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Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment: The Survey of HUD-Approved Counseling Agencies

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AGENCY:

Office of Policy Development and Research, HUD.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

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.

DATES:

Comments Due Date: February 9, 2007.

ADDRESSES:

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: Reports Liaison Officer, Office of Policy Development & Research, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, SW., Room 8226, Washington, DC 20410-5000.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Marina L. Myhre, (202) 708-3700, extension 5705 for copies of the proposed forms and other available documents. (This is not a toll-free number.)

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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: Survey of HUD-Approved Counseling Agencies.

Description of the need for the information and proposed use: This request is for the clearance of a survey instrument designed to provide a broad, statistically accurate picture of the current state of the HUD-approved counseling industry in the United States. This survey would be based on the population of approximately 2,173 HUD-approved counseling agencies. The purpose of the survey is to: Provide an accurate picture of the current HUD-approved housing counseling industry, including but not limited to, organizational information, the range of counseling provided, how counseling activities are funded, how agencies manage client intake, who is providing the counseling, who is being counseled, what type of counseling/education are counselees receiving.

OMB Approval Number: Pending.

Agency form numbers: None.

Members of Affected Public: HUD-Approved Counseling Agencies.

Estimation of the total number of hours needed to prepare the information collection including number of respondents, frequency of response, and hours of response: 2,173 HUD-Approved Counseling Agencies will be surveyed. Average time to complete the survey is 45 minutes. Respondents will only be contacted once. Total burden hours are 1,630.

Status of the proposed information collection: Pending OMB approval.

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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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Date: December 1, 2006.

Darlene F. Williams,

Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research.

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[FR Doc. E6-20932 Filed 12-8-06; 8:45 am]

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