[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 223 (Monday, November 19, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 69548-69549]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-28026]


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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

[OMB Control No. 2900-0376]


Proposed Information Collection (Agent Orange Registry Code 
Sheet); Comment Request

AGENCY: Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) 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

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extension of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for 
public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments 
on the information needed to maintain an up-to-date Agent Orange 
Registry.

DATES: Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection 
of information should be received on or before January 18, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Submit written comments on the collection of information 
through the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) at 
www.Regulations.gov; or to Cynthia Harvey-Pryor, Veterans Health 
Administration (10P7BFP), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont 
Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420 or email: cynthia.harvey-pryor@va.gov. 
Please refer to ``2900-0376'' in any correspondence. During the comment 
period, comments may be viewed online through FDMS.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cynthia Harvey-Pryor (202) 461-5870 or 
FAX (202) 273-9387.

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, VHA 
invites comments on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information 
is necessary for the proper performance of VHA's functions, including 
whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy 
of VHA'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: Agent Orange Registry Code Sheet, VA Form 10-9009.
    OMB Control Number: 2900-0376.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Abstract: VA in an on-going effort to maintain an Agent Orange 
Registry (AOR) developed a reporting format to facilitate the 
collection of information obtained from veterans during the Agent 
Orange registry examination process. VA is required to organize and 
update the information contained in AOR to be able to notify Vietnam 
era veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam of any increased 
health risks resulting from exposure to dioxin or other toxic agents. 
VA may also provide, upon request, a health examination, consultation, 
and counseling veterans who are eligible for listing or inclusion in 
any health-related registry administrated by VA that is similar to the 
Persian Gulf War Veterans Health Registry. Registry examination is 
provided to veterans who served in Korea in 1968 or 1969, and/or any 
U.S. veteran who may have been exposed to dioxin, or other toxic 
substance in a herbicide or defoliant, during the conduct of, or as a 
result of, the testing, transporting, or spraying of herbicides, and 
who requests an Agent Orange Registry examination. VA will enter the 
information obtained from the veteran during the interview on VA Form 
10-9009, Agent Orange Registry Code Sheet. The registry will provide a 
mechanism that will catalogue prominent symptoms, reproductive health, 
and diagnoses and to communicate with Agent Orange veterans. VA will 
inform the veterans on research findings or new compensation policies 
through periodic newsletters. The registry is not designed or intended 
to be a research tool and therefore the results cannot be generalized 
to represent all Agent Orange veterans.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 6,667 hours.
    Estimated Average Burden per Respondent: 20 minutes.
    Frequency of Response: On occasion.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 20,000.

    Dated: November 14, 2012.

    By direction of the Secretary.

Robert C. McFetridge,
Director, Office of Regulations Policy and Management, Office of the 
General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2012-28026 Filed 11-16-12; 8:45 am]
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