Proposed Information Collection Activity: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

Summary:

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 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 determine whether children's incomes can be excluded from consideration in determining a parent's eligibility for non-service-connected pension.

Dates:

Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection of information should be received on or before March 21, 2005.

Addresses:

Submit written comments on the collection of information to Nancy J. Kessinger, Veterans Benefits Administration (20S52), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420 or e-mail:irmnkess@vba.va.gov. Please refer to “OMB Control No. 2900-0510” in any correspondence.

For further information contact:

Nancy J. Kessinger at (202) 273-7079 or FAX (202) 275-5947.

Supplementary information:

Under the PRA of 1995 (Public Law 104-13; 44 U.S.C., 3501-3520), 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: Application for Exclusion of Children's Income, VA Form 21-0571.

OMB Control Number:2900-0510.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Abstract: The information collected on VA Form 21-0571 is used to determine whether children's income can be excluded from consideration in determining a parent's eligibility for non-service connected pension. A veteran's or surviving spouse's rate of Improved Pension is determined by family income. Normally, income of children who are members of thehousehold is included in this determination. However, children's income may be excluded if it is unavailable or if consideration of that income would cause hardship in considering their income.

Affected Public: Individuals or households.

Estimated Annual Burden:2,025 hours.

Estimated Average Burden Per Respondent:45 minutes.

Frequency of Response: One-time.

Estimated Number of Respondents:2,700.

Dated: January 6, 2005.

By direction of the Secretary.

Loise Russell,

Director, Records Management Service.

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