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 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 eligibility, dependency, and income, as applicable, for compensation and/or pension benefit sought.
Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection of information should be received on or before November 13, 2012.
Submit written comments on the collection of information through www.Regulations.gov; or to Nancy J. Kessinger, Veterans Benefits Administration (20M35), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please refer to “OMB Control No. 2900-0001” in any correspondence. During the comment period, comments may be viewed online through the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) at www.Regulations.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Nancy J. Kessinger at (202) 632-8924 or fax (202) 632-8925.
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.
a. Veteran's Application for Compensation and/or Pension, VA Form 21-526.
b. Veteran's Supplemental Claim Application, VA Form 21-526b.
c. Authorization and Consent Release Information to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), VA Form 21-4142.
OMB Control Number: 2900-0001.
Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
a. Veterans complete VA Form 21-526 to initially apply for compensation and/or pension benefits.
b. Veterans who previously filed a claim using VA Form 21-526, and who wish to request an increase in a service-connected condition, reopen their claim for a previously denied claim, and/or file a claim for a new service-connected condition must complete VA Form 21-526b. VA Form 21-526b will be used for supplemental disability or ancillary benefit claims.
c. Veterans who need VA's assistance in obtaining non-VA medical records must complete VA Form 21-4142.
Affected Public: Individuals or households.
Estimated Annual Burden:
a. VA Form 21-526—391,708.
b. VA Form 21-526b—50,000.
c. VA Form 21-4142—823.
Estimated Average Burden per Respondent:
a. VA Form 21-526—1 hour.
b. VA Form 21-526b—15 minutes.
c. VA Form 21-4142—5 minutes.
Frequency of Response: On occasion.
Estimated Number of Respondents:
a. VA Form 21-526—391,708.
b. VA Form 21-526b—200,000.
c. VA Form 21-4142—3,292.
Dated: September 7, 2012.
By direction of the Secretary.
Program Analyst, Enterprise Records Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-22490 Filed 9-12-12; 8:45 am]
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