2019-03599. Agency Information Collection Activity: Application for Accrued Amounts Due a Deceased Beneficiary  

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    AGENCY:

    Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    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.

    DATES:

    Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection of information should be received on or before April 30, 2019.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit written comments on the collection of information through Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) at www.Regulations.gov or to Nancy Kessinger, Veterans Benefits Administration (20M3), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20420 or email to nancy.kessinger@va.gov. Please refer to “OMB Control No. 2900-0216” in any correspondence. During the comment period, comments may be viewed online through FDMS.

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    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Danny S. Green at (202) 421-1354.

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    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.Start Printed Page 7184

    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. 5121.

    Title: Application for Accrued Amounts Due a Deceased Beneficiary, VA Form 21P-601.

    OMB Control Number: 2900-0216.

    Type of Review: Extension without change 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. Information is requested by this form under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 5121, which provides the eligibility criteria for the payment of accrued benefits. VA regulated the eligibility criteria 38 CFR 3.1000 through § 3.1010.

    VA Form 21P-601 is used to gather the information necessary to determine a claimant's entitlement to accrued benefits. Accrued benefits are amounts of VA benefits due, but unpaid, to a beneficiary at the time of his or her death. Benefits are paid to eligible survivors based on the priority described in 38 U.S.C. 5121(a). When there are no eligible survivors entitled to accrued benefits based on their relationship to the deceased beneficiary, the person or persons who bore the expenses of the beneficiary's last illness and burial may claim reimbursement for these expenses from accrued amounts.

    Affected Public: Individuals and households.

    Estimated Annual Burden: 7,920 hours.

    Estimated Average Burden Per Respondent: 30 minutes.

    Frequency of Response: Once.

    Estimated Number of Respondents: 15,840.

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    By direction of the Secretary.

    Danny S. Green,

    Interim VA Clearance Officer, Office of Quality, Privacy and Risk, Department of Veterans Affairs.

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    [FR Doc. 2019-03599 Filed 2-28-19; 8:45 am]

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Document Information

Published:
03/01/2019
Department:
Veterans Affairs Department
EntryType:
Notice
Action:
Notice.
Document Number:
2019-03599
Dates:
Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection of information should be received on or before April 30, 2019.
Pages:
7183-7184 (2 pages)
Docket Numbers:
OMB Control No. 2900-0216
SectionNoes:
PDF File:
2019-03599.pdf