This bill would require the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) to study and report to Congress on matters relating to the interring of veterans’ unclaimed remains in national cemeteries that are under the control of the National Cemetery Administration.
The report would include the following:
The scope of the issues relating to veterans’ unclaimed remains, including the estimated number of such remains;
The effectiveness of VA procedures for working with persons or entities having custody of unclaimed remains to facilitate their interment in such cemeteries;
State and local laws that affect the Secretary of the VA’s ability to inter unclaimed veterans’ remains in such cemeteries;
Recommendations for appropriate legislative or administrative action.
The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 is amended to limit fiscal year 2016 awards and bonuses to $2 million for VA employees who are members of the Senior Executive Service.