38 U.S. Code § 3115 - Rehabilitation resources
(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, for the purpose of providing services under this chapter, the Secretary may—
(1) use the facilities of any Federal agency (including the Department of Veterans Affairs), of any State or local government agency receiving Federal financial assistance, or of any federally recognized Indian tribe, to provide training or work experience as part or all of a veteran’s vocational rehabilitation program without pay or for nominal pay in any case in which the Secretary determines that such training or work experience is necessary to accomplish such veteran’s rehabilitation;
(1) While pursuing on-job training or work experience under subsection (a)(1) of this section at a Federal agency, a veteran shall be considered to be an employee of the United States for the purposes of the benefits of chapter 81 of title 5, but not for the purposes of laws administered by the Office of Personnel Management.
(2) Except as provided in chapter 17 of this title, hospital care and medical services provided under this chapter shall be furnished in facilities over which the Secretary has direct jurisdiction.
(3) Use of the facilities of a State or local government agency under subsection (a)(1) of this section or use of facilities and services under subsection (a)(4) of this section, shall be procured through contract, agreement, or other cooperative arrangement.
(4) The Secretary shall prescribe regulations providing for the monitoring of training and work experiences provided under such subsection (a)(1) at State or local government agencies and otherwise ensuring that such training or work experience is in the best interest of the veteran and the Federal Government.
(c) For purposes of this section, the term “federally recognized Indian tribe” means any Indian tribe, band, nation, pueblo, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or regional corporation as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians.
Source(Added Pub. L. 96–466, title I, § 101(a),Oct. 17, 1980, 94 Stat. 2182, § 1515; amended Pub. L. 100–689, title II, § 201,Nov. 18, 1988, 102 Stat. 4175; Pub. L. 101–237, title IV, § 423(b)(1),Dec. 18, 1989, 103 Stat. 2092; renumbered § 3115,Pub. L. 102–83, § 5(a),Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 406; Pub. L. 103–446, title VI, § 602(a),Nov. 2, 1994, 108 Stat. 4671.)
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The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, referred to in subsec. (c), is Pub. L. 92–203, Dec. 18, 1971, 85 Stat. 688, as amended, which is classified generally to chapter 33 (§ 1601 et seq.) of Title 43, Public Lands. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 1601 of Title 43 and Tables.
Provisions similar to those comprising this section were contained in former section 1511 of this title prior to the general revision of this chapter by Pub. L. 96–466.
1994—Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 103–446, § 602(a)(1)(A), struck out “or” after “(including the Department of Veterans Affairs),” and inserted “or of any federally recognized Indian tribe,” after “financial assistance,”.
Subsec. (a)(4). Pub. L. 103–446, § 602(a)(1)(B), inserted “any federally recognized Indian tribe,” after “contributions,”.
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 103–446, § 602(a)(2), added subsec. (c).
1991—Pub. L. 102–83renumbered section 1515 of this title as this section.
1989—Subsecs. (a), (b)(2), (4). Pub. L. 101–237substituted “Secretary” and “Department of Veterans Affairs” for “Administrator” and “Veterans’ Administration”, respectively, wherever appearing.
1988—Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 100–689, § 201(1), inserted “, or of any State or local government agency receiving Federal financial assistance,” after “Administration)”.
Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 100–689, § 201(2)(A), inserted “at a Federal agency” after “section”.
Subsec. (b)(3), (4). Pub. L. 100–689, § 201(2)(B), added pars. (3) and (4) and struck out former par. (3) which read as follows: “Use of facilities and services under clause (4) of subsection (a) of this section, shall be procured through contract, agreement, or other cooperative arrangement.”