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Proposed Information Collection Activity: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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AGENCY:

Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

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 new collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on the information needed to assist claimants in obtaining evidence of radiation exposure during active duty military service.

DATES:

Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection of information should be received on or before May 2, 2005.

ADDRESSES:

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: irmnkess@vba.va.gov. Please refer to “OMB Control No. 2900-NEW” in any correspondence.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Nancy J. Kessinger at (202) 273-7079 or FAX (202) 275-5947.

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SUPPLEMENTARY 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) Start Printed Page 10169ways 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: Statement of Radiation Exposure during Military Service, VA Form 21-0783.

OMB Control Number: 2900-NEW.

Type of Review: New collection.

Abstract: VA will use the information collected on VA Form 21-0783 to assist claimants in obtaining supporting documentation to substantiate their claim of radiation exposure during military service and, when applicable, a radiation dose assessment. The information collected will be used to establish claimants' eligibility for disability benefit.

Affected Public: Individuals and households.

Estimated Annual Burden: 1,680 hours.

Estimated Average Burden Per Respondent: 60 minutes.

Frequency of Response: One time.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,680.

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Dated: February 15, 2005.

By direction of the Secretary:

Cindy Stewart,

Program Analyst, Records Management Service.

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[FR Doc. 05-3966 Filed 3-1-05; 8:45 am]

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