[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 70 (Wednesday, April 11, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 21795-21797]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-8760]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

[Docket No. FR-5603-N-25]


Notice of Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMB 
Public Housing Agency Plan

AGENCY: Office of the Chief Information Officer, HUD.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The proposed information collection requirement described 
below has been 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.
    The PHA Plan is a comprehensive guide to PHA policies, programs, 
operations, and strategies for meeting local housing needs and goals. 
The PHA Plan informs HUD, residents, and the public of the PHA's 
mission for serving the needs of low, very low-income, and extremely 
low-income families and its strategy for addressing those needs. This

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data allows HUD to monitor the performance of programs and the 
performance of public housing agencies that administer the programs. 
The PHA Plan is being revised to address, clarify and provide 
additional guidance on the submission requirements for qualified and 
nonqualified PHAs, as well as to address previous public comments. 
Section 2702 of Title VII--Small Public Housing Authorities Paperwork 
Reduction Act, of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) of 2008 
amends section 5A(b) of the 1937 Act by establishing ``qualified public 
housing agencies,'' a category of PHAs with less than 550 public 
housing units and tenant-based vouchers combined that are provided 
substantial paperwork relief, primarily with respect to the PHA Annual 
Plan requirements in section 5(A)(b) of the United States Housing Act 
of 1937. The paperwork relief exempts qualified PHAs from the 
requirement to prepare and submit an annual PHA plan to HUD for review. 
This Act impacts approximately seventy-four percent, or 2,994 of the 
4,053 PHAs that are required to submit an annual PHA plan. In addition 
to the exemption from submitting annual plans for qualified agencies, 
because of the different annual plan submission requirements of 
agencies that are considered standard, high-performer, Housing Choice 
Voucher (HCV) only, small, and troubled within 24 CFR part 903, the 
existing approved forms were determined to be incompatible with the 
program requirements. Therefore, some previously approved forms have 
been separated into new forms that will be completed by different 
classes of PHAs. These changes also reflect recommendations made by the 
public in a previous information collection. Specifically, this 
information collection revises previously approved OMB forms HUD-50077-
SL and HUD-50077-CR; adds Certifications of Compliance with PHA Plans 
and Related Regulations (form HUD-50077-SM-HP and HUD-50077-ST-HCV) 
formerly appearing on form HUD 50077 as separate documents; deletes 
approved OMB form HUD-50075, and replaces that form with five new forms 
(form HUD-50075-5Y, HUD-50075-ST, HUD-50075-SM-HP, HUD-50075-HCV, and 
HUD-50075-QA). Qualified PHAs no longer submit information on 
discretionary programs (demolition or disposition, HOPE VI, Project-
based vouchers, required or voluntary conversion, homeownership, or 
capital improvements, etc.) as part of an Annual PHA Plan submission. 
However, Qualified PHAs that intend to implement these activities are 
still subject to the full application and approval processes that exist 
for demolition or disposition, designated housing, conversion, 
homeownership, and other special application processes that will no 
longer be tied to prior authorization in an Annual PHA Plan for a 
Qualified PHA. All PHAs, including the PHAs identified as Qualified 
PHAs under HERA, must continue to submit any demolition or disposition, 
public housing conversion, homeownership, or other special applications 
as applicable to HUD's Special Applications Center (SAC) in Chicago for 
review and approval or to HUD Headquarters for CFFP proposals.
    It is expected that Qualified PHAs, as a matter of good business 
practice, continue to keep their residents, the general public, and the 
local HUD office apprised of any plans to initiate these types of 
programs and activities.

DATES: Comments Due Date: May 11, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding 
this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB 
approval Number (2577-0226) and should be sent to: HUD Desk Officer, 
Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, 
Washington, DC 20503; fax: 202-395-5806. Email: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov fax: 202-395-5806.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colette Pollard, Reports Management 
Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh 
Street SW., Washington, DC 20410; email Colette Pollard at 
Colette.Pollard@hud.gov. or telephone (202) 402-3400. This is not a 
toll-free number. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be 
obtained from Ms. Pollard.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that the 
Department of Housing and Urban Development has submitted to OMB a 
request for approval of the Information collection described below. 
This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and 
affecting 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 Housing Agency Plan.
    OMB Approval Number: 2577-0226.
    Form Numbers: 50075-SM-HP, HUD 50075-5Y, HUD-50077-CR, HUD-50077-
ST-HCV, HUD-50077-CRT-SM-HP, HUD-50075-ST, HUD-50075-PHA HCV, HUD-
50075.2, HUD-50075.1, HUD-50075-SM-HP, HUD 50077-SL, HUD-50075-QA.
    Description of the Need for the Information and its Proposed Use: 
The PHA Plan is a comprehensive guide to PHA policies, programs, 
operations, and strategies for meeting local housing needs and goals. 
The PHA Plan informs HUD, residents, and the public of the PHA's 
mission for serving the needs of low, very low-income, and extremely 
low-income families and its strategy for addressing those needs. This 
data allows HUD to monitor the performance of programs and the 
performance of public housing agencies that administer the programs. 
The PHA Plan is being revised to address, clarify and provide 
additional guidance on the submission requirements for qualified and 
nonqualified PHAs, as well as to address previous public comments. 
Section 2702 of Title VII--Small Public Housing Authorities Paperwork 
Reduction Act, of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) of 2008 
amends section 5A(b) of the 1937 Act by establishing ``qualified public 
housing agencies,'' a category of PHAs with less than 550 public 
housing units and tenant-based vouchers combined that are provided 
substantial paperwork relief, primarily with respect to the PHA Annual 
Plan requirements in section 5(A)(b) of the United States Housing Act 
of 1937. The paperwork relief exempts qualified PHAs from the 
requirement to prepare and submit an annual PHA plan to HUD for review. 
This Act impacts approximately seventy-four percent, or 2,994 of the 
4,053 PHAs that are required to submit an annual PHA plan. In addition 
to the exemption from submitting annual plans for qualified agencies, 
because of the different annual plan submission requirements of 
agencies that are considered standard, high-performer, Housing Choice 
Voucher (HCV) only, small, and troubled within 24 CFR part 903, the 
existing approved forms were determined to be incompatible with the 
program requirements. Therefore, some

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previously approved forms have been separated into new forms that will 
be completed by different classes of PHAs. These changes also reflect 
recommendations made by the public in a previous information 
collection. Specifically, this information collection revises 
previously approved OMB forms HUD-50077-SL and HUD-50077-CR; adds 
Certifications of Compliance with PHA Plans and Related Regulations 
(form HUD-50077-SM-HP and HUD-50077-ST-HCV) formerly appearing on form 
HUD 50077 as separate documents; deletes approved OMB form HUD-50075, 
and replaces that form with five new forms (form HUD-50075-5Y, HUD-
50075-ST, HUD-50075-SM-HP, HUD-50075-HCV, and HUD-50075-QA). Qualified 
PHAs no longer submit information on discretionary programs (demolition 
or disposition, HOPE VI, Project-based vouchers, required or voluntary 
conversion, homeownership, or capital improvements, etc.) as part of an 
Annual PHA Plan submission. However, Qualified PHAs that intend to 
implement these activities are still subject to the full application 
and approval processes that exist for demolition or disposition, 
designated housing, conversion, homeownership, and other special 
application processes that will no longer be tied to prior 
authorization in an Annual PHA Plan for a Qualified PHA. All PHAs, 
including the PHAs identified as Qualified PHAs under HERA, must 
continue to submit any demolition or disposition, public housing 
conversion, homeownership, or other special applications as applicable 
to HUD's Special Applications Center (SAC) in Chicago for review and 
approval or to HUD Headquarters for CFFP proposals.
    It is expected that Qualified PHAs, as a matter of good business 
practice, continue to keep their residents, the general public, and the 
local HUD office apprised of any plans to initiate these types of 
programs and activities.

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                                            Number of          Annual              Hours per
                                           respondents       responses      x       response      Burden  hours
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Reporting Burden.......................           4,053                1   ...           5.006           20,290
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    Status: Reinstatement with change of a previously approved 
collection.

    Authority: Section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
44 U.S.C. 35, as amended.

    Dated: April 5, 2012.
Colette Pollard,
Department Reports Management Officer, Office of the Chief Information 
Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-8760 Filed 4-10-12; 8:45 am]
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