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Federal Register Update May 04-31, 2017

Posted on June 16, 2017


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FR-5339-N-05 20170531 Housing Counseling Certification Examination Availability and Change To Certification Examination Cost

SUMMARY: This notice follows publication of the ‘‘Housing Counseling: New Certification Requirements’’ final rule, issued on December 14, 2016, which requires that HUD announce the availability of the Housing Counselor Examination and start the 36-month time-period for individuals and Housing Counseling Agencies to come into compliance with the final rule’s certification requirements. The final rule also noted that HUD would provide notice of any changes to the cost of the Housing Counselor Examination. Through this notice, HUD is announcing that the HUD Certified Housing Counselor Examination will be available starting on August 1, 2017, and that as of August 1, 2020, housing counseling required by or provided in connection with HUD programs may only be provided by HUD certified housing counselors working for participating agencies approved to provide such housing counseling by HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling. This notice also announces a reduction to the cost of the Housing Counselor Examination.

DATES: Availability of HUD Certified Housing Counselor Examination: August 1, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lorraine Griscavage-Frisbee at Office of Housing Counseling, Office of Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 302 Carson Street, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101, telephone number 702–366–2126 (this is not a toll-free number). Persons with hearing or speech challenges may access this number through TTY by calling the tollfree Federal Relay Service at 800–877– 8339. Questions can also be addressed to Lorraine Griscavage-Frisbee, Office of Housing Counseling, at housing.counseling@hud.gov. Please include ‘‘Housing Counseling Program: Certification Examination’’ in the subject line of the email.

FR-5942-F-02 20170530 Inflation Catch-Up Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalty Amounts Final Rule and Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalty Amounts for 2017

SUMMARY: This rule makes final the interim final rule, published on June 15, 2016, to amend HUD’s civil monetary penalty (CMP) regulations. The interim final rule applied a new methodology to calculate civil money penalties as mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, starting with a ‘‘catch up’’ adjustment to correct previous inaccuracies; removed three obsolete civil monetary penalty provisions; and made a technical change to the existing codified regulation implementing the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act. The changes from the interim final rule made final by this final rule continue to be effective as of August 16, 2016. In addition, this rule provides for 2017 inflation adjustments of civil monetary penalty amounts required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, and makes three technical amendments and a conforming statutory change.

DATES: Effective date: June 29, 2017. Applicability date: The applicability date for catch-up adjustment was August 16, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dane Narode, Associate General Counsel, Office of Program Enforcement, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 1250 Maryland Avenue SW., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20024; telephone number 202–245–4141 (this is not a tollfree number). Hearing- or speechimpaired individuals may access this number via TTY by calling the Federal Information Relay Service, toll-free, at 800–877–8339.

FR-6021-N-01 20170526 Proposed Changes to the Methodology Used for Estimating Fair Market Rents

SUMMARY: Section 8(c)(1) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 requires the Secretary to publish FMRs periodically, but not less than annually, adjusted to be effective on October 1 of each year. The primary uses of FMRs are to determine payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, to determine initial renewal rents for some expiring project-based Section 8 contracts, to determine initial rents for housing assistance payment contracts in the Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy program, and to serve as rent ceilings for rental units in both the HOME Investment Partnerships program and the Emergency Solutions Grants program. HUD also uses FMRs in the calculation of maximum award amounts for Continuum of Care grantees and in the calculation of flat rents for Public Housing units. In furtherance of that effort, HUD proposes several methodological changes in this notice and seeks public comment on the proposed changes.

DATES: Comment Due Date: June 26, 2017.

ADDRESSES: HUD invites interested persons to submit comments regarding the proposed changes to the calculation of the FMRs to the Regulations Division, Office of General Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 10276, Washington, DC 20410–0001. Communications must refer to the above docket number and title and should contain the information specified in the ‘‘Request for Comments’’ section. There are two methods for submitting public comments. 1. Submission of Comments by Mail. Comments may be submitted by mail to the Regulations Division, Office of General Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:14 May 25, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00103 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\26MYN1.SGM 26MYN1 24378 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 101 / Friday, May 26, 2017 / Notices 1HUD will provide a set of FY 2017 FMRs calculated with all the methodological changes proposed in this notice for the public to review. The FMRs with all the proposed changes will be referred to as FY 2017 hypothetical FMRs. 7th Street SW., Room 10276, Washington, DC 20410–0500. Due to security measures at all federal agencies, however, submission of comments by mail often results in delayed delivery. To ensure timely receipt of comments, HUD recommends that comments submitted by mail be submitted at least two weeks in advance of the public comment deadline. 2. Electronic Submission of Comments. Interested persons may submit comments electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. HUD strongly encourages commenters to submit comments electronically. Electronic submission of comments allows the commenter maximum time to prepare and submit a comment, ensures timely receipt by HUD, and enables HUD to make them immediately available to the public. Comments submitted electronically through the http://www.regulations.gov Web site can be viewed by other commenters and interested members of the public. Commenters should follow instructions provided on that site to submit comments electronically. Note: To receive consideration as public comments, comments must be submitted through one of the two methods specified above. Again, all submissions must refer to the docket number and title of the notice. No Facsimile Comments. Facsimile (FAX) comments are not acceptable. Public Inspection of Public Comments. All properly submitted comments and communications regarding this notice submitted to HUD will be available for public inspection and copying between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at the above address. Due to security measures at the HUD Headquarters building, an advance appointment to review the public comments must be scheduled by calling the Regulations Division at 202–708– 3055 (this is not a toll-free number). Individuals with speech or hearing impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339. Copies of all comments submitted are available for inspection and downloading at http://www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions on this notice may be addressed to Marie L. Lihn or Peter B. Kahn of the Economic and Market Analysis Division, Office of Economic Affairs, Office of Policy Development and Research, HUD Headquarters, 451 7th Street SW., Room 8208, Washington, DC 20410; telephone number 202–402– 2409 (this is not a toll-free number), or they may be reached at emad-hq@ hud.gov. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access HUD numbers through TTY by calling the Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339 (tollfree). For technical information on the methodology used to develop FMRs or a listing of all FMRs, please call the HUD USER information line at 800– 245–2691 (toll-free) or access the information on the HUD USER Web site https://www.huduser.gov/portal/ datasets/fmr.html. Electronic Data Availability. This Federal Register notice will be available electronically from the HUD User page at https://www.huduser.gov/portal/ datasets/fmr.html. Federal Register notices also are available electronically from https://www.federalregister.gov/, the U.S. Government Printing Office Web site. Complete documentation of the impact of these methodology changes and calculation of hypothetical FY 2017 FMRs 1 with these changes are available at https://www.huduser.gov/portal/ datasets/fmr.html. Small Area FMRs for all metropolitan FMR areas incorporating these material changes in methodology have also been calculated and are available at: https:// www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/fmr/ smallarea/index.html. Changes to FMR calculations prescribed in the Small Area FMR rule (81 FR 80567) are not incorporated into the calculation of hypothetical FY 2017 FMRs.

FR-6011-N-01 20170524 Annual Indexing of Basic Statutory Mortgage; Limits for Multifamily Housing Programs

SUMMARY: In accordance with Section 206A of the National Housing Act, HUD has adjusted the Basic Statutory Mortgage Limits for Multifamily Housing Programs for Calendar Year 2016. DATES: Effective January 1, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel J. Sullivan, Acting Director, Office of Multifamily Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20410–8000, telephone (202) 402–6130 (this is not a toll-free number). Hearing or speech-impaired individuals may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FHA Down Payment Simplification Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107–326, approved December 4, 2002) amended the National Housing Act by adding a new Section 206A (12 U.S.C. 1712a). Under Section 206A, the following are affected: I. Section 207(c)(3)(A) (12 U.S.C. 1713(c)(3)(A)); II. Section 213(b)(2)(A) (12 U.S.C. 1715e (b)(2)(A)); III. Section 220(d)(3)(B)(iii)(I) (12 U.S.C. 1715k (d)(3)(B)(iii)(I)); IV. Section 221(d)(4)(ii)(I) (12 U.S.C. 17151(d)(4)(ii)(I)); V. Section 231(c)(2)(A) (12 U.S.C. 1715v(c)(2)(A)); and VI. Section 234(e)(3)(A) (12 U.S.C. 1715y(e)(3)(A)). The Dollar Amounts in these sections are the base per unit statutory limits for FHA’s multifamily mortgage programs collectively referred to as the ‘Dollar Amounts,’ they are adjusted annually (commencing in 2004) on the effective date of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s adjustment of the $400 figure in the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act of 1994 (HOEPA) (Pub. L. 103–325, approved September 23, 1994). The adjustment of the Dollar Amounts shall be calculated using the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI–U) as applied by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection for purposes of the above-described HOEPA adjustment. HUD has been notified of the percentage change in the CPI–U used for the HOEPA adjustment and the effective date of the HOEPA adjustment. The percentage change in the CPI–U is 0.7% and the effective date of the HOEPA adjustment is January 1, 2016. The Dollar Amounts have been adjusted correspondingly and have an effective date of January 1, 2016.

The adjusted Dollar Amounts for Calendar Year 2016 are shown below:

Basic Statutory Mortgage Limits for Calendar Year 2016

Multifamily Loan Programs Section 207—Multifamily Housing

Section 207 Pursuant to Section 223(f)— Purchase or Refinance Housing

Section 220—Housing in Urban Renewal Areas

FR-5997-N-18 20170522 30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Evaluation of the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program, Phase 2

SUMMARY: HUD submitted the proposed information collection requirement described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. The purpose of this notice is to allow for an additional 30 days of public comment.

DATES: Comments Due Date: June 21, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: HUD Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503; fax: 202–395–5806. Email: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anna P. Guido, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20410; email Anna P. Guido at Anna.P.Guido@ hud.gov or telephone 202–402–5535. This is not a toll-free number. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. Guido.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD is seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in Section A. The Federal Register notice that solicited public comment on the information collection for a period of 60 days was published on September 8, 2016 at 81 FR 62167. A. Overview of Information Collection Title of Information Collection: Evaluation of the Rental Assistance Demonstration, Phase 2. OMB Approval Number: Pending. Type of Request: 2528-New. Form Number: No forms. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: The Rental Assistance Demonstration program (RAD) was established in 2012 to stem the loss of Public Housing units and other subsidized housing arising from a backlog of capital needs. The program helps to convert at-risk Public Housing properties to two different forms of Project-Based Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) contracts—either Project-Based Voucher (PBV) or Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA)—giving Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) more flexibility to access private and public funding sources, reducing their reliance on limited appropriations. The RAD authorizing statute requires HUD to assess the impact of the program on: (1) The preservation and improvement of former Public Housing units, in particular their physical and financial condition, (2) the amount of external capital leveraged as a result of such conversions, and (3) the residents living in properties at the time of conversion. To comply with this statutory requirement and examine whether the program’s objectives are being achieved, HUD will be collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data from primary and secondary sources related to the following: (1) The physical and financial condition of 24 RAD properties selected for the study and 48 non-RAD properties selected for comparison; (2) the implementation of the program, including the capital needs and amount of external funding leveraged; and (3) the experience with, and effect on, residents. The first phase of the evaluation has been completed, and relied on information collected in accordance with OMB control number 2528–0304. Under Phase 1, HUD surveyed PHAs about their experiences with RAD and began enrolling Public Housing residents to track them for Phase 2 of the study. The information collection effort occurred early in the RAD implementation process; while it provided useful information about how PHAs were approaching RAD, further information collection is necessary to understand the results of RAD. The second phase of the evaluation is now under way to answer questions about effects of RAD three to four years after its launch. This notice announces HUD’s intent to collect additional information: (1) A survey of residents of RAD properties and (2) follow-up interviews with PHA staff. This information will inform HUD, Congress, and other interested parties about how PHAs and residents are experiencing RAD now that projects have been converted, and whether or not it is achieving its intended objectives. Respondents (i.e. affected public): This information collection will affect approximately 400 households that have been enrolled in the RAD tenant study (enrollment was approved under OMB control number 2528–0304) and approximately 100 PHA staff, including Executive Directors and other high-level staff at PHAs participating in RAD. The tenant survey is expected to take 1 hour and will be conducted once for each household. The PHA interviews are expected to take 1 hour and will be conducted one time.

FR-6001-N-10 20170519 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: HUD-Owned Real Estate- Good Neighbor Next Door Program

SUMMARY: HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment.

DATES: Comments Due Date: July 18, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: Colette Pollard, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 4176, Washington, DC 20410–5000; telephone 202–402–3400 (this is not a toll-free number) or email at Colette.Pollard@hud.gov for a copy of the proposed forms or other available information. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the tollfree Federal Relay Service at (800) 877– 8339.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ivery W. Himes, Director, Office of Single Family Asset Management, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20410; email Ivery W. Himes at Ivery.W.Himes@hud.gov or telephone 202–708–1672, option 3. This is not a toll-free number. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. Pollard.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD is seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in Section A.

A. Overview of Information Collection Title of Information Collection: HUDOwned Real Estate-Good Neighbor Next Door Program. OMB Approval Number: 2502–0570. Type of Request: Revision. Form Numbers: HUD–9549, HUD– 9549–A, HUD–9549–B, HUD–9549–C, HUD–9549–D, HUD–9549–E. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: The information collection is used in binding contracts between the purchaser and HUD in implementing the Good Neighbor Next Door Sales program. The respondents are purchasers of single family HUD-owned properties, who are teachers, law enforcement officers and firefighters/emergency medical technicians that meet the eligibility criteria under the Good Neighbor Next Door Sales program. Affected Public: Individuals or household. Estimated Number of Respondents: 5,105. Estimated Number of Responses: 5,105. Frequency of Response: On occasion. Average Hours per Response: 2 minutes. Total Estimated Burdens: 173. B. Solicitation of Public Comment This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected parties concerning the collection of information described in Section A on the following: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency’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 those who are to respond; including through the use of appropriate automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. HUD encourages interested parties to submit comment in response to these questions.

FR-6001-N-07 20170519 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Comprehensive Listing of Transactional Documents for Mortgagors, Mortgagees and Contractors; Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Healthcare Facility Documents: Proposed Revisions and Updates of Information Collection

SUMMARY: HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment.

DATES: Comments Due Date: July 18, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: Colette Pollard, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 4176, Washington, DC 20410–5000; telephone 202–402–3400 (this is not a toll-free number) or email at Colette.Pollard@hud.gov for a copy of the proposed forms or other available information. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the tollfree Federal Relay Service at (800) 877– 8339.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ivery W. Himes, Director, Office of Single Family Asset Management, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20410; email Ivery W. Himes at Ivery.W.Himes@hud.gov or telephone 202–708–1672, option 3. This is not a toll-free number. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. Pollard.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD is seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in Section A. A. Overview of Information Collection Title of Information Collection: HUDOwned Real Estate-Good Neighbor Next Door Program. OMB Approval Number: 2502–0570. Type of Request: Revision. Form Numbers: HUD–9549, HUD– 9549–A, HUD–9549–B, HUD–9549–C, HUD–9549–D, HUD–9549–E. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: The information collection is used in binding contracts between the purchaser and HUD in implementing the Good Neighbor Next Door Sales program. The respondents are purchasers of single family HUD-owned properties, who are teachers, law enforcement officers and firefighters/emergency medical technicians that meet the eligibility criteria under the Good Neighbor Next Door Sales program. Affected Public: Individuals or household. Estimated Number of Respondents: 5,105. Estimated Number of Responses: 5,105. Frequency of Response: On occasion. Average Hours per Response: 2 minutes. Total Estimated Burdens: 173. B. Solicitation of Public Comment This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected parties concerning the collection of information described in Section A on the following: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency’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 those who are to respond; including through the use of appropriate automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. HUD encourages interested parties to submit comment in response to these questions.

FR-6006-N-01 20170519 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Record of Employee Interview

 

SUMMARY: HUD is seeking approval for the proposed information collection requirement described below, and will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.

DATES: Comments Due Date: July 18, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: Saundra A. Green, Administrative Officer, Office of Field Policy and Management, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20410, Room 2120 or (202–402–5537), this is not a toll-free number or email at VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:47 May 18, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00108 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\19MYN1.SGM 19MYN1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 96 / Friday, May 19, 2017 / Notices 23061 Saundra.A.Green@hud.gov or a copy of the proposed forms or other available information. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number though TTY by calling the tollfree Federal Relay Service at (800) 877– 8339. FOR

FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colette Pollards, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 402–3400 (this is not a toll-free number) or email Colette Pollard at Colette.Pollard@hud.gov for copies of the proposed forms and other available information. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number though TTY by calling the tollfree Federal Relay Service at (800) 877– 8339.

FR-6001-N-15 20170519 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Technical Suitability of Products Program Section 521 of the National Housing Act

SUMMARY: HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment.

DATES: Comments Due Date: July 18, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: Colette Pollard, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 4176, Washington, DC 20410–5000; telephone 202–402–3400 (this is not a toll-free number) or email at Colette.Pollard@hud.gov for a copy of the proposed forms or other available information. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the tollfree Federal Relay Service at (800) 877– 8339.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pamela Beck Danner, Administrator, Office of Manufactured Housing Programs, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20410, telephone 202– 402–7112. This is not a toll-free number. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. Danner.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD is seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in Section A. A. Overview of Information Collection Title of Information Collection: Technical Suitability of Products Program Section 521 of the National Housing Act. OMB Approval Number: 2502–0313. Type of Request: Extension. Form Number: HUD—92005. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: This information is needed under HUD’s Technical Suitability of Products Program to determine the acceptance of materials and products to be used in structures approved for mortgages insured under the National Housing Act. Respondents: Business or other forprofit. Estimated Number of Respondents: 50. Estimated Number of Responses: 50. Frequency of Response: 1. Average Hours per Response: 26. Total Estimated Burdens: 2,200. B. Solicitation of Public Comment This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected parties concerning the collection of information described in Section A on the following: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency’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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:47 May 18, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00109 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\19MYN1.SGM 19MYN1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 23062 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 96 / Friday, May 19, 2017 / Notices burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond; including through the use of appropriate automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. HUD encourages interested parties to submit comment in response to these questions

FR-6001-N-12 20170519 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Mortgagee’s Application for Partial Settlement

SUMMARY: HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment.

DATES: Comments Due Date: July 18, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: Colette Pollard, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 4176, Washington, DC 20410–5000; telephone 202–402–3400 (this is not a toll-free number) or email at Colette.Pollard@hud.gov for a copy of the proposed forms or other available information. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the tollfree Federal Relay Service at (800) 877– 8339.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James Chasten, Accountant, Multifamily Claims Branch, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20410; email James Chasten at james.chasten@ hud.gov or telephone 202–402–7208. This is not a toll-free number. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Mr. Chasten.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD is seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in Section A. A. Overview of Information Collection Title of Information Collection: Multifamily Mortgagee’s Application for Partial Settlement. OMB Approval Number: 2502–0427. Type of Request: Extension of currently approved collection. Form Number: HUD–2737. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: Begin settlement process. This information collected on the subject form, HUD– 2537 (Mortgagee’s Application for Partial Settlement-Multifamily Mortgage), provides the required information to determine the partial amount. This amount is computed in accordance with the foregoing statutory provisions and regulations promulgated there under in 24 CFR 207 (B), Contracts Rights and Obligations. Respondents: Business and other for profit. Estimated Number of Respondents: 115. Estimated Number of Responses: 115. Frequency of Response: 1. Average Hours per Response: 29. Total Estimated Burdens: .29.

FR-6001-N-13 20170519 10-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Certificate of Housing Counseling: Homeownership and Certificate of Housing Counseling: Home Retention

SUMMARY: HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 10 days of public comment.

DATES: Comments Due Date: May 30, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: Colette Pollard, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 4176, Washington, DC 20410–5000; telephone 202–402–3400 (this is not a toll-free number) or email at Colette.Pollard@hud.gov for a copy of the proposed forms or other available information. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the tollfree Federal Relay Service at (800) 877– 8339.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colette Pollard, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 4176, Washington, DC 20410–5000; telephone 202–402–3400 (this is not a toll-free number) or email at Colette.Pollard@hud.gov for a copy of the proposed forms or other available VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:15 May 18, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00110 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\19MYN1.SGM 19MYN1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 96 / Friday, May 19, 2017 / Notices 23063 1A record of the Commissioners’ votes, the Commission’s statement on adequacy, and any individual Commissioner’s statements will be available from the Office of the Secretary and at the Commission’s Web site. 2 Vice Chairman David S. Johanson voted to conduct a full review. 3The Commission has found the responses submitted by Penn A Kem LLC to be individually adequate. Comments from other interested parties will not be accepted (see 19 CFR 207.62(d)(2)). information. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the tollfree Federal Relay Service at (800) 877– 8339. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. Pollard.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD is seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in Section A. A. Overview of Information Collection Title of Information Collection: Certificate of Housing Counseling: Homeownership and Certificate of Housing Counseling: Home Retention. OMB Approval Number: 2502–0607. Type of Request: Emergency Reinstatement Request. Form Number(s): HUD–9912, HUD– 9911. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: The forms are currently in the process of being revised as part of a home counseling and mortgage industry initiative to issue a housing counseling certificate when a borrower has received counseling for either home ownership or home retention. Due to a misunderstanding in communication that occurred in August 2015, both of these forms were discontinued by OMB as of 12/31/15, when the 83D was mistakenly forwarded to OMB. Due to the critical nature of this high-level project HUD is now at a disadvantage and cannot afford the time delay that can adversely impact the benefits of this program. HUD is now seeking an Emergency Reinstatement Request to be able to facilitate the original collection that will afford HUD the opportunity to begin work on a revision package that will detail the forms modifications and their intended use. Upon approval, OMB will be able to reinstate OMB Control Number 2502–0607 and reissue a new expiration date. Respondents: 8,000. Estimated Number of Respondents: Individual and Households. Estimated Number of Responses: 832,000. Frequency of Response: At least once, but could vary. Average Hours per Response: .25 hours. Total Estimated Burdens: 208,000.

 

FR-6003-N-05 20170516 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Reporting for HUD Research, Evaluation, and Demonstration Cooperative Agreements

the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comments from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment.

DATES: Comments Due Date: July 17, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: Anna P. Guido, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 4176, Washington, DC 20410–5000; telephone (202) 402–5534 (this is not a toll-free number) or email at Anna.P.Guido@hud.gov for a copy of the proposed forms or other available information. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the tollfree Federal Relay Service at (800) 877– 8339.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anna P. Guido, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20410; email Anna P. Guido at Anna.P.Guido@ hud.gov or telephone (202) 402–5535 (this is not a toll-free number). Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. Guido.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD is seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in Section A. A. Overview of Information Collection Title of Information Collection: Reporting for HUD Research, Evaluation, and Demonstration Cooperative Agreements. OMB Approval Number: 2528–0299. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: PD&R intends to establish cooperative agreements with qualified for-profit and nonprofit research organizations and universities to conduct research, demonstrations, and data analysis. PD&R will issue a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) describing the cooperative research program. Management of PD&R cooperative agreements for research and demonstrations will require periodic reporting of progress. This information collection will be limited to recipients of cooperative agreements. Type of Request: (i.e. new, revision or extension of currently approved collection): Renewal. Agency Form Numbers: No agency forms will be used. The quarterly reporting will be accomplished through a short narrative report. Respondents: HUD anticipates that approximately 8–10 organizations will be selected for cooperative agreement award. Recipients of the cooperative agreements will be the sole members of the affected public for the reporting requirement. Members of Affected Public: For-profit and nonprofit organizations that apply to participate under the cooperative research agreements NOFA. Estimated Number of Respondents frequency of response, and hours of response: HUD anticipates that a maximum of 10 organizations will receive cooperative agreements. Quarterly progress reporting, other mandatory federal reporting and recordkeeping requirements are estimated at 36 labor hours annually for each awardee during the life of the agreement. The total estimated burden for progress reporting by all participants is 360 hours annually. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 360. Estimated Total Annual Cost: The only cost to the respondents is that of their time.

FR-6003-N-03 20170516 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency Service Coordinator (ROSS-SC) Program Evaluation

 

SUMMARY: HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comments from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment.

DATES: Comments Due Date: July 17, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: Anna P. Guido, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 4176, Washington, DC 20410–5000; telephone (202) 402–5534 (this is not a toll-free number) or email at Anna.P.Guido@hud.gov for a copy of the proposed forms or other available information. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the tollfree Federal Relay Service at (800) 877– 8339.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anna P. Guido, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20410; email Anna P. Guido at Anna.P.Guido@ hud.gov or telephone (202) 402–5535 (this is not a toll-free number). Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. Guido.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD is seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in Section A. A. Overview of Information Collection Title of Information Collection: Resident Opportunity and SelfSufficiency Service Coordinator (ROSS– SC) Program Evaluation. OMB Approval Number: Pending. Type of Request: New. Form Number: No forms. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: HUD is conducting this study under contract with the Urban Institute and its subcontractors (EJP Consulting). The project is an evaluation of the Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency Service Coordinator (ROSS–SC) program operated by grantees across the country. It will include a national webbased survey and in-person site visits to select grantees. Since 2008, the ROSS– SC program has provided information and referral for families, elderly, and disabled residents in public housing by funding local Service Coordinators to link residents to resources that they need to become independent and selfsufficient. The purpose of the program is to leverage existing local public and private services to increase income, reduce or eliminate welfare assistance, work towards economic independence and housing self-sufficiency, and improve living conditions and ability to age in-place for elderly and disabled residents. To date, there has been no HUD-funded evaluation of this program. A GAO study across several HUD selfsufficiency programs published in 2013 found that the ROSS–SC program lacked enough quality data on participation and outcomes ‘‘to determine whether it was meeting goals of the effective and efficient use of resources’’ in improving resident self-sufficiency and independence. They recommended improving the data reporting process and developing a strategy for regularly analyzing ROSS–SC participation and outcome data. This project helps implement GAO’s recommendations by: (1) Assessing improvements in program processes and reporting since changes were made to the program’s logic model in FY 2014; (2) examining the breadth and depth of ROSS–SC program implementation by current service coordinators across all grantee types; and (3) analyzing current reporting requirements and performance metrics to improve future program outcome evaluation. To do so, this study will use a full population survey of current service coordinators funded through ROSS–SC grants made in FY 2013, FY 2014, and FY 2015, and site visits to select grantees. A web-based survey will allow the study team to investigate important Service Coordinator (SC) program characteristics not included in grant applications or current reporting tools, in order to provide generalizable evidence on the ‘‘effective and efficient use of resources’’ across all ROSS–SC service coordinators. These include SC qualifications and experience, program management structure, resident intake and assessment processes, services offered, partnerships utilized and leveraged, and case management data systems and outcome evaluation tools used to track participant activities and outcomes. Since there is no centralized database of service coordinator contact information, this must first be obtained through a brief online survey sent to each grantee contact person. Site visits to seven high-performing grantees will include onsite observations and interviews with grantees, service coordinators, and program partners, as well as focus groups with program participants to gather context-specific data on both program processes and outcomes to aid in identifying best practices and common challenges across grantees. Respondents: For the survey, 330 grantee contact persons and 840 service coordinators (assumes 70% response rate from total estimated population of 1200) at 7 grantee site visit locations, 56 staff and partners, and 107 public housing residents. Estimated total number of hours needed to prepare the information collection including number of respondents, frequency of response, hours of response, and cost of response time: Based on the below assumptions and tables, we calculate the total burden hours for this study to be 1,248.50 hours and the total cost to be $32,975.18. Whereas many ROSS–SC grantee contact persons in HUD’s database are a PHA Executive Director, PHA Division Director, or the Chief Executive Officer of the grantee, we estimated their cost per response by using the most recent (May 2015) Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics median hourly wage for the labor category, Chief Executives (11–1011): $84.19. Whereas ROSS–SC service coordinators and other grantee staff and service partners have a range of experience and skills, we averaged the median hourly wage for two labor categories: The Social and Community Service Manager (11–9151) median hourly wage of $30.54, and the Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other (21–1099) category with a rate of $20.14. This produces an average of both median hourly wage rates equal to $25.34.

FR-6030-N-01 20170515 Reducing Regulatory Burden; Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda Under Executive Order 13777

SUMMARY: In accordance with Executive Orders 13771, ‘‘Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,’’ and VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:51 May 12, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\15MYN1.SGM 15MYN1 jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 92 / Monday, May 15, 2017 / Notices 22345 1Executive Order 13771 was subsequently published in the Federal Register on February 3, 2017, at 82 FR 9339. 2Section 1 of Executive Order 13371. 3 Id. 4The Executive Order was subsequently published in the Federal Register on March 1, 2017, at 82 FR 12285. 5Section 3(e) of Executive Order 13777. 13777, ‘‘Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,’’ Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,’’ HUD is reviewing its existing regulations to assess their compliance costs and reduce regulatory burden. As required by Executive Order 13777, HUD is in the process of establishing a Regulatory Task Force charged with identifying agency regulations that should be repealed, replaced, or modified. As part of this review, HUD invites public comments to assist in identifying existing regulations that may be outdated, ineffective, or excessively burdensome. HUD’s goal in conducting the review is to make the Department’s regulations more effective and less burdensome in achieving HUD’s mission to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities, and quality affordable homes for all.

DATES: Comment Due Date: June 14, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this notice to the Regulations Division, Office of General Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 10276, Washington, DC 20410–0500. Communications must refer to the above docket number and title. Electronic Submission of Comments. Interested persons may submit comments electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov. HUD strongly encourages commenters to submit comments electronically. Electronic submission of comments allows the commenter maximum time to prepare and submit a comment, ensures timely receipt by HUD, and enables HUD to make them immediately available to the public. Comments submitted electronically through the www.regulations.gov Web site can be viewed by other commenters and interested members of the public. Commenters should follow the instructions provided on that site to submit comments electronically. Note: To receive consideration as public comments, comments must be submitted through one of the two methods specified above. Again, all submissions must refer to the docket number and title of the notice. No Facsimile Comments. Facsimile (fax) comments are not acceptable. Public Inspection of Public Comments. All properly submitted comments and communications submitted to HUD will be available for public inspection and copying between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at the above address. Due to security measures at the HUD Headquarters building, an appointment to review the public comments must be scheduled in advance by calling the Regulations Division at 202–708–3055 (this is not a toll-free number). Individuals with speech or hearing impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the Federal Relay Service at 1–800–877– 8339 (this is a toll-free number). Copies of all comments submitted are available for inspection and downloading at www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ariel Pereira, Associate General Counsel for Legislation and Regulations, Office of General Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Suite 10282, Washington, DC 20410; telephone number 202–402–5138 (this is not a tollfree number). Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the Federal Information Relay Service, tollfree, at 800–877–8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background A. HUD’s Regulatory Mission HUD plays a significant role in the lives of families and in communities throughout America. HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. Consistent with that mission, HUD has statutory responsibility for a wide variety of regulations. HUD’s regulatory programs and initiatives aid the creation of suitable living environments, and help to ensure that all citizens have access to decent, safe, and sanitary housing. B. The Regulatory Reform Agenda: Executive Orders 13771 and 13777 On January 30, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13771, entitled ‘‘Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.’’ 1 Executive Order 13771 provides that ‘‘it is essential to manage the costs associated with the governmental imposition of private expenditures required to comply with Federal regulations.’’ 2 Toward that end, Executive Order 13771 directs that ‘‘for every one new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations be identified for elimination.’’ 3 Consistent with these policy goals, on February 24, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13777, entitled ‘‘Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.’’ 4 The purpose of the Executive Order is to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens placed on the American people. Executive Order 13777 builds upon other Administration regulatory reform efforts and, in particular, the policy announced by the President in Executive Order 13771. Executive Order 13777 directs each agency to establish a Regulatory Task Force to evaluate existing regulations and identify those that may merit repeal, replacement, or modification. Section 3(d) of the Order provides that, at a minimum, each task force must attempt to identify regulations that: 1. Eliminate jobs, or inhibit job creation; 2. Are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective; 3. Impose costs that exceed benefits; 4. Create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and policies; 5. Are inconsistent with the requirements of section 515 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2001 (44 U.S.C. 3516 note), or the guidance issued pursuant to that provision, in particular those regulations that rely in whole or in part on data, information, or methods that are not publicly available or that are insufficiently transparent to meet the standard for reproducibility; or 6. Derive from or implement Executive Orders or other Presidential directives that have been subsequently rescinded or substantially modified. II. This Notice—HUD’s Implementation of Executive Order 13777 HUD is in the process of establishing its Regulatory Task Force. As the Task Force commences its work, HUD seeks suggestions for specific current regulations that may be outdated, ineffective, or excessively burdensome, and, therefore, warranting repeal, replacement, or modification. Executive Order 13777 encourages such public input, providing that ‘‘each Regulatory Reform Task Force shall seek input and other assistance, as permitted by law, from entities significantly affected by Federal regulations, including State, local, and tribal governments, small businesses, consumers, nongovernmental organizations, and trade associations.’’ 5 The following is the list of topics on which HUD specifically seeks comments. The topics represent a preliminary attempt to identify issues VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:51 May 12, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\15MYN1.SGM 15MYN1 jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 22346 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 92 / Monday, May 15, 2017 / Notices raised by HUD’s effort to evaluate and identify regulations that merit repeal, replacement, or modification. Comments should reference a specific regulation by citation to the Code of Federal Regulations, and provide information on the perceived problem and the rationale for any recommended solution. This is a nonexhaustive list that is meant to assist in the formulation of comments and is not intended to limit the issues that commenters may choose to address. 1. Are there any regulations that should be repealed, replaced, or modified? 2. For each regulation identified in question number 1, please identify whether the regulation: (a) Results in the elimination of jobs, or inhibits job creation; (b) Is outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective; (c) Imposes costs that exceed benefits; (d) Creates a serious inconsistency or otherwise interferes with regulatory reform initiatives and policies; (e) Is inconsistent with the requirements or regulations of section 515 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2001 (44 U.S.C. 3516 note), which requires that agencies maximize the quality, objectivity, and integrity of the information (including statistical information) they disseminate; or (f) Derives from or implements Executive Orders or other Presidential directives that have been subsequently rescinded or substantially modified. 3. What factors should HUD use when considering how to prioritize rules when implementing the regulatory offsets required by Executive Order 13771? 4. Are there any HUD regulatory requirements that have been overtaken by technological developments? Can new technologies be used to modify, streamline, or do away with these requirements? 5. Are there any existing HUD requirements that duplicate or conflict with requirements of another Federal agency? Can the requirement be modified to eliminate the conflict? 6. What are the estimated total compliance costs of the HUD regulations to which you or your organization must comply? This should include the costs of complying with information collections, recordkeeping, and other requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501–3522).

FR-6001-N-08 20170511 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Section 8 Renewal Policy Guide

SUMMARY: HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment.

DATES: Comments Due Date: July 10, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: Colette Pollard, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 4176, Washington, DC 20410–5000; telephone 202–402–3400 (this is not a toll-free number) or email at Colette.Pollard@hud.gov for a copy of the proposed forms or other available information. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the tollfree Federal Relay Service at (800) 877– 8339.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Katherine Nzive, Director, Program Administration Division, Office of Asset Management and Portfolio Oversight, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20410; email Katherine Nzive at Katherine A. Nzive@hud.gov or telephone 202.402.3440. This is not a toll-free number. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the tollfree Federal Relay Service at (800) 877– 8339. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. Pollard.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD is seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in Section A. A. Overview of Information Collection Title of Information Collection: Section 8 Renewal Policy Guide. OMB Approval Number: 2502–0587. Type of Request: Extension of currently approved collection Form Numbers: Contract Renewal Request Form (HUD– 9624) OCAF Rent Adjustment Worksheet (HUD–9625) Letters to Owner-Agents (Options 1 and 3) (Auto OCAF Letters) (HUD–9626) Letters to Owner-Agents (Options 2 and 4) (Auto OCAF Letters) (HUD–9627) Request to Renew Using Non-Section 8 Units in the Section 8 Project as a Market Rent Ceiling (HUD–9629) Request to Renew Using FMR’s as Market Ceiling (HUD–9630) One Year Notification Owner Does Not Intend To Renew (HUD–9631) One Year Notification Letter Owner Intends To Renew (HUD–9632) Use Agreement (HUD–9634) Projects Preparing a Budget-Based Rent Increase (HUD–9635) Basic Renewal Contract—One Year Term (HUD–9636) Basic Renewal Contract—Multi-Year Term (HUD–9637) Renewal Contract for Mark-Up-ToMarket Project (HUD–9640) Housing Assistance Payments Preservation Renewal Contract (HUD– 9639) Interim (Full) Mark-To-Market Renewal Contract (HUD–9640) Interim (Lite) Mark-To-Market Renewal Contract (HUD–9641) Full Mark-To-Market Renewal Contract (HUD–9642) Watch List Renewal Contract (HUD– 9643) Project Based Assistance Payments Amendment Contract Moderate Rehabilitation (HUD–9644) Project Based Section Housing Assistance Payments Extension of Renewal Contract (HUD–9646) Consent to Assignment of HAP Contract as Security for Freddie Mac Financing (HUD–9648A) Consent to Assignment of HAP Contract as Security for FNMA Credit Enhancement (HUD–9648D) Consent to Assignment of HAP Contract as Security for Financing (HUD–9649) Consent to Assignment of HAP Contract as Security for FNMA Financing (HUD–9651) Addendum to Renewal Contract under Option One or Option Two for Capital Repairs and/or Acquisition Costs (HUD–93181) Addendum to Renewal Contract under Option One or Option Two for Capital Repairs and/or Acquisition—PostRehabilitation Rents at Closing (HUD– 93182) Rider to Original Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments Contract (HUD– 93184) Description of the need for the information and proposed use: The modifications of the Section 8 renewal policy and recent legislation are implemented to address the essential requirement to preserving low income rental housing affordability and availability. The Section 8 Renewal Policy Guide will include recent legislation modifications for renewing of expiring Section 8 policy(ies) Guidebook, as authorized by the 24 CFR part 401 and 24 CFR part 402. The Multifamily Housing Reform and Affordability Act of 1997 (MAHRA) for fiscal year 1998 (Pub. L. 105–65, enacted on October 27, 1997), required that expiring Section 8 project-based assistance contracts be renewed under MAHRA. Established in the MAHRA policies renewal of Section 8 projectbased contracts rent are based on market rents instead of the Fair Market Rent (FMR) standard. MAHRA renewals submission should include a Rent Comparability Study (RCS). If the RCS indicated rents were at or below comparable market rents, the contract was renewed at current rents adjusted by Operating Cost Adjustment Factor (OCAF), unless the Owner submitted documentation justifying a budget-based rent increase or participation in Mark-Up-To-Market. The case is that no renewal rents could exceed comparable market rents. If the RCS indicated rents were above comparable market rents, the contract was referred to the Office of Affordable Housing Preservation (OAHP) for debt restructuring and/or rent reduction. The Preserving Affordable Housing for Senior Citizens and Families Into the 21st Century Act of 1999 (public law 106–74, enacted on October 20, 1999), modified MAHRA. The Section 8 Renewal Policy Guide sets forth six renewal options from which a project owner may choose when renewing their expiring Section 8 contract: Option One—Mark-Up-ToMarket, Option Two—Other Contract Renewal with Current Rents at or Below Comparable Market Rents, Option Three—Referral to the Office of Affordable Preservation (OAHP), Option VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:52 May 10, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\11MYN1.SGM 11MYN1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 22016 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 90 / Thursday, May 11, 2017 / Notices Four- Renewal of Projects Exempted From OMHAR, Option Five—Renewal of Portfolio Reengineering Demonstration or Preservation Projects, and Option Six—Opt Outs. Owners should select one of six options which are applicable to their project and should submit contract renewal on an annual basis to renew contract. The Section 8 Renewal Guide sets forth six renewal options from which a project owner may choose when renewing their expiring Section 8 contracts. Option One (Mark-Up-To-Market) Option Two (Other Contract Renewals with Current Rents at or Below Comparable Market Rents Option Three (Referral to the Office of Multifamily Housing Assistant Restructuring— OHAP) Option Four (Renewal of Projects Exempted from OHAP) Option Five (Renewal of Portfolio Reengineering Demonstration or Preservation Projects) Option Six (Opt-Outs) Respondents: Business or other for profit and non profit. Estimated Number of Respondents: 25,439. Estimated Number of Responses: 25,439. Frequency of Response: On occasion. Average Hours per Response: 1 hour. Total Estimated Burden: 24,680

FR-5994-N-02 20170504 Operations Notice for the Expansion of the Moving To Work Demonstration Program Solicitation of Comment; Waiver Revision and Reopening of Comment Period

SUMMARY: This notice revises the parameters of three waiver provisions and reopens the comment period for HUD’s January 23, 2017 Federal Register notice entitled ‘‘Operations Notice for the Expansion of the Moving To Work Demonstration Program Solicitation of Comment.’’

DATES: Comment due date: The comment deadline for the January 23, 2017 notice, as revised by this notice, is June 5, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marianne Nazzaro, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 4130, Washington, DC 20410; email address mtw-info@ hud.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The MTW demonstration program was established under Section 204 of Title II of section 101(e) of the Omnibus Consolidated Rescissions and Appropriations Act of 1996, Public Law 104–134 (approved April 26, 1996). The demonstration was significantly expanded under the 2016 MTW expansion statute, Section 239 of Division L, Title IV of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, Public Law 114–113 (approved December 18, 2015) (2016 MTW expansion). The 2016 MTW expansion authorizes HUD to expand the MTW demonstration program from the current level of 39 PHAs to an additional 100 PHAs over a period of seven years. On January 23, 2017 (82 FR 8056), HUD published in the Federal Register a notice that sought comment on the proposed methods of operations for PHAs joining the MTW demonstration through the 2016 MTW expansion. Included in that notice are appendices that list available waivers, and the parameters of those waivers. These include Appendix A, ‘‘General Waivers’’ (82 FR 8071 et seq.), and Appendix B, ‘‘Conditional Waivers’’ (82 FR 8076 et seq.). General waivers are those that will be granted without HUD review beyond the MTW application review. Conditional waivers are those waivers that will be granted following additional HUD review and approval. This notice makes a revision to one of the Appendix A waivers, and two of the Appendix B waivers.

See Appendices.

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