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Proposed Information Collection (Disability Benefits Questionnaires) Activity: Comment Request

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AGENCY:

Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) 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 adjudicate a claim for disability benefits.

DATES:

Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection of information should be received on or before August 12, 2013.

ADDRESSES:

Submit written comments on the collection of information through Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) at 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 nancy.kessinger@va.gov. Please refer to “OMB Control No. 2900-0749” in any correspondence. During the comment period, comments may be viewed online through the FDMS.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Nancy J. Kessinger at (202) 632-8924 or Fax (202) 632-8925.

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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 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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Titles:

a. Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD) Disability Benefits Questionnaire, VA Form 21-0960a-1.

b. Hairy Cell and Other B-Cell Leukemias Disability Benefits Questionnaire, VA Form 21-0960b-1.

c. Parkinson's Disease Disability Benefits Questionnaire, VA Form 21-0960c-1.

OMB Control Number: 2900-0749.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Abstract: VA Forms 21-0960a-1, 21-0960b-1, and 21-0960c-1 are used to expedite claims for the following presumptive diseases based on herbicide exposure: Hairy Cell and Start Printed Page 35662Other Chronic B-cell Leukemias, Parkinson's and Ischemic Heart diseases. Veterans have the option of providing the forms to their private physician for completion and submission to VA in lieu of scheduling a VA medical examination. The data collected will be used to adjudicate Veteran's claim for disability benefits.

Affected Public: Individuals or households.

Estimated Annual Burden:

a. Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD) Disability Benefits Questionnaire, VA Form 21-0960a-1-13,750.

b. Hairy Cell and Other B-Cell Leukemias Disability Benefits Questionnaire, VA Form 21-0960b-1-500.

c. Parkinson's Disease Disability Benefits Questionnaire, VA Form 21-0960c-1-1,250.

Estimated Average Burden per Respondent: 15 minutes.

Frequency of Response: On occasion.

Estimated Number of Respondents:

a. Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD) Disability Benefits Questionnaire, VA Form 21-0960a-1-55,000.

b. Hairy Cell and Other B-Cell Leukemias Disability Benefits Questionnaire, VA Form 21-0960b-1-2,000.

c. Parkinson's Disease Disability Benefits Questionnaire, VA Form 21-0960c-1-5,000.

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Dated: June 10, 2013.

By direction of the Secretary.

Crystal Rennie,

VA Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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[FR Doc. 2013-14019 Filed 6-12-13; 8:45 am]

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