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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

[OMB Control No. 2900-0518]

Proposed Information Collection (Income Verification) 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 a claimant's entitlement to income-dependent benefits.
DATES: Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection of information should be received on or before December 21, 2012.
ADDRESSES: Submit written comments on the collection of information through the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) atwww.Regulations.gov;or to Nancy J. Kessinger, Veterans Benefits Administration (20M35), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont AvenueNW., Washington, DC 20420 or email:nancy.kessinger@va.gov. Please refer to "OMB Control No. 2900-0518" in any correspondence. During the comment period, comments may be viewed online through 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. 3501-3521), 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:Income Verification, VA Form 21-0161a.

OMB Control Number:2900-0518.

Type of Review:Extension of a currently approved collection.

Abstract:VA Form 21-0161a is completed by employers of beneficiaries who have been identified as having inaccurately reported their income to VA. The data collected is used to determine the beneficiary's entitlement to income dependent benefits.

Affected Public:Business or other for-profit.

Estimated Annual Burden:15,000 hours.

Estimated Average Burden per Respondent:30 minutes.

Frequency of Response:One time.

Estimated Number of Respondents:30,000.

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.