[Federal Register Volume 63, Number 38 (Thursday, February 26, 1998)]
[Page 9779]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 98-4850]

[[Page 9779]]



Office of the Secretary

Proposed Collection; Comment Request

agency: Office of the Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of 
Defense for Gulf War Illnesses.

action: Notice.


    In compliance with section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, the Office of the Special Assistant to the Deputy 
Secretary of Defense for Gulf War Illnesses announces the proposed 
extension of a public information collection that was submitted for 
emergency review and approved in concept on November 21, 1997, and 
seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. Comments are invited 
on: (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including 
whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy 
of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information 
collection; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of 
the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of 
the information collection on respondents, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 

dates: Consideration will be given to all comments received by April 
27, 1998.

addresses: Written comments and recommendations on the proposed 
information collection should be sent to the Office of the Special 
Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Gulf War Illnesses, 
5113 Leesburg Pike, Suite 901, Falls Church, VA 22041, ATTN: Lieutenant 
Colonel Art Nalls.

for further information contact: To request more information on this 
proposed information collection or to obtain a copy of the proposal and 
associated collection instruments, please write to the above address, 
or call the Office of the Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses at 
    Time and OMB Number: Department of Defense M256A1 Outreach; OMB 
Number 0704-0399.
    Needs and Uses: The information collection is necessary to 
facilitate the investigation of possible, positive M256A1 chemical 
warfare agent detections at different dates and locations in the Kuwait 
Theater of Operations. The information collected will be used to 
determine which Gulf War units and veterans may have further 
information about these incidents, to discover if there any other 
observed detections, to contribute to a better understanding of the 
events during and after the Gulf War, and to encourage veterans to 
enroll in a Department of Defense or Veterans Affairs medical program.
    Affected Public: Individuals or Households.
    Annual Burden Hours: 583.
    Number of Respondents: 777.
    Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Average Burden per Response: 45 minutes.
    Frequency: On occasion.

supplementary information:

Summary of Information Collection

    Respondents are Gulf War veterans who are not serving on active 
duty and whose units were in the vicinity of the detection. Through 
this outreach, veterans will contact the Office of the Special 
Assistant on their own initiative. Veterans who call will be called 
back by Contact Managers who will collect basic information. This 
information will be passed on to investigators/analysts, who will 
pursue more in-depth questions. The information sought by the outreach 
letter will allow the Office of the Special Assistant to determine 
which Gulf War units and veterans may have further information that 
could contribute to the investigation of specific, possible M256A1 
chemical detections; if there were any other M256A1 chemical detections 
observed; and, if veterans are enrolled in either the DoD or Department 
for Veteran Affairs medical programs. Relevant historical accounts 
provided by veterans will be integrated in case narratives from which 
private information will be removed. When approved for publication, 
these case narratives will appear on the Office of the Special 
Assistant's website, GulfLINK, which is fully open to the public.

    Dated: February 20, 1998.
Patricia L. Toppings,
Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.
[FR Doc. 98-4850 Filed 2-25-98; 8:45 am]