Department of Housing and Urban Development January 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Housing Choice Voucher Program; Office of Public and Indian Housing Announcement of Funding Awards for Fiscal Year 2012
Document Number: 2013-01891
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-30
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) 2012 to public housing agencies (PHAs) under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP). The purpose of this notice is to publish the names, addresses, and amount of the awards to PHAs for non-competitive funding awards for housing conversion actions, public housing relocations and replacements, moderate rehabilitation replacements, and HOPE VI voucher awards.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Comment Request; Housing Counseling Training Program
Document Number: 2013-01560
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-25
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 Revised Information Collection for Public Comment; Public Housing Authority Executive Compensation Information
Document Number: 2013-01558
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-25
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The revised information collection 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: 2013-01308
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-25
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 for Public Comment for: Energy and Performance Information Center
Document Number: 2013-01309
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-23
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. HUD created the Energy and Performance Information Center (``EPIC'') data system to track the amount and types of Energy Efficiency Measures (EEMs) being implemented within Public Housing units (OMB Control Number 2577-0274). This revision expands the data collected to include the amount and type of Public Housing development, including development in conjunction with Low Income Housing Tax Credits; other planning collections and performance reports presently collected in hard copy; the Physical Needs Assessment; and modernization undertaken by PHAs through Energy Performance Contracts. The EPIC data system is necessary in order to support the Department's Agency Performance Goals (APGs), specifically APG 4, Measure 13 which sets numeric targets for completing green retrofits and creating energy efficient units. In addition to the direct support of HUD APG 4, Measure 13, the implementation of the EPIC data system will enable HUD to provide reports on the progress of EEMs completed with PIH funding. The EPIC data system will also improve PHA planning by making the five year plan and annual statement process electronic and also enabling HUD to aggregate this information in order to track APG 2, Measure 5, which sets goals for expanding the number of families housed. The EPIC data system will also allow improved tracking of the Energy Performance Contract process and will include the Physical Needs Assessment tool.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Comment Request; Debt Resolution Program
Document Number: 2013-01192
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-22
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 required to collect debt owed to the agency. As part of the collection process, demand for repayment is made on the debtor(s). In response, debtors opt to ignore the debt, pay the debt or dispute the debt. Disputes and offers to repay the debt result in information collections. Borrowers who wish to pay less than the full amount due must submit a Personal Financial Statement and Settlement Offer. HUD uses the information to analyze debtors' financial positions and then approve settlements and repayment agreements. Borrowers who wish to dispute must provide information to support their position.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Comment Request; Advance of Escrow Funds
Document Number: 2013-01188
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-22
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 information collected on the ``Request for Approval of Advance of Escrow Funds'' form is to ensure that escrowed funds are disposed of correctly for completion of offsite facilities, construction changes, construction cost not paid at final endorsement, noncritical repairs and capital needs assessment. The mortgagor must request withdrawal of escrowed funds through a depository (mortgagee). The HUD staff, Mortgage Credit Examiner, Inspector, and Architect, must use information collected to approve the withdrawal of escrowed funds for each item.
Mortgage and Loan Insurance Programs Under the National Housing Act-Debenture Interest Rates
Document Number: 2013-01187
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-22
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This notice announces changes in the interest rates to be paid on debentures issued with respect to a loan or mortgage insured by the Federal Housing Administration under the provisions of the National Housing Act (the Act). The interest rate for debentures issued under section 221(g)(4) of the Act during the 6-month period beginning January 1, 2013, is 1\3/8\ percent. The interest rate for debentures issued under any other provision of the Act is the rate in effect on the date that the commitment to insure the loan or mortgage was issued, or the date that the loan or mortgage was endorsed (or initially endorsed if there are two or more endorsements) for insurance, whichever rate is higher. The interest rate for debentures issued under these other provisions with respect to a loan or mortgage committed or endorsed during the 6-month period beginning January 1, 2013, is 2\1/2\ percent. However, as a result of an amendment to section 224 of the Act, if an insurance claim relating to a mortgage insured under sections 203 or 234 of the Act and endorsed for insurance after January 23, 2004, is paid in cash, the debenture interest rate for purposes of calculating a claim shall be the monthly average yield, for the month in which the default on the mortgage occurred, on United States Treasury Securities adjusted to a constant maturity of 10 years.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Comment Request; Multifamily Contractor's Mortgagor's Cost Breakdowns and Certifications
Document Number: 2013-01181
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-22
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. Contractors use the form HUD-2328 to establish a schedule of values of construction items on which the monthly advances or mortgage proceeds are based. Contractors use the form HUD-92330-A to convey actual construction costs in a standardized format of cost certification. In addition to assuring that the mortgage proceeds have not been used for purposes other than construction costs, HUD-92330-A further protects the interest of the Department by directly monitoring the accuracy of the itemized trades on form HUD-2328. This form also serves as project data to keep Field Office cost data banks and cost estimates current and accurate. HUD-92205A is used to certify the actual costs of acquisition or refinancing of projects insured under Section 223(f) program.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Comment Request; Revitalization Area Designation and Management
Document Number: 2013-01178
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-22
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 Department accepts requests from local governments or interested nonprofit organizations to designate specified geographic areas as revitalization areas. A request must describe the nominated area in terms of census block groups.
Inflation Adjustment of Civil Money Penalty Amounts
Document Number: 2013-01070
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-01-18
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This final rule amends HUD's civil money penalty and civil penalty regulations by making inflation adjustments that are required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 (28 U.S.C. 2461 note) (FCPIA Act). The FCPIA Act mandates the adjustments and the formula used to calculate them. Also in this final rule, HUD is taking the opportunity to update an outdated cross-reference in its civil money penalty regulations.
Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards, Test Procedures for Roof Trusses
Document Number: 2013-01066
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-01-18
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This final rule amends the roof truss testing procedures in the Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards by adopting certain recommendations made by the Manufactured Home Consensus Committee (MHCC), as modified by HUD. Pursuant to the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974, HUD published a recommendation submitted by MHCC to revise the existing roof truss testing procedures in 2003. In response to public comments, HUD returned the proposal to MHCC for further evaluation. After further consideration, MHCC submitted to HUD an amended version of its original proposal on roof truss testing. HUD was in agreement with the majority of MHCC's revised recommendations on roof truss testing which were published as a proposed rule on June 16, 2010. Many of MHCC's recommendations are included in this final rule. HUD identifies MHCC's proposals that were not accepted, or that were modified in light of public comments received or upon further evaluation, and provides its reasons for not accepting or for modifying these proposed revisions.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Comment Request; Direct Endorsement Underwriter/HUD Reviewer-Analysis of Appraisal Report
Document Number: 2013-01064
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-18
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. The Department requires Direct Endorsement Underwriters to maintain responsibility for the appraisal and the appraised value. When the DE Underwriter disagrees with the value conclusion and cannot reach the appraiser or the appraiser refuses to change the appraisal, the Department allows the DE Underwriter to make changes and requires the underwriter to do so on the HUD 54114. The information collected is used by FHA to monitor the quality of the lender's analysis of the appraisal report, identify areas of weakness for future training, and removing lenders that consistently exhibits careless underwriting and subsequently affect the risk to the Department.
Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards Program
Document Number: 2013-01063
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-18
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. Collection of this information will result in a better determination of reporting how Primary Inspection Agencies and manufacturers request certification labels, track payment, track production, refund monies, and report missing or damaged labels to the Department or its monitoring contractor.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment: Survey of Manufactured (Mobile) Home Placements
Document Number: 2013-01061
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-18
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: Comment Request; Assisted Living Conversion Program (ALCP) for Eligible Multifamily Housing Projects and Emergency Capital Repair Program (ECRP)
Document Number: 2013-01060
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-18
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: Comment Request Rent Reform Demonstration (Task Order 1)
Document Number: 2013-01059
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-18
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: 2013-00701
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-18
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This Notice identifies unutilized, underutilized, excess, and surplus Federal property reviewed by HUD for suitability for use to assist the homeless.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment: Annual Progress Report (APR) for the Competitive Homeless Assistance Programs
Document Number: 2013-00564
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-14
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.
Privacy Act; Notification of New Privacy Act System of Records, Pre-Purchase Homeownership Counseling Demonstration and Impact Evaluation Random Assignment and Service Tracking (RAST) System
Document Number: 2013-00460
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-11
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The 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 proposed new system of record is the Pre-Purchase Homeownership Counseling Demonstration and Impact Evaluation Random Assignment and Service Tracking (RAST) System. This system will be used by HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) and its contractors to conduct a random assignment and impact evaluation study of the impact that different types of pre-purchase counseling have on mortgage preparedness, homeowner outcomes, and loan performance for prospective low-to-moderate income, first-time homebuyers. Refer to the ``Purpose'' section to obtain detailed information about the purpose of this study.
Federal Property Suitable as Facilities To Assist the Homeless
Document Number: 2013-00152
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-11
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.
Federal Housing Administration (FHA) First Look Sales Method Under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP): Increased Discount on Sales Price for Certain Properties and Clarification of Effective Dates
Document Number: 2013-00357
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-10
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
On July 15, 2010, HUD published a Federal Register notice establishing the process by which eligible purchasers under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) are provided a preference to acquire real-estate owned (REO) properties of FHA under the temporary Federal Housing Administration (FHA) First Look Sales Method. Under the First Look Sales Method, eligible NSP purchasers have the opportunity to purchase REO properties at a discount of 10 percent below their appraised value, less the cost of any applicable listing and sales commission. This notice announces an increase in the discount to 15 percent for properties that do not meet the applicable minimum property standards to be eligible for FHA mortgage insurance. Additionally, HUD has taken the opportunity afforded by this notice to clarify that the First Look Sales Method will be in effect until the conclusion of the NSP.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment: Notice of Funding Availability for the Transformation Initiative: Rental Assistance Demonstration Research Grant Program
Document Number: 2013-00297
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-10
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. The U.S. Department of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) intends to make funding available from the FY 2012 Transformation Initiative for Research Grants related to the Rental Assistance Demonstration. This information collection is for applications for funding, and reporting requirements for funded applications.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment: Neighborhood Stabilization Program Tracking Study
Document Number: 2013-00296
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-10
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. The information is being collected by telephone and on-site interviews to assess program design, implementation, inputs and outcomes at the local level. This is the second wave of interviews for the same study and has the same structure.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment: 2013 American Housing Survey
Document Number: 2013-00295
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-10
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 of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506 (c)(2)(A)). The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal. The American Housing Survey (AHS) is a longitudinal survey that provides a periodic measure of the size and composition of the country's housing inventory. Like the previous surveys, the 2013 AHS will collect data on subjects such as the amount and types of changes in the inventory, the physical condition of the inventory, the characteristics of the occupants, housing costs, the persons eligible for and beneficiaries of assisted housing, and the number and characteristics of vacancies. A supplemental sample of housing units will be selected for approximately 25 metropolitan areas. The supplemental sample will be combined with existing sample in these areas in order to produce metropolitan estimates.
Supportive Housing for the Elderly; Advance Notice of Senior Preservation Rental Assistance Contracts Award Process
Document Number: 2013-00072
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-08
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Act of 2010, signed into law in January 2011, authorizes HUD to provide Senior Preservation Rental Assistance Contracts (SPRACs) with 20-year terms to prevent displacement of elderly residents of certain projects assisted under HUD's Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program in the case of refinancing or recapitalization and to further preserve and maintain affordability of Section 202 Direct Loan projects. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, $16 million was made available for SPRAC funding. This notice advises of HUD's intent to award SPRACs through the proposed application process described in this notice. HUD is soliciting comments on the proposed process for awarding SPRACs and the associated criteria for establishing eligibility to apply for a SPRAC.
Federal Property Suitable as Facilities To Assist the Homeless
Document Number: 2012-31526
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-04
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.