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AGENCY:

Federal Housing Finance Board.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Housing Finance Board (Finance Board) hereby gives notice that it has submitted the information collection currently known as “Advances to Housing Associates” to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval of a three-year extension of the OMB control number, which is due to expire on November 30, 2002. The information collection formerly was titled “Advances to Nonmember Mortgagees.”

DATES:

Interested persons may submit comments on or before November 14, 2002.

ADDRESSES:

Submit comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for the Federal Housing Finance Board, Washington, DC 20503. Address requests for copies of the information collection and supporting documentation to Elaine L. Baker, Secretary to the Board, by telephone at (202) 408-2837, by electronic mail at bakere@fhfb.gov, or by regular mail at the Federal Housing Finance Board, 1777 F Street, NW., Washington, DC 20006.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jonathan F. Curtis, Senior Financial Analyst, Financial and Quantitative Analysis Division, Office of Supervision, by telephone at (202) 408-2866, by electronic mail at curtisj@fhfb.gov, or by regular mail at the Federal Housing Finance Board, 1777 F Street, NW., Washington, DC 20006.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Need for and Use of the Information Collection

Section 10b of the Federal Home Loan Bank Act (Bank Act) authorizes the Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLBanks) to make advances under certain circumstances to certified nonmember mortgagees.[1] The Finance Board refers to nonmember mortgagees as housing associates. In order to be certified as a housing associate, an applicant must meet the eligibility requirements set forth in section 10b of the Bank Act. Part 926 of the Finance Board regulations implements the statutory eligibility requirements and establishes uniform review criteria an applicant must meet in order to be certified as a housing associate by an FHLBank.[2] Start Printed Page 63661More specifically, sections 926.3 and 926.4 of the rule implement the statutory eligibility requirements and provide guidance to an applicant on how it may satisfy such requirements.[3] Section 926.5 authorizes the FHLBanks to approve or deny all applications for certification as a housing associate, subject to the statutory and regulatory requirements.[4] Section 926.6 permits an applicant to appeal an FHLBank decision to deny certification to the Finance Board.[5]

Section 950.17 of the Finance Board regulations establishes the terms and conditions under which an FHLBank may make advances to a certified housing associate. Section 950.17 also imposes a continuing obligation on a housing associate to provide information necessary for the FHLBank to determine if the housing associate remains in compliance with applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.[6]

The information collection contained in sections 926.1 through 926.6 and section 950.17 of the Finance Board regulations is necessary to enable the FHLBanks to determine whether an applicant satisfies the statutory and regulatory requirements to be certified initially and to maintain its status as a housing associate eligible to receive FHLBank advances. The Finance Board requires and uses the information collection to determine whether to uphold or overrule an FHLBank decision to deny housing associate certification to an applicant.

The OMB control number for the information collection is 3069-0005. The OMB clearance for the information collection expires on November 30, 2002.

The likely respondents include applicants for housing associate certification and current housing associates.

B. Burden Estimate

The Finance Board estimates the total annual average number of applicants at five, with one response per applicant. The estimate for the average hours per application is 15 hours. The estimate for the annual hour burden for applicants is 75 hours (5 applicants × 1 response per applicant × 15 hours).

The Finance Board estimates the total annual average number of maintenance respondents, that is, certified housing associates, at 57, with 1 response per housing associate. The estimate for the average hours per maintenance response is 0.5 hours. The estimate for the annual hour burden for certified housing associates is 28.5 hours (57 certified housing associates × 1 response per associate × 0.5 hours).

The estimate for the total annual hour burden is 103.5 hours (57 housing associates × 1 response per associate × 0.5 hours + 5 applicants × 1 response per applicant × 15 hours).

C. Comment Request

In accordance with 5 CFR 1320.8(d), the Finance Board published a request for public comments regarding this information collection in the Federal Register on June 28, 2002. See 67 FR 43602 (June 28, 2002). The 60-day comment period closed on August 27, 2002. The Finance Board received no public comments. Written comments are requested on: (1) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of Finance Board functions, including whether the information has practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the Finance Board estimates of the burdens of the collection of information; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on applicants and housing associates, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be submitted to OMB in writing at the address listed above.

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By the Federal Housing Finance Board.

Dated: October 2, 2002.

Donald Demitros,

Chief Information Officer.

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Footnotes

2.  See 12 CFR 926.1-926.6. Formerly codified at 12 CFR 935.22-935.23. See 65 FR 8253, at 8256 (Feb. 18, 2000) and 65 FR 44414, at 44424-25, 44426-28 (July 18, 2000).

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3.  See 12 CFR 926.3-926.4. Formerly codified at 12 CFR 935.22. See 65 FR at 8256 and 65 FR at 44427.

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4.  See 12 CFR 926.5. Formerly codified at 12 CFR 935.23(a). See 65 FR at 8256 and 65 FR at 44427.

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5.  See 12 CFR 926.6. Formerly codified at 12 CFR 935.23(c)(4). See 65 FR at 8256 and 65 FR at 44428.

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6.  See 12 CFR 950.17. Formerly codified at 12 CFR 935.24. See 65 FR at 8256 and 65 FR at 444330-31.

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[FR Doc. 02-26056 Filed 10-11-02; 8:45 am]

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