Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection, 55238-55239 [2013-21912]

Download as PDF 55238 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 175 / Tuesday, September 10, 2013 / Notices available for public inspection at the above address during business hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maria Nemeth-Ek at the address stated above or telephone (202) 720–3623, or by email at: Maria.Nemeth-Ek@ fas.usda.gov. Signed at Washington, DC on August 21, 2013. Janet Nuzum, Acting Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service. [FR Doc. 2013–21999 Filed 9–9–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–10–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Foreign Agricultural Service Notice of Request for New Approval of Information Collection Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces that the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) intends to request the approval of a new information collection process involving the Trade Show Evaluation forms used in support of FAS’ Exporter Assistance Programs. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by November 12, 2013 to be assured of consideration. Requests for Comments: Send comments regarding (a) 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; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of automated electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments and questions regarding the Trade Show Evaluation forms should be sent to: Maria Nemeth-Ek, Deputy Director, Trade Services Staff, Office of Trade Programs, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Stop 1020, Washington, DC 20250–1020. All written comments received will be sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:10 Sep 09, 2013 Jkt 229001 alternative means to communicate information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s Target Center at (202) 720–2600 (voice and TDD). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: public the option of submitting information or transacting business electronically to the maximum extent possible. Electronic submission of the information collection was implemented on September 2009 in compliance with the GPEA. [FR Doc. 2013–21997 Filed 9–9–13; 8:45 am] Title: Trade Show Evaluation Forms OMB Number: TBD Type of Request: New information collection process. Abstract: FAS is requesting the approval of a Trade Show Evaluation form to collect information from participants of USDA/FAS-endorsed trade shows. This form is used by FAS’ Office of Trade Programs/Trade Services Staff (OTP/TSS) to gather feedback from participants in USDA-endorsed trade shows and helps to improve the services provided by FAS. This form will also allow FAS to capture information about the companies’ experiences at the trade show in a more concise manner and update contact information of the offices responsible for managing the trade show program. Each year a certain number of trade shows are selected to be endorsed by USDA/FAS and host a U.S.A. Pavilion for U.S. companies to promote their products to foreign buyers. A list of USDA endorsed shows is available at: www.fas.usda.gov/agx/trade_events/ trade_events.asp. The data collected through the Trade Show Evaluation form is tabulated by FAS to provide information on performance measures that track progress towards attaining FAS’ export objectives. This information is necessary to manage, plan, and evaluate the effectiveness of FAS’ services, which are intended to help U.S. companies market and sell their products overseas. Estimate of Burden: The burden to U.S. exporters is estimated to average 0.13 hours (8 minutes) per response. Respondents: U.S. agricultural exporters of food, farm, and forest products. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1400 per annum. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1 per annum. Estimated Total Annual Burden of Respondents: 139 hours per annum. Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Connie Ehrhart, the Agency Information Collection Coordinator, at (202) 690–1578. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record. Persons with disabilities who require an PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: August 29, 2013. Philip C. Karsting, Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service. BILLING CODE 3410–10–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Housing Service Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection Rural Housing Service, USDA. Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended), the Rural Housing Service (RHS) invites comments on this information collection for which approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be requested. The intention is to request a revision an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the program for 7 CFR Part 3550, Direct Single Family Housing Loans and Grants and its accompanying Handbooks. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by November 12, 2013 to be assured consideration. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shantelle C. Gordon, Program Analyst, USDA Rural Housing Service, Single Family Housing, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 0783, Washington, DC 20250–0783, Telephone: (202) 205– 9567, Fax: (202) 720–2232. Email: shantelle.gordon@wdc.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) regulation (5 CFR part 1320) implementing provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13) required that interested members of the public and affected agencies have an opportunity to comment on information collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8(d)). This notice identifies an information collection that RHS is submitting to OMB for approval. Comments are invited on: (a) 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; (b) the accuracy of the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\10SEN1.SGM 10SEN1 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 175 / Tuesday, September 10, 2013 / Notices agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to: Jeanne Jacobs, Regulations and Paperwork Management Branch, Support Services Division, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, STOP 0742, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20250–0742. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record. Title: Direct Single Family Housing Loans and Grants. OMB Number: 0575–0172. Expiration Date of Approval: December, 31, 2013. Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: The Rural Housing Service (RHS), through its direct single family housing loan and grant programs, provides financial assistance to construct, improve, alter, repair, replace or rehabilitate dwellings, which will provide modest, decent, safe and sanitary housing to eligible individuals in rural areas. To assist a customer, they must provide the Agency with a standard housing application (used by government and private lenders), and provide documentation to support the same. Documentation includes verification of income, financial information on assets and liabilities, etc. The information requested is comparable to that required by any private mortgage lender. To assist individuals in obtaining affordable housing, a borrower’s house payment may be subsidized to an interest rate as low as one percent. The amount of subsidy is based upon the customer’s household income. After receipt of this information, if the customer obtains a loan from RHS, they must update income information on an annual basis to renew the payment subsidy. The aforementioned information required by RHS is vital to be able to process applications for RHS assistance and make prudent loan underwriting and program decisions. It includes borrower financial information such as household income, assets and liabilities and VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:10 Sep 09, 2013 Jkt 229001 monthly expenses. Without this information, the Agency is unable to determine if a customer would qualify for any services or if assistance has been granted to which the customer would not be eligible under current regulations and statutes. The Agency also encourages its customers to leverage our mortgage financing with that of other lenders to assist as many customers as possible within our limited resources. In many cases, another lender will leverage and participate with RHS in assisting the customer. In these cases, RHS and the other lender share documentation, with the customer’s consent, to reduce duplication. Through our work with participating lenders, the Agency keeps abreast of information required by other lenders to ensure that RHS is not requiring unnecessary information. The Agency continually strives to ensure that information collection burden is kept to a minimum. As mentioned, these loans are made directly by the Agency. RHS also services these loans for their term (30, 33, or 38 years) and provides tools to assist the customer in becoming a successful homeowner. As discussed, payment subsidies are renewed on an annual basis. In addition, the Agency provides credit counseling and other services to its customers in an effort to assist them in becoming successful. The Agency offers many servicing tools including a moratorium (stop) on payments, modifications to payment subsidies to reflect changes in the customer’s income, loan reamortization, payment workouts, etc. To obtain this assistance, the Agency must require certain information such as updated income and financial information, etc., to ensure the customer qualifies for the assistance, and is provided with the correct benefits based upon their circumstances. Direct Single Family Housing loans are only provided to customers who cannot obtain other credit for their housing needs and are required by statute to refinance with another lender when they are financially able. To ensure the Agency meets its statutory responsibilities, existing customers may be requested to submit updated income and financial information for the Agency to make a determination as to whether they can ‘‘graduate’’ to other credit. In addition, should a customer default on a loan which results in liquidation, the Agency needs updated income and financial information to settle any outstanding indebtedness. With the implementation of EGOV in June 2002, individuals are able to make application on line. We have 64 eForms which the public can access and print PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 55239 for personal use. RHS is committed to automation and reducing the burden upon the public. Estimate of Burden: Public burden for this collection of information is estimated to average .30 hours per response. Respondents: Approximately 33,000 applicants seeking direct single family housing loans and grants from the Agency and approximately 256,000 existing customers who have active loans and grants under the Section 502 and 504 programs. Estimated Number of Respondents: 289,000. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Total Number of Responses: 1,318,807. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents (hours): 366,931. Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Jeanne Jacobs, Regulations and Paperwork Management Branch at (202) 692–0040. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of RBS, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the RBS’ estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to Jeanne Jacobs, Regulation and Paperwork Management Branch, Support Services Division, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, STOP 0742, Washington, DC 20250–0742. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record. Dated: August 29, 2013. Richard A. Davis, Acting Administrator, Rural Housing Service. [FR Doc. 2013–21912 Filed 9–9–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–XV–P E:\FR\FM\10SEN1.SGM 10SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 175 (Tuesday, September 10, 2013)]
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[FR Doc No: 2013-21912]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Housing Service


Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved 
Information Collection

AGENCY: Rural Housing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended), the Rural Housing Service (RHS) invites 
comments on this information collection for which approval from the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be requested. The intention 
is to request a revision an extension for a currently approved 
information collection in support of the program for 7 CFR Part 3550, 
Direct Single Family Housing Loans and Grants and its accompanying 
Handbooks.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by November 12, 2013 to 
be assured consideration.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shantelle C. Gordon, Program Analyst, 
USDA Rural Housing Service, Single Family Housing, 1400 Independence 
Avenue SW., STOP 0783, Washington, DC 20250-0783, Telephone: (202) 205-
9567, Fax: (202) 720-2232. Email: shantelle.gordon@wdc.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) 
regulation (5 CFR part 1320) implementing provisions of the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13) required that interested members 
of the public and affected agencies have an opportunity to comment on 
information collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 
1320.8(d)). This notice identifies an information collection that RHS 
is submitting to OMB for approval. Comments are invited on: (a) 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; (b) the accuracy of the

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agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of 
information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions 
used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on those who are to respond, including 
through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or 
other technological collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology. Comments may be sent to: Jeanne Jacobs, Regulations and 
Paperwork Management Branch, Support Services Division, U.S. Department 
of Agriculture, Rural Development, STOP 0742, 1400 Independence Ave. 
SW., Washington, DC 20250-0742. All responses to this notice will be 
summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments 
will also become a matter of public record.
    Title: Direct Single Family Housing Loans and Grants.
    OMB Number: 0575-0172.
    Expiration Date of Approval: December, 31, 2013.
    Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved 
information collection.
    Abstract: The Rural Housing Service (RHS), through its direct 
single family housing loan and grant programs, provides financial 
assistance to construct, improve, alter, repair, replace or 
rehabilitate dwellings, which will provide modest, decent, safe and 
sanitary housing to eligible individuals in rural areas. To assist a 
customer, they must provide the Agency with a standard housing 
application (used by government and private lenders), and provide 
documentation to support the same. Documentation includes verification 
of income, financial information on assets and liabilities, etc. The 
information requested is comparable to that required by any private 
mortgage lender. To assist individuals in obtaining affordable housing, 
a borrower's house payment may be subsidized to an interest rate as low 
as one percent. The amount of subsidy is based upon the customer's 
household income. After receipt of this information, if the customer 
obtains a loan from RHS, they must update income information on an 
annual basis to renew the payment subsidy. The aforementioned 
information required by RHS is vital to be able to process applications 
for RHS assistance and make prudent loan underwriting and program 
decisions. It includes borrower financial information such as household 
income, assets and liabilities and monthly expenses. Without this 
information, the Agency is unable to determine if a customer would 
qualify for any services or if assistance has been granted to which the 
customer would not be eligible under current regulations and statutes. 
The Agency also encourages its customers to leverage our mortgage 
financing with that of other lenders to assist as many customers as 
possible within our limited resources. In many cases, another lender 
will leverage and participate with RHS in assisting the customer. In 
these cases, RHS and the other lender share documentation, with the 
customer's consent, to reduce duplication. Through our work with 
participating lenders, the Agency keeps abreast of information required 
by other lenders to ensure that RHS is not requiring unnecessary 
information. The Agency continually strives to ensure that information 
collection burden is kept to a minimum.
    As mentioned, these loans are made directly by the Agency. RHS also 
services these loans for their term (30, 33, or 38 years) and provides 
tools to assist the customer in becoming a successful homeowner. As 
discussed, payment subsidies are renewed on an annual basis. In 
addition, the Agency provides credit counseling and other services to 
its customers in an effort to assist them in becoming successful. The 
Agency offers many servicing tools including a moratorium (stop) on 
payments, modifications to payment subsidies to reflect changes in the 
customer's income, loan re-amortization, payment workouts, etc. To 
obtain this assistance, the Agency must require certain information 
such as updated income and financial information, etc., to ensure the 
customer qualifies for the assistance, and is provided with the correct 
benefits based upon their circumstances.
    Direct Single Family Housing loans are only provided to customers 
who cannot obtain other credit for their housing needs and are required 
by statute to refinance with another lender when they are financially 
able. To ensure the Agency meets its statutory responsibilities, 
existing customers may be requested to submit updated income and 
financial information for the Agency to make a determination as to 
whether they can ``graduate'' to other credit. In addition, should a 
customer default on a loan which results in liquidation, the Agency 
needs updated income and financial information to settle any 
outstanding indebtedness.
    With the implementation of EGOV in June 2002, individuals are able 
to make application on line. We have 64 eForms which the public can 
access and print for personal use. RHS is committed to automation and 
reducing the burden upon the public.
    Estimate of Burden: Public burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average .30 hours per response.
    Respondents: Approximately 33,000 applicants seeking direct single 
family housing loans and grants from the Agency and approximately 
256,000 existing customers who have active loans and grants under the 
Section 502 and 504 programs.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 289,000.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Total Number of Responses: 1,318,807.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents (hours): 366,931.
    Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Jeanne 
Jacobs, Regulations and Paperwork Management Branch at (202) 692-0040.
    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
RBS, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) 
the accuracy of the RBS' estimate of the burden of the proposed 
collection of information, including the validity of the methodology 
and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and 
clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize 
the burden of the collection of information on those who are to 
respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to Jeanne Jacobs, 
Regulation and Paperwork Management Branch, Support Services Division, 
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, STOP 0742, 
Washington, DC 20250-0742. All responses to this notice will be 
summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments 
will also become a matter of public record.

     Dated: August 29, 2013.
Richard A. Davis,
Acting Administrator, Rural Housing Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-21912 Filed 9-9-13; 8:45 am]
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