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Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment-Public Housing Construction Report

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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, HUD.




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.


Comments Due Date: June 2, 2003.


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: Mildred M. Hamman, Reports Liaison Officer, Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, SW., Room 4249, Washington, DC 20410-5000.

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Mildred M. Hamman, (202) 708-0614, extension 4128. (This is not a toll-free number.)

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The Department will submit 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 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: Public Housing Construction Report.

OMB Control Number: 2577-0027.

Description of the need for the information and proposed use: Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) are responsible for contract administration for low-income housing projects. The architect, or other person licensed under State law, prepares the report and submits it to the PHA from the date of contract execution to final inspection. The report provides information on contractors, contract amount, starting/completing dates, progress on site improvements and buildings, inspection forecast and acceptance for occupancy. HUD uses the information to track the progress of construction to ensure that contract and inspection dates comply with HUD procedures.

Agency form numbers, if applicable: HUD-5378.

Members of affected public: State or Local Government.

Estimation of the total number of hours needed to pare the information collection including number of respondents, frequency of response, and hours of response: 158 (projects), 12 months average construction period x two reports a month = 24 for each project totaling 3,792 responses, 15 minutes per response, 568 hours total reporting burden, 152 hours total recordkeeping burden. Total burden hours are 720.

Status of the proposed information collection: Extension.

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

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Dated: February 26, 2003.

Michael Liu,

Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.

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[FR Doc. 03-4942 Filed 3-3-03; 8:45 am]