STATE OF WISCONSIN
Department of Veterans Affairs
In the matter of rulemaking proceedings before the Department of Veterans Affairs.
ORDER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
ADOPTING PERMANENT RULES
The statement of scope for this rule, SS 083-21, was approved by the Governor on September 16, 2021, published in Register No. 789A3 on September 20, 2021, and approved for implementation by the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs on October 1, 2021.
The emergency rule was approved by the Governor on January 13, 2022.
An order of the Department of Veterans Affairs to create VA 2.08 (3) (c), (km), (p), (q), and (r), and (6); relating to the employment and entrepreneurship grants transition program.
Analysis prepared by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Explanation of agency authority:
Section 45.03 (2), Stats., authorizes the Secretary of the Department to promulgate rules necessary to carry out the purposes of ch. 45 and the powers and duties conferred upon it. Section 45.437 (4), Stats., requires the Department to “…promulgate rules implementing this section. The rules promulgated under this subsection shall include rules establishing the specific goals grant recipients must meet and requiring that those goals be met before any grant moneys are disbursed.”
Related statute or rule:
Plain language analysis:
The proposed rules create a subdivision under s. VA 2.08 – Veterans Employment and Entrepreneurship Grants – for the primary objective of expanding the expenditure of grant funds, authorized under s. 45.437, Stats., to include the employment-related activities that are a crucial component of the veterans transition program partnership. The Department will coordinate program participation and activities at the state level, which will require the services of multiple non-profit organizations across the State. This multi-faceted transition assistance program connects the service member to the relevant employers, local programs, and organizations in the service member’s future post-military community. Through this partnership, services will be made available to military members transitioning from active military service to civilian life. The proposed rules will ensure grants authorized under s. 45.437, Stats., can be awarded to non-profit organizations to the extent the organization’s participation is related to employing exiting service members and improving the employment outcomes for veterans in Wisconsin. The proposed rule creates definitions under s. VA 2.08 (3) for acronyms and terms referenced within the rule, and creates s. VA 2.08 (6) to establish rules for the implementation and administration of the veterans employment and transition support grant program.
Summary of, and comparison with, existing or proposed federal regulation:
Comparison with rules in adjacent states:
Illinois: Does not have existing administrative rules pertaining to grant funds available for a veterans transition program.
Iowa: Does not have existing administrative rules pertaining to grant funds available for a veterans transition program.
Michigan: Does not have existing administrative rules pertaining to grant funds available for a veterans transition program.
Minnesota: Does not have existing administrative rules pertaining to grant funds available for a veterans transition program.