Notice of Proposed Information for Public Comment for: Energy and Performance Information Center, 4859-4860 [2013-01309]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 15 / Wednesday, January 23, 2013 / Notices estimated for an average respondent to respond: 77,149 at 1.08 hours (1 hour 5 minutes). This is a change from the estimated number of respondents in the 60-day Federal Register notice published on October 30, 2012, at 77 FR 65706 which estimated the number of respondents at 81,678. This change in the estimated number of respondents is due to a change in agency estimates based on updated FY2013 statistical data. (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: 83,320.92 annual burden hours. This is a change from the estimated total public burden hours reported in 60-day Federal Register notice published on October 30, 2012 at 77 FR 65706, which estimated the total annual burden associated with this collection to be 88,212 hours. This change in the total annual burden hours can be attributed to the adjustment in the agency estimates on the number of respondents noted above. If you need a copy of the information collection instrument with supplementary documents, or need additional information, please visit http://www.regulations.gov. We may also be contacted at: USCIS, Office of Policy and Strategy, Regulatory Coordination Division, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529–2134; Telephone 202–272–8377. Dated: January 16, 2013. Laura Dawkins, Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security. [FR Doc. 2013–01218 Filed 1–22–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–97–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–5690–N–01] Notice of Proposed Information for Public Comment for: Energy and Performance Information Center Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, HUD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: 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. wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:22 Jan 22, 2013 Jkt 229001 HUD created the Energy and Performance Information Center (‘‘EPIC’’) data system to track the amount and types of Energy Efficiency Measures (EEMs) being implemented within Public Housing units (OMB Control Number 2577–0274). This revision expands the data collected to include the amount and type of Public Housing development, including development in conjunction with Low Income Housing Tax Credits; other planning collections and performance reports presently collected in hard copy; the Physical Needs Assessment; and modernization undertaken by PHAs through Energy Performance Contracts. The EPIC data system is necessary in order to support the Department’s Agency Performance Goals (APGs), specifically APG # 4, Measure # 13 which sets numeric targets for completing green retrofits and creating energy efficient units. In addition to the direct support of HUD APG # 4, Measure # 13, the implementation of the EPIC data system will enable HUD to provide reports on the progress of EEMs completed with PIH funding. The EPIC data system will also improve PHA planning by making the five year plan and annual statement process electronic and also enabling HUD to aggregate this information in order to track APG # 2, Measure # 5, which sets goals for expanding the number of families housed. The EPIC data system will also allow improved tracking of the Energy Performance Contract process and will include the Physical Needs Assessment tool. DATES: Comments Due Date: March 25, 2013. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name/or OMB Control number and should be sent to: Colette Pollard, Departmental Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 4160, Washington, DC 20410–5000; telephone 202.402.3400 (this is not a toll-free number) or email Ms. Pollard at Colette_Pollard@hud.gov. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. (Other than the HUD USER information line and TTY numbers, telephone numbers are not toll-free.) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Arlette Mussington, Office of Policy, Programs and Legislative Initiatives, PIH, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4859 (L’Enfant Plaza, Room 2206), Washington, DC 20410; telephone 202– 402–4109, (this is not a toll-free number). 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). 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. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This Notice Also Lists the Following Information Title of Proposal: Energy and Performance Information Center (EPIC). OMB Control Number, if applicable: 2577–0274. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: The Department has recognized the need for improving energy efficiency in affordable housing and has prioritized this in Agency Priority Goal # 4, Measure # 13. The Department pioneered its data collection in this area with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 in creating the Recovery Act Management Performance System (‘‘RAMPS’’). The data collected through the RAMPS gave the Department a more comprehensive dataset regarding energy efficient improvements than it had ever had previously. The EPIC data system builds upon the successes of the RAMPS and adds data collection for other areas. This form is to revise the collection to include other information. Some of this information is presently collected in paper form and will be collected electronically through the EPIC data system. The EPIC data system will gradually automate the collection of the five year plan and annual statement forms from grantees. These are required forms presently collected in hard copy on E:\FR\FM\23JAN1.SGM 23JAN1 wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with 4860 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 15 / Wednesday, January 23, 2013 / Notices Forms 50075.1 and 50075.2 under collection OMB control number 2577– 0226. These forms also collect data on the eventual, actual use of funds; this data will be gradually collected electronically through the EPIC data system as well. Electronic collection will enable the Department to aggregate information about the way grantees are using Federal funding. Additionally, PHA grantees will be able to submit Replacement Housing Factor fund plans, the mechanism by which PHAs are allowed to accumulate special funds received based on units removed from the inventory from year to year. This information is presently collected in hard copy at the field office level; the EPIC data system will automate and centralize this collection in order to streamline the process and improve transparency. Furthermore, the EPIC data system will be loaded with Physical Needs Assessment (‘‘PNA’’) data. This data being in the system coupled with the electronic planning process will streamline grantee planning. The EPIC data system will collect information about the Energy Performance Contract (‘‘EPC’’) process such as energy efficiency improvement financed under an EPC, and construction start and completion date. It will also collect the energy efficiency improvements information on the types previously captured through the RAMPS for Public Housing Capital Fund Recovery grants. As the Department moves to shrink its energy footprint in spite of rising energy costs, clear and comprehensive data on this process will be crucial to its success. Finally, the Department has prioritized in Agency Performance Goal # 2, Measure # 5 making housing more available for more families. In the light of the recent housing crisis, this goal has become simultaneously more challenging and more important. Tracking of the use of Federal funds paid through the Public Housing Capital Fund, the only Federal funding stream dedicated to the capital needs of the nation’s last resort housing option, is crucial to understanding how the Department can properly and efficiently assist grantees in meeting this goal as well as assessing the Department’s own progress. The EPIC data system will track development of public housing with Federal funds and through other means, including mixed-finance development. Agency form numbers, if applicable: N/A, the data will be collected utilizing a web-based application. Recipients will be required to complete the collection online. To the greatest extent possible, VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:22 Jan 22, 2013 Jkt 229001 all data will be pre-populated to minimize data entry. Once the initial file is created, recipients will be able to update the same file and submit on an ongoing basis. Members of Affected Public: State or Local Government and Non-profit organizations. Estimation of the total number of hours needed to prepare the information collection including number of respondents, frequency of response, and hours of response: The estimated number of respondents is 3,150 with 69,600 annual responses and the total reporting burden is 183,045 hours. Status of the proposed information collection: Revision. Authority: section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended. Dated: January 15, 2013. Merrie Nichols-Dixon, Deputy Director for Office of Policy, Program and Legislative Initiatives. [FR Doc. 2013–01309 Filed 1–22–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Office of the Secretary 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Advisory Committee Office of the Secretary, Interior. Notice of meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: We, the Department of the Interior, announce a public meeting of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Advisory Committee (Committee). DATES: Meeting: Thursday, February 14, 2013, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). Meeting Participation: Notify Lisa Young (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) by close of business Tuesday, February 12, 2013, if requesting to make an oral presentation (limited to 2 minutes per speaker). The meeting will accommodate no more than a total of 15 minutes for all public speakers. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Bureau of Land Management Offices at 20 M Street SE., Conference Room 4016 & 4017, Washington, DC. There will also be a conference call line available for those unable to attend in person. To participate in the call as an interested member of the public, please contact Lisa Young (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa Young, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), 1849 C Street NW., MS 3559, Washington, DC 20240; telephone (202) SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 208–7586; fax (202) 208–5873; or email Lisa_Young@ios.doi.gov. In accordance with the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, we announce that the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Advisory Committee will hold a meeting. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Chartered in November 2011, the Committee is a discretionary advisory committee established under the authority of the Secretary of the Interior. The purpose of the Committee is to provide the Secretary of the Interior with recommendations on: (1) Developing a framework for the 21CSC, including program components, structure, and implementation, as well as accountability and performance evaluation criteria to measure success; (2) the development of certification criteria for 21CSC providers and individual certification of 21CSC members; (3) strategies to overcome existing barriers to successful 21CSC program implementation; (4) identifying partnership opportunities with corporations, private businesses or entities, foundations, and non-profit groups, as well as state, local, and tribal governments, to expand support for conservation corps programs, career training and youth employment opportunities; and (5) developing pathways for 21CSC participants for future conservation engagement and natural resource careers. Background information on the Committee is available at www.doi.gov/21csc. Meeting Agenda The Committee will convene to discuss priorities for the first meeting of the National Council for the 21CSC, along with other committee business. The public will be able to make comment on Thursday, February 14, 2013 starting at 11:30 a.m. The final agenda will be posted on www.doi.gov/ 21csc prior to the meeting. Public Input Interested members of the public may present, either orally or through written comments, information for the Committee to consider during the public meeting. Due to the nature of this meeting, interested members of the public are strongly encouraged to submit written statements to the committee by COB Tuesday, February 12, 2013 so they can be reviewed and considered during the full committee meeting on Thursday, February 14, 2013. E:\FR\FM\23JAN1.SGM 23JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 15 (Wednesday, January 23, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 4859-4860]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-01309]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

[Docket No. FR-5690-N-01]


Notice of Proposed Information for Public Comment for: Energy and 
Performance Information Center

AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian 
Housing, 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.
    HUD created the Energy and Performance Information Center 
(``EPIC'') data system to track the amount and types of Energy 
Efficiency Measures (EEMs) being implemented within Public Housing 
units (OMB Control Number 2577-0274). This revision expands the data 
collected to include the amount and type of Public Housing development, 
including development in conjunction with Low Income Housing Tax 
Credits; other planning collections and performance reports presently 
collected in hard copy; the Physical Needs Assessment; and 
modernization undertaken by PHAs through Energy Performance Contracts. 
The EPIC data system is necessary in order to support the Department's 
Agency Performance Goals (APGs), specifically APG  4, Measure 
 13 which sets numeric targets for completing green retrofits 
and creating energy efficient units. In addition to the direct support 
of HUD APG  4, Measure  13, the implementation of the 
EPIC data system will enable HUD to provide reports on the progress of 
EEMs completed with PIH funding. The EPIC data system will also improve 
PHA planning by making the five year plan and annual statement process 
electronic and also enabling HUD to aggregate this information in order 
to track APG  2, Measure  5, which sets goals for 
expanding the number of families housed. The EPIC data system will also 
allow improved tracking of the Energy Performance Contract process and 
will include the Physical Needs Assessment tool.

DATES: Comments Due Date: March 25, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding 
this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name/or OMB 
Control number and should be sent to: Colette Pollard, Departmental 
Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban 
Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 4160, Washington, DC 20410-5000; 
telephone 202.402.3400 (this is not a toll-free number) or email Ms. 
Pollard at Colette_Pollard@hud.gov. Persons with hearing or speech 
impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free 
Federal Information Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. (Other than the 
HUD USER information line and TTY numbers, telephone numbers are not 
toll-free.)

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Arlette Mussington, Office of Policy, 
Programs and Legislative Initiatives, PIH, Department of Housing and 
Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., (L'Enfant Plaza, Room 2206), 
Washington, DC 20410; telephone 202-402-4109, (this is not a toll-free 
number).

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). 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: Energy and Performance Information Center 
(EPIC).
    OMB Control Number, if applicable: 2577-0274.
    Description of the need for the information and proposed use: The 
Department has recognized the need for improving energy efficiency in 
affordable housing and has prioritized this in Agency Priority Goal 
 4, Measure  13. The Department pioneered its data 
collection in this area with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 
of 2009 in creating the Recovery Act Management Performance System 
(``RAMPS''). The data collected through the RAMPS gave the Department a 
more comprehensive dataset regarding energy efficient improvements than 
it had ever had previously. The EPIC data system builds upon the 
successes of the RAMPS and adds data collection for other areas. This 
form is to revise the collection to include other information. Some of 
this information is presently collected in paper form and will be 
collected electronically through the EPIC data system.
    The EPIC data system will gradually automate the collection of the 
five year plan and annual statement forms from grantees. These are 
required forms presently collected in hard copy on

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Forms 50075.1 and 50075.2 under collection OMB control number 2577-
0226. These forms also collect data on the eventual, actual use of 
funds; this data will be gradually collected electronically through the 
EPIC data system as well. Electronic collection will enable the 
Department to aggregate information about the way grantees are using 
Federal funding. Additionally, PHA grantees will be able to submit 
Replacement Housing Factor fund plans, the mechanism by which PHAs are 
allowed to accumulate special funds received based on units removed 
from the inventory from year to year. This information is presently 
collected in hard copy at the field office level; the EPIC data system 
will automate and centralize this collection in order to streamline the 
process and improve transparency.
    Furthermore, the EPIC data system will be loaded with Physical 
Needs Assessment (``PNA'') data. This data being in the system coupled 
with the electronic planning process will streamline grantee planning.
    The EPIC data system will collect information about the Energy 
Performance Contract (``EPC'') process such as energy efficiency 
improvement financed under an EPC, and construction start and 
completion date. It will also collect the energy efficiency 
improvements information on the types previously captured through the 
RAMPS for Public Housing Capital Fund Recovery grants. As the 
Department moves to shrink its energy footprint in spite of rising 
energy costs, clear and comprehensive data on this process will be 
crucial to its success.
    Finally, the Department has prioritized in Agency Performance Goal 
 2, Measure  5 making housing more available for more 
families. In the light of the recent housing crisis, this goal has 
become simultaneously more challenging and more important. Tracking of 
the use of Federal funds paid through the Public Housing Capital Fund, 
the only Federal funding stream dedicated to the capital needs of the 
nation's last resort housing option, is crucial to understanding how 
the Department can properly and efficiently assist grantees in meeting 
this goal as well as assessing the Department's own progress. The EPIC 
data system will track development of public housing with Federal funds 
and through other means, including mixed-finance development.
    Agency form numbers, if applicable: N/A, the data will be collected 
utilizing a web-based application. Recipients will be required to 
complete the collection online. To the greatest extent possible, all 
data will be pre-populated to minimize data entry. Once the initial 
file is created, recipients will be able to update the same file and 
submit on an ongoing basis.
    Members of Affected Public: State or Local Government and Non-
profit organizations.
    Estimation of the total number of hours needed to prepare the 
information collection including number of respondents, frequency of 
response, and hours of response: The estimated number of respondents is 
3,150 with 69,600 annual responses and the total reporting burden is 
183,045 hours.
    Status of the proposed information collection: Revision.

    Authority: section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended.

    Dated: January 15, 2013.
Merrie Nichols-Dixon,
Deputy Director for Office of Policy, Program and Legislative 
Initiatives.
[FR Doc. 2013-01309 Filed 1-22-13; 8:45 am]
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