a)'; and
  (ii) by striking out `section 4141(c)(1)' in paragraph (2) and inserting
  in lieu thereof `section 4251(c)(1)';
  (B) by striking out `section 4141(g)' in subsection (b)(2) and inserting
  in lieu thereof `section 4251(g)';
  (C) by striking out `section 4104(1)' in subsections (c)(1) and (e) and
  inserting in lieu thereof `section 4211(1)'; and
  (D) by striking out `section 4141' in subsection (f) and inserting in lieu
  thereof `section 4251'.
  (5) Section 4120 of such title, as in effect on the day before the date
  of the enactment of this Act, is redesignated as section 4258 and is
  transferred to the end of subchapter IV of chapter 74 of that title,
  as added by paragraph (1).
  (e) CONFORMING AMENDMENTS TO OTHER SUBCHAPTERS- Subchapter III and
  subchapter IV (as redesignated by subsection (b)(2)) of chapter 73 are
  amended as follows:
  (1) Such subchapters are amended--
  (A) by striking out `Administrator' and `Administrator's' each place
  they appear and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary' and `Secretary's',
  respectively;
  (B) by striking out `Veterans' Administration' each place it appears and
  inserting in lieu thereof `Department'; and
  (C) by striking out `Chief Medical Director' each place it appears and
  inserting in lieu thereof `Under Secretary'.
  (2) Section 4162 is amended by striking out `section 4101(c)(1)' and
  inserting in lieu thereof `section 4103(a)'.
  (3)(A) Such subchapters are further amended by striking out `of this section'
  and `of this subsection' each place they appear (other than in subsections
  (d), (e), and (g) of section 4132 and in section 4133(b)).
  (B) Section 4132(f)(2)(B) is amended by striking out `of this paragraph'.
SEC. 5. TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING AMENDMENTS TO TITLE 38, UNITED STATES CODE.
  (a) REFERENCES TO VETERANS' ADMINISTRATION-
  (1) Title 38 is amended by striking out `administered by the Veterans'
  Administration' each place it appears and inserting in lieu thereof
  `administered by the Secretary'.
  (2)(A) The following provisions are amended by striking out `Veterans'
  Administration' and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary':
  (i) Subsections (d)(1), (d)(2), (e)(1), and (e)(2) of section 103.
  (ii) Section 620(f)(1)(B) (in the second sentence).
  (iii) Subsection (a) and the first sentence of subsection (b) of section 707.
  (iv) Section 710.
  (v) Section 718(a).
  (vi) Subsections (a) and (b) (in two places) of section 722.
  (vii) Section 746.
  (viii) Section 747 (in the last sentence).
  (ix) Section 784(a) (in each of the four places `Veterans' Administration'
  appears).
  (x) Section 784(b) (in the sixth sentence).
  (xi) Section 3010(n).
  (xii) Section 3101(e)(2).
  (xiii) Section 3105 (in the last sentence).
  (xiv) Subsection (a)(2) (in the first place `Veterans' Administration'
  appears), subsection (d) (in the last sentence), and subsection (e)
  (in the first place `Veterans' Administration' appears) of section 3202.
  (xv) Section 3203(b)(1)(A).
  (xvi) Paragraph (1) (in the first place `Veterans' Administration' appears),
  paragraph (2), and paragraph (3) of section 3301(c).
  (xvii) Section 3302(a) (in two places).
  (xviii) Section 3303 (in each place `Veterans' Administration' appears).
  (xix) Section 3505(a) (in the second sentence).
  (B) The following provisions are amended by striking out `Veterans'
  Administration' and inserting in lieu thereof `Department of Veterans
  Affairs':
  (i) Section 113(b)(2)(A).
  (ii) Section 725(d)(3) (the second place `Veterans' Administration' appears).
  (iii) Section 777(g).
  (iv) Sections 4301(a), 4311, and 4321.
  (C) The following provisions are amended by striking out `in the Veterans'
  Administration' and inserting in lieu thereof `by the Secretary':
  (i) The second sentence of section 707(b).
  (ii) Section 712(b).
  (iii) Section 742(c).
  (D) The following provisions are amended by striking out `in the Veterans'
  Administration' and inserting in lieu thereof `with the Secretary':
  (i) Section 722(b)(3).
  (ii) Section 784(b) (in the third sentence).
  (E) Section 601(9) is amended by striking out `Veterans' Administration
  facilities' and inserting in lieu thereof `facilities of the Department'.
  (F) Section 3305(b) is amended--
  (i) by striking out `Veterans' Administration patient or employee,' in
  paragraph (2) and inserting in lieu thereof `patient or employee of the
  Department,'; and
  (ii) by striking out `Veterans' Administration patients or employees'
  in paragraph (6) and inserting in lieu thereof `patients or employees of
  the Department,'.
  (3) Such title is further amended by striking out `Veterans' Administration'
  each place it appears (other than as amended under paragraphs (1) and (2) and
  as specified in paragraph (4)) and inserting in lieu thereof `Department'.
  (4) Paragraph (3) does not apply to the following provisions:
  (A) Section 532(c).
  (B) Section 1000(b) (each place the term `Veterans' Administration' appears).
  (C) Section 1004(c)(2)(A).
  (D) Section 3111.
  (5) Such title is further amended by striking out `non-Veterans'
  Administration' each place it appears and inserting in lieu thereof
  `non-Department'.
  (6) Section 111(b)(3)(B) is amended by striking out `Veteran's
  Administration facility' and inserting in lieu thereof `Department facility'.
  (b) REFERENCES TO ADMINISTRATOR-
  (1) Title 38 is further amended by striking out `Administrator' and
  `Administrator's' each place they appear (except as provided in paragraphs
  (2) and (9) and including where they appear in section headings and tables
  of sections) and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary' and `Secretary's',
  respectively.
  (2)(A) Section 422 is amended--
  (i) in subsection (a), by striking out `Administrator' both places it
  appears and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'; and
  (ii) in subsection (b)--
  (I) by striking out `Upon the basis of' and all that follows through
  `shall pay to the Secretary' and inserting in lieu thereof `The Secretary
  shall pay to the Secretary of Health and Human Services'; and
  (II) by striking out `as the Secretary and the Administrator may prescribe'
  and inserting in lieu thereof `as the two Secretaries may prescribe,
  with the amount of such payments to be made on the basis of estimates
  made by the Secretary of Health and Human Services after consultation with
  the Secretary'.
  (B) Section 613(b)(1) is amended--
  (i) by striking out `Administrator' and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary
  of Veterans Affairs';
  (ii) by striking out `the Secretary' the second and third places it appears
  and inserting in lieu thereof `that Secretary'; and
  (iii) by striking out `the Secretary' the last place it appears and
  inserting in lieu thereof `the Secretary of Defense'.
  (C) Section 723(c) is amended by striking out `the Administrator and
  Secretary' at the end of the first sentence and inserting in lieu thereof
  `the two Secretaries'.
  (D) Section 5053(d)(2) is amended by striking out `the Secretary and the
  Administrator' and inserting in lieu thereof `the two Secretaries'.
  (E) Paragraph (1) does not apply to the following provisions:
  (i) Section 101(1).
  (ii) Section 111 the second place `Administrator' appears in subsection
  (g)(1) of that section.
  (iii) Section 774.
  (iv) Section 1652(b).
  (v) Section 3005.
  (vi) Section 4067(e) the second place `Administrator' appears.
  (vii) Section 5011A(d).
  (3)(A) The heading of section 423 is amended to read as follows:
`Sec. 423. Certifications with respect to circumstances of death'.
  (B) The item relating to that section in the table of sections at the
  beginning of chapter 13 is amended to read as follows:
`423. Certifications with respect to circumstances of death.'.
  (4) The following provisions are amended by striking out `the Secretary'
  and inserting in lieu thereof `that Secretary':
  (A) Section 560(b) (the second place `the Secretary' appears).
  (B) Section 3010(j) (the second place `the Secretary' appears).
  (C) Section 3101(c)(2) (the second, third, and fourth place `the Secretary'
  appears).
  (5) Section 612(j) is amended by striking out `the Secretary' in the second
  and third sentences and inserting in lieu thereof `the Secretary of Health
  and Human Services'.
  (6) Section 612A(h) is repealed.
  (7) Section 1004(c)(2)(A) is amended by striking out `Secretary' the first
  place it appears and inserting in lieu thereof `Administrator of Veterans'
  Affairs'.
  (8) Section 2012 is amended by striking out `Secretary' each place it
  appears in subsections (c) and (d) and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary
  of Labor'.
  (9) Section 3005 is amended--
  (A) by inserting `(a)' at the beginning of the text of the section;
  (B) by striking out `Administrator' in the first sentence and inserting
  in lieu thereof `Secretary';
  (C) by striking out `; and' in the second sentence and inserting in lieu
  thereof a period;
  (D) by striking out `when an application on such form has been filed with
  either the Administrator' and inserting in lieu thereof the following
  (indented so as to make the following text a new subsection):
  `(b) When an application on such a form is filed with either the Secretary';
  (E) by striking out `filed with the Administrator' and inserting in lieu
  thereof `filed with either Secretary';
  (F) by striking out `received by the Administrator' and inserting in lieu
  thereof `received by that Secretary';
  (G) by striking out `needed by the Secretary' and inserting in lieu thereof
  `needed by the other Secretary';
  (H) by striking out `by the Administrator to the Secretary;' and inserting
  in lieu thereof `by the Secretary receiving the application to the other
  Secretary.';
  (I) by striking out `and a copy' and all that follows through `to the
  Administrator.'; and
  (J) by striking out `the Secretary and the Administrator' in the last
  sentence and inserting in lieu thereof `the Secretary and the Secretary
  of Health and Human Services'.
  (c) REFERENCES TO CHIEF MEDICAL DIRECTOR-
  (1) Chapter 17 is amended as follows:
  (A) Section 601 (as amended by section 8(b)) is amended by adding at the
  end the following new paragraph:
  `(9) The term `Under Secretary' means the Under Secretary for Health of
  the Department.'.
  (B) The following sections are amended by striking out `Chief Medical
  Director' and inserting in lieu thereof `Under Secretary': sections
  610(e)(2), 618(a), 618(b)(1), 618(c)(3), and 620(a)(2)(B).
  (2) The following sections are amended by striking out `the Chief Medical
  Director' and inserting in lieu thereof `the Under Secretary for Health':
  sections 4316(b)(4), 5005(b)(3), 5007(a)(1), 5007(a)(2)(B), 5010(a)(3)
  (each place it appears), 5010(b), 5010(c)(1) (each place it appears),
  5010(c)(3), 5011A(b)(2)(A), and 5011A(e).
  (3) Section 5055 is amended by striking out `Assistant Chief Medical
  Director charged with administration of the Department of Medicine and
  Surgery' and inserting in lieu thereof `the Deputy Under Secretary for
  Health charged with administration of the Veterans Health Administration'.
  (d) REFERENCES TO CHAPTER 3 SECTIONS-
  (1) Section 621 is amended by striking out `section 210(c)(1)' and inserting
  in lieu thereof `section 201(a)'.
  (2) Section 1685(a)(1) is amended by striking out `subchapter IV of chapter
  3' and inserting in lieu thereof `subchapter II of chapter 77'.
  (3) The following sections are amended by striking out `section 214' and
  inserting in lieu thereof `section 229': sections 618(c)(3), 654, 1521(c),
  1833(c)(2), and 4001(c)(3).
  (4) Section 3301(g)(2)(A)(ii) is amended by striking out `section 219'
  and inserting in lieu thereof `section 227'.
  (5) Section 2003A(b)(2) is amended by striking out `section 242' and
  inserting in lieu thereof `section 4523'.
  (6) Section 2014(g) is amended by striking out `section 241' and `section
  243' and inserting in lieu thereof `section 4522' and `section 4524',
  respectively.
  (e) REFERENCES TO CHAPTER 73 PROVISIONS-
  (1) Section 1904(a) is amended by striking out `section 4101' and inserting
  in lieu thereof `section 4103'.
  (2) Section 3305(a) is amended by striking out `section 4152(b)' and
  inserting in lieu thereof `section 4111(g)'.
  (3) Section 4304(1)(B) is amended by striking out `section 4105' and
  inserting in lieu thereof `section 4212'.
  (4) Section 4312(b) is amended--
  (A) in paragraph (2)--
  (i) by striking out `section 4104' in the matter preceding subparagraph
  (A) and inserting in lieu thereof `section 4211'; and
  (ii) by striking out `section 4104(3)' in subparagraph (B) and inserting
  in lieu thereof `section 4211(3)'; and
  (B) in paragraph (3), by striking out `section 4107(g)(1)(B) of this title'
  and inserting in lieu thereof `subsection (a)(1) of section 4255 of this
  title for personnel described in subsection (a)(2)(B) of such section'.
  (5) Section 4316(b)(4) is amended by striking out `section 4108(c)(1)'
  and inserting in lieu thereof `section 4231(d)(1)'.
  (6) Section 5070(f) is amended by striking out `section 4101(b)' and
  inserting in lieu thereof `section 4102'.
  (7) Section 5096 is amended by striking out `section 4101(b)' and inserting
  in lieu thereof `section 4102'.
  (f) REFERENCES TO CHAPTER 75 Provisions-
  (1) Section 113(b)(2)(B) is amended by striking out `section 4204' and
  inserting in lieu thereof `section 4604'.
  (2) Section 4602 (as redesignated by section 4(a)) is amended by striking
  out `section 4203' in paragraph (11) and inserting in lieu thereof
  `section 4603'.
  (3) Section 4610 (as redesignated by section 4(a)) is amended by striking
  out `section 4204' and inserting in lieu thereof `section 4604'.
  (g) REFERENCES IN TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE- Title 5, United States Code,
  is amended as follows:
  (1) Section 5102(c) is amended--
  (A) in paragraph (14), by striking out `section 4202 of title 38' and
  inserting in lieu thereof `section 4602 of title 38'; and
  (B) in paragraph (16), by striking out `section 4114' and inserting in
  lieu thereof `sections 4215 and 4216'.
  (2) Section 6123 is amended--
  (A) in subsection (a)(1), by striking out `section 4107(e)(5)' and inserting
  in lieu thereof `section 4253(e)'; and
  (B) in subsection (c)(2)--
  (i) by striking out `section 4107(e)(2)' in the matter preceding subparagraph
  (A) and inserting in lieu thereof `section 4253(b)'; and
  (ii) by striking out `subsection (e)(2) of such section 4107' in subparagraph
  (B) and inserting in lieu thereof `subsection (b) of such section 4253'.
  (3) Section 6128(a) is amended by striking out `section 4107(e)(5)' and
  inserting in lieu thereof `section 4253(e)'.
  (h) PART V HEADING-
  (1) The heading of part V is amended to read as follows:
`PART V--BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES'
  (2) The item relating to part V in the table of parts before part I is
  amended to read as follows:
4001'.
  (i) TABLES OF CHAPTERS-
  (1) The table of chapters before part I is amended--
  (A) by striking out the item relating to chapter 3 and inserting in lieu
  thereof the following:
151
201
251
271';
  (B) by striking out the heading for part V and inserting in lieu thereof
  the following:
`PART V--BOARDS, ADMINISTRATIONS, AND SERVICES';
  (C) by striking out the items relating to chapters 73 and 75 and inserting
  in lieu thereof the following:
4101
4211';
and
  (D) by inserting after the item relating to chapter 76 the following
  new items:
4501
4601'.
  (2) The table of chapters at the beginning of part I is amended by
  striking out the item relating to chapter 3 and inserting in lieu thereof
  the following:
151
201
251
271'.
  (3) The table of chapters at the beginning of part V is amended--
  (A) by striking out the items relating to chapters 73 and 75 and inserting
  in lieu thereof the following:
4101
4211';
and
  (B) by adding at the end the following new items:
4501
4601'.
SEC. 6. CONFORMING AMENDMENTS TO OTHER VETERANS LAWS.
  (a) PUBLIC LAW 94-581- Section 105(b) of the Veterans Omnibus Health Care
  Act of 1976 (Public Law 94-581; 38 U.S.C. 619 note) is amended--
  (1) by striking out `Administrator is authorized to' and inserting in lieu
  thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs may';
  (2) by striking out `Veterans' Administration' the first place it appears
  and inserting in lieu thereof `Department of Veterans Affairs';
  (3) by striking out `Veterans' Administration facilities and personnel'
  and inserting in lieu thereof `facilities and personnel of the Department';
  (4) by striking out `Veterans' Administration health care facilities'
  and inserting in lieu thereof `health care facilities of the Department';
  (5) by striking out `Administrator deems' and inserting in lieu thereof
  `Secretary considers'; and
  (6) by striking out `Administrator' both places it appears in paragraph
  (2) and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary'.
  (b) PUBLIC LAW 95-202- Section 401 of the GI Bill Improvement Act of 1977
  (38 U.S.C. 106 note) is amended by striking out `laws administered by the
  Veterans' Administration' in subsections (a)(1) and (b)(2) and inserting
  in lieu thereof `laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs'.
  (c) PUBLIC LAW 95-588- Section 306 of the Veterans' and Survivors' Pension
  Improvement Act of 1978 (38 U.S.C. 521 note) is amended--
  (1) by striking out `Administrator' in subsection (a)(1)(A) and inserting
  in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs (hereinafter in this section
  referred to as the `Secretary')';
  (2) by striking out `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs' in subsections
  (a)(3), (b)(2)(A), and (e) and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary'; and
  (3) by striking out `Administrator' in subsection (b)(4) and inserting in
  lieu thereof `Secretary'.
  (d) PUBLIC LAW 96-22- Section 103(b) of the Veterans' Health Care Amendments
  of 1979 (Public Law 96-22; 38 U.S.C. 612A note) is amended by striking out
  `the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator of Veterans'
  Affairs' and inserting in lieu thereof `June 13, 1979, the Secretary of
  Veterans Affairs'.
  (e) PUBLIC LAW 96-128- Section 502 of the Veterans' Disability Compensation
  and Survivors' Benefits Amendments of 1979 (Public Law 96-128; 93 Stat. 987)
  is amended--
  (1) by striking out `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs' and inserting in
  lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs';
  (2) by striking out `such Administrator' both places it appears and
  inserting in lieu thereof `such Secretary'; and
  (3) by striking out `Veterans' Administration' and inserting in lieu thereof
  `Department of Veterans Affairs'.
  (f) PUBLIC LAW 98-160- Section 302 of the Veterans Health Care Amendments
  of 1983 (Public Law 98-160; 38 U.S.C. 601 note) is amended--
  (1) by striking out `The Administrator of Veterans' Affairs' and inserting
  in lieu thereof `The Secretary of Veterans Affairs'; and
  (2) by striking out `Department of Medicine and Surgery' and inserting in
  lieu thereof `Veterans Health Administration'.
  (g) PUBLIC LAW 99-238- Section 202 of the Veterans' Compensation Rate
  Increase and Job Training Amendments of 1985 (38 U.S.C. 1516 note)
  is amended--
  (1) by striking out `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs' in subsection
  (a) and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'; and
  (2) by striking out `Administrator' in subsection (b) and inserting in
  lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'.
  (h) PUBLIC LAW 99-576- Section 232 of the Veterans' Benefits Improvement
  and Health-Care Authorization Act of 1986 (38 U.S.C. 354 note) is amended
  as follows:
  (1) Subsection (a) is amended by striking out `Administrator of Veterans'
  Affairs' and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'.
  (2) Subsection (b) is amended by striking out `Veterans' Administration'
  each place it appears and inserting in lieu thereof `Department of Veterans
  Affairs'.
  (3) Subsection (c) is amended by striking out `before the date of the
  enactment of this Act, the Administrator' and inserting in lieu thereof
  `before October 28, 1986, the Secretary'.
  (4) Subsection (d) is amended--
  (A) by striking out `Administrator' both places it appears and inserting
  in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs';
  (B) by striking out `Veterans' Administration' each place it appears
  inserting in lieu thereof `Department of Veterans Affairs';
  (C) by striking out `the Department of Veterans' Benefits and the
  Department of Medicine and Surgery' in paragraph (1)(A) and inserting in
  lieu thereof `the Veterans Benefits Administration and the Veterans Health
  Administration'; and
  (D) by striking out `after the enactment of this Act' and inserting in
  lieu thereof `after October 28, 1986'.
  (5) Subsection (e) is amended by striking out `Administrator' both places
  it appears and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'.
  (i) PUBLIC LAW 100-198- Section 9 of the Veterans' Home Loan Program
  Improvements and Property Rehabilitation Act of 1987 (38 U.S.C. 1823 note)
  is amended--
  (1) by striking out `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs' in subsections
  (a)(1) and (b)(1) and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans
  Affairs';
  (2) by striking out `Administrator' each additional place it appears
  in subsections (a) and (b) and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of
  Veterans Affairs';
  (3) by striking out `Veterans' Administration's ability' in subsection
  (a)(3)(A) and inserting in lieu thereof `ability of the Department of
  Veterans Affairs'; and
  (4) by striking out `Veterans' Administration' in subsections (a)(3)(A)(i)
  and (a)(3)(C) and inserting in lieu thereof `Department of Veterans Affairs'.
  (j) PUBLIC LAW 100-322- The Veterans' Benefits and Services Act of 1988
  (Public Law 100-322) is amended as follows:
  (1) Section 115 (38 U.S.C. 612 note) is amended--
  (A) by striking out `Administrator' in subsection (a)(1) and inserting in
  lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs';
  (B) by striking out `Administrator' each place it appears in subsections
  (a)(2), (b), and (c) and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary'; and
  (C) by striking out `Veterans' Administration' each place it appears
  (other than in subsection (e)) and inserting in lieu thereof `Department
  of Veterans Affairs'.
  (2) Section 123 (38 U.S.C. 210 note) is amended--
  (A) by striking out `Administrator' in subsection (a) and inserting in
  lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs';
  (B) by striking out `Administrator' each place it appears in subsections
  (b) and (c) and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary'; and
  (C) by striking out `Veterans' Administration' each place it appears and
  inserting in lieu thereof `Department of Veterans Affairs'.
  (3) Section 124 (38 U.S.C. 4133 note) is amended--
  (A) by striking out `Administrator' in subsection (a) and inserting in
  lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs';
  (B) by striking out `Administrator' each place it appears in subsection
  (b) and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary';
  (C) by striking out `Veterans' Administration' the first two places it
  appears and inserting in lieu thereof `Department of Veterans Affairs'; and
  (D) by striking out `Veterans' Administration' the last place it appears
  and inserting in lieu thereof `Department'.
  (k) PUBLIC LAW 100-687- The Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 1988
  (division B of Public Law 100-687) is amended as follows:
  (1) Section 1203 (102 Stat. 4125) is amended by striking out `laws
  administered by the Veterans' Administration' and inserting in lieu thereof
  `laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs'.
  (2) Section 1204 (102 Stat. 4125; 38 U.S.C. 241 note) is amended--
  (A) by striking out `The Administrator' in subsections (a) and (b) and
  inserting in lieu thereof `The Secretary of Veterans Affairs';
  (B) by striking out `Veterans' Administration' in subsection (b) and
  inserting in lieu thereof `Department of Veterans Affairs'; and
  (C) by striking out `the Administrator' both places it appears in subsection
  (b) and inserting in lieu thereof `the Secretary'.
  (3) Section 1404 (102 Stat. 4131; 38 U.S.C. 210 note) is amended--
  (A) by striking out `Veterans' Administration' both places it appears
  in subsection (a) and inserting in lieu thereof `Department of Veterans
  Affairs';
  (B) by striking out `the Administrator' the first place it appears in
  subsection (a) and inserting in lieu thereof `the Secretary of Veterans
  Affairs';
  (C) by striking out `the Administrator and the Secretary' in subsections
  (a) and (b) and inserting in lieu thereof `the Secretary of Veterans
  Affairs and the Secretary of Labor';
  (D) by striking out `the Administrator' the first place it appears in
  subsection (b) and inserting in lieu thereof `the Secretary of Veterans
  Affairs'; and
  (E) by striking out `the Administrator or the Secretary' in the third
  sentence of subsection (b) and inserting in lieu thereof `the Secretary
  of Veterans Affairs or the Secretary of Labor'.
  (l) SOLDIERS' AND SAILORS' CIVIL RELIEF ACT OF 1940- The Soldiers' and
  Sailors' Civil Relief Act of 1940 (50 U.S.C. App. 501 et seq.) is amended
  as follows:
  (1) Section 401 (50 U.S.C. App. 541) is amended--
  (A) by striking out `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs' in the first
  sentence and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs';
  (B) by striking out `The Veterans' Administration' at the beginning of the
  second sentence and inserting in lieu thereof `The Secretary of Veterans
  Affairs'.
  (C) by striking out `Veterans' Administration' in the third sentence and
  inserting in lieu thereof `Department of Veterans Affairs'; and
  (D) by striking out `Administrator' in the fifth sentence and inserting
  in lieu thereof `Secretary'.
  (2) Section 402 (50 U.S.C. App. 542) is amended by striking out `Veterans'
  Administration' both places it appears and inserting in lieu thereof
  `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'.
  (3) Section 403 (50 U.S.C. App. 543) is amended--
  (A) by striking out `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs' in the first
  sentence and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'; and
  (B) by striking out `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs' in the second
  sentence and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary'.
  (4) Section 404 (50 U.S.C. App. 544) is amended by striking out `Veterans'
  Administration' both places it appears and inserting in lieu thereof
  `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'.
  (5) Section 405 (50 U.S.C. App. 545) is amended by striking out
  `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs' in the last sentence and inserting
  in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'.
  (6) Section 407 (50 U.S.C. App. 547) is amended--
  (A) by striking out `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs is hereby authorized
  and directed to provide' in the first sentence and inserting in lieu thereof
  `Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall provide'; and
  (B) by striking out `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs' in the second
  sentence and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary'.
SEC. 7. CONFORMING AMENDMENTS TO OTHER LAWS.
  (a) LAWS CODIFIED IN TITLE 2, U.S.C- Section 255 of the Balanced Budget
  and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (2 U.S.C. 905) is amended by
  striking out the last two items in subsection (g)(2) and inserting in lieu
  thereof the following:
  `Department of Veterans Affairs, Loan guaranty revolving fund
  (36-4025-0-3-704); and
  `Department of Veterans Affairs, Servicemen's group life insurance fund
  (36-4009-0-3-701).'.
  (b) TITLE 5, U.S.C-
  (1) The following sections of title 5, United States Code, are amended by
  striking out `Veterans' Administration' and inserting in lieu thereof
  `Department of Veterans Affairs': sections 2108(2), 5102(c)(14),
  5342(a)(2)(C), 7103(a)(3), 8101(20), 8116(a)(3), 8311(2)(A), and 8311(3)(A).
  (2) The following sections of such title are amended by striking out
  `Department of Medicine and Surgery, Veterans' Administration' and inserting
  in lieu thereof `Veterans Health Administration of the Department of
  Veterans Affairs': sections 4301(2)(C), 5102(c)(3), 5301(c)(3), 5303(a)(3),
  5304, 6301(2)(B)(v).
  (3) Section 5314 is amended by striking out the following:
  `Chief Medical Director, Department of Veterans Affairs.
  `Chief Benefits Director, Department of Veterans Affairs.'; and inserting
  in lieu thereof the following:
  `Under Secretary for Health, Department of Veterans Affairs.
  `Under Secretary for Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans
  Affairs.'.
  (4) Section 5355 of such title is amended by striking out `Administrator
  of Veterans' Affairs' and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans
  Affairs'.
  (5) Section 8339(g) of such title is amended by striking out `Veterans'
  Administration pension or compensation' in the second and third sentences
  and inserting in lieu thereof `pension or compensation from the Department
  of Veterans Affairs'.
  (6) Section 8347(m)(2) of such title is amended by striking out
  `Administrator' and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary'.
  (7) Section 503 of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1987 (5 U.S.C. 7301
  note), is amended by striking out `Veterans' Administration' in subsection
  (a)(2)(I) and inserting in lieu thereof `Department of Veterans Affairs'.
  (c) LAWS CODIFIED IN TITLE 7, U.S.C- Section 202 of the Agricultural Act of
  1949 (7 U.S.C. 1446a) is amended by striking out `Administrator of Veterans'
  Affairs' in the matter preceding subsection (a), in subsection (a), and in
  subsection (c) and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'.
  (d) LAWS CODIFIED IN TITLE 12, U.S.C-
  (1) Section 106 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1986 (12
  U.S.C. 1701x) is amended by striking out `Administrator of Veterans'
  Affairs' in subsection (c)(5)(C) and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary
  of Veterans Affairs'.
  (2) Section 810 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974
  (12 U.S.C. 1706e) is amended--
  (A) in subsection (f)--
  (i) by striking out `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs' and inserting in
  lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'; and
  (ii) by striking out `or the Administrator' and inserting in lieu thereof
  `or the Secretary of Veterans Affairs'; and
  (B) in subsection (g)(1)--
  (i) by striking out `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs' and inserting in
  lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'; and
  (ii) by striking out `Administrator' both of the two succeeding places
  in which it appears and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans
  Affairs'.
  (3) Section 912 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1970 (12
  U.S.C. 1709-2) is amended by striking out `Veterans' Administration'
  both places it appears in paragraph (1) and inserting in lieu thereof
  `Department of Veterans Affairs'.
  (4) The National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) is amended--
  (A) by striking out `Veterans' Administration' in subsection (c)(2)(D)
  of section 302 (12 U.S.C. 1717) and inserting in lieu thereof `Department
  of Veterans Affairs'; and
  (B) by striking out `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs' in section 512 (12
  U.S.C. 1731a) and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'.
  (5) Section 107 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965 (12
  U.S.C. 1735g) is amended--
  (A) by striking out `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs' in subsection
  (a)(2)(B) and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'; and
  (B) by striking out `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs' both places it
  appears in subsection (e) and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of
  Veterans Affairs'.
  (6) Section 8 of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974
  (15 U.S.C. 2607) is amended by striking out `Administrator of Veterans'
  Affairs' in subsection (c)(5) and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of
  Veterans Affairs'.
  (e) LAWS CODIFIED IN TITLE 15, U.S.C- Section 718 of Public Law 100-656
  (15 U.S.C. 644 note) is amended by striking out `Veterans  Administration'
  in subsection (c)(10) and inserting in lieu thereof `Department of Veterans
  Affairs'.
  (f) TITLE 18, U.S.C-
  (1) Section 289 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking
  out `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs' and inserting in lieu thereof
  `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'.
  (2) Section 1114 of such title is amended by striking out `Veterans'
  Administration' and inserting in lieu thereof `Department of Veterans
  Affairs'.
  (g) LAWS CODIFIED IN TITLE 20, U.S.C- The Higher Education Act of 1965
  (20 U.S.C. 1001 et seq.) is amended as follows:
  (1) The following provisions are amended by striking out `Veterans'
  Administration' and inserting in lieu thereof `Department of Veterans
  Affairs':
  (A) Subsection (a)(1)(E) of section 131 (20 U.S.C. 1017).
  (B) Subsection (d)(1)(C) of section 411B (20 U.S.C. 1070a-2).
  (C) Subsection (c)(1)(C) of section 411C (20 U.S.C. 1070a-3).
  (D) Subsection (c)(1)(C) of section 411D (20 U.S.C. 1070a-4).
  (2) Section 420A (20 U.S.C. 1070e-1) is amended--
  (A) in subsection (b)(2)(B), by striking out `Administrator of Veterans'
  Affairs' and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs';
  (B) in subsection (c)(2)--
  (i) by striking out `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs (hereinafter
  referred to as the `Administrator')' and inserting in lieu thereof
  `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'; and
  (ii) by striking out `Administrator' each of the three succeeding places
  in which it appears and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans
  Affairs'; and
  (C) in subsection (d), by striking out `Veterans' Administration' and
  `the Administrator' and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans
  Affairs' in both instances.
  (h) LAWS CODIFIED IN TITLE 22, U.S.C-
  (1) Section 106 of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961
  (22 U.S.C. 2456) is amended by striking out `Veterans' Administration'
  in subsection (a)(1) and inserting in lieu thereof `Department of Veterans
  Affairs'.
  (2) Section 808 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980 (22 U.S.C. 4048) is
  amended by striking out `Veterans' Administration pension or compensation'
  both places it appears in the second paragraph of subsection (a) and
  inserting in lieu thereof `pension or compensation from the Department of
  Veterans Affairs'.
  (i) LAWS CODIFIED IN TITLE 24, U.S.C-
  (1) The Naval Appropriation Act, 1946 (59 Stat. 201 et seq.), is amended
  in the first proviso in the fourth paragraph under the heading `BUREAU
  OF SUPPLIES AND ACCOUNTS' (24 U.S.C. 16a; 59 Stat. 208) by striking out
  `United States Veterans Administration' and inserting in lieu thereof
  `Department of Veterans Affairs'.
  (2) The first section of Public Law 94-454 (24 U.S.C. 44b) is amended
  by striking out `Veterans' Administration' and inserting in lieu thereof
  `Department of Veterans Affairs'.
  (3) Section 2 of the Act of March 22, 1906 (24 U.S.C. 152), is amended--
  (A) by striking out `Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled
  Volunteer Soldiers' and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans
  Affairs'; and
  (B) by striking out `as they may deem necessary' and inserting in lieu
  thereof `as the Secretary may consider necessary'.
  (j) LAWS CODIFIED IN TITLE 25, U.S.C-
  (1) The Act of February 25, 1933 (25 U.S.C. 14), is amended--
  (A) by striking out `Veterans' Administration' and inserting in lieu thereof
  `Department of Veterans Affairs'; and
  (B) by striking out `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs' and inserting in
  lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'.
  (2) Section 716 of the Indian Health Improvement Act (25 U.S.C. 1680f)
  is amended--
  (A) by striking out `Veterans' Administration' and inserting in lieu thereof
  `Department of Veterans Affairs' in each of the following subsections:
  subsections (a), (b)(3), (b)(4), (b)(6), (c)(1)(A), and (c)(1)(B);
  (B) in subsection (c)(1), by striking out `Within 30 days' and all that
  follows through `directed to' and inserting in lieu thereof `Not later
  than December 23, 1988, the Director of the Indian Health Service and the
  Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall'; and
  (C) in subsection (c)(2), by striking out `Not later than' and all that
  follows through `shall' and inserting in lieu thereof `Not later than
  November 23, 1990, the Secretary and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  shall'.
  (k) INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986- The following sections of the Internal
  Revenue Code of 1986 are amended by striking out `Veterans' Administration'
  and inserting in lieu thereof `Department of Veterans Affairs': sections
  104(b)(2)(D), 104(b)(4), 136(a)(3), and 149(b)(3)(A)(i).
  (l) LAWS CODIFIED IN TITLE 29, U.S.C-
  (1) The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 701 et seq.) is amended--
  (A) by striking out `Veterans' Administration' in the following provisions
  and inserting in lieu thereof `Department of Veterans Affairs': subsection
  (a)(11) of section 101 (29 U.S.C. 721), subsection (i)(2) of section
  202 (29 U.S.C. 761a), and subsection (a)(1)(B)(ix) of section 502 (29
  U.S.C. 792); and
  (B) by striking out `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs' in the following
  provisions and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs':
  subsection (a)(1) of section 203 (29 U.S.C. 761b) and subsection (a)
  of section 501 (29 U.S.C. 791).
  (2) The Job Training Partnership Act (29 U.S.C. 1501 et seq.) is amended--
  (A) by striking out `Veterans' Administration' in paragraph (27)(B) of
  section 4 (29 U.S.C. 1503) and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of
  Veterans Affairs';
  (B) by striking out `Veterans' Administration programs' in subsection
  (c)(10) of section 121 (29 U.S.C. 1531) and inserting in lieu thereof
  `programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs'; and
  (C) by striking out `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs' in subsection
  (b)(2)(B) of section 441 (29 U.S.C. 1721) and inserting in lieu thereof
  `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'.
  (m) TITLE 31, U.S.C- Title 31, United States Code, is amended as follows:
  (1) Paragraphs (45), (74), (82), and (83) of section 1321(a) are amended
  by striking out `Veterans' Administration' and inserting in lieu thereof
  `Department of Veterans Affairs'.
  (2) Section 3329(c)(1) is amended--
  (A) by striking out `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs' and inserting in
  lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'; and
  (B) by striking out `laws carried out by the Administrator' and inserting
  in lieu thereof `laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs'.
  (3) Section 3330 is amended--
  (A) by striking out `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs'in subsection
  (a)(1)(B) and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs';
  (B) by striking out `Administrator' in subsections (a)(2), (a)(3), and
  (d)(1)(A) and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'; and
  (C) by striking out `laws carried out by the Administrator' in subsections
  (b) and (c) and inserting in lieu thereof `laws administered by the
  Secretary of Veterans Affairs'.
  (4)(A) The heading of section 3330 is amended to read as follows:
`Sec. 3330. Payment of Department of Veterans Affairs checks for the benefit
of individuals in foreign countries'.
  (B) The item relating to section 3330 in the table of sections at the
  beginning of chapter 33 is amended to read as follows:
`3330. Payment of Department of Veterans Affairs checks for the benefit of
individuals in foreign countries.'.
  (n) LAWS CODIFIED IN TITLE 33, U.S.C-
  (1) Section 9 of the Coast and Geodetic Survey Commissioned Officers' Act of
  1948 (33 U.S.C. 853h) is amended by striking out `Veterans' Administration'
  in subsection (e)(2) and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans
  Affairs'.
  (2) The second sentence of the second paragraph of section 16 of the Act
  of May 22, 1917 (33 U.S.C. 857) is amended by striking out `Veterans'
  Administration' and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans
  Affairs'.
  (3) Section 3 of Public Law 91-621 (33 U.S.C. 857-3) is amended by striking
  out `Veterans' Administration' in subsection (a)(1) and inserting in lieu
  thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'.
  (o) LAWS CODIFIED IN TITLE 36, U.S.C-
  (1) The Act of July 23, 1947 (36 U.S.C. 67 et seq.) is amended by striking
  out `Veterans' Administration' in section 3(2) (36 U.S.C. 67b(2)) and in
  section 9 (36 U.S.C. 67h) and inserting in lieu thereof `Department of
  Veterans Affairs'.
  (2) Section 3 of the Act of June 17, 1932 (36 U.S.C. 90c) is amended by
  striking out `United States Veterans' Administration' and inserting in
  lieu thereof `Department of Veterans Affairs'.
  (3) Section 3 of Public Law 85-761 (36 U.S.C. 823) is amended by striking
  out `Veterans' Administration' in subsection (b)(5) and inserting in lieu
  thereof `Department of Veterans Affairs'.
  (4) Section 15 of Public Law 85-769 (36 U.S.C. 865) is amended by striking
  out `Veterans' Administration' and inserting in lieu thereof `Department
  of Veterans Affairs'.
  (5) Section 9 of Public Law 92-93 (36 U.S.C. 1159) is amended by striking
  out `Veterans' Administration' and inserting in lieu thereof `Department
  of Veterans Affairs'.
  (6) Section 3(d) of Public Law 98-314 (36 U.S.C. 2403(d)) is amended by
  striking out `Veterans' Administration' and inserting in lieu thereof
  `Department of Veterans Affairs'.
  (7) Section 3 of Public Law 98-584 (36 U.S.C. 3103) is amended by striking
  out `Veterans' Administration Hospitals' in paragraph (3) and inserting
  in lieu thereof `medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs'.
  (8) Section 3 of Public Law 99-172 (36 U.S.C. 3703) is amended by striking
  out `Veterans' Administration' in paragraph (5) and inserting in lieu
  thereof `Department of Veterans Affairs'.
  (p) LAWS CODIFIED IN TITLE 40, U.S.C- Section 13 of the Public Buildings
  Act of 1959 (40 U.S.C. 612) is amended by striking out `Veterans'
  Administration installations' in paragraph (1)(H) and inserting in lieu
  thereof `installations of the Department of Veterans Affairs'.
  (q) LAWS CODIFIED IN TITLE 41, U.S.C- The first section of the Act of June
  25, 1938 (41 U.S.C. 46), commonly referred to as the `Wagner-O'Day Act',
  is amended by striking out `Veterans' Administration' in subsection (a)(1)
  and inserting in lieu thereof `Department of Veterans Affairs'.
  (r) LAWS CODIFIED IN TITLE 42, U.S.C-
  (1) PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT- The Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 201
  et seq.) is amended as follows:
  (A) The following provisions are amended by striking out `Veterans'
  Administration' and inserting in lieu thereof `Department of Veterans
  Affairs':
  (i) Subsection (k)(4)(C) of section 306 (42 U.S.C. 242k).
  (ii) Subsection (e)(1) of section 544 (42 U.S.C. 290dd-3).
  (iii) Subsection (e)(1) of section 548 (42 U.S.C. 290ee-3).
  (B) The following provisions are amended by striking out `Administrator
  of Veterans' Affairs' and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans
  Affairs':
  (i) Subsection (c) of section 341 (42 U.S.C 257).
  (ii) Subsection (g) of section 548 (42 U.S.C. 290ee-3),
  (C) The following provisions are amended by striking out `the Chief Medical
  Director of the Veterans' Administration' and inserting in lieu thereof
  `the Under Secretary for Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs':
  (i) Subsection (b) of section 429 (42 U.S.C. 285c-3).
  (ii) Subsection (b)(2)(A) of section 430 (42 U.S.C. 285c-4).
  (iii) Subsection (b) of section 439 (42 U.S.C. 285d-4).
  (iv) Subsection (b)(2)(A) of section 442 (42 U.S.C. 285d-7).
  (v) Subsection (a)(1)(B) of section 466 (42 U.S.C. 286a).
  (vi) Subsection (b)(2)(A) of section 480 (42 U.S.C. 287a).
  (vii) Subsection (b)(2)(A) of section 505 (42 U.S.C. 290aa-3a).
  (viii) Subsection (b)(3) of section 799 (42 U.S.C. 295i).
  (D) Section 212 (42 U.S.C. 213) is amended by striking out `Veterans'
  Administration' in subsection (d) and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary
  of Veterans Affairs'.
  (E) Subsection (a)(2)(B) of section 314 (42 U.S.C. 246) is amended--
  (i) by striking out `Veterans' Administration' and inserting in lieu thereof
  `Department of Veterans Affairs';
  (ii) by striking out `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs' and inserting
  in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'; and
  (iii) by striking out `such Administration' and inserting in lieu thereof
  `such Department'.
  (F) Section 406 (42 U.S.C. 284a) is amended--
  (i) by striking out `the Chief Medical Director of the Veterans'
  Administration or the Chief Dental Director of the Veterans' Administration'
  in subsection (b)(2)(A) and inserting in lieu thereof `the Under Secretary
  for Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs or Assistant Under
  Secretary for Dentistry of the Department of Veterans Affairs'; and
  (ii) by striking out `Chief Medical Director of the Veterans' Administration'
  in subsection (h)(2)(A)(v) and inserting in lieu thereof `Under Secretary
  for Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs'.
  (G) Section 485 (42 U.S.C. 287c-2) is amended by striking out `Chief
  Nursing Officer of the Veterans' Administration' in subsection (b)(2)(A)
  and inserting in lieu thereof `chief nursing officer of the Department of
  Veterans Affairs'.
  (2) SAFE DRINKING WATER ACT AMENDMENTS OF 1986- Section 109(c) of the Safe
  Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1986 (42 U.S.C. 300g-6 note) is amended
  by striking out `the Administrator of the Veterans' Administration' and
  inserting in lieu thereof `the Secretary of Veterans Affairs'.
  (3) SOCIAL SECURITY ACT- The Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 301 et seq.) is
  amended as follows:
  (A) The following provisions are amended by striking out `Veterans'
  Administration' and inserting in lieu thereof `Department of Veterans
  Affairs':
  (i) Subsections (a)(1)(B) and (e)(1)(B) of section 217 (42 U.S.C. 417).
  (ii) Subsection (b)(5)(A) of section 1128 (42 U.S.C. 1320a-7).
  (iii) Subsection (h)(1) of section 1814 (42 U.S.C. 1395f).
  (iv) The heading of subsection (h) of section 1814.
  (v) Subsection (a)(5)(F) of section 1927 (42 U.S.C. 1396s).
  (B) The following provisions are amended by striking out `Veterans'
  Administration' each place it appears and inserting in lieu thereof
  `Secretary of Veterans Affairs':
  (i) Subsection (h)(2) of section 228 (42 U.S.C. 428).
  (ii) Subsection (f)(2) of section 462 (42 U.S.C. 662).
  (iii) Subsection (a)(1) of section 1133 (42 U.S.C. 1320b-3).
  (iv) Subsection (h)(2) of section 1814 (42 U.S.C. 1395f).
  (C) Subparagraph (D) of section 202(t)(4) (42 U.S.C. 402(t)(4)) is amended--
  (i) by striking out `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs' and inserting in
  lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'; and
  (ii) by striking out `if the Administrator' both places it appears and
  inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'.
  (D) Subsection (b)(1) of section 217 (42 U.S.C. 417) is amended by striking
  out `Veterans' Administration to be payable by it' and inserting in lieu
  thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs to be payable by him'.
  (E) Subsection (b)(2) of section 217 (42 U.S.C. 417) is amended--
  (i) in the first sentence--
  (I) by striking out `Veterans' Administration' the first place it appears
  and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'; and
  (II) by striking out `the Veterans' Administration' the second place it
  appears and inserting in lieu thereof `that Secretary';
  (ii) in the second sentence, by striking out `Veterans' Administration'
  and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs';
  (iii) in the third sentence--
  (I) by striking out `If the Veterans' Administration' and inserting in
  lieu thereof `If the Secretary of Veterans Affairs'; and
  (II) by striking out `it shall' and inserting in lieu thereof `the Secretary
  of Veterans Affairs shall';
  (iv) in the fourth sentence--
  (I) by striking out `Veterans' Administration' and inserting in lieu thereof
  `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'; and
  (II) by striking out `such Administration' and inserting in lieu thereof
  `that Secretary of Veterans Affairs'; and
  (v) in the fifth sentence, by striking out `Veterans' Administration'
  and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'.
  (F) Subsection (a)(1)(L) of section 1866 (42 U.S.C 1395cc) is amended by
  striking out `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs' and inserting in lieu
  thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'.
  (4) OMNIBUS RECONCILIATION ACT OF 1980- Section 966 of the Omnibus
  Reconciliation Act of 1980 (42 U.S.C. 632a) is amended--
  (A) in subsection (c)(6)--
  (i) by striking out `Veterans' Administration' both places it appears and
  inserting in lieu thereof `Department of Veterans Affairs'; and
  (ii) by striking out `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs' and inserting
  in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'; and
  (B) in subsection (e)(1), by striking out `Veterans' Administration'
  and inserting in lieu thereof `Department of Veterans Affairs'.
  (5) HOUSING ACT OF 1949- Section 535 of the Housing Act of 1949 (42
  U.S.C. 1490o) is amended by striking out `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs'
  in subsections (a) and (b) and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of
  Veterans Affairs'.
  (6) LANHAM PUBLIC WAR HOUSING ACT- The Act of October 14, 1940 (42
  U.S.C. 1501 et seq.), popularly known as the `Lanham Public War Housing Act,
  is amended as follows:
  (A) Section 601 (42 U.S.C. 1581) is amended by striking out `Veterans'
  Administration' each place it appears in subsection (d)(1) and inserting
  in lieu thereof `Department of Veterans Affairs'.
  (B) Section 607 (42 U.S.C. 1587) is amended by striking out `Veterans'
  Administration' in subsection (b) and inserting in lieu thereof `Department
  of Veterans Affairs'.
  (7) DEFENSE HOUSING AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES AND SERVICES ACT OF 1951-
  The Defense Housing and Community Facilities and Services Act of 1951 is
  amended as follows:
  (A) Section 302 (42 U.S.C. 1592a) is amended by striking out `Veterans'
  Administration' in subsections (a) and (c) and inserting in lieu thereof
  `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'.
  (B) Section 315(h) (42 U.S.C. 1592n(h)) is amended by striking out
  `Veterans' Administration' in the last sentence and inserting in lieu
  thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'.
  (8) PUBLIC LAW 87-693- The first section of Public Law 87-693 (42
  U.S.C. 2651) is amended by striking out `Veterans' Administration' in
  subsection (c) and inserting in lieu thereof `Department of Veterans
  Affairs'.
  (9) OLDER AMERICANS ACT OF 1965- The Older Americans Act of 1965 (42
  U.S.C. 3001 et seq.) is amended as follows:
  (A) Section 207 (42 U.S.C. 3018) is amended by striking out `Administrator
  of the Veterans' Administration' in subsection (b)(3)(D) and inserting in
  lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'.
  (B) Section 301 (42 U.S.C. 3021) is amended by striking out `Veterans'
  Administration' in subsection (b)(2) and inserting in lieu thereof
  `Department of Veterans Affairs'.
  (C) Section 402 (42 U.S.C. 3030bb) is amended by striking out `Veterans'
  Administration' in subsection (b) and inserting in lieu thereof `Department
  of Veterans Affairs'.
  (10) HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AMENDMENTS OF 1978- Section 905 of
  the Housing and Community Development Amendments of 1978 (42 U.S.C. 3541)
  is amended by striking out `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs' each place
  it appears in subsection (b) and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of
  Veterans Affairs'.
  (11) NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY, ORGANIZATION, AND PRIORITIES
  ACT OF 1976- Section 401 of National Science and Technology Policy,
  Organization, and Priorities Act of 1976 (42 U.S.C. 6651) is amended by
  striking out `Veterans' Administration' in subsection (b) and inserting
  in lieu thereof `Department of Veterans Affairs'.
  (12) NATIONAL ENERGY CONSERVATION POLICY ACT- Section 253 of the National
  Energy Conservation Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 8232) is amended by striking out
  `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs' in subsection (a) and inserting in
  lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'.
  (13) CONSUMER-PATIENT RADIATION HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT OF 1981- The
  Consumer-Patient Radiation Health and Safety Act of 1981 (42 U.S.C. 10001
  et seq.) is amended as follows:
  (A) Section 979 (42 U.S.C. 10004) is amended by striking out `Administrator
  of Veterans' Affairs' in subsections (a) and (b) and inserting in lieu
  thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'.
  (B) Section 982 (42 U.S.C. 10007) is amended by striking out `Administrator
  of Veterans' Affairs' and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans
  Affairs'.
  (C) Section 983(b) (42 U.S.C. 10008(b))--
  (i) by striking out `(1) The Administrator of Veterans' Affairs' and all that
  follows through `subtitle 38' and inserting in lieu thereof `The Secretary of
  Veterans Affairs, through the Under Secretary for Health of the Department
  of Veterans Affairs, shall, to the maximum extent feasible consistent with
  the responsibilities of such Secretary and Under Secretary under title 38';
  (ii) by striking out `over which the Administrator' and inserting in lieu
  thereof `over which that Secretary'; and
  (iii) by striking out `Administrator' both places it appears in the second
  sentence and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'; and
  (iv) by striking out paragraphs (2) and (3).
  (14) ALZHEIMERS'S DISEASE AND RELATED DEMENTIAS SERVICES RESEARCH ACT OF
  1986- The Alzheimers's Disease and Related Dementias Services Research
  Act of 1986 (42 U.S.C. 11201 et seq.) is amended as follows:
  (A) Section 911 (42 U.S.C. 11211) is amended by striking out `Administrator
  of Veterans' Affairs (or the designee of such Administrator)' in subsection
  (a)(11) and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  (or the designee of such Secretary)';
  (B) Section 934 (42 U.S.C. 11261) is amended by striking out `Veterans'
  Administration' in subsection (b)(1)(A) and inserting in lieu thereof
  `Department of Veterans Affairs'.
  (15) STEWART B. MCKINNEY HOMELESS ASSISTANCE ACT- Section 202 of the
  Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11312) is amended
  by striking out `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs, or the designee of
  the Administrator' in subsection (a)(15) and inserting in lieu thereof
  `Secretary of Veterans Affairs, or the designee of the Secretary)'.
  (s) TITLE 44, U.S.C- The text of section 503 of title 44, United States
  Code, is amended to read as follows:
  `(a) Notwithstanding section 501 of this title, the Secretary of Veterans
  Affairs may use the equipment described in subsection (b) for printing and
  binding that the Secretary finds advisable for the use of the Department
  of Veterans Affairs.
  `(b) The equipment referred to in subsection (a) is the printing and
  binding equipment that the various hospitals and homes of the Department
  of Veterans Affairs use for occupational therapy.'.
  (t) TITLE 49, U.S.C- Section 10723 of title 49, United States Code, is
  amended by striking out `Veterans' Administration facility' in subsection
  (a)(1)(B)(i) and inserting in lieu thereof `facility of the Department of
  Veterans Affairs'.
  (u) LAWS CODIFIED IN TITLE 50, U.S.C. APPENDIX- Section 11 of the Military
  Selective Service Act (50 U.S.C. App. 461) is amended by striking out
  `Administrator of Veterans' Affairs' and inserting in lieu thereof
  `Secretary of Veterans Affairs'.
SEC. 8. OTHER TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS TO TITLE 38, UNITED STATES CODE.
  (a) CHAPTERS 1 AND 3 OF TITLE 38- Part I is amended as follows:
  (1) Section 101(21)(C) is amended by redesignating subclauses (a), (b),
  and (c) of clause (ii) as subclauses (I), (II), and (III), respectively;
  (2) Section 102 is amended by striking out `(C)' before `For the purposes
  of' and inserting in lieu thereof `(c)'.
  (b) CHAPTERS 11 THROUGH 24 OF TITLE 38- Part II is amended as follows:
  (1) Section 354 is amended--
  (A) by inserting a comma in the section heading after `place'; and
  (B) by inserting `(Public Law 98-542; 98 Stat. 2727)' in subsection (a)
  before the period at the end.
  (2) Section 402(d) is amended by striking out `Secretary of the Department'
  and inserting in lieu thereof `Secretary of the department'.
  (3) Section 412(a) is amended by striking out `201' and inserting in lieu
  thereof `401'.
  (4) Section 423 is amended--
  (A) by striking out `or section 321(b) of title 32,' in the first sentence;
  and
  (B) by striking out `1476(a) or 321(b)' in the second sentence.
  (5) Section 503(a) is amended--
  (A) in paragraph (8), by striking out `per centum' and inserting in lieu
  thereof `percent'; and
  (B) in paragraph (10)(A)--
  (i) by striking out `Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (26 U.S.C. 6012(a))'
  and inserting in lieu thereof `Internal Revenue Code of 1986'; and
  (ii) by striking out `section 143' and inserting in lieu thereof `section
  7703'.
  (6) Section 508(b) is amended by striking out `per centum' and inserting
  in lieu thereof `percent'.
  (7) Sections 532(a) and 534(a) are amended--
  (A) by striking out the semicolon at the end of paragraph (2) and inserting
  in lieu thereof a period; and
  (B) by striking out the matter following paragraph (2).
  (8) Section 601 is amended--
  (A) in paragraph (2), by striking out `any veteran of the Indian Wars, or';
  (B) by striking out paragraph (3);
  (C) by redesignating paragraph (4) as paragraph (3);
  (D) in paragraph (6)--
  (i) by striking out `section 612(f)(1)(A)(i)' in subparagraph (A)(i)
  and inserting in lieu thereof `section 612(a)(5)(A)'; and
  (ii) by striking out `section 612(f)(1)(A)(ii)' in subparagraph (B)(i)(II)
  and inserting in lieu thereof `section 612(a)(5)(B)'; and
  (E) by transferring paragraph (9) within such section so as to appear
  before paragraph (5) and redesignating such paragraph as paragraph (4).
  (9) Section 603 is amended--
  (A) by striking out `section' before `paragraph' in subsection (a)(2)(B);
  (B) by striking out `section 612(b)(1)(G)' in subsection (a)(7) and
  inserting in lieu thereof `section 612(b)(1)(F)'; and
  (C) by inserting `(Public Law 100-322; 102 Stat. 501)' in subsection (b)
  before the period at the end.
  (10) Section 610(a)(1)(H) is amended by striking out `the Spanish-American
  War, the Mexican border period,' and inserting in lieu thereof `the Mexican
  border period'.
  (11) Section 612A(b)(1) is amended by striking out `paragraph (1)(A)(ii)
  of section 612(f)' and inserting in lieu thereof `section 612(a)(5)(B)'.
  (12) Section 618(c)(3) is amended by inserting `and' after `productivity'.
  (13) Section 620A(f)(1) is amended by striking out `during the period'
  before `beginning on'.
  (14) Section 630(a) is amended--
  (A) by striking out `(1)' after `(a)'; and
  (B) by redesignating subparagraph (A), clause (i), clause (ii), and
  subparagraph (B) as paragraph (1), subparagraph (A), subparagraph (B),
  and paragraph (2), respectively.
  (15) Section 765 is amended--
  (A) in paragraph (4), by redesignating clauses (i) and (ii) as clauses
  (A) and (B), respectively; and
  (B) in each of paragraphs (8) and (9), by redesignating clauses (a), (b),
  (c), (d), and (e) as clauses (A), (B), (C), (D), and (E), respectively.
  (16) Section 770(g) is amended by striking out `the Internal Revenue Code
  of 1954' in clause (2) of the second sentence and inserting in lieu thereof
  `the Internal Revenue Code of 1986'.
  (17) The text of section 774 is amended to read as follows:
  `(a) There is an Advisory Council on Servicemen's Group Life Insurance. The
  council consists of--
  `(1) the Secretary of the Treasury, who is the chairman of the council;
  `(2) the Secretary of Defense;
  `(3) the Secretary of Commerce;
  `(4) the Secretary of Health and Human Services;
  `(5) the Secretary of Transportation; and
  `(6) the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Members of the council shall serve without additional compensation.
  `(b) The council shall meet at least once a year, or more often at the
  call of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. The council shall review the
  operations of the Department under this subchapter and shall advise the
  Secretary on matters of policy relating to the Secretary's activities
  under this subchapter.'.
  (18) Section 783 is amended by striking out `section 14 of title 25,'
  and inserting in lieu thereof `the Act of February 25, 1933 (25 U.S.C. 14),'.
  (19) Section 901(d) is amended--
  (A) by striking out `deems' and inserting in lieu thereof `considers';
  (B) by striking out the comma after `this section'; and
  (C) by striking out `, United States Code'.
  (20) Section 1004(c)(2)(B) is amended by striking out `the date of the
  enactment of the Veterans' Benefits Improvement and Health-Care Authorization
  Act of 1986' and inserting in lieu thereof `October 28, 1986'.
  (21) Section 1010(b) is amended by striking out `the military departments'
  and inserting in lieu thereof `each military department'.
  (c) CHAPTERS 30 THROUGH 43 OF TITLE 38- Part III is amended as follows:
  (1) Section 1415(c) is amended by striking out `the date of the enactment
  of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 1990 and 1991,'
  and inserting in lieu thereof `November 29, 1989,'.
  (2) The item relating to section 1423 in the table of sections at the
  beginning of chapter 30 is amended by striking out `chapter' and inserting
  in lieu thereof `subchapter'.
  (3) Section 1504(b) is amended by striking out `(29 U.S.C. 796)' and
  inserting in lieu thereof `(29 U.S.C. 796a)'.
  (4) Section 1517(a) is amended--
  (A) by inserting `(29 U.S.C. 701 et seq.)' in paragraph (1) after `the
  Rehabilitation Act of 1973'; and
  (B) by striking out the second period at the end of paragraph (2)(C).
  (5) Section 1521(a)(3) is amended by inserting `and Training' after
  `Veterans' Employment'.
  (6) Section 1602(1)(A) is amended by inserting a comma after `January 1,
  1977' the last place it appears.
  (7) Section 1792(a) is amended by inserting `and Training' after `Veterans'
  Employment'.
  (8) Section 1812 is amended--
  (A) in subsection (c)(5), by striking out `under this section' and inserting
  in lieu thereof `for purposes specified in this section'; and
  (B) in subsection (l), by striking out `, beginning 12 months following
  October 23, 1970,'.
  (9) Section 2013 is amended by striking out `the Comprehensive Employment
  and Training Act' and inserting in lieu thereof `the Job Training Partnership
  Act (29 U.S.C. 1501 et seq.)'.
  (d) CHAPTERS 51 THROUGH 61 OF TITLE 38- Part IV is amended as follows:
  (1) Section 3101(d) is amended by striking out `the Internal Revenue Code
  of 1954' and inserting in lieu thereof `the Internal Revenue Code of 1986'.
  (2) Section 3116 is amended--
  (A) by striking out `Within ninety days after the date of the enactment of
  this section, the' in subsection (a)(1) and inserting in lieu thereof `The';
  (B) by striking out subsection (b); and
  (C) by redesignating subsection (c) as subsection (b).
  (3) Section 3305 is amended--
  (A) in subsection (c), by striking out `the date of the enactment of this
  section,' in paragraphs (1) and (2) and inserting in lieu thereof `October
  7, 1980,'; and
  (B) in subsection (d)--
  (i) in the first sentence of paragraph (1), by striking out `Not later
  than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this section, the' and
  inserting in lieu thereof `The';
  (ii) in the second sentence of paragraph (1), by striking out `such
  enactment date' and inserting in lieu thereof `October 7, 1980,';
  (iii) in the third sentence of paragraph (1)--
  (I) by striking out `existing'; and
  (II) by inserting `in existence on October 7, 1980' after `such programs';
  and
  (iv) in paragraph (2), by striking out `After the date on which such
  regulations are first prescribed, no activity shall be considered' and
  inserting in lieu thereof `An activity may not be considered'.
  (4)(A) Section 3311 is amended to read as follows:
`Sec. 3311. Authority to issue subpoenas
  `(a) For the purposes of the law administered by the Secretary, the
  Secretary, and those employees to whom the Secretary may delegate such
  authority, to the extent of the authority so delegated, shall have the
  power to--
  `(1) issue subpoenas and compel the attendance of witnesses within a radius
  of 100 miles from the place of hearing;
  `(2) require the production of books, papers, documents, and other evidence;
  `(3) take affidavits and administer oaths and affirmations;
  `(4) aid claimants in the preparation and presentation of claims; and
  `(5) make investigations and examine witnesses upon any matter within the
  jurisdiction of the Department.
  `(b) Any person required by such subpoena to attend as a witness shall be
  allowed and paid the same fees and mileage as are paid witnesses in the
  district courts of the United States.'.
  (B) The item relating to such section in the table of sections at the
  beginning of chapter 57 is amended to read as follows:
`3311. Authority to issue subpoenas.'.
  (5)(A) Section 3313 is amended by striking out `subpena' both places it
  appears in the text and inserting in lieu `subpoena'.
  (B) The heading of such section is amended to read as follows:
`Sec. 3313. Disobedience to subpoena'.
  (C) The item relating to such section in the table of sections at the
  beginning of chapter 57 is amended to read as follows:
`3313. Disobedience to subpoena.'.
  (6) Sections 3501(a), 3502(a), and 3502(b) are amended by striking out
  `not more than $2,000' and inserting in lieu thereof `in accordance with
  title 18'.
  (7) Section 3503 is amended--
  (A) by adding at the end of subsection (b) the following: `An apportionment
  award under this subsection may not be made in any case after September 1,
  1959.'; and
  (B) by striking out subsection (e).
  (8) Section 3505(c) is amended--
  (A) by striking out `clauses (1),' and inserting in lieu thereof `clauses
  (2),';
  (B) by striking out `Secretary of the Treasury, as may be' and inserting
  in lieu thereof `Secretary of Transportation, as'; and
  (C) by striking out `clause (2) of subsection (b) of this section' and
  inserting in lieu thereof `clause (1) of that subsection'.
  (e) CHAPTERS 71 THROUGH 76 OF TITLE 38- Part V is amended as follows:
  (1) The tables of chapters before part I and at the beginning of part V are
  each amended by inserting `United States' before `Court of Veterans Appeals'.
  (2) Section 4001(a) is amended--
  (A) by striking out `There shall be' and inserting in lieu thereof
  `There is';
  (B) by inserting a period after `Board')'; and
  (C) by striking out `under the' and inserting in lieu thereof `The Board
  is under the'.
  (3) Section 4052(a) and 4061(c) are amended by striking out `court' and
  inserting in lieu thereof `Court'.
  (4) Section 4054 is amended by redesignating the second subsection (d)
  as subsection (e).
  (5) Section 4092(c) is amended by striking out `United States Courts'
  and inserting in lieu thereof `United States Court'.
  (6) Section 4602 (as redesignated by section 4(a)) is amended by striking
  out `section 5 of title 41' in paragraph (6) and inserting in lieu thereof
  `section 3709 of the Revised Statutes (41 U.S.C. 5)'.
  (7) Section 4609 (as redesignated by section 4(a)) is amended by striking
  out `child care' each place it appears and inserting in lieu thereof
  `child-care'.
  (8) Section 4322(d) is amended by inserting an open parenthesis before
  `adjusted in'.
  (9) Section 4331(b)(3) is amended by striking out `chapter 51' and inserting
  in lieu thereof `chapter 53'.
  (f) CHAPTERS 81 THROUGH 85 OF TITLE 38- Part VI is amended as follows:
  (1) The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 81 is amended--
  (A) by transferring the item relating to section 5016 (as added by section
  205(b) of Public Law 100-322) so as to appear immediately after the item
  relating to section 5015; and
  (B) by revising the item relating to section 5035 so that the initial
  letter of the last word is lower case.
  (2) Section 5002(d) is amended by striking out `section 5001' and inserting
  in lieu thereof `section 5011'.
  (3) Section 5007(a)(2)(B) is amended by striking out the second comma before
  `are most in need of'.
  (4) Section 5011A is amended--
  (A) by striking out `or (g)' in subsection (b)(2)(A); and
  (B) by striking out subsection (d) and inserting in lieu thereof the
  following:
  `(d)(1) The Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of Defense
  shall jointly review plans for the implementation of this section not less
  often than annually.
  `(2) Whenever a modification to such plans is agreed to, the Secretaries
  shall jointly submit to the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate
  and House of Representatives a report on such modification. Any such report
  shall be submitted within 30 days after the modification is agreed to.'.
  (5) Section 5022(a)(3)(A) is amended--
  (A) by striking out `State home' and inserting in lieu thereof `State'; and
  (B) by striking out `the paragraph' and inserting in lieu thereof `this
  paragraph'.
  (6) Section 5034 is amended--
  (A) by inserting `(a)' before `Within six months';
  (B) by striking out `this section or any amendment to it' and inserting
  in lieu thereof `any amendment to this section';
  (C) by designating the sentence at the end of paragraph (3) as subsection
  (b), realigning such sentence so as to appear full measure and indented,
  and striking out `such standards' at the end of such sentence and inserting
  in lieu thereof `the standards prescribed under subsection (a)(3)'.
  (7) Section 5035(a) is amended by striking out `After regulations' and
  all that follows through `any State' in the first sentence and inserting
  in lieu thereof `Any State'.
  (8) Section 5052 is amended--
  (A) by redesignating paragraphs (a), (b), and (c) as paragraphs (1),
  (2), and (3), respectively; and
  (B) by realigning those paragraphs to be indented two ems.
  (9) Section 5053 is amended  by striking out `hereunder' at the end of
  subsection (c) and inserting in lieu thereof `under this section'.
  (10) Section 5070(e) is amended by striking out `section 5012(a)' and
  inserting in lieu thereof `section 5022(a)'.
  (11) Section 5202(b) is amended by inserting a comma in the second sentence
  before `namely,'.
  (g) TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS TO OTHER VETERANS STATUTES-
  (1) Effective as of May 20, 1988, section 415(b)(5)(C) of Public Law 100-322
  is amended by striking out `paragraph (4)' and inserting in lieu thereof
  `paragraph (1)(D)'.
  (2) Effective as of November 18, 1988, the first quoted matter in section
  101(b) of Public Law 100-687 is amended by inserting `the' after `benefits
  under'.
  (3) Section 502 of Public Law 96-128 is amended by striking out `Internal
  Revenue Code of 1954' in the first sentence and the last sentence and
  inserting in lieu thereof `Internal Revenue Code of 1986'.
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  (a) REFERENCES TO REPLACED LAWS- A reference to a provision of title 38,
  United States Code, replaced by a provision of that title enacted by
  section 2 or 4 of this Act (including a reference in a regulation, order,
  or other law) shall be treated as referring to the corresponding provision
  enacted by this Act.
  (b) SAVINGS PROVISION FOR REGULATIONS- A regulation, rule, or order in
  effect under a provision of title 38, United States Code, replaced by
  a provision of that title enacted by section 2 or 4 of this Act shall
  continue in effect under the corresponding provision enacted by this Act
  until repealed, amended, or superseded.
  (c) GENERAL SAVINGS PROVISION- An action taken or an offense committed under
  a provision of title 38, United States Code, replaced by a provision of that
  title enacted by section 2 or 4 of this Act shall be treated as having been
  taken or committed under the corresponding provision enacted by this title.
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