Type of Review:Extension of a currently approved collection.
Abstract:VA Form 21-0847 is used to allow claimants to request substitutions for a claimant, who passed away, prior to VA processing a claim to completion. This is only allowed when a claimant dies while a claim or appeal for any benefit under a law administered by the VA is pending. The substitute claimant would be eligible to receive accrued benefits due to a deceased claimant. The substitute claim must be filed no later than one year after the date of the death of the claimant. By law, VA must have a claimant's or beneficiary's written permission (an “authorization”) to be a substitute claimant. The claimant or beneficiary may revoke the authorization at any time, except if VA has already acted based on the permission.
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. TheFederal RegisterNotice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on this collection of information was published on July 19, 2012, at page 42554.
Affected Public:Individuals or households.
Estimated Annual Burden:1,667.
Estimated Average Burden per Respondent:5 minutes.
Frequency of Response:On time.
Estimated Number of Respondents:20,000.
Dated: September 21, 2012.
By direction of the Secretary.
Program Analyst, Enterprise Records Service.