30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Evaluation of Cohort 1 of the Moving to Work Demonstration Program Expansion; OMB Control No. 2528-New, 80812-80813 [2020-27429]

Download as PDF 80812 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 240 / Monday, December 14, 2020 / Notices information collection for a period of 60 days was published on Friday, September 11, 2020 at 85 FR 56266. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–7024–N–53] 30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Evaluation of Cohort 1 of the Moving to Work Demonstration Program Expansion; OMB Control No. 2528–New Office of the Chief Information Officer, 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 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 30 days of public comment. DATES: Comments Due Date: January 13, 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: HUD Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503; fax: 202–395–5806, Email: OIRA Submission@omb.eop.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anna P. Guido, Reports Management Officer, QMAC, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Washington, DC 20410; email her at Anna.P.Guido@hud.gov or telephone 202–402–5535. This is not a toll-free number. Person 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. Guido. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD is seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in Section A. The Federal Register notice that solicited public comment on the SUMMARY: A. Overview of Information Collection Title of Information Collection: Evaluation of Cohort 1 of the Moving to Work Demonstration Program Expansion. OMB Approval Number: 2528–New. Type of Request: New. Form Number: N/A. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: The Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is proposing the collection of information for the Evaluation of Cohort 1 of the Moving to Work Demonstration Program Expansion. Moving to Work (MTW) is a demonstration program that encourages public housing agencies (PHAs) to test ways to achieve three specific objectives: (1) Increase the cost effectiveness of federal housing programs, (2) increase housing choice for low-income families, and/or (3) encourage greater self-sufficiency of households receiving housing assistance. MTW designation gives PHAs relief from many of the regulations and statutory provisions that apply to the public housing and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs. MTW agencies can also merge their public housing and HCV funds into a single block grant and use these funds (if desired) for local activities outside of the typical public housing and HCV programs, such as providing supportive services or developing housing for populations with special needs. In 2016, Congress authorized HUD to expand the MTW program by 100 high performing PHAs. The MTW expansion statute emphasizes evaluating the MTW program, directing HUD to expand the program in cohorts that would allow for ‘‘one specific policy change to be implemented. . . .’’ and rigorously evaluated. The first cohort of the expansion will test the impact of MTW designation on small PHAs, defined for these purposes as PHAs administering no more than 1,000 housing units across their HCV and public housing programs. In Cohort 1, PHAs are free to implement any program and policy changes permissible under the MTW program. Under contract with HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research, Abt Associates Inc. will conduct an evaluation of Cohort 1 that includes a study of how PHAs use their MTW flexibility to meet the MTW program’s goals and a study of the impact of MTW designation on cost effectiveness, selfsufficiency, and housing choice. The Evaluation of Cohort 1 of the Moving to Work Demonstration Program Expansion will be implemented as a randomized control trial. To carry out the study, HUD randomly assigned the 43 eligible PHAs that submitted a Letter of Interest to HUD for Cohort 1 into one of two groups: A treatment group (33 PHAs) that is invited to complete the application for MTW designation and a control group (10 PHAs) that is not invited to complete the application for MTW designation and therefore is not permitted to receive MTW designation under Cohort 1. The evaluation will compare the outcomes of the treatment group PHAs to the outcomes of the control group PHAs over a five-year period. To the extent possible, this evaluation will rely on analysis of secondary data that PHAs already prepare and submit to HUD, however, some primary data collection will be required. This Federal Register Notice provides an opportunity to comment on the information collection for the evaluation. The evaluation will use the data described in this information collection request to clarify and expand on information provided in the existing data sources and to capture qualitative information about the experiences of study PHAs implementing activities related to cost effectiveness, selfsufficiency, or housing choice without MTW flexibility. The proposed information collection consists of: (1) Interviews with MTW (treatment group) PHAs; (2) online surveys to non-MTW (control group) PHAs; and (3) interviews with non-MTW (control group) PHAs. ANNUALIZED BURDEN TABLE jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Information collection Number of respondents Interviews with MTW (Treatment Group) PHAs ........................ Online Surveys to NonMTW (Control Group) PHAs ........................ VerDate Sep<11>2014 02:51 Dec 12, 2020 Frequency of response Responses per annum Burden hour per response Annual burden hours Hourly cost per response Cost 99.00 1 99.00 1.00 99.00 $52.14 $5,161.86 10.00 1 10.00 0.50 5.00 52.14 260.70 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\14DEN1.SGM 14DEN1 80813 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 240 / Monday, December 14, 2020 / Notices ANNUALIZED BURDEN TABLE—Continued Information collection Number of respondents Frequency of response Burden hour per response Annual burden hours Hourly cost per response Cost Interviews with NonMTW (Control Group) PHAs ........................ 20.00 1 20.00 1.00 20.00 52.14 1,042.80 Total ...................... 129.00 ........................ ........................ ........................ 124.00 ........................ 6,465.36 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. (5) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. 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. Anna P. Guido, Department Reports Management Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2020–27429 Filed 12–11–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT 30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: 2021 American Housing Survey; OMB Control No. 2528–0017 Office of the Chief Information Officer, HUD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 02:51 Dec 12, 2020 Jkt 253001 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 30 days of public comment. DATES: Comments Due Date: January 13, 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: HUD Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503; fax:202–395–5806, Email: OIRA Submission@omb.eop.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anna P. Guido, Reports Management Officer, QMAC, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Washington, DC 20410; email her at Anna.P.Guido@hud.gov or telephone 202–402–5535. This is not a toll-free number. Person 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. Guido. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD is seeking approval from OMB for 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 Friday August 4, 2020 at 85 FR 47981. ADDRESSES: A. Overview of Information Collection [Docket No. FR–7024–N–52] jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Responses per annum Title of Information Collection: 2021 American Housing Survey. OMB Approval Number: 2528–0017. Type of Request: Revision of currently approved collection. Form Number: N/A. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: The purpose of the American Housing Survey (AHS) is to supply the public with detailed and timely information about housing quality, housing costs, PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and neighborhood assets, in support of effective housing policy, programs, and markets. Title 12, United States Code, Sections 1701Z–1, 1701Z–2(g), and 1710Z–10a mandates the collection of this information. Like the previous surveys, the 2021 AHS will collect ‘‘core’’ data on subjects, such as the amount and types of changes in the housing inventory, the physical condition of the housing inventory, the characteristics of the occupants, housing costs for owners and renters, including a redesigned mortgage section, the persons eligible for and beneficiaries of assisted housing, remodeling and repair frequency, reasons for moving, the number and characteristics of vacancies, and characteristics of resident’s neighborhood. In addition to the ‘‘core’’ data, HUD plans to collect supplemental data on the renter housing search process, intent to move, housing characteristics that increase wildfire risk, household pets, delinquent payments and notices for mortgage, rent, or utility bills, and smoking. In 2015, the AHS began a new longitudinal panel. The sample design has two components: an integrated longitudinal national sample, and an independent metropolitan areas longitudinal sample. The integrated longitudinal national sample includes three parts: (1) 35,731 national cases representative of the US and 9 Census Divisions outside the top 15 metropolitan areas; (2) 12,060 HUDassisted oversample cases; and (3) 47,175 sample cases of the top 15 metropolitan areas in the US. The total integrated longitudinal national sample for 2021 will consist of 94,966 housing units. In addition to the integrated national longitudinal sample, HUD plans to conduct 10 additional metropolitan area longitudinal samples, each with approximately 3,000 housing units (for a total 30,000 metropolitan area housing units). The 10 additional metropolitan area longitudinal samples were last surveyed in 2017. To help reduce respondent burden on households in the longitudinal sample, the 2021 AHS will make use of dependent interviewing techniques, E:\FR\FM\14DEN1.SGM 14DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

[Docket No. FR-7024-N-53]


30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Evaluation of 
Cohort 1 of the Moving to Work Demonstration Program Expansion; OMB 
Control No. 2528-New

AGENCY: Office of the Chief Information Officer, 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 30 days of public comment.

DATES: Comments Due Date: January 13, 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: HUD Desk Officer, Office of 
Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 
20503; fax: 202-395-5806, Email: OIRA [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anna P. Guido, Reports Management 
Officer, QMAC, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th 
Street SW, Washington, DC 20410; email her at [email protected] or 
telephone 202-402-5535. This is not a toll-free number. Person 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. Guido.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD is 
seeking approval from OMB for 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 Friday, 
September 11, 2020 at 85 FR 56266.

A. Overview of Information Collection

    Title of Information Collection: Evaluation of Cohort 1 of the 
Moving to Work Demonstration Program Expansion.
    OMB Approval Number: 2528-New.
    Type of Request: New.
    Form Number: N/A.
    Description of the need for the information and proposed use: The 
Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), at the U.S. 
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is proposing the 
collection of information for the Evaluation of Cohort 1 of the Moving 
to Work Demonstration Program Expansion.
    Moving to Work (MTW) is a demonstration program that encourages 
public housing agencies (PHAs) to test ways to achieve three specific 
objectives: (1) Increase the cost effectiveness of federal housing 
programs, (2) increase housing choice for low-income families, and/or 
(3) encourage greater self-sufficiency of households receiving housing 
assistance. MTW designation gives PHAs relief from many of the 
regulations and statutory provisions that apply to the public housing 
and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs. MTW agencies can also merge 
their public housing and HCV funds into a single block grant and use 
these funds (if desired) for local activities outside of the typical 
public housing and HCV programs, such as providing supportive services 
or developing housing for populations with special needs. In 2016, 
Congress authorized HUD to expand the MTW program by 100 high 
performing PHAs.
    The MTW expansion statute emphasizes evaluating the MTW program, 
directing HUD to expand the program in cohorts that would allow for 
``one specific policy change to be implemented. . . .'' and rigorously 
evaluated. The first cohort of the expansion will test the impact of 
MTW designation on small PHAs, defined for these purposes as PHAs 
administering no more than 1,000 housing units across their HCV and 
public housing programs. In Cohort 1, PHAs are free to implement any 
program and policy changes permissible under the MTW program. Under 
contract with HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research, Abt 
Associates Inc. will conduct an evaluation of Cohort 1 that includes a 
study of how PHAs use their MTW flexibility to meet the MTW program's 
goals and a study of the impact of MTW designation on cost 
effectiveness, self-sufficiency, and housing choice.
    The Evaluation of Cohort 1 of the Moving to Work Demonstration 
Program Expansion will be implemented as a randomized control trial. To 
carry out the study, HUD randomly assigned the 43 eligible PHAs that 
submitted a Letter of Interest to HUD for Cohort 1 into one of two 
groups: A treatment group (33 PHAs) that is invited to complete the 
application for MTW designation and a control group (10 PHAs) that is 
not invited to complete the application for MTW designation and 
therefore is not permitted to receive MTW designation under Cohort 1.
    The evaluation will compare the outcomes of the treatment group 
PHAs to the outcomes of the control group PHAs over a five-year period. 
To the extent possible, this evaluation will rely on analysis of 
secondary data that PHAs already prepare and submit to HUD, however, 
some primary data collection will be required.
    This Federal Register Notice provides an opportunity to comment on 
the information collection for the evaluation. The evaluation will use 
the data described in this information collection request to clarify 
and expand on information provided in the existing data sources and to 
capture qualitative information about the experiences of study PHAs 
implementing activities related to cost effectiveness, self-
sufficiency, or housing choice without MTW flexibility. The proposed 
information collection consists of: (1) Interviews with MTW (treatment 
group) PHAs; (2) online surveys to non-MTW (control group) PHAs; and 
(3) interviews with non-MTW (control group) PHAs.

                                                                 Annualized Burden Table
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                                             Number of     Frequency of    Responses per    Burden hour    Annual burden    Hourly cost
         Information collection             respondents      response          annum       per response        hours       per response        Cost
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Interviews with MTW (Treatment Group)              99.00               1           99.00            1.00           99.00          $52.14       $5,161.86
 PHAs...................................
Online Surveys to Non-MTW (Control                 10.00               1           10.00            0.50            5.00           52.14          260.70
 Group) PHAs............................

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Interviews with Non-MTW (Control Group)            20.00               1           20.00            1.00           20.00           52.14        1,042.80
 PHAs...................................
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    Total...............................          129.00  ..............  ..............  ..............          124.00  ..............        6,465.36
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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.
    (5) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology.
    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.

Anna P. Guido,
Department Reports Management Officer, Office of the Chief Information 
Officer.
[FR Doc. 2020-27429 Filed 12-11-20; 8:45 am]
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