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Source: US Congressional Budget Office

The bill would
• Extend the time period during which a person may request debt relief from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
• Prohibit VA from collecting interest and fees on overpayments of VA benefits
• Prohibit VA from recovering overpayments of veterans’ benefits that are caused by the department’s processing delays
• Require VA to make changes to information technology systems and administrative processes

Estimated budgetary effects would primarily stem from
• Limiting VA’s ability to recover debts, interest, and administrative fees

Areas of significant uncertainty include
• Estimating the number of additional people who would request debt relief from VA
• Anticipating the standards VA would establish for timely processing of benefits information

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