Proposed Information Collection (VA Enrollment Certification) Activity: 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 currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments for information needed to determine the amount of educational benefits payable to claimants pursuing approved programs of education.

Dates:

Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection of information should be received on or before January 3, 2012.

Addresses:

Submit written comments on the collection of information through the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) at http://www.Regulations.gov or to Nancy J. Kessinger, Veterans Benefits Administration (20M35), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420 or email to nancy.kessinger@va.gov. Please refer to “OMB Control No. 2900-0073” in any correspondence. During the comment period, comments may be viewed online through FDMS.

For further information contact:

Nancy J. Kessinger at (202) 461-9769 or fax (202) 275-5947.

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: VA Enrollment Certification, VA Form 22-1999.

OMB Control Number:2900-0073.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Abstract: School officials and employers complete VA Form 22-1999 to report and certify a claimant's enrollment in an educational program. The data is used to determine the amount of benefits payable and whether the claimant requested an advanced or accelerated payment.

Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions.

Estimated Annual Burden:

a. Electronically—104,262 hours.

b. Paper copy—55,855 hours.

Estimated Average Burden per Respondent:

c. Electronically—8 minutes.

d. Paper copy—10 minutes.

Frequency of Response: On occasion.

Estimated Number of Respondents:

a. Electronically—781,967.

b. Paper copy—335,129.

Dated: October 26, 2011.

By direction of the Secretary.

Denise McLamb,

Program Analyst, Enterprise Records Service.

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