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 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 an injured or ill service member's eligibility for participation in a joint DOD/VA Disability Evaluation Board and VA compensation after separation from service.
Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection of information should be received on or before December 3, 2012.
Submit written comments on the collection of information through Federal Docket Management System (FDMS), 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 to
email@example.com. Please refer to “OMB Control No. 2900-0704” in any correspondence. During the comment period, comments may be viewed online through the FDMS.
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.
Title: VA/DOD Joint Disability Evaluation Board Claim, VA Form 21-0819.
OMB Control Number: 2900-0704.
Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
Abstract: As a result of President Bush's Interagency Task Force on Returning Global War on Terror Heroes, VA and the Department of Defense (DOD) have agreed to develop a joint process in which Global War on Terror (GWOT) service members are evaluated to assign disability ratings, which will be used to determine military retention, level of disability for retirement, and VA disability compensation. VA Form 21-0819 will be used to gather the necessary information to determine the service member's eligibility.
Affected Public: Individuals or households.
Estimated Annual Burden: 7,000 hours.
Estimated Average Burden per Respondent: 30 minutes.
Frequency of Response: One time.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 14,000.
Dated: September 28, 2012.
By direction of the Secretary.
Program Analyst, Enterprise Records Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-24445 Filed 10-3-12; 8:45 am]
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