Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs.
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The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), 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 extension of a currently approved collection and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on information needed to determine a veteran's continued entitlement to benefits based on the number of dependents.
Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection of information should be received on or before October 12, 2004.
Submit written comments on the collection of information to Nancy J. Kessinger, Veterans Benefits Administration (20M35), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please refer to “OMB Control No. 2900-0500” in any correspondence.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Nancy J. Kessinger at (202) 273-7079 or FAX (202) 275-5947.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Under the PRA of 1995 (Public Law 104-13; 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521), 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, VBA invites comments on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of VBA's functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of VBA'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: Status of Dependents Questionnaire, VA Form 21-0538.
OMB Control Number: 2900-0500.
Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.
Abstract: Veterans receiving compensation for service-connected disability which includes an additional amount for their spouse and/or child(ren) must report any changes in the number of dependents. VA Form 21-0538 is used to request certification of the status of dependents for whom additional compensation is being paid. Without the information, continued entitlement to the benefits for dependents could not be determined.
Affected Public: Individuals or households.
Estimated Annual Burden: 14,083 hours.
Estimated Average Burden Per Respondent: 10 minutes.
Frequency of Response: One in eight years.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 84,500.Start Signature
Dated: August 2, 2004.
By direction of the Secretary.
Program Analyst, Records Management Service.
[FR Doc. 04-18287 Filed 8-9-04; 8:45 am]
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