[Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions]
[Department of Housing and Urban Development Semiannual Regulatory Agenda]
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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD)                      


  



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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

24 CFR Subtitles A and B

[Docket No. FR-5205-N-01]

Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY: Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with section 4(b) of Executive Order 12866 
``Regulatory Planning and Review,'' as amended, HUD is publishing its 
agenda of regulations already issued or that it expects to be issued 
over the next several months. The agenda also includes rules currently 
in effect that are under review and describes those regulations that 
may affect small entities, as required by section 602 of the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act. The purpose of publication of the agenda is to 
encourage more effective public participation in the regulatory process 
by providing the public with advance information about pending 
regulatory activities.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Aaron Santa Anna, Assistant General 
Counsel for Regulations, Office of General Counsel, Department of 
Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 10276, 
Washington, DC 20410-0500; telephone: (202) 708-3055. (This is not a 
toll-free number.) A telecommunications device for hearing- and speech-
impaired individuals (TTY) is available at (800) 877-8339 (Federal 
Information Relay Service).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Executive Order 12866 ``Regulatory Planning 
and Review'' (58 FR 51735), as amended, requires each department or 
agency to publish semiannually an agenda of: (1) Regulations that the 
department or agency has issued or expects to issue and (2) rules 
currently in effect that are under departmental or agency review. The 
Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 to 612) requires each 
department or agency to publish semiannually a regulatory agenda of 
rules expected to be proposed or promulgated that are likely to have a 
significant economic impact on a substantial number of ``small 
entities,'' meaning small businesses, small organizations, or small 
governmental jurisdictions.

     Executive Order 12866 and the Regulatory Flexibility Act each 
permits incorporation of the agenda required by these two 
authorities with any other prescribed agenda. Therefore, the agenda 
set out below combines the information required by Executive Order 
12866 and the Regulatory Flexibility Act. In addition, the agenda 
contains information not required by either the Executive order or 
by the Regulatory Flexibility Act that HUD considers useful to 
better inform the public and to enhance HUD's own inventory control 
over its body of regulations.

     Section 610(c) of the Regulatory Flexibility Act requires each 
department or agency to publish annually a list of the rules that 
have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities and that are to be reviewed in accordance with the 
requirements of section 610 during the succeeding 12 months. 
Existing regulations that HUD proposes to amend by rules described 
and published in this agenda are reviewed in accordance with the 
principles of section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. The 
purpose of the review is to determine whether the rule should be 
continued without change, amended, or rescinded. Proposed changes 
to existing regulations provide the opportunity for HUD to conduct 
a section 610 review.

     HUD also is subject to rulemaking requirements set forth in 
the Department of Housing and Urban Development Act (42 U.S.C. 3531 
et seq.). Section 7(o) of the Department of Housing and Urban 
Development Act (42 U.S.C. 3535(o)) requires that the Secretary 
transmit to the congressional committees having jurisdictional 
oversight of HUD (the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and 
Urban Affairs; and the House Committee on Financial Services) a 
semiannual agenda of all rules or regulations that are under 
development or review by HUD. A rule appearing on the agenda cannot 
be published for comment before or during the first 15 calendar 
days after transmittal of the agenda. Section 7(o) provides that 
if, within that period, either committee notifies the Secretary 
that it intends to review any rule or regulation that appears on 
the agenda, the Secretary must submit to both committees a copy of 
the rule or regulation, in the form it is intended to be proposed, 
at least 15 calendar days before it is published for comment. The 
semiannual agenda published today is the agenda transmitted to the 
committees in compliance with this requirement.

     In this agenda, HUD has attempted to list all regulations and 
regulatory reviews pending at the time of publication, except for 
minor and routine or repetitive actions, but some may have been 
inadvertently omitted, or may have arisen too late to be included 
in the published agenda. There is no legal significance to the 
omission of an item from the agenda. Also, where a date is provided 
for the next rulemaking action, the date is an estimate and is not 
a commitment to act on or by the date shown.

     In some cases, HUD has withdrawn rules that were placed on 
previous agendas because the rules were never published. Withdrawal 
of a rule does not necessarily mean that HUD will not proceed with 
the subject of the rulemaking. Withdrawal merely is an indication 
that HUD may assess the subject matter further and determine 
whether rulemaking in that area is appropriate. Following such an 
assessment, HUD may determine that certain rules listed as 
withdrawn on today's agenda are appropriate. If that determination 
is made, such rules will be included in a succeeding semiannual 
agenda.

     In addition, for a few rules that have been published as 
proposed or interim rules and, therefore, require further 
rulemaking, HUD has identified the timing of the next action as 
``Undetermined.'' These are rules that are still under review by 
HUD for which both a determination and the timing of the next 
action has not yet been made.

    The format of the agenda remains unchanged from previous years. 
HUD's agenda items are divided first by program office. Within each 
program office, the agenda items are divided into five groups: (i) 
Pre-rulemaking actions; (ii) publication or other implementation of 
notices of proposed rulemaking; (iii) publication or other 
implementation of final rules; (iv) long-term rules; and (v) 
completed actions. Within each grouping, rules are listed in 
chronological order by the part number of title 24 of the Code of 
Federal Regulations (CFR) that is affected. Where a rule affects 
multiple parts of

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the CFR, the rule is listed by the first affected part number.

     Since the purpose of publication of the agenda is to encourage 
more effective public participation in the regulatory process by 
providing the public with early information about HUD's future 
regulatory actions, HUD invites all interested members of the 
public to comment on the rules listed in the agenda.

Dated: March 6, 2008.

 Roy A. Bernardi,

Deputy Secretary.

                                     Office of Housing--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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200         24 CFR 3500 Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA); To Simplify and Improve the    2502-AI61
            Process of Obtaining Mortgages and Reduce Consumer Costs (FR-5180)....................
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                                       Office of Housing--Final Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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201         24 CFR 3285 Manufactured Home Installation Program (FR-4812)..........................    2502-AH97
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Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)   Proposed Rule Stage


Office of Housing (OH)



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200. REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES ACT (RESPA); TO SIMPLIFY AND 
IMPROVE THE PROCESS OF OBTAINING MORTGAGES AND REDUCE CONSUMER COSTS 
(FR-5180)

Legal Authority: 12 USC 2601 et seq; 42 USC 3535(d)

Abstract: In July and August 2005, HUD held seven roundtable 
discussions about possible changes to HUD's RESPA regulations with 
industry, including small business entities, consumers, and other 
interested parties. These roundtables were held at HUD Headquarters and 
in the cities of Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois; and Fort 
Worth, Texas. HUD found the roundtable discussions to be very 
informative and, after further considerations of the issues and 
proposals raised at the roundtables and further assessment of current 
mortgage industry practices, HUD is proposing changes to its RESPA 
regulations that would improve and standardize the Good Faith Estimate 
(GFE) form to make it easier to use for shopping among settlement 
providers and help borrowers understand how yield spread premiums can 
affect their settlement charges.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            03/14/08                    73 FR 14030
NPRM Comment Period End         05/13/08
Final Action                    10/00/08

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Ivy Jackson, Director, Office of RESPA and Interstate 
Land Sales, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of 
Housing
Phone: 202 708-0502

RIN: 2502-AI61
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Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)      Final Rule Stage


Office of Housing (OH)



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201. MANUFACTURED HOME INSTALLATION PROGRAM (FR-4812)

Legal Authority: 42 USC 3535(d); 42 USC 5401 et seq

Abstract: HUD is required under the Manufactured Housing Improvement 
Act of 2000 to establish an installation program that includes: (1) 
Installation standards; (2) the training and licensing of manufactured 
home installers; and (3) inspection of the installation of manufactured 
homes. HUD's program will be established in States that do not have 
their own qualifying installation program.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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ANPRM                           03/10/03                    68 FR 11448
ANPRM Comment Period End        04/24/03
NPRM                            06/14/06                    71 FR 34476
NPRM Comment Period End         08/14/06
Final Action                    06/00/08

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: William W. Matchneer III, Associate Deputy Assistant 
Secretary, Office of Regulatory Affairs and Manufactured Housing, 
Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Housing
Phone: 202 402-7249

RIN: 2502-AH97
[FR Doc. E8-7336 Filed 05-02-08; 8:45 am]
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