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Proposed Information Collection Activity: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs.




The Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed revision of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments for information needed to identify individuals at risk for stress-related illnesses.


Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection of information should be received on or before February 8, 2002.


Submit written comments on the collection of information to Ann W. Bickoff, Veterans Health Administration (193B1), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420 or e-mail Please refer to “OMB Control No. 2900-0614” in any correspondence.

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Ann W. Bickoff (202) 273-8310 or FAX (202) 273-9381. These are not toll-free numbers.

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Under the PRA of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13; 44 U.S.C., 3501-3520), Federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. This request for comment is being made pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA.

With respect to the following collection of information, VHA invites comments on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of VHA's functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of VHA's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or the use of other forms of information technology.

Title and Form Number: Phase IV of Study of Individuals at Risk for Stress Related Illnesses, VA Form 10-21036(NR).

OMB Control Number: 2900-0614.

Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.

Abstract: Phases I and II of this study are completed. The collection of information associated with Phase III is also completed. Phase IV is intended to complete VA's study of the “psychological and biomedical measurements for early identification of individuals at risk for stress-related illness.” The information collected will be used to produce a reliable inventory of psychosocial risk and resilience factors for contemporary military personnel and then demonstrate its validity visavis Gulf War veterans' self-reported somatic and psychological symptoms and judgments of health-related quality of life.

Affected Public: Individuals or households.

Estimated Annual Burden: 313 hours.

Estimated Average Burden Per Respondent: 45 minutes.

Frequency of Response: One time.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 417.

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Dated: November 7, 2001.

By direction of the Secretary.

Barbara H. Epps,

Management Analyst, Information Management Service.

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[FR Doc. 01-30472 Filed 12-7-01; 8:45 am]