We undertook a the first-ever review of all statutes and regulations governing GI Bill college approval and disapproval and found significant inconsistencies and ambiguity. Historically, both SAAs and VA have had approval and disapproval authorities. In 2011 and 2016, however, the statutory language describing those authorities was amended. The 2011 changes, made in the context of a significant restructuring of SAAs’ day-to-day responsibilities, undermined the primacy of SAAs’ approval and disapproval authority. The 2016 changes were intended to restore SAAs’ approval authority primacy. Although the intent of the 2016 changes is clear, the changes were piecemeal rather than comprehensive. As a result, the changes have created ambiguity and contributed to disagreements between VA and SAAs and between VA and the VA Office of Inspector General about those authorities.

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