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Notice and request for comments.


The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Pub. L. 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (the “Fund”) within the Department of the Treasury is soliciting comments concerning the Community Development Financial Institutions (“CDFI”) Program; Certification/Re-certification Application.


Written comments should be received on or before August 18, 2003 to be assured of consideration.


Direct all comments to Linda G. Davenport, Deputy Director for Policy and Programs, Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, U.S. Department of the Treasury, 601 13th Street, NW., Suite 200 South, Washington, DC 20005, Facsimile Number (202) 622-7754.

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The Certification/Re-certification application will be in the same form as the Eligibility and Certification Materials section of the CDFI Program—Technical Assistance Component application (located at Part II, page 21), except that questions under Subparts A and C will not be included in the stand-alone Certification/Re-certification application and there will be no opportunities for applicants that do not meet a specific certification requirement(s) to provide a narrative describing its proposal to meet such requirement(s).The Technical Assistance Component application may be obtained from the Fund's Web site at Requests for additional information should be directed to Linda G. Davenport, Deputy Director for Policy and Programs, Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, U.S. Department of the Treasury, 601 13th Street, NW., Suite 200 South, Washington, DC 20005, or call (202) 622-8662.

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Title: The Community Development Financial Institutions Program—Certification/Re-Certification Application.

OMB Number: 1559-0006.

Abstract: The purpose of the CDFI Program is to promote economic revitalization and community development through investment in and assistance to certified CDFIs. Through the CDFI Program, the Fund makes financial investments in and may provide technical assistance grants to CDFIs that have comprehensive business plans for creating demonstrable community development impact through the deployment of capital within their respective target markets for community development finance purposes. In order to be certified as a CDFI, an entity must submit an application for certification to the Fund.

Type of Review: Extension.

Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions, businesses or other for-profit institutions and tribal entities.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 215.

Estimated Annual Time Per Respondent: 40 hours.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 8,600 hours.

Requests for Comments: Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Fund, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Fund's estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information.

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Authority: 12 U.S.C. 4703, 4703 note, 4704, 4706, 4707, 4717; 12 CFR part 1805.

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Dated: June 12, 2003.

Tony T. Brown,

Director, Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.

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[FR Doc. 03-15360 Filed 6-17-03; 8:45 am]