Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs.
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 revision of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on the information needed to report medical expenses paid in connection with claims for pension and other income-based benefits.
Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection of information should be received on or before March 14, 2005.
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 email@example.com. Please refer to “OMB Control No. 2900-0161” 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 (Pub. L. 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: Medical Expense Report, VA Form 21-8416.
OMB Control Number: 2900-0161.
Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.
Abstract: VA Form 21-8416 is completed by beneficiaries in receipt of income-based benefits and claimants claiming income-based benefits to report medical expenses paid in connection with claims for pension and other income-based benefits. Unreimbursed medical expenses paid by a beneficiary or claimant may be excluded from their countable income. VA uses the data collected to determine the claimant's entitlement to improved pension and the appropriate rate payable.
Affected Public: Individuals or households.
Estimated Annual Burden: 48,200 hours.
Estimated Average Burden Per Respondent: 30 minutes.
Frequency of Response: On occasion.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 96,400.Start Signature
Dated: December 29, 2004.
By direction of the Secretary.
IT Specialist, Records Management Service.
[FR Doc. 05-489 Filed 1-10-05; 8:45 am]
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