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Proposed Information Collection Activity: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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AGENCY:

Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

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 new collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments needed to determine a claimant's eligibility to receive transportation or reimbursement for travel to VA or authorized non-VA health care providers.

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 Ann Bickoff, Veterans Health Administration (193E1), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420 or e-mail ann.bickoff@mail.va.gov. Please refer to “OMB Control No. 2900-NEW” in any correspondence.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ann Bickoff at (202) 273-8310.

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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, VHA invites comments on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of VHA's functions, 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.

Title: Regulation on Beneficiary Travel (38 U.S.C. 111).

OMB Control Number: 2900-NEW.

Type of Review: New collection.

Abstract: VA will use the data collected to determine a claimant's eligibility for transportation or reimbursement for travel to VA or authorized non-VA health care providers. VA personnel will collect verbal and possibly written information in a form of a bill, receipt or appointment letter from the claimant when transportation or reimbursement for travel is requested.

Affected Public: Individuals or households.

Estimated Total Annual Burden: 390,708 hours.

Estimated Average Burden Per Respondent: 5 minutes.

Frequency of Response: On occasion.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 4,688,496.

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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. 05-3967 Filed 3-1-05; 8:45 am]

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