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Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Comment Request; Debt Resolution Program

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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner, 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: September 19, 2006.


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: Lillian Deitzer, Reports Management Officer, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, SW., L'Enfant Plaza Building, Room 8001, Washington, DC 20410 or

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Lester J. West, Director, Albany Financial Operations Center, Department of Housing and Urban Development, telephone (518) 464-4200 extension 4206 (this is not a toll free number) for copies of the proposed forms and other available information.

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The Department is submitting 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 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 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: Debt Resolution Program.

OMB Control Number, if applicable: 2502-0483.

Description of the need for the information and proposed use: HUD is required to collect debt owed to the agency. As part of the collection process, demand for repayment is made on the debtor(s). In response, debtors opt to ignore the debt, pay the debt, or dispute the debt. Disputes and offers to repay result in information collections. Borrowers who wish to pay less than the full amount due must submit a Personal Financial Statement and Settlement Offier. HUD uses the information to analyze debtors' financial positions and then approve settlements, repayment agreements, and pre-authorized electronic payments to HUD. Borrowers who wish to dispute must provide information to support their position.

Agency form numbers, if applicable. HUD-56141, HUD-56142, HUD-56146, HUD-55509, and HUD-92090.

Estimation of the total numbers of hours needed to prepare the information collection including number of respondents, frequency of response, and hours of response: The estimated total number of hours needed to prepare the information collection is 862, the number of respondents is 850 generating approximately 2,790 annual responses, the frequency of response is on occasion, and the estimated time needed to prepare the response varies from 5 to 30 minutes.

Status of the proposed information collection: This is a revision of a currently approved collection. The revision seeks to incorporate additional items, such as a debtor authorizatrion to speak to a third party, requests for copies of cancelled checks, information submitted to dispute a debt, and verbal agreement confirmation letters.

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

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Dated: July 14, 2006.

Frank Davis,

General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing-Deputy Federal Housing Commissioner.

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[FR Doc. 06-6385 Filed 7-20-06; 8:45 am]