Retrospective Review-Improving the Previous Participation Reviews of Prospective Multifamily Housing and Healthcare Programs Participants; Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 30495-30503 [2016-11346]

Download as PDF 30495 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 81, No. 95 Tuesday, May 17, 2016 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 HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT 24 CFR Part 200 [Docket No. FR–5850–N–03] RIN 2502–AJ28 Retrospective Review—Improving the Previous Participation Reviews of Prospective Multifamily Housing and Healthcare Programs Participants; Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Office of the Assistant Secretary for Housing, HUD. ACTION: Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: On August 10, 2015, HUD published in the Federal Register, a proposed rule that would revise HUD’s regulations for reviewing the previous participation of Federal programs of certain participants seeking to take part in multifamily housing and healthcare programs administered by HUD’s Office of Housing. Specifically, the rulemaking proposed to clarify and simplify the process by which HUD reviews the previous participation of participants that have decision-making authority over their projects as one component of HUD’s responsibility to assess financial and operational risk to the projects in these programs. The approach offered by the proposed rule was to not only bring greater certainty and clarity to the process but greater flexibility, avoiding a one-size fits all approach. This document opens the public comment period solely for the provisions addressed in this document to address concerns that while the proposed rule provided greater flexibility, it lacked the greater certainty to which HUD committed, and how HUD would provide such certainty. DATES: Comment Due Date: June 16, 2016. Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this notice to the Regulations Division, ADDRESSES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:05 May 16, 2016 Jkt 238001 Office of General Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 10276, Washington, DC 20410–0500. Communications must refer to the above docket number and title. There are two methods for submitting public comments. All submissions must refer to the above docket number and title. 1. Submission of Comments by Mail. Comments may be submitted by mail to the Regulations Division, Office of General Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 10276, Washington, DC 20410–0001. 2. Electronic Submission of Comments. Interested persons may submit comments electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov. HUD strongly encourages commenters to submit comments electronically. Electronic submission of comments allows the commenter maximum time to prepare and submit a comment, ensures timely receipt by HUD, and enables HUD to make them immediately available to the public. Comments submitted electronically through the www.regulations.gov Web site can be viewed by other commenters and interested members of the public. Commenters should follow the instructions provided on that site to submit comments electronically. Note: To receive consideration as public comments, comments must be submitted through one of the two methods specified above. Again, all submissions must refer to the docket number and title of the document. No Facsimile Comments. Facsimile (FAX) comments are not acceptable. Public Inspection of Public Comments. All properly submitted comments and communications submitted to HUD will be available for public inspection and copying between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at the above address. Due to security measures at the HUD Headquarters building, an advance appointment to review the public comments must be scheduled by calling the Regulations Division at 202–708– 3055 (this is not a toll-free number). Individuals with speech or hearing impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339. Copies of all comments submitted are available for inspection and downloading at www.regulations.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Aaron Hutchinson, Office of Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 6178, Washington, DC 20410; telephone number 202–708–3994 (this is not a tollfree number). Individuals with speech or hearing impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the tollfree Federal Relay Service at 800–877– 8339 (this is not a toll-free number). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background On August 10, 2015, at 80 FR 47874, HUD published a document that proposed to amend its regulations, at 24 CFR part 200, subpart H, that govern the process by which HUD reviews the previous participation and performance of applicants seeking to participate in HUD’s multifamily and healthcare programs. Currently, all principals seeking to participate in HUD’s multifamily housing and healthcare programs must certify that all principals involved in a proposed project have acted responsibly and have honored their legal, financial, and contractual obligations in their previous participation in HUD programs, in certain programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and in projects assisted or insured by state and local government housing finance agencies. HUD’s regulations require applicants to complete a very detailed and lengthy certification form (HUD Form 2530) 1 of participants that have decision-making authority over their projects as one component of HUD’s responsibility to assess financial and operational risk to the projects in these programs. The August 10, 2015, proposed rule proposed to clarify which individuals and entities will be reviewed, the purpose of the review, and the review to be undertaken. HUD proposed by targeting more closely the individuals and actions that would be subject to prior participation review, HUD would not only bring greater certainty and clarity to the process but would provide HUD with flexibility as to the necessary previous participation review for entities and individuals that is not possible in a one-size fits all approach. The public comment period on the proposed rule closed on October 9, 1 See http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/ huddoc?id=2530.pdf. E:\FR\FM\17MYP1.SGM 17MYP1 30496 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 95 / Tuesday, May 17, 2016 / Proposed Rules 2015, and HUD received 33 sets of public comments. The commenters were from real estate organizations, affordable housing nonprofit organizations, consulting firms, non-profit organizations, and law firms. Overall the commenters were very supportive and appreciative of HUD’s efforts to reform the regulations. Commenters stated that, in addition to reforms to the regulations, reforms to the review process, additional guidance and training materials were also needed. Several comments expressed concern that the proposed regulations were overly broad and therefore would be open to various interpretations, which would complicate the review process for applicants and participants rather than simplify the process. The commenters suggested that in order to obtain flexibility in the review process, which the commenters supported, the approach in the proposed rule sacrificed specificity and certainty. Commenters suggested that HUD revise the proposed regulations to provide the greater certainty and specificity they need. Other commenters suggested that HUD issue guidance when HUD issues the final regulations to provide the specificity and certainty that the proposed regulations lack according to the commenters. Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSALS II. Proposed Approach To Provide Certainty and Specificity and Retain Flexibility Through this document, HUD proposes to use an approach that HUD has taken in certain of its other regulations and that is to provide regulations that clearly document the regulatory requirements imposed, but provide in a supplemental document, a document referenced in the regulations, that will address the specific procedures to be followed.2 When HUD has taken this approach, HUD commits to provide notice and opportunity for comment for any significant changes made to the document. HUD submits that this approach is particularly suitable for the 2530 process. For the previous participation review process, HUD proposes to issue with its final regulations a ‘‘Processing Guide for Previous Participation Reviews of Prospective Multifamily Housing and Healthcare Programs’ Participants’’ 2 See 24 CFR 207.254, pertaining to mortgage insurance premiums; 24 CFR 203.605, pertaining to tier ranking systems and methodology applicable to loss mitigation performance; 24 CFR 290.9, pertaining to setting rental rates for certain multifamily housing projects; 24 CFR 570.712(b) pertaining to setting a fee for the Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program; and 24 CFR part 902, pertaining to scoring notices for HUD’s Public Housing Assessment System. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:05 May 16, 2016 Jkt 238001 (Guide). This Guide, which will be posted on HUD’s Web site, will provide the details on procedures which commenters are seeking and which HUD submits is more appropriate for a process guide than for regulatory text. The Guide will provide applicants for and participants in HUD’s multifamily housing and healthcare programs the detailed information desired on the previous participation review process, and provide HUD with the ability to make changes as may be needed to address specific circumstances that may arise in the previous participation process and to keep up-to-date with changes that may arise in the housing market. One of the longstanding complaints about HUD’s previous participation review process is that the process and the regulations that govern the process are very outdated and do not keep up with the times. HUD submits that a lean set of regulations supplemented by a detailed processing Guide that is subject to notice and comment for any significant changes is the best approach for this process and one that will endure successfully for some time. The appendix to this document provides the proposed Guide for which HUD is seeking public comment for a period of 30 days. The Guide, in addition to elaborating upon terms and provisions in the proposed rule, also addresses ‘‘flags,’’ which are not addressed in either the existing regulations or proposed regulations. Flags refer to an issue or issues in a prospective participant’s application for which further review is necessary. The Guide also includes certain information collection requirements but those requirements are ones which are already included in HUD’s 2530 form and which already have an approval number assigned by the Office of Management and Budget under the Paperwork Reduction Act. For example, the Guide requires organizational information to be presented in an organizational chart instead of merely listed. However, the Guide makes clear that not every entity identified in the organizational chart will be considered a Controlling Participant, as defined in the regulation. In addition to publication in the Federal Register, this document and Guide can be found at http:// portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/ program_offices/housing/mfh. III. Description of Proposed Revisions to Regulations In addition to issuance of the proposed Guide for comment, HUD also seeks comment on the following additional provisions that are proposed PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 to be included or revised in the regulation. A. Inclusion of Applicability of Processing Guide in Regulations HUD proposes to revise § 200.210 (Policy) to clarify that it is HUD’s policy, in accordance with the intent of the National Housing Act, and with other applicable federal statutes, participants in HUD’s housing and healthcare programs be responsible individuals and organizations who will honor their legal, financial and contractual obligations. HUD would further clarify that it will review the prior participation of Controlling Participants, as defined in the August 10, 2015, proposed rule, as a prerequisite to participation in HUD’s multifamily housing and healthcare programs listed in § 200.214. HUD would further revise the policy language in § 200.210 to advise that the regulations in 24 CFR part 200, subpart H, as proposed to be amended by the August 10, 2015, proposed rule would be supplemented by the Processing Guide for Previous Participation Reviews of Prospective Multifamily Housing and Healthcare Programs’ Participants (Guide), which would be made available on HUD’s Web site at www.hud.gov. HUD would advise that the Guide elaborates on the basic procedures involved in the previous participation review process. HUD would also advise that for any significant changes made to the Guide, HUD would provide advance notice and the opportunity to comment, providing a comment period of no less than 30 days. B. Description of Definition of ‘‘Risk’’ In § 200.212, the Definition section, HUD proposes to include a definition of ‘‘Risk.’’ While § 200.220 of the proposed rule addresses ‘‘risk,’’ HUD is proposing to add a definition of this term that would clarify that in order to determine whether a Controlling Participant’s participation in a project would constitute an unacceptable risk, HUD’s FHA Commissioner must determine whether the Controlling Participant could be expected to participate in the Covered Project (as defined in the August 10, 2015, proposed rule) in a manner consistent with furthering HUD’s purpose of supporting and providing decent, safe and affordable housing for the public. The Commissioner’s review of Previous Participation shall consider compliance with applicable statutes, regulations and program requirements. HUD would clarify that the FHA Commissioner must consider the Controlling Participant’s E:\FR\FM\17MYP1.SGM 17MYP1 30497 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 95 / Tuesday, May 17, 2016 / Proposed Rules previous financial and operational performance in HUD programs that may indicate a financial or operating risk in approving the Controlling Participant’s participation in the subject Triggering Event. HUD would further provide that at the FHA Commissioner’s discretion, as necessary to determine financial or operating risk and to the extent the FHA Commissioner determines such information to be reliably available, the FHA Commissioner may consider the Controlling Participant’s participation and performance in any federal, state or local government program. In addition, HUD would provide that the FHA Commissioner may exclude any previous participation the FHA Commissioner determines to be irrelevant in evaluating risk and/or any previous participation in which the Controlling Participant did not exercise, actually or constructively, control. Finally, the definition would provide that any information collection in connection with review of previous participation must follow all applicable requirements for information collection. Dated: May 9, 2016. Edward L. Golding, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing. Appendix Processing Guide for Previous Participation Reviews of Prospective Multifamily Housing and Healthcare Programs’ Participants Purpose This Processing Guide (Guide) supplements HUD’s Previous Participation Review regulations in 24 CFR part 200, subpart H. The Guide defines controlling participants for previous participation review, new flag approval, and rejection guidance and flag protocols in federal programs of certain participants seeking to take part in multifamily housing and healthcare programs administered by HUD’s Office of Housing. The Guide aids in clarifying and simplifying the process by which HUD reviews previous participation of participants that have decision making authority over their projects as one component of HUD’s responsibility to assess financial and operational risk to projects in these programs. This Guide updates and clarifies previous procedures and supersedes outstanding policy and guidance concerning previous participation review found in the following: Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP) Guide Handbook 4430.G, Multifamily Asset Management and Project Servicing Handbook 4350.1, Healthcare Mortgage Insurance Program Handbook 4232.1, and Mortgage Insurance for Hospitals 4615.1. HUD will incorporate elements of this Guide into these handbooks. In addition, the Guide supersedes the Previous Participation (HUD– 2530) Handbook 4065.1. Applicability of the Previous Participation Review This Guide applies to Covered Projects administered by the Office of Multifamily Housing, the Office of Grant Administration and the Office of Healthcare Programs, as listed in HUD’s regulations in 24 CFR part 200 subpart H. The Covered Projects are those that are insured under the following sections of the National Housing Act: Sections 213, 220, 231, 223(d), 221(d)(4), 241(a), 223(f), 232/ 223(f), 242/223(f), 223(a)(7), 232, 232(i), 242, 542(b) and 542(c). The Guide also applies to non-insured projects that include Section 202 or Section 811 Capital Advances or Direct Loans, Section 236 loans, or Subsidized Projects in which 20 percent or more of the units now receive or will receive a subsidy in the form of: • Interest reduction payments under section 236 of the National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 1715z–1); • Rental Assistance Payments under section 236 of the National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 1715z–1); Rent Supplement payments under section 101 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965 (12 U.S.C. 1701s); or • Project based rental assistance pursuant to housing assistance payment contracts under Section 8 of the Housing Act of 1937 (but not including project-based assistance provided under the Housing Choice Voucher program administered by HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing). For the Sections 223(a)(7), 223(f), 241(a), 232(i) and 223(d) programs Controlling Participants are only subject to previous participation review if they were not previously approved to participate in that project. Change in Controlling Participants Any new Controlling Participant of a Covered Project requires consent by HUD. Waiver Authority Program offices may waive any portion of this Guide that is not regulatory subject, however, to a good cause justification as required by HUD for all waivers. HUD expects waivers to be rare and in response to unique circumstances meeting the intent of HUD’s Previous Participation Review regulations. Program Requirements The below sections outline who is subject to a previous participation review, submission requirements, review procedures, approval and rejection processes as well as participant flagging. A. Controlling Participants for Previous Participation Review Purposes Previous Participation Review is required for Controlling Participants. In connection with each Triggering Event, Mortgagees in insured projects and entities serving in the Specified Capacities listed below in noninsured projects shall provide to HUD a list of all Controlling Participants. Controlling Participants are those entities and individuals (i) serving as a Specified Capacity with respect to a Covered Project and (ii) the entities and individuals in control of the Specified Capacities. At least one natural person must be identified as a Controlling Participant for each Specified Capacity. The chart below shows the Specified Capacities for the listed programs. SPECIFIED CAPACITIES Multifamily housing Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSALS Borrower or Owner .................................................................................................... Management Agent ................................................................................................... Operator ..................................................................................................................... General Contractor .................................................................................................... Construction Manager ............................................................................................... Master Tenant/Landlord ............................................................................................. Controlling Participants. The entities serving as a Specified Capacity are Controlling Participants of the Covered Project for the programs listed. In addition, the individuals and entities determined by HUD to exercise financial or operational control over these entities are also VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:52 May 16, 2016 Jkt 238001 Office of residential care facilities Office of hospital facilities X X .............................. X .............................. .............................. X X X X .............................. X X .............................. X X X .............................. Controlling Participants. Controlling Participants require Previous Participation Review and must complete Previous Participation Review submissions. Any individual or entity who exercises financial or operational control of a Specified Capacity is considered to be a Controlling Participant PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 and required to complete a Previous Participation Review submission, unless excluded below. Controlling Participants include both entities and natural persons. If a Controlling Participant is an entity, the submission must include the people who exercise the day-to-day control for that entity. E:\FR\FM\17MYP1.SGM 17MYP1 Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSALS 30498 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 95 / Tuesday, May 17, 2016 / Proposed Rules Notwithstanding the foregoing or anything else in this Guide, if HUD determines that an individual or entity does not actually exercise financial or operational control of a Covered Project or Specified Capacity, such individual or entity shall not be considered a Controlling Participant. List of Controlling Participants: For purposes of Previous Participation Review, unless excluded below or otherwise determined by HUD not to be a Controlling Participant, the following shall be considered Controlling Participants: 1. Entities and individuals owning, directly or indirectly, 25% or more of a Specified Capacity. 2. Any officers and other executive management (including Executive Director and other similar capacities) of the Specified Capacity. 3. The controlling owners (entities and/or individuals) of the entity that controls the Specified Capacity. 4. Managers or managing members of Limited Liability Companies (LLCs). 5. General partners of limited partnerships, including ‘‘administrative’’ general partners or other general partners if they exercise dayto-day control over the entity. 6. Partners in a general partnership. 7. Executive Director (or equivalent position) of a non-profit sponsor of a Specified Capacity. 8. With respect to non-profit Borrowers under the Section 242 program, the executive management of the Borrower and the members of the Board of Directors that HUD determines have control over the finances or operation of the hospital. 9. Officers of a for-profit corporation’s Board of Directors. 10. Controlling stockholders of a corporation. 11. Trustees of a trust. 12. For real estate investment trusts (REITs), the REIT itself, the chief executive officer (or equivalent position) and all company officers (except those officers determined by HUD not to exercise day-today control over the REIT, the Specified Capacity or the Covered Project) must file. 13. For insured projects, if applicable, the person (people) and/or entity (entities) to be listed on the Regulatory Agreement NonRecourse Debt section. 14. Any other person or entity determined by HUD to exercise day-to-day control over a Specified Capacity. This may include any officers, directors or members of an executive management team (even of excluded entities) who would otherwise not be required to make a submission if they are exercising control over the Specified Capacity. If the applicant or Mortgagee has any reason to believe that any Controlling Participant is not of sound mind or body or is otherwise incapacitated, such information must be disclosed to HUD to review and determine whether another individual is acting as a Controlling Participant. List of Exclusions: Except that any Specified Capacity is a Controlling Participant, and unless otherwise determined in writing by HUD in a specific transaction to exercise day-to-day control of a Covered Project or Specified Capacity, Controlling Participants do not include the following: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:05 May 16, 2016 Jkt 238001 1. Wholly-owned entities. Any entity that is 100% owned or controlled by one individual or entity is excluded. Such entities are not exercising control; the individual or entity that wholly owns them is exercising control. An organizational chart may include one or more tiers of wholly-owned entities. All wholly-owned entities in all tiers are excluded. 2. Shell entities. Entities that do not take actions themselves but only serve as legal vehicles through which the partners, members or owners of such entity take actions are excluded. These entities are not exercising control, the partners, members or owners of such entity are controlling. The ‘‘middle tiers’’ of an organizational chart are often shell entities. For example, if a Borrower LLC’s managing member (‘‘MM A’’) is a joint venture partnership (‘‘JV B’’) of two entities (‘‘P 1’’ and ‘‘P 2’’) and that joint venture’s organizational documents indicate that the day-to-day control of the joint venture is exercised by one of the two partners (P 1), then all of those entities, except P 1 is excluded. None of MM A, JV B or P 2 are Controlling Participants of the Borrower. 3. Tax credit investors. Syndicator and direct investor entities in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits, New Markets Tax Credits or other tax credits (if HUD determines such credits are substantially similar to the listed tax credits) are excluded unless such entities exercise day-to-day control or seek other involvement that would trigger the need for previous participation review. HUD may still require a so-called ‘‘LLCI certification,’’ an ‘‘Identification and Certification of Eligible Limited Liability Investor Entities,’’ ‘‘Passive Investor Certification’’ or any other such certification. 4. Passive participants. If an entity’s organizational documents specify which members, partners or owners are authorized to exercise day-to-day control of that entity, then any other members, partners or owners who are not authorized to exercise state dayto-day control of an entity are excluded. 5. Minor officers. If HUD determines that an officer of a corporation or other entity does not have significant involvement in a Covered Project, such officers are excluded. If all the officers of the entity certify as to who have significant and insignificant involvement, this certification shall be evidence of the significant and insignificant involvement. 6. Members of a Board of Directors. Members of a non-profit or for-profit corporation’s board of directors who do not exercise control over the corporation in another capacity (for example, as Executive Director or other manager or officer of the non-profit corporation) are excluded. This exclusion does not apply to the members of boards of directors of hospitals, the rule for which is specified in the Regulation and captured in #8 within the Listing of Controlling Participants above. 7. Less than 25% ownership interest. Unless exercising control through another capacity, members, partners, stakeholders and owners of entities with less than a 25% interest in an entity are excluded. This PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 exclusion does not apply to any such member, partner, stakeholder or other owner of an entity (‘‘Proposed Excluded Member’’) who would have an interest greater than 25% if the combined percentages of all other members, partners, stakeholders or other owners (including beneficial interests in trusts) with whom the Proposed Excluded Member has an ‘‘Identity of Interest’’ or other conflict of interest because of familial relation or common financial interest exceeds 25%. Whether an Identity of Interest or other conflict of interest exists is determined by HUD. If the program requirements of the applicable program in which the Covered Project is participating speak to Identify of Interest or other conflict of interest, those program requirements control. 8. Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities. With respect to projects under the Section 232 program, the nursing home administrator of nursing homes and equivalent positions in assisted living facilities are excluded. 9. Publicly Held Companies. For publicly held companies, the chief executive officer (or equivalent position), the controlling shareholder (if any), and project manager(s) or other individual(s), if any, identified as must having day-to-day control over a Specified Capacity or Covered Project must file but the publicly held company shall otherwise treated as an individual without need for other individual shareholders to file certifications in their individual capacity or identify their social security or tax identification numbers. 10. No Exercise of Financial or Operational Control. Any individual or entity determined by HUD not to exercise financial or operational control of a Covered Project or Specified Capacity shall not be considered a Controlling Participant. B. Organization Charts An organization chart must be submitted for each Specified Capacity and for any entity within the organization chart if requested by HUD. Organization charts are visual representations of the ownership structure of an organization. All organization charts submitted in connection with a Triggering Event are considered part of the application for HUD review and subject to the certifications stating that the application is true and complete. The organization chart must be clear enough so that a person unfamiliar with the Covered Project and the entities involved can understand the ownership and control structure. The organization chart must include the following: 1. Clearly show all tiers of the ownership structure, including the members or owners of the entities listed. 2. Show all participants, not just those who the Lender or Applicant considers to be principals or Controlling Participants. To the extent ownership interests are identified as widely held, the Applicant must provide any information requested by HUD regarding such interests. 3. Shows percentages of ownership and role in the entity (e.g. Limited Partner, General Partner, Managing Member, Tax Credit Syndicator/Investor, etc.). E:\FR\FM\17MYP1.SGM 17MYP1 30499 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 95 / Tuesday, May 17, 2016 / Proposed Rules 4. At least one natural person, and not just entities. 5. Each Specified Capacity must be shown on a separate organization chart (e.g. Borrower, Operator, Management Agent, Master Tenant, etc.). 6. Anyone on an organizational chart that is debarred, suspended, or is subject to a Limited Denial of Participation (LDP), a voluntary abstention or a voluntary exclusion may not participate in the Covered Project. 7. With respect to each entity on the organization chart, the executive management teams (for example, all officers such as CEO, CFO, President, Executive Director, etc., but not department heads or lower level management) and any members of a Board of Directors must be disclosed to HUD even if such individuals are not considered to be Controlling Participants and do not need to file Previous Participation Review submissions. C. Filing the Previous Participation Certification To fulfill the Previous Participation Review requirements, applicable controlling participants must file a Previous Participation Certification. Participants may utilize either the electronic Active Partners Performance System (APPS) or a paper alternative. Participants should not file both an APPS submission and a paper form. HUD strongly encourages participants to utilize the APPS system. As part of the Previous Participation Certification, participants are only required to list all projects which they have participated in over the previous 10 year period. However, HUD reserves the right to review and consider a participant’s previous participation in a federal project beyond the 10 year period when determining whether to approve participation in the project associated with an application. The following chart indicates which filing options are available for which programs. Filing method Multifamily housing & grant administration projects Office of residential care facilities Office of hospital facilities Active Partners Performance System (APPS) Submission ...................................... X X X Form HUD–2530 (paper) ........................................................................................... X .............................. X Consolidated Certification 3 Previous Participation Section (paper) ......................... .............................. X .............................. OR ACTIVE PARTNERS PERFORMANCE SYSTEM (APPS) SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS HUD has made several upgrades to the system to improve the applicant submission process. For example, HUD now allows for electronic signatures of APPS submissions, ability to upload submission packages, and has improved the baseline submission to allow for edits. HUD encourages participants to utilize the APPS system when filing the Previous Participation Certification as it saves a substantial amount of time and allows for faster review of submissions by HUD reviewers. Here is a link to the APPS resources: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/mfh/apps/appsmfhm. For questions about the APPS system contact the Multifamily Housing Systems Help Desk by phone at (800) 767–7588 or AppsF24p@hud.gov. Step 1: System Registration ........... Step 2: Create a Baseline .............. Step 3: Create a Property Submission. Step 4: Complete the Certification and Submit to HUD. Step 5: Upload the Organization Chart with the Signature Pages. This step registers Controlling Participants in the APPS system. See the APPS Quick Tips for detailed instructions on the registration process: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/ huddoc?id=appsquicktips.pdf. This step establishes the organization structure and previous participation of Controlling Participants. See Chapter 2 of the APPS Userguide for specific instructions and screen shots: http://portal.hud.gov/ hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=chapter2.pdf. This step creates a submission for a Controlling Participant’s role in a specific project. See Chapter 3 of the APPS Userguide for specific instructions and screen shots: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=chapter3.pdf. In this step Controlling Participants electronically certify to previous participation certifications and send the submission to HUD for review. See Chapter 7 of the APPS Userguide for specific instructions and screen shots: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=CHAPTER7.PDF. The user uploads the Organization Chart and Signature Pages into the APPS system. See Section B for a description of what the organization chart must include. FORM HUD–2530 COMPLETION INSTRUCTIONS 4 [It is the participant’s responsibility to assure that the Form HUD–2530 is correct, complete and accurate.] Instructions Review certification language ......... Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSALS Form section The participant should assure that compliance with the certification is met. If there is a certification that a controlling participant cannot certify to, the participant must strikethrough that particular certification, initial the strikethrough and attach a signed letter of explanation. This situation should be rare. List Project Name and Number. Controlling Participants on the organization chart must match Block 7. Write ‘‘See Organization Chart.’’ Insert Social Security Number or Tax ID Number for each Controlling Participant. The Controlling Participants listed in Block 7 must also be listed in the signature block at the bottom of Page 1. Block 2 ............................................ Block 7 ............................................ Blocks 8 and 9 ................................ Block 10 .......................................... Bottom of Page 1 ............................ 3 Consolidated Certifications are the following forms: HUD 90013–ORCF, Consolidated Certification-Borrower, HUD 90014–ORCF, VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:05 May 16, 2016 Jkt 238001 Consolidated Certification-Principal of the Borrower, HUD 90015–ORCF, Consolidated Certification-Operator, HUD 90017–ORCF, PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Consolidated Certification-Management Agent, and HUD 90018–ORCF, Consolidated CertificationGeneral Contractor. E:\FR\FM\17MYP1.SGM 17MYP1 30500 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 95 / Tuesday, May 17, 2016 / Proposed Rules FORM HUD–2530 COMPLETION INSTRUCTIONS 4—Continued [It is the participant’s responsibility to assure that the Form HUD–2530 is correct, complete and accurate.] Form section Instructions Schedule A ...................................... Business Partner Registration System (BPRS) Registration. Organization Chart .......................... The Controlling Participants must sign and date the submission. Authorized person(s) may sign on behalf of other person(s) or entities. It is the signer’s responsibility to assure that they are authorized to sign on behalf of others. Each signature block must include a signature. All principals listed in Block 7 must be listed in Column 1 Column 2 must include all previous participation from the past 10 years in: (a) Covered Projects, (b) housing projects with current flags under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s previous participation review system and (c) any other housing project participating in a federal, state or local or government program if during the Controlling Participant’s participation in the housing project (i) the housing project was foreclosed upon; (ii) the housing project was transferred by a deed in lieu of foreclosure; or (iii) an event of default, or similarly termed event, was declared against the housing project or the Controlling Participant pursuant to the government program’s project documents. Controlling Participants with No Previous Participation should write ‘‘No Previous Participation, First Experience.’’ Principal roles must be included in Column 3 The Status of the Loan must be listed in Column 4. Note: This section is not applicable for General Contractors that did not have ownership interest in the project. Identify (checkbox) whether the project was ever in default during the participant’s participation in Column 5. If the ‘‘yes’’ box is checked a detailed explanation of the circumstances (including mitigating factors) must be provided. Note: This section is not applicable for General Contractors that did not have ownership interest in the project. List the latest Management Review and Physical Inspection dates and scores in Column 6. If there are no scores, write ‘‘None.’’ Note: This section is not applicable for General Contractors that did not have ownership interest in the project. Each Controlling Participant must be registered in the BPRS System. Here is a link: https:// hudapps2.hud.gov/apps/part_reg/apps040.cfm Attach an organization chart. See Section B for a description of what the organization chart must include. CONSOLIDATED CERTIFICATION COMPLETION INSTRUCTIONS [It is the participant’s responsibility to assure that the Consolidated Certification is correct, complete and accurate.] Form Section Instructions Review certification language in the Consolidated Certification 5. Attachment 1 ................................... Business Partner Registration System (BPRS) Registration. Organization Chart .......................... The participant should assure that compliance with the certification is met. Participants with Previous Participation must complete Attachment 1 of the Consolidated Certification for projects participated in over the past 10 years. Include all previous participation from the past 10 years in: (a) Covered Projects, (b) housing projects with current flags under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s previous participation review system and (c) any other housing project participating in a federal, state or local or government program if during the Controlling Participant’s participation in the housing project (i) the housing project was foreclosed upon; (ii) the housing project was transferred by a deed in lieu of foreclosure; or (iii) an event of default, or similarly termed event, was declared against the housing project or the Controlling Participant pursuant to the government program’s project documents. Each Controlling Participant must be registered in the BPRS System. Here is a link: https:// hudapps2.hud.gov/apps/part_reg/apps040.cfm. Attach an organization chart with Social Security Numbers or Tax ID numbers for Controlling Participants. See Section B for a description of additional items the organization chart must include. Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSALS D. Approval of Participants If there are no flags in the system and the applicant is able to make all the certifications or HUD has approved any reason why a certification cannot be made, the Previous Participation Review is considered complete and the submission will be approved. If there are current flags in the system, HUD staff will review: 4 Until further notice, if using the paper Form HUD–2530, use these instructions. 5 If there is a certification that a controlling participant cannot certify to, the participant must strikethrough that particular certification, initial the strikethrough and attach a signed letter of explanation. This situation should be rare. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:05 May 16, 2016 Jkt 238001 • The comments in the system related to the flag • The lender or participant’s explanation of the flag and any mitigation of risk associated with the flag. • Whether flags need to be resolved. • The flag history in the system to assess patterns of misconduct and risk to the Department. Based upon this review, including review of the certifications, HUD will determine whether or not the Controlling Participant poses an unacceptable Risk to the Covered Project, in accordance with the definition in 24 CFR 200.212, namely whether the Controlling Participant could be expected to participate in the Covered Project in a PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 manner consistent with furthering the Department’s purpose of supporting and providing decent, safe and affordable housing for the public. Based on this determination, HUD may approve, disapprove, limit, or otherwise condition the continued participation of the Controlling Participant in the Triggering Event. HUD will disapprove a Controlling Participant if the Controlling Participant is suspended, debarred or subject to other restriction pursuant to 2 CFR part 180 or 2 CFR part 2424. HUD may disapprove a Controlling Participant if HUD determines: (i) The Controlling Participant is materially restricted, including voluntarily, from doing business with HUD (other than the restrictions listed above) or any other E:\FR\FM\17MYP1.SGM 17MYP1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 95 / Tuesday, May 17, 2016 / Proposed Rules department or agency of the federal government if the Commissioner determines that such restriction demonstrates a significant risk to proceeding with the Triggering Event; or (ii) HUD determines that the Controlling Participant’s record of Previous Participation reveals significant risk to proceeding with the Triggering Event. In lieu of disapproval, HUD may (1) condition or limit the Controlling Participant’s participation; (2) temporarily withhold issuing a determination in order to gather more necessary information; or (3) require the Controlling Participant to remedy or mitigate outstanding violations of HUD requirements to the Commissioner’s satisfaction in order to participate in the Triggering Event. A remedy or mitigation 30501 may include resolving any underlying issues that caused the existing flags or other measures that demonstrate to HUD’s satisfaction that that the Controlling Participant could be expected to participate in the Covered Project in a manner consistent with furthering the Department’s purpose of supporting and providing decent, safe and affordable housing for the public. APPROVAL OF PARTICIPANTS WITH FLAGS Office of Multifamily Housing & Assisted Housing Oversight Division, 220, 221(d)(4), 223(a)(7), 223(f), 231, 241(a) Programs Office of Residential Healthcare Facilities Participants with Tier 1 Flags. Participants with Tier 2 Flags. Director of Asset Management Division (HQ). Director, Office of Hospital Facilities. Director, Office of Hospital Facilities. Asset management Director of Multifamily Housing Production (HQ). Production Division Director. Director, Office of Residential Care Facilities or Delegate. Supervisory Account Executive. Supervisory Account Executive. Production Office of Hospital Facilities Participants with Tier 3 Flags. Asset Management Division Director. Branch Chief E. Rejection of Participants participant, or lender, if applicable, in advance of the recommendation. This notification will allow an opportunity for the participant to provide additional arguments If a recommendation for rejection is proposed, HUD staff will notify the Director, Office of Hospital Facilities. for HUD’s consideration to preserve processing efficiency and cut down on requests for reconsideration. REJECTION OF PARTICIPANTS WITH FLAGS Office of Multifamily Housing & Assisted Housing Oversight Division, 220, 221(d)(4), 223(a)(7), 223(f), 231, 241(a) Programs Production Participants with Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3 Flags. Office of Hospital Facilities Division Director, Office of Residential Care Facilities or Delegate. Division Director, Office of Hospital Facilities. Asset management Regional Director or Delegate F. Reconsideration of a Rejection Office of Residential Healthcare Facilities must be filed in writing. Participants may provide support for their reconsideration or additional information that was not previously provided. Please see the below table for the officials responsible for Participants have the right to request a reconsideration of HUD decisions rejecting participants. Requests for reconsideration rendering reconsideration decisions applicable to each program area. The decision rendered by the officials below is final agency action. RECONSIDERATION OF A REJECTION Office of Healthcare Programs Office of Multifamily Housing & Assisted Housing Oversight Division Director, Office of Asset Management and Portfolio Oversight or Delegate. Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSALS G. Flag Placement and Resolution HUD utilizes flags in the APPS system as a way to assess risk associated with participants in Office of Multifamily Housing and Office of Healthcare Programs projects. A flag does not automatically exclude an applicant from participation in HUD’s programs; however, flags are considered risk factors that require appropriate mitigation, where possible. Flags are to be a meaningful representation of risk, and therefore, they should not be placed for minor infractions VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:05 May 16, 2016 Jkt 238001 Office of Residential Healthcare Facilities Office of Hospital Facilities Director, Office of Residential Care Facilities or Delegate. Director, Office of Hospital Facilities or Delegate. that do not pose a risk to HUD. HUD will notify participants in writing when flags are placed. H. Types of Flags HUD has developed three flag tiers, which provide for varying levels of risk to HUD. Tier 1 flags are elevated risk to HUD. HUD considers Tier 1 flags to be a significant longterm risk to HUD and warrant significant mitigation in new transactions. Tier 2 flags are considered an ongoing risk to HUD. For PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Tier 2 flags that have a resolution date (as listed in the chart below), flags will not be removed until the time period has expired even if the action has been resolved earlier. This is considered a risk factor in production and asset management transactions. Tier 3 flags are considered a single risk to HUD and will be removed when the reason for the flag is corrected. E:\FR\FM\17MYP1.SGM 17MYP1 30502 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 95 / Tuesday, May 17, 2016 / Proposed Rules Tier 1 Flags: Elevated Risk to the Department Tier 1 flags warrant permanent consideration when reviewing Controlling Participants for their participation in triggering events. Flag type Reason Mortgage Assignment/Conveyance of Title ....................... FHA Claim .......................................................................... HUD Property Disposition .................................................. Mortgage assigned title or conveyed property to HUD ..... Claim payment by HUD ..................................................... Foreclosure, loan sale, or other property disposition effort by HUD. HUD becomes the MIP ...................................................... HUD receives a deed in lieu of foreclosure ...................... Participant is currently or has previously been placed on the LDP list. Participant is currently or has previously been placed on the Debarment list or the participant is or was temporarily suspended from participation in HUD programs. Participant is currently or has previously been subject to a voluntary abstention. Participant has been convicted of fraud or embezzlement of funds. Mortgagee in Possession (MIP) ......................................... Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure ............................................... Limited Denial of Participation (LDP)—Current or Past ..... Suspension or Debarment—Current or Past ..................... Voluntary Abstention or Exclusion—Current or Past ......... Conviction for fraud or embezzlement of funds ................. Duration of flag Permanent flag. * Permanent flag. * Permanent flag. * Permanent flag. * Permanent flag. * Permanent flag. Permanent flag. Permanent flag. Permanent flag. * Unless otherwise determined by HUD due to mitigating circumstances. Tier 2 Flags: Ongoing Risk to the Department Tier 2 flags warrant consideration for an extended period of time when reviewing Controlling Participants for their participation in Triggering Events, even after the underlying reason for the flag is resolved. A ‘‘Repeated’’ Offense means there are three or more occurrences. Flag type Reason Duration of flag Violation of Business Agreements-Unauthorized Distributions. Violation of Business Agreements-Unacceptable Physical Condition. Repeated incidents of Unauthorized Distributions. Below 30 Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) score, two consecutive REAC scores below 60, Repeated REAC scores below 60, or other Repeated failures to maintain decent, safe and sanitary conditions. Repeated Failure to File Financial Statements for three or more occurrences. Project was converted to a use that is not permitted under the program obligations. Project or part of the project completed a significant addition/alteration/construction/licensure status without prior approval. Repeated Unresolved Audit Findings .............. Retained for five (5) years after the placement date of the flag. Retained for five (5) years after placement of the flag, so long as the most recent REAC score is greater than 59 or the failure to maintain decent, safe and sanitary housing is deemed cured by HUD. Violation of Business Agreements-Repeated Failure to File Financial Statements. Violation of Business Agreements-Conversion to Unapproved Use. Violation of Business Agreements-Unauthorized Alteration to Facility. Violation of Business Agreements-Repeated Unresolved Audit Findings. Violation of neous. Business Agreements-Miscella- Default-Financial ................................................. Unauthorized Transfer of Physical Assets (TPA) Suspension/Termination of Payments ............... Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSALS Unauthorized Secondary Financing ................... General Contractor Performance—Construction Compliance. General Contractor Performance—One Year Warranty. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:05 May 16, 2016 Jkt 238001 Repeated violations of business agreements (e.g., breaking use agreement or affordability restrictions, non-compliance with program requirements, non-responsive to HUD requests). 60 days or more behind on loan payments ..... When a TPA is completed without prior HUD approval. When HUD suspends subsidy payments due to non-compliance with Program Obligations. When Secondary Financing is utilized without prior HUD approval. Material failure to build project in accordance with approved Plans and Specifications (During Construction Period). Failure to correct material warranty issues identified in HUD’s Nine-Month and 12Month Warranty Inspections (After Construction Period). PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Retained for five (5) years after the placement date of the flag. Retained for five (5) years after the placement date of the flag. Retained for five (5) years after the placement date of the flag. Retained for five (5) years after the placement date of the flag provided that audit findings have been resolved. Retained for five (5) years after the placement date of the flag. Retained for five (5) years after the placement date of the flag. Retained for five (5) years after the placement date of the flag. Retained for five (5) years after the placement date of the flag. Retained for five (5) years after the placement date of the flag. Retained for five (5) years after the placement date of the flag provided that noncompliance has been cured to HUD’s satisfaction. Retained for five (5) years after the placement date of the flag provided that noncompliance has been cured to HUD’s satisfaction. E:\FR\FM\17MYP1.SGM 17MYP1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 95 / Tuesday, May 17, 2016 / Proposed Rules 30503 Tier 3 Flags: Temporary Risk to the Department Tier 3 flags relate to a single and/or less serious incident of non-compliance and can be resolved and removed. Flag type Reason Duration of flag Failure to File Financial Statements ................... Automatically Flagged when the Annual Financial Statements are overdue. Delinquent three or more times in the last year Flagged when borrower fails to remit mortgage payment by the fifteenth of the month, three or more times in a given one-year period. Unacceptable Physical Condition ....................... Most recent REAC score is below 60, and additional (does not need to be consecutive) REAC score(s) below 60 over the past five years.. Flagged when there is an Unsatisfactory Management Review. Removed when the missing Annual Financial Statements are filed or five (5) years after the placement date of the flag, whichever is sooner. Removed when there is a one-year period of time in which borrower has made all mortgage payments by the fifteenth of each respective month, or five (5) years after the placement date of the flag, whichever is sooner. Removed when the most recent REAC score is above 59. Unsatisfactory Management Review .................. Violation of Business Agreements-Unauthorized Distributions. One incident of Unauthorized Distributions ..... Violation of Business Agreements-Material Unresolved Audit Findings. Material Unresolved Audit Findings ................. Failure to Provide or Comply with Action Plan .. Failure to provide or comply with a HUD required action plan and/or certification in a timely manner.. Significant Changes to the Guide HUD will not make any significant changes to the Guide without first offering advance notice and the opportunity for comment for a period of not less than 30 days. [FR Doc. 2016–11346 Filed 5–16–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket Number USCG–2016–0370] RIN 1625–AA00 Safety Zone; Annual Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim, Columbia River, Hood River, OR Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSALS ACTION: The Coast Guard proposes to establish a safety zone on the Columbia River in Hood River, OR. This action is necessary to help ensure the safety of the maritime public during a crosschannel swimming event and would do so by prohibiting unauthorized persons and vessels from entering the safety SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:05 May 16, 2016 Jkt 238001 zone unless authorized by the Sector Columbia River Captain of the Port or a designated representative. We invite your comments on this proposed rulemaking. DATES: Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before June 16, 2016. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG– 2016–0370 using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov. See the ‘‘Public Participation and Request for Comments’’ portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for further instructions on submitting comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions about this proposed rulemaking, call or email Ken Lawrenson, Waterways Management Division, Marine Safety Unit Portland, Coast Guard; telephone 503–240–9319, email msupdxwwm@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Table of Abbreviations CFR Code of Federal Regulations DHS Department of Homeland Security FR Federal Register NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking § Section PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Removed when there is a Satisfactory Management Review, or five (5) years after the placement date of the flag whichever is sooner. Removed when the unauthorized distribution is repaid or five (5) years after the placement date of the flag whichever is sooner. Removed when the finding is resolved or five (5) years after the placement date of the flag whichever is sooner. Removed when the action plan is received and in good standing or five (5) years after the placement date of the flag whichever is sooner. U.S.C. United States Code II. Background, Purpose, and Legal Basis The Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim is an annual event that has been occuring for the last 74 years on the Columbia River in the vicinity of Hood River, OR. Registered participants attend the event on Labor Day each year and are ferried across the Columbia River from the Hood River Marina to the Washington shore to start the event. From there the swimmers jump off the ferry and swim back across the river, following a swim lane that is lined with volunteers in sailboats, kayaks and paddleboards. Approximately 300 swimmers participate in this event annually. The Captain of the Port, Columbia River (COTP) has determined that potential hazards associated with crosschannel swims could be a safety concern for the event participants, any other mariners transiting the area during the event hours, and a potential threat to the marine environment. The purpose of this rulemaking is to ensure the safety of event participants, the marine environment and the protection of the navigable waterway during the scheduled event. The Coast E:\FR\FM\17MYP1.SGM 17MYP1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

24 CFR Part 200

[Docket No. FR-5850-N-03]
RIN 2502-AJ28


Retrospective Review--Improving the Previous Participation 
Reviews of Prospective Multifamily Housing and Healthcare Programs 
Participants; Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Housing, HUD.

ACTION: Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking.

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SUMMARY: On August 10, 2015, HUD published in the Federal Register, a 
proposed rule that would revise HUD's regulations for reviewing the 
previous participation of Federal programs of certain participants 
seeking to take part in multifamily housing and healthcare programs 
administered by HUD's Office of Housing. Specifically, the rulemaking 
proposed to clarify and simplify the process by which HUD reviews the 
previous participation of participants that have decision-making 
authority over their projects as one component of HUD's responsibility 
to assess financial and operational risk to the projects in these 
programs. The approach offered by the proposed rule was to not only 
bring greater certainty and clarity to the process but greater 
flexibility, avoiding a one-size fits all approach.
    This document opens the public comment period solely for the 
provisions addressed in this document to address concerns that while 
the proposed rule provided greater flexibility, it lacked the greater 
certainty to which HUD committed, and how HUD would provide such 
certainty.

DATES: Comment Due Date: June 16, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding 
this notice to the Regulations Division, Office of General Counsel, 
Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 
10276, Washington, DC 20410-0500. Communications must refer to the 
above docket number and title. There are two methods for submitting 
public comments. All submissions must refer to the above docket number 
and title.
    1. Submission of Comments by Mail. Comments may be submitted by 
mail to the Regulations Division, Office of General Counsel, Department 
of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 10276, 
Washington, DC 20410-0001.
    2. Electronic Submission of Comments. Interested persons may submit 
comments electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at 
www.regulations.gov. HUD strongly encourages commenters to submit 
comments electronically. Electronic submission of comments allows the 
commenter maximum time to prepare and submit a comment, ensures timely 
receipt by HUD, and enables HUD to make them immediately available to 
the public. Comments submitted electronically through the 
www.regulations.gov Web site can be viewed by other commenters and 
interested members of the public. Commenters should follow the 
instructions provided on that site to submit comments electronically.

    Note: To receive consideration as public comments, comments must 
be submitted through one of the two methods specified above. Again, 
all submissions must refer to the docket number and title of the 
document. No Facsimile Comments. Facsimile (FAX) comments are not 
acceptable.

    Public Inspection of Public Comments. All properly submitted 
comments and communications submitted to HUD will be available for 
public inspection and copying between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at the 
above address. Due to security measures at the HUD Headquarters 
building, an advance appointment to review the public comments must be 
scheduled by calling the Regulations Division at 202-708-3055 (this is 
not a toll-free number). Individuals with speech or hearing impairments 
may access this number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay 
Service at 800-877-8339. Copies of all comments submitted are available 
for inspection and downloading at www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Aaron Hutchinson, Office of Housing, 
Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 
6178, Washington, DC 20410; telephone number 202-708-3994 (this is not 
a toll- free number). Individuals with speech or hearing 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).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    On August 10, 2015, at 80 FR 47874, HUD published a document that 
proposed to amend its regulations, at 24 CFR part 200, subpart H, that 
govern the process by which HUD reviews the previous participation and 
performance of applicants seeking to participate in HUD's multifamily 
and healthcare programs. Currently, all principals seeking to 
participate in HUD's multifamily housing and healthcare programs must 
certify that all principals involved in a proposed project have acted 
responsibly and have honored their legal, financial, and contractual 
obligations in their previous participation in HUD programs, in certain 
programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and in 
projects assisted or insured by state and local government housing 
finance agencies. HUD's regulations require applicants to complete a 
very detailed and lengthy certification form (HUD Form 2530) \1\ of 
participants that have decision-making authority over their projects as 
one component of HUD's responsibility to assess financial and 
operational risk to the projects in these programs.
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    The August 10, 2015, proposed rule proposed to clarify which 
individuals and entities will be reviewed, the purpose of the review, 
and the review to be undertaken. HUD proposed by targeting more closely 
the individuals and actions that would be subject to prior 
participation review, HUD would not only bring greater certainty and 
clarity to the process but would provide HUD with flexibility as to the 
necessary previous participation review for entities and individuals 
that is not possible in a one-size fits all approach.
    The public comment period on the proposed rule closed on October 9,

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2015, and HUD received 33 sets of public comments. The commenters were 
from real estate organizations, affordable housing nonprofit 
organizations, consulting firms, non-profit organizations, and law 
firms. Overall the commenters were very supportive and appreciative of 
HUD's efforts to reform the regulations. Commenters stated that, in 
addition to reforms to the regulations, reforms to the review process, 
additional guidance and training materials were also needed.
    Several comments expressed concern that the proposed regulations 
were overly broad and therefore would be open to various 
interpretations, which would complicate the review process for 
applicants and participants rather than simplify the process. The 
commenters suggested that in order to obtain flexibility in the review 
process, which the commenters supported, the approach in the proposed 
rule sacrificed specificity and certainty. Commenters suggested that 
HUD revise the proposed regulations to provide the greater certainty 
and specificity they need. Other commenters suggested that HUD issue 
guidance when HUD issues the final regulations to provide the 
specificity and certainty that the proposed regulations lack according 
to the commenters.

II. Proposed Approach To Provide Certainty and Specificity and Retain 
Flexibility

    Through this document, HUD proposes to use an approach that HUD has 
taken in certain of its other regulations and that is to provide 
regulations that clearly document the regulatory requirements imposed, 
but provide in a supplemental document, a document referenced in the 
regulations, that will address the specific procedures to be 
followed.\2\ When HUD has taken this approach, HUD commits to provide 
notice and opportunity for comment for any significant changes made to 
the document. HUD submits that this approach is particularly suitable 
for the 2530 process.
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    \2\ See 24 CFR 207.254, pertaining to mortgage insurance 
premiums; 24 CFR 203.605, pertaining to tier ranking systems and 
methodology applicable to loss mitigation performance; 24 CFR 290.9, 
pertaining to setting rental rates for certain multifamily housing 
projects; 24 CFR 570.712(b) pertaining to setting a fee for the 
Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program; and 24 CFR part 902, pertaining 
to scoring notices for HUD's Public Housing Assessment System.
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    For the previous participation review process, HUD proposes to 
issue with its final regulations a ``Processing Guide for Previous 
Participation Reviews of Prospective Multifamily Housing and Healthcare 
Programs' Participants'' (Guide). This Guide, which will be posted on 
HUD's Web site, will provide the details on procedures which commenters 
are seeking and which HUD submits is more appropriate for a process 
guide than for regulatory text. The Guide will provide applicants for 
and participants in HUD's multifamily housing and healthcare programs 
the detailed information desired on the previous participation review 
process, and provide HUD with the ability to make changes as may be 
needed to address specific circumstances that may arise in the previous 
participation process and to keep up-to-date with changes that may 
arise in the housing market. One of the longstanding complaints about 
HUD's previous participation review process is that the process and the 
regulations that govern the process are very outdated and do not keep 
up with the times. HUD submits that a lean set of regulations 
supplemented by a detailed processing Guide that is subject to notice 
and comment for any significant changes is the best approach for this 
process and one that will endure successfully for some time. The 
appendix to this document provides the proposed Guide for which HUD is 
seeking public comment for a period of 30 days. The Guide, in addition 
to elaborating upon terms and provisions in the proposed rule, also 
addresses ``flags,'' which are not addressed in either the existing 
regulations or proposed regulations. Flags refer to an issue or issues 
in a prospective participant's application for which further review is 
necessary. The Guide also includes certain information collection 
requirements but those requirements are ones which are already included 
in HUD's 2530 form and which already have an approval number assigned 
by the Office of Management and Budget under the Paperwork Reduction 
Act. For example, the Guide requires organizational information to be 
presented in an organizational chart instead of merely listed. However, 
the Guide makes clear that not every entity identified in the 
organizational chart will be considered a Controlling Participant, as 
defined in the regulation.
    In addition to publication in the Federal Register, this document 
and Guide can be found at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/mfh.

III. Description of Proposed Revisions to Regulations

    In addition to issuance of the proposed Guide for comment, HUD also 
seeks comment on the following additional provisions that are proposed 
to be included or revised in the regulation.

A. Inclusion of Applicability of Processing Guide in Regulations

    HUD proposes to revise Sec.  200.210 (Policy) to clarify that it is 
HUD's policy, in accordance with the intent of the National Housing 
Act, and with other applicable federal statutes, participants in HUD's 
housing and healthcare programs be responsible individuals and 
organizations who will honor their legal, financial and contractual 
obligations. HUD would further clarify that it will review the prior 
participation of Controlling Participants, as defined in the August 10, 
2015, proposed rule, as a prerequisite to participation in HUD's 
multifamily housing and healthcare programs listed in Sec.  200.214.
    HUD would further revise the policy language in Sec.  200.210 to 
advise that the regulations in 24 CFR part 200, subpart H, as proposed 
to be amended by the August 10, 2015, proposed rule would be 
supplemented by the Processing Guide for Previous Participation Reviews 
of Prospective Multifamily Housing and Healthcare Programs' 
Participants (Guide), which would be made available on HUD's Web site 
at www.hud.gov. HUD would advise that the Guide elaborates on the basic 
procedures involved in the previous participation review process. HUD 
would also advise that for any significant changes made to the Guide, 
HUD would provide advance notice and the opportunity to comment, 
providing a comment period of no less than 30 days.

B. Description of Definition of ``Risk''

    In Sec.  200.212, the Definition section, HUD proposes to include a 
definition of ``Risk.'' While Sec.  200.220 of the proposed rule 
addresses ``risk,'' HUD is proposing to add a definition of this term 
that would clarify that in order to determine whether a Controlling 
Participant's participation in a project would constitute an 
unacceptable risk, HUD's FHA Commissioner must determine whether the 
Controlling Participant could be expected to participate in the Covered 
Project (as defined in the August 10, 2015, proposed rule) in a manner 
consistent with furthering HUD's purpose of supporting and providing 
decent, safe and affordable housing for the public. The Commissioner's 
review of Previous Participation shall consider compliance with 
applicable statutes, regulations and program requirements. HUD would 
clarify that the FHA Commissioner must consider the Controlling 
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previous financial and operational performance in HUD programs that may 
indicate a financial or operating risk in approving the Controlling 
Participant's participation in the subject Triggering Event. HUD would 
further provide that at the FHA Commissioner's discretion, as necessary 
to determine financial or operating risk and to the extent the FHA 
Commissioner determines such information to be reliably available, the 
FHA Commissioner may consider the Controlling Participant's 
participation and performance in any federal, state or local government 
program. In addition, HUD would provide that the FHA Commissioner may 
exclude any previous participation the FHA Commissioner determines to 
be irrelevant in evaluating risk and/or any previous participation in 
which the Controlling Participant did not exercise, actually or 
constructively, control. Finally, the definition would provide that any 
information collection in connection with review of previous 
participation must follow all applicable requirements for information 
collection.

    Dated: May 9, 2016.
Edward L. Golding,
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing.

Appendix

Processing Guide for Previous Participation Reviews of Prospective 
Multifamily Housing and Healthcare Programs' Participants

Purpose

    This Processing Guide (Guide) supplements HUD's Previous 
Participation Review regulations in 24 CFR part 200, subpart H. The 
Guide defines controlling participants for previous participation 
review, new flag approval, and rejection guidance and flag protocols 
in federal programs of certain participants seeking to take part in 
multifamily housing and healthcare programs administered by HUD's 
Office of Housing. The Guide aids in clarifying and simplifying the 
process by which HUD reviews previous participation of participants 
that have decision making authority over their projects as one 
component of HUD's responsibility to assess financial and 
operational risk to projects in these programs.
    This Guide updates and clarifies previous procedures and 
supersedes outstanding policy and guidance concerning previous 
participation review found in the following: Multifamily Accelerated 
Processing (MAP) Guide Handbook 4430.G, Multifamily Asset Management 
and Project Servicing Handbook 4350.1, Healthcare Mortgage Insurance 
Program Handbook 4232.1, and Mortgage Insurance for Hospitals 
4615.1. HUD will incorporate elements of this Guide into these 
handbooks. In addition, the Guide supersedes the Previous 
Participation (HUD-2530) Handbook 4065.1.

Applicability of the Previous Participation Review

    This Guide applies to Covered Projects administered by the 
Office of Multifamily Housing, the Office of Grant Administration 
and the Office of Healthcare Programs, as listed in HUD's 
regulations in 24 CFR part 200 subpart H.
    The Covered Projects are those that are insured under the 
following sections of the National Housing Act: Sections 213, 220, 
231, 223(d), 221(d)(4), 241(a), 223(f), 232/223(f), 242/223(f), 
223(a)(7), 232, 232(i), 242, 542(b) and 542(c).
    The Guide also applies to non-insured projects that include 
Section 202 or Section 811 Capital Advances or Direct Loans, Section 
236 loans, or Subsidized Projects in which 20 percent or more of the 
units now receive or will receive a subsidy in the form of:
     Interest reduction payments under section 236 of the 
National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 1715z-1);
     Rental Assistance Payments under section 236 of the 
National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 1715z-1); Rent Supplement payments 
under section 101 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965 
(12 U.S.C. 1701s); or
     Project based rental assistance pursuant to housing 
assistance payment contracts under Section 8 of the Housing Act of 
1937 (but not including project-based assistance provided under the 
Housing Choice Voucher program administered by HUD's Office of 
Public and Indian Housing).
    For the Sections 223(a)(7), 223(f), 241(a), 232(i) and 223(d) 
programs Controlling Participants are only subject to previous 
participation review if they were not previously approved to 
participate in that project.

Change in Controlling Participants

    Any new Controlling Participant of a Covered Project requires 
consent by HUD.

Waiver Authority

    Program offices may waive any portion of this Guide that is not 
regulatory subject, however, to a good cause justification as 
required by HUD for all waivers. HUD expects waivers to be rare and 
in response to unique circumstances meeting the intent of HUD's 
Previous Participation Review regulations.

Program Requirements

    The below sections outline who is subject to a previous 
participation review, submission requirements, review procedures, 
approval and rejection processes as well as participant flagging.

A. Controlling Participants for Previous Participation Review 
Purposes

    Previous Participation Review is required for Controlling 
Participants. In connection with each Triggering Event, Mortgagees 
in insured projects and entities serving in the Specified Capacities 
listed below in non-insured projects shall provide to HUD a list of 
all Controlling Participants. Controlling Participants are those 
entities and individuals (i) serving as a Specified Capacity with 
respect to a Covered Project and (ii) the entities and individuals 
in control of the Specified Capacities. At least one natural person 
must be identified as a Controlling Participant for each Specified 
Capacity. The chart below shows the Specified Capacities for the 
listed programs.

                                              Specified Capacities
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                                                                               Office of           Office of
                                                          Multifamily      residential care        hospital
                                                            housing           facilities          facilities
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Borrower or Owner...................................                  X                   X                   X
Management Agent....................................                  X                   X   ..................
Operator............................................  ..................                  X                   X
General Contractor..................................                  X                   X                   X
Construction Manager................................  ..................  ..................                  X
Master Tenant/Landlord..............................  ..................                  X   ..................
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    Controlling Participants. The entities serving as a Specified 
Capacity are Controlling Participants of the Covered Project for the 
programs listed. In addition, the individuals and entities 
determined by HUD to exercise financial or operational control over 
these entities are also Controlling Participants. Controlling 
Participants require Previous Participation Review and must complete 
Previous Participation Review submissions. Any individual or entity 
who exercises financial or operational control of a Specified 
Capacity is considered to be a Controlling Participant and required 
to complete a Previous Participation Review submission, unless 
excluded below. Controlling Participants include both entities and 
natural persons. If a Controlling Participant is an entity, the 
submission must include the people who exercise the day-to-day 
control for that entity.

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Notwithstanding the foregoing or anything else in this Guide, if HUD 
determines that an individual or entity does not actually exercise 
financial or operational control of a Covered Project or Specified 
Capacity, such individual or entity shall not be considered a 
Controlling Participant.
    List of Controlling Participants: For purposes of Previous 
Participation Review, unless excluded below or otherwise determined 
by HUD not to be a Controlling Participant, the following shall be 
considered Controlling Participants:
    1. Entities and individuals owning, directly or indirectly, 25% 
or more of a Specified Capacity.
    2. Any officers and other executive management (including 
Executive Director and other similar capacities) of the Specified 
Capacity.
    3. The controlling owners (entities and/or individuals) of the 
entity that controls the Specified Capacity.
    4. Managers or managing members of Limited Liability Companies 
(LLCs).
    5. General partners of limited partnerships, including 
``administrative'' general partners or other general partners if 
they exercise day-to-day control over the entity.
    6. Partners in a general partnership.
    7. Executive Director (or equivalent position) of a non-profit 
sponsor of a Specified Capacity.
    8. With respect to non-profit Borrowers under the Section 242 
program, the executive management of the Borrower and the members of 
the Board of Directors that HUD determines have control over the 
finances or operation of the hospital.
    9. Officers of a for-profit corporation's Board of Directors.
    10. Controlling stockholders of a corporation.
    11. Trustees of a trust.
    12. For real estate investment trusts (REITs), the REIT itself, 
the chief executive officer (or equivalent position) and all company 
officers (except those officers determined by HUD not to exercise 
day-to-day control over the REIT, the Specified Capacity or the 
Covered Project) must file.
    13. For insured projects, if applicable, the person (people) 
and/or entity (entities) to be listed on the Regulatory Agreement 
Non-Recourse Debt section.
    14. Any other person or entity determined by HUD to exercise 
day-to-day control over a Specified Capacity. This may include any 
officers, directors or members of an executive management team (even 
of excluded entities) who would otherwise not be required to make a 
submission if they are exercising control over the Specified 
Capacity.
    If the applicant or Mortgagee has any reason to believe that any 
Controlling Participant is not of sound mind or body or is otherwise 
incapacitated, such information must be disclosed to HUD to review 
and determine whether another individual is acting as a Controlling 
Participant.
    List of Exclusions: Except that any Specified Capacity is a 
Controlling Participant, and unless otherwise determined in writing 
by HUD in a specific transaction to exercise day-to-day control of a 
Covered Project or Specified Capacity, Controlling Participants do 
not include the following:
    1. Wholly-owned entities. Any entity that is 100% owned or 
controlled by one individual or entity is excluded. Such entities 
are not exercising control; the individual or entity that wholly 
owns them is exercising control. An organizational chart may include 
one or more tiers of wholly-owned entities. All wholly-owned 
entities in all tiers are excluded.
    2. Shell entities. Entities that do not take actions themselves 
but only serve as legal vehicles through which the partners, members 
or owners of such entity take actions are excluded. These entities 
are not exercising control, the partners, members or owners of such 
entity are controlling. The ``middle tiers'' of an organizational 
chart are often shell entities. For example, if a Borrower LLC's 
managing member (``MM A'') is a joint venture partnership (``JV B'') 
of two entities (``P 1'' and ``P 2'') and that joint venture's 
organizational documents indicate that the day-to-day control of the 
joint venture is exercised by one of the two partners (P 1), then 
all of those entities, except P 1 is excluded. None of MM A, JV B or 
P 2 are Controlling Participants of the Borrower.
    3. Tax credit investors. Syndicator and direct investor entities 
in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits, New Markets 
Tax Credits or other tax credits (if HUD determines such credits are 
substantially similar to the listed tax credits) are excluded unless 
such entities exercise day-to-day control or seek other involvement 
that would trigger the need for previous participation review. HUD 
may still require a so-called ``LLCI certification,'' an 
``Identification and Certification of Eligible Limited Liability 
Investor Entities,'' ``Passive Investor Certification'' or any other 
such certification.
    4. Passive participants. If an entity's organizational documents 
specify which members, partners or owners are authorized to exercise 
day-to-day control of that entity, then any other members, partners 
or owners who are not authorized to exercise state day-to-day 
control of an entity are excluded.
    5. Minor officers. If HUD determines that an officer of a 
corporation or other entity does not have significant involvement in 
a Covered Project, such officers are excluded. If all the officers 
of the entity certify as to who have significant and insignificant 
involvement, this certification shall be evidence of the significant 
and insignificant involvement.
    6. Members of a Board of Directors. Members of a non-profit or 
for-profit corporation's board of directors who do not exercise 
control over the corporation in another capacity (for example, as 
Executive Director or other manager or officer of the non-profit 
corporation) are excluded. This exclusion does not apply to the 
members of boards of directors of hospitals, the rule for which is 
specified in the Regulation and captured in #8 within the Listing of 
Controlling Participants above.
    7. Less than 25% ownership interest. Unless exercising control 
through another capacity, members, partners, stakeholders and owners 
of entities with less than a 25% interest in an entity are excluded. 
This exclusion does not apply to any such member, partner, 
stakeholder or other owner of an entity (``Proposed Excluded 
Member'') who would have an interest greater than 25% if the 
combined percentages of all other members, partners, stakeholders or 
other owners (including beneficial interests in trusts) with whom 
the Proposed Excluded Member has an ``Identity of Interest'' or 
other conflict of interest because of familial relation or common 
financial interest exceeds 25%. Whether an Identity of Interest or 
other conflict of interest exists is determined by HUD. If the 
program requirements of the applicable program in which the Covered 
Project is participating speak to Identify of Interest or other 
conflict of interest, those program requirements control.
    8. Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities. With respect to 
projects under the Section 232 program, the nursing home 
administrator of nursing homes and equivalent positions in assisted 
living facilities are excluded.
    9. Publicly Held Companies. For publicly held companies, the 
chief executive officer (or equivalent position), the controlling 
shareholder (if any), and project manager(s) or other individual(s), 
if any, identified as must having day-to-day control over a 
Specified Capacity or Covered Project must file but the publicly 
held company shall otherwise treated as an individual without need 
for other individual shareholders to file certifications in their 
individual capacity or identify their social security or tax 
identification numbers.
    10. No Exercise of Financial or Operational Control. Any 
individual or entity determined by HUD not to exercise financial or 
operational control of a Covered Project or Specified Capacity shall 
not be considered a Controlling Participant.

B. Organization Charts

    An organization chart must be submitted for each Specified 
Capacity and for any entity within the organization chart if 
requested by HUD. Organization charts are visual representations of 
the ownership structure of an organization. All organization charts 
submitted in connection with a Triggering Event are considered part 
of the application for HUD review and subject to the certifications 
stating that the application is true and complete. The organization 
chart must be clear enough so that a person unfamiliar with the 
Covered Project and the entities involved can understand the 
ownership and control structure. The organization chart must include 
the following:
    1. Clearly show all tiers of the ownership structure, including 
the members or owners of the entities listed.
    2. Show all participants, not just those who the Lender or 
Applicant considers to be principals or Controlling Participants. To 
the extent ownership interests are identified as widely held, the 
Applicant must provide any information requested by HUD regarding 
such interests.
    3. Shows percentages of ownership and role in the entity (e.g. 
Limited Partner, General Partner, Managing Member, Tax Credit 
Syndicator/Investor, etc.).

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    4. At least one natural person, and not just entities.
    5. Each Specified Capacity must be shown on a separate 
organization chart (e.g. Borrower, Operator, Management Agent, 
Master Tenant, etc.).
    6. Anyone on an organizational chart that is debarred, 
suspended, or is subject to a Limited Denial of Participation (LDP), 
a voluntary abstention or a voluntary exclusion may not participate 
in the Covered Project.
    7. With respect to each entity on the organization chart, the 
executive management teams (for example, all officers such as CEO, 
CFO, President, Executive Director, etc., but not department heads 
or lower level management) and any members of a Board of Directors 
must be disclosed to HUD even if such individuals are not considered 
to be Controlling Participants and do not need to file Previous 
Participation Review submissions.

C. Filing the Previous Participation Certification

    To fulfill the Previous Participation Review requirements, 
applicable controlling participants must file a Previous 
Participation Certification. Participants may utilize either the 
electronic Active Partners Performance System (APPS) or a paper 
alternative. Participants should not file both an APPS submission 
and a paper form. HUD strongly encourages participants to utilize 
the APPS system. As part of the Previous Participation 
Certification, participants are only required to list all projects 
which they have participated in over the previous 10 year period. 
However, HUD reserves the right to review and consider a 
participant's previous participation in a federal project beyond the 
10 year period when determining whether to approve participation in 
the project associated with an application.
    The following chart indicates which filing options are available 
for which programs.
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    \3\ Consolidated Certifications are the following forms: HUD 
90013-ORCF, Consolidated Certification-Borrower, HUD 90014-ORCF, 
Consolidated Certification-Principal of the Borrower, HUD 90015-
ORCF, Consolidated Certification-Operator, HUD 90017-ORCF, 
Consolidated Certification-Management Agent, and HUD 90018-ORCF, 
Consolidated Certification-General Contractor.

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                                                          Multifamily
                                                        housing & grant        Office of           Office of
                    Filing method                       administration     residential care        hospital
                                                           projects           facilities          facilities
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Active Partners Performance System (APPS) Submission                  X                   X                   X
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                                                       OR
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Form HUD-2530 (paper)...............................                  X   ..................                  X
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Consolidated Certification \3\ Previous               ..................                  X   ..................
 Participation Section (paper)......................
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    Active Partners Performance System (APPS) Submission Instructions
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HUD has made several upgrades to the system to improve the applicant
 submission process. For example, HUD now allows for electronic
 signatures of APPS submissions, ability to upload submission packages,
 and has improved the baseline submission to allow for edits. HUD
 encourages participants to utilize the APPS system when filing the
 Previous Participation Certification as it saves a substantial amount
 of time and allows for faster review of submissions by HUD reviewers.
Here is a link to the APPS resources: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/mfh/apps/appsmfhm.
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For questions about the APPS system contact the Multifamily Housing
 Systems Help Desk by phone at (800) 767-7588 or Apps-F24p@hud.gov.
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Step 1: System Registration.......  This step registers Controlling
                                     Participants in the APPS system.
                                     See the APPS Quick Tips for
                                     detailed instructions on the
                                     registration process: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=appsquicktips.pdf.
Step 2: Create a Baseline.........  This step establishes the
                                     organization structure and previous
                                     participation of Controlling
                                     Participants. See Chapter 2 of the
                                     APPS Userguide for specific
                                     instructions and screen shots:
                                     http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=chapter2.pdf.
Step 3: Create a Property           This step creates a submission for a
 Submission.                         Controlling Participant's role in a
                                     specific project. See Chapter 3 of
                                     the APPS Userguide for specific
                                     instructions and screen shots:
                                     http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=chapter3.pdf.
Step 4: Complete the Certification  In this step Controlling
 and Submit to HUD.                  Participants electronically certify
                                     to previous participation
                                     certifications and send the
                                     submission to HUD for review. See
                                     Chapter 7 of the APPS Userguide for
                                     specific instructions and screen
                                     shots: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=CHAPTER7.PDF.
Step 5: Upload the Organization     The user uploads the Organization
 Chart with the Signature Pages.     Chart and Signature Pages into the
                                     APPS system. See Section B for a
                                     description of what the
                                     organization chart must include.
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                Form HUD-2530 Completion Instructions \4\
[It is the participant's responsibility to assure that the Form HUD-2530
                   is correct, complete and accurate.]
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           Form section                         Instructions
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Review certification language.....  The participant should assure that
                                     compliance with the certification
                                     is met. If there is a certification
                                     that a controlling participant
                                     cannot certify to, the participant
                                     must strikethrough that particular
                                     certification, initial the
                                     strikethrough and attach a signed
                                     letter of explanation. This
                                     situation should be rare.
Block 2...........................  List Project Name and Number.
Block 7...........................  Controlling Participants on the
                                     organization chart must match Block
                                     7.
Blocks 8 and 9....................  Write ``See Organization Chart.''
Block 10..........................  Insert Social Security Number or Tax
                                     ID Number for each Controlling
                                     Participant.
Bottom of Page 1..................  The Controlling Participants listed
                                     in Block 7 must also be listed in
                                     the signature block at the bottom
                                     of Page 1.

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                                    The Controlling Participants must
                                     sign and date the submission.
                                    Authorized person(s) may sign on
                                     behalf of other person(s) or
                                     entities. It is the signer's
                                     responsibility to assure that they
                                     are authorized to sign on behalf of
                                     others. Each signature block must
                                     include a signature.
Schedule A........................  All principals listed in Block 7
                                     must be listed in Column 1
                                    Column 2 must include all previous
                                     participation from the past 10
                                     years in: (a) Covered Projects, (b)
                                     housing projects with current flags
                                     under the U.S. Department of
                                     Agriculture's previous
                                     participation review system and (c)
                                     any other housing project
                                     participating in a federal, state
                                     or local or government program if
                                     during the Controlling
                                     Participant's participation in the
                                     housing project (i) the housing
                                     project was foreclosed upon; (ii)
                                     the housing project was transferred
                                     by a deed in lieu of foreclosure;
                                     or (iii) an event of default, or
                                     similarly termed event, was
                                     declared against the housing
                                     project or the Controlling
                                     Participant pursuant to the
                                     government program's project
                                     documents.
                                    Controlling Participants with No
                                     Previous Participation should write
                                     ``No Previous Participation, First
                                     Experience.''
                                    Principal roles must be included in
                                     Column 3
                                    The Status of the Loan must be
                                     listed in Column 4.
                                    Note: This section is not applicable
                                     for General Contractors that did
                                     not have ownership interest in the
                                     project.
                                    Identify (checkbox) whether the
                                     project was ever in default during
                                     the participant's participation in
                                     Column 5. If the ``yes'' box is
                                     checked a detailed explanation of
                                     the circumstances (including
                                     mitigating factors) must be
                                     provided.
                                    Note: This section is not applicable
                                     for General Contractors that did
                                     not have ownership interest in the
                                     project.
                                    List the latest Management Review
                                     and Physical Inspection dates and
                                     scores in Column 6. If there are no
                                     scores, write ``None.''
                                    Note: This section is not applicable
                                     for General Contractors that did
                                     not have ownership interest in the
                                     project.
Business Partner Registration       Each Controlling Participant must be
 System (BPRS) Registration.         registered in the BPRS System. Here
                                     is a link: https://hudapps2.hud.gov/apps/part_reg/apps040.cfm
Organization Chart................  Attach an organization chart. See
                                     Section B for a description of what
                                     the organization chart must
                                     include.
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           Consolidated Certification Completion Instructions
 [It is the participant's responsibility to assure that the Consolidated
            Certification is correct, complete and accurate.]
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           Form Section                         Instructions
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Review certification language in    The participant should assure that
 the Consolidated Certification      compliance with the certification
 \5\.                                is met.
Attachment 1......................  Participants with Previous
                                     Participation must complete
                                     Attachment 1 of the Consolidated
                                     Certification for projects
                                     participated in over the past 10
                                     years. Include all previous
                                     participation from the past 10
                                     years in: (a) Covered Projects, (b)
                                     housing projects with current flags
                                     under the U.S. Department of
                                     Agriculture's previous
                                     participation review system and (c)
                                     any other housing project
                                     participating in a federal, state
                                     or local or government program if
                                     during the Controlling
                                     Participant's participation in the
                                     housing project (i) the housing
                                     project was foreclosed upon; (ii)
                                     the housing project was transferred
                                     by a deed in lieu of foreclosure;
                                     or (iii) an event of default, or
                                     similarly termed event, was
                                     declared against the housing
                                     project or the Controlling
                                     Participant pursuant to the
                                     government program's project
                                     documents.
Business Partner Registration       Each Controlling Participant must be
 System (BPRS) Registration.         registered in the BPRS System. Here
                                     is a link: https://hudapps2.hud.gov/apps/part_reg/apps040.cfm.
Organization Chart................  Attach an organization chart with
                                     Social Security Numbers or Tax ID
                                     numbers for Controlling
                                     Participants. See Section B for a
                                     description of additional items the
                                     organization chart must include.
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D. Approval of Participants

    If there are no flags in the system and the applicant is able to 
make all the certifications or HUD has approved any reason why a 
certification cannot be made, the Previous Participation Review is 
considered complete and the submission will be approved.
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    \4\ Until further notice, if using the paper Form HUD-2530, use 
these instructions.
    \5\ If there is a certification that a controlling participant 
cannot certify to, the participant must strikethrough that 
particular certification, initial the strikethrough and attach a 
signed letter of explanation. This situation should be rare.
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    If there are current flags in the system, HUD staff will review:
     The comments in the system related to the flag
     The lender or participant's explanation of the flag and 
any mitigation of risk associated with the flag.
     Whether flags need to be resolved.
     The flag history in the system to assess patterns of 
misconduct and risk to the Department.
    Based upon this review, including review of the certifications, 
HUD will determine whether or not the Controlling Participant poses 
an unacceptable Risk to the Covered Project, in accordance with the 
definition in 24 CFR 200.212, namely whether the Controlling 
Participant could be expected to participate in the Covered Project 
in a manner consistent with furthering the Department's purpose of 
supporting and providing decent, safe and affordable housing for the 
public. Based on this determination, HUD may approve, disapprove, 
limit, or otherwise condition the continued participation of the 
Controlling Participant in the Triggering Event. HUD will disapprove 
a Controlling Participant if the Controlling Participant is 
suspended, debarred or subject to other restriction pursuant to 2 
CFR part 180 or 2 CFR part 2424. HUD may disapprove a Controlling 
Participant if HUD determines: (i) The Controlling Participant is 
materially restricted, including voluntarily, from doing business 
with HUD (other than the restrictions listed above) or any other

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department or agency of the federal government if the Commissioner 
determines that such restriction demonstrates a significant risk to 
proceeding with the Triggering Event; or (ii) HUD determines that 
the Controlling Participant's record of Previous Participation 
reveals significant risk to proceeding with the Triggering Event. In 
lieu of disapproval, HUD may (1) condition or limit the Controlling 
Participant's participation; (2) temporarily withhold issuing a 
determination in order to gather more necessary information; or (3) 
require the Controlling Participant to remedy or mitigate 
outstanding violations of HUD requirements to the Commissioner's 
satisfaction in order to participate in the Triggering Event. A 
remedy or mitigation may include resolving any underlying issues 
that caused the existing flags or other measures that demonstrate to 
HUD's satisfaction that that the Controlling Participant could be 
expected to participate in the Covered Project in a manner 
consistent with furthering the Department's purpose of supporting 
and providing decent, safe and affordable housing for the public.

                                       Approval of Participants With Flags
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                                      Office of Multifamily Housing &
                                   Assisted Housing  Oversight Division,       Office of
                                    220, 221(d)(4), 223(a)(7), 223(f),        Residential     Office of Hospital
                                           231, 241(a) Programs               Healthcare          Facilities
                                 ----------------------------------------     Facilities
                                      Production       Asset management
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Participants with Tier 1 Flags..  Director of         Director of Asset   Director, Office    Director, Office
                                   Multifamily         Management          of Residential      of Hospital
                                   Housing             Division (HQ).      Care Facilities     Facilities.
                                   Production (HQ).                        or Delegate.
Participants with Tier 2 Flags..  Production          Asset Management    Supervisory         Director, Office
                                   Division Director.  Division Director.  Account Executive.  of Hospital
                                                                                               Facilities.
                                 ----------------------------------------
Participants with Tier 3 Flags..               Branch Chief               Supervisory         Director, Office
                                                                           Account Executive.  of Hospital
                                                                                               Facilities.
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E. Rejection of Participants

    If a recommendation for rejection is proposed, HUD staff will 
notify the participant, or lender, if applicable, in advance of the 
recommendation. This notification will allow an opportunity for the 
participant to provide additional arguments for HUD's consideration 
to preserve processing efficiency and cut down on requests for 
reconsideration.

                                      Rejection of Participants With Flags
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                                      Office of Multifamily Housing &
                                   Assisted Housing  Oversight Division,       Office of
                                    220, 221(d)(4), 223(a)(7), 223(f),        Residential     Office of Hospital
                                           231, 241(a) Programs               Healthcare          Facilities
                                 ----------------------------------------     Facilities
                                      Production       Asset management
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Participants with Tier 1, Tier 2       Regional Director or Delegate      Division Director,  Division Director,
 or Tier 3 Flags.                                                          Office of           Office of
                                                                           Residential Care    Hospital
                                                                           Facilities or       Facilities.
                                                                           Delegate.
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F. Reconsideration of a Rejection

    Participants have the right to request a reconsideration of HUD 
decisions rejecting participants. Requests for reconsideration must 
be filed in writing. Participants may provide support for their 
reconsideration or additional information that was not previously 
provided. Please see the below table for the officials responsible 
for rendering reconsideration decisions applicable to each program 
area. The decision rendered by the officials below is final agency 
action.

                     Reconsideration of a Rejection
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                                       Office of Healthcare Programs
                                 ---------------------------------------
 Office of Multifamily Housing &       Office of
   Assisted Housing Oversight         Residential     Office of Hospital
            Division                  Healthcare          Facilities
                                      Facilities
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Director, Office of Asset         Director, Office    Director, Office
 Management and Portfolio          of Residential      of Hospital
 Oversight or Delegate.            Care Facilities     Facilities or
                                   or Delegate.        Delegate.
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G. Flag Placement and Resolution

    HUD utilizes flags in the APPS system as a way to assess risk 
associated with participants in Office of Multifamily Housing and 
Office of Healthcare Programs projects. A flag does not 
automatically exclude an applicant from participation in HUD's 
programs; however, flags are considered risk factors that require 
appropriate mitigation, where possible. Flags are to be a meaningful 
representation of risk, and therefore, they should not be placed for 
minor infractions that do not pose a risk to HUD. HUD will notify 
participants in writing when flags are placed.

H. Types of Flags

    HUD has developed three flag tiers, which provide for varying 
levels of risk to HUD. Tier 1 flags are elevated risk to HUD. HUD 
considers Tier 1 flags to be a significant long-term risk to HUD and 
warrant significant mitigation in new transactions. Tier 2 flags are 
considered an ongoing risk to HUD. For Tier 2 flags that have a 
resolution date (as listed in the chart below), flags will not be 
removed until the time period has expired even if the action has 
been resolved earlier. This is considered a risk factor in 
production and asset management transactions. Tier 3 flags are 
considered a single risk to HUD and will be removed when the reason 
for the flag is corrected.

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Tier 1 Flags: Elevated Risk to the Department

    Tier 1 flags warrant permanent consideration when reviewing 
Controlling Participants for their participation in triggering 
events.

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               Flag type                            Reason                          Duration of flag
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Mortgage Assignment/Conveyance of       Mortgage assigned title or      Permanent flag. *
 Title.                                  conveyed property to HUD.
FHA Claim.............................  Claim payment by HUD..........  Permanent flag. *
HUD Property Disposition..............  Foreclosure, loan sale, or      Permanent flag. *
                                         other property disposition
                                         effort by HUD.
Mortgagee in Possession (MIP).........  HUD becomes the MIP...........  Permanent flag. *
Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure...........  HUD receives a deed in lieu of  Permanent flag. *
                                         foreclosure.
Limited Denial of Participation (LDP)-- Participant is currently or     Permanent flag.
 Current or Past.                        has previously been placed on
                                         the LDP list.
Suspension or Debarment--Current or     Participant is currently or     Permanent flag.
 Past.                                   has previously been placed on
                                         the Debarment list or the
                                         participant is or was
                                         temporarily suspended from
                                         participation in HUD programs.
Voluntary Abstention or Exclusion--     Participant is currently or     Permanent flag.
 Current or Past.                        has previously been subject
                                         to a voluntary abstention.
Conviction for fraud or embezzlement    Participant has been convicted  Permanent flag.
 of funds.                               of fraud or embezzlement of
                                         funds.
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* Unless otherwise determined by HUD due to mitigating circumstances.

Tier 2 Flags: Ongoing Risk to the Department

    Tier 2 flags warrant consideration for an extended period of 
time when reviewing Controlling Participants for their participation 
in Triggering Events, even after the underlying reason for the flag 
is resolved. A ``Repeated'' Offense means there are three or more 
occurrences.

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          Flag type                  Reason           Duration of flag
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Violation of Business         Repeated incidents    Retained for five
 Agreements-Unauthorized       of Unauthorized       (5) years after the
 Distributions.                Distributions.        placement date of
                                                     the flag.
Violation of Business         Below 30 Real Estate  Retained for five
 Agreements-Unacceptable       Assessment Center     (5) years after
 Physical Condition.           (REAC) score, two     placement of the
                               consecutive REAC      flag, so long as
                               scores below 60,      the most recent
                               Repeated REAC         REAC score is
                               scores below 60, or   greater than 59 or
                               other Repeated        the failure to
                               failures to           maintain decent,
                               maintain decent,      safe and sanitary
                               safe and sanitary     housing is deemed
                               conditions.           cured by HUD.
Violation of Business         Repeated Failure to   Retained for five
 Agreements-Repeated Failure   File Financial        (5) years after the
 to File Financial             Statements for        placement date of
 Statements.                   three or more         the flag.
                               occurrences.
Violation of Business         Project was           Retained for five
 Agreements-Conversion to      converted to a use    (5) years after the
 Unapproved Use.               that is not           placement date of
                               permitted under the   the flag.
                               program obligations.
Violation of Business         Project or part of    Retained for five
 Agreements-Unauthorized       the project           (5) years after the
 Alteration to Facility.       completed a           placement date of
                               significant           the flag.
                               addition/alteration/
                               construction/
                               licensure status
                               without prior
                               approval.
Violation of Business         Repeated Unresolved   Retained for five
 Agreements-Repeated           Audit Findings.       (5) years after the
 Unresolved Audit Findings.                          placement date of
                                                     the flag provided
                                                     that audit findings
                                                     have been resolved.
Violation of Business         Repeated violations   Retained for five
 Agreements-Miscellaneous.     of business           (5) years after the
                               agreements (e.g.,     placement date of
                               breaking use          the flag.
                               agreement or
                               affordability
                               restrictions, non-
                               compliance with
                               program
                               requirements, non-
                               responsive to HUD
                               requests).
Default-Financial...........  60 days or more       Retained for five
                               behind on loan        (5) years after the
                               payments.             placement date of
                                                     the flag.
Unauthorized Transfer of      When a TPA is         Retained for five
 Physical Assets (TPA).        completed without     (5) years after the
                               prior HUD approval.   placement date of
                                                     the flag.
Suspension/Termination of     When HUD suspends     Retained for five
 Payments.                     subsidy payments      (5) years after the
                               due to non-           placement date of
                               compliance with       the flag.
                               Program Obligations.
Unauthorized Secondary        When Secondary        Retained for five
 Financing.                    Financing is          (5) years after the
                               utilized without      placement date of
                               prior HUD approval.   the flag.
General Contractor            Material failure to   Retained for five
 Performance--Construction     build project in      (5) years after the
 Compliance.                   accordance with       placement date of
                               approved Plans and    the flag provided
                               Specifications        that noncompliance
                               (During               has been cured to
                               Construction          HUD's satisfaction.
                               Period).
General Contractor            Failure to correct    Retained for five
 Performance--One Year         material warranty     (5) years after the
 Warranty.                     issues identified     placement date of
                               in HUD's Nine-Month   the flag provided
                               and 12-Month          that noncompliance
                               Warranty              has been cured to
                               Inspections (After    HUD's satisfaction.
                               Construction
                               Period).
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Tier 3 Flags: Temporary Risk to the Department

    Tier 3 flags relate to a single and/or less serious incident of 
non-compliance and can be resolved and removed.

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          Flag type                  Reason           Duration of flag
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Failure to File Financial     Automatically         Removed when the
 Statements.                   Flagged when the      missing Annual
                               Annual Financial      Financial
                               Statements are        Statements are
                               overdue.              filed or five (5)
                                                     years after the
                                                     placement date of
                                                     the flag, whichever
                                                     is sooner.
Delinquent three or more      Flagged when          Removed when there
 times in the last year.       borrower fails to     is a one-year
                               remit mortgage        period of time in
                               payment by the        which borrower has
                               fifteenth of the      made all mortgage
                               month, three or       payments by the
                               more times in a       fifteenth of each
                               given one-year        respective month,
                               period.               or five (5) years
                                                     after the placement
                                                     date of the flag,
                                                     whichever is
                                                     sooner.
Unacceptable Physical         Most recent REAC      Removed when the
 Condition.                    score is below 60,    most recent REAC
                               and additional        score is above 59.
                               (does not need to
                               be consecutive)
                               REAC score(s) below
                               60 over the past
                               five years..
Unsatisfactory Management     Flagged when there    Removed when there
 Review.                       is an                 is a Satisfactory
                               Unsatisfactory        Management Review,
                               Management Review.    or five (5) years
                                                     after the placement
                                                     date of the flag
                                                     whichever is
                                                     sooner.
Violation of Business         One incident of       Removed when the
 Agreements-Unauthorized       Unauthorized          unauthorized
 Distributions.                Distributions.        distribution is
                                                     repaid or five (5)
                                                     years after the
                                                     placement date of
                                                     the flag whichever
                                                     is sooner.
Violation of Business         Material Unresolved   Removed when the
 Agreements-Material           Audit Findings.       finding is resolved
 Unresolved Audit Findings.                          or five (5) years
                                                     after the placement
                                                     date of the flag
                                                     whichever is
                                                     sooner.
Failure to Provide or Comply  Failure to provide    Removed when the
 with Action Plan.             or comply with a      action plan is
                               HUD required action   received and in
                               plan and/or           good standing or
                               certification in a    five (5) years
                               timely manner..       after the placement
                                                     date of the flag
                                                     whichever is
                                                     sooner.
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Significant Changes to the Guide

    HUD will not make any significant changes to the Guide without 
first offering advance notice and the opportunity for comment for a 
period of not less than 30 days.

[FR Doc. 2016-11346 Filed 5-16-16; 8:45 am]
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