30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Public Housing Agencies Service Areas Solicitation of Comments, 6209-6210 [2018-02936]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 30 / Tuesday, February 13, 2018 / Notices Estimated Number of Responses: 524,815. Frequency of Response: On occasion. Average Hours per Response: 0.5 Total Estimated Annual Burden and Cost: 26,240. B. Solicitation of Public Comment This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected parties concerning the collection of information described in Section A on the following: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond: Including through the use of appropriate automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. HUD encourages interested parties to submit comment in response to these questions. Authority: Section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35. Dated: January 30, 2018. Colette Pollard, Department Reports Management Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–02935 Filed 2–12–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–7001–N–06] 30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Public Housing Agencies Service Areas Solicitation of Comments Office of the Chief Information Officer, HUD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: HUD submitted the proposed information collection requirement described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 30 days of public comment. DATES: Comments Due Date: March 15, 2018. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 23:12 Feb 12, 2018 Jkt 244001 this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: HUD Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503; fax: 202–395–5806, Email: OIRA Submission@omb.eop.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colette Pollard, Reports Management Officer, QMAC, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Washington, DC 20410; email Colette.Pollard@hud.gov, or telephone 202–402–3400. This is not a toll-free number. Person 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. Pollard. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD is seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in Section A. The Federal Register notice that solicited public comment on the information collection for a period of 60 days was published on October 11, 2017 at 82 FR 47236. A. Overview of Information Collection Title of Information Collection: Public Housing Agencies Service Areas Solicitation of Comments. OMB Approval Number: 2577-New. Type of Request: New Collection. Form Number: Interactive Geospatial tool currently under development and will be available upon completion. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: HUD proposes to use the following information collection methodology to gather Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) service area boundaries. An interactive geospatial tool will be provided by HUD for PHAs to access online. Through this online tool, HUD will present PHAs with estimates of their service area boundaries based on the locations of the PHA’s public housing units and Housing Choice Vouchers in relation to Units of General Local Government. PHAs will be provided an opportunity to revise HUD’s initial estimates using the online tool. The online, interactive tool will provide PHAs with the ability to designate boundaries that more accurately reflect their actual service areas under state and local law. PHAs will be able to do so by identifying Units of General Local Government boundaries that more closely reflect their actual service areas. The United States Housing Act of 1937 (1937 Act) in Section 3(b)(6) PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 6209 defines a Public Housing Agency, in part, as: ‘‘Except as provided in subparagraph (b), . . . any State, county, municipality, or other governmental entity or public body (or agency or instrumentality thereof) which is authorized to engage in or assist in the development or operation of public housing.’’ 42 U.S.C. 1437a. The section includes additional provisions related to PHAs operating Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers. The 1937 Act therefore includes a reference to applicable state and local laws that PHAs operate pursuant to. HUD’s regulations, at 24 CFR 982.4, defines a PHA’s Jurisdiction as, ‘‘the area in which the PHA has authority under State and local law to administer the program.’’ HUD is proposing an information collection regarding PHAs’ applicable jurisdictions, also known as service areas, in which they are authorized to operate under state and local law. Through the online tool, HUD will present PHAs with estimates of their service area boundaries, based on the locations of the PHA’s public housing unit and Housing Choice Vouchers in relation to Units of General Local Government. HUD is aware that these initial estimates may not reflect the PHA’s defined service area in accordance with State and local law, therefore, PHAs will be provided an opportunity to revise HUD’s initial estimates using the online tool. When revising HUD’s estimates, PHAs will be instructed to include in their revisions the areas in which they are authorized to operate under state and local law, not only the areas in which they currently operate. This means including areas that the PHA may have no public housing developments or HCVs, but where the PHA could operate those programs. If the PHA believes that HUD’s estimate of its service area is accurate, the PHA will be asked to validate or accept HUD’s estimation within the online tool. The information collection described in this Notice will use an online electronic methodology intended to reduce administrative costs for PHAs and the federal government. The information obtained through this information collection is intended to assist in HUD program operations and in providing data to HUD’s program participants, stakeholders, and the. Collecting PHA service area boundaries in a simple electronic format will aid in the provision of data that can be used in conducting the statement of housing needs assessments as required by the PHA Annual Plan pursuant to 24 CFR 903.7. The information will be used by HUD to provide data to PHAs for use E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1 6210 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 30 / Tuesday, February 13, 2018 / Notices estimating the impact of changes in Fair Market Rents, including Small Area Fair Market Rents. The information may also be useful for the general public, for instance, in locating local affordable housing providers and increasing awareness of local affordable housing options. in completing Assessments of Fair Housing. Such information is also highly relevant for informing Housing Choice Voucher policy decisions, including those related to mobility and portability. HUD itself will utilize the information to inform operations of the public housing, Housing Choice Voucher and other programs, and for Number of respondents PHA Service Area Information. Total Burden ........... Number of responses per respondent Estimated total burden (in hours) 3,942 1 Once per Assessment of Fair Housing cycle. (i.e. generally once every five years). 1 3,942 ........................ ........................ .............................................................................. ........................ 3,942 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected parties concerning the collection of information described in Section A on the following: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond: Including through the use of appropriate automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. HUD encourages interested parties to submit comment in response to these questions. Fish and Wildlife Service Authority: Section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35. Dated: January 30, 2018. Colette Pollard, Department Reports Management Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–02936 Filed 2–12–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Estimated average time for requirement (in hours) Frequency of response B. 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The ESA also requires that we invite public comment before issuing these permits. DATES: To ensure consideration, we must receive your written comments by March 15, 2018. ADDRESSES: Requesting Copies of Applications or Public Comments: Copies of applications or public comments concerning any of the applications in this notice may be obtained by any party who submits a written request for a copy of such documents to the following office within 30 days of the date of publication of this notice, subject to the requirements of the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) and the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552): Program Manager, Restoration and Endangered Species Classification, Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Pacific Regional Office, 911 NE 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232–4181. Submitting Comments: You may submit comments by one of the following methods. Please specify applicant name(s) and application number(s) to which your comments pertain (e.g., TE–XXXXXX). • Email: permitsR1ES@fws.gov. Please refer to the respective permit number (e.g., Application No. TE– XXXXXX) in the subject line of your email message. • U.S. Mail: Program Manager, Restoration and Endangered Species Classification, Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Regional Office, 911 NE 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232–4181. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colleen Henson, Recovery Permits Coordinator, Ecological Services, (503) 231–6131 (phone); permitsR1ES@ fws.gov (email). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), invite the public to comment on applications for permits to conduct activities intended to promote recovery of endangered species. With some exceptions, the ESA prohibits certain activities with endangered species unless a Federal permit allows such activity. 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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 30 (Tuesday, February 13, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 6209-6210]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-02936]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

[Docket No. FR-7001-N-06]


30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Public Housing 
Agencies Service Areas Solicitation of Comments

AGENCY: Office of the Chief Information Officer, HUD.

ACTION: Notice.

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

DATES: Comments Due Date: March 15, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding 
this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB 
Control Number and should be sent to: HUD Desk Officer, Office of 
Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 
20503; fax: 202-395-5806, Email: OIRA [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colette Pollard, Reports Management 
Officer, QMAC, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th 
Street SW, Washington, DC 20410; email [email protected], or 
telephone 202-402-3400. This is not a toll-free number. Person 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. Pollard.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD is 
seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in 
Section A.
    The Federal Register notice that solicited public comment on the 
information collection for a period of 60 days was published on October 
11, 2017 at 82 FR 47236.

A. Overview of Information Collection

    Title of Information Collection: Public Housing Agencies Service 
Areas Solicitation of Comments.
    OMB Approval Number: 2577-New.
    Type of Request: New Collection.
    Form Number: Interactive Geospatial tool currently under 
development and will be available upon completion.
    Description of the need for the information and proposed use: HUD 
proposes to use the following information collection methodology to 
gather Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) service area boundaries. An 
interactive geospatial tool will be provided by HUD for PHAs to access 
online. Through this online tool, HUD will present PHAs with estimates 
of their service area boundaries based on the locations of the PHA's 
public housing units and Housing Choice Vouchers in relation to Units 
of General Local Government. PHAs will be provided an opportunity to 
revise HUD's initial estimates using the online tool. The online, 
interactive tool will provide PHAs with the ability to designate 
boundaries that more accurately reflect their actual service areas 
under state and local law. PHAs will be able to do so by identifying 
Units of General Local Government boundaries that more closely reflect 
their actual service areas.
    The United States Housing Act of 1937 (1937 Act) in Section 3(b)(6) 
defines a Public Housing Agency, in part, as: ``Except as provided in 
subparagraph (b), . . . any State, county, municipality, or other 
governmental entity or public body (or agency or instrumentality 
thereof) which is authorized to engage in or assist in the development 
or operation of public housing.'' 42 U.S.C. 1437a. The section includes 
additional provisions related to PHAs operating Section 8 Housing 
Choice Vouchers. The 1937 Act therefore includes a reference to 
applicable state and local laws that PHAs operate pursuant to. HUD's 
regulations, at 24 CFR 982.4, defines a PHA's Jurisdiction as, ``the 
area in which the PHA has authority under State and local law to 
administer the program.''
    HUD is proposing an information collection regarding PHAs' 
applicable jurisdictions, also known as service areas, in which they 
are authorized to operate under state and local law. Through the online 
tool, HUD will present PHAs with estimates of their service area 
boundaries, based on the locations of the PHA's public housing unit and 
Housing Choice Vouchers in relation to Units of General Local 
Government. HUD is aware that these initial estimates may not reflect 
the PHA's defined service area in accordance with State and local law, 
therefore, PHAs will be provided an opportunity to revise HUD's initial 
estimates using the online tool. When revising HUD's estimates, PHAs 
will be instructed to include in their revisions the areas in which 
they are authorized to operate under state and local law, not only the 
areas in which they currently operate. This means including areas that 
the PHA may have no public housing developments or HCVs, but where the 
PHA could operate those programs. If the PHA believes that HUD's 
estimate of its service area is accurate, the PHA will be asked to 
validate or accept HUD's estimation within the online tool.
    The information collection described in this Notice will use an 
online electronic methodology intended to reduce administrative costs 
for PHAs and the federal government. The information obtained through 
this information collection is intended to assist in HUD program 
operations and in providing data to HUD's program participants, 
stakeholders, and the.
    Collecting PHA service area boundaries in a simple electronic 
format will aid in the provision of data that can be used in conducting 
the statement of housing needs assessments as required by the PHA 
Annual Plan pursuant to 24 CFR 903.7. The information will be used by 
HUD to provide data to PHAs for use

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in completing Assessments of Fair Housing. Such information is also 
highly relevant for informing Housing Choice Voucher policy decisions, 
including those related to mobility and portability. HUD itself will 
utilize the information to inform operations of the public housing, 
Housing Choice Voucher and other programs, and for estimating the 
impact of changes in Fair Market Rents, including Small Area Fair 
Market Rents. The information may also be useful for the general 
public, for instance, in locating local affordable housing providers 
and increasing awareness of local affordable housing options.
    The use of a geospatial data tool to collect this information has 
the advantage of simplifying and minimizing the administrative costs as 
well as directly linking the information to existing data resources 
without the need for additional cost to the federal government.

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                                                                                                                             Estimated
                                                                    Number of                                              average time      Estimated
                                                    Number of     responses per           Frequency of  response                for        total burden
                                                   respondents     respondent                                               requirement     (in hours)
                                                                                                                            (in hours)
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PHA Service Area Information...................           3,942               1  Once per Assessment of Fair Housing                   1           3,942
                                                                                  cycle. (i.e. generally once every five
                                                                                  years).
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    Total Burden...............................  ..............  ..............  .......................................  ..............           3,942
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B. Solicitation of Public Comment

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

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

    Dated: January 30, 2018.
Colette Pollard,
Department Reports Management Officer, Office of the Chief Information 
Officer.
[FR Doc. 2018-02936 Filed 2-12-18; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4210-67-P