Notice of Intent To Review Online Homeownership Education Courses for Nationwide Use in the Single Family Housing Section 502 Direct Loan Program, 58272-58273 [2013-23032]

Download as PDF 58272 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 184 / Monday, September 23, 2013 / Notices agencies in preparing written scoping comments. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Housing Service Invitation to Cooperating Agencies The Forest Service invites other federal agencies or tribes to join as cooperating agencies. Requests for cooperating agency status may be submitted to Forest Supervisor Will Metz, Cleveland National Forest, 10845 Rancho Bernardo Road, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92127–2107. Scoping Process emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES The CPUC and Forest Service are initiating the joint CEQA/NEPA scoping process with this Notice of Intent and associated Notice of Preparation. The comments received during scoping will help guide the development of the EIR/ EIS. Two public workshops will be held during the scoping process to answer questions about the proposed action. Workshops will be held at the Julian Elementary School, 1704 Cape Horn, Julian, California, on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 5:00 p.m., and at the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, California, on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. It is important that reviewers provide their comments at such times and in such a way that they are useful to the CPUC and Forest Service preparation of the EIR/EIS. Therefore, comments should be provided prior to the close of the comment period and should clearly articulate the reviewer’s concerns and contentions. Comments received during scoping, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record for this proposed project. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, anonymous comments will not provide the respondent with standing to participate in subsequent administrative review or judicial review of the Forest Service decision. This project will follow the predecisional administrative review process pursuant to 36 CFR 218, Subparts A and B. Dated: September 16, 2013. William Metz, Forest Supervisor. [FR Doc. 2013–22904 Filed 9–20–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:16 Sep 20, 2013 Jkt 229001 Notice of Intent To Review Online Homeownership Education Courses for Nationwide Use in the Single Family Housing Section 502 Direct Loan Program Rural Housing Service, USDA. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: Effective on May 7, 2007, first-time homebuyers financed under the direct loan program must successfully complete an approved homeownership education course prior to loan closing. 7 CFR Part 3550.11 outlines the order of preference given to courses. First preference is given to classroom, one-on-one counseling, or interactive video conference. These formats are generally extensive and require a significant time and participation commitment from the Agency applicants. Second preference is given to interactive home-study or interactive telephone counseling of at least four hours duration. These formats may only be used if the formats under the first preference are not reasonably available. Third preference, which can only be used if all other formats are not reasonably available, is given to online counseling. It also outlines the requirements an education provider and their course must meet in order to be approved for use by Agency applicants. While approval is generally made by the Agency at the state level, there is currently one nationally approved online education provider. To expand the Agency applicants’ access to and options of approved education providers, the Agency will consider approving other online education providers on a national level. Approval will be subject to meeting course criteria, a recommendation by the Agency-selected panel of housing partners, and signoff by the Administrator. Approval will be given as a third preference format unless the education provider is able to demonstrate and document how their online course along with a required supplemented service provides the same level of training and individualized attention as a first or second preference. A notice of education providers approved through this process will be issued via a memorandum to the Rural Development (RD) state offices. The memorandum will list the format preference assigned to each provider. A copy of the memorandum will be simultaneously emailed to all education providers who applied through this notice. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Approvals are not subject to expiration. However, an approval may be revoked for justifiable cause. DATES: Online homeownership education providers interested in having their courses reviewed should submit a complete package to the Single Family Housing Direct Division within 30 days of this notice. Submissions may be sent electronically to SFHDIRECTPROGRAM@wdc.usda.gov or by mail to 1400 Independence Avenue, Stop 0783, Washington, DC 20250–0783. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shantelle Gordon, shantelle.gordon@ wdc.usda.gov or (202) 205–9567. Non-Discrimination Statement USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, genetic information, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination, complete, sign and mail a program discrimination complaint form, (available at any USDA office location or online at www.ascr.usda.gov, or write to: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 9410, Washington, DC 20250–9410. Or call toll-free (866) 632–9992 (voice) to obtain additional information, the appropriate office or to request documents. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877– 8339 or (877) 845–6136 (in Spanish). ‘‘USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.’’ Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (e.g. Brail, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA TARTET Center at (202) 720– 2600 (voice and TDD). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: At a minimum, courses submitted for consideration must contain the following content: • Preparing for homeownership (evaluate readiness to go from rental to homeownership) • Budgeting (pre and post purchase) • Credit counseling • Shopping for a home • Lender differences (predatory lending) E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 184 / Monday, September 23, 2013 / Notices • Obtaining a mortgage (mortgage process, different types of mortgages) • Loan closing (closing process, documentation, closing costs) • Post-occupancy counseling (delinquency and foreclosure prevention) • Life as a homeowner (homeowner warranties, maintenance, and repairs) The Agency-selected panel will base their recommendation on the following considerations: • Certificate of completion • Fee(must be nominal) • Duration • Topics covered • System features (chat function, bookmarks, start-stop, audio, etc.) • Readability (level of complexity in language used) • User Friendliness • Bi-lingual Spanish • Multi-lingual • Pre/Post assessment of knowledge • Attractiveness of site/course Submission packages should include course background, copy of certificate of completion, price sheet, and contact information (name, phone number, and email address). If an education provider wishes to be considered as a first or second format preference, they must express which one in their submission package, provide strong written justification, and supporting materials. Register (77 FR 2957, 1–20–2012) and the application has been processed pursuant to the FTZ Act and the Board’s regulations; and, Whereas, the Board adopts the findings and recommendations of the examiner’s report, and finds that the requirements of the FTZ Act and the Board’s regulations are satisfied, and that the proposal is in the public interest; Now, therefore, the Board hereby orders: The application for manufacturing (production) authority under zone procedures within FTZ 284 on behalf of Liberty Pumps, Inc., as described in the application and Federal Register notice, is approved, subject to the FTZ Act and the Board’s regulations, including Section 400.13. Signed at Washington, DC, this 17th day of September 2013. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Import Administration, Alternate Chairman, ForeignTrade Zones Board. Attest: Andrew McGilvray, Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 2013–23075 Filed 9–20–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Dated: September 12, 2013. Richard A. Davis, Acting Administrator, Rural Housing Service. Foreign-Trade Zones Board [FR Doc. 2013–23032 Filed 9–20–13; 8:45 am] Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 7— Mayaguez, Puerto Rico: Notification of Proposed Production Activity; Patheon Puerto Rico, Inc. (Pharmaceutical ´ Products); Caguas and Manatı, Puerto Rico BILLING CODE 3410–XV–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board [Order No. 1915] Approval for Manufacturing (Production) Authority, Foreign-Trade Zone 284, Liberty Pumps, Inc. (Submersible and Water Pumps), Bergen, New York emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Pursuant to its authority under the ForeignTrade Zones Act of June 18, 1934, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a–81u), the ForeignTrade Zones Board (the Board) adopts the following Order: Whereas, the Genesee Gateway Local Development Corporation, grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone 284, has requested manufacturing (production) authority on behalf of Liberty Pumps, Inc., within FTZ 284 in Bergen, New York (FTZ Docket 5–2012, filed 1–12–2012); Whereas, notice inviting public comment has been given in the Federal VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:16 Sep 20, 2013 Jkt 229001 [B–85–2013] The Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company, grantee of FTZ 7, submitted a notification of proposed production activity to the FTZ Board on behalf of Patheon Puerto Rico, Inc. (Patheon) (formerly MOVA Pharmaceutical Corporation), located in ´ Caguas and Manatı, Puerto Rico. The notification conforming to the requirements of the regulations of the FTZ Board (15 CFR 400.22) was received on August 28, 2013. Patheon already has authority to produce pharmaceutical products at both sites, located at Site 1—Parcel 2 within FTZ 7 in Caguas, and within ´ Subzone 7L in Manatı, Puerto Rico. The current request would add a single input to Patheon’s scope of authority (the associated final product is already in its scope). Pursuant to 15 CFR 400.14(b), additional FTZ authority PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 58273 would be limited to the specific foreignstatus materials and components and specific finished products described in the submitted notification (as described below) and subsequently authorized by the FTZ Board. Production under FTZ procedures could exempt Patheon from applicable customs duty payments on the foreign status input, polyvinylpirrolidone (Povidone) (duty rate, 5.3%) used in export production. On domestic sales, Patheon would be able to choose the duty rate during customs entry procedures that applies to MK–431A, a pharmaceutical product for the treatment of diabetes (duty free), for the polyvinylpirrolidone and for the inputs in the existing scope of authority. Customs duties could also be deferred or reduced on foreign status production equipment. Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions shall be addressed to the Board’s Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period for their receipt is November 4, 2013. A copy of the notification will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 21013, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230–0002, and in the ‘‘Reading Room’’ section of the Board’s Web site, which is accessible via www.trade.gov/ftz. For further information, contact Diane Finver at Diane.Finver@trade.gov or (202) 482–1367. Dated: September 17, 2013. Andrew McGilvray, Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 2013–23072 Filed 9–20–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–570–986] Hardwood and Decorative Plywood From the People’s Republic of China: Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. DATES: Effective Date: September 23, 2013. SUMMARY: On May 3, 2013, the Department of Commerce (‘‘Department’’) published its preliminary determination of sales at less than fair value (‘‘LTFV’’) in the AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Housing Service


Notice of Intent To Review Online Homeownership Education Courses 
for Nationwide Use in the Single Family Housing Section 502 Direct Loan 
Program

AGENCY: Rural Housing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Effective on May 7, 2007, first-time homebuyers financed under 
the direct loan program must successfully complete an approved 
homeownership education course prior to loan closing. 7 CFR Part 
3550.11 outlines the order of preference given to courses. First 
preference is given to classroom, one-on-one counseling, or interactive 
video conference. These formats are generally extensive and require a 
significant time and participation commitment from the Agency 
applicants. Second preference is given to interactive home-study or 
interactive telephone counseling of at least four hours duration. These 
formats may only be used if the formats under the first preference are 
not reasonably available. Third preference, which can only be used if 
all other formats are not reasonably available, is given to online 
counseling. It also outlines the requirements an education provider and 
their course must meet in order to be approved for use by Agency 
applicants.
    While approval is generally made by the Agency at the state level, 
there is currently one nationally approved online education provider. 
To expand the Agency applicants' access to and options of approved 
education providers, the Agency will consider approving other online 
education providers on a national level. Approval will be subject to 
meeting course criteria, a recommendation by the Agency-selected panel 
of housing partners, and signoff by the Administrator. Approval will be 
given as a third preference format unless the education provider is 
able to demonstrate and document how their online course along with a 
required supplemented service provides the same level of training and 
individualized attention as a first or second preference.
    A notice of education providers approved through this process will 
be issued via a memorandum to the Rural Development (RD) state offices. 
The memorandum will list the format preference assigned to each 
provider. A copy of the memorandum will be simultaneously emailed to 
all education providers who applied through this notice.
    Approvals are not subject to expiration. However, an approval may 
be revoked for justifiable cause.

DATES: Online homeownership education providers interested in having 
their courses reviewed should submit a complete package to the Single 
Family Housing Direct Division within 30 days of this notice. 
Submissions may be sent electronically to SFHDIRECTPROGRAM@wdc.usda.gov 
or by mail to 1400 Independence Avenue, Stop 0783, Washington, DC 
20250-0783.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shantelle Gordon, 
shantelle.gordon@wdc.usda.gov or (202) 205-9567.

Non-Discrimination Statement

    USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on 
the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where 
applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, 
religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, genetic information, 
reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived 
from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to 
all programs.)
    To file a complaint of discrimination, complete, sign and mail a 
program discrimination complaint form, (available at any USDA office 
location or online at www.ascr.usda.gov, or write to: U.S. Department 
of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 
1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 9410, Washington, DC 20250-9410.
    Or call toll-free (866) 632-9992 (voice) to obtain additional 
information, the appropriate office or to request documents. 
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities 
may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or 
(877) 845-6136 (in Spanish). ``USDA is an equal opportunity provider, 
employer and lender.''
    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for 
communication of program information (e.g. Brail, large print, 
audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA TARTET Center at (202) 720-2600 
(voice and TDD).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: At a minimum, courses submitted for 
consideration must contain the following content:

 Preparing for homeownership (evaluate readiness to go from 
rental to homeownership)
 Budgeting (pre and post purchase)
 Credit counseling
 Shopping for a home
 Lender differences (predatory lending)

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 Obtaining a mortgage (mortgage process, different types of 
mortgages)
 Loan closing (closing process, documentation, closing costs)
 Post-occupancy counseling (delinquency and foreclosure 
prevention)
 Life as a homeowner (homeowner warranties, maintenance, and 
repairs)

    The Agency-selected panel will base their recommendation on the 
following considerations:

 Certificate of completion
 Fee(must be nominal)
 Duration
 Topics covered
 System features (chat function, bookmarks, start-stop, audio, 
etc.)
 Readability (level of complexity in language used)
 User Friendliness
 Bi-lingual Spanish
 Multi-lingual
 Pre/Post assessment of knowledge
 Attractiveness of site/course

    Submission packages should include course background, copy of 
certificate of completion, price sheet, and contact information (name, 
phone number, and email address).
    If an education provider wishes to be considered as a first or 
second format preference, they must express which one in their 
submission package, provide strong written justification, and 
supporting materials.

    Dated: September 12, 2013.
Richard A. Davis,
Acting Administrator, Rural Housing Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-23032 Filed 9-20-13; 8:45 am]
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