Agency Information Collection Activity: 21P-527 Income, Net Worth and Employment Statement; 21P-527EZ Application for Veterans Pension, 18484-18485 [2022-06651]

Download as PDF 18484 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 61 / Wednesday, March 30, 2022 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES transportation options, such as the Volunteer Transportation Network, may also be available. Appeals During the course of the pilot program, disagreements may arise regarding veteran participation. We anticipate that the vast majority of these disagreements will be subject to VA’s clinical appeals process, as set forth currently in VHA Directive 1041, Appeal of Veterans Health Administration Clinical Decisions (September 28, 2020). The clinical appeals process applies to a written request for higher review of one or more medical determinations. Medical determinations usually concern the need for and appropriateness of specific types of medical care and treatment for an individual and generally include decisions by an appropriate health care professional based on their medical judgment. Eligibility to participate in the pilot program is limited, by section 2(j)(2), to veterans who are: (1) Enrolled in the VA health care system; (2) diagnosed with PTSD; and (3) recommended for participation in the pilot program by a qualified mental health care provider or clinical team, based on medical judgment that the veteran may benefit from such participation with respect to the diagnosed PTSD of the veteran. While determinations of whether a veteran is enrolled in the VA health care system are administrative and not clinical, such matters are typically easily discernable and do not entail much dispute. Disagreements with administrative decisions are appealable to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. However, diagnosis of PTSD and a recommendation concerning the need for, and the appropriateness of, specific types of medical care and treatment, based on medical judgment, are decisions that are clinical in nature and therefore subject to the clinical appeals process in VHA Directive 1041. Throughout the course of the pilot program, SDOs providing the canine training will have the discretion and authority to determine whether they will provide training to a veteran at a particular time. A veteran who is disruptive; incapable of or unwilling to follow directions; or presents a danger to themselves or others (including the dogs being trained) could be denied the ability to participate in the program on at least a temporary basis. In any of these situations, such information will be relayed to the pilot champion, who will coordinate with the provider or clinical team responsible for the initial recommendation for participation to VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:14 Mar 29, 2022 Jkt 256001 determine if that recommendation is still applicable. If the provider’s or team’s medical judgment changes, based on this or any other information, such that they no longer recommend the veteran’s participation, that decision would be a clinical decision appealable under VHA Directive 1041. If the SDO determines it will not or cannot provide the canine training for other reasons, such as limited resources or other constraints, the SDO and VA will attempt to ensure that eligible veterans who have been recommended for participation are able to do so at a later time. Participation will generally be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Signing Authority Denis McDonough, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, approved this document on March 23, 2022 and authorized the undersigned to sign and submit the document to the Office of the Federal Register for publication electronically as an official document of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Luvenia Potts, Regulation Development Coordinator, Office of Regulation Policy & Management, Office of General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs. [FR Doc. 2022–06735 Filed 3–29–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS [OMB Control No. 2900–0002] Agency Information Collection Activity: 21P–527 Income, Net Worth and Employment Statement; 21P– 527EZ Application for Veterans Pension Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Veterans Benefits Administration, 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 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00135 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 collection of information should be received on or before May 31, 2022. 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 to nancy.kessinger@va.gov. Please refer to ‘‘OMB Control No. 2900–0002’’ in any correspondence. During the comment period, comments may be viewed online through FDMS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maribel Aponte, Office of Enterprise and Integration, Data Governance Analytics (008), 1717 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20006, (202) 266–4688 or email maribel.aponte@va.gov. Please refer to ‘‘OMB Control No. 2900–0002’’ in any correspondence. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA of 1995, 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. Authority: 38 U.S.C. 5101(a), 38 CFR 1502, 38 CFR 1503. Title: 21P–527 Income, Net Worth and Employment Statement; 21P–527EZ Application for Veterans Pension. OMB Control Number: 2900–0002. Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection. 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. Title 38 U.S.C. 5101(a), 38 CFR 1502, 38 CFR 1503 provides that a specific claim in the form provided by the Secretary must be filed in order for benefits to be E:\FR\FM\30MRN1.SGM 30MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 61 / Wednesday, March 30, 2022 / Notices paid to any individual under the laws administered by the Secretary. VA Form 21P–527EZ, Application for Pension, is the prescribed form for Veterans Pension applications. VA Form 21P–527 Income, Net Worth and Employment Statement, is used by Veterans to apply for pension benefits after they have previously applied for pension or for service-connected disability compensation using one of the prescribed forms. A Veteran might reapply for pension using this form if a previous compensation or pension claim was denied or discontinued, or if the Veteran is receiving compensation and the veteran now believes that pension would be a greater benefit. The following updates were made: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES • VA Form 21P–527EZ, Application for Veterans Pension • VA Form 21P–527, Income, Net Worth and Employment Statement VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:14 Mar 29, 2022 Jkt 256001 VA Form 21P–527EZ has been updated, to include: • Updated instructions. • Added an optional use Veterans Benefits Application Checklist for applicant’s benefit to assist in organizing submission of claim • Separated Section I and II to split Veteran’s Identification Information from contact information • Removed questions—How many times veteran married?/How many times Spouse married? as regulations allow • Removed mailing address of nursing home or facility from Section VIII as this is covered in the Worksheet the claimant is directed to complete. • Added an income source section and updated Section IX instructions to reflect this change. • Added an Alternate Signer Certification and Signature (Section XIII). • Restructured Worksheet for An Assisted Living, Adult Daycare, or a PO 00000 Frm 00136 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 18485 Similar Facility and the Worksheet for In-Home Attendant Expenses and questions removed for better clarity. New standardization data points; to include optical character recognition boxes. This is a non-substantive change. Affected Public: Individuals and households. Estimated Annual Burden: 24,731 hours. Estimated Average Burden per Respondent: 27.5 minutes. Frequency of Response: On occasion. Estimated Number of Respondents: 53,958. By direction of the Secretary. Maribel Aponte, VA PRA Clearance Officer, Office of Enterprise and Integration/Data Governance Analytics, Department of Veterans Affairs. [FR Doc. 2022–06651 Filed 3–29–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P E:\FR\FM\30MRN1.SGM 30MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 61 (Wednesday, March 30, 2022)]
[Notices]
[Pages 18484-18485]
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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

[OMB Control No. 2900-0002]


Agency Information Collection Activity: 21P-527 Income, Net Worth 
and Employment Statement; 21P-527EZ Application for Veterans Pension

AGENCY: Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans 
Affairs.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Veterans Benefits Administration, 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 May 31, 2022.

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 to [email protected]. Please refer to ``OMB Control 
No. 2900-0002'' in any correspondence. During the comment period, 
comments may be viewed online through FDMS.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maribel Aponte, Office of Enterprise 
and Integration, Data Governance Analytics (008), 1717 H Street NW, 
Washington, DC 20006, (202) 266-4688 or email [email protected]. 
Please refer to ``OMB Control No. 2900-0002'' in any correspondence.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA of 1995, 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.
    Authority: 38 U.S.C. 5101(a), 38 CFR 1502, 38 CFR 1503.
    Title: 21P-527 Income, Net Worth and Employment Statement; 21P-
527EZ Application for Veterans Pension.
    OMB Control Number: 2900-0002.
    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    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. Title 38 
U.S.C. 5101(a), 38 CFR 1502, 38 CFR 1503 provides that a specific claim 
in the form provided by the Secretary must be filed in order for 
benefits to be

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paid to any individual under the laws administered by the Secretary. VA 
Form 21P-527EZ, Application for Pension, is the prescribed form for 
Veterans Pension applications. VA Form 21P-527 Income, Net Worth and 
Employment Statement, is used by Veterans to apply for pension benefits 
after they have previously applied for pension or for service-connected 
disability compensation using one of the prescribed forms. A Veteran 
might reapply for pension using this form if a previous compensation or 
pension claim was denied or discontinued, or if the Veteran is 
receiving compensation and the veteran now believes that pension would 
be a greater benefit.
    The following updates were made:

 VA Form 21P-527EZ, Application for Veterans Pension
 VA Form 21P-527, Income, Net Worth and Employment Statement

    VA Form 21P-527EZ has been updated, to include:
     Updated instructions.
     Added an optional use Veterans Benefits Application 
Checklist for applicant's benefit to assist in organizing submission of 
claim
     Separated Section I and II to split Veteran's 
Identification Information from contact information
     Removed questions--How many times veteran married?/How 
many times Spouse married? as regulations allow
     Removed mailing address of nursing home or facility from 
Section VIII as this is covered in the Worksheet the claimant is 
directed to complete.
     Added an income source section and updated Section IX 
instructions to reflect this change.
     Added an Alternate Signer Certification and Signature 
(Section XIII).
     Restructured Worksheet for An Assisted Living, Adult 
Daycare, or a Similar Facility and the Worksheet for In-Home Attendant 
Expenses and questions removed for better clarity.
    New standardization data points; to include optical character 
recognition boxes. This is a non-substantive change.
    Affected Public: Individuals and households.
    Estimated Annual Burden: 24,731 hours.
    Estimated Average Burden per Respondent: 27.5 minutes.
    Frequency of Response: On occasion.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 53,958.

    By direction of the Secretary.
Maribel Aponte,
VA PRA Clearance Officer, Office of Enterprise and Integration/Data 
Governance Analytics, Department of Veterans Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2022-06651 Filed 3-29-22; 8:45 am]
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