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Notice of Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMB for Emergency Review; Comment Request for Proposed Changes to Generic Application, Religious Status, and Budget Forms Contained in Grant Applications; Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment

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Office of The Chief Information Officer.




The proposed information collection requirement described below has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for emergency review and approval, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.


Comments Due Date: February 20, 2002.


Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments must be received within seven (7) days from the date of this Notice. Comments should refer to the proposal by name/or OMB approval number) and should be sent to: Joseph F. Lackey, Jr., HUD Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503.

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Wayne Eddins, Reports Management Officer, Q, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20410; e-mail; telephone (202) 708-2374. This is not a toll-free number. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Mr. Eddins.

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This notice informs the public that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has submitted to OMB, for emergency processing, an information collection package containing additional alternatives to the SF 424, Application for Federal Assistance, and directly related forms intended to offer standardized, consolidated and streamlined grant application processes in accordance with the provisions of Public Law 106-107, The Federal Financial Assistance Improvement Act of 1999. The two additional forms are a detailed budget and a voluntary indicator of religious status. This submission also proposes minimal changes to the budget summary form to be included in grant applications.

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 listed the following information:

Title of Proposal: Emergency Comment Request for Proposed Changes to Generic Application, Religious Status, and Budget Forms Contained in Grant Applications.

OMB Control Number: 2501-0017.

Agency Form Numbers: HUD-424, HUD-424-B, HUD-424-C, HUD-424-CB, HUD-424-M, HUD-424-F.

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Estimation of the total numbers of hours needed to prepare the information collection including number of respondents, frequency of responses, and hours of response: An estimation of the total number of hours need to prepare the forms for each grant application is 1, however, the burden will assessed against each individual grant program submission under the Paperwork Reduction Act; Estimated number of respondents is 9,091; frequency of response is on the occasion of application for benefits.

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

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Dated: February 7, 2002.

Wayne Eddins,

Department Reports Management Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer.

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[FR Doc. 02-3416 Filed 2-13-02; 8:45 am]