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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

[OMB Control No. 2900-0745]

Proposed Information Collection (Request for Certificate of Veteran Status) Activity: Comment Request

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 theFederal Registerconcerning 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 for information needed to determine an applicant's eligibility for a reduced down payment when obtaining a loan insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).
DATES: Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection of information should be received on or before December 18, 2012.
ADDRESSES: Submit written comments on the collection of information through the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) atwww.Regulations.govor to Nancy J. Kessinger, Veterans Benefits Administration (20M35), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420 or email tonancy.kessinger@va.gov. Please refer to "OMB Control No. 2900-0745" in any correspondence. During the comment period, comments may be viewed online through at FDMS.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy J. Kessinger at (202) 632-8924 or Fax (202) 632-8925.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Under the PRA of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13; 44 U.S.C. 3501-21), 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:Request for Certificate of Veteran Status, VA Form 26-8261a.

OMB Control Number:2900-0745.

Type of Review:Extension of a currently approved collection.

Abstract:The data collected on VA Form 26-8261a will be used to determine Veteran applicants' eligibility to receive a reduced down payment on a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) backed loan.

Affected Public:Individuals or households.

Estimated Annual Burden:4 hours.

Estimated Average Burden Per Respondent:10 minutes.

Frequency of Response:One time.

Estimated Number of Respondents:25.

Dated: October 15, 2012.

By direction of the Secretary.

William F. Russo, Deputy Director, Office of Regulations Policy and Management, Office of the General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs.