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

Additional Waivers Granted to and Alternative Requirements for the State of Mississippi Under Public Laws 109-148 and 109-234
Document Number: E7-21440
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-31
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 these disaster recovery grants, upon the request of the state grantee. This Notice describes the additional waivers for the disaster recovery grants made to the State of Mississippi under the subject appropriations acts.
HUD Acquisition Regulation (HUDAR) Debarment and Suspension Procedures
Document Number: E7-21267
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-29
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This rule amends HUD's Acquisition Regulation (HUDAR) to codify the suspension and debarment procedures applicable to HUD's procurement contracts. Such an amendment affirms that the suspension and debarment procedures in 24 CFR part 24 apply to both procurement and nonprocurement contracts. The contracting community is familiar with the suspension and debarment procedures in part 24, and this rule is limited to amending the HUDAR regulations to reflect the applicability of these requirements to procurement contracts. This final rule follows a July 17, 2007, proposed rule. HUD received no public comments on the proposed rule. This final rule adopts the proposed rule without change.
Federal Property Suitable as Facilities to Assist the Homeless
Document Number: E7-20858
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-26
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; Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), MOA Monthly Report, and Improvement Plan (IP)
Document Number: E7-21023
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-25
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. A Public Housing Agency (PHA) which is designated troubled or substandard under the Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) must enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with HUD to outline its planned improvements. Similarly, a PHA which is a standard performer, but receives a total PHAS score of less than 70% but not less than 60% is required to submit an improvement Plan (IP). These plans are designed to address deficiencies in a PHA's operations found through the PHAS assessment process (management, financial, physical, or resident related) and any other deficiencies identified by HUD through independent assessments or other methods.
Notice of Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMB; 24 CFR Part 55, Floodplain Management
Document Number: E7-21022
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-25
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. 24 CFR part 55 implements decision making procedures prescribed by E.O.11988 with which applicants must comply before HUD financial assistance can be approved for projects that are located within floodplains. Records of compliance must be kept.
Notice of Certain Operating Cost Adjustment Factors for 2008
Document Number: E7-21020
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-25
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This notice establishes annual factors used in calculating renewal rents and rent adjustments under certain provisions of MAHRA and LIHPRHA.
Statement on the Conforming Loan Limit for 2008 and Revised Draft Examination Guidance
Document Number: E7-20743
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-22
Agency: Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight Office, Department of Housing and Urban Development
The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight is publishing today a Statement on the Conforming Loan Limit for 2008 and issuing for additional public comment a revised version of the Proposed Examination Guidance, entitled ``Conforming Loan Limit Calculations'' (Policy Guidance). Material in the proposed guidance does not constitute a regulation.
Announcement of Funding Awards for Fiscal Year 2007 Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program
Document Number: E7-20695
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-22
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 document notifies the public of funding awards for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (DDRG) Program. The purpose of this document is to announce the names and addresses of the award winners and the amount of the awards to be used to help doctoral candidates complete dissertations on topics that focus on housing and urban development issues.
Announcement of Funding Awards for Fiscal Year 2007 Early Doctoral Student Research Grant Program
Document Number: E7-20687
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-22
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 document notifies the public of funding awards for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 Early Doctoral Student Research Grant (EDSRG) Program. The purpose of this document is to announce the names and addresses of the award winners and the amount of the awards to be used to help doctoral students cultivate their research skills through the preparation of research manuscripts that focus on housing and urban development issues.
Housing Choice Voucher Program Homeownership Option; Eligibility of Units Not Yet Under Construction
Document Number: E7-20686
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-22
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This final rule revises HUD's regulations for the homeownership option authorized under the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. Through the homeownership option, a public housing agency (PHA) may provide voucher assistance for an eligible family that purchases a dwelling unit for residence by the family. This final rule authorizes the use of voucher homeownership assistance for the purchase of units not yet under construction at the time the family contracts to purchase the home. This revision will expand the housing choices available to families participating in the homeownership option under the HCV program. This final rule follows publication of a May 29, 2007, proposed rule and takes into consideration the one public comment received on it. After careful consideration of the issues raised by the commenter, HUD has decided to adopt the proposed rule without change.
Federal Property Suitable as Facilities To Assist the Homeless
Document Number: 07-5105
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-19
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.
Model Manufactured Home Installation Standards
Document Number: 07-5004
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-19
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This final rule establishes new Model Manufactured Home Installation Standards (Model Installation Standards) for the installation of new manufactured homes and includes standards for the completion of certain aspects necessary to join all sections of multi- section homes. The National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974 requires HUD to develop and establish Model Installation Standards after receiving proposed installation standards from the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC). HUD received and reviewed the MHCC's recommended proposed model installation standards and published a proposed rule for public comment. Based on HUD's review of the comments that were submitted, including those from the MHCC, a number of revisions to the proposed rule have been made in this final rule. This final rule also incorporates certain amendments to definitions contained in the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards (MHCSS) that are affected by definitions provided in the Model Installation Standards.
Notice of Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMB; Recertification of Family Income and Composition
Document Number: E7-20527
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-18
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. Recertification information is submitted by homeowners to mortgagees to determine their continued eligibility for assistance and to determine the amount of assistance a homeowner is to receive. The information collected is also used by mortgagees to report statistical and general program data to HUD.
Notice of Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMB; Disaster Recovery Grant Reporting System
Document Number: E7-20526
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-18
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. Cities, counties, and states that have received program grants describe their recovery needs, develop action plans, and report performance on a Disaster Recovery Grant Reporting System. HUD also uses the information for quarterly reports to Congress.
Use of Indian Housing Block Grant Funds for Rental Assistance in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Projects
Document Number: E7-20525
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-18
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This final rule amends the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) program regulations to specify the conditions under which IHBG funds may be used for project-based or tenant-based rental assistance. The final rule clarifies that such rental assistance may be provided in a manner consistent with assistance provided under section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 on behalf of a tenant receiving assistance under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self- Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA). This final rule follows publication of a June 8, 2007, proposed rule, and adopts the proposed rule without change. HUD received one public comment on the June 8, 2007, proposed rule, expressing unqualified support for the proposed regulatory changes.
Changes in Certain Multifamily Mortgage Insurance Premiums for 2008
Document Number: 07-5149
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-18
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
In accordance with HUD regulations, this notice announces the changes in the mortgage insurance premiums (MIP) for the following Federal Housing Administration (FHA) multifamily mortgage insurance programs whose commitments will be issued or reissued in Fiscal Year (FY) 2008. The new MIPs will be effective as of December 1, 2007.
Pet Ownership for the Elderly and Persons With Disabilities
Document Number: E7-20196
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-15
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This proposed rule would revise HUD's regulations that apply to pet ownership in HUD-assisted housing for the elderly and persons with disabilities by conforming the exceptions for animals that assist persons with disabilities to those that apply to HUD's public housing programs, as defined in section 3(b) of the United States Housing Act.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment; Resident Opportunities and Supportive Services (ROSS) Program Forms for Applying for Funding
Document Number: E7-20195
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-15
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: E7-19996
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-12
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; Emergency Comment Request, Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP)
Document Number: E7-19766
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-05
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 emergency review and approval, 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; HUD-Owned Real Estate-Dollar Home Sales Program
Document Number: E7-19665
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-05
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 proposed rule would implement the Department's program that offers single family properties to local governments for one dollar and to Community Development Corporations (CDCs) on a cost recovery basis. The information collected will be used in binding contracts between the purchaser and HUD. The respondents are purchasers of HUD-owned properties: Community development corporations and governmental entities.
Notice of Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMB; HUD-Owned Real Estate-Good Neighbor Next Door Program
Document Number: E7-19664
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-05
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. This collection of information will be used in binding contracts between the purchaser and HUD in implementing the Good Neighbor Next Door Program. The respondents are purchasers of HUD-owned properties, teachers, law enforcement officers, and firefighters/emergency responders.
Federal Property Suitable as Facilities To Assist the Homeless
Document Number: E7-19443
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-05
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: Comment Request; Compliance Inspection Report and Mortgagee's Assurance of Completion
Document Number: E7-19583
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-04
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; Emergency Comment Request, Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP)
Document Number: E7-19581
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-04
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 emergency review and approval, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.
Revisions to the Single Family Mortgage Insurance Program
Document Number: E7-19459
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-02
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This final rule revises HUD's regulations under the single family mortgage insurance program that govern actions by mortgagees with respect to mortgages in default to implement recent statutory changes. The rule also amends regulations under the program to make them consistent with industry practices. The Department believes that these changes will help to increase the administrative efficiency of the single family mortgage insurance program. This final rule follows a proposed rule published on November 10, 2004, and takes into consideration and adopts changes in response to the public comments received.
Privacy Act of 1974; New System of Records, Integrated Automated Travel System (IATS, H-18), HUD/CFO-04
Document Number: E7-19289
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-01
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
HUD proposes to establish a new record system to add to its inventory of systems of records subject to the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended. The purpose of the proposed new system of records, identified as HUD/CFO-03, entitled Integrated Automated Travel System (IATS, H-18), is to produce tax reports and W2s for relocation travel disbursements.
Announcement of Funding Awards for Fiscal Year 2007; Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program
Document Number: E7-19288
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-01
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 document notifies the public of funding awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program. The purpose of this document is to announce the names, addresses and the amount awarded to the winners to be used to help Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) expand their role and effectiveness in addressing community development needs in their localities, consistent with the purposes of Title I of the Housing and Development Act of 1974, as amended.
Privacy Act; Proposed New System of Records, Correspondence Tracking System (CTS)
Document Number: E7-19287
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-01
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
HUD proposes to establish a new records system to add to its inventory of systems of records subject to the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended. The proposed new system of records is the Correspondence Tracking System, (CTS), HUD/ADM-09, which will replace HUD's legacy Secretary's Correspondence Control System, also known as the ``Automated Correspondence On-line Response Network'' (ACORN) system. The Department will use the new records system to monitor the status of both correspondence internal to the Department and that received from external sources. It will also be used by the Department to execute, prioritize, and expedite the correspondence workflow more effectively.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment: Section 8 Random Digit Dialing Fair Market Rent Telephone Survey
Document Number: E7-19286
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-01
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.
Standards for Mortgagor's Investment in Mortgaged Property
Document Number: 07-4846
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-01
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This final rule amends the Department's regulations governing the specific standards for a mortgagor's investment in property for which the mortgage is insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Specifically, this final rule codifies HUD's longstanding practice, authorized by statute, of allowing a mortgagor's investment to be derived from gifts by family members and certain organizations. The standards established by this final rule address a situation in which the mortgagor's investment is derived from a gift, loan, or other payment that is provided by any donor, including an individual or an organization, and also specify prohibited sources for a mortgagor's investment. The final rule establishes that a prohibited source of downpayment assistance is a payment that consists, in whole or in part, of funds provided by any of the following parties before, during, or after closing of the property sale: The seller, or any other person or entity that financially benefits from the transaction; or any third party or entity that is reimbursed directly or indirectly by the seller, or any other person or entity that financially benefits from the transaction. This final rule follows publication of a May 11, 2007, proposed rule and takes into consideration the public comments received on the proposed rule. After considering all comments received, HUD is adopting the May 11, 2007, proposed rule with certain minor clarification changes.
Final Fair Market Rents for Fiscal Year 2008 for the Housing Choice Voucher Program and Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy Program
Document Number: 07-4801
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-01
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
Section 8(c)(1) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (USHA) requires the Secretary to publish FMRs periodically, but not less than annually, adjusted to be effective on October 1 of each year. The primary uses of FMRs are to determine payment standard amounts for the Housing Choice Voucher program, to determine initial renewal rents for some expiring project-based section 8 contracts, to determine initial rents for housing assistance payment (HAP) contracts in the Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy program (Mod Rehab), and to serve as a rent ceiling in the HOME rental assistance program. Today's notice provides final FY2008 FMRs for all areas that reflect the estimated 40th and 50th percentile rent levels trended to April 1, 2008. The FY2008 FMRs are based on 2000 Census data updated with more current survey data. For the first time, HUD is using data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS). HUD is largely replacing the accumulated 2001-through-2005 FMR update factors from various sources with data from ACS's first full implementation year, 2005. HUD uses ACS data in different ways according to how many two- bedroom, standard-quality and recent-mover sample cases are available in the FMR area or in its Core-Based Statistical Area (CBSA), as described in detail later in this notice. Random digit dialing (RDD) surveys, as well as some limited private surveys, performed between 2001 and 2005 may also be used under certain conditions. Revised 2005 FMRs based on 2000 Census and 2005 ACS data have been updated with Consumer Price Index (CPI) data through the end of 2006 and then trended to April 2008, the midpoint of FY2008. FY2008 FMRs are the first to be able to take advantage of the full-implementation ACS, a major new Census survey that is being conducted annually. The ACS will replace the Decennial Census ``long-form'' sample survey that is the source of Decennial Census rent information. The ACS will permit more accurate FMR estimates each year than were possible using the Decennial Census trending techniques of previous FMR estimates.