Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Benefits

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The Under Secretary for Benefits, in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, directs the Veterans Benefits Administration through regional offices in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. The Under Secretary is responsible for the administration of benefits provided by the Department to veterans and dependents, including compensation, pension, education, home loan guaranty, vocational rehabilitation, and life insurance.

The current Under Secretary is Paul R. Lawrence, who was sworn in on May 15, 2018[1]. The previous Under Secretary, Allison A. Hickey, resigned in October 2015.[2]

The Under Secretary is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The occupant of the position is required to be appointed without regard to political affiliation and solely on the basis of his or her demonstrated ability in fiscal management and the administration of programs within the Veterans Benefits Administration or programs of similar content and scope. The Under Secretary is appointed for terms of four years, and reappointment is possible for successive periods. The President is required to communicate his reasons to Congress if the Under Secretary for Benefits is removed from office. Whenever there is a vacancy in the position, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs must set up a commission to recommend to the President candidates for appointment.[3]

The Veterans Benefits Administration has been in existence since the creation of the Department of Veterans Affairs in October 1988, when it was led by a Chief Benefits Director.[4] In 1994, the title was changed to Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Benefits.[5]


  1. ^ "VA announces Paul Lawrence as new Under Secretary for Benefits - VAntage Point". VAntage Point. 2018-05-14. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  2. ^ "VA benefits chief Allison Hickey resigns". Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  3. ^ "US CODE: Title 38,306. Under Secretary for Benefits". Retrieved 2007-09-24.
  4. ^ "Search Results - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Retrieved 2007-09-24.
  5. ^ "US CODE: Title 38,306. Under Secretary for Benefits". Retrieved 2007-09-24.