Notice of Intent To Close Reno Field Office, 65170-65171 [2019-25571]

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Written comments should be received by January 27, 2020. Summer King, Statistician. [FR Doc. 2019–25647 Filed 11–25–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4162–20–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–6190–N–01] Notice of Intent To Close Reno Field Office Office of Field Policy and Management, HUD. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\26NON1.SGM 26NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 228 / Tuesday, November 26, 2019 / Notices ACTION: Notice. This notice advises the public that HUD intends to close the Reno, NV field office. HUD is providing this notice. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Lawyer, Deputy Director of Operations, Office of Field Policy and Management, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW, Room 7108, Washington, DC 20410; telephone number 317–957–7318 (This is not a toll-free number). Persons with hearing or speech impairment may contact this number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339. In accordance with the Federal Property Management Reform Act of 2016 (40 U.S.C. 524), HUD is publishing this notice to provide notice of its intent to close its unoccupied Reno, NV field office. The Act requires executive departments and agencies to assess leased space to identify space that is not fully used or occupied, establish goals and policies that will lead the agency to reduce excess property and underutilized property, and to transfer and dispose of excess property as promptly as possible in accordance with the agency’s delegated authority and applicable regulations. Based upon Section 7(p) of the Housing and Urban Development Act (42 U.S.C. 3535p), a plan for the reorganization of any regional, area, insuring, or other field office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development may take effect only upon the expiration of 90 days after publication in the Federal Register with a cost-benefit analysis of the plan for each affected office. Such cost-benefit analysis shall include, but not be limited to—(1) An estimate of cost savings supported by background information detailing the source and substantiating the amount of the savings; (2) an estimate of the additional cost which will result from the reorganization; (3) a study of the impact on the local economy; and (4) an estimate of the effect of the reorganization on the availability, accessibility, and quality of services provided for recipients of those services. Where any of the above factors cannot be quantified, the Secretary shall provide a statement on the nature and extent of those factors in the cost-benefit analysis. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:47 Nov 25, 2019 Jkt 250001 65171 Cost Benefit Analysis (2) Estimate of the Additional Cost A. Background Implementation costs of approximately $15,000 are expected in closing the office; thus, the projected total annual savings will be gained beginning in Fiscal Year 2021 and every year thereafter. HUD’s current field structure, consisting of 65 regional and field offices covering 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico, is built on the structure of the former Federal Housing Administration (FHA), which had insuring offices throughout the country. As the agency evolved into a cabinet department (1968) its program portfolio grew and staffing levels rose to more than 18,000 in 1973. As a result of legislative action HUD’s program portfolio has continued to increase in size, complexity and scope, while its staffing has gradually been reduced by almost two-thirds, to under 7,000. HUD’s existing field office structure is decades old. Advances in technology have made it possible and more cost effective to manage our workload in a more centralized fashion. A set of 16 small offices were successfully closed in Fiscal Year 2014, demonstrating that HUD could continue to deliver services nationwide from a smaller footprint. Closing the Reno, NV Field Office, which has no staff, will achieve operational savings. The closure of this field office will save money while still ensuring that HUD can effectively respond rapidly to the ever-evolving mission and the budget challenges of today and tomorrow. Leveraging technology has allowed HUD to substantially reduce its footprint and costs while not significantly affecting the delivery of its services. B. Description of Proposed Changes One (1) field office in Reno, NV will be closed. There are no staff remaining in that office to be impacted. This action will allow the Department to align resources to more effectively support program operations and reduce operational cost, while maintaining effective program delivery in the state of Nevada from the Las Vegas Field Office. The proposed changes are expected to produce ongoing cost savings and make more efficient use of real property assets. (1) Estimate of Cost Savings The closure of the Reno, NV field office will eliminate the cost of office space leases and administrative costs, including transit, mail, copiers, and telephones, totaling $101,000 annually. The lease cost is based upon HUD’s occupancy agreement with General Services Administration (GSA). PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 a. One-Time Costs One-time costs for space alterations, security and move out expenses are projected to cost $15,000. There are no early lease termination fees for this office. There are no remaining employees in this office, and therefore there are no additional buyout, personal relocation, severance, or unemployment costs. b. Reoccurring Costs Program delivery to the affected jurisdiction is already managed by program staff in the Las Vegas Field Office, the San Francisco Regional Office, and other HUD field offices. Minimal additional travel costs will be incurred by limited staff travel to the affected jurisdictions to ensure ongoing coordination of program delivery and customer service. (3) Study of the Impact on the Local Economy Any impact on the Reno economy in terms of housing, schools, public services, taxes, employment and traffic congestion will be negligible. The office closure should not disrupt the service delivery currently provided to the community. (4) Estimate of the Effect of the Reorganization HUD products and services provided to the communities in the affected jurisdictions are currently managed remotely from larger HUD offices, primarily the Las Vegas Field Office, the San Francisco Regional Office, and other HUD field offices, and this will continue to be the case. Based on the time necessary for office closure, and moveout costs, the closure of the Reno Office will result in minor savings of approximately $10,000 in Fiscal Year 2020. The closure will not introduce new recurring costs, and therefore the full savings of $101,000 per annum is expected in Fiscal Year 2021 and each year thereafter. Dated: November 19, 2019. Benjamin DeMarzo, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Field Policy and Management. [FR Doc. 2019–25571 Filed 11–25–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P E:\FR\FM\26NON1.SGM 26NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

[Docket No. FR-6190-N-01]


Notice of Intent To Close Reno Field Office

AGENCY: Office of Field Policy and Management, HUD.

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ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that HUD intends to close the 
Reno, NV field office. HUD is providing this notice.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Lawyer, Deputy Director of 
Operations, Office of Field Policy and Management, Department of 
Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW, Room 7108, 
Washington, DC 20410; telephone number 317-957-7318 (This is not a 
toll-free number). Persons with hearing or speech impairment may 
contact this number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay 
Service at 800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Federal Property 
Management Reform Act of 2016 (40 U.S.C. 524), HUD is publishing this 
notice to provide notice of its intent to close its unoccupied Reno, NV 
field office. The Act requires executive departments and agencies to 
assess leased space to identify space that is not fully used or 
occupied, establish goals and policies that will lead the agency to 
reduce excess property and underutilized property, and to transfer and 
dispose of excess property as promptly as possible in accordance with 
the agency's delegated authority and applicable regulations.
    Based upon Section 7(p) of the Housing and Urban Development Act 
(42 U.S.C. 3535p), a plan for the reorganization of any regional, area, 
insuring, or other field office of the Department of Housing and Urban 
Development may take effect only upon the expiration of 90 days after 
publication in the Federal Register with a cost-benefit analysis of the 
plan for each affected office. Such cost-benefit analysis shall 
include, but not be limited to--(1) An estimate of cost savings 
supported by background information detailing the source and 
substantiating the amount of the savings; (2) an estimate of the 
additional cost which will result from the reorganization; (3) a study 
of the impact on the local economy; and (4) an estimate of the effect 
of the reorganization on the availability, accessibility, and quality 
of services provided for recipients of those services. Where any of the 
above factors cannot be quantified, the Secretary shall provide a 
statement on the nature and extent of those factors in the cost-benefit 
analysis.

Cost Benefit Analysis

A. Background

    HUD's current field structure, consisting of 65 regional and field 
offices covering 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto 
Rico, is built on the structure of the former Federal Housing 
Administration (FHA), which had insuring offices throughout the 
country. As the agency evolved into a cabinet department (1968) its 
program portfolio grew and staffing levels rose to more than 18,000 in 
1973. As a result of legislative action HUD's program portfolio has 
continued to increase in size, complexity and scope, while its staffing 
has gradually been reduced by almost two-thirds, to under 7,000.
    HUD's existing field office structure is decades old. Advances in 
technology have made it possible and more cost effective to manage our 
workload in a more centralized fashion. A set of 16 small offices were 
successfully closed in Fiscal Year 2014, demonstrating that HUD could 
continue to deliver services nationwide from a smaller footprint. 
Closing the Reno, NV Field Office, which has no staff, will achieve 
operational savings.
    The closure of this field office will save money while still 
ensuring that HUD can effectively respond rapidly to the ever-evolving 
mission and the budget challenges of today and tomorrow. Leveraging 
technology has allowed HUD to substantially reduce its footprint and 
costs while not significantly affecting the delivery of its services.

B. Description of Proposed Changes

    One (1) field office in Reno, NV will be closed. There are no staff 
remaining in that office to be impacted. This action will allow the 
Department to align resources to more effectively support program 
operations and reduce operational cost, while maintaining effective 
program delivery in the state of Nevada from the Las Vegas Field 
Office.
    The proposed changes are expected to produce ongoing cost savings 
and make more efficient use of real property assets.
(1) Estimate of Cost Savings
    The closure of the Reno, NV field office will eliminate the cost of 
office space leases and administrative costs, including transit, mail, 
copiers, and telephones, totaling $101,000 annually. The lease cost is 
based upon HUD's occupancy agreement with General Services 
Administration (GSA).
(2) Estimate of the Additional Cost
    Implementation costs of approximately $15,000 are expected in 
closing the office; thus, the projected total annual savings will be 
gained beginning in Fiscal Year 2021 and every year thereafter.
a. One-Time Costs
    One-time costs for space alterations, security and move out 
expenses are projected to cost $15,000. There are no early lease 
termination fees for this office. There are no remaining employees in 
this office, and therefore there are no additional buyout, personal 
relocation, severance, or unemployment costs.
b. Reoccurring Costs
    Program delivery to the affected jurisdiction is already managed by 
program staff in the Las Vegas Field Office, the San Francisco Regional 
Office, and other HUD field offices. Minimal additional travel costs 
will be incurred by limited staff travel to the affected jurisdictions 
to ensure ongoing coordination of program delivery and customer 
service.
(3) Study of the Impact on the Local Economy
    Any impact on the Reno economy in terms of housing, schools, public 
services, taxes, employment and traffic congestion will be negligible. 
The office closure should not disrupt the service delivery currently 
provided to the community.
(4) Estimate of the Effect of the Reorganization
    HUD products and services provided to the communities in the 
affected jurisdictions are currently managed remotely from larger HUD 
offices, primarily the Las Vegas Field Office, the San Francisco 
Regional Office, and other HUD field offices, and this will continue to 
be the case.
    Based on the time necessary for office closure, and moveout costs, 
the closure of the Reno Office will result in minor savings of 
approximately $10,000 in Fiscal Year 2020. The closure will not 
introduce new recurring costs, and therefore the full savings of 
$101,000 per annum is expected in Fiscal Year 2021 and each year 
thereafter.

    Dated: November 19, 2019.
Benjamin DeMarzo,
Assistant Deputy Secretary for Field Policy and Management.
[FR Doc. 2019-25571 Filed 11-25-19; 8:45 am]
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