30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: HUD Environmental Review Online System (HEROS), 18048-18049 [2014-07068]

Download as PDF 18048 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 61 / Monday, March 31, 2014 / Notices Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,700,895. Estimated Number of Responses: 4,127,179. Frequency of Response: Annually. Average Hours per Response: 2.88 per hour. Total Estimated Burdens: 41,461,775. B. Solicitation of Public Comment This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected parties concerning the collection of information described in Section A on the following: (1) 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) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to 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. HUD encourages interested parties to submit comment in response to these questions. Authority: Section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35. Dated: March 25, 2014. Colette Pollard, Department Reports Management Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer. BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–5752–N–34] 30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: HUD Environmental Review Online System (HEROS) Office of the Chief Information Officer, HUD. ACTION: Notice. HUD has submitted the proposed information collection requirement described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, in accordance with tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:10 Mar 28, 2014 Jkt 232001 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: HUD Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503; fax: 202–395–5806. Email: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colette Pollard, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20410; email Colette Pollard at Colette.Pollard@ hud.gov or telephone 202–402–3400. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. This is not a toll-free number. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. Pollard. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD has submitted to OMB a request for approval of the information collection described in Section A. The Federal Register notice that solicited public comment on the information collection for a period of 60 days was published on December 27, 2013. ADDRESSES: A. Overview of Information Collection [FR Doc. 2014–07067 Filed 3–28–14; 8:45 am] AGENCY: the Paperwork Reduction Act. The purpose of this notice is to allow for an additional 30 days of public comment. DATES: Comments Due Date: April 30, 2014. Title of Information Collection: HUD Environmental Review Online System (HEROS). OMB Approval Number: 2506–New. Type of Request New collection. Form Number: None. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: 224 CFR Part 58, ‘‘Environmental Review Procedures for Entities Assuming HUD Environmental Responsibilities’’ requires units of general local government receiving HUD assistance to maintain a written environmental review record for all projects receiving HUD funding documenting compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality, related federal environmental laws, executive orders, and authorities, and Part 58 procedure. Various laws that PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 authorize this procedure are listed in 24 CFR 58.1(b). In the past, HUD recipients were allowed to prepare their environmental review records using HUD recommended formats or equivalent formats. Now, HUD is developing a new online tool called the HUD Environmental Review Online System (HEROS), which will allow users to complete, store, and submit their environmental review records online. HUD’s intention is HEROS will improve HUD’s environmental reviews in a number of ways. First, it will replace HUD’s many environmental review forms and requirements with one single format housed online with guidance integrated throughout to simplify the process and assist new employees in the preparation of their reviews. Second, HUD plans to increase transparency and overall compliance with NEPA by posting many environmental review records online for public review through HEROS. Finally, storing recipients’ records in HEROS will allow HUD to collect data on environmental compliance for the first time. Once completed, HUD intends to make HEROS the only permitted format in most cases. 24 CFR Part 50, ‘‘Protection and Enhancement of Environmental Quality,’’ implements procedures for HUD to perform environmental reviews for projects where Part 58 is not permitted by law. Under Part 50, HUD staff complete the environmental review records, but they may use any information supplied by an applicant or contractor, provided HUD independently evaluates the information and is responsible for its accuracy and prepares the environmental finding. There is no current format for applicants and contractors to submit required information, but HEROS would allow these parties to submit environmental information to HUD staff through the system as well. HUD staff will then use HEROS to complete the environmental review record. Respondents: The respondents are state and local governments receiving HUD funding who are required to complete environmental reviews. Estimation of the total number of hours to prepare the information collection including number of respondents, frequency of response and hours of response: E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM 31MRN1 18049 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 61 / Monday, March 31, 2014 / Notices Information collection Number of respondents Frequency of response Responses per annum Burden hour per response Annual burden hours Hourly cost per response Annual cost Total ............................. 2,500 5 12,500 1 12,500 30 $375,000 B. Solicitation of Public Comment This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected parties concerning the collection of information described in Section A on the following: (1) 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) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to 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. HUD encourages interested parties to submit comment in response to these questions. Authority: Section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35. Dated: March 25, 2014. Colette Pollard, Department Reports Management Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2014–07068 Filed 3–28–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–5777–N–01] Multifamily, Health Care Facilities, and Hospital Mortgage Insurance Premiums for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Office of the Assistant Secretary for Housing—Federal Housing Commissioner, HUD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with HUD regulations, this Notice announces the mortgage insurance premiums (MIPs) for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Multifamily, Health Care Facilities, and Hospital mortgage insurance programs that have commitments to be issued or reissued in FY 2015. FY 2015 MIPs are the same as in FY 2014. This Notice does not apply to loans insured under the Risk Sharing programs of section 542(b) or 542(c) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992. DATES: Effective Date: October 1, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Multifamily Programs: Theodore K. Toon, Director, Office of Multifamily Development, Office of Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20410–8000, telephone number 202–402–8386 (this is not a toll free number). Health Care and Hospital Programs: Roger M. Lukoff, MA, FACHE, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary, FHA-Office of Healthcare Programs, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW.,—Room 6264, Washington, DC 20410. Telephone: 202–402–4762, FAX: 202–708–0560. Hearing or SUMMARY: speech-impaired individuals may access these numbers via TTY by calling the Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339 (this is a toll-free number). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background HUD’s mortgage insurance regulations at 24 CFR 207.254 provide as follows: Notice of future premium changes will be published in the Federal Register. The Department will propose MIP changes for multifamily mortgage insurance programs and provide a 30-day public comment period for the purpose of accepting comments on whether the proposed changes are appropriate. Under this regulation, HUD is required to publish a notice in the Federal Register for public comment only when there are premium changes. This notice announces that the FY 2015 MIPs are the same the FY 2014 MIPs, published in the Federal Register on September 20, 2013 (FR–5737–N–01). Since HUD is not seeking to implement any premium changes for FY 2015 for the mortgage insurance programs listed in this notice, HUD is not seeking public comment. II. Positive Credit Subsidy Programs The Department will continue to suspend issuance and reissuance of commitments under two programs that have previously required positive credit subsidy: Section 221(d)(3) New Construction/Substantial Rehabilitation (NC/SR) for Nonprofit/Cooperative Mortgagors without LIHTC and Section 223(d) Operating Loss Loans for Apartments. The MIPs to be in effect for FHA Firm Commitments issued or reissued in FY 2015 are shown in the chart below: FISCAL YEAR 2015 MIP RATES—MULTIFAMILY, HEALTHCARE FACILITIES AND HOSPITAL INSURANCE PROGRAMS Basis points tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FHA Multifamily 207 Multifamily Housing New Construction/Sub Rehab without LIHTC ....................................................................................... 207 Multifamily Housing New Construction/Sub Rehab with LIHTC ............................................................................................ 207 Manufactured Home Parks without LIHTC ............................................................................................................................ 207 Manufactured Home Parks with LIHTC ................................................................................................................................. 221(d)(3) New Construction/Substantial Rehabilitation (NC/SR) for Nonprofit/Cooperative mortgagor without LIHTC .............. 221(d)(3) Limited dividend with LIHTC ......................................................................................................................................... 221(d)(4) NC/SR without LIHTC ................................................................................................................................................... 221(d)(4) NC/SR with LIHTC ........................................................................................................................................................ 220 Urban Renewal Housing without LIHTC ................................................................................................................................ 220 Urban Renewal Housing with LIHTC ..................................................................................................................................... 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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 61 (Monday, March 31, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 18048-18049]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-07068]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

[Docket No. FR-5752-N-34]


30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: HUD 
Environmental Review Online System (HEROS)

AGENCY: Office of the Chief Information Officer, HUD.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: HUD has submitted the proposed information collection 
requirement described below to the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) for review, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. The 
purpose of this notice is to allow for an additional 30 days of public 
comment.

DATES: Comments Due Date: April 30, 2014.

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: HUD Desk Officer, Office of 
Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 
20503; fax: 202-395-5806. Email: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colette Pollard, Reports Management 
Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th 
Street SW., Washington, DC 20410; email Colette Pollard at 
Colette.Pollard@hud.gov or telephone 202-402-3400. Persons with hearing 
or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the 
toll-free Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. This is not a toll-
free number. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be 
obtained from Ms. Pollard.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD has 
submitted to OMB a request for approval of the information collection 
described in Section A. The Federal Register notice that solicited 
public comment on the information collection for a period of 60 days 
was published on December 27, 2013.

A. Overview of Information Collection

    Title of Information Collection: HUD Environmental Review Online 
System (HEROS).
    OMB Approval Number: 2506-New.
    Type of Request New collection.
    Form Number: None.
    Description of the need for the information and proposed use: 224 
CFR Part 58, ``Environmental Review Procedures for Entities Assuming 
HUD Environmental Responsibilities'' requires units of general local 
government receiving HUD assistance to maintain a written environmental 
review record for all projects receiving HUD funding documenting 
compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the 
regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality, related federal 
environmental laws, executive orders, and authorities, and Part 58 
procedure. Various laws that authorize this procedure are listed in 24 
CFR 58.1(b).
    In the past, HUD recipients were allowed to prepare their 
environmental review records using HUD recommended formats or 
equivalent formats. Now, HUD is developing a new online tool called the 
HUD Environmental Review Online System (HEROS), which will allow users 
to complete, store, and submit their environmental review records 
online. HUD's intention is HEROS will improve HUD's environmental 
reviews in a number of ways. First, it will replace HUD's many 
environmental review forms and requirements with one single format 
housed online with guidance integrated throughout to simplify the 
process and assist new employees in the preparation of their reviews. 
Second, HUD plans to increase transparency and overall compliance with 
NEPA by posting many environmental review records online for public 
review through HEROS. Finally, storing recipients' records in HEROS 
will allow HUD to collect data on environmental compliance for the 
first time. Once completed, HUD intends to make HEROS the only 
permitted format in most cases.
    24 CFR Part 50, ``Protection and Enhancement of Environmental 
Quality,'' implements procedures for HUD to perform environmental 
reviews for projects where Part 58 is not permitted by law. Under Part 
50, HUD staff complete the environmental review records, but they may 
use any information supplied by an applicant or contractor, provided 
HUD independently evaluates the information and is responsible for its 
accuracy and prepares the environmental finding. There is no current 
format for applicants and contractors to submit required information, 
but HEROS would allow these parties to submit environmental information 
to HUD staff through the system as well. HUD staff will then use HEROS 
to complete the environmental review record.
    Respondents: The respondents are state and local governments 
receiving HUD funding who are required to complete environmental 
reviews.
    Estimation of the total number of hours to prepare the information 
collection including number of respondents, frequency of response and 
hours of response:

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                                      Number of       Frequency of    Responses per   Burden hour per   Annual burden   Hourly cost per
      Information collection         respondents        response          annum           response          hours           response       Annual cost
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Total............................           2,500                5           12,500                1           12,500               30         $375,000
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B. Solicitation of Public Comment

    This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and 
affected parties concerning the collection of information described in 
Section A on the following:
    (1) 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) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information;
    (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
    (4) Ways to 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.
    HUD encourages interested parties to submit comment in response to 
these questions.

     Authority: Section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
44 U.S.C. Chapter 35.

    Dated: March 25, 2014.
Colette Pollard,
Department Reports Management Officer, Office of the Chief Information 
Officer.
[FR Doc. 2014-07068 Filed 3-28-14; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4210-67-P