[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 175 (Monday, September 10, 2012)]
[Pages 55491-55492]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-22215]



[Docket No. FR-5605-N-01]

Notice of Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request: Fair 
Housing Initiatives Program Grant Application and Monitoring Reports

AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal 
Opportunity (FHEO), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

ACTION: Notice.


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 of 1995. The 
Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.
    This information is required by the grant application to assist the 
Department in selecting the highest ranked applicants to receive funds 
under the Fair Housing Initiatives Program and carry out fair housing 
enforcement and/or education and outreach activities under the 
following initiatives; Private Enforcement, Education and Outreach, and 
Fair Housing Organization. The information collected from quarterly and 
final progress reports and enforcement logs will enable the Department 
to evaluate the performance of agencies that receive funding and 
determine the impact of the program on preventing and eliminating 
discriminatory housing practices.

DATES: Comments 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 to Paula Stone, FHIP Division, Office 
of Programs, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th 
Street SW., Washington, DC 20410, Room 5222 or the number for the 
Federal Information Relay Service (1-800-877-8339).

Director, FHIP Division, Office of Programs, Department of Housing and 
Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20410, Room 5222, 
telephone (202) 402-7095 (this is not a toll free number) for copies of 
the proposed forms and other available information.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department is submitting 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).
    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 is necessary for the 
proper performance of the Department's program functions, including 
whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the 
accuracy of the Department's assessment of the paperwork burden that 
may result from the proposed collection of information; (3) Enhance the 
quality, utility, and clarity of the information which may be 
collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the information collection on 
responders, including the use of appropriate automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology (e.g., electronic 
transmission of data).
    Title of Proposal: 24 CFR part 125, Fair Housing Initiatives 
    OMB Control Number, if applicable: 2529-0033.
    Description of the need for the information and proposed use: This 
is an extension of a currently approved information collection used to 
select applicants for the Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) 
grants under a FHIP Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). These grants 
are to fund fair housing enforcement and/or education and outreach 
activities under the following initiatives: Administrative Enforcement; 
Private Enforcement, Education and Outreach, and Fair Housing 
Organizations. Additionally, the information is collected to monitor 
grants and grant funds.
    Agency form numbers, if applicable: HUD 904 A, B and C, SF-425, SF-
424, SF-LLL, HUD-2880, HUD-2990, HUD-2993, HUD-424CB, HUD-424-CBW, 
HUD2994-A, HUD-96010, and HUD-27061.
    Members of the affected public: The collection of information 
involves Qualified Fair Housing Organizations (QFHOs); Fair Housing 
Organizations (FHOs); public or private non-profit organizations or 
institutions and other public or private entities that are working to 
prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices; State and local 
governments; and Fair Housing Assistant Program Agencies.
    Estimation of the total numbers of hours needed to prepare the 
information collection including number of respondents, frequency of 
response, and hours of response: An estimation of 46,420 total hours is 
needed to prepare the information collection. The number of respondents 
is 400 with a frequency response of 1 per annum, and the total hours 
per respondent is 76.50 hours for application development. There is an 
estimated 104 agencies that will receive funding and have to provide 
quarterly and final reports, with approximately 59 having to provide 
Enforcement Logs and 1 agency reporting on a semi-annual

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basis. The estimated number of respondents is based on the average of 
the number of submissions for NOFA years 2009 to current. The number of 
hours is an average based on grantee estimates of time to review 
instructions, search existing data sources, prepare required responses 
to the application, complete the certification, and assemble exhibits.
    Status of the proposed information collection: Extension of a 
currently approved collection.

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

    Dated: August 3, 2012.
Sara Pratt,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Programs.
[FR Doc. 2012-22215 Filed 9-7-12; 8:45 am]