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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 237 / Tuesday, December 10, 2019 / Notices [FR Doc. 2019–26647 Filed 12–6–19; 4:15 pm] • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. If you submit your comment to the Federal eRulemaking Portal, please also send it by email to FHFA at RegComments@fhfa.gov to ensure timely receipt by the agency. • Mail/Hand Delivery: Federal Housing Finance Agency, Eighth Floor, 400 Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC 20219, ATTENTION: Proposed Collection; Comment Request: ‘‘National Survey of Mortgage Originations, (No. 2019–N–8).’’ We will post all public comments we receive without change, including any personal information you provide, such as your name and address, email address, and telephone number, on the FHFA website at http://www.fhfa.gov. In addition, copies of all comments received will be available for examination by the public through the electronic comment docket for this PRA Notice also located on the FHFA website. BILLING CODE 6714–01–P FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Summary report of actions taken pursuant to authority delegated by the Board of Directors. Discussion Agenda Memorandum and resolution re: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Revisions to the Community Reinvestment Act Regulations. Memorandum and resolution re: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Unsafe and Unsound Banking Practices: Brokered Deposits Restrictions. Memorandum and resolution re: Proposed 2020 FDIC Operating Budget. CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Requests for further information concerning the meeting may be directed to Mr. Robert E. Feldman, Executive Secretary of the Corporation, at 202– 898–7043. Dated at Washington, DC, on December 5, 2019. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Robert E. Feldman, Executive Secretary. FEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY [No. 2019–N–8] Proposed Collection; Comment Request Federal Housing Finance Agency. ACTION: 60-Day notice of submission of information collection for approval from Office of Management and Budget. AGENCY: In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is seeking public comments concerning an information collection known as the ‘‘National Survey of Mortgage Originations’’ (NSMO), which has been assigned control number 2590– 0012 by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). FHFA intends to submit the information collection to OMB for review and approval of a three-year extension of the control number, which is due to expire on April 30, 2020. DATES: Interested persons may submit comments on or before February 10, 2020. ADDRESSES: Submit comments to FHFA, identified by ‘‘Proposed Collection; Comment Request: ‘National Survey of Mortgage Originations, (No. 2019–N–8’ ’’ by any of the following methods: • Agency Website: www.fhfa.gov/ open-for-comment-or-input. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:08 Dec 09, 2019 Jkt 250001 Saty Patrabansh, Manager, National Mortgage Database Program, Saty.Patrabansh@ fhfa.gov, (202) 649–3213; or Eric Raudenbush, Associate General Counsel, Eric.Raudenbush@fhfa.gov, (202) 649–3084, (these are not toll-free numbers), Federal Housing Finance Agency, 400 Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC 20219. The Telecommunications Device for the Hearing Impaired is (800) 877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Need For and Use of the Information Collection The NSMO is a recurring quarterly survey of individuals who have recently obtained a loan secured by a first mortgage on single-family residential property. The survey questionnaire is sent to a representative sample of approximately 6,000 recent mortgage borrowers each calendar quarter and typically consists of about 95 multiple choice and short answer questions designed to obtain information about borrowers’ experiences in choosing and in taking out a mortgage.1 The questionnaire may be completed either on paper (in English only) or electronically online (in either English or Spanish). FHFA is also seeking clearance to pretest future iterations of the survey questionnaire and related materials from time to time through the use of focus groups. A copy of the survey questionnaire sent out in the 1 The NSMO questionnaire sent out in the fourth quarter of 2019 contained 94 questions. PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 67447 fourth quarter of 2019 appears at the end of this notice.2 The NSMO is a component of the ‘‘National Mortgage Database’’ (NMDB) Program which is a joint effort of FHFA and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The NMDB Program is designed to satisfy the Congressionallymandated requirements of section 1324(c) of the Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act.3 Section 1324(c) requires that FHFA conduct a monthly survey to collect data on the characteristics of individual prime and subprime mortgages, and on the borrowers and properties associated with those mortgages, in order to enable it to prepare a detailed annual report on the mortgage market activities of the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) for review by the appropriate Congressional oversight committees. Section 1324(c) also authorizes and requires FHFA to compile a database of otherwise unavailable residential mortgage market information and to make that information available to the public in a timely fashion. As a means of fulfilling those and other statutory requirements, as well as to support policymaking and research regarding the residential mortgage markets, FHFA and CFPB jointly established the NMDB Program in 2012. The Program is designed to provide comprehensive information about the U.S. mortgage market and has three primary components: (1) The NMDB; (2) the NSMO; and (3) the American Survey of Mortgage Borrowers (ASMB). The NMDB is a de-identified loanlevel database of closed-end first-lien residential mortgage loans that is representative of the market as a whole, contains detailed loan-level information on the terms and performance of the mortgages and the characteristics of the associated borrowers and properties, is continually updated, has an historical component dating back to 1998, and provides a sampling frame for surveys to collect additional information. The core data in the NMDB are drawn from a random 1-in-20 sample of all closed-end first-lien mortgage files outstanding at any time between January 1998 and the present in the files of Experian, one of the three national credit repositories. A random 1-in-20 sample of mortgages 2 In addition, copies of the questionnaire in both English and Spanish can be accessed online at: http://www.fhfa.gov/Homeownersbuyer/Pages/ National-Survey-of-Mortgage-Originations.aspx. 3 12 U.S.C. 4544(c). E:\FR\FM\10DEN1.SGM 10DEN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 67448 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 237 / Tuesday, December 10, 2019 / Notices newly reported to Experian is added each quarter. The NMDB draws additional information on mortgages in the NMDB datasets from other existing sources, including the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data that are maintained by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), property valuation models, and data files maintained by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and by federal agencies. FHFA also obtains data from the ASMB, which solicits information on borrowers’ experience with maintaining their existing mortgages, including their experience maintaining mortgages under financial stress, their experience in soliciting financial assistance, their success in accessing federally-sponsored programs designed to assist them, and, where applicable, any challenges they may have had in terminating a mortgage loan.4 While the ASMB focuses on borrowers’ experience with maintaining existing mortgages, the NSMO solicits information on newly-originated mortgages and the borrowers’ experiences with the mortgage origination process. It was developed to complement the NMDB by providing critical and timely information—not available from existing sources—on the range of nontraditional and subprime mortgage products being offered, the methods by which these mortgages are being marketed, and the characteristics of borrowers for these types of loans. In particular, the survey questionnaire is designed to elicit directly from mortgage borrowers information on the characteristics of the borrowers and on their experiences in finding and obtaining a mortgage loan, including: Their mortgage shopping behavior; their mortgage closing experiences; their expectations regarding house price appreciation; and critical financial and other life events affecting their households, such as unemployment, large medical expenses, or divorce. The survey questions do not focus on the terms of the borrowers’ mortgage loans because these fields are available in the Experian data. However, the NSMO collects a limited amount of information on each respondent’s mortgage to verify that the Experian records and survey responses pertain to the same mortgage. Each wave of the NSMO is sent to the primary borrowers on about 6,000 mortgage loans, which are drawn from a simple random sample of the 80,000 to 100,000 newly originated mortgage loans that are added to the National 4 OMB has assigned the ASMB control no. 2590– 0015, which expired on July 31, 2019. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:08 Dec 09, 2019 Jkt 250001 Mortgage Database from the Experian files each quarter (at present, this represents an approximately 1-in-15 sample of loans added to the National Mortgage Database and an approximately 1-in-300 sample of all mortgage loan originations). By contract with FHFA, the conduct of the NSMO is administered through Experian, which has subcontracted the survey administration through a competitive process to Westat, a nationallyrecognized survey vendor.5 Westat also carries out the pre-testing of the survey materials. B. Need For and Use of the Information Collection FHFA views the NMDB Program as a whole, including the NSMO, as the monthly ‘‘survey’’ that is required by section 1324 of the Safety and Soundness Act. Core inputs to the NMDB, such as a regular refresh of the Experian data, occur monthly, though NSMO itself does not. In combination with the other information in the NMDB, the information obtained through the NSMO is used to prepare the report to Congress on the mortgage market activities of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that FHFA is required to submit under section 1324, as well as for research and analysis by FHFA and CFPB in support of their regulatory and supervisory responsibilities related to the residential mortgage markets. The NSMO is especially critical in ensuring that the NMDB contains uniquely comprehensive information on the range of nontraditional and subprime mortgage products being offered, the methods by which these mortgages are being marketed and the characteristics— and particularly the creditworthiness— of borrowers for these types of loans. In November 2018, FHFA and the CFPB released a loan-level dataset collected through the NSMO for public use.6 The information provides a resource for research and analysis by federal agencies, by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and by academics and other interested parties outside of the government. FHFA is also seeking OMB approval to continue to conduct cognitive pretesting of the survey materials. The Agency uses information collected 5 The Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 U.S.C. 1681 et seq., requires that the survey process, because it utilizes borrower names and addresses drawn from credit reporting agency records, must be administered through Experian in order to maintain consumer privacy. 6 The November 2018 NSMO public use dataset (which was updated to correct some minor errors in February 2019) can be accessed here: https:// www.fhfa.gov/DataTools/Downloads/Pages/NMDB_ Data_Sets.aspx. PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 through that process to assist in drafting and modifying the survey questions and instructions, as well as the related communications, to read in the way that will be most readily understood by the survey respondents and that will be most likely to elicit usable responses. Such information is also used to help the Agency decide on how best to organize and format the survey questionnaires. The OMB control number for this information collection is 2590–0012. The current clearance for the information collection expires on April 30, 2020. C. Burden Estimate FHFA has analyzed the hour burden on members of the public associated with conducting the survey (12,000 hours) and with pre-testing the survey materials (50 hours) and estimates the total annual hour burden imposed on the public by this information collection to be 12,050 hours. The estimate for each phase of the collection was calculated as follows: I. Conducting the Survey FHFA estimates that the NSMO questionnaire will be sent to 24,000 recipients annually (6,000 recipients per quarterly survey × 4 calendar quarters). Although, based on historical experience, the Agency expects that only 20 to 30 percent of those surveys will be returned, it has assumed that all of the surveys will be returned for purposes of this burden calculation. Based on the reported experience of respondents to prior NSMO questionnaires, FHFA estimates that it will take each respondent 30 minutes to complete the survey, including the gathering of necessary materials to respond to the questions. This results in a total annual burden estimate of 12,000 hours for the survey phase of this collection (24,000 respondents × 30 minutes per respondent = 12,000 hours annually). II. Pre-Testing the Materials FHFA estimates that it will pre-test the survey materials with 50 cognitive testing participants annually. The estimated participation time for each participant is one hour, resulting in a total annual burden estimate of 50 hours for the pre-testing phase of the collection (50 participants × 1 hour per participant = 50 hours annually). D. Comment Request FHFA requests written comments on the following: (1) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of FHFA functions, E:\FR\FM\10DEN1.SGM 10DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 237 / Tuesday, December 10, 2019 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES including whether the information has practical utility; (2) the accuracy of FHFA’s estimates of the burdens of the collection of information; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (4) VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:08 Dec 09, 2019 Jkt 250001 ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 67449 Dated: December 4, 2019. Kevin Winkler, Chief Information Officer, Federal Housing Finance Agency. 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AGENCY: ACTION: The purpose of this notice is to inform Federal agencies that FTR Bulletin 20–02, pertaining to travel, transportation, and relocation allowances impacted by recent changes to Federal tax law, has been published and is now available online at www.gsa.gov/ftrbulletin. This bulletin contains certain examples and tables that were removed from the FTR as a result of FTR Amendment 2020–02, published by GSA on November 25, 2019, and issued as a direct final rule. This bulletin also rescinds FTR Bulletins 18–05 and 19–02 now that FTR Amendment 2020–02 has been issued, amending the FTR in line with changes to the Internal Revenue Code. SUMMARY: Applicable: This notice applies to employees who are authorized reimbursement for relocation expenses under the FTR and who receive some or all reimbursements, direct payments, or indirect payments on or after January 1, 2018, and on or before December 31, 2025. DATES: For clarification of content, please contact Mr. Rick Miller, Program Analyst, Office of Government-wide Policy, Office of Asset and Transportation Management, at 202–501–3822, or by email at travelpolicy@gsa.gov. Please cite Notice of FTR Bulletin 20–02. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Jessica Salmoiraghi, Associate Administrator, Office of Government-wide Policy. [FR Doc. 2019–26511 Filed 12–9–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–14–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:08 Dec 09, 2019 Jkt 250001 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS. ACTION: Request for supplemental evidence and data submissions. AGENCY: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking scientific information submissions from the public. Scientific information is being solicited to inform our review on Maternal and Fetal Effects of Mental Health Treatments in Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women: A Systematic Review of Pharmacological Interventions, which is currently being conducted by the AHRQ’s Evidencebased Practice Centers (EPC) Program. Access to published and unpublished pertinent scientific information will improve the quality of this review. DATES: Submission Deadline on or before 30 days after date of publication. ADDRESSES: Email Submissions: epc@ ahrq.hhs.gov. Print Submissions: Mailing Address: Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, ATTN: EPC SEADs Coordinator, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop 06E53A, Rockville, MD 20857. Shipping Address (FedEx, UPS, etc.): Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, ATTN: EPC SEADs Coordinator, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop 06E77D, Rockville, MD 20857. SUMMARY: Notice. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Supplemental Evidence and Data Request on Maternal and Fetal Effects of Mental Health Treatments in Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women: A Systematic Review of Pharmacological Interventions FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jenae Benns, Telephone: 301–427–1496 or Email: epc@ahrq.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has commissioned the Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC) Program to complete a review of the evidence for Maternal and Fetal Effects of Mental Health Treatments in Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women: A Systematic Review of Pharmacological Interventions. AHRQ is conducting this systematic review pursuant to Section 902(a) of the Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. 299a(a). PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The EPC Program is dedicated to identifying as many studies as possible that are relevant to the questions for each of its reviews. In order to do so, we are supplementing the usual manual and electronic database searches of the literature by requesting information from the public (e.g., details of studies conducted). We are looking for studies that report on Maternal and Fetal Effects of Mental Health Treatments in Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women: A Systematic Review of Pharmacological Interventions, including those that describe adverse events. The entire research protocol, including the key questions, is also available online at: https://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/ topics/mental-health-pregnancy/ protocol. This is to notify the public that the EPC Program would find the following information on Maternal and Fetal Effects of Mental Health Treatments in Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women: A Systematic Review of Pharmacological Interventions helpful: D A list of completed studies that your organization has sponsored for this indication. In the list, please indicate whether results are available on ClinicalTrials.gov along with the ClinicalTrials.gov trial number. D For completed studies that do not have results on ClinicalTrials.gov, a summary, including the following elements: Study number, study period, design, methodology, indication and diagnosis, proper use instructions, inclusion and exclusion criteria, primary and secondary outcomes, baseline characteristics, number of patients screened/eligible/enrolled/lost to follow-up/withdrawn/analyzed, effectiveness/efficacy, and safety results. D A list of ongoing studies that your organization has sponsored for this indication. In the list, please provide the ClinicalTrials.gov trial number or, if the trial is not registered, the protocol for the study including a study number, the study period, design, methodology, indication and diagnosis, proper use instructions, inclusion and exclusion criteria, and primary and secondary outcomes. D Description of whether the above studies constitute ALL Phase II and above clinical trials sponsored by your organization for this indication and an index outlining the relevant information in each submitted file. Your contribution is very beneficial to the Program. Materials submitted must be publicly available or able to be made public. Materials that are considered confidential; marketing materials; study types not included in the review; or information on indications not included E:\FR\FM\10DEN1.SGM 10DEN1

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FEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY

[No. 2019-N-8]


Proposed Collection; Comment Request

AGENCY: Federal Housing Finance Agency.

ACTION: 60-Day notice of submission of information collection for 
approval from Office of Management and Budget.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995 (PRA), the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is seeking 
public comments concerning an information collection known as the 
``National Survey of Mortgage Originations'' (NSMO), which has been 
assigned control number 2590-0012 by the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB). FHFA intends to submit the information collection to OMB 
for review and approval of a three-year extension of the control 
number, which is due to expire on April 30, 2020.

DATES: Interested persons may submit comments on or before February 10, 
2020.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments to FHFA, identified by ``Proposed 
Collection; Comment Request: `National Survey of Mortgage Originations, 
(No. 2019-N-8' '' by any of the following methods:
     Agency Website: www.fhfa.gov/open-for-comment-or-input.
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments. If you submit your 
comment to the Federal eRulemaking Portal, please also send it by email 
to FHFA at [email protected] to ensure timely receipt by the agency.
     Mail/Hand Delivery: Federal Housing Finance Agency, Eighth 
Floor, 400 Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC 20219, ATTENTION: Proposed 
Collection; Comment Request: ``National Survey of Mortgage 
Originations, (No. 2019-N-8).''
    We will post all public comments we receive without change, 
including any personal information you provide, such as your name and 
address, email address, and telephone number, on the FHFA website at 
http://www.fhfa.gov. In addition, copies of all comments received will 
be available for examination by the public through the electronic 
comment docket for this PRA Notice also located on the FHFA website.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Saty Patrabansh, Manager, National 
Mortgage Database Program, [email protected], (202) 649-3213; or 
Eric Raudenbush, Associate General Counsel, [email protected], 
(202) 649-3084, (these are not toll-free numbers), Federal Housing 
Finance Agency, 400 Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC 20219. The 
Telecommunications Device for the Hearing Impaired is (800) 877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

A. Need For and Use of the Information Collection

    The NSMO is a recurring quarterly survey of individuals who have 
recently obtained a loan secured by a first mortgage on single-family 
residential property. The survey questionnaire is sent to a 
representative sample of approximately 6,000 recent mortgage borrowers 
each calendar quarter and typically consists of about 95 multiple 
choice and short answer questions designed to obtain information about 
borrowers' experiences in choosing and in taking out a mortgage.\1\ The 
questionnaire may be completed either on paper (in English only) or 
electronically online (in either English or Spanish). FHFA is also 
seeking clearance to pretest future iterations of the survey 
questionnaire and related materials from time to time through the use 
of focus groups. A copy of the survey questionnaire sent out in the 
fourth quarter of 2019 appears at the end of this notice.\2\
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    \1\ The NSMO questionnaire sent out in the fourth quarter of 
2019 contained 94 questions.
    \2\ In addition, copies of the questionnaire in both English and 
Spanish can be accessed online at: http://www.fhfa.gov/Homeownersbuyer/Pages/National-Survey-of-Mortgage-Originations.aspx.
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    The NSMO is a component of the ``National Mortgage Database'' 
(NMDB) Program which is a joint effort of FHFA and the Consumer 
Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The NMDB Program is designed to 
satisfy the Congressionally-mandated requirements of section 1324(c) of 
the Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act.\3\ 
Section 1324(c) requires that FHFA conduct a monthly survey to collect 
data on the characteristics of individual prime and subprime mortgages, 
and on the borrowers and properties associated with those mortgages, in 
order to enable it to prepare a detailed annual report on the mortgage 
market activities of the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie 
Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) for 
review by the appropriate Congressional oversight committees. Section 
1324(c) also authorizes and requires FHFA to compile a database of 
otherwise unavailable residential mortgage market information and to 
make that information available to the public in a timely fashion.
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    \3\ 12 U.S.C. 4544(c).
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    As a means of fulfilling those and other statutory requirements, as 
well as to support policymaking and research regarding the residential 
mortgage markets, FHFA and CFPB jointly established the NMDB Program in 
2012. The Program is designed to provide comprehensive information 
about the U.S. mortgage market and has three primary components: (1) 
The NMDB; (2) the NSMO; and (3) the American Survey of Mortgage 
Borrowers (ASMB).
    The NMDB is a de-identified loan-level database of closed-end 
first-lien residential mortgage loans that is representative of the 
market as a whole, contains detailed loan-level information on the 
terms and performance of the mortgages and the characteristics of the 
associated borrowers and properties, is continually updated, has an 
historical component dating back to 1998, and provides a sampling frame 
for surveys to collect additional information. The core data in the 
NMDB are drawn from a random 1-in-20 sample of all closed-end first-
lien mortgage files outstanding at any time between January 1998 and 
the present in the files of Experian, one of the three national credit 
repositories. A random 1-in-20 sample of mortgages

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newly reported to Experian is added each quarter.
    The NMDB draws additional information on mortgages in the NMDB 
datasets from other existing sources, including the Home Mortgage 
Disclosure Act (HMDA) data that are maintained by the Federal Financial 
Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), property valuation models, 
and data files maintained by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and by federal 
agencies. FHFA also obtains data from the ASMB, which solicits 
information on borrowers' experience with maintaining their existing 
mortgages, including their experience maintaining mortgages under 
financial stress, their experience in soliciting financial assistance, 
their success in accessing federally-sponsored programs designed to 
assist them, and, where applicable, any challenges they may have had in 
terminating a mortgage loan.\4\
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    \4\ OMB has assigned the ASMB control no. 2590-0015, which 
expired on July 31, 2019.
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    While the ASMB focuses on borrowers' experience with maintaining 
existing mortgages, the NSMO solicits information on newly-originated 
mortgages and the borrowers' experiences with the mortgage origination 
process. It was developed to complement the NMDB by providing critical 
and timely information--not available from existing sources--on the 
range of nontraditional and subprime mortgage products being offered, 
the methods by which these mortgages are being marketed, and the 
characteristics of borrowers for these types of loans. In particular, 
the survey questionnaire is designed to elicit directly from mortgage 
borrowers information on the characteristics of the borrowers and on 
their experiences in finding and obtaining a mortgage loan, including: 
Their mortgage shopping behavior; their mortgage closing experiences; 
their expectations regarding house price appreciation; and critical 
financial and other life events affecting their households, such as 
unemployment, large medical expenses, or divorce. The survey questions 
do not focus on the terms of the borrowers' mortgage loans because 
these fields are available in the Experian data. However, the NSMO 
collects a limited amount of information on each respondent's mortgage 
to verify that the Experian records and survey responses pertain to the 
same mortgage.
    Each wave of the NSMO is sent to the primary borrowers on about 
6,000 mortgage loans, which are drawn from a simple random sample of 
the 80,000 to 100,000 newly originated mortgage loans that are added to 
the National Mortgage Database from the Experian files each quarter (at 
present, this represents an approximately 1-in-15 sample of loans added 
to the National Mortgage Database and an approximately 1-in-300 sample 
of all mortgage loan originations). By contract with FHFA, the conduct 
of the NSMO is administered through Experian, which has subcontracted 
the survey administration through a competitive process to Westat, a 
nationally-recognized survey vendor.\5\ Westat also carries out the 
pre-testing of the survey materials.
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    \5\ The Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 U.S.C. 1681 et seq., 
requires that the survey process, because it utilizes borrower names 
and addresses drawn from credit reporting agency records, must be 
administered through Experian in order to maintain consumer privacy.
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B. Need For and Use of the Information Collection

    FHFA views the NMDB Program as a whole, including the NSMO, as the 
monthly ``survey'' that is required by section 1324 of the Safety and 
Soundness Act. Core inputs to the NMDB, such as a regular refresh of 
the Experian data, occur monthly, though NSMO itself does not. In 
combination with the other information in the NMDB, the information 
obtained through the NSMO is used to prepare the report to Congress on 
the mortgage market activities of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that FHFA 
is required to submit under section 1324, as well as for research and 
analysis by FHFA and CFPB in support of their regulatory and 
supervisory responsibilities related to the residential mortgage 
markets. The NSMO is especially critical in ensuring that the NMDB 
contains uniquely comprehensive information on the range of 
nontraditional and subprime mortgage products being offered, the 
methods by which these mortgages are being marketed and the 
characteristics--and particularly the creditworthiness--of borrowers 
for these types of loans. In November 2018, FHFA and the CFPB released 
a loan-level dataset collected through the NSMO for public use.\6\ The 
information provides a resource for research and analysis by federal 
agencies, by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and by academics and other 
interested parties outside of the government.
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    \6\ The November 2018 NSMO public use dataset (which was updated 
to correct some minor errors in February 2019) can be accessed here: 
https://www.fhfa.gov/DataTools/Downloads/Pages/NMDB_Data_Sets.aspx.
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    FHFA is also seeking OMB approval to continue to conduct cognitive 
pre-testing of the survey materials. The Agency uses information 
collected through that process to assist in drafting and modifying the 
survey questions and instructions, as well as the related 
communications, to read in the way that will be most readily understood 
by the survey respondents and that will be most likely to elicit usable 
responses. Such information is also used to help the Agency decide on 
how best to organize and format the survey questionnaires.
    The OMB control number for this information collection is 2590-
0012. The current clearance for the information collection expires on 
April 30, 2020.

C. Burden Estimate

    FHFA has analyzed the hour burden on members of the public 
associated with conducting the survey (12,000 hours) and with pre-
testing the survey materials (50 hours) and estimates the total annual 
hour burden imposed on the public by this information collection to be 
12,050 hours. The estimate for each phase of the collection was 
calculated as follows:

I. Conducting the Survey

    FHFA estimates that the NSMO questionnaire will be sent to 24,000 
recipients annually (6,000 recipients per quarterly survey x 4 calendar 
quarters). Although, based on historical experience, the Agency expects 
that only 20 to 30 percent of those surveys will be returned, it has 
assumed that all of the surveys will be returned for purposes of this 
burden calculation. Based on the reported experience of respondents to 
prior NSMO questionnaires, FHFA estimates that it will take each 
respondent 30 minutes to complete the survey, including the gathering 
of necessary materials to respond to the questions. This results in a 
total annual burden estimate of 12,000 hours for the survey phase of 
this collection (24,000 respondents x 30 minutes per respondent = 
12,000 hours annually).

II. Pre-Testing the Materials

    FHFA estimates that it will pre-test the survey materials with 50 
cognitive testing participants annually. The estimated participation 
time for each participant is one hour, resulting in a total annual 
burden estimate of 50 hours for the pre-testing phase of the collection 
(50 participants x 1 hour per participant = 50 hours annually).

D. Comment Request

    FHFA requests written comments on the following: (1) Whether the 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
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accuracy of FHFA's estimates of the burdens of the collection of 
information; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of 
the information collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.

    Dated: December 4, 2019.
Kevin Winkler,
Chief Information Officer, Federal Housing Finance Agency.
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