[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 38 (Tuesday, February 26, 2013)]
[Pages 13158-13159]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-04400]



[OMB Control No. 2900-0736]

Proposed Information Collection (Authorization To Disclose 
Personal Beneficiary/Claimant Information to a Third Party) Activity: 
Comment Request

AGENCY: Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans 

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 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. This notice solicits comments on information 
needed to allow VA to share personal beneficiary or claims information 
to a third party.

DATES: Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection 
of information should be received on or before April 29, 2013.

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ADDRESSES: Submit written comments on the collection of information 
through Federal Docket Management System (FDMS), www.Regulations.gov; 
or to Nancy J. Kessinger, Veterans Benefits Administration (20M35), 
Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 
20420 or email: [email protected]. Please refer to ``OMB Control 
No. 2900-0736'' in any correspondence. During the comment period, 
comments may be viewed online through the FDMS.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy J. Kessinger at (202) 632-8924 
or FAX (202) 632-8925.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA of 1995 (Public Law 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: Authorization to Disclose Personal Beneficiary/Claimant 
Information to a Third Party, VA Form 21-0845.
    OMB Control Number: 2900-0736.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Abstract: VA Form 21-0845 will be used to release information in 
the following circumstances: where the individual identifies the 
particular information and consents to its use; for the purpose for 
which it was collected or a consistent purpose (i.e. a purpose which 
the individual might have reasonably expected).
    Affected Public: Individuals or Households.
    Estimated Annual Burden: 1,667 hours.
    Estimated Average Burden per Respondent: 5 minutes.
    Frequency of Response: On occasion.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 20,000.

    Dated: February 7, 2013.

    By direction of the Secretary.
William F. Russo,
Deputy Director, Office of Regulations Policy and Management, Office of 
General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2013-04400 Filed 2-25-13; 8:45 am]