38 U.S. Code § 7611 - Authority for program
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As part of the Educational Assistance Program, the Secretary shall carry out a scholarship program under this subchapter. The program shall be known as the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Professional Scholarship Program (hereinafter in this chapter referred to as the “Scholarship Program”).
Source(Added Pub. L. 100–322, title II, § 216(b),May 20, 1988, 102 Stat. 520, § 4311; renumbered § 7611,Pub. L. 102–40, title IV, § 402(b)(1),May 7, 1991, 105 Stat. 238; amended Pub. L. 102–83, § 4(a)(2)(B)(vi), (b)(1), (2)(E),Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 403–405.)
Pub. L. 102–83substituted “Secretary” for “Administrator” and “Department of Veterans Affairs” for “Veterans’ Administration”.
Submission of Overdue Report
Pub. L. 105–114, title II, § 207(b),Nov. 21, 1997, 111 Stat. 2289, provided that: “The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit to Congress not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act [Nov. 21, 1997] the report evaluating the operation of the health professional scholarship program required to be submitted not later than March 31, 1997, under section 202(b) ofPublic Law 104–110 (110 Stat. 770) [set out below].”
Health Professional Scholarship Program
“(1) The Secretary shall submit to Congress, not later than March 31, 1997, a report setting forth the results of a study evaluating the operation of the health professional scholarship program under subchapter II of chapter 76 of title 38, United States Code. The study shall evaluate the efficacy of the program with respect to recruitment and retention of health care personnel for the Department of Veterans Affairs and shall compare the costs and benefits of the program with the costs and benefits of alternative methods of ensuring adequate recruitment and retention of such personnel.
“(2) The Secretary shall carry out the study under this paragraph through a private contractor. The report under paragraph (1) shall include the report of the contractor and the comments, if any, of the Secretary on that report.”