Agency Information Collection (Notice of Disagreement (NOD) (Pension, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), Burial and Accrued), VA Form 21P-0970) Activity Under OMB Review, 60414-60415 [2016-21035]

Download as PDF 60414 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 170 / Thursday, September 1, 2016 / Notices By direction of the Secretary. Cynthia Harvey-Pryor, Program Specialist, Office of Privacy and Records Management, Department of Veterans Affairs. [FR Doc. 2016–21037 Filed 8–31–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS [OMB Control No. 2900–0539] Proposed Information Collection (Application for Supplemental Service Disabled Veterans Insurance, VA Forms 29–0188 and 29–0189) Activity: Comment Request Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: 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 revision of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. DATES: Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection of information should be received on or before October 31, 2016. 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 Administrations (20M33), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420 or email to nancy.kessinger@va.gov. Please refer to ‘‘OMB Control No. 2900–0539’’ 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. 3501–21), 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. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:14 Aug 31, 2016 Jkt 238001 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: Application for Supplemental Service Disabled Veterans Insurance VA Forms 29–0188 and 29–0189. OMB Control Number: 2900–0539. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. Abstract: VA Forms 29–0188 and 29– 0189 are used by eligible insureds to apply for Supplemental Service Disabled Veterans Insurance. Collection of the requested information is required to implement the provisions of Public Law 102–568 which expanded the insurance coverage available under 38 U.S.C. Section 1922. Affected Public: Individuals or households. Estimated Annual Burden: 3,333 hours. Estimated Average Burden per Respondent: 20 minutes. Frequency of Response: On occasion. Estimated Number of Respondents: 10,000. By direction of the Secretary. Cynthia Harvey-Pryor, Program Specialist, Office of Privacy and Records Management, Department of Veterans Affairs. [FR Doc. 2016–21036 Filed 8–31–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS [OMB Control No. 2900–NEW] Agency Information Collection (Notice of Disagreement (NOD) (Pension, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), Burial and Accrued), VA Form 21P–0970) Activity Under OMB Review Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (44 U.S.C. 3501–3521), this notice announces that the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs, will submit the collection of information abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The PRA submission describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden; it includes the actual data collection instrument. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before October 3, 2016. ADDRESSES: Submit written comments on the collection of information through www.Regulations.gov, or to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Attn: VA Desk Officer; 725 17th St. NW., Washington, DC 20503 or sent through electronic mail to oira_submission@ omb.eop.gov. Please refer to ‘‘OMB Control No. 2900–NEW, VA Form 21P– 0970’’ in any correspondence. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cynthia Harvey-Pryor, Enterprise Records Service (005R1B), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420, (202) 461–5870 or email cynthia.harveypryor@va.gov. Please refer to ‘‘OMB Control No. 2900–NEW, VA Form 21P– 0970.’’ SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Notice of Disagreement (NOD) (Pension, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), Burial and Accrued). OMB Control Number: 2900–NEW (To be assigned by OMB upon approval of the Information Collection Request). Type of Review: New Collection (Request for a new OMB Control Number). Abstract: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), through its Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), administers an integrated program of benefits and services, established by law, for Veterans, service personnel, and their dependents and/or beneficiaries. Information is requested by this form under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7105. The statute is codified at 38 CFR 20.201, 20.302, and 20.501. The statute and regulations describe the process by which a claimant can appeal the decisions made by VBA on a claim for benefits. VA Form 21P–0970 will be used by the claimant to initiate an appeal by indicating disagreement with a decision issued by a VA Regional Office (RO) specifically related to a claim for VA pension benefits, dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) benefits, burial benefits, and accrued benefits. VA Form 21P–0970 will be the E:\FR\FM\01SEN1.SGM 01SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 170 / Thursday, September 1, 2016 / Notices claimant’s first step in the appeal process. The respondent may or may not continue with an appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA). If the claimant opts to continue to BVA for an appeal, this form will be included in the claim folder as evidence. VA will provide VA Form 21P–0970 to the claimant with the notification letter of the decision in paper form or via hyperlink to VA’s Web site. The use of VA Form 21P–0970 will be mandatory when claimants initiate an appeal of a decision on a pension, DIC, burial, or accrued claims for benefits. Currently, VBA does not have a mandatory form which would enable the claimant to initiate an appeal of a decision made regarding entitlement to pension, DIC, burial, or accrued benefits. As a result, claimants may provide their notice of disagreement in any format. The variety of submissions hampers efforts to identify, and process timely, the claimant’s appeal. With the implementation of this collection, the submissions will be standardized, increasing efficiency. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on this collection of information was published at 81 FR 12033 on May 23, 2016. Affected Public: Individuals or households. Estimated Annual Burden: 6,000 hours. Estimated Average Burden per Respondent: 30 minutes. Frequency of Response: One-time. Estimated Number of Respondents: 12,000 respondents. By direction of the Secretary. Cynthia Harvey-Pryor, Program Specialist, Office of Privacy and Records Management, Department of Veterans Affairs. [FR Doc. 2016–21035 Filed 8–31–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [OMB Control No. 2900–0784] Proposed Information Collection (NCA Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility for Burial) Activity: Comment Request National Cemetery Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:14 Aug 31, 2016 Jkt 238001 The National Cemetery Administration (NCA), 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 revised collection, and allow 30 days for public comment in response to the notice. PRA submission describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden; it includes the actual data collection instrument. This notice solicits comments on information needed to determine a claimant’s eligibility in advance of need for burial at a National Cemetery. DATES: Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection of information should be received on or before October 3, 2016. ADDRESSES: Submit written comments on the collection of information through www.Regulations.gov, or to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Attn: VA Desk Officer; 725 17th St. NW., Washington, DC 20503 or sent through electronic mail to oira_submission@ omb.eop.gov. Please refer to ‘‘OMB Control No. 2900–0784’’ in any correspondence. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cynthia Harvey-Pryor, Enterprise Records Service (005R1B), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420, (202) 461–5870 or email cynthia.harveypryor@va.gov. Please refer to ‘‘OMB Control No. 2900–0784.’’ SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13; 44 U.S.C. 3501–21), 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, NCA invites comments on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of NCA’s functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of NCA’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 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60415 of automated collection techniques or the use of other forms of information technology. Title: Application for Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery, VA Form 40– 10007. OMB Control Number: 2900–0784. Type of Review: Revision of an approved collection. Abstract: VA Form 40–10007 will be used to collect information from Veterans and their family members seeking a determination of eligibility for burial in a VA National Cemetery in advance of need. Such decisions are consistent with VA’s plan to streamline access to VA benefits and to assist Veterans’ families in better planning for their end of life matters. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on this collection of information was published at 81FR 29330 on May 11, 2016. Affected Public: Individuals or households. Estimated Annual Burden: 12,000 hours. Estimated Average Burden per Respondent: 20 minutes. Frequency of Response: One-time. Estimated Number of Respondents: 36,000. By direction of the Secretary. Cynthia Harvey-Pryor, Program Specialist, Office of Privacy and Records Management, Department of Veterans Affairs. [FR Doc. 2016–21066 Filed 8–31–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS [OMB Control No. 2900–0161] Agency Information Collection (Medical Expense Report, VA Form 21P–8416) Activity Under OMB Review Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501–3521), this notice announces that the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs, will submit the collection of information abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The PRA submission describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden; it includes the actual data collection instrument. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\01SEN1.SGM 01SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

[OMB Control No. 2900-NEW]


Agency Information Collection (Notice of Disagreement (NOD) 
(Pension, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), Burial and 
Accrued), VA Form 21P-0970) Activity Under OMB Review

AGENCY: Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans 
Affairs.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 
(44 U.S.C. 3501-3521), this notice announces that the Veterans Benefits 
Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs, will submit the 
collection of information abstracted below to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The PRA submission describes 
the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and 
burden; it includes the actual data collection instrument.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before October 3, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Submit written comments on the collection of information 
through www.Regulations.gov, or to Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Attn: VA Desk Officer; 725 
17th St. NW., Washington, DC 20503 or sent through electronic mail to 
oira_submission@omb.eop.gov. Please refer to ``OMB Control No. 2900-
NEW, VA Form 21P-0970'' in any correspondence.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cynthia Harvey-Pryor, Enterprise 
Records Service (005R1B), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont 
Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420, (202) 461-5870 or email 
cynthia.harvey-pryor@va.gov. Please refer to ``OMB Control No. 2900-
NEW, VA Form 21P-0970.''

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Notice of Disagreement (NOD) (Pension, Dependency and 
Indemnity Compensation (DIC), Burial and Accrued).
    OMB Control Number: 2900-NEW (To be assigned by OMB upon approval 
of the Information Collection Request).
    Type of Review: New Collection (Request for a new OMB Control 
Number).
    Abstract: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), through its 
Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), administers an integrated 
program of benefits and services, established by law, for Veterans, 
service personnel, and their dependents and/or beneficiaries. 
Information is requested by this form under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 
7105. The statute is codified at 38 CFR 20.201, 20.302, and 20.501.
    The statute and regulations describe the process by which a 
claimant can appeal the decisions made by VBA on a claim for benefits.
    VA Form 21P-0970 will be used by the claimant to initiate an appeal 
by indicating disagreement with a decision issued by a VA Regional 
Office (RO) specifically related to a claim for VA pension benefits, 
dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) benefits, burial benefits, 
and accrued benefits. VA Form 21P-0970 will be the

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claimant's first step in the appeal process. The respondent may or may 
not continue with an appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA). If 
the claimant opts to continue to BVA for an appeal, this form will be 
included in the claim folder as evidence.
    VA will provide VA Form 21P-0970 to the claimant with the 
notification letter of the decision in paper form or via hyperlink to 
VA's Web site. The use of VA Form 21P-0970 will be mandatory when 
claimants initiate an appeal of a decision on a pension, DIC, burial, 
or accrued claims for benefits.
    Currently, VBA does not have a mandatory form which would enable 
the claimant to initiate an appeal of a decision made regarding 
entitlement to pension, DIC, burial, or accrued benefits. As a result, 
claimants may provide their notice of disagreement in any format. The 
variety of submissions hampers efforts to identify, and process timely, 
the claimant's appeal. With the implementation of this collection, the 
submissions will be standardized, increasing efficiency.
    An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required 
to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a 
currently valid OMB control number. The Federal Register Notice with a 
60-day comment period soliciting comments on this collection of 
information was published at 81 FR 12033 on May 23, 2016.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Estimated Annual Burden: 6,000 hours.
    Estimated Average Burden per Respondent: 30 minutes.
    Frequency of Response: One-time.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 12,000 respondents.

    By direction of the Secretary.
Cynthia Harvey-Pryor,
Program Specialist, Office of Privacy and Records Management, 
Department of Veterans Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2016-21035 Filed 8-31-16; 8:45 am]
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