Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment on the Quality Control for Rental Assistance Subsidy Determinations, 17942-17943 [2010-8027]

Download as PDF 17942 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 67 / Thursday, April 8, 2010 / Notices FEMA’s comment in the ACHP draft program comment. Authority: National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4331 et seq.; 40 CFR 1500.1 et seq.; 44 CFR 10.1 et seq. Dated: April 1, 2010. W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency. [FR Doc. 2010–8006 Filed 4–7–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–78–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–5376–N–24] Public Housing Contracting With Resident-Owned Businesses/ Application Requirements AGENCY: Office of the Chief Information Officer, HUD. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The proposed information collection requirement described below has been 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. Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) enter into contracts, not to cumulatively exceed $1,000,000, with eligible resident-owned businesses under an alternative procurement process. As such, PHAs are required to obtain documentation to verify the eligibility of the resident-owned business and to collect other information related to the contract award itself under the Department’s procurement requirements. DATES: Comments Due Date: May 10, 2010. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB approval Number (2577–0161) and should be sent to: HUD Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503; fax: 202–395–5806. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Leroy McKinney Jr., Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20410; e-mail Leroy McKinney Jr. at Leroy.McKinneyJr@hud.gov or telephone (202) 402–5564. This is not a toll-free number. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Mr. McKinney. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that the Department of Housing and Urban Development has submitted to OMB a request for approval of the Information collection described below. This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affecting 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 through 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: Public Housing Contracting With Resident-Owned Businesses/Application Requirements. OMB Approval Number: 2577–0161. Form Numbers: This information collection does not apply to form(s). Description of the Need for the Information and Its Proposed Use: Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) enter into contracts, not to cumulatively exceed $1,000,000, with eligible resident-owned businesses under an alternative procurement process. As such, PHAs are required to obtain documentation to verify the eligibility of the resident-owned business and to collect other information related to the contract award itself under the Department’s procurement requirements. Frequency of Submission: On occasion, Other Per applicant. Number of respondents Annual responses 82 1 Reporting Burden .............................................................................. Total Estimated Burden Hours: 1,968. Status: Extension of a currently approved collection. Authority: Section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 35, as amended. Dated: April 2, 2010. Leroy McKinney, Jr., Departmental Reports Management Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer. sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES [FR Doc. 2010–8007 Filed 4–7–10; 8:45 am] 16:26 Apr 07, 2010 [Docket No. FR–5382–N–05] Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment on the Quality Control for Rental Assistance Subsidy Determinations 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. BILLING CODE 4210–67–P VerDate Nov<24>2008 DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT Jkt 220001 PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Hours per response × 24 DATES: = Burden hours 1,968 Comment 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 of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, SW., Room 8234, Washington, DC 20410. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Yves Djoko, Economic Development and Public Finance Division, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, SW., Room 8216, Washington, DC 20410; telephone 202– 402–5851 (not a toll-free number). Copies of the proposed forms and other E:\FR\FM\08APN1.SGM 08APN1 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. 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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

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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

[Docket No. FR-5382-N-05]


Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment on 
the Quality Control for Rental Assistance Subsidy Determinations

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.

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

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Yves Djoko, Economic Development 
and Public Finance Division, Department of Housing and Urban 
Development, 451 7th Street, SW., Room 8216, Washington, DC 20410; 
telephone 202-402-5851 (not a toll-free number). Copies of the proposed 
forms and other

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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 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 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]
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