Single Family Housing Direct Loan Program, 28851-28852 [2014-11607]

Download as PDF 28851 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 79, No. 97 Tuesday, May 20, 2014 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Housing Service 7 CFR Part 3550 RIN 0575–AC97 Single Family Housing Direct Loan Program Rural Housing Service, USDA. Proposed rule AGENCY: ACTION: Through this action, the Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency) proposes to amend its regulations for the section 502 direct single family housing loan program by reinstating language pertaining to payment assistance method 1 that was inadvertently changed or omitted when the payment subsidy regulation was revised on December 27, 2007. This action will make clear to the public that under this method, the amount of subsidy granted is the difference between the installment due on the promissory note and the greater of the payment amortized at the equivalent interest rate or the payment calculated based on the required floor payment. DATES: Comments on this proposed rule must be received by July 21, 2014 to be considered. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments to this proposed rule by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Submit written comments via the U.S. Postal Service to the Branch Chief, Regulations and Paperwork Management Branch, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 0742, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250–0742. • Hand Delivery/Courier: Submit written comments via Federal Express Mail or other courier service requiring a street address to the Branch Chief, Regulations and Paperwork Management Branch, U.S. Department rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:07 May 19, 2014 Jkt 232001 of Agriculture, 300 7th Street SW., 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20024. All written comments will be available for public inspection during regular work hours at 300 7th Street SW., 7th Floor address listed above. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Migdaliz Bernier, Acting Chief, Loan Origination Branch, Single Family Housing Direct Loan Division, Rural Housing Service, Stop 0783, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250–0783, Telephone: 202–690–3833. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Statutory Authority Title V, Section 1480 of the Housing Act authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to promulgate rules and regulations as deemed necessary to carry out the purpose of that title. Executive Order 12866—Classification This proposed rule has been determined to be not significant and was not reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under Executive Order 12866. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the information collection activities associated with this rule are covered under OMB Number: 0575–0172. This proposed rule contains no new reporting or recordkeeping requirements that would require approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). E-Government Act Compliance The RHS is committed to complying with the E-Government Act, to promote the use of the Internet and other information technologies to provide increased opportunities for citizen access to Government information and services, and for other purposes. Executive Order 12988—Civil Justice Reform This proposed rule has been reviewed under Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform. In accordance with that Executive Order: (1) All State and local laws and regulations that are in conflict with this proposed rule will be preempted; (2) No retroactive effect will be given to this proposed rule; and (3) Administrative proceedings in accordance with the regulations of the PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 National Appeals Division of USDA at 7 CFR part 11 must be exhausted before bringing suit in court challenging action taken under this proposed rule unless those regulations specifically allow bringing suit at an earlier time. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act Title II of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA), 2 U.S.C. 1501 et seq., establishes requirements for Federal agencies to assess the effects of their regulatory actions on State, local, and tribal governments and the private sector. Under section 202 of the UMRA, RHS generally must prepare a written statement, including a costbenefit analysis, for proposed and final rules with ‘‘Federal mandates’’ that may result in expenditures to State, local, or tribal governments, in the aggregate, or to the private sector, of $100 million or more in any one year. When such a statement is needed for a rule, section 205 of the UMRA generally requires RHS to identify and consider a reasonable number of regulatory alternatives and adopt the least costly, more cost-effective or least burdensome alternative that achieves the objectives of the rule. This proposed rule contains no Federal mandates (under the regulatory provisions of Title II of the UMRA) for State, local, and tribal Governments or the private sector. Therefore, this proposed rule is not subject to the requirements of sections 202 and 205 of the UMRA. Programs Affected The program affected by this proposed rule is listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance as 10.410, Very Low to Moderate Income Housing Loans. Executive Order 12372— Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs For the reasons set forth in the final rule published at 7 CFR part 3015, subpart V, and the related notice (48 FR 29115), these programs are not subject to Executive Order 12372, which requires intergovernmental consultation with State and local officials. Environmental Impact Statement This proposed rule has been reviewed in accordance with 7 CFR part 1940, subpart G, ‘‘Environmental Program.’’ It is the determination of RHS that this E:\FR\FM\20MYP1.SGM 20MYP1 28852 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 97 / Tuesday, May 20, 2014 / Proposed Rules action does not constitute a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment, and in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, Pub. L. 91–190, an Environmental Impact Statement is not required. Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments This executive order imposes requirements on RHS in the development of regulatory policies that have tribal implications or preempt tribal laws. RHS has determined that the proposed rule does not have a substantial direct effect on one or more Indian tribe(s) or on either the relationship or the distribution of powers and responsibilities between the Federal Government and the Indian tribes. Thus, this proposed rule is not subject to the requirements of Executive Order 13175. Regulatory Flexibility Act This rule has been reviewed with regard to the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601–612). The undersigned has determined and certified by signature of this document that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This rule corrects a requirement on Agency borrowers. Information collection or regulatory requirements are not imposed on small entities under this proposed rule. rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Executive Order 13132—Federalism The policies contained in this proposed rule do not have any substantial direct effect on States, the relationship between the National Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. Nor does this proposed rule impose substantial direct compliance costs on State and local Governments. Therefore, consultation with the States is not required. Background The Agency uses payment subsidies to enhance an applicant’s repayment ability for section 502 direct single family housing loans. RHS administers three types of payment subsidies: interest credit, payment assistance method 1 and payment assistance method 2. The eligibility requirements and calculation methods for payment subsidies are located in 7 CFR 3550.68. When the final rule that introduced payment assistance method 2 at 7 CFR 3550.68(c)(1) was published in the VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:07 May 19, 2014 Jkt 232001 Federal Register on December 27, 2007 (72 FR 73252) with an effective date of April 1, 2008, the language on calculating payment assistance method 1 in 7 CFR 3550.68(c)(2) was inadvertently modified. The language was inadvertently changed from ‘‘The amount of payment assistance granted is the difference between the installment due on the promissory note and the greater of the payment amortized at the equivalent interest rate or the payment calculated based on the required floor payment’’ to ‘‘The amount of payment assistance granted is the difference between the annualized note rate installment as prescribed on the promissory note and the lesser of . . . (i) The floor payment . . . or (ii) The annualized note rate installment and the payment at the equivalent interest rate . . .’’ (emphasis added). In addition, the sentence stated ‘‘In leveraging situations, the equivalent interest rate will be used’’ was inadvertently omitted. RHS proposes to correct these inadvertent changes. List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 3550 Administrative practice and procedure, Conflict of interests, Environmental impact statements, Equal credit opportunity, Fair housing, Accounting, Housing, Loan programs— Housing and community development, Low and moderate income housing, Manufactured homes, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Rural areas, Subsidies. For the reasons stated in the preamble, chapter XXXV, Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations, is proposed to be amended as follows: PART 3550—DIRECT SINGLE FAMILY HOUSING LOANS AND GRANTS 1. The authority citation for part 3550 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 42 U.S.C. 1480. 2. Revise § 3550.68(c)(2) introductory text to read as follows: ■ § 3550.68 Payment Subsidies. * * * * * (c) * * * (2) Payment Assistance Method 1. The amount of payment assistance granted is the difference between the installment due on the promissory note and the greater of the payment amortized at the equivalent interest rate or the payment calculated based on the required floor payment. In leveraging situations, the equivalent interest rate will be used. * * * * * PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Dated: April 2, 2014. Tony Hernandez, Administrator, Rural Housing Service. [FR Doc. 2014–11607 Filed 5–19–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–XV–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 30 CFR Part 925 [SATS No. MO–042–FOR; Docket ID: OSM– 2014–0002; S1D1SSS08011000SX066A 00067F144S180110; S2D2SSS08011000 SX066A00033F14XS501520] Missouri Regulatory Program Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Interior. ACTION: Proposed rule; public comment period and opportunity for public hearing on proposed amendment. AGENCY: We, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), are announcing receipt of a proposed amendment to the Missouri regulatory program (Missouri program) under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA or the Act). Missouri proposes revisions to its coal Ownership and Control Rules. Missouri intends to revise its program to be no less effective than the Federal regulations and to improve operational efficiency. This document gives the times and locations that the Missouri program and this proposed amendment to that program are available for your inspection, the comment period during which you may submit written comments on the amendment, and the procedures that we will follow for the public hearing, if one is requested. DATES: We will accept written comments on this amendment until 4:00 p.m., c.d.t., June 19, 2014. If requested, we will hold a public hearing on the amendment on June 16, 2014. We will accept requests to speak at a hearing until 4:00 p.m., c.d.t. on June 4, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by SATS No. MO–042–FOR, by any of the following methods: • Mail/ Hand Delivery: Len Meier, Division Chief, Alton Field Division, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, 501 Belle Street, Suite 216, Alton, IL 62002. • Fax: (618) 463–6470 • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\20MYP1.SGM 20MYP1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 97 (Tuesday, May 20, 2014)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 28851-28852]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-11607]


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Proposed Rules
                                                Federal Register
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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 
notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.

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Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 97 / Tuesday, May 20, 2014 / Proposed 
Rules

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Housing Service

7 CFR Part 3550

RIN 0575-AC97


Single Family Housing Direct Loan Program

AGENCY: Rural Housing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Proposed rule

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SUMMARY: Through this action, the Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency) 
proposes to amend its regulations for the section 502 direct single 
family housing loan program by reinstating language pertaining to 
payment assistance method 1 that was inadvertently changed or omitted 
when the payment subsidy regulation was revised on December 27, 2007. 
This action will make clear to the public that under this method, the 
amount of subsidy granted is the difference between the installment due 
on the promissory note and the greater of the payment amortized at the 
equivalent interest rate or the payment calculated based on the 
required floor payment.

DATES: Comments on this proposed rule must be received by July 21, 2014 
to be considered.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments to this proposed rule by any of the 
following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail: Submit written comments via the U.S. Postal Service 
to the Branch Chief, Regulations and Paperwork Management Branch, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, STOP 0742, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., 
Washington, DC 20250-0742.
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Submit written comments via Federal 
Express Mail or other courier service requiring a street address to the 
Branch Chief, Regulations and Paperwork Management Branch, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, 300 7th Street SW., 7th Floor, Washington, 
DC 20024.
    All written comments will be available for public inspection during 
regular work hours at 300 7th Street SW., 7th Floor address listed 
above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Migdaliz Bernier, Acting Chief, Loan 
Origination Branch, Single Family Housing Direct Loan Division, Rural 
Housing Service, Stop 0783, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, 
DC 20250-0783, Telephone: 202-690-3833.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Statutory Authority

    Title V, Section 1480 of the Housing Act authorizes the Secretary 
of Agriculture to promulgate rules and regulations as deemed necessary 
to carry out the purpose of that title.

Executive Order 12866--Classification

    This proposed rule has been determined to be not significant and 
was not reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under 
Executive Order 12866.

Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the 
information collection activities associated with this rule are covered 
under OMB Number: 0575-0172. This proposed rule contains no new 
reporting or recordkeeping requirements that would require approval 
under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35).

E-Government Act Compliance

    The RHS is committed to complying with the E-Government Act, to 
promote the use of the Internet and other information technologies to 
provide increased opportunities for citizen access to Government 
information and services, and for other purposes.

Executive Order 12988--Civil Justice Reform

    This proposed rule has been reviewed under Executive Order 12988, 
Civil Justice Reform. In accordance with that Executive Order: (1) All 
State and local laws and regulations that are in conflict with this 
proposed rule will be preempted; (2) No retroactive effect will be 
given to this proposed rule; and (3) Administrative proceedings in 
accordance with the regulations of the National Appeals Division of 
USDA at 7 CFR part 11 must be exhausted before bringing suit in court 
challenging action taken under this proposed rule unless those 
regulations specifically allow bringing suit at an earlier time.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

    Title II of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA), 2 
U.S.C. 1501 et seq., establishes requirements for Federal agencies to 
assess the effects of their regulatory actions on State, local, and 
tribal governments and the private sector. Under section 202 of the 
UMRA, RHS generally must prepare a written statement, including a cost-
benefit analysis, for proposed and final rules with ``Federal 
mandates'' that may result in expenditures to State, local, or tribal 
governments, in the aggregate, or to the private sector, of $100 
million or more in any one year. When such a statement is needed for a 
rule, section 205 of the UMRA generally requires RHS to identify and 
consider a reasonable number of regulatory alternatives and adopt the 
least costly, more cost-effective or least burdensome alternative that 
achieves the objectives of the rule.
    This proposed rule contains no Federal mandates (under the 
regulatory provisions of Title II of the UMRA) for State, local, and 
tribal Governments or the private sector. Therefore, this proposed rule 
is not subject to the requirements of sections 202 and 205 of the UMRA.

Programs Affected

    The program affected by this proposed rule is listed in the Catalog 
of Federal Domestic Assistance as 10.410, Very Low to Moderate Income 
Housing Loans.

Executive Order 12372--Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs

    For the reasons set forth in the final rule published at 7 CFR part 
3015, subpart V, and the related notice (48 FR 29115), these programs 
are not subject to Executive Order 12372, which requires 
intergovernmental consultation with State and local officials.

Environmental Impact Statement

    This proposed rule has been reviewed in accordance with 7 CFR part 
1940, subpart G, ``Environmental Program.'' It is the determination of 
RHS that this

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action does not constitute a major Federal action significantly 
affecting the quality of the human environment, and in accordance with 
the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, Pub. L. 91-190, an 
Environmental Impact Statement is not required.

Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal 
Governments

    This executive order imposes requirements on RHS in the development 
of regulatory policies that have tribal implications or preempt tribal 
laws. RHS has determined that the proposed rule does not have a 
substantial direct effect on one or more Indian tribe(s) or on either 
the relationship or the distribution of powers and responsibilities 
between the Federal Government and the Indian tribes. Thus, this 
proposed rule is not subject to the requirements of Executive Order 
13175.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    This rule has been reviewed with regard to the requirements of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612). The undersigned has 
determined and certified by signature of this document that this rule 
will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities. This rule corrects a requirement on Agency borrowers. 
Information collection or regulatory requirements are not imposed on 
small entities under this proposed rule.

Executive Order 13132--Federalism

    The policies contained in this proposed rule do not have any 
substantial direct effect on States, the relationship between the 
National Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and 
responsibilities among the various levels of government. Nor does this 
proposed rule impose substantial direct compliance costs on State and 
local Governments. Therefore, consultation with the States is not 
required.

Background

    The Agency uses payment subsidies to enhance an applicant's 
repayment ability for section 502 direct single family housing loans. 
RHS administers three types of payment subsidies: interest credit, 
payment assistance method 1 and payment assistance method 2. The 
eligibility requirements and calculation methods for payment subsidies 
are located in 7 CFR 3550.68.
    When the final rule that introduced payment assistance method 2 at 
7 CFR 3550.68(c)(1) was published in the Federal Register on December 
27, 2007 (72 FR 73252) with an effective date of April 1, 2008, the 
language on calculating payment assistance method 1 in 7 CFR 
3550.68(c)(2) was inadvertently modified. The language was 
inadvertently changed from ``The amount of payment assistance granted 
is the difference between the installment due on the promissory note 
and the greater of the payment amortized at the equivalent interest 
rate or the payment calculated based on the required floor payment'' to 
``The amount of payment assistance granted is the difference between 
the annualized note rate installment as prescribed on the promissory 
note and the lesser of . . . (i) The floor payment . . . or (ii) The 
annualized note rate installment and the payment at the equivalent 
interest rate . . .'' (emphasis added). In addition, the sentence 
stated ``In leveraging situations, the equivalent interest rate will be 
used'' was inadvertently omitted. RHS proposes to correct these 
inadvertent changes.

List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 3550

    Administrative practice and procedure, Conflict of interests, 
Environmental impact statements, Equal credit opportunity, Fair 
housing, Accounting, Housing, Loan programs--Housing and community 
development, Low and moderate income housing, Manufactured homes, 
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Rural areas, Subsidies.

    For the reasons stated in the preamble, chapter XXXV, Title 7 of 
the Code of Federal Regulations, is proposed to be amended as follows:

PART 3550--DIRECT SINGLE FAMILY HOUSING LOANS AND GRANTS

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1. The authority citation for part 3550 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  5 U.S.C. 301; 42 U.S.C. 1480.

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2. Revise Sec.  3550.68(c)(2) introductory text to read as follows:


Sec.  3550.68  Payment Subsidies.

* * * * *
    (c) * * *
    (2) Payment Assistance Method 1. The amount of payment assistance 
granted is the difference between the installment due on the promissory 
note and the greater of the payment amortized at the equivalent 
interest rate or the payment calculated based on the required floor 
payment. In leveraging situations, the equivalent interest rate will be 
used.
* * * * *

     Dated: April 2, 2014.
Tony Hernandez,
Administrator, Rural Housing Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-11607 Filed 5-19-14; 8:45 am]
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