Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 105 Part 1.djvu/415

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PUBLIC LAW 102-83 —AUG. 6, 1991 105 STAT. 387 the Secretary may provide such relief on account of such error as the Secretary determines equitable, including the payment of moneys to any person whom the Secretary determines is equitably entitled to such moneys. "(b) If the Secretary determines that a veteran, surviving spouse, child of a veteran, or other person hgis suffered loss as a consequence of reliance upon a determination by the Department of eligibility or entitlement to benefits, without knowledge that it was erroneously made, the Secretary may provide such relief on account of such error as the Secretary determines is equitable, including the pay- ment of moneys to any person whom the Secretary determines is equitably entitled to such moneys. "(c) Not later than April 1 of each year, the Secretary shall submit Reports, to Congress a report containing a statement as to the disposition of each case recommended to the Secretary for equitable relief under this section during the preceding calendar year. "§ 505. Opinions of Attorney General "The Secretary may require the opinion of the Attorney General on any question of law arising in the administration of the Department. "§ 510. Authority to reorganize offices "(a) Except to the extent inconsistent with law, the Secretary may— "(1) consolidate, eliminate, abolish, or redistribute the functions of the Administrations, offices, facilities, or activities in the Department; "(2) create new Administrations, offices, facilities, or activities in the Department; and "(3) fix the functions of any such Administration, office, facility, or activity and the duties and powers of their respective executive heads. "(b) The Secretary may not in any fiscal year implement an administrative reorganization described in subsection (c) unless the Secretary first submits to the appropriate committees of the Congress a report containing a detailed plan and justification for the administrative reorganization. No action to carry out such reorganization may be taken after the submission of such report until the end of a 90-day period of continuous session of Congress following the date of the submission of the report. For purposes of the preceding sentence, continuity of a session of Congress is broken only by adjournment sine die, and there shall be excluded from the computation of such 90-day period any day during which either House of Congress is not in session during an adjournment of more than three days to a day certain. "(c) An administrative reorganization described in this subsection is an administrative reorganization of a covered field office or facility that involves a reduction during any fiscal year in the number of full-time equivalent employees with permanent duty stations at such office or facility— "(1) by 15 percent or more; or "(2) by a percent which, when added to the percent reduction made in the number of such employees with permanent duty stations at such office or facility during the preceding fiscal a year, is 25 percent or more.