Rural Housing Service – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Section 514 Off-Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Off-Farm Labor Housing Grants To Improve, Repair, or Make Modifications to Existing Off-Farm Labor Housing Properties for Fiscal Year 2022; Correction
Document Number: 2022-06300
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture, is correcting a notice of funding availability (NOFA) that was published in the Federal Register on March 9, 2022, entitled, ``Section 514 Off-Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Off-Farm Labor Housing Grants to Improve, Repair, or Make Modifications to existing Off-Farm Labor Housing Properties for Fiscal Year 2022.'' The notice announced the acceptance of pre- applications for subsequent Section 514 Off-Farm Labor Housing (Off- FLH) loans and subsequent Section 516 Off-FLH grants to improve, repair, or make modifications to existing Off-Farm Labor Housing Properties for fiscal year 2022. The purpose of this notice is to correct the application deadline dates published in the Federal Register on March 9, 2022.
Multi-Family Housing Preservation and Revitalization (MPR) Demonstration Program-Section 514 and Section 515 for Fiscal Year 2022
Document Number: 2022-05252
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) (Agency), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces it is soliciting applications to defer existing eligible loans for the Multi-Family Housing (MFH) Preservation and Revitalization (MPR) Demonstration Program. Current RHS borrowers (stay-in owners) and/or eligible applicants applying to assume existing Section 515 Rural Rental Housing (RRH) or Section 514 Off-Farm Labor Housing (Off-FLH) loans that are closed and were obligated on or after October 1, 1991, are invited to apply for MPR deferral-only assistance for such loans. This Notice does not provide any funding or additional units of Agency Rental Assistance (RA).
Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2022
Document Number: 2022-05080
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (Agency), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces that it is accepting applications under the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Grant program for fiscal year (FY) 2022. This NOSA is being issued prior to passage of a final appropriations act for FY 2022 to allow potential applicants time to submit applications for financial assistance under the program and to give the Agency time to process applications. Once the FY 2022 funding amount is determined, the Agency will publish it on its website at https:// www.rd.usda.gov/newsroom/notices-solicitation-applications-no sas.
Section 514 Off-Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Off-Farm Labor Housing Grants To Improve, Repair, or Make Modifications to Existing Off-Farm Labor Housing Properties for Fiscal Year 2022
Document Number: 2022-04718
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture, announces that it is accepting pre-applications for subsequent Section 514 Off-Farm Labor Housing (Off-FLH) loans and subsequent Section 516 Off-FLH grants to improve, repair, or make modifications to existing Off-Farm Labor Housing Properties for fiscal year 2022. Funds made available under this notice are $5,500,000 for Section 514 loans and $17,000,000 for Section 516 grants. This Notice describes the method used to distribute funds, the pre-application and final application process, and submission requirements.
New Fee Structure for Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program Initial and Annual Guarantee Fees
Document Number: 2022-04442
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or the Agency), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing a new fee structure for the Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program (GRRHP) initial and annual guarantee fees.
Multi-Family Housing (MFH) Direct Loan Programs
Document Number: 2022-03837
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-03-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency), an agency in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Mission area, published a proposed rule in the Federal Register on September 23, 2020, to amend its regulations for the Multi-Family Housing Direct Loans and Grants Programs to implement changes related to the development of a sustainable plan for the Rental Assistance (RA) program. Through this action, RHS is adopting the changes as proposed. The regulation updates are intended to provide additional RA program flexibility and transparency, and to improve the efficiency of managing assets in the Direct Loan portfolio.
OneRD Guaranteed Loan Regulation; Corrections
Document Number: 2022-02710
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-02-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
On December 10, 2021, Rural Development's Rural Business- Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, and Rural Utilities Service, agencies of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), published a final rule with comment for the oneRD Guarantee Loan Program (oneRD). The final rule made necessary revisions to the policy and procedures that strengthened the oversight and management of the growing Community Facilities, Water and Waste Disposal, Business and Industry, and Rural Energy for America guarantee portfolios. The final rule had an omission of information in the preamble and contained errors in the amendatory language. This document corrects the final regulation.
Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) for Fiscal Year 2022
Document Number: 2022-02624
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-02-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service, a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces the acceptance of applications under the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program for fiscal year (FY) 2022. These grants will be made to qualified intermediary organizations that will provide financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop their capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development that will support the community. The NOSA is being issued prior to passage of a final appropriations act for FY 2022 to allow potential applicants time to submit applications for financial assistance under the program and to give the Agency time to process applications. Once the FY 2022 funding amount is determined, the Agency will publish it on its website at https://www.rd.usda.gov/ newsroom/notices-solicitation-applications-nosas.
Direct Single Family Housing Loans and Grants Programs
Document Number: 2022-02470
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-02-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is issuing a final rule to amend its Direct Single Family Housing Loans and Grants (DSFHLG) programs regulation. This final rule adopts most changes as presented in the proposed rule published on November 25, 2019, in the Federal Register. This final rule also addresses public comments received by the Agency and makes some modifications based on consideration of those comments, including revisions to the refinancing provisions which will help provide relief to homeowners who have difficulty keeping their accounts current (e.g., coming off a payment moratorium), based on the availability of funds and Agency priorities.
Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program
Document Number: 2022-02467
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-02-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency), is implementing changes to Single-Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP) to mandate the use of the Guaranteed Underwriting System (GUS) and the Lender Loan Closing System (LLC) by approved lenders. The Agency's mandated use of GUS in loan originations and the LLC for loan closings will allow the Agency to decrease time-consuming and expensive manual file reviews, improve performance monitoring and reduce program risk of the guaranteed loan portfolio.
Off-Farm Labor Housing Technical Assistance (Off-FLH TA) Grants
Document Number: 2022-01076
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-01-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS), a Rural Development (RD) agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces the availability of $1 million in grant funding, and the timeframe to submit applications for Off-Farm Labor Housing Technical Assistance (Off-FLH TA) grants. This NOFA solicits applications from eligible private and public nonprofit (NP) agencies to provide technical assistance (TA) to organizations and groups qualified to apply for Section 514 Off-Farm Labor Housing (Off-FLH) loans and Section 516 Off- FLH grants. Work performed under these grants is expected to increase the availability of decent, safe, and sanitary housing for farm laborers.
Multi-Family Housing Non-Profit Transfer Technical Assistance Grants
Document Number: 2021-26757
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS), a Rural Development agency (Agency) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces the availability of $3 million and the timeframe to submit applications for Multi-Family Housing Non-Profit Transfer Technical Assistance (MFHNPTA) Grants program from qualified nonprofits (NP) and public housing authorities (PHA) to provide technical assistance to RHS Multi-Family Housing (MFH) borrowers and applicants to facilitate the acquisition of Section 515 properties by NPs and PHAs.
OneRD Guaranteed Loan Regulation
Document Number: 2021-26160
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-12-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
Rural Development's Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, and Rural Utilities Service, agencies of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), are publishing this final rule for the oneRD Guarantee Loan Program (oneRD). The intent of this rule is to make necessary revisions to the policy and procedures which will strengthen oversight and management of the growing Community Facilities (CF), Water and Waste Disposal (WWD), Business and Industry (B&I), and Rural Energy for America (REAP) guarantee portfolios. This action is part of a continuing effort by the Agency to improve customer service for its lenders and create a more efficient work process for its staff.
Notice of Request for Approval of a New Information Collection
Document Number: 2021-24150
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, and the Rural Utilities Service, agencies of the Rural Development mission area within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), hereinafter collectively referred to as the Agency to request approval for a new information collection in support of compliance with applicable acts for planning and performing construction and other development work.
Notice of Request for Approval of a New Information Collection
Document Number: 2021-24149
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, and the Rural Utilities Service, agencies of the Rural Development mission area within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), hereinafter collectively referred to as the Agency to request approval for a new information collection in support of compliance with applicable acts for planning and performing construction and other development work.
Strategic Economic and Community Development Program
Document Number: 2021-22499
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development (RD) is seeking applications for the Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) priority, as reauthorized by Section 6401of the Agriculture Improvement Act, 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) with modifications, for projects that support multi-jurisdictional and multi-sectoral strategic community investment plans. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, the Agency will implement SECD by reserving loan and or grant funds from the appropriations of the programs covered by this funding priority. This notice describes the requirements by which the Agency will consider projects eligible for the covered programs' reserved appropriated funds and the information needed to submit an application.
Notice of Request for Approval of a New Information Collection
Document Number: 2021-22215
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, and the Rural Utilities Service, agencies of the Rural Development mission area within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), hereinafter collectively referred to as the Agency to request approval for a new information collection in support of compliance with applicable acts for planning and performing construction and other development work.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2021-19919
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces RBCS, RHS, and RUS', agencies of the USDA Rural Development (RD) mission area, intention to request an extension to a currently approved information collection for the Strategic Economic and Community Development Program.
The American Rescue Plan Act Emergency Rural Health Care Grant Program
Document Number: 2021-17199
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces the availability of up to $500 million in grant funding, appropriated under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, for the establishment of the Emergency Rural Health Care (ERHC) Grant Program. As authorized under Section 1002 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, funds will be made available and distributed between two tracks of funding to eligible applicants: Track One, Recovery grants to offer support for rural health care services in the form of immediate relief to address the economic conditions arising from the COVID-19 emergency; and Track Two, Impact grants to offer longer-term funding to advance ideas and solutions to support long-term sustainability of rural health.
Notice of Solicitation of Applications for Section 514 Off-Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Off-Farm Labor Housing Grants for New Construction for Fiscal Year 2022
Document Number: 2021-16472
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), published a notice of solicitation of applications (NOSA) in the Federal Register on February 2, 2021, entitled ``Notice of Solicitation of Applications for Section 514 Off-Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Off-Farm Labor Housing Grants for New Construction for Fiscal Year 2021.'' The Notice described the methods used to distribute funds, the pre-application and final application processes, and submission requirements. The purpose of this Notice is to announce the second round of solicitation of competitive pre-applications. Additionally, this notice corrects inadvertent errors published in NOSA on February 2, 2021 in the Federal Register.
Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection; Comments Requested
Document Number: 2021-15231
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the above-named agency to request Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval for a revision of a currently approved information collection in support of the Rural Rental Housing Program.
Information Collection Activities: Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection; Comment Request; Self-Help Technical Assistance Grants
Document Number: 2021-15104
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the Rural Housing Service (RHS) to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the program for Self-Help Technical Assistance Grants.
OneRD Annual Notice of Guarantee Fee Rates, Periodic Retention Fee Rates, Loan Guarantee Percentage and Fee for Issuance of the Loan Note Guarantee Prior to Construction Completion for Fiscal Year 2022
Document Number: 2021-14193
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-02
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBCS), Rural Housing Service (RHS), and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), agencies of the Rural Development mission area within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), hereinafter collectively referred to as the Agency, offer loan guarantees through four programs: Community Facilities (CF) administered by RHS; Water and Waste Disposal (WWD) administered by the RUS; and Business and Industry (B&I) and Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) administered by the RBCS. This notice provides applicants with the Guarantee Fee rates, Guarantee percent for Guaranteed Loans, the Periodic Retention Fee, and Fee for Issuance of the Loan Note Guarantee Prior to Construction Completion for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, to be used when applying for guaranteed loans under the aforementioned guaranteed loan types. This notice is being published prior to the passage of a FY 2022 appropriation. Should the fees need to be adjusted after passage of the FY 2022 appropriation bill, the agency will publish a subsequent notice in the Federal Register.
Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program
Document Number: 2021-11937
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-06-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency), proposes to amend the current regulation for the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP) to update the requirements for Federally supervised lenders, minimum net worth and experience for non-supervised lenders, approved lender participation requirements, treatment of applicants with delinquent child support payments and builder credit requirements. These changes would promote an efficient and robust management and oversight structure of lenders in the SFHGLP, strengthen underwriting practices by denying loan guarantees for applicants who are subject to administrative offset to collect delinquent child support payments and streamline requirements for screening builder-contractors by lenders.
Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Section 533 Housing Preservation Grants for Fiscal Year 2021
Document Number: 2021-11564
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-06-02
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS), a Rural Development agency (Agency) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces that it is soliciting competitive applications under its Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) program. This action is taken to comply with Agency regulations which requires the Agency to announce the opening and closing dates for receipt of pre-applications for HPG funds from eligible applicants. The Agency will publish the amount of funding on its website at: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/ housing-preservation-grants. Expenses incurred in developing pre- applications will be at the applicant's risk.
Notice of Funds Availability for the Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC) for Fiscal Year 2021
Document Number: 2021-10963
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development (RD) is seeking applications for the Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC) from eligible entities to provide technical assistance and training to rural communities for placemaking planning and implementation. This funding opportunity will be administered by the USDA Rural Development Innovation Center and is authorized by the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2021, to provide up to $3 million in competitive cooperative agreement funds. This announcement lists the information needed to submit an application.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection; Comments Requested
Document Number: 2021-06519
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Rural Housing Service's intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the Community Facilities Grant Program.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2021-06488
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Rural Housing Service's (RHS or Agency) intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the programs under the Code of Federal Regulations.
Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) for the Strategic Economic and Community Development Program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021; Correction
Document Number: 2021-04440
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, and Rural Utilities Service, agencies that comprise the Rural Development Mission Area within the United States Department of Agriculture, published a notice of solicitation of applications in the Federal Register on January 11, 2021, entitled ``Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) for the Strategic Economic and Community Development Program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021.'' The NOSA provides requirements to applicants submitting applications for programs that have been prioritized by the Secretary of Agriculture for Strategic Economic and Community Development funding. Contrary to what was published in the NOSA, this Correction Notice (Correction) is being issued to clarify that Strategic Economic and Community Development priority funding will not be set aside for the Community Connect Grant Program in FY 2021.
Notice of Solicitation of Applications for Section 514 Off-Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Off-Farm Labor Housing Grants for New Construction for Fiscal Year 2021
Document Number: 2021-02193
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-02
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces that it is soliciting competitive pre-applications for Section 514 Off-Farm Labor Housing (Off-FLH) loans and Section 516 Off-FLH grants for the construction of new Off-FLH units for domestic farm laborers, retired domestic farm laborers, or disabled domestic farm laborers. The program objective is to increase the supply of affordable housing for farm laborers. This Notice describes the method used to distribute funds, the pre-application and final application process, and submission requirements.
Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2021-00333
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Rural Housing Service (RHS), Rural Business Service (RBS), and Rural Utilities Service (RUS) intention to request a revision for a currently approved information collection in support of compliance with Civil Rights laws.
Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant for Fiscal Year 2021
Document Number: 2021-00290
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
This Notice announces that the Rural Housing Service (Agency) is accepting Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 applications for the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Grant program. The Agency will publish the amount of funding received in the final appropriations act on its website at https://www.rd.usda.gov/newsroom/ notices-solicitation-applications-nosas. Awards will be made from available funding on or before September 15, 2021.
Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) for Fiscal Year 2021
Document Number: 2021-00289
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (Agency), an Agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces the acceptance of applications under the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program for fiscal year (FY) 2021. These grants will be made to qualified intermediary organizations that will provide financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop their capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development that will support the community. Applicants must provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the Federal grant. Successful applications will be selected by the Agency for funding and subsequently awarded from funds appropriated for the RCDI program. The Agency will publish the amount of funding on its website at https://www.rd.usda.gov/newsroom/notices-solicitation- applications-nosas.
Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) for the Strategic Economic and Community Development Program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021
Document Number: 2021-00234
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The Agriculture Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) re-authorized the Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) priority with some modifications. Section 6401 of the 2018 Farm Bill enables the Secretary of Agriculture to prioritize projects that support multi-jurisdictional and multi-sectoral strategic community investment plans, recently included in the existing regulation In Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, the Agency implements SECD through reserving funds from covered program's appropriations. The purpose of this notice is to provide requirements to applicants submitting applications for the covered programs' reserved funds and to establish the above mentioned priority.
OneRD Annual Notice of Guarantee Fee Rates, Periodic Retention Fee Rates, Loan Guarantee Percentage and Fee for Issuance of the Loan Note Guarantee Prior to Construction Completion for Fiscal Year 2021; correction
Document Number: 2021-00005
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBCS), Rural Housing Service (RHS), and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), agencies of the Rural Development mission area within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), published a document on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, announcing the Guarantee Fee rates, Guarantee percent for Guaranteed Loans, the Periodic Retention Fee, and Fee for Issuance of the Loan Note Guarantee Prior to Construction Completion for FY 2021, to be used when applying for guarantee loans under the aforementioned guarantee loan types. The document was missing a guarantee percentage specific to the State of Alaska and information regarding collection of the periodic guarantee retention fee.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2020-28213
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Rural Housing Service's intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the program of the Agency's use of Supervised Bank Accounts (SBA).
Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2020-27775
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Rural Housing Service's (RHS) intention to request a revision of a currently approved information collection in support of the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) grant program.
Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Change in Initial Guarantee Fee and Annual Guarantee Fee
Document Number: 2020-25822
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-12-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or the Agency) published a proposed rule, September 3, 2019, proposing to amend its regulation to remove the stated amount that the Agency will charge for the initial and annual guarantee fees. The regulation change will allow the Agency the flexibility to establish or make any future changes to the initial and annual guarantee fees without the need for a regulatory change. Through this action, RHS finalizes the proposed rule without any substantive revisions.
Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program
Document Number: 2020-24578
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-11-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency) proposes to amend the current regulation for the Single-Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP) to mandate the use of the Guaranteed Underwriting System (GUS) and the Lender Loan Closing System (LLC) by approved lenders. The Agency's proposal to mandate the use of GUS in loan originations and the LLC for loan closings will allow the Agency to decrease time-consuming and expensive manual file reviews, improve performance monitoring and reduce program risk of the guaranteed loan portfolio.
OneRD Guaranteed Loan Regulation; Correction
Document Number: 2020-21917
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-10-02
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
On July 14, 2020, Rural Development's Rural Business- Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, and Rural Utilities Service referred to as ``the Agency'' or ``Agency'' promulgated the OneRD Guaranteed Loan regulation. Following final implementation of this final rule, the Agency found that corrections due to error, omissions, or need for clarity were necessary. This technical correction makes amendments to address these necessary changes.
Rental Assistance and Asset Management for the Multi-Family Housing Direct Loan Programs
Document Number: 2020-18192
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-09-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS or the Agency) is proposing to amend its regulation to implement changes related to the development of a sustainable plan for the Rental Assistance (RA) program, including new Agency flexibilities in the managing of the RA distribution and integrate new asset management policies. The regulation changes are designed to provide flexibility, more economically utilize the RA, and to improve the efficiency in managing the assets in the Direct Loan portfolio.
Strategic Economic and Community Development
Document Number: 2020-19825
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-09-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, and Rural Utilities Service, of the Rural Development (RD) mission area within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), hereinafter collectively referred to as the Agency, is issuing this final rule to implement statutory provisions found in Section 6401 of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (``2018 Farm Bill'') that amends Section 379H of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act. The intent of this rule is to amend the existing regulations governing Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) to implement Section 6401 of the 2018 Farm Bill. Additionally, conforming changes are being made to other regulations as a result of the aforementioned statutory changes. Finally, we are removing Farm Service Agency from a chapter in the CFR as they no longer use any of the parts under that chapter.
Special Authority To Enable Funding of Broadband and Smart Utility Facilities Across Select Rural Development Programs
Document Number: 2020-19033
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-09-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, and Rural Housing Service, agencies that comprise the Rural Development Mission Area within the United States Department of Agriculture, are issuing this final rule to establish the authority authorized by Section 6210 of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, which will assist rural families and small businesses in gaining access to broadband service by permitting recipients of a loan, grant, or loan guarantee from RD to use up to 10 percent of the amount provided to construct broadband infrastructure in areas not served by minimum acceptable level of broadband service. This rule describes the procedures by which these agencies will consider projects eligible for special broadband authority.
OneRD Annual Notice of Guarantee Fee Rates, Periodic Retention Fee Rates, Loan Guarantee Percentage and Fee for Issuance of the Loan Note Guarantee Prior to Construction Completion for Fiscal Year 2021
Document Number: 2020-19288
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBCS), Rural Housing Service (RHS), and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), agencies of the Rural Development mission area within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), hereinafter collectively referred to as the Agency, offer loan guarantees through four programs: Community Facilities (CF) administered by RHS; Water and Waste Disposal (WWD) administered by the RUS; and Business and Industry (B&I) and Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) administered by the RBCS. This notice provides applicants with the Guarantee Fee rates, Guarantee percent for Guaranteed Loans, the Periodic Retention Fee, and Fee for Issuance of the Loan Note Guarantee Prior to Construction Completion for FY 2021, to be used when applying for guarantee loans under the aforementioned guarantee loan types. This notice is being published prior to the passage of a FY 2021 appropriation. Should the fees need to be adjusted after passage of the FY 2021 appropriation bill, the agency will publish a subsequent notice in the Federal Register.
Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2020-19075
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this Notice announces the Rural Housing Service's (RHS) intention to request a revision for a currently approved information collection in support of the program for the Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program.
Implementation of Certain Provisions of Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 Specific to Persistent Poverty Counties
Document Number: 2020-18395
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
This notice announces implementation of certain provisions published in the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (Pub. L. 116-94) related to persistent poverty counties served by Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBSC), Rural Housing Service (RHS) and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) agencies of the Rural Development mission area of the United States Department of Agriculture, USDA, sometimes collectively hereinafter referred to as ``Agency'' or ``the Agency.''
OneRD Guaranteed Loan Regulation
Document Number: 2020-13991
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-07-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, and the Rural Utilities Service, agencies of the Rural Development mission area within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), hereinafter collectively referred to as the Agency, are proposing a unified guaranteed loan platform for enhanced delivery of four of its existing guaranteed loan programs: Community Facilities (CF) administered by the Rural Housing Service; Water and Waste Disposal (WWD) administered by the Rural Utilities Service; and, Business and Industry (B&I) and Rural Energy for America (REAP) administered by the Rural Business-Cooperative Service. Collectively, these four Rural Development's guaranteed loan programs work to assist in building and maintaining sustainable rural communities. This rule incorporates new and revised provisions intended to simplify, improve, expand and enhance the delivery of the four guaranteed loan programs. These provisions include, among others, clearly defining specific project eligibility criteria, revising the requirements for lenders to participate in the programs, and streamlining the documentation requirements for submission of guaranteed loan applications.
Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-13182
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Rural Housing Service's intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the program for Fire and Rescue Loans.
Debt Management
Document Number: 2020-09447
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-06-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service, Office of the Secretary
The general debt management regulations of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) provide that individual USDA agencies may issue regulations for their own specific debt collection activities principally in recognition that the agencies conducted debt collection activities prior to the enactment of the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (DCIA). Many of the provisions of individual agencies are redundant to part 3. This rule will eliminate the debt collection regulations of the following USDA agencies, and part 3 will be revised to include specific provisions used by these agencies: the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC); the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), and the Farm Service Agency (FSA). In addition, as required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Improvements Act of 2015 (the 2015 Civil Penalties Act), this rule updates the size of civil monetary penalties to reflect inflationary adjustments for 2020.