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Proposed Rule

Annual Guarantee Fee Due Date

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AGENCY:

Rural Housing Service, USDA.

ACTION:

Proposed rule.

SUMMARY:

The Rural Housing Service, an Agency under USDA Rural Development, is proposing to amend its regulations to change the due date of the annual guarantee fee. The annual fee is a non-refundable amount that the lender must pay each year that the loan guarantee remains in effect. Currently, the Finance Office in St. Louis calculates annual fees manually since the borrower submissions of December 31 year-end financial information are not loaded into their automated systems by January 1, when annual fees are due. The Finance Office has requested that the annual fee due date be changed from January 1 to February 28 to allow their automated systems to be uploaded with December 31 year-end information thus enabling them to automate the annual fee calculation process.

DATES:

Written or e-mail comments must be received on or before December 4, 2006.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments to this proposed rule by any of the following methods:

Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

Mail: Submit written comments via the U.S. Postal Service to the Branch Chief, Regulations and Paperwork Management Branch, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 0742, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-0782.

Hand Delivery/Courier: Submit written comments via mail courier service requiring a street address to the Branch Chief, Regulations and Paperwork Management Branch, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 300 7th Street, SW., 7th Floor, Suite 701, Washington, DC 20024.

All written comments will be available for public inspection during regular work hours at the 300 7th Street, SW., address listed above.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

C.B. Alonso, Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program, Multi Family Housing Processing Division, Rural Housing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 0781, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-0781; Telephone: 202-720-1624; Fax: 202-205-5066; E-mail: cb.alonso@wdc.usda.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Classification

This has been reviewed under Executive Order 12866. The rule has been determined not to be significant for the purposes of Executive Order 12866 and, therefore, has not been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Regulatory Flexibility Act

The Agency Administrator has determined that this proposed rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities as defined in the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.). New provisions included in this proposed rule will not impact a substantial number of small entities to a greater extent than large entities. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis was not performed.

Paperwork Reduction Act

There are no new reporting or recordkeeping requirements associated with this proposed rule.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

This proposed rule contains no Federal mandates (under the regulatory provisions of title II of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995) for State, local, and tribal governments or the private sector. Thus, this proposed rule is not subject to the requirements of sections 202 and 205 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995.

Environmental Impact Statement

This document has been reviewed in accordance with 7 CFR part 1940, subpart G, “ Environmental Program.” The Agency has determined that this action does not constitute a major Federal action affecting significantly the quality of the human environment, and, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, Public Law 91-190, an Environmental Impact Statement is not required.

Programs Affected

The program affected is listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under Number 10.438—Rural Rental Housing Guaranteed Loans.

Intergovernmental Consultation

For the reasons contained in the Final Rule related Notice to 7 CFR part 3015, subpart V, this program, 10.438—Rural Rental Housing Guaranteed Loans, is subject to Executive Order 12372 which requires intergovernmental consultation with State and local officials. The Agency has conducted intergovernmental consultation in the manner delineated in RD Instruction 1940-J.

Executive Order 13132, Federalism

The policies contained in this proposed rule do not have any substantial direct effect on States, the relationship between the National Government and the States, or the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. Nor does this proposed rule impose substantial direct compliance costs on State and local Governments. Therefore, consultation with the States is not required.

Discussion

Rural Development administers the Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program (GRRHP) under the authority of the Housing Act of 1949. Under the GRRHP, Rural Development guarantees loans for the development of housing and related facilities for low or moderate-income families in rural areas.

Rural Development is amending 7 CFR 3565.53(b) to change the due date of the annual guarantee fee. The annual fee is a non-refundable amount that the lender must pay each year that the loan guarantee remains in effect. Currently, the Finance Office in St. Louis calculates annual fees manually since the borrower submissions of December 31 year-end financial information are not loaded into the Finance Office's automated systems by January 1, when Start Printed Page 58546annual fees are due. The Finance Office has requested that the annual fee due date be changed from January 1 to February 28 to allow their automated systems to be uploaded with December 31 year-end information. The revision of 7 CFR 3565.53(b) will facilitate the automation of the annual fee calculation process.

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List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 3565

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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, Title 7, Chapter XXXV of the Code of Federal Regulations is proposed to be amended as follows:

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PART 3565—GUARANTEED RURAL RENTAL HOUSING PROGRAM

1. The authority citation for part 3565 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 7 U.S.C. 1989; 42 U.S.C. 1480.

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Subpart B—Guarantee Requirements

2. Section 3565.53(b) is revised to read as follows:

Guarantee fees.
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(b) Annual guarantee fee. An annual guarantee fee of at least 50 basis points (one-half percent) of the outstanding principal amount of the loan will be charged each year or portion of a year that the guarantee is in effect. This fee will be collected on February 28, of each calendar year.

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Dated: September 15, 2006.

Russell T. Davis,

Administrator, Rural Housing Service.

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[FR Doc. E6-16399 Filed 10-3-06; 8:45 am]

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