30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: FHA Lender Approval, Annual Renewal, Periodic Updates and Required Reports by FHA-Approved Lenders, 40435-40437 [2019-17453]

Download as PDF 40435 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 157 / Wednesday, August 14, 2019 / Notices impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. This is not a toll-free number. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. Pollard. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD has submitted to OMB a request for approval of the information collection described in Section A. A. Overview of Information Collection Title of Information Collection: National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) Demonstration. OMB Approval Number: 2577–0289. Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection. Form Number: N/A. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) has developed a new inspection model entitled the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE). Prior to nationwide implementation, REAC will test NSPIRE through a multistage Demonstration to identify potential adjustments to standards, protocols, and processes. HUD will ask public housing agencies (PHAs), and owners and agents (OAs) (collectively referred to as POAs) to participate in this Demonstration through a voluntary application process and plans to test this model with approximately 4,500 properties. HUD is developing a standardized electronic system and data exchange standard for this collection and will Information collection Number of respondents Frequency of response 60,000 Annually ...... jspears on DSK3GMQ082PROD with 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 distribute self-inspection software for properties to collect and submit this data electronically. Within the scope of this collection, HUD requests the following information from participating POAs: An annual selfinspection report or work order receipts; a property profile; copies of building system certificates; local code violations over the rolling calendar year; and participation in feedback sessions. 1. Many POAs have statutory, regulatory, or housing program contractual requirements to conduct an annual self-inspection of the property, including all the dwelling units. POAs will be provided with self-inspection software that will enable them to easily document and submit deficiencies across the rolling calendar year. In lieu of submitting a self-inspection report, POAs can electronically submit work order receipts from across the rolling calendar year. This data provides reasonable assurance that every dwelling unit was evaluated for deficiencies and maintenance needs. 2. POAs will submit a property profile documenting the: Owner/company name, physical address, type of housing (e.g. Section 8), structure type, number of buildings, number of floors, number of units, if there is an attached garage, types of fuel-burning appliances, and an updated floor plan. 3. POAs will submit an electronic copy of all building system certificates. These certificates include but are not limited to elevators, fire alarm systems (including carbon monoxide detectors if part of the fire alarm system), sprinkler systems, boilers (HVAC or domestic 18:56 Aug 13, 2019 Jkt 247001 Responses per annum 4,500 Burden hour per response Annual burden hours Hourly cost per response Annual cost 2.7 hours per property ..... 12,150 $22.76 $276,534 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: August 1, 2019. Merrie Nichols-Dixon, Director, Office of Policy, Programs and Legislative Initiatives. [FR Doc. 2019–17455 Filed 8–13–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 water), and lead-based paint inspection reports. HUD believes that it is important for POAs to provide this information annually as the inoperability of these systems can have a substantial effect on the resident. 4. POAs will submit a list of local code violations for which the property was cited over the rolling calendar year. HUD regulations, at 24 CFR 5.703(g), require HUD housing to adhere to local code. HUD believes that compliance (or non-compliance) with local code can serve as an important indicator as to whether a property is conducting regular maintenance and whether it is providing acceptable basic housing conditions. 5. Finally, HUD will ask 900 POAs to provide feedback on the NSPIRE Demonstration via one in-person listening session. With this information, HUD will be better able to refine inspection standards and protocols, ensuring resident housing is decent, safe, sanitary, and in good repair. Without information from the property’s annual self-inspection, HUD’s interests will not be protected, and HUD will not be able to easily identify risks due to neglected maintenance. Analyzing self-inspection data will allow HUD to better identify these risks and improve the accuracy of property assessments, the consistency of inspections, and ultimately to provide residents with quality affordable housing. Respondents: POAs participating in the NSPIRE Demonstration. Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–7011–N–38] 30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: FHA Lender Approval, Annual Renewal, Periodic Updates and Required Reports by FHA-Approved Lenders Office of the Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner, 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 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\14AUN1.SGM 14AUN1 40436 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 157 / Wednesday, August 14, 2019 / Notices jspears on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), 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: September 13, 2019. 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: Colette Pollard, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Room 4176, Washington, DC 20410–5000; telephone 202–402–3400 (this is not a toll-free number) or email at Colette.Pollard@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: Volky Garcia, Director, Lender Approval and Recertification Division, Office of Lender Activities and Program Compliance, Office of Single Family Housing, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 490 L’Enfant Plaza East SW, Room P3214, Washington, DC 20024–8000; email Volky.A.Garcia@hud.gov, or telephone 202–402–8229. 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. Pollard. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD has submitted to OMB a request for approval of 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 March 12, 2019 at 84 FR 8888. A. Overview of Information Collection Title of Information Collection: FHA Lender Approval, Annual Renewal, Periodic Updates and Required Reports by FHA-Approved Lenders. OMB Approval Number: 2502–0005. Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection. Form Number: Online form (previously HUD–92001–A) and Annual Certification, with no corresponding number. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: Title II VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:56 Aug 13, 2019 Jkt 247001 of the National Housing Act, as amended, 12 U.S.C. 1703, 1709, and 1715b, 42 U.S.C. 1436(a) 3535(d), authorizes the Secretary of HUD to prescribe terms and conditions with respect to mortgage insurance under the above act. Criteria for approval to become a Title I lender and/or Title II mortgagee, as well as requirements to maintain that approval, are specified in 24 CFR 202, 24 CFR 203.433, 24 CFR 203.434 and Handbook HUD 4000.1, which became effective on September 14, 2015. The requirements in Handbook HUD 4000.1 represent the consolidation of those previously set forth in Handbooks HUD 4700.2 & 4060.1 and various Title I Letters and Mortgagee Letters. 31 U.S.C. 7701, the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1986, authorizes ‘‘the head of an agency administering an included Federal loan program’’ to collect taxpayer identifying numbers for ‘‘a lender or servicer in a Federal guaranteed or insured loan program administered by the agency.’’ Executive Order 9397, as amended by Executive Order 13478, also authorizes federal departments and agencies to use Social Security Numbers ‘‘as a system to organize and identify individual persons.’’ The information is used by FHA to verify that lenders meet all approval, renewal and compliance requirements at all times. It is also used to assist FHA in managing its financial risks and to protect consumers from lender noncompliance with FHA regulations. The figures below were updated by using Fiscal Year 2018 annual lender approval and recertification submission data. This revision reflects a decrease in the entire OMB approval number burden hours which is attributable to a change in the annual certification responses. Respondents (i.e. affected public): Regulatory or compliance. Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,852. Estimated Number of Responses: 18,982. Frequency of Response: Annual/ Periodic. Average Hours per Response: 1 hour. Total Estimated Burdens: 13,231. In addition to the 60 days of public comment that HUD provided on this information collection, HUD also provided the public an opportunity to comment on the FHA Annual Lender Certification through FHA’s Office of Single Family Housing ‘‘Drafting Table’’ at https://www.hud.gov/program_ offices/housing/sfh/SFH_policy_drafts. HUD received comments that the annual certification statements require overly PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 broad attestation of regulatory and Handbook provisions which already require strict compliance with all HUD regulations and requirements necessary to maintain the Mortgagee’s FHA approval as codified in 24 CFR 202.5. Generally, the commenters recommended that HUD: (1) Rescind the annual certification statements since the National Housing Act does not require certification of compliance with FHA eligibility requirements or completion of an annual certification; or (2) revise the annual certification statements to a general acknowledgement of the existence of policies and procedures that are reasonably designed to ensure material compliance. In response to the feedback and recommendations, HUD developed a streamlined FHA Annual Lender Certification attached as Appendix A. 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 using the 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: August 9, 2019. Colette Pollard, Department Reports Management Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer. Appendix A FHA Lender Annual Certification Statements (All Mortgagees) DRAFT as of 7/29/2019 1. I acknowledge that I am a Corporate Officer of the abovementioned Mortgagee (hereinafter referred to as ‘‘the Mortgagee’’) authorized to execute these certifications and acknowledgements on behalf of the Mortgagee. 2. I certify that, during the Certification Period, the Mortgagee, or any Corporate E:\FR\FM\14AUN1.SGM 14AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 157 / Wednesday, August 14, 2019 / Notices Officer (as defined at HUD Handbook 4000.1 I.A.3.c.iv.(B)) was not: (a) Subject to a suspension, debarment, or under a Limited Denial of Participation (LDP); or (b) Refused or had revoked, any license necessary to conduct normal operations in the mortgage loan industry by any State(s) (as defined at 12 U.S.C. 1707(d)) in which the Mortgagee will originate insured mortgages or Title I loans. 3. I certify that during the Certification Period the Mortgagee was not sanctioned by any State(s) (as defined at 12 U.S.C. 1707(d)) in which the Mortgagee will originate insured mortgages or Title I loans. 4. I certify that the preceding statements are materially correct to the best of my knowledge. [FR Doc. 2019–17453 Filed 8–13–19; 8:45 am] Natural Resources Division, and should refer to United States v. Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Civil Action No. 1:19–cv–02557 (D. Colo.), D.J. Ref. No. 90–11–3–11721. All comments must be submitted no later than thirty (30) days after the publication date of this notice. Comments may be submitted either by email or by mail: DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Notice of Lodging of Proposed Consent Decree Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act On August 8, 2019, the Department of Justice lodged a proposed Consent Decree with the United States District Court for the District of Colorado in the lawsuit entitled United States v. Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Civil Action No. 1:19–cv– 02557. The proposed Consent Decree resolves the United States’ claim under Section 107 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (‘‘CERCLA’’), 42 U.S.C. 9607, against the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (‘‘Guardian Life’’) for recovery of past response costs incurred at the Widefield PCE Superfund Site (‘‘Site’’) in El Paso County, Colorado. The Site comprises a former dry cleaners at 3217 South Academy Boulevard in Colorado Springs and related contamination of soil and groundwater, including of the Widefield Aquifer. Guardian Life was the owner of the 3217 South Academy Boulevard property at the time of disposal of hazardous substances. The proposed Consent Decree requires Guardian Life to pay $700,000 in reimbursement of past response costs incurred by the United States with respect to the Site. The proposed Consent Decree provides Guardian Life with a covenant not to sue for past response costs incurred by the United States in connection with the Site and contribution protection under CERCLA. The publication of this notice opens a period for public comment on the proposed Consent Decree. Comments should be addressed to the Assistant Attorney General, Environment and VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:56 Aug 13, 2019 Jkt 247001 To submit comments: Send them to: By email ....... pubcomment-ees.enrd@ usdoj.gov. Assistant Attorney General, U.S. DOJ—ENRD, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044–7611. By mail ......... Robert Brook, Assistant Section Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division. [FR Doc. 2019–17379 Filed 8–13–19; 8:45 am] PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 [OMB Number 1105–0099] Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed eCollection eComments Requested; Extension With Change, of a Previously Approved Collection USMS Medical Forms U.S. Marshals Service, Department of Justice. ACTION: 60-Day notice. AGENCY: During the public comment period, the proposed Consent Decree may be examined and downloaded at this Justice Department website: https:// www.justice.gov/enrd/consent-decrees. We will provide a paper copy of the proposed Consent Decree upon written request and payment of reproduction costs. Please mail your request and payment to: Consent Decree Library, U.S. DOJ—ENRD, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044–7611. Please enclose a check or money order for $3.75 (25 cents per page reproduction cost) payable to the United States Treasury. For a paper copy without the exhibits and signature pages, the cost is $3.00. BILLING CODE 4410–CW–P U.S. Marshals Service The Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), will submit the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for 60 days until October 15, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have additional comments, particularly with respect to the estimated public burden or associated response time, have suggestions, need a copy of the proposed information collection instrument with instructions, or desire any additional information, please contact Nicole Timmons either by mail at CG–3, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20530–0001, by email at Nicole.Timmons@usdoj.gov, or by telephone at 202–236–2646. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are encouraged. Your comments should address one or more of the following four points: —Evaluate 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; SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\14AUN1.SGM 14AUN1 EN14AU19.494</GPH> BILLING CODE 4210–67–P jspears on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 40437

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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

[Docket No. FR-7011-N-38]


30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: FHA Lender 
Approval, Annual Renewal, Periodic Updates and Required Reports by FHA-
Approved Lenders

AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing 
Commissioner, 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

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Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), 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: September 13, 2019.

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: Colette Pollard, Reports 
Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 
451 7th Street SW, Room 4176, Washington, DC 20410-5000; telephone 202-
402-3400 (this is not a toll-free number) or email at 
[email protected] 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: Volky Garcia, Director, Lender 
Approval and Recertification Division, Office of Lender Activities and 
Program Compliance, Office of Single Family Housing, U.S. Department of 
Housing and Urban Development, 490 L'Enfant Plaza East SW, Room P3214, 
Washington, DC 20024-8000; email [email protected], or telephone 
202-402-8229. 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. Pollard.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD has 
submitted to OMB a request for approval of 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 March 12, 2019 at 84 FR 8888.

A. Overview of Information Collection

    Title of Information Collection: FHA Lender Approval, Annual 
Renewal, Periodic Updates and Required Reports by FHA-Approved Lenders.
    OMB Approval Number: 2502-0005.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Form Number: Online form (previously HUD-92001-A) and Annual 
Certification, with no corresponding number.
    Description of the need for the information and proposed use: Title 
II of the National Housing Act, as amended, 12 U.S.C. 1703, 1709, and 
1715b, 42 U.S.C. 1436(a) 3535(d), authorizes the Secretary of HUD to 
prescribe terms and conditions with respect to mortgage insurance under 
the above act. Criteria for approval to become a Title I lender and/or 
Title II mortgagee, as well as requirements to maintain that approval, 
are specified in 24 CFR 202, 24 CFR 203.433, 24 CFR 203.434 and 
Handbook HUD 4000.1, which became effective on September 14, 2015. The 
requirements in Handbook HUD 4000.1 represent the consolidation of 
those previously set forth in Handbooks HUD 4700.2 & 4060.1 and various 
Title I Letters and Mortgagee Letters.
    31 U.S.C. 7701, the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1986, 
authorizes ``the head of an agency administering an included Federal 
loan program'' to collect taxpayer identifying numbers for ``a lender 
or servicer in a Federal guaranteed or insured loan program 
administered by the agency.'' Executive Order 9397, as amended by 
Executive Order 13478, also authorizes federal departments and agencies 
to use Social Security Numbers ``as a system to organize and identify 
individual persons.''
    The information is used by FHA to verify that lenders meet all 
approval, renewal and compliance requirements at all times. It is also 
used to assist FHA in managing its financial risks and to protect 
consumers from lender noncompliance with FHA regulations.
    The figures below were updated by using Fiscal Year 2018 annual 
lender approval and recertification submission data. This revision 
reflects a decrease in the entire OMB approval number burden hours 
which is attributable to a change in the annual certification 
responses.
    Respondents (i.e. affected public): Regulatory or compliance.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,852.
    Estimated Number of Responses: 18,982.
    Frequency of Response: Annual/Periodic.
    Average Hours per Response: 1 hour.
    Total Estimated Burdens: 13,231.
    In addition to the 60 days of public comment that HUD provided on 
this information collection, HUD also provided the public an 
opportunity to comment on the FHA Annual Lender Certification through 
FHA's Office of Single Family Housing ``Drafting Table'' at https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/housing/sfh/SFH_policy_drafts. HUD received 
comments that the annual certification statements require overly broad 
attestation of regulatory and Handbook provisions which already require 
strict compliance with all HUD regulations and requirements necessary 
to maintain the Mortgagee's FHA approval as codified in 24 CFR 202.5. 
Generally, the commenters recommended that HUD: (1) Rescind the annual 
certification statements since the National Housing Act does not 
require certification of compliance with FHA eligibility requirements 
or completion of an annual certification; or (2) revise the annual 
certification statements to a general acknowledgement of the existence 
of policies and procedures that are reasonably designed to ensure 
material compliance. In response to the feedback and recommendations, 
HUD developed a streamlined FHA Annual Lender Certification attached as 
Appendix A.

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 using the 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: August 9, 2019.
Colette Pollard,
Department Reports Management Officer, Office of the Chief Information 
Officer.

Appendix A

FHA Lender Annual Certification Statements (All Mortgagees) DRAFT as of 
7/29/2019

    1. I acknowledge that I am a Corporate Officer of the 
abovementioned Mortgagee (hereinafter referred to as ``the 
Mortgagee'') authorized to execute these certifications and 
acknowledgements on behalf of the Mortgagee.
    2. I certify that, during the Certification Period, the 
Mortgagee, or any Corporate

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Officer (as defined at HUD Handbook 4000.1 I.A.3.c.iv.(B)) was not:
    (a) Subject to a suspension, debarment, or under a Limited 
Denial of Participation (LDP); or
    (b) Refused or had revoked, any license necessary to conduct 
normal operations in the mortgage loan industry by any State(s) (as 
defined at 12 U.S.C. 1707(d)) in which the Mortgagee will originate 
insured mortgages or Title I loans.
    3. I certify that during the Certification Period the Mortgagee 
was not sanctioned by any State(s) (as defined at 12 U.S.C. 1707(d)) 
in which the Mortgagee will originate insured mortgages or Title I 
loans.
    4. I certify that the preceding statements are materially 
correct to the best of my knowledge.
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