60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Improving the Speed of Housing Recovery Program Launch After Severe Disasters, 76957-76958 [2016-26742]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 214 / Friday, November 4, 2016 / Notices ACTION: Notice. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT This notice amends the notice of a major disaster declaration for the State of South Carolina (FEMA–4286– DR), dated October 11, 2016, and related determinations. SUMMARY: DATES: Effective Date: October 18, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dean Webster, Office of Response and Recovery, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646–2833. The notice of a major disaster declaration for the State of South Carolina is hereby amended to include the following areas among those areas determined to have been adversely affected by the event declared a major disaster by the President in his declaration of October 11, 2016. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Colleton, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Jasper, Lee, Marion, Sumter, and Williamsburg Counties for Public Assistance [Categories C–G] (already designated for Individual Assistance and assistance for debris removal and emergency protective measures [Categories A and B], including direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program). Berkeley and Horry Counties for Public Assistance [Categories C–G] (already designated for assistance for debris removal and emergency protective measures [Categories A and B], including direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program). Orangeburg County for Public Assistance (already designated for Individual Assistance). The following Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers (CFDA) are to be used for reporting and drawing funds: 97.030, Community Disaster Loans; 97.031, Cora Brown Fund; 97.032, Crisis Counseling; 97.033, Disaster Legal Services; 97.034, Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA); 97.046, Fire Management Assistance Grant; 97.048, Disaster Housing Assistance to Individuals and Households In Presidentially Declared Disaster Areas; 97.049, Presidentially Declared Disaster Assistance— Disaster Housing Operations for Individuals and Households; 97.050 Presidentially Declared Disaster Assistance to Individuals and Households—Other Needs; 97.036, Disaster Grants—Public Assistance (Presidentially Declared Disasters); 97.039, Hazard Mitigation Grant. W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency. [FR Doc. 2016–26721 Filed 11–3–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–23–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:52 Nov 03, 2016 Jkt 241001 [Docket No. FR–5915–N–13] 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Improving the Speed of Housing Recovery Program Launch After Severe Disasters Office of Policy Development and Research, HUD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment. SUMMARY: DATES: Comments Due Date: January 3, 2017. Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: Anna P. Guido, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 4176, Washington, DC 20410–5000; telephone 202–402–5534 (this is not a toll-free number) or email at Anna.P.Guido@hud.gov for a copy of the proposed forms or other available information. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the tollfree Federal Relay Service at (800) 877– 8339. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anna P. Guido, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20410; email Anna P. Guido at Anna.P.Guido@ hud.gov or telephone 202–402–5535. This is not a toll-free number. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. Guido. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD is seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in Section A. ADDRESSES: A. Overview of Information Collection Title of Information Collection: Improving the Speed of Housing PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 76957 Recovery Program Launch after Severe Disaster. OMB Approval Number: Pending. Type of Request: New. Form Number: No forms. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: Since 1992, Congress has appropriated over $44 billion through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant—Disaster Recovery (CDBG–DR) program to support long-term recovery in communities affected by Presidentiallydeclared disasters. This has included $19.7 billion for recovery from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma in 2005, as well as $13 billion for recovery from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. These funds can be used for a wide variety of activities related to long-term recovery, including: Buyouts of homes in highrisk area; relocation or other compensation of affected households; rehabilitation/reconstruction of damaged homes; infrastructure and public improvements; demolition and debris removal; and economic development. CDBG–DR funds are appropriated to HUD and then allocated to affected states and local governments. At that point, the grantees will be eager to move quickly, to develop programs to provide support to individuals and organizations that need it, and to begin recovery in earnest. But launching a disaster recovery program can be an enormous challenge. Some grantees have minimal previous experience with the base CDBG program. Even the more experienced grantees struggle with the scale of the challenge—both the level of need in the community and the amount of funds suddenly available for deployment. And there are, of course, many challenges unique to disaster recovery, that grantees may never have had to deal with before. All of these factors, and more, combine to hinder the recovery of disaster-affected communities. The purpose of this project is to examine factors that contribute to delays in launching housing recovery programs in the wake of severe disasters, and to produce a guidebook that will help to accelerate that process. Conducting this research will require the research team (The Urban Institute, under HUD grant H–21670CA) to interview a variety of individuals with experience with disaster recovery, and the CDBG–DR program in particular. Respondents (i.e., affected public): This information collection will affect approximately 60 individuals that have been involved in the design and management of CDBG–DR programs, particularly those related to housing E:\FR\FM\04NON1.SGM 04NON1 76958 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 214 / Friday, November 4, 2016 / Notices recovery. Respondents are expected to be current or former employees of state and local governments that have received CDBG–DR funding, or current or former employees of private-sector entities that have supported those grantees. The study will focus on a purposive sample of CDBG–DR grantees, their selection based on the characteristics of the disaster and the grantee. This sample is expected to cover approximately 17 grantees: 12 grantees affected by 3 major disasters (4 grantees per disaster) and 5 grantees affected by smaller disasters (1 grantee per disaster). Once those grantees are selected, the research team will seek to interview an average of 4 individuals Information collection Number of respondents Interviews with Disaster Recovery staff. Frequency of response Annual burden hours Hourly cost per response Annual cost 1 1.5 87 $50 $4,350 58 ................... ........................ ........................ 87 50 4,350 This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected parties concerning the collection of information described in Section A on the following: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. HUD encourages interested parties to submit comment in response to these questions. Authority: Section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Burden hour per response One time ... B. Solicitation of Public Comment Dated: October 25, 2016. Katherine M. O’Regan, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research. [FR Doc. 2016–26742 Filed 11–3–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P 17:52 Nov 03, 2016 Responses per annum The other interviews will be conducted by telephone. All interviews will be confidential and not attributed to individuals by name or association. Interview results will be coded for analytical purposes and used to inform the study’s two key deliverables: A retrospective report on factors that contribute to rapid disaster recovery and a guidebook to help disaster-affected communities recover more quickly. The table below estimates the total burden to the public for the proposed information collection, assuming an hourly cost per response based on the GS–15 step 1 hourly wage rate. 58 Total ........................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 per major disaster grantee and 2 individuals per small disaster grantee (for a total of 58 respondents). Interview targets will include CDBG–DR program directors, CDBG–DR housing program managers, and other staff as needed. Interviews will be structured and will focus on important aspects of the period between the occurrence of the disaster and the completion of recovery activities, such as: program design decisions; hiring and training of staff; selection of contractors; and partnership with HUD and other recovery agencies. Interviews are expected to last an average of an hour and a half. The research team will conduct some interviews in person during site visits. Jkt 241001 DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT determined suitable or unsuitable this week. [Docket No. FR–5907–N–45] Dated: October 27, 2016. Brian P. Fitzmaurice, Director, Division of Community Assistance, Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs. Federal Property Suitable as Facilities To Assist the Homeless Office of the Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, HUD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This Notice identifies unutilized, underutilized, excess, and surplus Federal property reviewed by HUD for suitability for possible use to assist the homeless. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Juanita Perry, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 7266, Washington, DC 20410; telephone (202) 402–3970; TTY number for the hearing- and speechimpaired (202) 708–2565 (these telephone numbers are not toll-free), call the toll-free Title V information line at 800–927–7588 or send an email to title5@hud.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the December 12, 1988 court order in National Coalition for the Homeless v. Veterans Administration, No. 88–2503–OG (D.D.C.), HUD publishes a Notice, on a weekly basis, identifying unutilized, underutilized, excess and surplus Federal buildings and real property that HUD has reviewed for suitability for use to assist the homeless. Today’s Notice is for the purpose of announcing that no additional properties have been SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 [FR Doc. 2016–26468 Filed 11–3–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [Docket No. FWS–HQ–IA–2016–0134; FXIA16710900000–178–FF09A30000] Endangered Species; Receipt of Applications for Permit Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of receipt of applications for permit. 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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

[Docket No. FR-5915-N-13]


60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Improving the 
Speed of Housing Recovery Program Launch After Severe Disasters

AGENCY: Office of Policy Development and Research, HUD.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In 
accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment 
from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. 
The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment.

DATES: Comments Due Date: January 3, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding 
this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB 
Control Number and should be sent to: Anna P. Guido, Reports Management 
Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th 
Street SW., Room 4176, Washington, DC 20410-5000; telephone 202-402-
5534 (this is not a toll-free number) or email at Anna.P.Guido@hud.gov 
for a copy of the proposed forms or other available information. 
Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number 
through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at (800) 
877-8339.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anna P. Guido, Reports Management 
Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th 
Street SW., Washington, DC 20410; email Anna P. Guido at 
Anna.P.Guido@hud.gov or telephone 202-402-5535. This is not a toll-free 
number. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this 
number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at 
(800) 877-8339.
    Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from 
Ms. Guido.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD is 
seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in 
Section A.

A. Overview of Information Collection

    Title of Information Collection: Improving the Speed of Housing 
Recovery Program Launch after Severe Disaster.
    OMB Approval Number: Pending.
    Type of Request: New.
    Form Number: No forms.
    Description of the need for the information and proposed use: Since 
1992, Congress has appropriated over $44 billion through HUD's 
Community Development Block Grant--Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program 
to support long-term recovery in communities affected by 
Presidentially-declared disasters. This has included $19.7 billion for 
recovery from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma in 2005, as well as 
$13 billion for recovery from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. These funds can 
be used for a wide variety of activities related to long-term recovery, 
including: Buyouts of homes in high-risk area; relocation or other 
compensation of affected households; rehabilitation/reconstruction of 
damaged homes; infrastructure and public improvements; demolition and 
debris removal; and economic development.
    CDBG-DR funds are appropriated to HUD and then allocated to 
affected states and local governments. At that point, the grantees will 
be eager to move quickly, to develop programs to provide support to 
individuals and organizations that need it, and to begin recovery in 
earnest. But launching a disaster recovery program can be an enormous 
challenge. Some grantees have minimal previous experience with the base 
CDBG program. Even the more experienced grantees struggle with the 
scale of the challenge--both the level of need in the community and the 
amount of funds suddenly available for deployment. And there are, of 
course, many challenges unique to disaster recovery, that grantees may 
never have had to deal with before. All of these factors, and more, 
combine to hinder the recovery of disaster-affected communities. The 
purpose of this project is to examine factors that contribute to delays 
in launching housing recovery programs in the wake of severe disasters, 
and to produce a guidebook that will help to accelerate that process.
    Conducting this research will require the research team (The Urban 
Institute, under HUD grant H-21670CA) to interview a variety of 
individuals with experience with disaster recovery, and the CDBG-DR 
program in particular.
    Respondents (i.e., affected public): This information collection 
will affect approximately 60 individuals that have been involved in the 
design and management of CDBG-DR programs, particularly those related 
to housing

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recovery. Respondents are expected to be current or former employees of 
state and local governments that have received CDBG-DR funding, or 
current or former employees of private-sector entities that have 
supported those grantees. The study will focus on a purposive sample of 
CDBG-DR grantees, their selection based on the characteristics of the 
disaster and the grantee. This sample is expected to cover 
approximately 17 grantees: 12 grantees affected by 3 major disasters (4 
grantees per disaster) and 5 grantees affected by smaller disasters (1 
grantee per disaster). Once those grantees are selected, the research 
team will seek to interview an average of 4 individuals per major 
disaster grantee and 2 individuals per small disaster grantee (for a 
total of 58 respondents). Interview targets will include CDBG-DR 
program directors, CDBG-DR housing program managers, and other staff as 
needed. Interviews will be structured and will focus on important 
aspects of the period between the occurrence of the disaster and the 
completion of recovery activities, such as: program design decisions; 
hiring and training of staff; selection of contractors; and partnership 
with HUD and other recovery agencies. Interviews are expected to last 
an average of an hour and a half. The research team will conduct some 
interviews in person during site visits. The other interviews will be 
conducted by telephone.
    All interviews will be confidential and not attributed to 
individuals by name or association. Interview results will be coded for 
analytical purposes and used to inform the study's two key 
deliverables: A retrospective report on factors that contribute to 
rapid disaster recovery and a guidebook to help disaster-affected 
communities recover more quickly.
    The table below estimates the total burden to the public for the 
proposed information collection, assuming an hourly cost per response 
based on the GS-15 step 1 hourly wage rate.

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                                       Number of        Frequency of       Responses per    Burden hour    Annual burden    Hourly cost
      Information collection          respondents         response             annum       per response        hours       per response     Annual cost
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Interviews with Disaster Recovery               58  One time............               1             1.5              87             $50          $4,350
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    Total.........................              58  ....................  ..............  ..............              87              50           4,350
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B. Solicitation of Public Comment

    This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and 
affected parties concerning the collection of information described in 
Section A on the following:
    (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including 
whether the information will have practical utility;
    (2) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information;
    (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
    (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., 
permitting electronic submission of responses. HUD encourages 
interested parties to submit comment in response to these questions.

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

    Dated: October 25, 2016.
Katherine M. O'Regan,
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research.
[FR Doc. 2016-26742 Filed 11-3-16; 8:45 am]
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