[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 175 (Monday, September 10, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 55490-55491]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-22213]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

[Docket No. FR-5609-N-11]


Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment: 
Neighborhood Stabilization Program Tracking Study

AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and 
Research, HUD.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The proposed information collection requirement 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.

DATES: Comment Due Date: November 9, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding 
this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB 
Control Number and should be sent electronically to 
jmailto:udson.l.james@hud.gov or in hard copy to: Judson L. James, 
Office of Policy Development and Research, Department of Housing and 
Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 8120, Washington, DC 20410-
6000. Please use ``NSP PRA Comment'' in the subject line of any email.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Judson L. James at 202-402-5707 (this 
is not a toll-free number) or judson.l.jamesmailto:@hud.gov, for copies 
of the proposed forms and other available documents. Please use ``NSP 
PRA Comment'' in the subject line of any email.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Housing and Urban 
Development will submit the proposed extension of information 
collection to OMB for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended). 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: Site Visit Protocols for Neighborhood 
Stabilization Program (NSP2) Evaluation; Second Round.
    OMB Control Number:
    Description of the Need for the Information and Proposed Use: The 
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is conducting an 
important national study of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 
(NSP), with a particular focus on the round of funding from the 
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), known as ``NSP2.'' This 
information collection will constitute the second round of site visits 
and interviews of NSP2 grantees, as well as collection of grantees' 
property-level data on NSP2 activities conducted. The information 
collected will be used to describe how program implementation occurred 
in practice, gather views of what program outcomes and impacts have 
occurred, and explore factors that contributed to program outcomes.
    Agency Form Numbers:
    Members of the Affected Public: A total of 29 NSP2 grantees (25 
local and 4 national) and 50 partner agencies will be part of the 
study. Staff of these grantees will be asked to participate in 
interviews with HUD's contractor and to provide HUD's contractor with 
access to their records for tracking program activity. Local interviews 
will take approximately 2 hours per person and will be administered to 
approximately 4 staff per NSP2 grantee and 4 additional staff among 
partner agencies. Interviews with national grantees will be 
administered to approximately 2 staff per NSP2 grantee.
    Property-level data will be compiled either by grantee 
representatives or by a HUD contractor. Approximately one-half of the 
29 grantees (or 14 grantees) and 25 partner organizations will likely 
chose to report the required data themselves via the study's 
preformatted spreadsheet. HUD estimates that each spreadsheet will take 
one person about 1.5 working days (12 hours) to complete, on average.
    For the remaining 15 grantees and 25 partner organizations, the 
data will be compiled by the research team with the support of local 
representatives. The majority of this effort will be conducted

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by the researcher. HUD estimates that it will take approximately two 
hours per grantee and partner organization to provide access to records 
during this time (e.g., pulling the appropriate files).
    Estimation of the total number of hours needed to prepare the 
information collection including number of respondents, frequency of 
response, and hours of response: The following chart details the 
respondent burden on a quarterly and annual basis:

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                                                     Number of     Responses per     Hours per
                                                     entities         entity         response       Total hours
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Interviews: Local NSP grantees..................              25               4               2             200
Interviews: Local Partner agencies..............              50               4               2             400
Interviews: National NSP2 grantees..............               4               2               2              16
Providing Access to Records.....................              40               1               2              80
Compiling Records...............................              39               1              12             468
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    Status of the proposed information collection: Pending OMB 
approval.

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

    Dated: August 31, 2012.
Erika C. Poethig,
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research.
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