Whether Department of Veterans Affairs Memorandum is a Rule Under the Congressional Review Act, B-291906, February 28, 2003
B-291906: Feb 28, 2003
Strickland: This is in response to your letter of January 2. Memorandum issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to all VA Network Directors regarding the VA's marketing activities to enroll new veterans in the VA health care system is a "rule" under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). We conclude that under the CRA the VA memorandum is not a "rule" that needs to be submitted to Congress. " is designed to keep Congress informed about the rulemaking activities of federal agencies and to allow for congressional review of rules. Including whether it is a major rule. On the date the report is submitted. Once a rule is submitted in accordance with section 801(a)(1). Special procedures for congressional consideration of a joint resolution of disapproval are available for a period of 60 session days in the Senate or 60 legislative days in the House. 5 U.S.C. 802.