Department of Housing and Urban Development March 2007 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Federal Property Suitable as Facilities To Assist the Homeless
Document Number: E7-5621
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-30
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This Notice identifies unutilized, underutilized, excess, and surplus Federal property reviewed by HUD for suitability for possible use to assist the homeless.
Indian Housing Block Grant Program-Extension of Annual Performance Report Due Date
Document Number: E7-5738
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-03-29
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This proposed rule would extend the due date for Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) recipients to submit annual performance reports (APRs). Through the IHBG program, HUD provides housing assistance to Indian tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs). Currently, HUD's regulations require IHBG recipients to submit APRs 60 days after the end of the recipient's program year. HUD believes that extending this deadline by an additional 30 days will provide IHBG recipients with the necessary additional time to prepare and submit their APRs.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Comment Request; Insurance of Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMS)
Document Number: E7-5731
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-29
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.
Office of General Counsel Order of Succession
Document Number: E7-5626
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-28
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
In this notice, the General Counsel for the Department of Housing and Urban Development designates the Order of Succession for the Office of General Counsel. This Order of Succession supersedes the Order of Succession for the General Counsel published on May 28, 2004.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Comment Request; Mortgage Insurance Termination; Application for Premium Refund or Distributive Share Payment
Document Number: E7-5625
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-28
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.
Notice of Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMB; FHA TOTAL Mortgage Scorecard
Document Number: E7-5624
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-28
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal. The data collection requirements consist of an electronic lender certification process and requirements to provide reports and loan samples at FHA's request, and appeals in writing for loss of privilege to use the scorecard.
Notice of Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMB; Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA)
Document Number: E7-5623
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-28
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal. The Comprehensive Needs Assessment is a description of current and future resources and needs of certain multifamily housing projects. Owners and non-profit entities submit the information.
Mortgage and Foreclosure Rights of Servicemembers Under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act: Informational Notice
Document Number: E7-5412
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-26
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This notice provides information regarding the homeowner notification requirement of section 106(c)(5) of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968. The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) provides legal rights and protections that are applicable to the debts of servicemembers and their dependents. Notice is to be provided to all homeowners who are in default in order to inform them of mortgage and foreclosure rights available to them under the SCRA if they are servicemembers or dependents of servicemembers. HUD has developed, in consultation with the Departments of Defense and Treasury, a final disclosure form to be used by mortgagees for fulfilling this notice requirement. HUD made the form available on its website in July 2006, and the form is also attached as an appendix to this notice.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment on the Survey of Market Absorption of New Multifamily Units
Document Number: E7-5411
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-26
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.
Notice of Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMB; Uniform Physical Standards & Physical Inspection Requirements
Document Number: E7-5408
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-26
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal. Multifamily properties owned by HUD or with HUD-insured mortgages must be inspected regularly. Mortgagees/lenders inspect projects with HUD-insured mortgages. All owners/agents must certify that Exigent Health and Safety (EH&S) deficiencies noted during the inspection have been repaired. HUD uses the information to ensure that the properties are maintained in a condition that is decent, safe, sanitary, and in good repair.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-5363
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-23
Agency: Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight Office, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Conference Call Meeting of the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee
Document Number: E7-5294
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-23
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of an upcoming meeting of the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (the Committee) to be held via telephone conference. This meeting is open to the general public, which may participate by following the instructions below.
Implementation of OMB Guidance on Nonprocurement Debarment and Suspension
Document Number: E7-5167
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-03-23
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This proposed rule would relocate HUD's regulations governing nonprocurement debarment and suspension to a new part in Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The relocation is part of a governmentwide initiative to create one location where the public can locate both the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance for grants and agreements and the associated federal agency implementing regulations. The proposed new part would adopt the OMB guidance on nonprocurement debarment and suspension and supplement it with HUD-specific clarifications and additions. The proposed rule would also make conforming changes to HUD regulations referencing the nonprocurement debarment and suspension regulations. This proposed regulatory action is an administrative simplification that would make no substantive change in HUD policy or procedures for nonprocurement debarment and suspension.
Federal Property Suitable as Facilities To Assist the Homeless
Document Number: E7-5091
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-23
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This Notice identifies unutilized, underutilized, excess, and surplus Federal property reviewed by HUD for suitability for possible use to assist the homeless.
Notice of Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMB; Single Family Premium Collection Subsystem-Upfront
Document Number: E7-5165
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-21
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal. Lenders use the Single Family Premium Collection SubsystemUpfront (SFPCS-U) to remit the upfront premium to obtain mortgage insurance for the homeowner. The information strengthens HUD's ability to manage and process upfront single-family mortgage insurance premium collections and corrections to submit data. It also improves data integrity for the Single Family Mortgage Insurance Program.
Notice of Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMB; Request Voucher for Grant Payment and Line of Credit Control Dystem (LOCCS) Voiced Response System Access Authorization
Document Number: E7-5164
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-21
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal. Payment request vouches for distribution of grant funds using the automated Voice Response System (VRS). An authorization form is submitted to establish access to the voice activated payment system.
Notice of Availability of Addendum to the Record of Decision and Lead Agency Findings Statement for the World Trade Center Memorial and Redevelopment Plan in the Borough of Manhattan, City of New York, NY
Document Number: E7-5096
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-21
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
HUD gives notice to the public, agencies, and Indian tribes that the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) has adopted Addendum D-1 (ROD Addendum) to the Record of Decision and Lead Agency Findings Statement (ROD) for the World Trade Center Memorial and Redevelopment Plan (Approved Plan). This notice is given on behalf of LMDC. LMDC is a subsidiary of the New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development Corporation (a political subdivision and public benefit corporation of the State of New York). As the recipient of HUD Community Development Block Grant funds appropriated for the World Trade Center disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts, LMDC acts, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 5304(g), as the responsible entity for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in accordance with 24 CFR 58.4. LMDC also acts under its authority as lead agency in accordance with the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). The ROD Addendum has been adopted in coordination with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (Port Authority). This notice is given in accordance with the Council on Environmental Quality regulations at 40 CFR parts 1500-1508.
Announcement of Funding Awards for the Rural Housing and Economic Development Program Fiscal Year 2006
Document Number: E7-4880
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-19
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
In accordance with section 102 (a)(4)(C) of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Reform Act of 1989, this announcement notifies the public of funding decisions made by the Department in a competition for funding under the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Rural Housing and Economic Development Program. This announcement contains the names of the awardees and the amounts of the awards.
The Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005: Applicability to HUD Programs
Document Number: E7-4795
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-16
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This notice addresses inquiries to HUD about: (1) The applicability to HUD programs of certain provisions of the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005, as amended by a technical corrections bill signed into law in August 2006, and (2) HUD's plans to issue rules or guidance on this new law. The Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 and the technical corrections described in this notice became effective upon enactment. This notice presents information from HUD's Offices of Community Planning and Development, General Counsel, Housing, and Public and Indian Housing, and provides an overview of key provisions that affect HUD programs, identifies those provisions that require program participants to take action to be in compliance, and advises of efforts underway within HUD to further facilitate compliance with this new law, including rules and guidance that are under consideration or development.
Final Guidance to Federal Financial Assistance Recipients Regarding Title VI Prohibition Against National Origin Discrimination Affecting Limited English Proficient Persons: Update of Web Site Reference
Document Number: E7-4794
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-16
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This notice updates an obsolete Web site reference that was included in HUD's final ``Guidance to Federal Financial Assistance Recipients Regarding Title VI Prohibition Against National Origin Discrimination Affecting Limited English Proficient (LEP) Persons,'' as required by Executive Order (EO) 13166, published in the Federal Register on January 22, 2007, and which became effective on March 7, 2007.
Federal Property Suitable as Facilities To Assist the Homeless
Document Number: 07-1173
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-16
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This Notice identifies unutilized, underutilized, excess, and surplus Federal property reviewed by HUD for suitability for possible use to assist the homeless.
Revisions to the Public Access to HUD Records Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Regulations
Document Number: E7-4682
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-15
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This final rule clarifies and explains the procedures to be followed by requesters seeking a waiver or a reduction of fees under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This final rule describes the information that must be included in a FOIA request and the demonstrations that must be made in order for a waiver or reduction of fees to be granted. This final rule also revises the FOIA fee schedule, clarifies the time at which HUD will begin processing a FOIA request, and modifies HUD's policy on the use of outside contractors to fulfill FOIA requests. HUD undertook this effort in order to make the regulations governing fee waivers more informative and helpful in accordance with the President's recently issued Executive Order 13392, ``Improving Agency Disclosure of Information.'' This final rule also makes technical and conforming changes to reflect the realignment of FOIA correspondence processing functions within HUD, to correct HUD's definition of ``representative of the news media requester'' to ensure conformance with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Fee Guidelines, and to update a cross-reference to time limits applicable to HUD for responding to a FOIA request. This final rule follows publication of an October 5, 2006, proposed rule on which HUD received one public comment.
Timeliness Expenditure Standards for the Insular Areas Program
Document Number: E7-4681
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-15
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This final rule implements regulatory timeliness standards for the Insular Areas Program, as established by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. The expenditure standards will ensure that grantees carry out their programs in a timely manner. The standards take into consideration and reflect the unique circumstances faced by Insular Area grantees in their ability to expend CDBG allocations. The final rule provides that an Insular Area grantee may submit an abbreviated consolidated plan rather than a full consolidated plan. This final rule also makes technical and conforming changes to the Insular Areas program. The final rule follows publication of an August 7, 2006, proposed rule on which HUD did not receive any public comments. Accordingly, HUD is adopting the August 7, 2006, proposed rule without change.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Comment Request Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program
Document Number: E7-4564
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-14
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.
Fiscal Year 2007 SuperNOFA for HUD's Discretionary Programs
Document Number: 07-974
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-13
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
On January 18, 2007, HUD published its Notice of FY2007 Notice of Funding Availability Policy Requirements and General Section to the SuperNOFA (General Section). HUD published the General Section of the FY2007 SuperNOFA in advance of the individual NOFAs to give prospective applicants sufficient time to begin preparing their applications, and to register early with Grants.gov in order to facilitate their application submission process. Today's publication contains the 38 funding opportunities or program NOFAs that constitute HUD's FY2007 SuperNOFA. In addition, today's publication provides a revised listing of programs contained in the FY2007 SuperNOFA and corrects two items contained in the General Section published on January 18, 2007.
Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Westpark Master Plan Redevelopment Project, City of Bremerton, WA
Document Number: E7-4447
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-12
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) gives this notice to the public, agencies and Indian Tribes on the availability for public review and comment of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the redevelopment of the Westpark public housing community in Bremerton, WA. HUD gives this notice on behalf of the City of Bremerton acting as the Responsible Entity for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in accordance with 24 CFR 58.4, and jointly the Bremerton Housing Authority (BHA) acting as lead agency for compliance with the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). This notice is given in accordance with the Council on Environmental Quality regulations at 40 CFR parts 1500-1508. Notice is also given that the City of Bremerton as Responsible Entity has decided to combine the National Historic Preservation Act, Section 106 process with the NEPA Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in accordance with 36 CFR 800.8(c). Comments are also being requested on the Section 106 information presented in the Draft EIS as well as on the Section 106 process itself.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment: Notice of Funding Availability for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program
Document Number: E7-4309
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-12
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment: Notice of Funding Availability for the Early Doctoral Student Research Program
Document Number: E7-4308
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-12
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment: Notice of Funding Availability for the Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program
Document Number: E7-4307
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-12
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.
Federal Property Suitable as Facilities To Assist the Homeless
Document Number: 07-1002
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-09
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This Notice identifies unutilized, underutilized, excess, and surplus Federal property reviewed by HUD for suitability for possible use to assist the homeless.
Statutorily Mandated Designation of Difficult Development Areas and Qualified Census Tracts for Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986: Revision of Definition of Effective Date
Document Number: E7-3894
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-06
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This notice revises the definition of ``effective date'' in a notice published in the Federal Register on September 28, 2006, designating ``Difficult Development Areas'' (DDAs) and ``Qualified Census Tracts'' (QCTs) for purposes of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) under section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code) (26 U.S.C. 42). HUD is responsible for designating DDAs and QCTs annually. The September 28, 2006, notice provided a definition of ``effective date'' that is revised by this notice to define ``multiphase'' LIHTC projects and to specify how such projects are to be treated when DDA or QCT designations change between phases.
Additional Waivers Granted to and Alternative Requirements for the State of Mississippi Under Public Laws 109-148 and 109-234
Document Number: E7-3831
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-06
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
As described in the Supplementary Information section of this Notice, HUD is authorized by statute to waive statutory and regulatory requirements and specify alternative requirements for this purpose, upon the request of the state grantees. This Notice describes the additional waivers for the disaster recovery grants made to the State of Mississippi under the subject appropriations acts.
Additional Waivers Granted to and Alternative Requirements for the State of Louisiana Under Public Laws 109-148 and 109-234
Document Number: E7-3830
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-06
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
As described in the Supplementary Information section of this Notice, HUD is authorized by statute to waive statutory and regulatory requirements and specify alternative requirements for this grant, upon the request of the state grantee. This Notice describes the additional waivers for the disaster recovery grants made to the state of Louisiana under the subject appropriations acts.
Notice of Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMB; Allocation of Operating Subsidies Under the Operating Fund Formula: Data Collection (Subsidy and Grant Information System (SAGIS) Automated Collections)
Document Number: E7-3805
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-06
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal. Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) use this information in budget submissions which are reviewed and approved by HUD field offices as the basis for obligating operating subsidies. This information is necessary to calculate the eligibility for operating subsidies under the Operating Fund Program regulation, as amended. The Operating Fund Program is designed to provide the amount of operating subsidy that would be needed for well-managed PHAs.
Federal Property Suitable as Facilities to Assist the Homeless
Document Number: E7-3525
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-02
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This Notice identifies unutilized, underutilized, excess, and surplus Federal property reviewed by HUD for suitability for possible use to assist the homeless.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment: Information on the Current Status of Homebuyers Assisted Through the HOME and American Dream Downpayment Initiative (ADDI) Programs
Document Number: 07-975
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-02
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.
Regulatory Waivers for Public Housing Programs To Assist With Transition to Asset Management
Document Number: E7-3625
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-01
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This notice advises the public of a process for seeking expedited waivers of HUD program regulations to assist public housing agencies (PHAs) as they convert to asset management. This notice, which concerns regulations governing HUD's Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH), does not apply to: PHAs with less than 250 units that do not elect to convert to asset management, Indian and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs), local tribal governments, or PHAs that administer only the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program (``Section 8-only PHAs''). The expedited regulatory waiver process applies only to waivers of PIH program regulations applicable to PHAs.
Notice of Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMB; LOCCS Voice Response System Payment Vouchers for Public and Indian Housing Programs
Document Number: E7-3610
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-01
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal. HUD is requesting extension of OMB approval for the application for grant funds disbursement through the LOCCS Voice Response System.
Notice of Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMB; Civil Rights Front End and Limited Monitoring Review
Document Number: E7-3609
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-01
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The proposed information collection requirement described below has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal. The Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) has developed 2 checklists to conduct civil rights monitoring reviews of 20 Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) in FY07, in support of HUD's strategic goal of ensuring equal opportunity in housing. PIH staff will complete checklist A (On-site Limited Review of Civil Rights-Related Program Requirements for Low Rent and Housing Choice Voucher Programs) during onsite comprehensive reviews. PHAs will complete checklist B (onsite Limited review of Section 504 Monitoring). The information collected will be used to evaluate a PHA's compliance with the Fair Housing Laws.