Agency Information Collection Activity: Report of Medical, Legal, and Other Expenses Incident to Recovery for Injury or Death

Citation86 FR 14686
CourtVeterans Affairs Department
Publication Date17 Mar 2021
Record Number2021-05507
Federal Register, Volume 86 Issue 50 (Wednesday, March 17, 2021)
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 50 (Wednesday, March 17, 2021)]
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                DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
                [OMB Control No. 2900-0545]
                Agency Information Collection Activity: Report of Medical, Legal,
                and Other Expenses Incident to Recovery for Injury or Death
                AGENCY: Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans
                Affairs.
                ACTION: Notice.
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                SUMMARY: Veteran's 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 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.
                DATES: Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection
                of information should be received on or before May 17, 2021.
                ADDRESSES: Submit written comments on the collection of information
                through Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) at www.Regulations.gov
                or to Nancy J. Kessinger, Veterans Benefits Administration (20M33),
                Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC
                20420 or email to [email protected]. Please refer to ``OMB Control
                No. 2900-0545'' in any correspondence. During the comment period,
                comments may be viewed online through FDMS.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maribel Aponte, Office of Enterprise
                and Integration, Data Governance Analytics (008), 1717 H Street NW,
                Washington, DC 20006, (202) 266-4688 or email [email protected].
                Please refer to ``OMB Control No. 2900-0545'' in any correspondence.
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA of 1995, 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.
                 Authority: 38 U.S.C. 1503; 38 CFR 3.262, 3.271 & 3.272.
                 Title: Report of Medical, Legal, and Other Expenses Incident to
                Recovery for Injury or Death (VA Form 21P-8416b).
                 OMB Control Number: 2900-0545.
                 Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
                 Abstract: A claimant's eligibility for needs-based pension programs
                are determined in part by countable family income and certain
                deductible expenses. When a claimant is awarded compensation by another
                entity or government agency based on personal injury or death, the
                compensation is usually countable income for VA purposes (38 CFR
                3.262(i)). However, medical, legal or other expenses incident to the
                injury or death, or incident to the collection or recovery of
                compensation, may be deducted from the amount of the award or
                settlement (38 CFR 3.271(g) and 3.272(g)). In these situations, VBA
                uses VA Form 21P-8416b Report of Medical, Legal and Other Expenses
                Incident to Recovery for Injury or Death, to gather information that is
                necessary to determine eligibility for income-based benefits and the
                rate payable; without this information, determination of eligibility
                would not be possible.
                 Affected Public: Individuals and households.
                 Estimated Annual Burden: 1,125 hours.
                 Estimated Average Burden per Respondent: 45 minutes.
                 Frequency of Response: Once.
                 Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,500.
                 By direction of the Secretary.
                Maribel Aponte,
                VA PRA Clearance Officer, Office of Enterprise and Integration/Data
                Governance Analytics, Department of Veterans Affairs.
                [FR Doc. 2021-05507 Filed 3-16-21; 8:45 am]
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