[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 38 (Tuesday, February 26, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 13077-13079]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-04310]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

[Docket No. FR-5690-N-03]


Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment; 
Section 901 Implementation

AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 
(PIH), HUD.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The proposed information collection requirements 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.
    Eligible public housing agencies (PHAs) in areas most heavily 
impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita will submit a Notice of Intent 
and Section 901 Fungibility Plan to inform HUD they will exercise 
funding flexibility and describe how program funds will be used. PHAs 
will submit quarterly and annual reports on funds utilization.

DATES: Comments Due Date: April 29, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding 
this revised information collection. Comments should refer to the 
revised information collection by name/or OMB Control number and should 
be sent to: Colette Pollard, Departmental Reports Management Officer, 
QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., 
Room 4160, Washington, DC 20410-5000; telephone 202-402-3400 (this is 
not a toll-free number) or email Ms. Pollard at Colette_Pollard@hud.gov. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access 
this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service 
at (800) 877-8339. (Other than the HUD USER information line and TTY 
numbers, telephone numbers are not toll-free.)

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Arlette Mussington, Office of Policy, 
Programs and Legislative Initiatives, Office of Public and Indian 
Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street 
SW., (L'Enfant Plaza, Room 2206), Washington, DC 20410; telephone 202-
402-4109, (this is not a toll-free number). Persons with hearing or 
speech impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the 
Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department will submit the proposed 
information collection to OMB for review, as required by the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended). Division B of 
the Department of Defense Emergency Supplemental Appropriations to 
Address Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and Pandemic Influenza Act, 
2006 (Section 901 of Public Law No. 109-148, enacted on December 30, 
2005), among other provisions, makes emergency supplemental 
appropriations to address the hurricane devastation in the Gulf of 
Mexico. Section 901 of this appropriations act authorized PHAs in 
federally declared disaster areas as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and 
Rita to combine their Capital Funds (section 9(d) of the United States 
Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437 et seq.) (1937 Act)), Operating 
Funds (section 9(e) of the 1937 Act), and Housing Choice Voucher Funds 
(section 8(o) of the 1937 Act) to assist families who were displaced by 
Hurricane Katrina or Rita. HUD determined that this provision permitted 
PHAs to use these funds interchangeably. In practice, most PHAs used 
Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) funds for the public housing Capital Fund 
Program (CFP) purposes, and had up to five years to expend the HCV 
funds for those uses.
    HUD implemented Section 901 through publication in the Federal 
Register on July 28, 2006, of FR-5067-N-01 (Volume 71, Page 42996) 
entitled Implementation Guidance for Section

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901 of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations to Address Hurricanes 
in the Gulf of Mexico, and Pandemic Influenza Act, 2006 (``the Section 
901 implementation guidance''). This notice provided guidance on how 
eligible PHAs should implement Section 901 funding flexibility and 
report the planned activities, accomplishments, and funds utilization 
from using this flexibility. HUD subsequently published notice FR-5067-
N-04 on December 17, 2008 (Volume 73, page 76673) extending to the PHAs 
most heavily affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita the flexibility to 
combine funds through calendar year (CY) 2008 and 2009. Additionally, 
HUD published FR-5067-N-02 on October 30, 2006, (Volume 71, Page 63340) 
to extend the deadline for submitting fungibility plans to November 21, 
2006, and permit combined funds to be used for eligible purposes under 
the Housing Choice Voucher program.
    Section 4803 of the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina 
Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007 (Pub. L. 
110-28 enacted May 25, 2007) extended authority for this flexibility to 
CY 2006 and 2007.
    Section 11003 of the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, 
and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 110-329) extended 
authority for fungibility to CY 2008 and 2009.
    This Notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and 
affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information to: 
(1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) 
evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information; (3) enhance the quality, utility, 
and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) minimize the 
burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, 
including through the use of appropriate automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology; e.g., permitting 
electronic submission of responses.
    This Notice also lists the following information:
    Title of Proposal: Public and Indian Housing, Section 901 Notice of 
Intent and Fungibility Plan, Quarterly Reports, and Final Report.
    OMB Control Number: 2577-0245.
    Description of the need for the information and proposed use: The 
Notice of Intent is necessary for HUD to be informed about which 
eligible PHAs elect to invoke the funding flexibility authorized by 
section 901 of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations (Pub. L. 109-
148). The Fungibility Plan and Reports are necessary for HUD to know 
how eligible PHAs plan to reallocate and spend these funds, the rate 
such funds are obligated and expended, and the results in using this 
funding flexibility. Fungibility Plans proposing to use Section 901 
flexibility and funding to develop new housing units under Capital Fund 
mixed-finance uses or for development of HCV project-based units were 
required to include new development proposals following the format 
required by 24 CFR 941.606 or mixed-finance rules as appropriate. 
Fungibility Plans proposing to use Section 901 flexibility to pay for 
public housing renovations were required to submit CFP Annual 
Statements identifying work items and costs. These collections are 
approved under separate OMB numbers. Under Section 901, funds from one 
of the programs identified above could be used for another program's 
purposes, but were required to follow the rules of the program in which 
the funds would be used. HUD has not received any new Section 901 
Fungibility Plans since 2009, which was the last year Congress extended 
this funding flexibility to address the impacts of Hurricanes Rita and 
Katrina. Some PHAs have used the fungibility plan format to submit 
revisions to their originally approved plans.
    Agency form numbers, if applicable: None.
    Members of affected public: Eligible Public Housing Agencies in the 
areas most heavily impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
    Estimation of the total number of hours needed to prepare the 
information collection including number of respondents, frequency of 
response, and hours of response:
    Notification of Intent and Fungibility Plan. This is a one-time 
submission estimated to take 40 hours for each of up to twelve eligible 
PHAs that submitted plans from 2006 through 2009. PHAs may also use 
this format to request HUD approval for subsequent plan revisions. The 
original burden estimate for this information collection was 6,624 
hours assuming all ninety-six PHAs in the areas impacted by Hurricanes 
Katrina and Rita would opt to use it. A later burden estimate of 1,248 
hours was submitted, when in 2006, only eight out of ninety-six 
eligible PHAs submitted plans to use Section 901 flexibility. In 2007, 
seven out of the eight 2006 PHAs and one new PHA submitted plans to use 
Section 901 flexibility. In 2008, seven out of the nine 2006 and 2007 
PHAs and three new PHAs submitted plans to use Section 901 flexibility. 
Ten or fewer respondents have submitted plans to use Section 901 
flexibility each year. One PHA submitted a plan in 2009, the last year 
in which Section 901 funding flexibility was available. As a result, 
the estimate of burden hours for new fungibility plans has been 
removed. A total of ten different PHAs have been approved to use and 
must report the results of Section 901 flexibility. A new estimate of 
burden for Section 901 Notifications of Intent and Fungibility Plans or 
revisions, and subsequent periodic reporting is 1,680 hours based on 
requirements for 10 PHAs to prepare and submit these documents.
    Quarterly Progress Reports of Obligations and Expenditures for 
Section 901 Designated Funds and Activities. In order to permit HUD to 
adequately monitor PHA progress in carrying out Section 901 approved 
activities and obligating and expending Section 901 approved funds in a 
timely manner, PHAs will report the amount of Section 901 funds 
obligated and expended for each approved activity for the quarterly 
reporting period, and the outstanding balance of unexpended Section 901 
funds. Response time per quarterly report, including the time to 
research records containing documentation needed to prepare the 
quarterly reports is estimated to average sixteen hours for each of the 
PHAs with approved Section 901 plans. The actual amount of time depends 
on the level of funding used for other purposes and the complexity of 
the activities involved, such as development of new construction 
housing or repairs made to housing units damaged as a result of the 
hurricanes. Reports will be submitted by each PHA four times per year 
for five consecutive years for each calendar year of funding. Section 
901 PHAs have five years to expend funds designated for Section 901 
flexibility for a given calendar year (2006, 2007, 2008, and/or 2009). 
Total annual reporting burden for ten PHAs to submit quarterly reports 
of their progress in carrying out Section 901 approved activities and 
rates of obligations and expenditures for CY 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 
funding is estimated at 640 hours.
    Annual Report. Annual reports will address: (1) PHA progress and 
results in carrying out Section 901 activities, (2) the amount of 
program funds approved under Section 901 flexibility for other program 
uses, (3) the amount of funds obligated during the year and 
cumulatively for Section 901 approved activities, and (4) the amount of 
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expended annually and cumulatively for Section 901 approved activities. 
These reports are expected to address progress-to-date during the five 
year expenditure period for initiating and getting Section 901 
activities under-way, and reporting on challenges or unforeseen 
obstacles.
    Final Report. This is a one-time submission estimated to take forty 
hours for each of up ten PHAs, including the Housing Authority of New 
Orleans, for a total reporting burden of 400 hours. The final report is 
expected to address all programmatic and financial matters pertinent to 
Section 901 implementation, including the PHA's performance in carrying 
out all approved Section 901 activities, including but not limited to 
public housing redevelopment and capital improvements, public housing 
mixed-finance development, affordable housing development coupled with 
use of project-based vouchers, homeownership development and 
incentives, property acquisitions, and re-occupancy programs; in 
addition to accounting for the final obligation and expenditure of 
Section 901 designated funds and remaining balances.
    Status of the proposed information collection: Extension of a 
previously approved collection.

    Authority:  Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended.

    Dated: February 14, 2013.
Merrie Nichols-Dixon,
Deputy Director for Policy, Programs, and Legislative Initiatives.
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