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 new collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on information needed to assist veterans in reopening a previously denied disability compensation claim or to request an increase in benefit and/or claim for a new service-connected condition.
Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection of information should be received on or before July 10, 2009.
Submit written comments on the collection of information through Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) at http://www.Regulations.gov or to Nancy J. Kessinger, Veterans Benefits Administration (20M35), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please refer to “OMB Control No. 2900-New (21-526b)” in any correspondence. During the comment period, comments may be viewed online through FDMS.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Nancy J. Kessinger at (202) 461-9769 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: Veteran's Supplemental Claim Application, VA Form 21-526b.
OMB Control Number: 2900-New (21-526b).
Type of Review: New collection.
Abstract: Veterans who were denied a claim under Application for Compensation or Pension and wish to request an increase in benefit and/or a claim for a new service-connected condition must complete VA Form 21-526b to file a supplemental claim for disability compensation or to reopen a previously denied claim. VA will use the data to assist veterans in their claim for compensation.
Affected Public: Individuals or households.
Estimated Annual Burden: 16,667.
Estimated Average Burden Per Respondent: 5 minutes.
Frequency of Response: One-time.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 200,000.Start Signature
Dated: May 5, 2009.
By direction of the Secretary.
Program Analyst, Enterprise Records Service.
[FR Doc. E9-10797 Filed 5-8-09; 8:45 am]
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