There is a Secretary of Veterans Affairs, who is the head of the Department and is appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Secretary is responsible for the proper execution and administration of all laws administered by the Department and for the control, direction, and management of the Department.
(Added Pub. L. 102–83, §2(a), Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 379.)
Provisions similar to those in this section were contained in section 210(a), (b)(1) of this title and in second and third sentences of section 2 of Pub. L. 100–527, known as the Department of Veterans Affairs Act, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 102–83, §§2(a), 3(1).
Pub. L. 115–182, title I, §141, June 6, 2018, 132 Stat. 1429, as amended by Pub. L. 115–251, title II, §211(b)(3), Sept. 29, 2018, 132 Stat. 3176, provided that: "Whenever the Secretary of Veterans Affairs submits to Congress a request for supplemental appropriations or any other appropriation outside the standard budget process to address a budgetary issue affecting the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Secretary shall, not later than 45 days before the date on which such budgetary issue would start affecting a program or service, submit to Congress a justification for the request, including a plan that details how the Secretary intends to use the requested appropriation and how long the requested appropriation is expected to meet the needs of the Department and certification that the request was made using an updated and sound actuarial analysis."
Pub. L. 114–315, title I, §106, Dec. 16, 2016, 130 Stat. 1542, provided that:
"(1) An estimate of the average number of claims for benefits under the laws administered by the Secretary, excluding such claims completed during mandatory overtime, that a single full-time equivalent employee of the Administration should be able to process in a year, based on the following:
"(A) A time and motion study that the Secretary shall conduct on the processing of such claims.
"(B) Such other information relating to such claims as the Secretary considers appropriate.
"(2) A description of the actions the Secretary will take to improve the processing of such claims.
"(3) An assessment of the actions identified by the Secretary under paragraph (2) in the previous year and an identification of the effects of those actions.
Pub. L. 114–223, div. A, title II, §258, Sept. 29, 2016, 130 Stat. 895, provided that:
"(a) In fiscal year 2017 and each fiscal year hereafter, beginning with the fiscal year 2018 budget request submitted to Congress pursuant to section 1105(a) of title 31, United States Code, the budget justification documents submitted for the 'Construction, Major Projects' account of the Department of Veterans Affairs shall include, at a minimum, the information required under subsection (b).
"(b) The budget justification documents submitted pursuant to subsection (a) shall include, for each project—
"(1) the estimated total cost of the project;
"(2) the funding provided for each fiscal year prior to the budget year;
"(3) the amount requested for the budget year;
"(4) the estimated funding required for the project for each of the 4 fiscal years succeeding the budget year; and
"(5) such additional information as is enumerated under the heading relating to the 'Construction, Major Projects' account of the Department of Veterans Affairs in the joint explanatory statement accompanying this Act.
"(c) Not later than 45 days after the date of enactment of this Act [Sept. 29, 2016], the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress a proposed budget justification template that complies with the requirements of this section."
[For definition of "joint explanatory statement accompanying this Act" as used in section 258 of div. A of Pub. L. 114–223, set out above, see section 6 of Pub. L. 114–223, Sept. 29, 2016, 130 Stat. 858.]
Pub. L. 109–461, title X, §1001, Dec. 22, 2006, 120 Stat. 3464, provided that: "To the extent that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs is required or directed, under any provision of law, to provide written notice to any committee of Congress other than the Committee on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate and the Committee on Veterans' Affairs of the House of Representatives on the transfer of appropriations from one account to any other account, the Secretary shall also transmit such notice to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate and the Committee on Veterans' Affairs of the House of Representatives."
Pub. L. 105–368, title I, §103, Nov. 11, 1998, 112 Stat. 3322, provided that:
"(1) carrying out and promoting research regarding the etiologies, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of war-related illnesses and post-deployment health issues; and
"(2) promoting the development of appropriate health policies, including monitoring, medical recordkeeping, risk communication, and use of new technologies.
"(1) make recommendations regarding: (A) design of an organizational structure or structures, operational scope, staffing and resource needs, establishment of appropriate databases, the advantages of single or multiple sites, mechanisms for implementing recommendations on policy, and relationship to academic or scientific entities; (B) the role or roles that relevant Federal departments and agencies should have in the establishment and operation of any such center or centers; and (C) such other matters as it considers appropriate; and
"(2) report to the Secretary, the Secretaries of Defense and Health and Human Services, and the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate and House of Representatives, not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act [Nov. 11, 1998], on its recommendations.
Pub. L. 100–687, div. B, title XIV, §1404, Nov. 18, 1988, 102 Stat. 4131, as amended by Pub. L. 102–83, §§5(c)(2), 6(k)(3), Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 406, 409, provided that:
"(1) Employment services and other employment benefits under programs administered by the Secretary of Labor.
"(2) Compensation under chapter 11 of title 38, United States Code.
"(3) Dependency and Indemnity Compensation under chapter 13 of such title.
"(4) Pension under chapter 15 of such title.
"(5) Inpatient hospital care under chapter 17 of such title.
"(6) Outpatient medical care under chapter 17 of such title.
"(7) Nursing home care under chapter 17 of such title.
"(8) Domiciliary care under chapter 17 of such title.
"(9) Readjustment counseling services under section 1712A of such title.
"(10) Insurance under chapter 19 of such title.
"(11) Specially adapted housing for disabled veterans under chapter 21 of such title.
"(12) Burial benefits under chapter 23 of such title.
"(13) Educational assistance under chapters 30, 32, and 34 of such title and chapter 106 of title 10, United States Code.
"(14) Vocational rehabilitation services under chapter 31 of title 38, United States Code.
"(15) Survivors' and dependents' educational assistance under chapter 35 of such title.
"(16) Home loan benefits under chapter 37 of such title.
"(17) Automobiles and adaptive equipment under chapter 39 of such title.
Pub. L. 100–322, title I, §123, May 20, 1988, 102 Stat. 504, as amended by Pub. L. 102–83, §6(j)(2), Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 409; Pub. L. 102–531, title III, §312(c), Oct. 27, 1992, 106 Stat. 3504, provided that:
"(1) develop, in consultation with the Surgeon General of the United States and the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, publications and other materials containing information on AIDS, including information on the prevention of infection with the human immunodeficiency virus;
"(2) provide for periodic dissemination of publications (including the Surgeon General's Report on AIDS) and other materials containing such information;
"(3) make publications and other suitable materials containing such information readily available in Department of Veterans Affairs health-care facilities and such other Department of Veterans Affairs facilities as the Secretary considers appropriate; and
"(4) disseminate information (including the Surgeon General's Report on AIDS) on the risk of transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus, and information on preventing the transmission of such virus, to Department of Veterans Affairs substance abuse treatment personnel, to each person being furnished treatment by the Department of Veterans Affairs for drug abuse, and to each person receiving care or services from the Department of Veterans Affairs whom the Secretary believes to be at high risk for AIDS.
For assignment of certain emergency preparedness functions to Secretary of Veterans Affairs, see Parts 1, 2, and 27 of Ex. Ord. No. 12656, Nov. 18, 1988, 53 F.R. 47491, set out as a note under section 5195 of Title 42, The Public Health and Welfare.