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62666 Federal Register / Vol. 68, No.

214 / Wednesday, November 5, 2003 / Notices

information by the agency. Under the whether any benefits related debts exist are fully addressed. The Commission is
Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of in the veteran-borrower’s name prior to reviewing recommendations in the Draft
1995, Federal agencies are required to the closing of any automatic loan. National CARES Plan. The Commission
publish notice in the Federal Register Lenders may not close any proposed will also consider recommendations
concerning each proposed collection of automatic loan until they have evidence submitted by veterans service
information, including each proposed from VA that there is no debt, or if a organizations, individual veterans,
extension of a currently approved debt exists, or the veteran has agreed on Congress, medical and nursing school
collection, and allow 60 days for public an acceptable repayment plan, or affiliates, VA employees, local
comment in response to the notice. This payments under a plan already in effect governments, community groups and
notice solicits comments on information are current. The form restricts others. Following its assessment, the
needed by lenders to determine whether information requested to only that need Commission will make specific
any benefits related debts exist in the for the debt check and eliminates recommendations to the Secretary of
veteran-borrower’s name prior to the unlimited versions of lender-designed Veterans Affairs on the realignment and
closing of any VA-guaranteed loans on forms. It provides information advising allocation of VA capital assets to meet
an automatic basis. the lender whether or not the veteran is the demand for, and to enhance,
DATES: Written comments and exempt from paying the funding fee, veterans’ healthcare services over the
recommendations on the proposed which must be collected on all VA next 20 years.
collection of information should be home loans unless the veteran is At the November 19–21 meeting, the
received on or before January 5, 2004. receiving service-connected disability Commission will be briefed on the
compensation. This benefits the lender CARES process and the results of
ADDRESSES: Submit written comments
by streamlining the procedure to verify implementing that process in VA’s
on the collection of information to
the veteran’s receipt of compensation. Veterans integrated Service network
Nancy J. Kessinger, Veterans Benefits (VISN) 12. The Commission will review
Administration (20S52), Department of VA Form 26–8937 is designed to assist
lenders and VA in the completion of the information received from
Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, nationwide site visits, public hearings,
NW., Washington, DC 20420 or debt checks in a uniform manner.
Affected Public: Individuals or and various requests for data as well as
mailto:irmnkess@vba.va.gov. Please information discussed in its regular
households.
refer to ‘‘OMB Control No. 2900–0406’’ Estimated Annual Burden: 6,250 public meetings. The Commission will
in any correspondence. hours. engage in deliberations regarding the
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Estimated Average Burden Per Draft National CARES Plan and its
Nancy J. Kessinger at (202) 273–7079 or Respondent: 5 minutes. impact in the various markets.
FAX (202) 275–5947. Frequency of Response: One-time. No time will be allocated at these
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Estimated Number of Respondents: meetings for receiving oral presentations
PRA of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13; 44 U.S.C. 75,000. from the public. However, interested
3501–3520), Federal agencies must Dated: October 23, 2003. persons may either attend or file
obtain approval from the Office of By direction of the Secretary. statements with the Commission.
Management and Budget (OMB) for each Jacqueline Parks,
Written statements may be filed either
collection of information they conduct before the meeting or within 10 days
IT Specialist, Records Management Service.
or sponsor. This request for comment is after the meeting and addressed to:
[FR Doc. 03–27728 Filed 11–4–03; 8:45 am] Department of Veterans Affairs, CARES
being made pursuant to Section
BILLING CODE 8320–01–P Commission (OOCARES), 810 Vermont
3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA.
With respect to the following Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420.
collection of information, VBA invites Any member of the public wishing
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS additional information should contact
comments on: (1) Whether the proposed
AFFAIRS Mr. Richard E. Larson, Executive
collection of information is necessary
for the proper performance of VBA’s Capital Asset Realignment for Director, CARES Commission, at (202)
functions, including whether the Enhanced Services (CARES) 501–2000.
information will have practical utility; Commission; Notice of Meeting Dated: October 29, 2003.
(2) the accuracy of VBA’s estimate of the By Direction of the Secretary.
burden of the proposed collection of The Department of Veterans Affairs
E. Phillip Riggin,
information; (3) ways to enhance the (VA) gives notice under Public law 92–
463 (Federal Advisory Committee Act) Committee Management Officer.
quality, utility, and clarity of the
that the Capital Asset Realignment for [FR Doc. 03–27730 Filed 11–14–03; 8:45 am]
information to be collected; and (4)
ways to minimize the burden of the Enhanced Services (CARES) BILLING CODE 8320–01–M

collection of information on Commission will hold a meeting on


respondents, including through the use November 19–21, 2003, at the Hotel
Washington, Pennsylvania Avenue at DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS
of automated collection techniques or
15th Street, NW., Washington, DC AFFAIRS
the use of other forms of information
technology. 20004. The session on November 19 will Advisory Committee on Prosthetics
Title: Verification of VA Benefit- begin at 10 a.m., and the sessions on and Special Disabilities Programs;
Related Indebtedness, VA Form 26– November 20 and 21 will begin at 8:30 Notice of Meeting
8937. a.m. The sessions on November 19 and
OMB Control Number: 2900–0406. 20 will end at 5 p.m. The session on The Department of Veterans Affairs
Type of Review: Extension of a November 21 will end at 3:30 p.m. (VA) gives notice under Public Law 92–
currently approved collection. These sessions are open to the public. 463 (Federal Advisory Committee Act)
Abstract: Lenders authorized to make The purpose of the Commission is to that a meeting of the Advisory
VA-guaranteed home or manufactured conduct an external assessment of VA’s Committee on Prosthetics and Special
loans on the automatic basis have been capital asset needs and to assure that Disabilities Programs will be held
required to determine through VA stakeholder and beneficiary concerns December 9–10, 2003, at VA

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