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Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

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Periodically, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) publishes abstracts of information collection requests under review by the Office of Management and Budget, in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). To request a copy of the clearance requests submitted to OMB for review, call the HRSA Reports Clearance Office on (301) 443-1129.

The following request has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995:

Proposed Project: The Smallpox Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (OMB No. 0915-0282)—Extension

The Smallpox Emergency Personnel Protection Act (SEPPA) authorized the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish The Smallpox Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, which is designed to provide benefits and/or compensation to certain persons harmed as a direct result of receiving smallpox covered countermeasures, including the smallpox vaccine, or as a direct result of contracting vaccinia through certain accidental exposures.

The benefits available under the Program include compensation for medical care, lost employment income, and survivor death benefits. To be considered for Program benefits, requesters (i.e., smallpox vaccine recipients, vaccinia contacts, survivors, or the representatives of the estates of deceased smallpox vaccine recipients or vaccinia contacts), or persons filing on their behalf as their representatives, must file a Request Form and the documentation required under this regulation to show that they are eligible.

Requesters must submit appropriate documentation to allow the Secretary to determine if the requesters are eligible for Program benefits. This documentation will vary somewhat depending on whether the requester is filing as a smallpox vaccine recipient, a vaccinia contact, a survivor, or a representative of an estate.

All requesters must submit medical records sufficient to demonstrate that a covered injury was sustained by a smallpox vaccine recipient or a vaccinia contact.

The burden estimate is as follows:

FormNumber of respondentsResponses per respondentHourly responseTotal burden hours
Request Form1,250156,250

Written comments and recommendations concerning the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of this notice to: Desk Officer, Health Resources and Services Administration, Human Resources and Housing Branch, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503.

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Dated: April 23, 2004.

Tina M. Cheatham,

Director, Division of Policy Review and Coordination.

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[FR Doc. 04-9803 Filed 4-29-04; 8:45 am]