60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Housing Counseling Program-Application for Approval as a Housing Counseling Agency OMB Control No.: 2502-0573, 74369-74370 [2020-25686]

Download as PDF khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 225 / Friday, November 20, 2020 / Notices Government’s best interest. Failure to collect this information would adversely affect the quality of products and services DHS receives from contractors. Many sources of the requested information use automated word processing systems, databases, spreadsheets, project management and other commercial software to facilitate preparation of material to be submitted. With Government-wide implementation of e-Government initiatives, it is commonplace within many of DHS’s Components for submissions to be electronic. Information collection may or may not involve small business contractors, depending on the particular transaction. The burden applied to small businesses is the minimum consistent with the objective of ensuring contract compliance and protecting the interest of the Government. Less frequent incidence of collecting such information as resumes indicating the level of contractor expertise, permits and licenses, and inspection reports will negatively affect the quality of products and services DHS receives from contractors. Potentially, contractors could perform on contracts without sufficient experience and expertise and could perform contracts with outdated licenses and negative inspection reports, placing the Department’s operations in jeopardy. Additionally, less frequent collection of information related to organizational conflicts of interest inhibit DHS from determining the existence of true conflicts of interest during the performance of contracts. Failure to collect this information would adversely affect the quality of products and services DHS receives from contractors. For example, potentially, contractors who are lead system integrators could acquire direct financial interests in major systems the contractors are contracted to procure, which would compromise the integrity of acquisitions for the Department. In addition, contractors who own, control or operate a business providing protective guard services could possess felony convictions during the performance of contracts, putting the Department at risk. Furthermore, contractors could change key personnel during the performance of contracts and use less experienced or less qualified personnel to reduce costs, which would adversely affect DHS’s fulfillment of its mission requirements. Disclosure/non-disclosure of information is handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, other disclosure statutes, and Federal and agency acquisition regulations. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:08 Nov 19, 2020 Jkt 253001 The burden estimates provided above are based upon definitive contract award data reported by DHS and its Components to the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) for FY 2019. No program changes occurred; however, the burden was adjusted to reflect a decrease in the number of respondents within DHS for FY 2019 in the amount of 6,612, as well as a decrease in the average hourly wage rate. The Office of Management and Budget is particularly interested in comments which: 1. 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; 2. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; 3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. Analysis Agency: Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Title: Post-Award Contract. OMB Number: 1600–0003. Frequency: On occasion. Affected Public: Private Sector. Number of Respondents: 6015. Estimated Time per Respondent: 4.5. Total Burden Hours: 90,812. Robert Dorr, Acting Executive Director, Business Management Directorate. [FR Doc. 2020–25621 Filed 11–19–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9112–FL–P [Docket No. FR–7027–N–20] 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Housing Counseling Program—Application for Approval as a Housing Counseling Agency OMB Control No.: 2502–0573 Office of the Assistant Secretary for Housing—Federal Housing Commissioner, AGENCY: Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 HUD. ACTION: Notice. HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment. SUMMARY: DATES: Comments Due Date: January 19, 2021. 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: Colette Pollard, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Washington, DC 20410; email Colette Pollard at Colette.Pollard@ hud.gov or telephone 202402–3400. 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) 8778339. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. Pollard. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD is seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in Section A. ADDRESSES: A. Overview of Information Collection DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT PO 00000 74369 Sfmt 4703 Title of Information Collection: Housing Counseling Program— Application for Approval as a Housing Counseling Agency. OMB Approval Number: 2502–0573. OMB Expiration Date: 01/31/2021. Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection. Form Number: Form HUD–9900, Application for Approval as a Housing Counseling Agency; HUD–9900A, Screening for Ineligible Participants. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: The E:\FR\FM\20NON1.SGM 20NON1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 74370 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 225 / Friday, November 20, 2020 / Notices Office of Housing Counseling is responsible for administration of the Department’s Housing Counseling Program, authorized by Section 106 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 (12 U.S.C. 1701w and 1701x). The Housing Counseling Program supports the delivery of a wide variety of housing counseling services to homebuyers, homeowners, low- to moderate-income renters, and the homeless. The primary objective of the program is to educate families and individuals in order to help them make smart decisions regarding improving their housing situation and meeting the responsibilities of tenancy and homeownership, including through budget and financial counseling. Counselors also help borrowers avoid predatory lending practices, such as inflated appraisals, unreasonably high interest rates, unaffordable repayment terms, and other conditions that can result in a loss of equity, increased debt, default, and possible foreclosure. Counselors may also provide reverse mortgage counseling to elderly homeowners who seek to convert equity in their homes to pay for home improvements, medical costs, living expenses or other expenses. Additionally, housing counselors may distribute and be a resource for information concerning of fair housing and fair lending requirements of the Fair Housing Act, as well as finding units accessible to persons with disabilities, . The Housing Counseling Program is instrumental to achievement of HUD’s mission. The Program’s far-reaching effects support numerous departmental programs, including Federal Housing Administration (FHA) single family housing programs. Approximately 1,700 HUDparticipating agencies provide housing counseling services nationwide currently. Of these, approximately 975 have been directly approved by HUD. HUD maintains a list of these agencies so that individuals in need of assistance can easily access the nearest HUDapproved Housing Counseling Agency (HCA) via HUD’s website, an automated 1800 Hotline, or a smart phone application. Form HUD–9900, Application for Approval as a Housing Counseling Agency, is necessary to make sure that people who contact a HUD-approved HCA can have confidence they will receive quality service and these agencies meet HUD requirements for approval. Respondents (i.e., affected public): Not-for-profit institutions. Estimated Number of Respondents: 700. Estimated Number of Responses: 700. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:08 Nov 19, 2020 Jkt 253001 Frequency of Response: 1. Average Hours per Response: 8.1667. Total Estimated Burden: 5,717 hours. Notice of availability; request for comments. 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The requested permit, if estimate of the burden of the proposed approved, would authorize incidental collection of information; take of the dunes sagebrush lizard (3) Ways to enhance the quality, (DSL), resulting from activities utility, and clarity of the information to completed pursuant to the draft CCAA. be collected; and If approved, the requested permit would (4) Ways to minimize the burden of become effective should the DSL the collection of information on those become federally listed during the life of who are to respond, including through the permit and CCAA. The proposed the use of appropriate automated permit would have a term of up to 23 collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting years. We also announce the availability of a draft environmental assessment electronic submission of responses. (EA) that has been prepared to evaluate HUD encourages interested parties to the permit application in accordance submit comment in response to these with the requirements of the National questions. Environmental Policy Act. We are C. Authority making the permit application package, including the draft CCAA and draft EA, Section 3507 of the Paperwork as well as the issuance criteria for the Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. requested permit, available for public Chapter 35. review and comment. Assistant Secretary for Housing—Federal DATES: Submission of comments: We Housing Commissioner, Dana T. Wade, having reviewed and approved this will accept comments received or document, is delegating the authority to postmarked on or before December 21, electronically sign this document to 2020. submitter, Nacheshia Foxx, who is the ADDRESSES : Obtaining Documents for Federal Register Liaison for HUD, for Review: You may obtain copies of the purposes of publication in the Federal permit application, draft CCAA, draft Register. EA, or other related documents in the Nacheshia Foxx, following formats: Federal Liaison for the Department of Housing Internet: and Development. • http://www.regulations.gov (search [FR Doc. 2020–25686 Filed 11–19–20; 8:45 am] for Docket No. FWS 2012;R2 2012;ES BILLING CODE 4210–67–P 2012;2020 2012;0065). • http://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/ AustinTexas/. 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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

[Docket No. FR-7027-N-20]


60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Housing 
Counseling Program--Application for Approval as a Housing Counseling 
Agency OMB Control No.: 2502-0573

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 Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment 
from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. 
The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment.

DATES: Comments Due Date: January 19, 2021.

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: Colette Pollard, Reports Management 
Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th 
Street SW, Washington, DC 20410; email Colette Pollard at 
[email protected] or telephone 202402-3400. 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) 8778339.
    Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from 
Ms. Pollard. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public 
that HUD is seeking approval from OMB for the information collection 
described in Section A.

A. Overview of Information Collection

    Title of Information Collection: Housing Counseling Program--
Application for Approval as a Housing Counseling Agency.
    OMB Approval Number: 2502-0573.
    OMB Expiration Date: 01/31/2021.
    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.
    Form Number: Form HUD-9900, Application for Approval as a Housing 
Counseling Agency; HUD-9900A, Screening for Ineligible Participants.
    Description of the need for the information and proposed use: The

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Office of Housing Counseling is responsible for administration of the 
Department's Housing Counseling Program, authorized by Section 106 of 
the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 (12 U.S.C. 1701w and 
1701x). The Housing Counseling Program supports the delivery of a wide 
variety of housing counseling services to homebuyers, homeowners, low- 
to moderate-income renters, and the homeless. The primary objective of 
the program is to educate families and individuals in order to help 
them make smart decisions regarding improving their housing situation 
and meeting the responsibilities of tenancy and homeownership, 
including through budget and financial counseling. Counselors also help 
borrowers avoid predatory lending practices, such as inflated 
appraisals, unreasonably high interest rates, unaffordable repayment 
terms, and other conditions that can result in a loss of equity, 
increased debt, default, and possible foreclosure. Counselors may also 
provide reverse mortgage counseling to elderly homeowners who seek to 
convert equity in their homes to pay for home improvements, medical 
costs, living expenses or other expenses. Additionally, housing 
counselors may distribute and be a resource for information concerning 
of fair housing and fair lending requirements of the Fair Housing Act, 
as well as finding units accessible to persons with disabilities, . The 
Housing Counseling Program is instrumental to achievement of HUD's 
mission. The Program's far-reaching effects support numerous 
departmental programs, including Federal Housing Administration (FHA) 
single family housing programs.
    Approximately 1,700 HUD-participating agencies provide housing 
counseling services nationwide currently. Of these, approximately 975 
have been directly approved by HUD. HUD maintains a list of these 
agencies so that individuals in need of assistance can easily access 
the nearest HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agency (HCA) via HUD's 
website, an automated 1800 Hotline, or a smart phone application. Form 
HUD-9900, Application for Approval as a Housing Counseling Agency, is 
necessary to make sure that people who contact a HUD-approved HCA can 
have confidence they will receive quality service and these agencies 
meet HUD requirements for approval.
    Respondents (i.e., affected public): Not-for-profit institutions.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 700.
    Estimated Number of Responses: 700.
    Frequency of Response: 1.
    Average Hours per Response: 8.1667.
    Total Estimated Burden: 5,717 hours.

B. Solicitation of Public Comment

    This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and 
affected parties concerning the collection of information described in 
Section A on the following:
    (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including 
whether the information will have practical utility;
    (2) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information;
    (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
    (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.
    HUD encourages interested parties to submit comment in response to 
these questions.

C. Authority

    Section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35.

    Assistant Secretary for Housing--Federal Housing Commissioner, 
Dana T. Wade, having reviewed and approved this document, is 
delegating the authority to electronically sign this document to 
submitter, Nacheshia Foxx, who is the Federal Register Liaison for 
HUD, for purposes of publication in the Federal Register.

Nacheshia Foxx,
Federal Liaison for the Department of Housing and Development.
[FR Doc. 2020-25686 Filed 11-19-20; 8:45 am]
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