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Notice of Solicitation of Applications for Loan Guarantees Under the Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program for Fiscal Year 2016
Document Number: 2016-05610
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS), an agency within Rural Development, announces that it is soliciting competitive applications under its Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program (GRRHP) pursuant to 7 CFR 3565.4 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, Public Law 114-113 (December 18, 2015) appropriated $150 million for FY 2016. The commitment of program dollars will be made first to approved and complete applications from prior years' notices, then to applicants of selected responses in the order they are ranked under this Notice that have fulfilled the necessary requirements for obligation. Successful applications will be selected by the Agency for funding and subsequently awarded to the extent that funding may ultimately be made available to the Agency through appropriations. Expenses incurred in developing applications will be at the applicant's risk. The following paragraphs outline the timeframes, eligibility requirements, lender responsibilities, and the overall response and application processes. Eligible lenders are invited to submit responses for new construction and acquisition with rehabilitation of affordable rural rental housing. The Agency will review responses submitted by eligible lenders, on the lender's letterhead, and signed by both the prospective borrower and lender. Although a complete application is not required in response to this Notice, eligible lenders may submit a complete application concurrently with the response. Submitting a complete application will not have any effect on the respondent's response score.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2016-05058
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501, as amended), this notice announces the Rural Housing Service's intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the Single Family Housing Direct Loans and Grants programs. The collection involves the use of Form RD 410-8 ``Applicant Reference Letter.'' The form will be used to obtain information about an applicant's credit history that might not appear on a credit report and to provide clarification on the promptness of applicant's payments on debts which enables Rural Housing Service to make better creditworthiness decisions.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2016-05055
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-08
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 an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the program for the Housing Preservation Grant program.
Environmental Policies and Procedures
Document Number: 2016-03433
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-02
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service, Office of the Secretary
Rural Development, a mission area within the U.S. Department of Agriculture comprised of the Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS), Rural Housing Service (RHS), and Rural Utilities Service (RUS), hereafter referred to as the Agency, has unified and updated the environmental policies and procedures covering all Agency programs by consolidating two existing Agency regulations that implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other applicable environmental requirements. These final rules supplement the regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the regulations of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation(ACHP), associated environmental statutes, Executive Orders and Departmental Regulations. The majority of the changes to the existing rules relate to the categorical exclusion provisions in the Agency's procedures for implementing NEPA. These changes consolidate the provisions of the Agency's two current NEPA rules, and better conform the Agency's regulations, particularly for those actions listed as categorical exclusions, to the Agency's current activities and recent experiences and to CEQ's Memorandum for Heads of Federal Departments and Agencies entitled ``Establishing, Applying, and Revising Categorical Exclusions under the National Environmental Policy Act'' issued on November 23, 2010.
Underlying Programs Cross-References to the Strategic Economic and Community Development; Technical Amendments
Document Number: 2016-04309
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
Rural Development (RD) is correcting an oversight of omitting cross-reference to the Strategic Economic and Community Development priority in the underlying programs when it published the rule for the priority.
Single Family Housing Direct Loan Program
Document Number: 2016-03289
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-02-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
On April 29, 2015, the Rural Housing Service (RHS) published a final rule to create a certified loan application packaging process for the direct single family housing loan program. On June 5, 2015, the final rule's effective date was deferred to October 1, 2015. On September 11, 2015, the final rule's effective date was further delayed until October 1, 2016. Given that Section 726 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, requires RHS to establish a packaging program based on the pilot program, the final rule's effective date will be moved up to May 19, 2016.
Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards
Document Number: 2016-02473
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-02-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Office of the Chief Financial Officer
The Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Farm Service Agency, Commodity Credit Corporation, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service, Rural Business-Cooperative Service and Rural Housing Service finalize their portion of the uniform federal assistance rule and amend specific regulations to reference the conforming changes published by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Federal Register on December 19, 2014.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2016-01074
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Rural Housing Agency's (RHS) intention to request an extension of a currently approved information collection in support of the program for 7 CFR part 1951, subpart F, ``Analyzing Credit Needs and Graduation of Borrowers.''
Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) for the Section 533 Housing Preservation Grants for Fiscal Year 2016
Document Number: 2016-00957
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
This document corrects the closing deadline date that has changed since the initial Notice that appeared in the Federal Register on December 29, 2015, entitled ``Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) for the 533 Housing Preservation Grants for Fiscal Year 2016''.
Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grants
Document Number: 2016-00479
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-01-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
Title VI, Section 6006 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113-79)(2014 Farm Bill) authorized the Essential Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Program. The Act authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to make grants to public bodies and private nonprofit corporations, (such as States, counties, cities, townships, and incorporated towns and villages, boroughs, authorities, districts, and Indian tribes on Federal and State reservations) that will serve Rural Areas for the purpose of providing technical assistance and training, with respect to essential community facilities programs. This rule implements Section 6006 of the 2014 Farm Bill, by establishing the policies and procedures for the Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) grants program. The intended effect of this action is to assist rural communities in meeting the community facility needs.
Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) for Section 514 Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Farm Labor Housing Grants for Off-Farm Housing for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016
Document Number: 2016-00483
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) announces the timeframe to submit pre-applications for Section 514 Farm Labor Housing (FLH) loans and Section 516 FLH grants for the construction of new off-farm FLH units and related facilities for domestic farm laborers and for the purchase and substantial rehabilitation of an existing non-FLH property. The intended purpose of these loans and grants is to increase the number of available housing units for domestic farm laborers. This Notice describes the method used to distribute funds, the application process, and submission requirements. RHS will publish on its Web site, http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs- services/farm-labor-housing-direct-loans-grants, the amount of funding available in FY 2016 based on current appropriations. The Agency will assign additional points to pre-applications for projects based in or serving census tracts with poverty rates greater than or equal to 20 percent over the last 30 years. This emphasis will support Rural Development's mission of improving the quality of life for rural Americans and commitment to directing resources to those who most need them.
Direct Single Family Housing Loans and Grants
Document Number: 2015-33043
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
Construction and Repair
Document Number: 2015-33038
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
Construction and Repair
Document Number: 2015-33037
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Section 533 Housing Preservation Grants for Fiscal Year 2016
Document Number: 2015-32784
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS), an Agency within Rural Development, announces that it is soliciting competitive applications under its Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) program. This action is taken to comply with Agency regulations found in 7 CFR part 1944, subpart N, which requires the Agency to announce the opening and closing dates for receipt of pre-applications for HPG funds from eligible applicants.
Rural Development Loan Servicing; Correction
Document Number: 2015-29781
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
This document contains corrections to the published rule in the Federal Register of March 13, 2015, entitled ``Rural Development Loan Servicing.''
Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program
Document Number: 2015-25324
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-06
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) on the subject of liquidation value appraisals. In order to reduce overall processing time, reduce cost, and expedite claim submission, lenders will order the liquidation value appraisal used to estimate a loss claim against the SFHGLP instead of the Agency. Currently, if a Real Estate Owned (REO) property remains unsold by the lender at the end of the permissible marketing period, the Agency will order a liquidation value appraisal and apply an acquisition and management resale factor to estimate holding and disposition cost. This amendment will require the servicing lender to order the liquidation value appraisal. The costs associated with obtaining the liquidation value appraisal can then be included in the liquidation costs paid under the guarantee.
Southern Natural Gas Company, L.L.C.; Notice of Request Under Blanket Authorization
Document Number: 2015-22657
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-09
Agency: Rural Housing Service, Rural Telephone Bank
Exelon Generation Company, LLC; Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment
Document Number: 2015-22649
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-09
Agency: Rural Housing Service, Rural Telephone Bank
Saddlehorn Pipeline Company, LLC; Notice of Petiton for Declaratory Order
Document Number: 2015-22648
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-09
Agency: Rural Housing Service, Rural Telephone Bank
Notice of Commission Staff Attendance
Document Number: 2015-22647
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-09
Agency: Rural Housing Service, Rural Telephone Bank
Proposed Agency Information Collection Extension
Document Number: 2015-22538
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-08
Agency: Rural Housing Service, Executive Office for Immigration Review
The Department of Energy pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, intends to extend for three years an information collection request with the Office of Management and Budget. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the extended collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of DOE, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of DOE's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Environmental Management Advisory Board Meeting
Document Number: 2015-22534
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-08
Agency: Rural Housing Service
This notice announces a meeting of the Environmental Management Advisory Board (EMAB). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of this meeting be announced in the Federal Register.
Notice of Commission Staff Attendance
Document Number: 2015-22515
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-08
Agency: Rural Housing Service, Rural Telephone Bank
Combined Notice of Filings #2
Document Number: 2015-22509
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-08
Agency: Rural Housing Service, Rural Telephone Bank
Combined Notice of Filings #1
Document Number: 2015-22508
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-08
Agency: Rural Housing Service, Rural Telephone Bank
Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects
Document Number: 2015-21756
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-09-08
Agency: Aging Administration, Southwestern Power Administration, International Trade Administration, National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities, Army Department, Rural Housing Service, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, National Agricultural Library, Energy Policy and New Uses Office, Agriculture Department, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Department of Agriculture, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Historic Preservation, Advisory Council, Presidential Documents
The departments and agencies listed in this document propose revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991. This NPRM seeks comment on proposals to better protect human subjects involved in research, while facilitating valuable research and reducing burden, delay, and ambiguity for investigators. This proposed rule is an effort to modernize, simplify, and enhance the current system of oversight. The participating departments and agencies propose these revisions to the human subjects regulations because they believe these changes would strengthen protections for research subjects while facilitating important research.
Backyard Farms Energy LLC, Devonshire Energy LLC: Notice of Petition for Declaratory Order
Document Number: 2015-21983
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-04
Agency: Rural Housing Service, Rural Telephone Bank
Combined Notice of Filings #2
Document Number: 2015-21982
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-04
Agency: Rural Housing Service, Rural Telephone Bank
Combined Notice of Filings #1
Document Number: 2015-21981
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-04
Agency: Rural Housing Service, Rural Telephone Bank
Salt Lake City Area Integrated Projects and Colorado River Storage Project-Rate Order No. WAPA-169
Document Number: 2015-21904
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-03
Agency: Rural Housing Service, Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council
The Deputy Secretary of Energy confirmed and approved Rate Order No. WAPA-169 and Rate Schedule SLIP-F10. Through this notice, the Western Area Power Administration (Western) places firm power rates for Western's Salt Lake City Area Integrated Projects (SLCA/IP) into effect on an interim basis. The Deputy Secretary also confirmed Rate Schedules SP-PTP8, SP-NW4, SP-NFT7, SP-SD4, SP-RS4, SP-EI4, SP-FR4, SP-SSR4, and SP-UU1. Through this notice, Western places firm and non-firm transmission and ancillary services formula rates on the Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP) transmission system into effect on an interim basis. The provisional rates will be in effect until the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) confirms, approves, and places these into effect on a final basis or until these are replaced by other rates. The provisional rates will provide sufficient revenue to pay all annual costs, including interest expense, and repay required investments and irrigation aid within the allowable periods.
State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB)
Document Number: 2015-21903
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-03
Agency: Rural Housing Service
This notice announces an open live Board meeting of the State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463; 86 Stat.770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.
High Energy Physics Advisory Panel Meeting
Document Number: 2015-21902
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-03
Agency: Rural Housing Service
This notice announces a meeting of the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.