Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment: Section 8 Random Digit Dialing Fair Market Rent Telephone Survey, 17943-17944 [2010-8024]

Download as PDF sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 67 / Thursday, April 8, 2010 / Notices available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Dr. Djoko. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department will submit the proposed information collection to OMB for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35, as amended). The Department is required by the Improper Payments Act of 2002 to submit annual reports on improper payments associated with its assisted housing programs. The information must meet statistical accuracy tests and requires on-site file reviews and tenant interviews that cannot be accomplished with remote monitoring or HUD data systems. This Notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information to: (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including if the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) 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 that will reduce respondent burden (e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses). Title of Proposal: Quality Control for Rental Assistance Subsidy Determinations. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: The Department is conducting under contract a study to update its estimates of the extent and type of errors associated with income, rent, and subsidy determinations for the 4.3 million households covered by the Public Housing and Section 8 housing subsidies. The Quality Control process involves selecting a nationally representative sample of assisted households to measure the extent and types of errors in rent and income determinations, which in turn cause subsidy errors. On-site tenant interviews, file reviews, third-party income verifications, and income matching with other Federal data are conducted. The data obtained are used to identify the most serious problems and their associated costs. HUD program officers are then responsible for designing and implementing corrective actions. In addition to providing current estimates of error, results will be VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:26 Apr 07, 2010 Jkt 220001 compared with those from previous years’ studies. These comparisons will indicate whether corrective actions initiated since the 2000 study have been effective and if changes in priorities are needed. The first QC study was completed in 1996 and found that about one-half of the errors measured using on-site tenant interviews and file reviews could not be detected with the 50058/50059 from data collected by the Department, which is why HUD and other agencies with means-tested programs have determined that on-site reviews and interviews are an essential complement to remote monitoring measures. The 2000 study showed that the calculation errors detectable with 50058/50059 data had decreased, probably because this information was increasingly subject to automated computational checks. HUD has initiated a program of corrective actions and increased monitoring since 2000 and recent studies of tenant certification and recertification actions showed significant error reductions in income and rent determinations. Future studies are planned on an annual basis, as required by legislation. Program monitoring and income matching policies being implemented may eliminate the need for an independent, statistically valid measure of program errors provided by the current study design, but such procedures have yet to be fully implemented and evaluated. The Improper Payments Act of 2002 requires that the Department report on the error measurements annually. This proposed data collection approval request is for studies to be conducted in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 of prior year certification and recertification actions. These studies will provide current information on the quality of tenant interviews (e.g., whether they are being asked about all sources of income) and the reliability of eligibility determinations and income verification. Members of affected public: Recipients of Public Housing and Section 8 Housing Assistance subsidies. Estimation of the total number of hours needed to prepare the information collection, including the number of respondents, frequency of response, and hours of response: For each study, approximately 600 PHA/program sponsor staff will need to be asked about recertification procedures, training, interview procedures, and problems encountered in conducting (re)certifications. Although more than one staff member may need to be contacted to obtain answers to all questions, the questionnaire will be administered once at each participating PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17943 project and the total interview times are expected to be less than 40 minutes per PHA or project. Researchers will survey approximately 2,400 program participants to obtain information on household composition, expenses, and income. The time required for these interviews will vary, but is estimated to require an average of about 50 minutes per interview. The time estimates provided are based on the 2009 QC survey. The proposed surveys will continue to make use of Computer Assisted Interviewing (CAI) questionnaires and equipment, which are being used in part because they reduce interview times. The software also provides for consistency check and ensures that all needed data have been collected, thereby reducing the need for the follow-up contacts. Status of the Proposed Information Collection: Pending OMB approval. Status of the proposed information collection: Pending OMB approval. Authority: Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended. Dated: April 1, 2010. Raphael W. Bostic, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, R. [FR Doc. 2010–8027 Filed 4–7–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–5382–N–06] Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment: Section 8 Random Digit Dialing Fair Market Rent Telephone Survey AGENCY: Office of Policy Development and Research, HUD. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The proposed information collection requirement described below will be submitted 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. Reinstatement of the collection effort that expired on April 1, 2010 is being requested. DATES: Comments Due Date: June 7, 2010. 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: Reports Liaison Officer, Office of Policy Development and Research, Department E:\FR\FM\08APN1.SGM 08APN1 17944 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 67 / Thursday, April 8, 2010 / Notices of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, SW., Room 8234, Washington, DC 20410. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marie Lihn, Economic and Market Analysis Division, Office of Policy Development and Research, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, SW., Room 8224, Washington, DC 20410; telephone (202) 402–5866; e-mail marie_l._lihn@hud.gov. This is not a toll-free number. Copies of the proposed forms and other available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. Lihn. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Housing and Urban Development will submit the proposed information collection package to OMB for review as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended). This Notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information to: (1) Evaluate 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) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond; including the use of appropriate automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. This Notice also lists the following information: Title of Proposal: Section 8 Random Digit Dialing Fair Market Rent Telephone Survey. OMB Control Number: 2528–0142. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: This provides HUD with a relatively fast and accurate way to estimate and update Section 8 Fair Market Rents (FMRs) in areas where FMRs are believed to be incorrect and data from the American Community Survey is not available at the local level. Section 8(C)(1) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 requires the Secretary to publish Fair Market Rents (FMRs) annually to be Number of phone calls made Area surveys effective on October 1 of each year. FMRs are used for the Section 8 Rental Certificate Program (including space rentals by owners of manufactured homes under that program); the Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy program; housing assisted under the Loan Management and Property Disposition programs; payment standards for the Rental Voucher program; and any other programs whose regulations specify their use. Random digit dialing (RDD) telephone surveys have been used for many years to adjust FMRs. These surveys are based on a sampling procedure that uses computers to select statistically random samples of telephone numbers to locate certain types of rental housing units for surveying. HUD will conduct RDD surveys of up to 20 individual FMR areas in a year to test the accuracy of their FMRs. Members of affected public: Individuals or households living in areas surveyed. Estimation of the total numbers of hours needed to prepare the information collection including number of respondents, frequency of response, and hours of response: Average minutes each Minutes Hours Number who pick up phone but are screened out .......................................... Total interviewed (movers and stayers) .......................................................... 12,343 3,429 1.74 5.26 21,961 17,750 366 296 Annual Total ............................................................................................. 15,772 ........................ 39,711 662 Status of the proposed information collection: Pending OMB approval. Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended; and Section 8(C)(1) of the United States Housing Act of 1937. Dated: April 1, 2010. Raphael W. Bostic, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development & Research. [FR Doc. 2010–8024 Filed 4–7–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES [Docket No. FR–5411–N–01] Credit Watch Termination Initiative AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Housing—Federal Housing Commissioner, HUD. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: This notice advises of the cause and effect of termination of VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:26 Apr 07, 2010 Jkt 220001 Origination Approval Agreements taken by HUD’s Federal Housing Administration (FHA) against HUDapproved mortgagees through the FHA Credit Watch Termination Initiative. This notice includes a list of mortgagees which have had their Origination Approval Agreements terminated. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Quality Assurance Division, Office of Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street, SW., Room B133–P3214, Washington, DC 20410–8000; telephone (202) 708– 2830 (this is not a toll free number). Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access that number through TTY by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at (800) 877– 8339. HUD has the authority to address deficiencies in the performance of lenders’ loans as provided in HUD’s mortgagee approval regulations at 24 CFR 202.3. On May 17, 1999 HUD published a notice (64 FR SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 26769), on its procedures for terminating Origination Approval Agreements with FHA lenders and placement of FHA lenders on Credit Watch status (an evaluation period). In the May 17, 1999 notice, HUD advised that it would publish in the Federal Register a list of mortgagees, which have had their Origination Approval Agreements terminated. Termination of Origination Approval Agreement: Approval of a mortgagee by HUD/FHA to participate in FHA mortgage insurance programs includes an Origination Approval Agreement (Agreement) between HUD and the mortgagee. Under the Agreement, the mortgagee is authorized to originate single-family mortgage loans and submit them to FHA for insurance endorsement. The Agreement may be terminated on the basis of poor performance of FHA-insured mortgage loans originated by the mortgagee. The termination of a mortgagee’s Agreement is separate and apart from any action taken by HUD’s Mortgagee Review E:\FR\FM\08APN1.SGM 08APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

[Docket No. FR-5382-N-06]


Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment: 
Section 8 Random Digit Dialing Fair Market Rent Telephone Survey

AGENCY: Office of Policy Development and Research, HUD.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The proposed information collection requirement described 
below will be submitted 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. Reinstatement of 
the collection effort that expired on April 1, 2010 is being requested.

DATES: Comments Due Date: June 7, 2010.

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: Reports Liaison Officer, Office 
of Policy Development and Research, Department

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of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, SW., Room 8234, 
Washington, DC 20410.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marie Lihn, Economic and Market 
Analysis Division, Office of Policy Development and Research, 
Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, SW., Room 
8224, Washington, DC 20410; telephone (202) 402-5866; e-mail marie_l._lihn@hud.gov. This is not a toll-free number. Copies of the 
proposed forms and other available documents submitted to OMB may be 
obtained from Ms. Lihn.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Housing and Urban 
Development will submit the proposed information collection package to 
OMB for review as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended).
    This Notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and 
affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information to: 
(1) Evaluate 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) 
Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, 
and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the 
burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond; 
including the use of appropriate automated collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic 
submission of responses.
    This Notice also lists the following information:
    Title of Proposal: Section 8 Random Digit Dialing Fair Market Rent 
Telephone Survey.
    OMB Control Number: 2528-0142.
    Description of the need for the information and proposed use: This 
provides HUD with a relatively fast and accurate way to estimate and 
update Section 8 Fair Market Rents (FMRs) in areas where FMRs are 
believed to be incorrect and data from the American Community Survey is 
not available at the local level. Section 8(C)(1) of the United States 
Housing Act of 1937 requires the Secretary to publish Fair Market Rents 
(FMRs) annually to be effective on October 1 of each year. FMRs are 
used for the Section 8 Rental Certificate Program (including space 
rentals by owners of manufactured homes under that program); the 
Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy program; housing assisted 
under the Loan Management and Property Disposition programs; payment 
standards for the Rental Voucher program; and any other programs whose 
regulations specify their use.
    Random digit dialing (RDD) telephone surveys have been used for 
many years to adjust FMRs. These surveys are based on a sampling 
procedure that uses computers to select statistically random samples of 
telephone numbers to locate certain types of rental housing units for 
surveying. HUD will conduct RDD surveys of up to 20 individual FMR 
areas in a year to test the accuracy of their FMRs.
    Members of affected public: Individuals or households living in 
areas surveyed.
    Estimation of the total numbers of hours needed to prepare the 
information collection including number of respondents, frequency of 
response, and hours of response:

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                                                     Number of
                  Area surveys                      phone calls       Average         Minutes          Hours
                                                       made        minutes each
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Number who pick up phone but are screened out...          12,343            1.74          21,961             366
Total interviewed (movers and stayers)..........           3,429            5.26          17,750             296
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    Annual Total................................          15,772  ..............          39,711             662
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    Status of the proposed information collection: Pending OMB 
approval.

    Authority:  The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35, as amended; and Section 8(C)(1) of the United States 
Housing Act of 1937.

    Dated: April 1, 2010.
Raphael W. Bostic,
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development & Research.
[FR Doc. 2010-8024 Filed 4-7-10; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4210-67-P