[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 18 (Monday, January 28, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 5870-5871]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-01652]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY


Community Development Financial Institutions Fund: Proposed 
Collection; Comment Request

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing 
effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general 
public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment 
on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 
3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the Community Development Financial 
Institutions (CDFI) Fund, an office within the Department of the 
Treasury, is soliciting comments concerning data collection to support 
Native American Communities' Access to Capital and Credit Study (the 
Study). The CDFI Fund administers the Native Initiatives, which focuses 
on Native CDFIs, and intends to collect data regarding access to credit 
and capital in Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaskan Native 
communities (collectively referred to as ``Native Communities''). The 
information collected will be used to identify specific subject matter 
and data to develop and write the Study.
    Data collection and information gathering will be conducted in a 
manner to minimize burden and facilitate comments and interaction with 
the Native Communities and other experts. Data collection is expected 
to take place via online surveys, survey forms submitted electronically 
to the CDFI Fund, in-person and remote focus groups, tribal 
consultations, phone questionnaires, or similar methods. This will 
allow the Native Communities and other experts the opportunity to 
provide input on the specific topics that will be the root of the 
Study. The CDFI Fund anticipates publishing the results of these data 
collections, to the extent permissible by law.

DATES: Written comments should be received on or before March 29, 2013 
to be assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: Direct all comments to Amber Kuchar, Associate Program

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Manager, at the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, U.S. 
Department of the Treasury, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, 
DC 20005, by email to cdfihelp@cdfi.treas.gov or by facsimile to 202-
508-0041. Please note that this is not a toll free number.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: An overview of the Native Initiatives 
may be found on the CDFI Fund's Web site at http://www.cdfifund.gov/. 
Requests for additional information should be directed to Amber Kuchar, 
Associate Program Manager, at the Community Development Financial 
Institutions Fund, U.S. Department of the Treasury, 1500 Pennsylvania 
Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20005, or call 202-653-0347. Please note 
that this is not a toll free number.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Native American Communities' Access to Capital and Credit 
Study (the Study).
    OMB Number: TBD.
    Abstract: Pursuant to the Community Development Banking and 
Financial Institutions Act of 1994, as amended (12 U.S.C. 4701 et 
seq.), the CDFI Fund provides training and technical assistance to 
CDFIs to enhance their ability to make loans and investments and 
provide services for the benefit of designated investment areas and 
targeted populations. Further, the CDFI Fund administers the Native 
Initiatives, which serve Native Communities. The information collected 
will be used to identify specific subject matter and data to develop 
and write the Study. The Study will update the 2001 Native American 
Lending Study conducted by the CDFI Fund, which resulted in the 
creation of the Native Initiatives. The requested information is 
necessary to support effective use of Federal resources.
    Current Actions: Request for a new generic Information Collection 
Requests (ICR) approval.
    Type of Review: Regular Review.
    Affected Public: Certified CDFIs, entities seeking CDFI 
certification and similar entities.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 250.
    Estimated Annual Time per Respondent: 1-30 hours with an average of 
10 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,500 hours.

Requests for Comments

    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget 
approval. All comments will become a matter of public record and may be 
published on the CDFI Fund Web site at http://www.cdfifund.gov. 
Comments on the following subjects are invited: (a) Whether the 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
the functions of the CDFI Fund, including whether the information shall 
have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the CDFI Fund's estimate of 
the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the 
quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) 
ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
respondents, including through the use of technology; and (e) estimates 
of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and 
purchase of services to provide information.

    Authority: 12 U.S.C. 1834a, 4703, 4703 note, 4713, 4717; 31 
U.S.C. 321; 12 CFR part 1806.

    Dated: January 17, 2013.
Donna J. Gambrell,
Director, Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.
[FR Doc. 2013-01652 Filed 1-25-13; 8:45 am]
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