Waiver and Alternative Requirement for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Grantees, 6813-6814 [2019-03530]

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[FR Doc. 2019–03533 Filed 2–27–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–28–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–6136–N–02] khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Waiver and Alternative Requirement for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG–DR) Grantees Office of the Secretary, HUD. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: On January 9, 2019, HUD published a Federal Register notice waiving and establishing an alternative requirement for the timing of review of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG–DR) Action SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:52 Feb 27, 2019 Jkt 247001 Plans for Disaster Recovery and Action Plan amendments that were pending approval as of December 22, 2018. HUD took this action due to the lapse in its appropriations for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 and the resultant inability to satisfactorily complete the review and approval process consistent with HUD’s customary timeline. The January 9, 2019 notice stated that HUD would announce a revised time period for completion of the review of pending Action Plans and amendments following enactment of funding for the Department’s normal operations. Through this notice, HUD announces the revised review deadline. DATES: Applicability Date: February 28, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David C. Woll, Jr., Acting Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Room 7100, Washington, DC 20410, telephone number 202–708– 2690. Persons with hearing or speech disability may access this number via TTY/VRS by calling the Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339. Facsimile inquiries may be sent to Mr. Woll at 202–708–0033. (Except for the ‘‘800’’ number, these telephone numbers are not toll-free.) Email inquiries may be sent to disaster_recovery@hud.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Public Law 115–123 1 appropriated $28 billion of CDBG–DR funding for two purposes: (1) To address unmet needs arising from certain major declared disasters that occurred in 2017; 2 and (2) to fund mitigation activities for all CDBG–DR grantees that received CDBG– DR funding in response to unmet needs arising from major disasters declared in 2015, 2016, and 2017. These funds were in addition to $7.4 billion appropriated by Public Law 115–56 3 for unmet needs arising from major declared disasters in 2017. HUD allocated virtually all funding for unmet needs and established administrative requirements via two Federal Register notices 1 See Further Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2018, title XI, subdivision I, division B, of Public Law 115–123. 2 Of the amounts for unmet needs, $2 billion in CDBG–DR is more specifically for the purpose of enhancing or improving electrical power systems in jurisdictions affected by Hurricane Maria in 2017. A Federal Register notice for such amounts will be published in the future. 3 See Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements, 2017, division B of Public Law 115–56. PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 6813 published on February 9, 2018,4 and August 14, 2018.5 In general, the funds for unmet needs are to be used for activities authorized under title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 6 (HCD Act) related to disaster relief, long-term recovery, restoration of infrastructure and housing, and economic revitalization in the ‘‘most impacted and distressed’’ areas resulting from the qualifying major disaster. By providing the supplemental disaster recovery funding under title I of the HCD Act, Congress implicates the general statutory and regulatory requirements of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Public Laws 115–123 and 115–56 require that, prior to the obligation of funds, grantees must submit for approval a plan to the Secretary that details the proposed use of funds. The February 9, 2018, and August 14, 2018, Federal Register notices and 24 CFR 91.500(a) provide that HUD must review these plans within 45 days from the date of receipt. HUD may use its regulatory waiver authority at 24 CFR 5.110 to extend this review period to 60 days from the date of receipt, consistent with HUD’s implementation of section 105(c)(1) of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act (42 U.S.C. 12705(c)(1)), which governs action plan submissions under HUD’s consolidated planning regulations at 24 CFR part 91. Public Laws 115–123 and 115–56 also authorize the Secretary of HUD to waive or specify alternative requirements for any statutory or regulatory provision administered by HUD in connection with CDBG–DR funds (except for requirements related to fair housing, nondiscrimination, labor standards, and the environment) upon a finding of good cause that the waiver or alternative requirement is not inconsistent with the overall purposes of title I of the HCD Act. Commencing at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on December 22, 2018, and ending on January 25, 2019, HUD operations were limited to certain excepted activities as a result of the lapse in FY 2019 appropriations. As a result, HUD could not be assured of completing its review of pending submissions and issuing affirmative approvals within the 60-day period established by section 105(c)(1) of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act. Accordingly, on January 9, 4 83 FR 5844. FR 40314. 6 42 U.S.C. 5301 et seq. 5 83 E:\FR\FM\28FEN1.SGM 28FEN1 6814 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 40 / Thursday, February 28, 2019 / Notices 2019, 7 HUD published a notice announcing that the Secretary found good cause to waive the statutory 60-day review deadline and was issuing an alternative requirement for review of pending Action Plans and Action Plan amendments involving funding under Public Laws 115–123 and 115–56. The January 9, 2019, Federal Register notice provided that ‘‘HUD would review pending Action Plan Amendments and Action Plans and provide affected grantees with a decision within a time period which will be announced by HUD after enactment of funding for the Department’s normal operations.’’ 8 II. This Notice—Revised Review Deadline This notice announces the revised deadline for HUD review of CDBG–DR Action Plans and amendments. The revised deadline is measured from the end of the appropriations lapse that impacted HUD’s operations. The Department will review and respond not later than March 1, 2019, Action Plan amendments that were pending as of December 21, 2018. This approach means that HUD will act upon such Action Plan amendments within 35 days of resuming operations subsequent to the appropriations lapse that ended January 26, 2019. Concurrently, the Department will review and respond not later than March 15, 2019, to Action Plans that were pending as of December 21, 2018. This means that HUD will act upon such Action Plans within 50 days of resuming operations subsequent to the same appropriations lapse. These timeframes account for days lost to the review process during the lapse but also account for time associated with the full resumption of regular work activities by HUD staff subsequent to the end of the lapse. This approach acknowledges not only the general complexity of the Action Plan submissions, but also the cumulative impact upon HUD staffing and operations resulting from the lapse in appropriations. Dated: February 22, 2019. David C. Woll, Jr., Acting Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development. khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES [FR Doc. 2019–03530 Filed 2–27–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P 7 84 8 84 FR 97. FR 97, at 98, first column. 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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 40 (Thursday, February 28, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 6813-6814]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-03530]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

[Docket No. FR-6136-N-02]


Waiver and Alternative Requirement for Community Development 
Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Grantees

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, HUD.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: On January 9, 2019, HUD published a Federal Register notice 
waiving and establishing an alternative requirement for the timing of 
review of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) 
Action Plans for Disaster Recovery and Action Plan amendments that were 
pending approval as of December 22, 2018. HUD took this action due to 
the lapse in its appropriations for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 and the 
resultant inability to satisfactorily complete the review and approval 
process consistent with HUD's customary timeline. The January 9, 2019 
notice stated that HUD would announce a revised time period for 
completion of the review of pending Action Plans and amendments 
following enactment of funding for the Department's normal operations. 
Through this notice, HUD announces the revised review deadline.

DATES: Applicability Date: February 28, 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David C. Woll, Jr., Acting Assistant 
Secretary for Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of 
Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Room 7100, 
Washington, DC 20410, telephone number 202-708-2690. Persons with 
hearing or speech disability may access this number via TTY/VRS by 
calling the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Facsimile inquiries 
may be sent to Mr. Woll at 202-708-0033. (Except for the ``800'' 
number, these telephone numbers are not toll-free.) Email inquiries may 
be sent to disaster_recovery@hud.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    Public Law 115-123 \1\ appropriated $28 billion of CDBG-DR funding 
for two purposes: (1) To address unmet needs arising from certain major 
declared disasters that occurred in 2017; \2\ and (2) to fund 
mitigation activities for all CDBG-DR grantees that received CDBG-DR 
funding in response to unmet needs arising from major disasters 
declared in 2015, 2016, and 2017. These funds were in addition to $7.4 
billion appropriated by Public Law 115-56 \3\ for unmet needs arising 
from major declared disasters in 2017. HUD allocated virtually all 
funding for unmet needs and established administrative requirements via 
two Federal Register notices published on February 9, 2018,\4\ and 
August 14, 2018.\5\
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    \1\ See Further Additional Supplemental Appropriations for 
Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2018, title XI, subdivision I, 
division B, of Public Law 115-123.
    \2\ Of the amounts for unmet needs, $2 billion in CDBG-DR is 
more specifically for the purpose of enhancing or improving 
electrical power systems in jurisdictions affected by Hurricane 
Maria in 2017. A Federal Register notice for such amounts will be 
published in the future.
    \3\ See Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief 
Requirements, 2017, division B of Public Law 115-56.
    \4\ 83 FR 5844.
    \5\ 83 FR 40314.
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    In general, the funds for unmet needs are to be used for activities 
authorized under title I of the Housing and Community Development Act 
of 1974 \6\ (HCD Act) related to disaster relief, long-term recovery, 
restoration of infrastructure and housing, and economic revitalization 
in the ``most impacted and distressed'' areas resulting from the 
qualifying major disaster. By providing the supplemental disaster 
recovery funding under title I of the HCD Act, Congress implicates the 
general statutory and regulatory requirements of the Community 
Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
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    \6\ 42 U.S.C. 5301 et seq.
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    Public Laws 115-123 and 115-56 require that, prior to the 
obligation of funds, grantees must submit for approval a plan to the 
Secretary that details the proposed use of funds. The February 9, 2018, 
and August 14, 2018, Federal Register notices and 24 CFR 91.500(a) 
provide that HUD must review these plans within 45 days from the date 
of receipt. HUD may use its regulatory waiver authority at 24 CFR 5.110 
to extend this review period to 60 days from the date of receipt, 
consistent with HUD's implementation of section 105(c)(1) of the 
Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act (42 U.S.C. 
12705(c)(1)), which governs action plan submissions under HUD's 
consolidated planning regulations at 24 CFR part 91.
    Public Laws 115-123 and 115-56 also authorize the Secretary of HUD 
to waive or specify alternative requirements for any statutory or 
regulatory provision administered by HUD in connection with CDBG-DR 
funds (except for requirements related to fair housing, 
nondiscrimination, labor standards, and the environment) upon a finding 
of good cause that the waiver or alternative requirement is not 
inconsistent with the overall purposes of title I of the HCD Act.
    Commencing at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on December 
22, 2018, and ending on January 25, 2019, HUD operations were limited 
to certain excepted activities as a result of the lapse in FY 2019 
appropriations. As a result, HUD could not be assured of completing its 
review of pending submissions and issuing affirmative approvals within 
the 60-day period established by section 105(c)(1) of the Cranston-
Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act. Accordingly, on January 9,

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2019, \7\ HUD published a notice announcing that the Secretary found 
good cause to waive the statutory 60-day review deadline and was 
issuing an alternative requirement for review of pending Action Plans 
and Action Plan amendments involving funding under Public Laws 115-123 
and 115-56. The January 9, 2019, Federal Register notice provided that 
``HUD would review pending Action Plan Amendments and Action Plans and 
provide affected grantees with a decision within a time period which 
will be announced by HUD after enactment of funding for the 
Department's normal operations.'' \8\
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    \7\ 84 FR 97.
    \8\ 84 FR 97, at 98, first column.
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II. This Notice--Revised Review Deadline

    This notice announces the revised deadline for HUD review of CDBG-
DR Action Plans and amendments. The revised deadline is measured from 
the end of the appropriations lapse that impacted HUD's operations. The 
Department will review and respond not later than March 1, 2019, Action 
Plan amendments that were pending as of December 21, 2018. This 
approach means that HUD will act upon such Action Plan amendments 
within 35 days of resuming operations subsequent to the appropriations 
lapse that ended January 26, 2019. Concurrently, the Department will 
review and respond not later than March 15, 2019, to Action Plans that 
were pending as of December 21, 2018. This means that HUD will act upon 
such Action Plans within 50 days of resuming operations subsequent to 
the same appropriations lapse. These timeframes account for days lost 
to the review process during the lapse but also account for time 
associated with the full resumption of regular work activities by HUD 
staff subsequent to the end of the lapse. This approach acknowledges 
not only the general complexity of the Action Plan submissions, but 
also the cumulative impact upon HUD staffing and operations resulting 
from the lapse in appropriations.

    Dated: February 22, 2019.
David C. Woll, Jr.,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development.
[FR Doc. 2019-03530 Filed 2-27-19; 8:45 am]
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