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Public Law 115-48
115th Congress

                                 An Act


 
 To amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in 
  the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for 
         other purposes. <<NOTE: Aug. 16, 2017 -  [H.R. 3218]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Harry W. Colmery 
Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017. 38 USC 101 note.>> 
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

    (a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Harry W. Colmery 
Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017''.
    (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents for this Act is as 
follows:

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.
Sec. 2. References to title 38, United States Code.

            TITLE I--POST-9/11 EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Sec. 101. Consideration of certain time spent receiving medical care 
           from Secretary of Defense as active duty for purposes of 
           eligibility for Post-9/11 Educational Assistance.
Sec. 102. Educational assistance under Post-9/11 Educational Assistance 
           Program for members of the Armed Forces awarded the Purple 
           Heart.
Sec. 103. Inclusion of Fry Scholarship recipients and Purple Heart 
           recipients in Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education Enhancement 
           Program.
Sec. 104. Inclusion of certain members of the Armed Forces serving on 
           active duty in Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education Enhancement 
           Program.
Sec. 105. Consolidation of certain eligibility tiers under Post-9/11 
           Educational Assistance Program of the Department of Veterans 
           Affairs.
Sec. 106. Eligibility for Post-9/11 Educational Assistance for certain 
           members of reserve components of Armed Forces who lost 
           entitlement to educational assistance under Reserve 
           Educational Assistance Program.
Sec. 107. Calculation of monthly housing stipend under Post-9/11 
           Educational Assistance Program based on location of campus 
           where classes are attended.
Sec. 108. Charge to entitlement for certain licensure and certification 
           tests and national tests under Department of Veterans Affairs 
           Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program.
Sec. 109. Restoration of entitlement to educational assistance and other 
           relief for veterans affected by school closure or 
           disapproval.
Sec. 110. Additional authorized transfer of unused Post-9/11 Educational 
           Assistance benefits to dependents upon death of originally 
           designated dependent.
Sec. 111. Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship.
Sec. 112. Honoring the national service of members of the Armed Forces 
           by elimination of time limitation for use of entitlement.
Sec. 113. Monthly stipend for certain members of the reserve components 
           of the Armed Forces receiving Post-9/11 Educational 
           Assistance.
Sec. 114. Annual reports to Congress on information on student progress 
           submitted by educational institutions.
Sec. 115. Improvement of information technology of the veterans benefits 
           administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Sec. 116. Department of Veterans Affairs high technology pilot program.

             TITLE II--OTHER EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

Sec. 201. Work-study allowance.

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Sec. 202. Duration of educational assistance under Survivors' and 
           Dependents' Educational Assistance Program.
Sec. 203. Olin E. Teague increase in amounts of educational assistance 
           payable under Survivors' and Dependents' Educational 
           Assistance Program.

      TITLE III--ADMINISTRATION OF EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

Sec. 301. State approving agency funding.
Sec. 302. Authorization for use of Post-9/11 Educational Assistance to 
           pursue independent study programs at certain educational 
           institutions that are not institutions of higher learning.
Sec. 303. Provision of information on priority enrollment for veterans 
           in certain courses of education.
Sec. 304. Limitation on use of reporting fees payable to educational 
           institutions and sponsors of programs of apprenticeship.
Sec. 305. Training for school certifying officials.
Sec. 306. Extension of authority for Advisory Committee on Education.
Sec. 307. Department of Veterans Affairs provision of on-campus 
           educational and vocational counseling for veterans.
Sec. 308. Provision of information regarding veteran entitlement to 
           educational assistance.
Sec. 309. Treatment, for purposes of educational assistance administered 
           by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, of educational courses 
           that begin seven or fewer days after the first day of an 
           academic term.
Sec. 310. Inclusion of risk-based reviews in State approving agency 
           oversight activities.
Sec. 311. Comptroller General study of State approving agency 
           performance.

                  TITLE IV--RESERVE COMPONENT BENEFITS

Sec. 401. Eligibility of reserve component members for Post-9/11 
           Educational Assistance.
Sec. 402. Time limitation for training and rehabilitation for veterans 
           with service-connected disabilities.

                         TITLE V--OTHER MATTERS

Sec. 501. Repeal inapplicability of modification of basic allowance for 
           housing to benefits under laws administered by Secretary of 
           Veterans Affairs.
Sec. 502. Reconsideration of previously denied claims for disability 
           compensation for veterans who allege full-body exposure to 
           nitrogen mustard gas, sulfur mustard gas, or Lewisite during 
           World War II.

SEC. 2. REFERENCES TO TITLE 38, UNITED STATES CODE.

     Except 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.

            TITLE I--POST-9/11 EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

SEC. 101. CONSIDERATION OF CERTAIN TIME SPENT RECEIVING MEDICAL 
                        CARE FROM SECRETARY OF DEFENSE AS ACTIVE 
                        DUTY FOR PURPOSES OF ELIGIBILITY FOR POST-
                        9/11 EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE.

    (a) In General.--Section 3301(1)(B) is amended by inserting 
``12301(h),'' after ``12301(g),''.
    (b) <<NOTE: 38 USC 3301 note.>>  Retroactive Application.--The 
amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to service in 
the Armed Forces occurring on or after September 11, 2001.

    (c) <<NOTE: 38 USC 3301 note.>>  Application With Respect to Use of 
Entitlement.--An individual who is entitled to educational assistance by 
reason of the amendment made by subsection (a) may use such entitlement 
to pursue a course of education beginning on or after August 1, 2018.

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SEC. 102. EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE UNDER POST-9/11 EDUCATIONAL 
                        ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR MEMBERS OF THE 
                        ARMED FORCES AWARDED THE PURPLE HEART.

    (a) Eligibility.--Section 3311(b) is amended by adding at the end 
the following new paragraph:
            ``(10) An individual who is awarded the Purple Heart for 
        service in the Armed Forces occurring on or after September 11, 
        2001, and continues to serve on active duty in the Armed Forces 
        or is discharged or released from active duty as described in 
        subsection (c).''.

    (b) Amount of Assistance.--Section 3313(c)(1) is amended by striking 
``or (9)'' and inserting ``(9), or (10)''.
    (c) <<NOTE: 38 USC 3311 note.>>  Effective Date.--The amendments 
made by this section shall take effect on August 1, 2018.
SEC. 103. INCLUSION OF FRY SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS AND PURPLE HEART 
                        RECIPIENTS IN YELLOW RIBBON G.I. EDUCATION 
                        ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM.

    (a) In General.--Section 3317(a) is amended, in the second sentence, 
by striking ``paragraphs (1) and (2)'' and inserting ``paragraphs (1), 
(2), (9), and (10)''.
    (b) <<NOTE: 38 USC 3317 note.>>  Effective Date.--The amendment made 
by subsection (a) shall take effect on August 1, 2018.
SEC. 104. INCLUSION OF CERTAIN MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES SERVING 
                        ON ACTIVE DUTY IN YELLOW RIBBON G.I. 
                        EDUCATION ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM.

    (a) In General.--Section 3317(a) is amended, in the first sentence, 
by striking ``section 3313(c)(1)(A)'' and inserting ``subsection 
(c)(1)(A) or (e)(2)(A) of section 3313 of this title''.
    (b) <<NOTE: 38 USC 3317 note.>>  Effective Date.--The amendment made 
by subsection (a) shall take effect on August 1, 2022.
SEC. 105. CONSOLIDATION OF CERTAIN ELIGIBILITY TIERS UNDER POST-9/
                        11 EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OF THE 
                        DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS.

    (a) Entitlement.--Section 3311(b), as amended by section 102, is 
further amended--
            (1) in paragraph (6)(A), by striking ``12 months'' and 
        inserting ``6 months'';
            (2) by striking paragraph (7); and
            (3) by redesignating paragraphs (8), (9), and (10) as 
        paragraphs (7), (8), and (9), respectively.

    (b) Amount of Educational Assistance.--Section 3313(c) is amended by 
striking paragraph (7).
    (c) Conforming Amendments.--Chapter 33 is further amended as 
follows:
            (1) In section 3311(f), by striking ``paragraph (9)'' each 
        place it appears and inserting ``paragraph (8)''.
            (2) In section 3313, as amended by section 102--
                    (A) in subsection (c)(1), by striking ``(9), or 
                (10)'' and inserting ``(8), or (9)'';
                    (B) in subsection (d), by striking ``paragraphs (2) 
                through (7)'' each place it appears and inserting 
                ``paragraphs (2) through (6)'';
                    (C) in subsection (e)(2)(C)--
                          (i) by striking ``paragraphs (3) through (8)'' 
                      and inserting ``paragraphs (3) through (7)''; and

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                          (ii) by striking ``paragraphs (2) through 
                      (7)'' and inserting ``paragraphs (2) through 
                      (6)'';
                    (D) in subsection (f)(2)(A)(ii), by striking 
                ``paragraphs (2) through (7)'' and inserting 
                ``paragraphs (2) through (6)'';
                    (E) in subsection (g)(3)--
                          (i) in subparagraph (A)(iv)--
                                    (I) by striking ``paragraphs (3) 
                                through (8)'' and inserting ``paragraphs 
                                (3) through (7)''; and
                                    (II) by striking ``paragraphs (2) 
                                through (7)'' and inserting ``paragraphs 
                                (2) through (6)'';
                          (ii) in subparagraph (B)(iii)--
                                    (I) by striking ``paragraphs (3) 
                                through (8)'' and inserting ``paragraphs 
                                (3) through (7)''; and
                                    (II) by striking ``paragraphs (2) 
                                through (7)'' and inserting ``paragraphs 
                                (2) through (6)'';
                          (iii) in subparagraph (C)(ii)--
                                    (I) in subclause (I), by striking 
                                ``(9)'' and inserting ``(8)''; and
                                    (II) in subclause (II)--
                                            (aa) by striking 
                                        ``paragraphs (3) through (8)'' 
                                        and inserting ``paragraphs (3) 
                                        through (7)''; and
                                            (bb) by striking 
                                        ``paragraphs (2) through (7)'' 
                                        and inserting ``paragraphs (2) 
                                        through (6)''; and
                          (iv) in subparagraph (D)(ii)--
                                    (I) in subclause (I), by striking 
                                ``(9)'' and inserting ``(8)''; and
                                    (II) in subclause (II)--
                                            (aa) by striking 
                                        ``paragraphs (3) through (8)'' 
                                        and inserting ``paragraphs (3) 
                                        through (7)''; and
                                            (bb) by striking 
                                        ``paragraphs (2) through (7)'' 
                                        and inserting ``paragraphs (2) 
                                        through (6)''; and
                    (F) in subsection (h), by striking ``paragraphs (2) 
                through (7)'' and inserting ``paragraphs (2) through 
                (6)'';
            (3) In section 3316--
                    (A) in subsection (a)(1), by striking ``paragraphs 
                (2) through (7)'' and inserting ``paragraphs (2) through 
                (6)''; and
                    (B) in subsection (b)(1), by striking ``paragraphs 
                (2) through (7)'' and inserting ``paragraphs (2) through 
                (6)''.
            (4) In section 3317(a), in the second sentence, as amended 
        by section 103, by striking ``paragraphs (1), (2), (9), and 
        (10)'' and inserting ``paragraphs (1), (2), (8), and (9)''.
            (5) In section 3321(b)(4), as amended by section 112, by 
        striking ``section 3311(b)(9)'' and inserting ``section 
        3311(b)(8)''.
            (6) In section 3322--
                    (A) in subsection (e), by striking ``3311(b)(9)'' 
                and inserting ``3311(b)(8)'';
                    (B) in subsection (f), by striking ``3311(b)(9)'' 
                and inserting ``3311(b)(8)''; and
                    (C) in subsection (h)(2), by striking ``3311(b)(9)'' 
                and inserting ``3311(b)(8)''.
            (7) In section 3679(c)(2)(B), by striking ``3311(b)(9)'' and 
        inserting ``3311(b)(8)''.

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    (d) <<NOTE: 38 USC 3311 note.>>  Effective Date.--The amendments 
made by this section shall take effect on August 1, 2020.
SEC. 106. ELIGIBILITY FOR POST-9/11 EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE FOR 
                        CERTAIN MEMBERS OF RESERVE COMPONENTS OF 
                        ARMED FORCES WHO LOST ENTITLEMENT TO 
                        EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE UNDER RESERVE 
                        EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

    (a) Election.--Section 16167 of title 10, United States Code, is 
amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
    ``(c) Eligibility for Post-9/11 Educational Assistance.--A member 
who loses eligibility for benefits under this chapter pursuant to 
subsection (b) shall be allowed to elect (in such form and manner as the 
Secretary of Veterans Affairs may prescribe) to have such service 
previously credited toward this chapter credited towards establishing 
eligibility for educational assistance under chapter 33 of title 38, 
notwithstanding the provisions of section 16163(e) of this title or 
section 3322(h)(1) of title 38.''.
    (b) <<NOTE: 38 USC 3301 note.>>  Qualification of Service.--Section 
3301(1) of title 38, United States Code, shall be construed to include, 
in the case of a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces who, 
before November 25, 2015, established eligibility for educational 
assistance under chapter 1607 of title 10, United States Code, pursuant 
to section 16163(a)(1) of such title, but lost eligibility for such 
educational assistance pursuant to section 16167(b) of such title, 
service on active duty (as defined in section 101 of such title) that 
satisfies the requirements of section 16163(a)(1) of such title.

    (c) <<NOTE: 38 USC 3311 note.>>  Entitlement.--Section 3311(b)(6) of 
title 38, United States Code, shall be construed to include an 
individual who, before November 25, 2015, established eligibility for 
educational assistance under chapter 1607 of title 10, United States 
Code, pursuant to section 16163(b) of such title, but lost such 
eligibility pursuant to section 16167(b) of such title.

    (d) <<NOTE: 38 USC 3313 note.>>  Duration.--Notwithstanding section 
3312 of title 38, United States Code, an individual who establishes 
eligibility for educational assistance under chapter 33 of such title by 
crediting towards such chapter service previously credited towards 
chapter 1607 of title 10, United States Code, is only entitled to a 
number of months of educational assistance under section 3313 of title 
38, United States Code, equal to the number of months of entitlement 
remaining under chapter 1607 of title 10, United States Code, at the 
time of conversion to chapter 33 of title 38, United States Code.
SEC. 107. CALCULATION OF MONTHLY HOUSING STIPEND UNDER POST-9/11 
                        EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM BASED ON 
                        LOCATION OF CAMPUS WHERE CLASSES ARE 
                        ATTENDED.

    (a) In General.--Section 3313(c)(1)(B)(i)(I) is amended by striking 
``the institution of higher learning at which the individual is 
enrolled'' and inserting ``the campus of the institution of higher 
learning where the individual physically participates in a majority of 
classes''.
    (b) <<NOTE: 38 USC 3313 note.>>  Effective Date.--The amendment made 
by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to initial enrollment in a 
program of education on or after August 1, 2018.

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SEC. 108. CHARGE TO ENTITLEMENT FOR CERTAIN LICENSURE AND 
                        CERTIFICATION TESTS AND NATIONAL TESTS 
                        UNDER DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS POST-
                        9/11 EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

    (a) Licensure and Certification Tests.--Subsection (c) of section 
3315 is amended--
            (1) by striking ``shall be determined at the rate of one 
        month (rounded to the nearest whole month)'' and inserting 
        ``shall be pro-rated based on the actual amount of the fee 
        charged for the test relative to the rate for 1 month''; and
            (2) by striking ``for each amount paid that equals'' and 
        inserting ``payable''.

    (b) National Tests.--Section 3315A is amended--
            (1) in subsection (a), by adding at the end the following 
        new paragraph:
            ``(3) A national test that evaluates prior learning and 
        knowledge and provides an opportunity for course credit at an 
        institution of higher learning as so described.''; and
            (2) in subsection (c)--
                    (A) by striking ``shall be determined at the rate of 
                one month (rounded to the nearest whole month)'' and 
                inserting ``shall be pro-rated based on the actual 
                amount of the fee charged for the test relative to the 
                rate for 1 month''; and
                    (B) by striking ``for each amount paid that equals'' 
                and inserting ``payable''.

    (c) Tests Included.--Section 3452(b) is amended in the last 
sentence--
            (1) by striking ``and national tests providing'' and 
        inserting ``, national tests providing''; and
            (2) by inserting before the period at the end the following: 
        ``, and national tests that evaluate prior learning and 
        knowledge and provides an opportunity for course credit at an 
        institution of higher learning''.

    (d) <<NOTE: 38 USC 3315 note.>>  Effective Date.--The amendments 
made by this Act shall apply to a test taken on or after August 1, 2018.
SEC. 109. RESTORATION OF ENTITLEMENT TO EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE AND 
                        OTHER RELIEF FOR VETERANS AFFECTED BY 
                        SCHOOL CLOSURE OR DISAPPROVAL.

    (a) School Closure or Disapproval.--
            (1) Restoration of entitlement.--Chapter 36 is amended by 
        adding at the end the following new section:
``Sec. 3699. <<NOTE: 38 USC 3699.>>  Effects of closure or 
                  disapproval of educational institution

    ``(a) Closure or Disapproval.--Any payment of educational assistance 
described in subsection (b) shall not--
            ``(1) be charged against any entitlement to educational 
        assistance of the individual concerned; or
            ``(2) be counted against the aggregate period for which 
        section 3695 of this title limits the receipt of educational 
        assistance by such individual.

    ``(b) <<NOTE: Determination.>>  Educational Assistance Described.--
Subject to subsection (c), the payment of educational assistance 
described in this paragraph is the payment of such assistance to an 
individual for pursuit of a course or program of education at an 
educational

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institution under chapter 30, 32, 33, or 35 of this title, or chapter 
1606 or 1607 of title 10, if the Secretary determines that the 
individual--
            ``(1) was unable to complete such course or program as a 
        result of--
                    ``(A) the closure of the educational institution; or
                    ``(B) the disapproval of the course or a course that 
                is a necessary part of that program under this chapter 
                by reason of--
                          ``(i) a provision of law enacted after the 
                      date on which the individual enrolls at such 
                      institution affecting the approval or disapproval 
                      of courses under this chapter; or
                          ``(ii) after the date on which the individual 
                      enrolls at such institution, the Secretary 
                      prescribing or modifying regulations or policies 
                      of the Department affecting such approval or 
                      disapproval; and
            ``(2) did not receive credit or lost training time, toward 
        completion of the program of education being so pursued.

    ``(c) Period Not Charged.--The period for which, by reason of this 
subsection, educational assistance is not charged against entitlement or 
counted toward the applicable aggregate period under section 3695 of 
this title shall not exceed the aggregate of--
            ``(1) the portion of the period of enrollment in the course 
        from which the individual did not receive credit or with respect 
        to which the individual lost training time, as determined under 
        subsection (b)(2); and
            ``(2) the period by which a monthly stipend is extended 
        under section 3680(a)(2)(B) of this title.

    ``(d) <<NOTE: Determination.>>  Continuing Pursuit of Disapproved 
Courses.--(1) The Secretary may treat a course of education that is 
disapproved under this chapter as being approved under this chapter with 
respect to an individual described in paragraph (2) if the Secretary 
determines, on a case-by-case basis, that--
            ``(A) such disapproval is the result of an action described 
        in clause (i) or (ii) of subsection (b)(1)(B); and
            ``(B) continuing pursuing such course is in the best 
        interest of the individual.

    ``(2) An individual described in this paragraph is an individual who 
is pursuing a course of education at an educational institution under 
chapter 30, 32, 33, or 35 of this title, or chapter 1606 or 1607 of 
title 10, as of the date on which the course is disapproved under this 
chapter.
    ``(e) <<NOTE: Deadline.>>  Notice of Closures.--Not later than 5 
business days after the date on which the Secretary receives notice that 
an educational institution will close or is closed, the Secretary shall 
provide to each individual who is enrolled in a course or program or 
education at such educational institution using entitlement to 
educational assistance under chapter 30, 32, 33, or 35 of this title, or 
chapter 1606 or 1607 of title 10, notice of--
            ``(1) such closure and the date of such closure; and
            ``(2) the effect of such closure on the individual's 
        entitlement to educational assistance pursuant to this 
        section.''.

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            (2) Clerical amendment.--The table of sections at the 
        beginning of such chapter <<NOTE: 38 USC 3670 prec.>>  is 
        amended by inserting after the item relating to section 3698 the 
        following new item:

``3699. Effects of closure or disapproval of educational institution.''.

    (b) Monthly Housing Stipend.--
            (1) In general.--Subsection (a) section 3680 is amended--
                    (A) by striking the matter after paragraph (3)(B);
                    (B) in paragraph (3), by redesignating subparagraphs 
                (A) and (B) as clauses (i) and (ii), respectively;
                    (C) by redesignating paragraphs (1) through (3) as 
                subparagraphs (A) through (C), respectively;
                    (D) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), as 
                redesignated, in the first sentence, by striking 
                ``Payment of'' and inserting ``(1) Except as provided in 
                paragraph (2), payment of''; and
                    (E) by adding at the end the following new paragraph 
                (2):

    ``(2) <<NOTE: Regulations.>>  Notwithstanding paragraph (1), the 
Secretary may, pursuant to such regulations as the Secretary shall 
prescribe, continue to pay allowances to eligible veterans and eligible 
persons enrolled in courses set forth in paragraph (1)(A)--
            ``(A) during periods when educational institutions are 
        temporarily closed under an established policy based on an 
        Executive order of the President or due to an emergency 
        situation, except that the total number of weeks for which 
        allowances may continue to be so payable in any 12-month period 
        may not exceed 4 weeks; or
            ``(B) <<NOTE: Extension dates.>>  solely for the purpose of 
        awarding a monthly housing stipend described in section 3313 of 
        this title, during periods following a permanent closure of an 
        educational institution, or following the disapproval of a 
        course of study described in section 3699(b)(1)(B) of this 
        title, except that payment of such a stipend may only be 
        continued until the earlier of--
                    ``(i) the date of the end of the term, quarter, or 
                semester during which the closure or disapproval 
                occurred; and
                    ``(ii) the date that is 120 days after the date of 
                the closure or disapproval.''.
            (2) Conforming amendment.--Paragraph (1)(C)(ii) of such 
        subsection, as redesignated, is amended by striking ``described 
        in subclause (A) of this clause'' and inserting ``described in 
        clause (i)''.

    (c) <<NOTE: 38 USC 3699 note.>>  Applicability.--
            (1) School closure or disapproval.--
                    (A) <<NOTE: Effective date.>>  In general.--The 
                amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect on 
                the date that is 90 days after the date of the enactment 
                of this Act, and shall apply with respect to courses and 
                programs of education discontinued as described in 
                section 3699 of title 38, United States Code, as added 
                by subsection (a)(1), after January 1, 2015.
                    (B) <<NOTE: Time period.>>  Special application.--
                With respect to courses and programs of education 
                discontinued as described in section 3699 of title 38, 
                United States Code, as added by subsection (a)(1), 
                during the period beginning January 1, 2015, and ending 
                on the date of the enactment of this Act, an individual 
                who does not transfer credits from such program

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                of education shall be deemed to be an individual who did 
                not receive such credits, as described in subsection 
                (b)(2) of such section, except that the period for which 
                the individual's entitlement is not charged shall be the 
                entire period of the individual's enrollment in the 
                program of 
                education. <<NOTE: Consultation. Procedures.>>  In 
                carrying out this paragraph, the Secretary of Veterans 
                Affairs, in consultation with the Secretary of 
                Education, shall establish procedures to determine 
                whether the individual transferred credits to a 
                comparable course or program of education.
            (2) <<NOTE: Effective date. 38 USC 3680 note.>>  Monthly 
        housing stipend.--The amendments made by subsection (b) shall 
        take effect on August 1, 2018, and shall apply with respect to 
        courses and programs of education discontinued as described in 
        section 3699 of title 38, United States Code, as added by such 
        subsection, on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.
SEC. 110. ADDITIONAL AUTHORIZED TRANSFER OF UNUSED POST-9/11 
                        EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE BENEFITS TO 
                        DEPENDENTS UPON DEATH OF ORIGINALLY 
                        DESIGNATED DEPENDENT.

    (a) Transfer Upon Death of Dependent.--Section 3319 is amended--
            (1) in subsection (f)(1), by inserting after ``section 
        3321'' the following: ``, and except as provided in subsection 
        (k) or (l),''; and
            (2) by adding at the end the following new subsection:

    ``(k) Additional Transfer Upon Death of Dependent.--In the case of a 
dependent to whom entitlement to educational assistance is transferred 
under this section who dies before using all of such entitlement, the 
individual who transferred the entitlement to the dependent may transfer 
any remaining entitlement to a different eligible dependent, 
notwithstanding whether the individual is serving as a member of the 
Armed Forces when such transfer is executed.
    ``(l) Transfer by Dependent.--In the case of an individual who 
transfers entitlement to educational assistance under this section who 
dies before the dependent to whom entitlement to educational assistance 
is so transferred has used all of such entitlement, such dependent may 
transfer such entitlement to another eligible dependent in accordance 
with the provisions of this section.''.
    (b) Effective Dates.--
            (1) Eligible deaths.--The amendments made by this section 
        shall apply with respect to deaths occurring on or after August 
        1, 2009.
            (2) Use of entitlement.--A dependent to whom entitlement to 
        educational assistance is transferred under subsection (k) or 
        (l) of section 3319 of title 38, United States Code, as added by 
        subsection (a), may use such entitlement to pursue a course of 
        education beginning on or after August 1, 2018.
SEC. 111. EDITH NOURSE ROGERS STEM SCHOLARSHIP.

     (a) In General.--Subchapter II of chapter 33 is amended by adding 
at the end the following new section:

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``Sec. 3320. <<NOTE: 38 USC 3320.>>  Edith Nourse Rogers STEM 
                  Scholarship

    ``(a) In General.--Subject to the limitation under subsection (f), 
the Secretary shall provide additional benefits to eligible individuals 
selected by the Secretary under this section. Such benefits shall be 
known as the `Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship'.
    ``(b) Eligibility.--For purposes of this section, an eligible 
individual is an individual--
            ``(1) who is or was entitled to educational assistance under 
        section 3311 of this title;
            ``(2) <<NOTE: Deadline.>>  who has used all of the 
        educational assistance to which the individual is entitled under 
        this chapter or will, based on the individual's rate of usage, 
        use all of such assistance within 180 days of applying for 
        benefits under this section;
            ``(3) who applies for assistance under this section; and
            ``(4) who--
                    ``(A) is an individual who--
                          ``(i) is enrolled in a program of education 
                      leading to a post-secondary degree that, in 
                      accordance with the guidelines of the applicable 
                      regional or national accrediting agency, requires 
                      more than the standard 128 semester (or 192 
                      quarter) credit hours for completion in a 
                      standard, undergraduate college degree in--
                                    ``(I) biological or biomedical 
                                science;
                                    ``(II) physical science;
                                    ``(III) science technologies or 
                                technicians;
                                    ``(IV) computer and information 
                                science and support services;
                                    ``(V) mathematics or statistics;
                                    ``(VI) engineering;
                                    ``(VII) engineering technologies or 
                                an engineering-related field;
                                    ``(VIII) a health profession or 
                                related program;
                                    ``(IX) a medical residency program;
                                    ``(X) an agriculture science program 
                                or a natural resources science program; 
                                or
                                    ``(XI) other subjects and fields 
                                identified by the Secretary as meeting 
                                national needs;
                          ``(ii) has completed at least 60 standard 
                      semester (or 90 quarter) credit hours in a field 
                      referred to in clause (i); or
                    ``(B) is an individual who has earned a post-
                secondary degree in a field referred to in subparagraph 
                (A)(i) and is enrolled in a program of education leading 
                to a teaching certification.

    ``(c) Priority.--In selecting eligible individuals to receive 
additional benefits under this section, the Secretary shall give 
priority to the following individuals:
            ``(1) Individuals who require the most credit hours 
        described in subsection (b)(4).
            ``(2) Individuals who are entitled to educational assistance 
        under this chapter by reason of paragraph (1), (2), (8), or (9) 
        of section 3311(b) of this title.

    ``(d) <<NOTE: Payments.>>  Amount of Assistance.--(1) The Secretary 
shall pay to each eligible individual who receives additional benefits 
under this section the monthly amount payable under section 3313 of this 
title for not more than 9 months of the program of education in which 
the individual is enrolled (adjusted with respect to the

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individual pursuant to section 3313(c), as appropriate), except that the 
aggregate amount paid to an individual under this section may not exceed 
$30,000.

    ``(2) The Secretary may not pay to such an individual an amount in 
addition to the amount payable under paragraph (1) by reason of section 
3317 of this title.
    ``(3) An individual who receives additional benefits under this 
section may also receive amounts payable by a college or university 
pursuant to section 3317 of this title.
    ``(e) Prohibition on Transfer.--An individual who receives 
additional benefits under this section may not transfer any amount of 
such additional benefits under section 3319 of this title.
    ``(f) Maximum Amount of Total Assistance.--The total amount of 
benefits paid to all eligible individuals under this section may not 
exceed--
            ``(1) $25,000,000 for fiscal year 2019;
            ``(2) $75,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2020 through 
        2022; and
            ``(3) $100,000,000 for fiscal year 2023 and each subsequent 
        fiscal year.

    ``(g) <<NOTE: Deadline.>>  Congressional Notice.--If the Secretary 
identifies a new subject or field pursuant to subsection 
(b)(4)(A)(i)(XI) as meeting a national need, the Secretary shall submit 
to Congress notice of such identification at least 90 days before 
conferring eligibility on any individual for purposes of this section on 
the basis of such identification, including any analysis of labor market 
supply and demand used in identifying the new subject or field, as 
applicable.''.

    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the beginning of 
such chapter <<NOTE: 38 USC 3301 prec.>>  is amended by inserting after 
the item relating to section 3319 the following new item:

``3320. Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship.''.

    (c) <<NOTE: 38 USC 3320 note.>>  Effective Date.--Section 3320 of 
title 38, United States Code, shall take effect on August 1, 2019.

    (d) Comptroller General Report.--
            (1) Interim report.--Not later than August 1, 2022, the 
        Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to 
        Congress a report containing the results of an interim 
        assessment of the Comptroller General of the Edith Nourse Rogers 
        STEM Scholarship program under section 3320 of title 38, United 
        States Code, as added by subsection (a). <<NOTE: Recommenda- 
        tions.>>  Such report shall include the recommendations of the 
        Comptroller General for improving the scholarship program and an 
        assessment of each of the following, using rigorous, systematic, 
        and objective methodology, and including comparisons to eligible 
        veterans who did not participate in the program:
                    (A) An explanation of the identification of the 
                Secretary of Veterans Affairs of subjects and fields 
                meeting national needs under subsection (b)(4)(A)(i)(XI) 
                of such section, including any analysis of labor market 
                supply and demand, as applicable.
                    (B) <<NOTE: Evaluation.>>  An evaluation of the 
                types of educational institutions and programs where 
                beneficiaries use the educational assistance provided 
                under the scholarship program.
                    (C) The completion rate of students participating in 
                the program.

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                    (D) The job placement rate for individuals who 
                completed a program of education using educational 
                assistance provided under the scholarship program in the 
                field of study of the program of education.
                    (E) The median annual earnings of individuals who 
                completed a program of education using educational 
                assistance provided under the scholarship program.
                    (F) The average age of the individuals who received 
                educational assistance under the scholarship program.
                    (G) <<NOTE: Assessment.>>  An assessment of the 
                extent to which any educational institutions made 
                changes to degrees or programs of education offered by 
                the institution for which the scholarship program may be 
                used after the date of the enactment of this Act.
            (2) <<NOTE: Assessment. Time periods.>>  Final report.--Not 
        later than August 1, 2024, the Comptroller General shall submit 
        to Congress an assessment of such scholarship program that 
        includes each of the following:
                    (A) Each item described in subparagraph (A) through 
                (G) of paragraph (1).
                    (B) The percentage of individuals who completed a 
                program of education using educational assistance 
                provided under the scholarship program who were 
                subsequently employed for a period of 6 months or longer 
                in the field of study of the program of education.
                    (C) The percentage of individuals who completed a 
                program of education using educational assistance 
                provided under the scholarship program who were 
                subsequently employed for a period of less than 6 months 
                in the field of study of the program of education.
SEC. 112. HONORING THE NATIONAL SERVICE OF MEMBERS OF THE ARMED 
                        FORCES BY ELIMINATION OF TIME LIMITATION 
                        FOR USE OF ENTITLEMENT.

    (a) In General.--Subsection (a) of section 3321 is amended--
            (1) by striking ``individual's entitlement'' and all that 
        follows through the period and inserting ``individual's 
        entitlement--''; and
            (2) by adding at the end the following new paragraphs:
            ``(1) <<NOTE: Time period.>>  in the case of an individual 
        whose last discharge or release from active duty is before 
        January, 1, 2013, expires at the end of the 15-year period 
        beginning on the date of such discharge or release; or
            ``(2) in the case of an individual whose last discharge or 
        release from active duty is on or after January 1, 2013, shall 
        not expire.''.

    (b) Children of Deceased Members.--Subsection (b)(4) of such section 
is amended--
            (1) by inserting ``of this title'' after ``3311(b)(9)'';
            (2) by striking ``child's entitlement'' and all that follows 
        through the period and inserting ``child's entitlement--''; and
            (3) by adding at the end the following new subparagraphs:
                    ``(A) <<NOTE: Time period.>>  in the case of a child 
                who first becomes entitled to such entitlement before 
                January 1, 2013, expires at the end of the 15-year 
                period beginning on the date of such child's eighteenth 
                birthday; or

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                    ``(B) in the case of a child who first becomes 
                entitled to such entitlement on or after January 1, 
                2013, shall not expire.''.

    (c) Spouses of Deceased Members.--Subsection (b) of such section is 
further amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
            ``(5) Applicability to spouses of deceased members.--The 
        period during which a spouse entitled to educational assistance 
        by reason of section 3311(b)(9) may use such spouse's 
        entitlement--
                    ``(A) <<NOTE: Time period.>>  in the case of a 
                spouse who first becomes entitled to such entitlement 
                before January 1, 2013, expires at the end of the 15-
                year period beginning on the date on which the spouse 
                first becomes entitled to such entitlement; or
                    ``(B) in the case of a spouse who first becomes 
                entitled to such entitlement on or after January 1, 
                2013, shall not expire.''.
SEC. 113. MONTHLY STIPEND FOR CERTAIN MEMBERS OF THE RESERVE 
                        COMPONENTS OF THE ARMED FORCES RECEIVING 
                        POST-9/11 EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE.

    (a) In General.--Section 3313 is further amended by adding at the 
end the following new subsection:
    ``(j) Determination of Monthly Stipends During Certain Active Duty 
Service.--
            ``(1) Pro rata basis.--In any month in which an individual 
        described in paragraph (2) is performing active duty service 
        described in section 3301(1)(B) of this title, the Secretary 
        shall determine the amount of monthly stipends payable under 
        this section for such month on a pro rata basis for the period 
        of such month in which the covered individual is not performing 
        such active duty service.
            ``(2) Individual described.--An individual described in this 
        paragraph is an individual who is--
                    ``(A) a member of the reserve components of the 
                Armed Forces; and
                    ``(B) pursuing a program of education using 
                educational assistance under this chapter.''.

    (b) <<NOTE: Effective date. 38 USC 3313 note.>>  Application.--The 
amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to a quarter, 
semester, or term, as applicable, commencing on or after August 1, 2018.
SEC. 114. ANNUAL REPORTS TO CONGRESS ON INFORMATION ON STUDENT 
                        PROGRESS SUBMITTED BY EDUCATIONAL 
                        INSTITUTIONS.

    Section 3326 is amended--
            (1) by striking ``As a condition'' and inserting ``(a) 
        Submittal of Information by Educational Institutions.--As a 
        condition''; and
            (2) by adding at the end the following new subsection:

    ``(b) Reports to Congress.--Not later than March 1 of each year, the 
Secretary shall submit to Congress a report that includes a summary of 
the information provided by educational institutions under subsection 
(a) for the calendar year preceding the year during which such report is 
submitted.''.

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SEC. 115. <<NOTE: 38 USC 3301 note.>>  IMPROVEMENT OF INFORMATION 
                        TECHNOLOGY OF THE VETERANS BENEFITS 
                        ADMINISTRATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF 
                        VETERANS AFFAIRS.

    (a) Processing of Certain Educational Assistance Claims.--The 
Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall, to the maximum extent possible, 
make such changes and improvements to the information technology system 
of the Veterans Benefits Administration of the Department of Veterans 
Affairs to ensure that--
            (1) to the maximum extent possible, all original and 
        supplemental claims for educational assistance under chapter 33 
        of title 38, United States Code, are adjudicated electronically; 
        and
            (2) rules-based processing is used to make decisions with 
        respect to such claims with little human intervention.

    (b) <<NOTE: Deadline.>>  Implementation Plan.--Not later than 180 
days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of 
Veterans Affairs shall submit to Congress a plan to implement the 
changes and improvements described in subsection (a).

    (c) Report.--Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment 
of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit to Congress 
a report on the implementation of the changes and improvements described 
in subsection (a).
    (d) Authorization of Appropriations.--There is authorized to be 
appropriated to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs $30,000,000 to carry 
out this section during fiscal years 2018 and 2019.
SEC. 116. <<NOTE: 38 USC 3001 note.>>  DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS 
                        AFFAIRS HIGH TECHNOLOGY PILOT PROGRAM.

    (a) Pilot Program.--The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall carry 
out a pilot program under which the Secretary shall provide eligible 
veterans with the opportunity to enroll in high technology programs of 
education that the Secretary determines provide training or skills 
sought by employers in a relevant field or industry.
    (b) Eligibility.--For purposes of the pilot program under this 
section, an eligible veteran is a veteran who is entitled to educational 
assistance under chapter 30, 32, 33, 34, or 35 of title 38, United 
States Code, or chapter 1606 or 1607 of title 10, United States Code.
    (c) Contracts.--
            (1) <<NOTE: Deadline.>>  In general.--For purposes of 
        carrying out subsection (a), by not later than 180 days after 
        August 1, 2018, the Secretary shall seek to enter into contracts 
        with any number of qualified providers of high technology 
        programs of education for the provision of such programs to 
        eligible veterans under the pilot 
        program. <<NOTE: Procedures.>>  Each such contract shall provide 
        for the conditions under which the Secretary may terminate the 
        contract with the provider and the procedures for providing for 
        the completion of the instruction of students who were enrolled 
        in a program provided by such provider in the case of such a 
        termination.
            (2) Payment of contractors.--A contract under this 
        subsection shall provide that the Secretary shall pay to a 
        provider--
                    (A) upon the enrollment of an eligible veteran in 
                the program, 25 percent of the cost of the tuition and 
                other fees for the program of education for the veteran;

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                    (B) upon the completion of the program by the 
                veteran, 25 percent of such cost; and
                    (C) upon the employment of the veteran in the field 
                of study of the program following completion of the 
                program, 50 percent of such cost.
            (3) Qualified providers.--For purposes of the pilot program, 
        a provider of a high technology program of education is 
        qualified if--
                    (A) the provider has been operational for at least 2 
                years;
                    (B) the provider has successfully provided the high 
                technology program for at least 1 year; and
                    (C) the provider meets the approval criteria 
                developed by the Secretary under paragraph (4).
            (4) Approval criteria.--The Secretary shall develop criteria 
        for approving providers for purposes of the pilot program. In 
        developing such criteria, the Secretary may consult with State 
        approving agencies. Such criteria is not required to meet the 
        requirements of section 3672 of title 38, United States Code.
            (5) Tuition reimbursement.--In entering into contracts to 
        carry out the pilot program, the Secretary shall give preference 
        to a qualified provider that offers tuition reimbursement for 
        any student who--
                    (A) completes a program of education offered by the 
                provider; and
                    (B) <<NOTE: Time period. Effective date.>>  does not 
                find full-time meaningful employment in the field of 
                study of the program within the 180-day period beginning 
                on the date the student completes the program.

    (d) <<NOTE: Payments.>>  Housing Stipend.--The Secretary shall pay 
to each eligible veteran who is enrolled in a high technology program of 
education under the pilot program on a full-time basis a monthly housing 
stipend equal to the product--
            (1) of--
                    (A) in the case of a veteran pursuing resident 
                training, the monthly amount of the basic allowance for 
                housing payable under section 403 of title 37, United 
                States Code, for a member with dependents in pay grade 
                E-5 residing in the military housing area that 
                encompasses all or the majority portion of the ZIP code 
                area in which is located the institution at which the 
                individual is enrolled; or
                    (B) in the case of a veteran pursuing a program of 
                education through distance learning, a monthly amount 
                equal to 50 percent of the amount payable under 
                subparagraph (A), multiplied by
            (2) the lesser of--
                    (A) 1.0; or
                    (B) the number of course hours borne by the 
                individual in pursuit of the program of education 
                involved, divided by the minimum number of course hours 
                required for full-time pursuit of such program of 
                education, rounded to the nearest multiple of 10.

    (e) High Technology Program of Education Defined.--In this section, 
the term ``high technology program of education'' means a program of 
education that--
            (1) is offered by an entity other than an institution of 
        higher learning;

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            (2) does not lead to a degree; and
            (3) provides instruction in computer programming, computer 
        software, media application, data processing, or information 
        sciences.

    (f) Reports.--
            (1) Secretary of veterans affairs.--Not later than 1 year 
        after the date of the enactment of this Act, and annually 
        thereafter, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on 
        the pilot program under this section.
            (2) Comptroller general.--
                    (A) <<NOTE: Assessment.>>  Interim report.--Not 
                later than 3 years after the date on which the Secretary 
                first enters into a contract under this section, the 
                Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to 
                Congress a report containing the results of the interim 
                assessment of the Comptroller General. Such 
                report <<NOTE: Recommenda- tions.>>  shall include the 
                recommendations of the Comptroller General for improving 
                the pilot program and an assessment of each of the 
                following:
                          (i) The technology experience of the directors 
                      and instructors of the providers of high 
                      technology programs of education under the pilot 
                      program.
                          (ii) Whether the providers cooperated with the 
                      technology industry to create the curriculum for 
                      the program of education.
                          (iii) Whether the providers use an open source 
                      curriculum for the program of education.
                          (iv) The admittance rate into the pilot 
                      program.
                          (v) The job placement and retention rate for 
                      veterans who completed a program of education 
                      under the pilot program in the field of study of 
                      the program.
                          (vi) The percentage of veterans who completed 
                      a program of education under the pilot program who 
                      were subsequently employed for a period of 6 
                      months or longer in a field of study of the 
                      program.
                          (vii) The percentage of veterans who completed 
                      a program of education under the pilot program who 
                      were subsequently employed for a period of less 
                      than 6 months in a field of study of the program.
                          (viii) The median annual salary of veterans 
                      who completed a program of education under the 
                      pilot program and were subsequently employed.
                          (ix) As applicable, the transfer rates to 
                      other academic or vocational programs and 
                      certifications and licensure exam passage rates.
                          (x) The average age of veterans who 
                      participated in the pilot program.
                    (B) Final report.--Not later than 5 years after the 
                date on which the Secretary first enters into a contract 
                under this section, the Comptroller General shall submit 
                to Congress a final report on the 
                pilot <<NOTE: Recommenda- tion.>>  program. Such report 
                shall include the recommendation of the Comptroller 
                General with respect to whether the program should be 
                extended and an assessment of each item described in 
                clauses (i) through (x) of subparagraph (A).

    (g) Authorization of Appropriations.--For each fiscal year during 
which the Secretary carries out a pilot program under this section, 
$15,000,000 shall be made available for such purpose from

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funds appropriated to, or otherwise made available to, the Department 
for the payment of readjustment benefits.
    (h) Termination.--The authority to carry out a pilot program under 
this section shall terminate on the date that is 5 years after the date 
on which the Secretary first enters into a contract under this section.

             TITLE II--OTHER EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

SEC. 201. WORK-STUDY ALLOWANCE.

    Section 3485(a)(4) is amended by striking ``the period beginning on 
June 30, 2017, and ending on June 30, 2022,'' each place it appears and 
inserting ``any time on or after June 30, 2017,''.
SEC. 202. DURATION OF EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE UNDER SURVIVORS' AND 
                        DEPENDENTS' EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE 
                        PROGRAM.

    Section 3511(a)(1) is amended--
            (1) by striking ``chapter for'' and all that follows through 
        the period and inserting ``chapter--''; and
            (2) by adding at the end the following new subparagraphs:
            ``(A) in the case of a person who first enrolls in a program 
        of education using such entitlement before August 1, 2018, for 
        an aggregate period not in excess of 45 months (or to the 
        equivalent thereof in part-time training); or
            ``(B) in the case of a person who first enrolls in a program 
        of education using such entitlement on or after August 1, 2018, 
        for an aggregate period not in excess of 36 months (or to the 
        equivalent thereof in part-time training).''.
SEC. 203. OLIN E. TEAGUE INCREASE IN AMOUNTS OF EDUCATIONAL 
                        ASSISTANCE PAYABLE UNDER SURVIVORS' AND 
                        DEPENDENTS' EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE 
                        PROGRAM.

    (a) Increase.--Section 3532 is amended--
            (1) in subsection (a)--
                    (A) in paragraph (1)--
                          (i) by striking ``$788'' and inserting 
                      ``$1,224'';
                          (ii) by striking ``$592'' and inserting 
                      ``$967''; and
                          (iii) by striking ``$394'' and inserting 
                      ``$710''; and
                    (B) in paragraph (2)(B), by striking ``$788'' and 
                inserting ``$1,224''; and
            (2) in subsection (b), by striking ``$788'' and inserting 
        ``$1,224''.

    (b) <<NOTE: 38 USC 3532 note.>>  Effective Date.--The amendments 
made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to a month that begins 
on or after October 1, 2018.

      TITLE III--ADMINISTRATION OF EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

SEC. 301. STATE APPROVING AGENCY FUNDING.

    (a) Increase.--Section 3674(a) of title 38, United States Code, is 
amended--

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            (1) in paragraph (2)(A), by striking ``out of amounts 
        available for the payment of readjustment benefits'' and 
        inserting ``out of amounts in the Department of Veterans Affairs 
        readjustment benefits account and amounts appropriated to the 
        Secretary'';
            (2) by redesignating paragraph (4) as paragraph (5);
            (3) by inserting after paragraph (3) the following new 
        paragraph (4):

    ``(4) In addition to amounts made available under paragraph (5), 
there is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section 
$3,000,000 for fiscal year 2019 and each subsequent fiscal year.''; and
            (4) in paragraph (5), as so redesignated--
                    (A) by striking ``The total'' and inserting ``(A) 
                The total'';
                    (B) by striking ``for any fiscal year shall be 
                $19,000,000'' and inserting ``for fiscal year 2018 shall 
                be $21,000,000 and for fiscal year 2019 and thereafter 
                shall be $23,000,000''; and
                    (C) by adding at the end the following new 
                subparagraph:

    ``(B) <<NOTE: Effective date.>>  Beginning in fiscal year 2019, 
whenever there is an increase in benefit amounts payable under title II 
of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 401 et seq.) as a result of a 
determination made under section 215(i) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 415(i)), 
the Secretary shall, effective on the date of such increase in benefit 
amounts, increase the amount in effect under subparagraph (A), as in 
effect immediately prior to the date of such increase in benefit amounts 
payable under title II of the Social Security Act, by the same 
percentage as the percentage by which such benefit amounts are 
increased.''.
SEC. 302. AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF POST-9/11 EDUCATIONAL 
                        ASSISTANCE TO PURSUE INDEPENDENT STUDY 
                        PROGRAMS AT CERTAIN EDUCATIONAL 
                        INSTITUTIONS THAT ARE NOT INSTITUTIONS OF 
                        HIGHER LEARNING.

    Section 3680A is amended--
            (1) in subsection (a)--
                    (A) in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by 
                striking ``in--'' and inserting ``in any of the 
                following:'';
                    (B) in paragraph (1)--
                          (i) by striking ``any'' and inserting ``Any''; 
                      and
                          (ii) by striking the semicolon at the end and 
                      inserting a period;
                    (C) in paragraph (2)--
                          (i) by striking ``any'' and inserting ``Any''; 
                      and
                          (ii) by striking the semicolon at the end and 
                      inserting a period;
                    (D) in paragraph (3)--
                          (i) by striking ``any'' and inserting ``Any''; 
                      and
                          (ii) by striking ``; or'' and inserting a 
                      period; and
                    (E) by striking paragraph (4) and inserting the 
                following new paragraph (4):
            ``(4) Any independent study program except an independent 
        study program (including such a program taken over open circuit 
        television) that--

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                    ``(A) is accredited by an accrediting agency or 
                association recognized by the Secretary of Education 
                under subpart 2 of part H of title IV of the Higher 
                Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1099b);
                    ``(B) leads to--
                          ``(i) a standard college degree;
                          ``(ii) a certificate that reflects educational 
                      attainment offered by an institution of higher 
                      learning; or
                          ``(iii) a certificate that reflects completion 
                      of a course of study offered by--
                                    ``(I) an area career and technical 
                                education school (as defined in 
                                subparagraphs (C) and (D) of section 
                                3(3) of the Carl D. Perkins Career and 
                                Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 
                                U.S.C. 2302(3))) that provides education 
                                at the postsecondary level; or
                                    ``(II) a postsecondary vocational 
                                institution (as defined in section 
                                102(c) of the Higher Education Act of 
                                1965 (20 U.S.C. 1002(c))) that provides 
                                education at the postsecondary level; 
                                and
                    ``(C) in the case of a program described in 
                subparagraph (B)(iii)--
                          ``(i) provides training aligned with the 
                      requirements of employers in the State or local 
                      area where the program is located, which may 
                      include in-demand industry sectors or occupations; 
                      and
                          ``(ii) provides a student, upon completion of 
                      the program, with a recognized postsecondary 
                      credential that is recognized by employers in the 
                      relevant industry, which may include a credential 
                      recognized by industry or sector partnerships in 
                      the State or local area where the industry is 
                      located; and
                          ``(iii) meets such content and instructional 
                      standards as may be required to comply with the 
                      criteria under section 3676(c)(14) and(15) of this 
                      title.''; and
            (2) by adding at the end the following new subsection:

    ``(h) <<NOTE: Definitions.>>  In this section, the terms `State or 
local area', `recognized postsecondary credential', `industry or sector 
partnership', and `in-demand industry sector or occupation' have the 
meaning given such terms in section 3 of the Workforce Innovation and 
Opportunity Act (29 U.S.C. 3102).''.
SEC. 303. PROVISION OF INFORMATION ON PRIORITY ENROLLMENT FOR 
                        VETERANS IN CERTAIN COURSES OF EDUCATION.

    Section 3698(c)(1)(C) is amended--
            (1) in clause (ix), by striking ``and'' at the end;
            (2) in clause (x), by striking the period and inserting ``; 
        and''; and
            (3) by adding at the end the following new clause:
                    ``(xi) information on whether the institution 
                administers a priority enrollment system that allows 
                certain student veterans to enroll in courses earlier 
                than other students.''.

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SEC. 304. LIMITATION ON USE OF REPORTING FEES PAYABLE TO 
                        EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND SPONSORS OF 
                        PROGRAMS OF APPRENTICESHIP.

    (a) In General.--Subsection (c) of section 3684 is amended to read 
as follows:
    ``(c)(1) The Secretary may pay to any educational institution, or to 
the sponsor of a program of apprenticeship, furnishing education or 
training under either this chapter or chapter 31, 34, or 35 of this 
title, a reporting fee which will be in lieu of any other compensation 
or reimbursement for reports or certifications which such educational 
institution or sponsor of a program of apprenticeship is required to 
submit to the Secretary by law or regulation.
    ``(2) Such reporting fee shall be computed for each calendar year by 
multiplying $16 by the number of eligible veterans or eligible persons 
enrolled under this chapter or chapter 31, 34, or 35 of this title. The 
reporting fee shall be paid to such educational institution or sponsor 
of a program of apprenticeship as soon as feasible after the end of the 
calendar year for which it is applicable.
    ``(3) No reporting fee payable to an educational institution under 
this subsection shall be subject to offset by the Secretary against any 
liability of such institution for any overpayment for which such 
institution may be administratively determined to be liable under 
section 3685 of this title unless such liability is not contested by 
such institution or has been upheld by a final decree of a court of 
appropriate jurisdiction.
    ``(4) Any reporting fee paid to an educational institution or 
sponsor of a program of apprenticeship after the date of the enactment 
of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 
2011 (Public Law 111-377)--
            ``(A) shall be utilized by such institution or sponsor 
        solely for the making of certifications required under this 
        chapter or chapter 31, 34, or 35 of this title or for otherwise 
        supporting programs for veterans; and
            ``(B) with respect to an institution that has 100 or more 
        enrollees described in paragraph (2) may not be used for or 
        merged with amounts available for the general fund of the 
        educational institution or sponsor of a program of 
        apprenticeship.

    ``(5) The reporting fee payable under this subsection shall be paid 
from amounts appropriated for readjustment benefits.''.
    (b) <<NOTE: 38 USC 3684 note.>>  Effective Date.--The amendment made 
by subsection (a) shall take effect on August 1, 2018.
SEC. 305. <<NOTE: 38 USC 3684 note. Consultation.>>  TRAINING FOR 
                        SCHOOL CERTIFYING OFFICIALS.

    (a) Training Requirement.--The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall, 
in consultation with the State approving agencies, set forth 
requirements relating to training for school certifying officials 
employed by covered educational institutions offering courses of 
education approved under chapter 36 of title 38, United States Code. If 
a covered educational institution does not ensure that a school 
certifying official employed by the educational institution meets such 
requirements, the Secretary may disapprove any course of education 
offered by such educational institution.
    (b) Definitions.--In this section:

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            (1) The term ``covered educational institution'' means an 
        educational institution that has enrolled 20 or more individuals 
        using educational assistance under title 38, United States Code.
            (2) The term ``school certifying official'' means an 
        employee of an educational institution with primary 
        responsibility for certifying veteran enrollment at the 
        educational institution.
            (3) The term ``State approving agency'' means a department 
        or agency of a State designated under section 3671 of title 38, 
        United States Code.

    (c) Effective Date.--This section shall take effect on August 1, 
2018.
SEC. 306. EXTENSION OF AUTHORITY FOR ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON 
                        EDUCATION.

    Section 3692 is amended by striking ``December 31, 2017'' and 
inserting ``December 31, 2022''.
SEC. 307. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS PROVISION OF ON-CAMPUS 
                        EDUCATIONAL AND VOCATIONAL COUNSELING FOR 
                        VETERANS.

    (a) In General.--Chapter 36 is amended by inserting after section 
3697A the following new section:
``Sec. 3697B. <<NOTE: 38 USC 3697B note.>>  On-campus educational 
                    and vocational counseling

    ``(a) In General.--The Secretary shall provide educational and 
vocational counseling services for individuals described in section 
3697A(b) of this title at locations on the campuses of institutions of 
higher learning selected by the Secretary. Such counseling services 
shall be provided by employees of the Department who provide such 
services under section 3697A of this title.
    ``(b) Selection of Locations.--(1) To be selected by the Secretary 
under this section, an institution of higher learning shall provide an 
appropriate space on the campus of the institution where counseling 
services can be provided under this section.
    ``(2) In selecting locations for the provision of counseling 
services under this section, the Secretary shall seek to select 
locations where the maximum number of veterans would have access to such 
services.
    ``(c) Annual Report.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the 
enactment of this section, and each year thereafter, the Secretary shall 
submit to Congress a report on the counseling services provided under 
this section. Such report shall include, for the year covered by the 
report--
            ``(1) the average ratio of counselors providing such 
        services to individuals who received such services at each 
        location where such services were provided;
            ``(2) a description of such services provided;
            ``(3) <<NOTE: Recommenda- tions.>>  the recommendations of 
        the Secretary for improving the provision of such services; and
            ``(4) any other matters the Secretary determines 
        appropriate.''.

    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the beginning of 
such chapter <<NOTE: 38 USC 3670 prec.>>  is amended by inserting after 
the item relating to section 3697A the following new item:

``3697B. On-campus educational and vocational counseling.''.


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SEC. 308. PROVISION OF INFORMATION REGARDING VETERAN ENTITLEMENT 
                        TO EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE.

    (a) In General.--Subchapter II of chapter 36 is further amended by 
adding at the end the following new section:
``Sec. 3699A. <<NOTE: 38 USC 3699A.>>  Provision of certain 
                    information to educational institutions

    ``(a) In General.--For each veteran or other individual pursuing a 
course of education that has been approved under this chapter using 
educational assistance to which the veteran or other individual is 
entitled under chapter 30, 32, 33, or 35 of this title, the Secretary 
shall make available to the educational institution offering the course 
information about the amount of such educational assistance to which the 
veteran or other individual is entitled. Such information shall be 
provided to such educational institution through a secure information 
technology system accessible by the educational institution and shall be 
regularly updated to reflect any amounts used by the veteran or other 
individual.
    ``(b) Election.--A veteran or other individual pursuing a course of 
education described in subsection (a) may elect not to provide the 
information described in such subsection to an educational institution 
in a manner prescribed by the Secretary.''.
    (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the beginning of 
such chapter <<NOTE: 38 USC 3670 prec.>>  is further amended by 
inserting after the item relating to section 3699 the following new 
item:

``3699A. Provision of certain information to educational 
           institutions.''.

    (c) <<NOTE: 38 USC 3699A note.>>  Effective Date.--Section 3699A of 
title 38, United States Code, as added by this section, shall take 
effect on August 1, 2018.
SEC. 309. TREATMENT, FOR PURPOSES OF EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE 
                        ADMINISTERED BY THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS 
                        AFFAIRS, OF EDUCATIONAL COURSES THAT BEGIN 
                        SEVEN OR FEWER DAYS AFTER THE FIRST DAY OF 
                        AN ACADEMIC TERM.

    Section 3684(a) is amended--
            (1) by redesignating paragraph (4) as paragraph (5); and
            (2) by inserting after paragraph (3) the following new 
        paragraph (4):

    ``(4) A course offered by an educational institution that does not 
begin on the first day of an academic term, but does begin seven or 
fewer days after such day, shall be treated as beginning on such day for 
purposes of this section.''.
SEC. 310. INCLUSION OF RISK-BASED SURVEYS IN STATE APPROVING 
                        AGENCY OVERSIGHT ACTIVITIES.

    Section 3673(d) is amended--
            (1) in the subsection heading, by striking ``Compliance 
        and'' ;
            (2) by striking ``such compliance and oversight'' and 
        inserting ``conducting risk-based surveys and other such 
        oversight''; and
            (3) by inserting ``, in consultation with the State 
        approving agencies,'' after ``as the Secretary''.

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SEC. 311. COMPTROLLER GENERAL STUDY OF STATE APPROVING AGENCY 
                        PERFORMANCE.

    (a) Study Required.--The Comptroller General of the United States 
shall carry out a study on the performance of State approving agencies. 
Such study shall include each of the following:
            (1) <<NOTE: Analysis.>>  An analysis of the effectiveness of 
        the cooperation between the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and 
        State approving agencies regarding the execution of shared 
        compliance and oversight responsibilities under chapter 36 of 
        title 38, United States Code.
            (2) <<NOTE: Analysis.>>  An analysis of the resources 
        necessary for State approving agencies to fulfill the 
        responsibilities of such agencies under such title, including an 
        analysis of whether Congress has appropriated sufficient funds 
        for State approving agencies to fulfill such responsibilities 
        and the historic effect of funding on the ability of such 
        agencies to fulfill such responsibilities.
            (3) <<NOTE: Evaluation.>>  An evaluation of the use by State 
        approving agencies of risk-based methods of review for 
        identifying violations of established standards under such 
        chapter.
            (4) <<NOTE: Examination.>>  An examination of how State 
        approving agencies use risk factors, including rapid increases 
        in veteran enrollment, increases in the amount of benefits per 
        capita, volume of student complaints, rates of Federal student 
        loan defaults of veterans, veteran completion rates, 
        deficiencies identified by accreditors and other State agencies, 
        and deficiencies in Department of Veterans Affairs program 
        administration compliance, in their oversight and compliance 
        responsibilities and in selecting educational institutions for 
        review of eligibility.
            (5) <<NOTE: Recommenda- tion.>>  Recommendations on how the 
        Secretary and State approving agencies can better use data to 
        evaluate, approve, or disapprove educational institutions under 
        such chapter.

    (b) Report to Congress.--Not later than 1 year after the date of the 
enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General shall submit to the 
Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Committee on Veterans' Affairs of the 
Senate, and the Committee on Veterans' Affairs of the House of 
Representatives, a report on the study required under subsection (a) and 
the findings and recommendations of the Comptroller General with respect 
to such study.

                  TITLE IV--RESERVE COMPONENT BENEFITS

SEC. 401. ELIGIBILITY OF RESERVE COMPONENT MEMBERS FOR POST-9/11 
                        EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE.

    (a) In General.--Section 3301(1)(B) is amended by striking ``or 
12304'' and inserting ``12304, 12304a, or 12304b''.
    (b) <<NOTE: 38 USC 3301 note.>>  Retroactive Application.--The 
amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to service in 
the Armed Forces occurring on or after the date of the enactment of the 
Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-
252).

    (c) <<NOTE: Effective date. 38 USC 3301 note.>>  Application With 
Respect to Use of Entitlement.--An individual who is entitled to 
educational assistance by reason of the amendment made by subsection (a) 
may use such entitlement

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to pursue a course of education beginning on or after August 1, 2018.
SEC. 402. TIME LIMITATION FOR TRAINING AND REHABILITATION FOR 
                        VETERANS WITH SERVICE-CONNECTED 
                        DISABILITIES.

    Section 3103(f) is amended by striking ``or 12304'' and inserting 
``12304, 12304a, or 12304b''.

                         TITLE V--OTHER MATTERS

SEC. 501. REPEAL INAPPLICABILITY OF MODIFICATION OF BASIC 
                        ALLOWANCE FOR HOUSING TO BENEFITS UNDER 
                        LAWS ADMINISTERED BY SECRETARY OF VETERANS 
                        AFFAIRS.

    (a) Repeal.--Subsection (b) of section 604 of the Carl Levin and 
Howard P. ``Buck'' McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
Year 2015 (Public Law 113-291; 37 U.S.C. 403 note) is repealed.
    (b) <<NOTE: 37 USC 403 note.>>  Effective Date.--The amendment made 
by subsection (a) shall take effect on January 1, 2018, and shall apply 
with respect to individuals who first use their entitlement to 
educational assistance under chapter 33 of title 38, United States Code, 
on or after such date.
SEC. 502. RECONSIDERATION OF PREVIOUSLY DENIED CLAIMS FOR 
                        DISABILITY COMPENSATION FOR VETERANS WHO 
                        ALLEGE FULL-BODY EXPOSURE TO NITROGEN 
                        MUSTARD GAS, SULFUR MUSTARD GAS, OR 
                        LEWISITE DURING WORLD WAR II.

    (a) In General.--
            (1) <<NOTE: Determination.>>  Reconsideration required.--The 
        Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall reconsider all claims for 
        compensation described in paragraph (2) and make a new 
        determination regarding each such claim.
            (2) Claims for compensation described.--A claim for 
        compensation described in this paragraph is a claim for 
        compensation under chapter 11 of title 38, United States Code, 
        that the Secretary determines--
                    (A) arose from the alleged full-body exposure of a 
                veteran to a covered substance--
                          (i) during active military, naval, or air 
                      service during World War II; and
                          (ii) at a site listed in paragraph (3); and
                    (B) was denied before the date of the enactment of 
                this Act.
            (3) Sites.--The sites listed in this paragraph are the 
        following:
                    (A) Camp Siebert, Alabama.
                    (B) Fort McClellan, Alabama.
                    (C) Huntsville Arsenal, Alabama.
                    (D) Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Colorado.
                    (E) Naval Research Laboratory, D.C.
                    (F) Bushnell Field, Florida.
                    (G) Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Illinois.
                    (H) Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland.
                    (I) Fort Detrick, Maryland.
                    (J) Naval Research Laboratory, Maryland.
                    (K) Naval Training Center, Bainbridge, Maryland.

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                    (L) Horn Island Installation, Mississippi.
                    (M) Camp Crowder, Missouri.
                    (N) Hart's Island, New York.
                    (O) Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
                    (P) Charleston, South Carolina.
                    (Q) Dugway Proving Ground, Utah.
                    (R) Toole Army Depot, Utah.
                    (S) Naval Research Laboratory, Virginia.
                    (T) U.S.S. Eagle Boat No. 58.
                    (U) Ondal, India.
                    (V) Fort Clayton, San Jose Island, Panama.
                    (W) Any site the Secretary of Veterans Affairs 
                determines is appropriate.
            (4) Factors of consideration.--In making a determination 
        under paragraph (1), the Secretary--
                    (A) shall consider--
                          (i) that contemporaneous records of testing of 
                      full-body exposure to a covered substance 
                      frequently may be unavailable because such tests 
                      were classified or such records were lost or 
                      destroyed;
                          (ii) that many veterans were sworn to secrecy 
                      following testing described in clause (i);
                          (iii) each statement based on personal 
                      knowledge of a veteran who served at a site listed 
                      in paragraph (3);
                          (iv) information in the report from the 
                      Secretary of Defense under subsection (b)(2); and
                          (v) any evidence the Secretary considers 
                      relevant; and
                    (B) may not determine that testing of full-body 
                exposure to a covered substance did not occur at a site 
                based solely on--
                          (i) information contained in the Department of 
                      Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs 
                      Chemical Biological Warfare Database; or
                          (ii) any list of known sites of testing of 
                      full-body exposure to a covered substance 
                      maintained by the Department of Veterans Affairs 
                      or the Department of Defense.
            (5) <<NOTE: Determination.>>  Presumption of exposure.--In 
        carrying out paragraph (1), when the Secretary of Veterans 
        Affairs makes a determination regarding whether a veteran 
        experienced full-body exposure to a covered substance, the 
        Secretary--
                    (A) shall presume, unless there is affirmative 
                evidence to establish otherwise, that the veteran 
                experienced such exposure by reason of the service of 
                the veteran in World War II--
                          (i) based on the locations listed in paragraph 
                      (3); and
                          (ii) consistent with the places, types, and 
                      circumstances of service of the veteran in 
                      accordance with section 1154 of title 38; and
                    (B) shall resolve each reasonable doubt in favor of 
                the veteran.
            (6) Effective date of award.--The effective date of any 
        award of disability compensation resulting from reconsideration 
        of a claim under paragraph (1) shall be fixed in accordance

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        with the facts found, but shall not be earlier than the date of 
        the receipt of the claim for compensation described in paragraph 
        (2).

    (b) Investigation and Report by the Secretary of Defense.--Not later 
than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary 
of Defense shall--
            (1) investigate and assess each site--
                    (A) where the Army Corps of Engineers has uncovered 
                evidence of testing conducted by the Department of 
                Defense during World War II to assess the effects of 
                full-body exposure to a covered substance on humans; or
                    (B) with regards to which more than two veterans 
                have been denied claims for compensation under chapter 
                11 of title 38, United States Code, in connection with 
                exposure to a covered substance at such site; and
            (2) submit to the appropriate congressional committees and 
        the Secretary of Veterans Affairs a report on testing described 
        in paragraph (1)(A), including--
                    (A) <<NOTE: Lists.>>  a list of each location where 
                such testing occurred, including locations investigated 
                and assessed under paragraph (1);
                    (B) the dates of each such testing; and
                    (C) the number of members of the Armed Forces who 
                experienced full-body exposure to a covered substance in 
                each such testing.

    (c) Investigation and Report by Secretary of Veterans Affairs.--Not 
later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the 
Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall--
            (1) investigate and assess--
                    (A) the actions taken by the Secretary to contact 
                individuals who experienced full-body exposure to a 
                covered substance in the course of testing described in 
                subsection (b)(1)(A);
                    (B) the number of claims filed with the Secretary 
                for disability compensation under chapter 11 of title 
                38, United States Code, arising from testing described 
                in subsection (b)(1)(A); and
                    (C) the percentage of claims described in 
                subparagraph (B) that the Secretary denied.
            (2) submit to the appropriate congressional committees and 
        the Secretary of Defense a report regarding the investigations 
        and assessments carried out under paragraph (1).

    (d) Definitions.--In this section:
            (1) The terms ``active military, naval, or air service'', 
        ``veteran'', and ``World War II'' have the meanings given such 
        terms in section 101 of title 38, United States Code.
            (2) The term ``appropriate congressional committees'' 
        means--
                    (A) the Committees on Armed Services of the House of 
                Representatives and the Senate; and
                    (B) the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the House 
                of Representatives and the Senate.
            (3) The term ``covered substance'' means--
                    (A) nitrogen mustard gas;
                    (B) sulfur mustard gas; or
                    (C) Lewisite.

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            (4) The term ``full-body exposure'', with respect to a 
        covered substance, has the meaning given that term by the 
        Secretary of Defense.

    Approved August 16, 2017.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 3218 (S. 1598):
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HOUSE REPORTS: No. 115-247, Pt. 1 (Comm. on Veterans' Affairs).
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 163 (2017):
            July 24, considered and passed House.
            Aug. 2, considered and passed Senate.

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