The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Announces the State Median Income Estimates for Federal Fiscal Year 2017, 57589-57591 [2016-19922]

Download as PDF 57589 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 163 / Tuesday, August 23, 2016 / Notices There is no cost to respondents except for their time. ESTIMATE OF ANNUALIZED BURDEN TABLE Number of responses per respondent Number of respondents Types of respondents Average burden per response (in hours) Total burden (in hours) Local, state, and territorial health departments ............................................... 60 157 35/60 5,496 Total .......................................................................................................... ........................ ........................ ........................ 5,496 Leroy A. Richardson, Chief, Information Collection Review Office, Office of Scientific Integrity, Office of the Associate Director for Science, Office of the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent directly to the following: Office of Management and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project, Email: OIRA_ SUBMISSION@OMB.EOP.GOV. Attn: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:56 Aug 22, 2016 Jkt 238001 2,000 Desk Officer for the Administration for Children and Families. Robert Sargis, Reports Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–20089 Filed 8–22–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families [CFDA Number: 93.568] The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Announces the State Median Income Estimates for Federal Fiscal Year 2017 Office of Community Services, ACF, HHS ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS), announces the State Median Income Estimates for a Four-Person Household for the Federal SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Number of responses per respondent 2 Average burden hours per response 1 Total burden hours 4,000 Fiscal Year (FFY) 2017 State Median Income Estimates for Use in the LowIncome Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for FFY 2017 (October 1, 2016, through September 30, 2017).. OCS published the estimates on July 5, 2016 in LIHEAP Information Memorandum (IM) 2016–03 as ‘‘State Median Income Estimates for Optional Use in FFY 2016 and Mandatory Use in FFY 2017’’. LIHEAP–IM–2016–03 is available at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ programs/ocs/resource/liheap-im-2016– 03-state-median-income-estimates-foroptional-use-in-ffy-2016-andmandatory-use-in-ffy-2017. OCS made the effective date of such estimates July 1, 2016. DATES: These estimates become effective at any time between July 1, 2016 and the later of (1) October 1, 2016; or (2) the beginning of a grantee’s fiscal year. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter Edelman, Program Analyst, Office of Community Services, 330 C Street SW., 5th Floor, Mail Room 5425, Washington, DC 20201. Telephone: 202–401–5292; Email: peter.edelman@ acf.hhs.gov. E:\FR\FM\23AUN1.SGM 23AUN1 57590 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 163 / Tuesday, August 23, 2016 / Notices This notice announces, for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the estimated median income of four-person households in each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for FFY 2017 (October 1, 2016, through September 30, 2017). LIHEAP grantees that choose to base their income eligibility criteria on these state median income (SMI) estimates may adopt these estimates (up to 60 percent) on July 1, 2016 or on a later date as discussed in the ‘‘DATES’’ section. This enables grantees to implement this notice during the period between the heating and cooling seasons. However, by October 1, 2016, or the beginning of the grantee’s fiscal year, whichever is later, grantees must adjust their income eligibility criteria so that they are in accord with the FFY 2017 SMI. Sixty percent of SMI for each LIHEAP grantee, as annually established by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, is one of the income criteria that LIHEAP grantees may use in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: determining a household’s income eligibility for LIHEAP. The SMI estimates in this notice are five-year estimates derived from the American Community Survey (ACS) conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce (Census Bureau). The use of the five-year data to derive the SMI estimates represents a change from the past nine years, during which OCS used three-year data to derive such estimates. The reasons for this change are (1) the Census Bureau’s cessation of the three-year data; and (2) the fact that the five-year data provides a more robust replacement option than the one-year data. For additional information about the ACS state median income estimates, including the definition of income and the derivation of medians see http:// www.census.gov/acs/www/Downloads/ data_documentation/ SubjectDefinitions/2013_ ACSSubjectDefinitions.pdf under ‘‘Income in the Past 12 Months.’’ For additional information about using the ACS five-year estimates versus using the one-year estimates, see http:// www.census.gov/acs/www/guidance_ for_data_users/estimates/. For additional information about the ACS in general, see http://www.census.gov/acs/ www/ or contact the Census Bureau’s Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division at (301) 763–3243. For additional information about the accuracy of the ACS SMI estimates, see http://www.census.gov/acs/www/ Downloads/data_documentation/ Accuracy/ MultiyearACSAccuracyofData2013.pdf. In the state-by-state listing of SMI and 60 percent of SMI for a four-person family for FFY 2017, LIHEAP grantees must regard ‘‘family’’ to be the equivalent of ‘‘household’’ with regard to setting their income eligibility criteria. This listing describes the method for adjusting SMI for households of different sizes, as specified in regulations applicable to LIHEAP (45 CFR 96.85(b)). These regulations were published in the Federal Register on March 3, 1988, (53 FR 6827) and amended on October 15, 1999 (64 FR 55858). ESTIMATED STATE MEDIAN INCOME FOR FOUR-PERSON FAMILIES, BY STATE, FOR FEDERAL FISCAL YEAR (FFY) 2017, FOR USE IN THE LOW-INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIHEAP) Estimated state median income for four-person families 1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES States Alabama ................................................................................................................................................................... Alaska ...................................................................................................................................................................... Arizona ..................................................................................................................................................................... Arkansas .................................................................................................................................................................. California .................................................................................................................................................................. Colorado .................................................................................................................................................................. Connecticut .............................................................................................................................................................. Delaware .................................................................................................................................................................. District of Columbia ................................................................................................................................................. Florida ...................................................................................................................................................................... Georgia .................................................................................................................................................................... Hawaii ...................................................................................................................................................................... Idaho ........................................................................................................................................................................ Illinois ....................................................................................................................................................................... Indiana ..................................................................................................................................................................... Iowa ......................................................................................................................................................................... Kansas ..................................................................................................................................................................... Kentucky .................................................................................................................................................................. Louisiana .................................................................................................................................................................. Maine ....................................................................................................................................................................... Maryland .................................................................................................................................................................. Massachusetts ......................................................................................................................................................... Michigan ................................................................................................................................................................... Minnesota ................................................................................................................................................................ Mississippi ................................................................................................................................................................ Missouri .................................................................................................................................................................... Montana ................................................................................................................................................................... Nebraska .................................................................................................................................................................. Nevada ..................................................................................................................................................................... New Hampshire ....................................................................................................................................................... New Jersey .............................................................................................................................................................. New Mexico ............................................................................................................................................................. New York ................................................................................................................................................................. North Carolina .......................................................................................................................................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:56 Aug 22, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\23AUN1.SGM 23AUN1 $67,621 95,967 67,273 60,481 80,458 87,928 108,592 88,703 98,640 67,643 70,132 88,921 64,234 85,516 73,397 80,299 77,760 70,084 73,263 78,749 109,262 108,978 77,718 94,387 59,701 74,162 71,453 78,773 68,978 100,496 109,113 61,783 88,451 70,000 60 percent of estimated state median income for four-person families 2 3 $40,573 57,580 40,364 36,289 48,275 52,757 65,155 53,222 59,184 40,586 42,079 53,353 38,540 51,310 44,038 48,179 46,656 42,050 43,958 47,249 65,557 65,387 46,631 56,632 35,821 44,497 42,872 47,264 41,387 60,298 65,468 37,070 53,071 42,000 57591 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 163 / Tuesday, August 23, 2016 / Notices ESTIMATED STATE MEDIAN INCOME FOR FOUR-PERSON FAMILIES, BY STATE, FOR FEDERAL FISCAL YEAR (FFY) 2017, FOR USE IN THE LOW-INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIHEAP)—Continued Estimated state median income for four-person families 1 States North Dakota ............................................................................................................................................................ Ohio ......................................................................................................................................................................... Oklahoma ................................................................................................................................................................. Oregon ..................................................................................................................................................................... Pennsylvania ............................................................................................................................................................ Rhode Island ............................................................................................................................................................ South Carolina ......................................................................................................................................................... South Dakota ........................................................................................................................................................... Tennessee ............................................................................................................................................................... Texas ....................................................................................................................................................................... Utah ......................................................................................................................................................................... Vermont ................................................................................................................................................................... Virginia ..................................................................................................................................................................... Washington .............................................................................................................................................................. West Virginia ............................................................................................................................................................ Wisconsin ................................................................................................................................................................. Wyoming .................................................................................................................................................................. Puerto Rico .............................................................................................................................................................. 60 percent of estimated state median income for four-person families 2 3 88,621 78,166 66,088 72,518 85,036 91,452 66,542 76,511 67,026 71,307 72,805 84,421 94,667 86,744 68,750 83,893 81,632 29,598 53,173 46,900 39,653 43,511 51,022 54,871 39,925 45,907 40,216 42,784 43,683 50,653 56,800 52,046 41,250 50,336 48,979 17,759 1 These figures were prepared by the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce (Census Bureau), from five-year estimates from the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 American Community Surveys (ACSs). These estimates, like those derived from any survey, are subject to two types of error: (1) Non-sampling Error, which consists of random errors that increase the variability of the data and non-random errors that consistently direct the data in a specific direction; and (2) Sampling Error, which consists of the error that arises from the use of probability sampling to create the sample. 2 These figures were calculated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services, Division of Energy Assistance by multiplying the estimated state median income for a four-person family for each state by 60 percent. 3 To adjust for different sizes of households for LIHEAP purposes, 45 CFR 96.85 calls for multiplying 60 percent of a state’s estimated median income for a four-person family by the following percentages: 52 percent for a one-person household, 68 percent for a two-person household, 84 percent for a three-person household, 100 percent for a four-person household, 116 percent for a five-person household, and 132 percent for a six-person household. For each additional household member above six people, 45 CFR 96.85 calls for adding three percentage points to the percentage for a six-person household (132 percent) and multiplying the new percentage by 60 percent of the median income for a four-person family. Statutory Authority: LIHEAP was last authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Pub. L. 109–58, which was enacted on August 8, 2005. This authorization expired on September 30, 2007, and reauthorization remains pending. The formula used to derive the SMI is authorized by 42 U.S.C. 8624(b)(2)(B)(ii). Mary M. Wayland, Senior Grants Policy Specialist, Division of Grants Policy, Office of Administration. 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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families

[CFDA Number: 93.568]


The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Announces the State 
Median Income Estimates for Federal Fiscal Year 2017

AGENCY: Office of Community Services, ACF, HHS

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of 
Community Services (OCS), announces the State Median Income Estimates 
for a Four-Person Household for the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2017 
State Median Income Estimates for Use in the Low-Income Home Energy 
Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for FFY 2017 (October 1, 2016, through 
September 30, 2017).. OCS published the estimates on July 5, 2016 in 
LIHEAP Information Memorandum (IM) 2016-03 as ``State Median Income 
Estimates for Optional Use in FFY 2016 and Mandatory Use in FFY 2017''. 
LIHEAP-IM-2016-03 is available at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/resource/liheap-im-2016-03-state-median-income-estimates-for-optional-use-in-ffy-2016-and-mandatory-use-in-ffy-2017. OCS made the effective 
date of such estimates July 1, 2016.

DATES: These estimates become effective at any time between July 1, 
2016 and the later of (1) October 1, 2016; or (2) the beginning of a 
grantee's fiscal year.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter Edelman, Program Analyst, Office 
of Community Services, 330 C Street SW., 5th Floor, Mail Room 5425, 
Washington, DC 20201. Telephone: 202-401-5292; Email: 
peter.edelman@acf.hhs.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice announces, for the Low-Income 
Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the estimated median income of 
four-person households in each state, the District of Columbia, and 
Puerto Rico for FFY 2017 (October 1, 2016, through September 30, 2017). 
LIHEAP grantees that choose to base their income eligibility criteria 
on these state median income (SMI) estimates may adopt these estimates 
(up to 60 percent) on July 1, 2016 or on a later date as discussed in 
the ``DATES'' section. This enables grantees to implement this notice 
during the period between the heating and cooling seasons. However, by 
October 1, 2016, or the beginning of the grantee's fiscal year, 
whichever is later, grantees must adjust their income eligibility 
criteria so that they are in accord with the FFY 2017 SMI.
    Sixty percent of SMI for each LIHEAP grantee, as annually 
established by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, is one of 
the income criteria that LIHEAP grantees may use in determining a 
household's income eligibility for LIHEAP.
    The SMI estimates in this notice are five-year estimates derived 
from the American Community Survey (ACS) conducted by the U.S. Census 
Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce (Census Bureau). The use of the 
five-year data to derive the SMI estimates represents a change from the 
past nine years, during which OCS used three-year data to derive such 
estimates. The reasons for this change are (1) the Census Bureau's 
cessation of the three-year data; and (2) the fact that the five-year 
data provides a more robust replacement option than the one-year data.
    For additional information about the ACS state median income 
estimates, including the definition of income and the derivation of 
medians see http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Downloads/data_documentation/SubjectDefinitions/2013_ACSSubjectDefinitions.pdf under ``Income in the 
Past 12 Months.'' For additional information about using the ACS five-
year estimates versus using the one-year estimates, see http://www.census.gov/acs/www/guidance_for_data_users/estimates/. For 
additional information about the ACS in general, see http://www.census.gov/acs/www/ or contact the Census Bureau's Social, 
Economic, and Housing Statistics Division at (301) 763-3243. For 
additional information about the accuracy of the ACS SMI estimates, see 
http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Downloads/data_documentation/Accuracy/MultiyearACSAccuracyofData2013.pdf.
    In the state-by-state listing of SMI and 60 percent of SMI for a 
four-person family for FFY 2017, LIHEAP grantees must regard ``family'' 
to be the equivalent of ``household'' with regard to setting their 
income eligibility criteria. This listing describes the method for 
adjusting SMI for households of different sizes, as specified in 
regulations applicable to LIHEAP (45 CFR 96.85(b)). These regulations 
were published in the Federal Register on March 3, 1988, (53 FR 6827) 
and amended on October 15, 1999 (64 FR 55858).

  Estimated State Median Income for Four-Person Families, by State, for
  Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2017, for Use in the Low-Income Home Energy
                       Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
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                                                           60 percent of
                                             Estimated       estimated
                                           state median    state median
                 States                     income for      income for
                                            four-person     four-person
                                           families \1\    families 2 3
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Alabama.................................         $67,621         $40,573
Alaska..................................          95,967          57,580
Arizona.................................          67,273          40,364
Arkansas................................          60,481          36,289
California..............................          80,458          48,275
Colorado................................          87,928          52,757
Connecticut.............................         108,592          65,155
Delaware................................          88,703          53,222
District of Columbia....................          98,640          59,184
Florida.................................          67,643          40,586
Georgia.................................          70,132          42,079
Hawaii..................................          88,921          53,353
Idaho...................................          64,234          38,540
Illinois................................          85,516          51,310
Indiana.................................          73,397          44,038
Iowa....................................          80,299          48,179
Kansas..................................          77,760          46,656
Kentucky................................          70,084          42,050
Louisiana...............................          73,263          43,958
Maine...................................          78,749          47,249
Maryland................................         109,262          65,557
Massachusetts...........................         108,978          65,387
Michigan................................          77,718          46,631
Minnesota...............................          94,387          56,632
Mississippi.............................          59,701          35,821
Missouri................................          74,162          44,497
Montana.................................          71,453          42,872
Nebraska................................          78,773          47,264
Nevada..................................          68,978          41,387
New Hampshire...........................         100,496          60,298
New Jersey..............................         109,113          65,468
New Mexico..............................          61,783          37,070
New York................................          88,451          53,071
North Carolina..........................          70,000          42,000

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North Dakota............................          88,621          53,173
Ohio....................................          78,166          46,900
Oklahoma................................          66,088          39,653
Oregon..................................          72,518          43,511
Pennsylvania............................          85,036          51,022
Rhode Island............................          91,452          54,871
South Carolina..........................          66,542          39,925
South Dakota............................          76,511          45,907
Tennessee...............................          67,026          40,216
Texas...................................          71,307          42,784
Utah....................................          72,805          43,683
Vermont.................................          84,421          50,653
Virginia................................          94,667          56,800
Washington..............................          86,744          52,046
West Virginia...........................          68,750          41,250
Wisconsin...............................          83,893          50,336
Wyoming.................................          81,632          48,979
Puerto Rico.............................          29,598          17,759
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\1\ These figures were prepared by the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S.
  Department of Commerce (Census Bureau), from five-year estimates from
  the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 American Community Surveys
  (ACSs). These estimates, like those derived from any survey, are
  subject to two types of error: (1) Non-sampling Error, which consists
  of random errors that increase the variability of the data and non-
  random errors that consistently direct the data in a specific
  direction; and (2) Sampling Error, which consists of the error that
  arises from the use of probability sampling to create the sample.
\2\ These figures were calculated by the U.S. Department of Health and
  Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of
  Community Services, Division of Energy Assistance by multiplying the
  estimated state median income for a four-person family for each state
  by 60 percent.
\3\ To adjust for different sizes of households for LIHEAP purposes, 45
  CFR 96.85 calls for multiplying 60 percent of a state's estimated
  median income for a four-person family by the following percentages:
  52 percent for a one-person household, 68 percent for a two-person
  household, 84 percent for a three-person household, 100 percent for a
  four-person household, 116 percent for a five-person household, and
  132 percent for a six-person household. For each additional household
  member above six people, 45 CFR 96.85 calls for adding three
  percentage points to the percentage for a six-person household (132
  percent) and multiplying the new percentage by 60 percent of the
  median income for a four-person family.

    Statutory Authority: LIHEAP was last authorized by the Energy 
Policy Act of 2005, Pub. L. 109-58, which was enacted on August 8, 
2005. This authorization expired on September 30, 2007, and 
reauthorization remains pending. The formula used to derive the SMI is 
authorized by 42 U.S.C. 8624(b)(2)(B)(ii).

Mary M. Wayland,
Senior Grants Policy Specialist, Division of Grants Policy, Office of 
Administration.
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