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M21-1, Part III, Subpart vi, Chapter 3, Section A – Jurisdiction

Overview


In This Section

This section contains the following topics:
Topic
Topic Name
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1.  Jurisdiction for Special Act Awards


Introduction

This topic contains information on the jurisdiction for special act awards, including information on

Change Date

April 14, 2015

III.vi.3.A.1.a.  Definition:  Special Act Award

special act award is an award of benefits authorized under a private law.
Reference:  For more information on special acts, see 38 CFR 3.801.

III.vi.3.A.1.b.  Determining Jurisdiction and Authorizing Special Act Awards

Use the table below to
  • determine jurisdiction of a special act claim, and
  • authorizing a special act award.
If the special act …
Then the …
predetermines only that the condition for entitlement to compensation or pension has been met
Example:  Character of discharge or date of claim.
regional office (RO) retains jurisdiction of the case.
  • provides for payment of a fixed rate of compensation or pension to designated individuals, and
  • identifies the act as a special entitlement
Philadelphia Pension Management Center (PMC) retains exclusive jurisdiction of the case.
Note:  Regardless of jurisdiction, enter the following notation in the Remarkssection of the award printout to specify the particular special act under which the award is made:
Benefits authorized under [enter special act] approved [date].
Reference:  For more information on handling the receipt of evidence when the claims folder is temporarily transferred, see M21-1, Part III, Subpart vi, 3.A.3.

 

2.  Jurisdiction for Awards to Foreign Resident Beneficiaries


Introduction

This topic contains information on the jurisdiction for awards to foreign resident beneficiaries, including information on

Change Date

March 13, 2019

III.vi.3.A.2.a.  Jurisdiction Over Claims Folders for Foreign Resident Beneficiaries

Jurisdiction over the claims folders for foreign resident beneficiaries is divided among the following offices:
  • the Pittsburgh RO for live compensation claims, dual claims, and legacy appeals
  • the St. Paul PMC for pension claims, survivor claims and legacy appeals for pension and survivor claims for residents of
    • Mexico
    • Central and South America, and
    • the Caribbean, and
  • the Philadelphia PMC for pension claims, survivor claims and legacy appeals for pension and survivor claims for all other foreign countries.
Note:  U.S. territories are not considered foreign residences.
References:  For more information on

III.vi.3.A.2.b.  Handling Transfer of the Claims Folder for Foreign Resident Beneficiaries

When the Pittsburgh RO, Philadelphia PMC or St. Paul PMC has jurisdiction over the claims folder of a claimant or beneficiary, and the claims folder is at another RO,
  • do not permanently transfer the claims folder to the Pittsburgh RO, Philadelphia PMC, or St. Paul PMC unless a claim is filed by or payments are being made to such person, and
  • do not transfer the claims folder to the Pittsburgh RO, Philadelphia PMC or St. Paul PMC because the claimant moves to a location with an Army Post Office or Fleet Post Office address.
References:  For more information on

3.  Handling the Receipt of Evidence for Special Act Awards or Foreign Resident Beneficiaries When the Claims Folder Is Temporarily Transferred


Introduction

This topic contains information on handling the receipt of evidence, including

Change Date

March 13, 2019

III.vi.3.A.3.a.  Claims Folder Temporarily Transferred to CO

When additional evidence or information is received while the claims folder is temporarily transferred to Central Office (CO), see M21-1, Part III, Subpart ii, 5.F.1.h for instructions for jurisdiction and transfer.

III.vi.3.A.3.b.  Claims Folder Temporarily Transferred to the RO, Pittsburgh RO, Philadelphia PMC, or the St. Paul PMC

When additional evidence or information is received while the claims folder is temporarily transferred to the RO from the Pittsburgh RO or Philadelphia PMC , or vice versa, the office in possession of the claims folder completes any appropriate authorization and rating action.
Exceptions:
  • The RO may not take action when the Pittsburgh RO, Philadelphia PMC or St. Paul PMC has exclusive jurisdiction over the claim.
  • The Pittsburgh RO, Philadelphia PMC, or St. Paul PMC may not take action when the RO warrants immediate return of the claims folder.
References:  For more information on

III.vi.3.A.3.c.  Authorization and Rating Action Taken by the Pittsburgh RO, Philadelphia PMC, or St. Paul PMC

The table below shows the authorization and rating action the Pittsburgh RO, Philadelphia PMC or St. Paul PMC takes when additional evidence is received while the claims folder is at the Pittsburgh RO, Philadelphia PMC or St. Paul PMC on temporary transfer.
Stage
Description
1
The Pittsburgh RO, Philadelphia PMC, or St. Paul PMC
  • takes any necessary authorization and rating action, and
  • prepares any correspondence needed to notify the claimant and his/her representative.
2
The Pittsburgh RO, Philadelphia PMC, or St. Paul PMC sends the claimant and his/her representative, if appropriate, proper notification.
3
If the format of the claims folder is
  • electronic, the process ends with Stage 4, or
  • paper, the process ends with Stage 5.
4
The Pittsburgh RO, Philadelphia PMC, or St. Paul PMC uploads copies of the following to the electronic claims folder:
  • decision notice to the claimant
  • the award printout, and
  • the rating decision.
5
The Pittsburgh RO, Philadelphia PMC, or St. Paul PMC files the following in the claims folder:
  • the original award
  • the rating decision, and
  • copies of the decision notice.
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