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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) 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 for which approval has expired, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on information needed to approve requests for preauthorization of certain health care services and benefits for children of Vietnam veterans.


Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection of information should be received on or before May 5, 2003.


Submit written comments on the collection of information to Ann 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. 2900-0578” in any correspondence.

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Ann Bickoff at (202) 273-8310.

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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 Start Printed Page 10782functions, 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.

Titles: Health Care for Certain Children of Vietnam Veterans—Covered Birth Defects and Spina Bifida and Claim for Miscellaneous Expenses, VA Health Administration Center, VA Form 10-7959e.

OMB Control Number: 2900-0578.

Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.

Abstract: The information collected will be used to determine whether to approve requests for preauthorization of certain health care services and benefits for children of Vietnam veterans, and to make decisions during the review and appeal process concerning health care. VA Form 10-7959e will be used to claim payment or reimbursement for expenses related to birth defects among Vietnam Veterans' children.

Affected Public: Individuals or households, Business or other for-profit, and not for profit institutions.

Estimated Total Annual Burden: 3,400 hours.

Estimated Average Burden Per Respondent: 5 minutes.

Frequency of Response: On occasion.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 3,600.

Estimated Total Annual Responses: 31,400

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Dated: February 13, 2003.

By direction of the Secretary:

Ernesto Castro,

Director, Records Management Service.

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[FR Doc. 03-5277 Filed 3-5-03; 8:45 am]