30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Evaluation of the Office of Public and Indian Housing's (PIH) Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) Program, 18071-18072 [2018-08579]

Download as PDF 18071 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 80 / Wednesday, April 25, 2018 / Notices the unique project number and Preliminary FIRM date listed in the tables. Additionally, the current effective FIRM and FIS report for each community are accessible online through the FEMA Map Service Center at https://msc.fema.gov for comparison. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 97.022, ‘‘Flood Insurance.’’) Community Dated: April 3, 2018. Roy E. Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance and Mitigation, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency. Community map repository address Burlington County, New Jersey (All Jurisdictions) Project: 17–02–0795S Preliminary Date: December 22, 2017 Township of Mount Laurel ........................................................................ [FR Doc. 2018–08589 Filed 4–24–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–12–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–7001–N–17] 30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Evaluation of the Office of Public and Indian Housing’s (PIH) Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) Program Office of the Chief Information Officer, 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 30 days of public comment. SUMMARY: DATES: Comments Due Date: May 25, 2018. 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 ADDRESSES: Base Period: Web ........................................................ Telephone .............................................. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503; fax:202–395–5806, Email: OIRA Submission@omb.eop.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anna P. Guido, Reports Management Officer, QMAC, 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. Person with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the tollfree 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. The Federal Register notice that solicited public comment on the information collection for a period of 60 days was published on July 22, 2016 at 81 FR 47813. A. Overview of Information Collection Title of Information Collection: Evaluation of the Office of Public and Indian Housing’s (PIH) Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) Program. OMB Approval Number: 2528—New. Type of Request: New. Form Number: N/A. Number of respondents Information collection Municipal Building, 100 Mount Laurel Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054. Frequency of Response Responses per annum Description of the Need for the Information and Proposed Use: The information is being collected to explore and document the effectiveness and value of HUD’s Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) program. EPCs are an innovative financing technique designed to provide Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) with cost-effective energy improvements that are installed with little or no up-front expenditures, wherein the costs of the improvements are typically borne by the performance contractor and repaid using a portion of the cost savings resulting from the improvements. Since this type of financing began in the 1980s, HUD has approved approximately 315 EPCs totaling nearly $1.5 billion in investments. EPCs have been executed in all ten HUD regions in very small (less than 250 units) to very large (more than 6,599 units) PHAs; however, to date; no substantive review of the program’s performance has been conducted. The proposed data collection instrument is a web-based survey that will be supported by followup telephone interviews to a subset of the study’s participants. Respondents (i.e., Affected Public): Employees of housing organizations receiving funding from HUD, specifically public housing authorities. Estimated Number of Respondents/ Estimated Number of Responses: Burden hour per response Annual burden hours Hourly cost per response 1 Annual cost 299.00 28.00 1.00 1.00 299.00 28.00 0.33 1.00 98.67 28.00 $34.79 34.79 $3,432.73 974.12 Total ................................................ Option Period: Web ........................................................ Telephone .............................................. 327.00 ........................ 327.00 ........................ 126.67 34.79 4,406.85 136.00 18.00 1.00 1.00 136.00 18.00 0.33 1.00 44.88 18.00 34.79 34.79 1,561.38 626.22 Total ................................................ 154.00 ........................ ........................ ........................ 62.88 34.79 2,187.60 Total ......................................... 481.00 ........................ ........................ ........................ 189.55 34.79 6,594.45 1 The Bureau of Labor Statistics National Compensation Survey reported estimates that in 2017, the average property manager made about $34.79/hour (see https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm). VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:12 Apr 24, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00079 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\25APN1.SGM 25APN1 18072 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 80 / Wednesday, April 25, 2018 / Notices 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. Section 202(c)(5) of the National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. § 1708(c)(5)) requires that HUD ‘‘publish a description of and the cause for administrative action against a HUD-approved mortgagee’’ by HUD’s Mortgagee Review Board (‘‘Board’’). In compliance with the requirements of Section 202(c)(5), this notice advises of actions that have been taken by the Board in its meetings from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Civil Money Penalties, Withdrawals of FHA Approval, Suspensions, Probations, and Reprimands 1. Alliance Financial Resources, LLC., Phoenix, AZ [Docket No. 16–1861–MR] [Docket No. FR–6097–N–01] Action: On June 27, 2017, the Board voted to accept the terms of a settlement agreement with Alliance Financial Resources, LLC. (‘‘Alliance’’) that required Alliance to pay a civil money penalty in the amount of $13,000. The settlement did not constitute an admission of liability or fault. Cause: The Board took this action based on the following violations of HUD/FHA requirements alleged by HUD: Alliance (a) failed to timely notify HUD/FHA that Alliance entered into a Consent Order with the State of Oklahoma Department of Consumer Credit which required Alliance to pay a penalty; and (b) falsely certified on its annual certification that it had not been sanctioned by a state agency, notwithstanding the Consent Order with the Oklahoma Department of Consumer Credit. Mortgagee Review Board: Administrative Actions 2. Citizens Bank, N.A., Warwick, RI [Docket No. 16–1771–MR] Office of the Assistant Secretary for Housing—Federal Housing Commissioner, Department of Housing and Urban Development (‘‘HUD’’). ACTION: Notice. Action: On December 15, 2016, the Board voted to accept the terms of a settlement agreement with Citizens Bank, N.A. (‘‘Citizens’’) that required Citizens to pay a civil money penalty in the amount of $25,500. The settlement did not constitute an admission of liability or fault. Cause: The Board took this action based on the following violations of HUD/FHA requirements alleged by HUD: Citizens (a) failed to timely notify HUD/FHA that Citizens entered into a Consent Order with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau which required Citizens to pay a penalty; (b) failed to timely notify HUD/FHA that Citizens had been assessed a civil money penalty by the Office of the Comptroller of Currency; and (c) failed to notify HUD/FHA that Citizens was assessed another civil money penalty by the Office of the Comptroller of Currency. Authority: Section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35. Dated: April 18, 2018. Anna P. Guido, Department Reports Management Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–08579 Filed 4–24–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT AGENCY: In compliance with Section 202(c)(5) of the National Housing Act, this notice advises of the cause and description of administrative actions taken by HUD’s Mortgagee Review Board against HUD-approved mortgagees. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy A. Murray, Secretary to the Mortgagee Review Board, 451 Seventh Street SW, Room B–133/3150, Washington, DC 20410–8000; telephone (202) 708–2224 (this is not a toll-free number). Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the tollfree Federal Information Service at (800) 877–8339. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:12 Apr 24, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00080 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3. CMG Mortgage, Inc., San Ramon, CA [Docket No. 16–1770–MR] Action: On December 15, 2016, the Board voted to accept a settlement agreement with CMG Mortgage, Inc. (‘‘CMG’’) that required CMG to pay a civil money penalty in the amount of $8,500. The settlement did not constitute an admission of liability or fault. Cause: The Board took this action based on the following violation of HUD/FHA requirements alleged by HUD: CMG failed to timely notify HUD/ FHA that it entered into a Settlement Agreement with the State of New York Department of Financial Services under which it paid a fine. 4. Financial Freedom, a Division of CIT Bank N.A., Irvine, CA [Docket No.17– 0036–FC] Action: On January 9, 2017, the Board voted to accept a settlement agreement with Financial Freedom; pursuant to the settlement agreement, Financial Freedom was required to pay the United States $89,274,944 without admitting liability. Cause: The Board took this action because Financial Freedom allegedly failed to self-curtail debenture interest on mortgage insurance claims it had submitted to HUD relating to HECM loans. 5. Great Western Financial Services, Inc., Plano, TX [Docket No. 16–1781– MR] Action: On June 27, 2017, the Board voted to accept a settlement agreement with Great Western Financial Services (‘‘Great Western’’) that required Great Western to pay a civil money penalty in the amount of $52,468. The settlement did not constitute an admission of liability or fault. Cause: The Board took this action based on the following violations of HUD/FHA requirements alleged by HUD: Great Western (a) failed to timely notify HUD/FHA that it was assessed a fine by the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Division of Banking; (b) failed to timely notify HUD/FHA that it was issued a Consent Order by the State of Oklahoma Department of Consumer Credit requiring Great Western to pay a civil money penalty; (c) failed to timely notify HUD/FHA that it was issued a Consent Order by the State of Connecticut Department of Banking requiring Great Western to pay a civil money penalty; (d) failed to timely notify HUD/FHA that it was issued a Consent Order by the State of Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage E:\FR\FM\25APN1.SGM 25APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 80 (Wednesday, April 25, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 18071-18072]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-08579]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

[Docket No. FR-7001-N-17]


30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Evaluation of 
the Office of Public and Indian Housing's (PIH) Energy Performance 
Contracting (EPC) Program

AGENCY: Office of the Chief Information Officer, 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 30 days of public comment.

DATES: Comments Due Date: May 25, 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: Anna P. Guido, Reports Management 
Officer, QMAC, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th 
Street SW, Washington, DC 20410; email Anna P. Guido at 
[email protected] or telephone 202-402-5535. 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. Guido.

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 July 
22, 2016 at 81 FR 47813.

A. Overview of Information Collection

    Title of Information Collection: Evaluation of the Office of Public 
and Indian Housing's (PIH) Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) 
Program.
    OMB Approval Number: 2528--New.
    Type of Request: New.
    Form Number: N/A.
    Description of the Need for the Information and Proposed Use: The 
information is being collected to explore and document the 
effectiveness and value of HUD's Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) 
program. EPCs are an innovative financing technique designed to provide 
Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) with cost-effective energy 
improvements that are installed with little or no up-front 
expenditures, wherein the costs of the improvements are typically borne 
by the performance contractor and repaid using a portion of the cost 
savings resulting from the improvements. Since this type of financing 
began in the 1980s, HUD has approved approximately 315 EPCs totaling 
nearly $1.5 billion in investments. EPCs have been executed in all ten 
HUD regions in very small (less than 250 units) to very large (more 
than 6,599 units) PHAs; however, to date; no substantive review of the 
program's performance has been conducted. The proposed data collection 
instrument is a web-based survey that will be supported by follow-up 
telephone interviews to a subset of the study's participants.
    Respondents (i.e., Affected Public): Employees of housing 
organizations receiving funding from HUD, specifically public housing 
authorities.
    Estimated Number of Respondents/Estimated Number of Responses:

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                                                                                                                            Hourly cost
         Information collection              Number of     Frequency of    Responses per    Burden hour    Annual burden   per response     Annual cost
                                            respondents      Response          annum       per response        hours            \1\
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Base Period:
    Web.................................          299.00            1.00          299.00            0.33           98.67          $34.79       $3,432.73
    Telephone...........................           28.00            1.00           28.00            1.00           28.00           34.79          974.12
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        Total...........................          327.00  ..............          327.00  ..............          126.67           34.79        4,406.85
Option Period:
    Web.................................          136.00            1.00          136.00            0.33           44.88           34.79        1,561.38
    Telephone...........................           18.00            1.00           18.00            1.00           18.00           34.79          626.22
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        Total...........................          154.00  ..............  ..............  ..............           62.88           34.79        2,187.60
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            Total.......................          481.00  ..............  ..............  ..............          189.55           34.79        6,594.45
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\1\ The Bureau of Labor Statistics National Compensation Survey reported estimates that in 2017, the average property manager made about $34.79/hour
  (see https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm).


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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: April 18, 2018.
Anna P. Guido,
Department Reports Management Officer, Office of the Chief Information 
Officer.
[FR Doc. 2018-08579 Filed 4-24-18; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4210-67-P