Discontinuance of Annual Financial Assessments-Delay in Implementation, 79564-79565 [2013-31164]

Download as PDF 79564 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 250 / Monday, December 30, 2013 / Notices 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 MATIC Authorization, VA Form 29–0532–1. OMB Control Number: 2900–0492. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. Abstract: Veteran policyholders complete VA Form 29–0532–1 to authorize deduction of Government Life Insurance premiums from their bank account. Affected Public: Individuals or households. Estimated Annual Burden: 1,500 hours. Estimated Average Burden per Respondent: 30 minutes. Frequency of Response: On occasion. Estimated Number of Respondents: 3,000. Dated: December 23, 2013. By direction of the Secretary. Crystal Rennie, VA Clearance Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs. [FR Doc. 2013–31067 Filed 12–27–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS [OMB Control No. 2900–0131] Proposed Information Collection (Request for Supplemental Information on Medical and Nonmedical Applications); Comment Request Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs. ACTION: Notice. maindgalligan on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:15 Dec 27, 2013 Jkt 232001 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 without change of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to this notice. This notice solicits comments on information needed to determine the insured’s eligibility to reinstate or change government life insurance. DATES: Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection of information should be received on or before February 28, 2014. 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 (20M33), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420 or email nancy.kessinger@va.gov. Please refer to ‘‘OMB Control No. 2900–0131’’ in any correspondence. During the comment period, comments may be viewed online through FDMS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy J. Kessinger at (202) 632–8924 or FAX (202) 632–8925. SUPPLEMENTARY 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: Request for Supplemental Information on Medical and Nonmedical Applications, VA Form Letter 29–615. OMB Control Number: 2900–0131. Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection. PO 00000 Frm 00175 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Abstract: VA Form 29–615 used by the insured to apply for new issue, reinstatement or change of plan on Government Life Insurance policies. Affected Public: Individuals or households. Estimated Annual Burden: 3,000 hours. Estimated Average Burden per Respondent: 20 minutes. Frequency of Response: On occasion. Estimated Number of Respondents: 9,000. Dated: December 23, 2013. By direction of the Secretary. Crystal Rennie, VA Clearance Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs. [FR Doc. 2013–31071 Filed 12–27–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Discontinuance of Annual Financial Assessments—Delay in Implementation Department of Veterans Affairs. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a Notice in the Federal Register on October 25, 2013 (78 FR 64065) announcing that we intended to change financial reporting practices requiring annual financial assessments from veterans enrolled in the VA health care system. The purpose of this Notice is to notify interested parties that due to delays in modifying computer software, VA is postponing implementation of this change. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristin J. Cunningham, Director Business Policy, Chief Business Office, Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420; (202) 382–2508. (This is not a toll-free number.) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Certain veterans are enrolled in the VA health care system based on their income: Priority Groups 5, 7, and 8. VA requires these veterans to submit a financial assessment when initially enrolled and then requests resubmission of this information each year thereafter on the enrollment anniversary. VA verifies that self-reported financial information through a computer matching of income reported to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Social Security Administration (SSA). VA intends to eliminate this annual burden by changing the financial reporting practices. Veterans will be SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM 30DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 250 / Monday, December 30, 2013 / Notices maindgalligan on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES requested to submit financial assessment information using a VA Form 10–10EZ only during the initial enrollment process. VA will continue to receive income information from IRS and SSA, which will then be compared to the information initially provided by the veteran. A veteran will be asked to provide further income and asset information, or to verify the data provided by IRS or SSA, only in those cases where VA identifies a change to the veteran’s income that would result VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:15 Dec 27, 2013 Jkt 232001 in a change to the veteran’s priority group status. As stated in VA’s October 25, 2013, Notice, this change in policy will be implemented in phases because the policy change requires revision of current VA forms and processes including updating existing information technology. Phase I, which will eliminate the need for current enrollees to submit the annual financial assessment, was scheduled to be implemented by December 31, 2013. Due to delays in revising and updating PO 00000 Frm 00176 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 79565 supporting computer software, VA is postponing implementation of Phase I until a date to be determined. VA will publish a Notice in the Federal Register to announce the new implementation date. Dated: December 24, 2013. William F. Russo, Deputy Director, Regulation Policy and Management, Office the General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs. [FR Doc. 2013–31164 Filed 12–27–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM 30DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 250 (Monday, December 30, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 79564-79565]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-31164]


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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS


Discontinuance of Annual Financial Assessments--Delay in 
Implementation

AGENCY: Department of Veterans Affairs.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a Notice in 
the Federal Register on October 25, 2013 (78 FR 64065) announcing that 
we intended to change financial reporting practices requiring annual 
financial assessments from veterans enrolled in the VA health care 
system. The purpose of this Notice is to notify interested parties that 
due to delays in modifying computer software, VA is postponing 
implementation of this change.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristin J. Cunningham, Director 
Business Policy, Chief Business Office, Department of Veterans Affairs, 
810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420; (202) 382-2508. (This is 
not a toll-free number.)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Certain veterans are enrolled in the VA 
health care system based on their income: Priority Groups 5, 7, and 8. 
VA requires these veterans to submit a financial assessment when 
initially enrolled and then requests resubmission of this information 
each year thereafter on the enrollment anniversary. VA verifies that 
self-reported financial information through a computer matching of 
income reported to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Social 
Security Administration (SSA).
    VA intends to eliminate this annual burden by changing the 
financial reporting practices. Veterans will be

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requested to submit financial assessment information using a VA Form 
10-10EZ only during the initial enrollment process. VA will continue to 
receive income information from IRS and SSA, which will then be 
compared to the information initially provided by the veteran. A 
veteran will be asked to provide further income and asset information, 
or to verify the data provided by IRS or SSA, only in those cases where 
VA identifies a change to the veteran's income that would result in a 
change to the veteran's priority group status.
    As stated in VA's October 25, 2013, Notice, this change in policy 
will be implemented in phases because the policy change requires 
revision of current VA forms and processes including updating existing 
information technology. Phase I, which will eliminate the need for 
current enrollees to submit the annual financial assessment, was 
scheduled to be implemented by December 31, 2013. Due to delays in 
revising and updating supporting computer software, VA is postponing 
implementation of Phase I until a date to be determined. VA will 
publish a Notice in the Federal Register to announce the new 
implementation date.

    Dated: December 24, 2013.
William F. Russo,
Deputy Director, Regulation Policy and Management, Office the General 
Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2013-31164 Filed 12-27-13; 8:45 am]
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