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AGENCY:

Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness), DoD.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) announces a proposed public information collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

DATES:

Consideration will be given to all comments received by October 21, 2014.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments, identified by docket number and title, by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: Federal Docket Management System Office, 4800 Mark Center Drive, Start Printed Page 49287East Tower, Suite 02G09, Alexandria, VA 22350-3100.

Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name, docket number and title for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information.

Any associated form(s) for this collection may be located within this same electronic docket and downloaded for review/testing. Follow the instructions at http://www.regulations.gov for submitting comments. Please submit comments on any given form identified by docket number, form number, and title.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

To request more information on this proposed information collection or to obtain a copy of the proposal and associated collection instruments, please write to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) Office of Legal Policy, ATTN: Lt Col Ryan Oakley, 4000 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-4000 or call (703) 697-3387.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Title; Associated Form; and OMB Number: Application for Correction of Military Record Under the Provisions of Title 10, U.S. Code, Section 1552; DD Form 149; OMB Control Number 0704-0003.

Needs and Uses: This information collection requirement is necessary for all Service personnel (current and former Service members) to apply to their respective Military Department Boards for Correction of Military Records (BCMR) for a correction of an error or injustice in their military records under Title 10, United States Code § 1552. The BCMRs of the Military Departments are the highest administrative boards and appellate review authorities in the Services for the resolution of military personnel disputes. The Military Department Secretaries, acting through the BCMRs, have broad powers and are duty bound to correct records if an error or injustice exists. The range of issues includes, but is not limited to, awards, clemency petitions (of courts-martial sentences), disabilities, evaluation reports, home of record, memoranda of reprimands, promotions, retirements, separations, survivor benefit plans, and titling decisions by law enforcement authorities. Information collection is needed to provide current and former Service members with a method through which to request correction of a military record and to provide the Services with the basic data needed to process the request.

Affected Public: Individuals or households.

Annual Burden Hours: 20,785.

Number of Respondents: 41,570.

Responses per Respondent: 1.

Annual Responses: 41,570.

Average Burden per Response: 30 minutes.

Frequency: On occasion.

Under Title 10 United States Code Section 1552, Active Duty and Reserve Component Service members, Coast Guard, former Service members, their lawful or legal representatives, spouses of former Service members on issues of Survivor Benefit Program (SBP) benefits, and civilian employees with respect to military records other than those related to civilian employment, who feel that they have suffered an injustice as a result of error or injustice in military records may apply to their respective Boards for Correction of Military Records (BCMR) for a correction of their military records. These Boards are the highest level appellate review authority in the military. The Service member submits to the respective BCMR a DD Form 149, “Application for Correction of Military Record Under the Provisions of Title 10, U.S. Code Section 1552.” The DD Form 149 was devised to standardize applications to the BCMRs. This information is used to identify and secure the appropriate official military and medical records from the appropriate records storage facilities. Information on the form is used by the Military Department BCMRs to identify the issues and arguments raised by applicants, identify any counsel representing applicants, and determine if the applicants filed their petitions within the three-year statute of limitations established by Congress. Disclosure is voluntary; however, failure to provide requested information may result in a denial of an application. An applicant's Social Security Number is used to retrieve these records and links to the member's official military personnel file and pay record.

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Dated: August 15, 2014.

Aaron Siegel,

Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.

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[FR Doc. 2014-19711 Filed 8-19-14; 8:45 am]

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