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Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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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) is seeking public comments concerning a three-year extension by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of the Start Printed Page 63660previously approved information collection entitled “Community Support Requirements.”

DATES:

Interested persons may submit comments on or before December 16, 2002.

ADDRESSES:

Address comments and requests for copies of the information collection 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:

Emma Fitzgerald, Program Analyst, Community Investment and Affordable Housing Division, Office of Supervision, by telephone at 202/408-2874, by electronic mail at fitzgeralde@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 10(g)(1) of the Federal Home Loan Bank Act (Bank Act) requires the Finance Board to promulgate regulations establishing standards of community investment or service that Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) members must meet in order to maintain access to long-term advances. See 12 U.S.C. 1430(g)(1). In establishing these community support requirements for FHLBank members, the Finance Board must take into account factors such as the FHLBank member's performance under the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 (CRA), 12 U.S.C. 2901, et seq., and record of lending to first-time homebuyers. 12 U.S.C. 1430(g)(2). Part 944 of the Finance Board's regulations implements section 10(g) of the Bank Act. See 12 CFR part 944. The rule provides uniform community support standards all FHLBank members must meet and review criteria Finance Board staff must apply to determine compliance with section 10(g). More specifically, section 944.2 of the rule implements the statutory community support requirement. 12 CFR 944.2. Section 944.3 establishes community support standards for the two statutory factors—CRA and first-time homebuyer performance—and provides guidance to a respondent on how it may satisfy the standards. 12 CFR 944.3. Sections 944.4 and 944.5 establish the procedures and criteria the Finance Board uses in determining whether FHLBank members satisfy the statutory and regulatory community support requirements. 12 CFR 944.4 and 944.5.

The information collection contained in Form 96-01, the Community Support Statement Form, and sections 944.2 through 944.5 of the rule is necessary to enable and is used by the Finance Board to determine whether FHLBank members satisfy the statutory and regulatory community support requirements. Only FHLBank members that meet these requirements may maintain continued access to long-term FHLBank advances. See 12 U.S.C. 1430(g).

The OMB number for the information collection is 3069-0003. The OMB clearance for the information collection expires on January 31, 2003.

The likely respondents are institutions that are members of an FHLBank.

B. Burden Estimate

The Finance Board estimates the total annual average number of respondents at 3970 FHLBank members, with one response per member. The estimate for the average hours per response is one hour. The estimate for the total annual hour burden is 3970 hours (3970 members × 1 response per member × 1 hour).

C. Comment Request

The Finance Board requests written comments on the following: (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's 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 respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

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By the Federal Housing Finance Board.

Dated: October 2, 2002.

Donald Demitros,

Chief Information Officer.

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[FR Doc. 02-26057 Filed 10-11-02; 8:45 am]

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