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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 79 / Tuesday, April 26, 2005 / Notices Elimination System has been provided through the Internet for several years. The Region intends to continue this practice, as well as to explore options for expanding use of Internet notice to other types of Agency actions. If EPA Region 5 decides to commence use of the Internet to provide notice of additional classes of Agency actions, 21411 notice of that decision will be provided first in the Federal Register. FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION Norman Niedergang, Acting Regional Administrator, Region V. [FR Doc. 05–8319 Filed 4–25–05; 8:45 am] Sunshine Act Meeting; Open Commission Meeting, Thursday, April 28, 2005 BILLING CODE 6560–50–P April 21, 2005. The Federal Communications Commission will hold an Open Meeting on the subjects listed below on Thursday, April 28, 2005, which is scheduled to commence at in Room TW–C305, at 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC. Item No. Bureau Subject 1 International .................................................... 2 Media .............................................................. 3 Wireline Competition ...................................... 4 Office of Engineering and Technology .......... Title: Mandatory Electronic Filing for International Telecommunications Services and Other International Filings (IB Docket No. 04–426). Summary: The Commission will consider a Report and Order concerning the Mandatory Electronic Filing for International Telecommunications Services. Title: Implementation of Section 210 of the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004 to Amend Section 338 of the Communications Act. Summary: The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that initiates a proceeding to implement new satellite broadcast carriage requirements in the noncontiguous states. Title: Implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996; Telecommunications Carriers’ Use of Customer Proprietary Network Information and Other Customer Information (CC Docket No. 96–115); Implementation of the Local Competition Provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (CC Docket No. 96–98); and Provision of Directory Listing Information under the Communications Act of 1934, as Amended (CC Docket No. 99–273). Summary: The Commission will consider an Order addressing petitions for clarification and/or reconsideration of the Subscriber List Information (SLI)/Directory Assistance (DA) First Report and Order, and SLI/DA Order on Reconsideration and Notice. Title: Technical Standards for Determining Eligibility for Satellite-Delivered Network Signals Pursuant to the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act. Summary: The Commission will consider a Notice of Inquiry regarding standards that allow viewers that are unserved by a digital television broadcast station to receive network programming via satellite. The meeting site is fully accessible to people using wheelchairs or other mobility aids. Sign language interpreters, open captioning, and assistive listening devices will be provided on site. Request other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities as early as possible. Last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill. Send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418–0530 (voice), (202) 418–0432 (tty). Additional information concerning this meeting may be obtained from Audrey Spivack or David Fiske, Office of Media Relations, (202) 418–0500; TTY 1–888–835–5322. Audio/Video coverage of the meeting will be broadcast live with open captioning over the Internet from the FCC’s Audio/ Video Events Web page at http:// www.fcc.gov/realaudio. For a fee this meeting can be viewed live over George Mason University’s Capitol Connection. The Capitol VerDate jul<14>2003 11:52 Apr 25, 2005 Jkt 205001 Connection also will carry the meeting live via the Internet. To purchase these services call (703) 993–3100 or go to http://www.capitolconnection.gmu.edu. Copies of materials adopted at this meeting can be purchased from the FCC’s duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc. (202) 488–5300; Fax (202) 488–5563; TTY (202) 488–5562. These copies are available in paper format and alternative media, including large print/type; digital disk; and audio and video tape. Best Copy and Printing, Inc. may be reached by e-mail at fcc@bcpiweb.com. Federal Communications Commission. Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary. [FR Doc. 05–8407 Filed 4–22–05; 1:20 pm] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE BOARD [No. 2005–N–02] Proposed Collection; Comment Request AGENCY: Federal Housing Finance Board. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Housing Finance Board (Finance Board) is seeking public comments concerning proposed changes to the information collection entitled ‘‘Affordable Housing Program (AHP),’’ which has been assigned control 3069–0006 by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The Finance Board intends to submit the entire AHP information collection, with the proposed changes described in this Notice, to OMB for review and approval of a three-year extension of the control number, which is due to expire on July 31, 2007. E:\FR\FM\26APN1.SGM 26APN1 21412 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 79 / Tuesday, April 26, 2005 / Notices Interested persons may submit comments on or before June 27, 2005. COMMENTS: Submit comments by any of the following methods: E-mail: comments@fhfb.gov. Fax: 202–408–2580. Mail/Hand Delivery: Federal Housing Finance Board, 1777 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20006, ATTENTION: Public Comments. Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. If you submit your comment to the Federal eRulemaking Portal, please also send it by e-mail to the Finance Board at comments@fhfb.gov to ensure timely receipt by the agency. Include the following information in the subject line of your submission: Federal Housing Finance Board. Proposed Collection; Comment Request: Affordable Housing Program (AHP). 2005–N–02. We will post all public comments we receive on this notice without change, including any personal information you provide, such as your name and address, on the Finance Board website at http://www.fhfb.gov/pressroom/ pressroom_regs.htm. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charles E. McLean, Associate Director, Community Investment and Affordable Housing Division, Office of Supervision, mcleanc@fhfb.gov, 202–408–2537, or Deattra D. Perkins, Community Development Specialist, Community Investment and Affordable Housing Division, Office of Supervision, perkinsd@fhfb.gov, 202–408–2527. You also can contact staff by facsimile at 202–408–2850 or regular mail to the Federal Housing Finance Board, 1777 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20006. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Background Section 10(j) of the Federal Home Loan Bank Act (Bank Act) requires the Finance Board to promulgate regulations under which each of the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks (Banks) must establish an Affordable Housing Program (AHP) to make subsidized advances to members engaged in lending for long term, low- and moderate-income, owner-occupied and affordable rental housing at subsidized interest rates. See 12 U.S.C. 1430(j). Section 10(j) also establishes the standards and requirements for making subsidized AHP advances to Bank members. Part 951 of the Finance Board regulations implements the statutory requirements and authorizes the Banks to make AHP funding decisions. See 12 CFR part 951. VerDate jul<14>2003 11:52 Apr 25, 2005 Jkt 205001 Under the AHP, each Bank contributes at least 10 percent of its previous year’s net earnings to subsidize the cost of affordable owner-occupied and rental housing targeted to individuals and families with incomes at or below 80 percent of the area median income. The Banks make the majority of the AHP subsidy available through a competitive program that requires members to submit applications on behalf of one or more sponsors of eligible housing projects. In 2004, the competitive program contributed $3.4 billion toward the construction of 31,000 housing units. Since its inception in 1990, the competitive program has contributed $35 billion toward the construction of 380,000 housing units. The rest of the AHP subsidy is awarded through non-competitive homeownership set-aside programs under which each Bank annually can set aside an amount up to the greater of $3 million or 25 percent of its AHP funds to assist low- and moderate-income households purchase homes. A Bank also may contribute up to the greater of $1.5 million or 10 percent of its AHP funds each year to fund an additional set-aside program to assist low- and moderate-income households that also are first-time homebuyers. Members obtain AHP set-aside funds from their Bank and give the funds as grants to eligible households. A household can use a set-aside grant for down-payment or closing cost assistance or counseling costs in connection with the purchase or rehabilitation of owner-occupied units. Each Bank sets its own maximum grant amount, which may not exceed $15,000 per household. In 2004, the Banks awarded $39 million in grants to 8,121 households under set-aside programs, making an average grant of $4,916. Since the inception of the set-aside program in 1995, the Banks have awarded $213 million in grants to 47,813 households. B. Need for and Use of the Information Collection The Finance Board currently requires the Banks to collect 183 data elements related to the AHP. The Banks use this data to determine whether an AHP applicant satisfies the statutory and regulatory requirements to receive subsidized advances or direct subsidies under the AHP. The Finance Board uses the information to ensure that Bank funding decisions, and the use of the funds awarded, are consistent with statutory and regulatory requirements. In February 2005, the Finance Board proposed moving many of its data requirements, including the AHP data, PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 into a Data Reporting Manual (DRM) that will represent an investigatory order enforceable through the Finance Board’s statutory powers. 70 FR 9551 (Feb. 28, 2005). After the DRM is approved in final form, the Finance Board expects that the AHP information collection will move from part 951 to the DRM. C. Proposed Changes to the Information Collection In September 2004, Finance Board staff informally solicited input from the 12 Banks on proposed changes to AHP Data reporting and has taken their responses (nine from individual Banks and one from the Banks’ Chief Investment Officers on behalf of all Banks) into account in the proposed changes it is seeking comment upon in this Notice. The first proposed change would update the underlying AHP database application, which currently collects data from the Banks using a web-based system that is technologically obsolete. The new AHP database application will capture uniform and accurate data that can be easily queried and analyzed. Data submission from the Banks to the Finance Board will be in formatted files that can be created by a Bank in the manner it considers most efficient or convenient. In changing the manner in which it collects data, the Finance Board does not intend to require the Banks to modify or adopt new electronic information management systems. Therefore, the proposed changes to the database application should not result in significant electronic system upgrade costs to the Banks. The second proposed change would reduce the number of AHP data elements, deleting 88 and adding 13, and change the reporting format for some data elements. The Finance Board currently collects 183 AHP data elements, most of which relate to competitive program projects. The Finance Board proposes eliminating 88 competitive program data elements, such as ongoing entry of project modification changes. The Finance Board proposes adding 13 new data elements, including geocoded information in competitive and set-aside program applications that is necessary to monitor the distribution of AHP awards and the national impact of the program. Respondents can obtain geo-coded information by entering the project/property address into the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) geocoding Web site at http://www.ffiec.gov/ geocode/default.htm or through use of specific software. E:\FR\FM\26APN1.SGM 26APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 79 / Tuesday, April 26, 2005 / Notices Other new elements include the amount of first and second mortgages and interest rate(s) (stated as an annual percentage rate) for a set-aside grant recipient’s mortgage, and whether the mortgage is subject to the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act (HOEPA).1 The Finance Board needs this information to ensure that AHP subsidies provided by a Bank to a member are passed on to the ultimate borrower. See 12 U.S.C. 1430(j)(9)(E). The majority of Bank members already are required under other statutes2 to collect the data the Finance Board proposes to add to the AHP database. Therefore, the incremental additional burden imposed to report the information to the Finance Board should be minimal. In order to reduce data entry time, the Finance Board is proposing to change reporting for 19 data elements from a numeric format to a categorical (yes/no) entry. The Finance Board also expects to reduce the reporting frequency for project level data from up to eight times a year to one annual report. To facilitate public input on these proposed changes, Appendix A lists the proposed AHP data elements and Appendix B is a side-by-side chart listing the existing AHP data elements that will be retained or eliminated in the proposed database. D. Burden Estimate In a Federal Register notice published in May 2004 (69 FR 24600 (May 4, 2004)), the Finance Board analyzed the 1 See 15 U.S.C. 1639; 12 CFR 226.31, et seq. For information about HOEPA go to: http:// www.the.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/homes/ 32mortgs.htm. 2 For instance, many Bank members already are required to collect geo-coding information and HOEPA status under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). See 12 U.S.C. 2801 et seq. For information about HDMA reporting go to: http:// www.ffiec.gov/hmda/about.htm. Members also are required to disclose the loan amount and interest rate to borrowers under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). See 15 U.S.C. 1601 et seq. For information about TILA disclosure go to: http:// www.occ.treas.gov/handbook/til/ pdf#search=‘Truth%20in%20Lending%20Act’. VerDate jul<14>2003 11:52 Apr 25, 2005 Jkt 205001 21413 cost and hour burden for the seven facets of the AHP information collection—AHP applications, AHP modification requests, AHP monitoring agreements, AHP recapture agreements, homeownership assistance program applications, verifications of statutory and regulatory compliance at the time of subsidy disbursement, and Bank Advisory Council reports and recommendations on AHP implementation plans. The total annual hour burden for four of the seven facets will not be affected by the proposed changes to the AHP database. These four facets are the same as in the May 2004 Federal Register notice and are not repeated here. The three facets that will be affected—AHP applications, AHP modification requests, and homeownership assistance program applications—are described in detail below. The estimate for the total hour burden for applicant and member respondents for all seven facets of the AHP information collection, including the proposed changes, is 61,313 hours, a decrease of 1,725 hours. modification requests is 375 hours (150 requestors × 1 request × 2.5 hours). 1. AHP Applications The Finance Board estimates that the proposed changes to the AHP database would reduce the 25 hour processing time for each application by 1 hour. The Finance Board estimates a total annual average of 2,050 applicants for AHP funding, with 1 response per applicant. The estimate for the total annual hour burden for AHP applications is 49,200 hours (2,050 applicants × 1 application × 24 hours). 2. Paperwork Reduction Act Burden Estimate 2. AHP Modification Requests The Finance Board estimates that the reduction in reporting frequency that is part of the proposed changes to the AHP database would reduce the 3-hour processing time for each modification request by 30 minutes. The Finance Board estimates a total annual average of 150 requests, with 1 response per requestor. The estimate for the total annual hour burden for AHP PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3. Homeownership Assistance Program Applications The Finance Board estimates that the proposed changes to the AHP database would increase the 2-hour processing time for each application by 10 minutes. The Finance Board estimates a total annual average of 2,400 homeownership assistance program applications, with 1 application per respondent. The estimate for the total annual hour burden for homeownership assistance program applications is 5,200 hours (2,400 respondents x 1 application x 130 minutes). E. Comment Request 1. Proposed Changes to the AHP Database The Finance Board requests comments on the utility and practicality of the proposed data elements, including whether additional elements should be included, deleted, or modified. The Finance Board requests written comments on the following: (1) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of Finance Board functions, including whether the information has practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the Finance Board’s estimates of the burdens of the collection of information; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Dated: April 19, 2005. By the Federal Housing Finance Board. Mark J. Tenhundfeld, General Counsel. 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ACTION: Notice of Per Diem Bulletin 05– 5, revised continental United States (CONUS) per diem rates. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The General Services Administration (GSA) has reviewed the lodging rates of certain locations in the States of Arizona, Florida, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington and determined that they are inadequate. The per diems prescribed in Bulletin 05–5 may be found at http:// www.gsa.gov/perdiem. DATES: This notice is effective April 26, 2005, and applies to travel performed on or after May 6, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT For clarification of content, contact Lois Mandell, Office of Governmentwide Policy, Travel Management Policy, at (202) 501–2824. Please cite FTR Per Diem Bulletin 05–5. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Background After an analysis of the per diem rates established for FY 2005 (see the Federal Register notices at 69 FR 53071, August 31, 2004, and 69 FR 60152, October 7, 2004), the per diem rate is being changed in the following locations: State of Arizona • All points in the Grand Canyon National Park and Kaibab National Forest within Coconino County State of Florida • Escambia County State of Maryland • Washington County State of Missouri • Pulaski County State of New Jersey • Essex, Bergen, Hudson and Passaic Counties State of New Mexico • Los Alamos and Rio Arriba Counties State of New York • Broome and Orange Counties State of North Carolina • Brunswick and Columbus Counties VerDate jul<14>2003 11:52 Apr 25, 2005 Jkt 205001 State of Ohio • Stark, Lake, Wayne, Medina, Mahoning and Trumbull Counties State of Pennsylvania • Franklin and Delaware Counties State of Virginia • Nelson County State of Washington • King County B. Procedures Per diem rates are published on the Internet at www.gsa.gov/perdiem as an FTR Per Diem Bulletin and published in the Federal Register on a periodic basis. This process ensures timely increases or decreases in per diem rates established by GSA for Federal employees on official travel within CONUS. Notices published periodically in the Federal Register, such as this one, now constitute the only notification of revisions in CONUS per diem rates to agencies. Dated: April 19, 2005. Becky Rhodes, Deputy Associate Administrator. [FR Doc. 05–8242 Filed 4–25–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–14–S GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION The Fifth National Federal Fleet Manager Workshop and Information Fair (FedFleet 2005): Keeping in Tune Office of Governmentwide Policy, General Services Administration (GSA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The General Services Administration (GSA) will hold its fifth National Federal Fleet Manager Workshop and Information Fair (FedFleet 2005): Keeping in Tune. FedFleet 2005 will take place June 7–9, 2005 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Nearly 1,300 fleet, procurement, personal property, transportation, and travel professionals within Federal, State, and local governments, as well as the private sector will attend. The Fleet Management Review Initiative will be a major focus of FedFleet 2005. The exhibitor information fair features the industry’s latest technology, vehicles, products, and services. To learn more about FedFleet 2005 and to register, visit the FedFleet 2005 Web site at http:/ /www.fedfleet.org. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT Mike Moses, Office of Governmentwide Policy, at (202) 501–2507, or by e-mail to Mike.Moses@gsa.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: April 20, 2005. Russell H. Pentz, Director, Vehicle Management Policy. [FR Doc. 05–8292 Filed 4–25–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–14–S DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Solicitation of Nomination for Appointment to the Advisory Committee on Minority Health Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: AUTHORITY: 42 U.S.C. 300u–6, Section 1707 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. The Advisory Committee is governed by provisions of Public Law 92–463, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), which sets forth standards for the formation and use of advisory committees. SUMMARY: The Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS), Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS), is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as a member of the Advisory Committee on Minority Health (ACMH or Committee). In accordance with Public Law 105–392, the Committee provides advice to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health (DASMH), on the development of goals and specific program activities of the Office of Minority Health (OMH) designed to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority groups. Nominations of qualified candidates are being sought to fill vacant positions on the Committee. DATES: Nominations for membership on the Committee must be received no later than 5 p.m. e.s.t. on May 26, 2005, at the address listed below. ADDRESSES: All nominations should be mailed or delivered to Dr. Garth Graham, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health; Office of Minority Health; Office of Public Health and Science; Department of Health and Human Services; 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 600; Rockville, MD 20852. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Monica Farrar, Executive Director, Advisory Committee on Minority Health, Office of Minority Health, Office of Public Health and Science, Department of Health and Human Services; 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 600; Rockville, MD 20852; telephone: (301) 443–5084. A copy of the Committee charter and list of the current membership can be E:\FR\FM\26APN1.SGM 26APN1

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FEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE BOARD

[No. 2005-N-02]


Proposed Collection; Comment Request

AGENCY: Federal Housing Finance Board.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, the Federal Housing Finance Board (Finance Board) is 
seeking public comments concerning proposed changes to the information 
collection entitled ``Affordable Housing Program (AHP),'' which has 
been assigned control 3069-0006 by the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB). The Finance Board intends to submit the entire AHP information 
collection, with the proposed changes described in this Notice, to OMB 
for review and approval of a three-year extension of the control 
number, which is due to expire on July 31, 2007.

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DATES: Interested persons may submit comments on or before June 27, 
2005.

COMMENTS: Submit comments by any of the following methods:
    E-mail: comments@fhfb.gov.
    Fax: 202-408-2580.
    Mail/Hand Delivery: Federal Housing Finance Board, 1777 F Street 
NW., Washington, DC 20006, ATTENTION: Public Comments.
    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments. If you submit your comment to the 
Federal eRulemaking Portal, please also send it by e-mail to the 
Finance Board at comments@fhfb.gov to ensure timely receipt by the 
agency.
    Include the following information in the subject line of your 
submission: Federal Housing Finance Board. Proposed Collection; Comment 
Request: Affordable Housing Program (AHP). 2005-N-02.
    We will post all public comments we receive on this notice without 
change, including any personal information you provide, such as your 
name and address, on the Finance Board website at http://www.fhfb.gov/
pressroom/pressroom_regs.htm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charles E. McLean, Associate Director, 
Community Investment and Affordable Housing Division, Office of 
Supervision, mcleanc@fhfb.gov, 202-408-2537, or Deattra D. Perkins, 
Community Development Specialist, Community Investment and Affordable 
Housing Division, Office of Supervision, perkinsd@fhfb.gov, 202-408-
2527. You also can contact staff by facsimile at 202-408-2850 or 
regular mail to the Federal Housing Finance Board, 1777 F Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20006.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

    Section 10(j) of the Federal Home Loan Bank Act (Bank Act) requires 
the Finance Board to promulgate regulations under which each of the 12 
Federal Home Loan Banks (Banks) must establish an Affordable Housing 
Program (AHP) to make subsidized advances to members engaged in lending 
for long term, low- and moderate-income, owner-occupied and affordable 
rental housing at subsidized interest rates. See 12 U.S.C. 1430(j). 
Section 10(j) also establishes the standards and requirements for 
making subsidized AHP advances to Bank members. Part 951 of the Finance 
Board regulations implements the statutory requirements and authorizes 
the Banks to make AHP funding decisions. See 12 CFR part 951.
    Under the AHP, each Bank contributes at least 10 percent of its 
previous year's net earnings to subsidize the cost of affordable owner-
occupied and rental housing targeted to individuals and families with 
incomes at or below 80 percent of the area median income. The Banks 
make the majority of the AHP subsidy available through a competitive 
program that requires members to submit applications on behalf of one 
or more sponsors of eligible housing projects. In 2004, the competitive 
program contributed $3.4 billion toward the construction of 31,000 
housing units. Since its inception in 1990, the competitive program has 
contributed $35 billion toward the construction of 380,000 housing 
units.
    The rest of the AHP subsidy is awarded through non-competitive 
homeownership set-aside programs under which each Bank annually can set 
aside an amount up to the greater of $3 million or 25 percent of its 
AHP funds to assist low- and moderate-income households purchase homes. 
A Bank also may contribute up to the greater of $1.5 million or 10 
percent of its AHP funds each year to fund an additional set-aside 
program to assist low- and moderate-income households that also are 
first-time homebuyers. Members obtain AHP set-aside funds from their 
Bank and give the funds as grants to eligible households. A household 
can use a set-aside grant for down-payment or closing cost assistance 
or counseling costs in connection with the purchase or rehabilitation 
of owner-occupied units. Each Bank sets its own maximum grant amount, 
which may not exceed $15,000 per household. In 2004, the Banks awarded 
$39 million in grants to 8,121 households under set-aside programs, 
making an average grant of $4,916. Since the inception of the set-aside 
program in 1995, the Banks have awarded $213 million in grants to 
47,813 households.

B. Need for and Use of the Information Collection

    The Finance Board currently requires the Banks to collect 183 data 
elements related to the AHP. The Banks use this data to determine 
whether an AHP applicant satisfies the statutory and regulatory 
requirements to receive subsidized advances or direct subsidies under 
the AHP. The Finance Board uses the information to ensure that Bank 
funding decisions, and the use of the funds awarded, are consistent 
with statutory and regulatory requirements.
    In February 2005, the Finance Board proposed moving many of its 
data requirements, including the AHP data, into a Data Reporting Manual 
(DRM) that will represent an investigatory order enforceable through 
the Finance Board's statutory powers. 70 FR 9551 (Feb. 28, 2005). After 
the DRM is approved in final form, the Finance Board expects that the 
AHP information collection will move from part 951 to the DRM.

C. Proposed Changes to the Information Collection

    In September 2004, Finance Board staff informally solicited input 
from the 12 Banks on proposed changes to AHP Data reporting and has 
taken their responses (nine from individual Banks and one from the 
Banks' Chief Investment Officers on behalf of all Banks) into account 
in the proposed changes it is seeking comment upon in this Notice.
    The first proposed change would update the underlying AHP database 
application, which currently collects data from the Banks using a web-
based system that is technologically obsolete. The new AHP database 
application will capture uniform and accurate data that can be easily 
queried and analyzed. Data submission from the Banks to the Finance 
Board will be in formatted files that can be created by a Bank in the 
manner it considers most efficient or convenient. In changing the 
manner in which it collects data, the Finance Board does not intend to 
require the Banks to modify or adopt new electronic information 
management systems. Therefore, the proposed changes to the database 
application should not result in significant electronic system upgrade 
costs to the Banks.
    The second proposed change would reduce the number of AHP data 
elements, deleting 88 and adding 13, and change the reporting format 
for some data elements. The Finance Board currently collects 183 AHP 
data elements, most of which relate to competitive program projects. 
The Finance Board proposes eliminating 88 competitive program data 
elements, such as ongoing entry of project modification changes.
    The Finance Board proposes adding 13 new data elements, including 
geo-coded information in competitive and set-aside program applications 
that is necessary to monitor the distribution of AHP awards and the 
national impact of the program. Respondents can obtain geo-coded 
information by entering the project/property address into the Federal 
Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) geo-coding Web site 
at http://www.ffiec.gov/geocode/default.htm or through use of specific 
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    Other new elements include the amount of first and second mortgages 
and interest rate(s) (stated as an annual percentage rate) for a set-
aside grant recipient's mortgage, and whether the mortgage is subject 
to the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act (HOEPA).\1\ The Finance 
Board needs this information to ensure that AHP subsidies provided by a 
Bank to a member are passed on to the ultimate borrower. See 12 U.S.C. 
1430(j)(9)(E). The majority of Bank members already are required under 
other statutes\2\ to collect the data the Finance Board proposes to add 
to the AHP database. Therefore, the incremental additional burden 
imposed to report the information to the Finance Board should be 
minimal.
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    \1\ See 15 U.S.C. 1639; 12 CFR 226.31, et seq. For information 
about HOEPA go to: http://www.the.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/homes/
32mortgs.htm.
    \2\ For instance, many Bank members already are required to 
collect geo-coding information and HOEPA status under the Home 
Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). See 12 U.S.C. 2801 et seq. For 
information about HDMA reporting go to: http://www.ffiec.gov/hmda/
about.htm. Members also are required to disclose the loan amount and 
interest rate to borrowers under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). 
See 15 U.S.C. 1601 et seq. For information about TILA disclosure go 
to: http://www.occ.treas.gov/handbook/til/
pdf#search=`Truth%20in%20Lending%20Act'.
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    In order to reduce data entry time, the Finance Board is proposing 
to change reporting for 19 data elements from a numeric format to a 
categorical (yes/no) entry. The Finance Board also expects to reduce 
the reporting frequency for project level data from up to eight times a 
year to one annual report.
    To facilitate public input on these proposed changes, Appendix A 
lists the proposed AHP data elements and Appendix B is a side-by-side 
chart listing the existing AHP data elements that will be retained or 
eliminated in the proposed database.

D. Burden Estimate

    In a Federal Register notice published in May 2004 (69 FR 24600 
(May 4, 2004)), the Finance Board analyzed the cost and hour burden for 
the seven facets of the AHP information collection--AHP applications, 
AHP modification requests, AHP monitoring agreements, AHP recapture 
agreements, homeownership assistance program applications, 
verifications of statutory and regulatory compliance at the time of 
subsidy disbursement, and Bank Advisory Council reports and 
recommendations on AHP implementation plans. The total annual hour 
burden for four of the seven facets will not be affected by the 
proposed changes to the AHP database. These four facets are the same as 
in the May 2004 Federal Register notice and are not repeated here. The 
three facets that will be affected--AHP applications, AHP modification 
requests, and homeownership assistance program applications--are 
described in detail below.
    The estimate for the total hour burden for applicant and member 
respondents for all seven facets of the AHP information collection, 
including the proposed changes, is 61,313 hours, a decrease of 1,725 
hours.

1. AHP Applications

    The Finance Board estimates that the proposed changes to the AHP 
database would reduce the 25 hour processing time for each application 
by 1 hour. The Finance Board estimates a total annual average of 2,050 
applicants for AHP funding, with 1 response per applicant. The estimate 
for the total annual hour burden for AHP applications is 49,200 hours 
(2,050 applicants x 1 application x 24 hours).

2. AHP Modification Requests

    The Finance Board estimates that the reduction in reporting 
frequency that is part of the proposed changes to the AHP database 
would reduce the 3-hour processing time for each modification request 
by 30 minutes. The Finance Board estimates a total annual average of 
150 requests, with 1 response per requestor. The estimate for the total 
annual hour burden for AHP modification requests is 375 hours (150 
requestors x 1 request x 2.5 hours).

3. Homeownership Assistance Program Applications

    The Finance Board estimates that the proposed changes to the AHP 
database would increase the 2-hour processing time for each application 
by 10 minutes. The Finance Board estimates a total annual average of 
2,400 homeownership assistance program applications, with 1 application 
per respondent. The estimate for the total annual hour burden for 
homeownership assistance program applications is 5,200 hours (2,400 
respondents x 1 application x 130 minutes).

E. Comment Request

1. Proposed Changes to the AHP Database

    The Finance Board requests comments on the utility and practicality 
of the proposed data elements, including whether additional elements 
should be included, deleted, or modified.

2. Paperwork Reduction Act Burden Estimate

    The Finance Board requests written comments on the following: (1) 
Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper 
performance of Finance Board functions, including whether the 
information has practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the Finance 
Board's estimates of the burdens of the collection of information; (3) 
ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information 
collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on respondents, including through the use of automated 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    Dated: April 19, 2005.

    By the Federal Housing Finance Board.
Mark J. Tenhundfeld,
General Counsel.
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