Department of Housing and Urban Development October 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Federal Property Suitable as Facilities To Assist the Homeless
Document Number: 2016-25773
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-28
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.
Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands; Minimum Property Standards for Flood Hazard Exposure; Building to the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard
Document Number: 2016-25521
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-10-28
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This proposed rule would revise HUD's regulations governing floodplain management to require, as part of the decision making process established to ensure compliance with Executive orders on Floodplain Management and Federal Flood Risk Management, that a HUD assisted or financed (including mortgage insurance) project involving new construction or substantial improvement that is situated in an area subject to floods be elevated or floodproofed between 2 and 3 feet above the base flood elevation as determined by best available information. The proposed rule would also revise HUD's Minimum Property Standards for one-to-four unit housing under HUD mortgage insurance and low-rent public housing programs. Building to the proposed standards will, consistent with the Executive orders, increase resiliency to flooding, reduce the risk of flood loss, minimize the impact of floods on human safety, health, and welfare, and promote sound, sustainable, long-term planning informed by a more accurate evaluation of flood risk that takes into account possible sea level rise and increased development associated with population growth. This document also proposes to revise a categorical exclusion available when HUD performs the environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and related Federal laws by making it consistent with changes to a similar categorical exclusion that is available to HUD grantees or other responsible entities when they perform these environmental reviews. This change will make the review standard identical regardless of whether HUD or a grantee is performing the review.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Section 8 Management Assessment Program
Document Number: 2016-25899
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-26
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
HUD has submitted the proposed information collection requirement described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. The purpose of this notice is to allow for an additional 30 days of public comment.
Tenant-Based Assistance: Enhanced Vouchers
Document Number: 2016-25520
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-10-26
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This rule proposes to codify HUD's policy regarding enhanced vouchers, a type of tenant-based voucher provided for under section 8 of the U.S. Housing Act of 1937 in the following four scenarios, which are prescribed and limited by statute: The prepayment of certain mortgages, the voluntary termination of the insurance contract for the mortgage, the termination or the expiration of a project-based section 8 rental assistance contract, and the transaction under which a project that receives or has received assistance under the Flexible Subsidy Program is preserved as affordable housing. Specifically, this rule would codify existing policy concerning the eligibility criteria for enhanced vouchers, as well as provide rental payment standards and subsidy standards applicable to enhanced vouchers, the right of enhanced voucher holders to remain in their units, procedures for addressing over-housed families, and the calculation of the enhanced voucher housing assistance payment.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Request for Withdrawals From Replacements Reserves/Residual Receipts Funds
Document Number: 2016-25639
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-24
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
HUD has submitted the proposed information collection requirement described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. The purpose of this notice is to allow for an additional 30 days of public comment.
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: Extension of Deadline for Submission of Assessment of Fair Housing for Consolidated Plan Participants That Receive a Community Development Block Grant of $500,000 or Less
Document Number: 2016-25637
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-24
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This notice advises that HUD is extending the deadline for submission of an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) by consolidated plan program participants that received in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 or receive in a subsequent fiscal year a Community Development Block Grant of $500,000 or less, or in the case of a HOME consortium, whose members collectively received a CDBG grant of $500,000 or less, from the program year that begins on or after January 1, 2018, to the program year that begins on or after January 1, 2019 for which a new consolidated plan is due, the same date that qualified public housing agencies (PHAs) are to submit their AFHs.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: 24 CFR Part 55, Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands
Document Number: 2016-25634
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-24
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Environmental Review Procedures for Entities Assuming HUD Environmental Responsibilities
Document Number: 2016-25633
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-24
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program
Document Number: 2016-25632
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-24
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment.
Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016: Initial Guidance
Document Number: 2016-25147
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-24
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
On July 29, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA). This new statute provides updates and improvements to statutes that authorize and prescribe requirements for multiple HUD programs and the Department of Agriculture's single-family housing guaranteed loan program. The purpose of this document is to advise HUD program participants and interested members of the public of those statutory provisions that are effective immediately and those provisions that will require further action by HUD to become effective or to be used by HUD program participants.
Federal Property Suitable as Facilities to Assist the Homeless
Document Number: 2016-25149
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-21
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.
The Performance Review Board
Document Number: 2016-25413
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-20
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The Department of Housing and Urban Development announces the establishment of two Performance Review Boards to make recommendations to the appointing authority on the performance of its senior executives. Towanda A. Brooks, Sarah L. Gerecke, Keith W. Surber, Joy L. Hadley, Craig T. Clemmensen, and Barbara M. Cooper-Jones will serve as members of the Departmental Performance Review Board to review career SES performance. Laura H. Hogshead, Rafael C. Diaz, Tonya T. Robinson, and Patrick J. Pontius will serve as members of the Departmental Performance Review Board to review noncareer SES performance. The address is: Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC 20410-0050.
Implementation of the Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Notice Amendment for Computerized Homes Underwriting Management System/Loan Application Management System
Document Number: 2016-25177
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-18
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
The Department is publishing a notice advising of a system of records amendment for system of records: Computerized Homes Underwriting Management SystemDevelopment of New System of Records, Loan Application Management System, published in the Federal Register on October 20, 2014 at 79 FR 62656-62658. The Department discovered that information under the original notice had been omitted and reissues this notice to incorporate omitted information. In addition, the revised notice introduces a new method used by the system to collect and process new records and establishes new routine use instances. This notice adds back to the notice previously omitted information maintained by the systems on non-borrowing spouses, incorporates new records pertaining to housing counselor efforts, establishes new routine uses, and refines current record keeping procedures, the authority, and purpose statements. A detailed description of the systems updates and the new functions are contained in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.
30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: HOME Investment Partnership Program
Document Number: 2016-25175
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-18
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for renewal of the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment.
Statutorily Mandated Designation of Difficult Development Areas and Qualified Census Tracts for 2017
Document Number: 2016-25056
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-17
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This document designates ``Difficult Development Areas'' (DDAs) and ``Qualified Census Tracts'' (QCTs) for purposes of the Low- Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 42 (26 U.S.C. 42). The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) makes new DDA and QCT designations annually. Unlike the effective date of the 2016 QCTs and DDAs, which was July 1, 2016, the 2017 QCTs and DDAs are effective January 1, 2017. In order to avoid designating areas unsuitable for residential development, such as airports, HUD is implementing a minimum population requirement for metropolitan Small Difficult Development Areas (SDDAs), as described below.
Retrospective Review-Improving the Previous Participation Reviews of Prospective Multifamily Housing and Healthcare Programs Participants
Document Number: 2016-24619
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-14
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This final rule revises HUD's regulations for reviewing the previous participation in federal programs of certain participants seeking to take part in multifamily housing and healthcare programs administered by HUD's Office of Housing. The final rule clarifies and simplifies the process by which HUD reviews the previous participation of participants that have decision-making authority over their projects as one component of HUD's responsibility to assess financial and operational risk to the projects in these programs. The final rule, together with an accompanying Processing Guide, clarifies which individuals and entities will undergo review, HUD's purpose in conducting such review, and describe the review to be undertaken. By targeting more closely the individuals and actions that would be subject to prior participation review, HUD not only brings greater certainty and clarity to the process but provides HUD and program participants with flexibility as to the necessary previous participation review for entities and individuals that is not possible in a one-size fits all approach. Through this rule, HUD replaces the current previous participation regulations in their entirety.
Federal Property Suitable as Facilities To Assist the Homeless
Document Number: 2016-24618
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-14
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.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Management Certifications and Management Entity Profile
Document Number: 2016-24530
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-12
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Section 202 Housing for the Elderly and Section 811 Housing for the Disabled
Document Number: 2016-24528
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-12
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Housing Finance Agency Risk-Sharing Program
Document Number: 2016-24527
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-12
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment.
Announcement of the Housing Counseling Federal Advisory Committee Appointment of Members and Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2016-24336
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-07
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This notice announces the appointment of HCFAC members, gives notice of a one-day meeting and sets forth the proposed agenda of the Housing Counseling Federal Advisory Committee (HCFAC) first Committee meeting. The Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. The meeting is open to the public and is accessible to individuals with disabilities.
Federal Property Suitable as Facilities To Assist the Homeless
Document Number: 2016-23980
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-07
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 Certain Operating Cost Adjustment Factors for 2017
Document Number: 2016-24070
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-05
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This notice establishes operating cost adjustment factors (OCAFs) for project-based rental assistance contracts issued under Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 and renewed under the Multifamily Assisted Housing Reform and Affordability Act of 1997 (MAHRA) with an anniversary date on or after February 11, 2017. OCAFs are annual factors used primarily to adjust the rents for contracts renewed under section 515 or section 524 of MAHRA.
Application of the Fair Housing Act's Discriminatory Effects Standard to Insurance
Document Number: 2016-23858
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-10-05
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
HUD is issuing this document to supplement its responses to certain insurance industry comments to HUD's proposed rule implementing the Fair Housing Act's (``Act'') discriminatory effects standard. These commenters requested, inter alia, total or partial exemptions or safe harbors from liability under the Act's discriminatory effects standard. After careful reconsideration of the insurance industry comments in accordance with the court's decision in Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCIAA) v. Donovan, HUD has determined that categorical exemptions or safe harbors for insurance practices are unworkable and inconsistent with the broad fair housing objectives and obligations embodied in the Act. HUD continues to believe that the commenters' concerns regarding application of the discriminatory effects standard to insurance practices can and should be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program: Announcement of Fee To Cover Credit Subsidy Costs
Document Number: 2016-23986
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-04
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This document announces the fee that HUD will collect from borrowers of loans guaranteed under HUD's Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program (Section 108 Program) to offset the credit subsidy costs of the guaranteed loans pursuant to commitments awarded in FY 2017.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Energy Benchmarking
Document Number: 2016-23979
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-04
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Energy Benchmarking of Public Housing
Document Number: 2016-23978
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-04
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment.
Privacy Act of 1974; Notice of a Computer Matching Program Between the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Social Security Administration (SSA): Matching Tenant Data in Assisted Housing Programs
Document Number: 2016-23856
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-03
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
Pursuant to the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988, as amended, and the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Guidance on the statute (5 U.S.C. 552a, as amended), HUD is notifying the public of its intent to execute a new computer matching program with SSA, for a recurring matching program with HUD's Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) and Office of Housing. The most recent renewal of the current matching agreement expires on November 7, 2016. HUD will obtain SSA data and make the results available to (1) program administrators such as public housing agencies (PHAs) and private owners and management agents (O/As) (collectively referred to as POAs) to enable them to verify the accuracy of income reported by the tenants (participants) of HUD rental assistance programs and (2) contract administrators (CAs) overseeing and monitoring O/A operations as well as independent public auditors (IPAs) that audit both PHAs and O/As.
Order of Succession for the Office of Policy Development and Research
Document Number: 2016-23855
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-03
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
In this notice, the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research designates the Order of Succession for the Office of Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research. This Order of Succession supersedes all prior Orders of Succession for the Office of Policy and Development, including the Order of Succession published on May 18, 2012.
60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Utility Allowance Adjustments for Rental Assistance
Document Number: 2016-23852
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-03
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment.