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Proposed Data Collection; Comment Request

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SUMMARY:

In accordance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 which provides opportunity for public comment on new or revised data collections, the Railroad Retirement Board will publish periodic summaries of proposed data collections.

Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information has practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the RRB's estimate of the burden of the collection of the information: (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden related to the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Title and Purpose of information collection: Statement Regarding Contributions and Support: OMB 3220-0099 Under section 2 of the Railroad Retirement Act, dependency on an employee for one-half support at the time of an employee's death can be a condition affecting entitlement to a survivor annuity and can affect the amount of both spouse and survivor annuities. One-half support is also a condition which may negate the public service pension offset in Tier I for a spouse or widow(er). The Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) utilizes Form G-134, Statement Regarding Contributions and Support, to secure Start Printed Page 7712information needed to adequately determine if the applicant meets the one-half support requirement. One form is completed by each respondent. Non-burden impacting editorial and formatting changes are being proposed to Form G-134 for clarification purposes. Also, enhanced program monitoring and evaluation of this form last year showed that the completion time needed to be increased significantly because the annuitant needed time to gather the necessary information from many personal finance records not normally kept on hand.

The estimated annual respondent burden is as follows:

Estimate of Annual Respondent Burden

Form #Annual responsesEstimated completion time (min)Burden (hrs)
G-134
With assistance75147184
Without assistance2518075
Total100259

Additional Information or Comments: To request more information or to obtain a copy of the information collection justification, forms, and/or supporting material, please call the RRB Clearance Officer at (312) 751-3363. Comments regarding the information collection should be addressed to Ronald J. Hodapp, Railroad Retirement Board, 844 N. Rush Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611-2092. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.

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Chuck Mierzwa,

Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 02-4026 Filed 2-19-02; 8:45 am]

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