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PUBLIC LAW 102-585—NOV. 4, 1992 106 STAT. 4953 subordinate to the CMef Nurse at the respective Department facilities. The review shall include an assessment of the adequacy of that process in determining an equitable pay rate for the Chief Nurse position, including an assessment of the accuracy of data collected m the survey process and the difficulties in obtaining accurate data. (b) REPORT.—The Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate and House of Representatives a report on the review and assessment conducted under subsection (a). To the extent that the review discloses difficulties in obtaining accurate data in the survcnr process with respect to the Chief Nurse position at Department mcilities, the Secretary shall include in the report recommendations for corrective action. The Secretary shall also include in the report (1) a listing of the salary differential (expressed as a percentage) between the Chief Nurse at a facility and the highest paid nurse (excluding certified registered nurse anesthetists) serving in a position subordinate to the Chief Nurse, and (2) an analysis of such data. The report shall be submitted not later than 12 months after the date of the enactment of this Act. SEC. 307. REPORT ON PAY COMPRESSION. Section 7451(g) (as amended by section 304(b)) is further amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph: "(10) The number of nurses, shown by facility and by grade, who are on pay retention or in the top step of any ^ade and, with respect to those employees, comprehensive information (by facility) as to whether an extension of the pay grades was sought for these positions, and with respect to each such request for extension, whether such request was granted or denied.". SEC. 308. EFFECTIVE DATE. 38 USC 7404 The amendments made by sections 301, 302, 303, and 304 shall take effect with respect to the first pay period beginning on or after the end of the six-month period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act. TITLE IV—STATE HOME AMENDMENTS SEC. 401. TREATMENT OF EARNINGS OF VETERANS UNDER CERTAIN REHABILITATIVE SERVICES PROGRAMS. Subsection (f) of section 1718 is amended to read as follows: "(f)(1) The Secretary ma^ not consider any of the matters stated in paragraph (2) as a basis for the denial or discontinuance of a rating of total disability for purposes of compensation or pension based on the veteran's inability to secure or follow a substantially gainful occupation as a result of disability. "(2) Paragraph (1) app>lies to the following: "(A) A veterans participation in an activity carried out under this section. "(B) A veteran's receipt of a distribution as a result of participation in an activity carried out under this section. "(C) A veteran's participation in a program of rehabilitative services that (i) is provided as part of the veteran's care furnished by a State home and (ii) is approved by the Secretary