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Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Comment Request; Technical Assistance for Community Planning and Development Programs

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AGENCY:

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, 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: January 28, 2008.

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: Pamela M. Williams, Reports Liaison Officer, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street, SW., Room 7234, Washington, DC 20410.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mark Horwath, Office of Technical Assistance and Management, Office of Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20410; telephone number (202) 402-2576 (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 affecting 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: Application for Technical Assistance for Community Planning and Development (CPD) Programs.

OMB Control Number, if applicable: 2506-0166.

Description of the Need for the Information and Proposed Use: Application information is needed to Start Printed Page 67313determine competition winners, i.e., those technical assistance (TA) providers best able to offer local jurisdictions an ability to shape their CPD resources and other available resources into effective, coordinated, neighborhood and community development strategies to revitalize and to physically, socially and economically strengthen their communities. The application for the competition requires the completion of Standard Forms 424, 424 Supplemental, LLL (if engaged in lobbying), as well as supplementary information such as identification of field offices to be served and amounts of funds requested for each field office, a narrative statement addressing the factors for award, and a budget summary. After awards are made, providers are required to submit a workplan which includes a planned schedule for accomplishing each of the planned activities/tasks to be accomplished with TA funds, the amount of funds budgeted for each activity/task and the staff and other resources allocated to each activity/task. Narrative quarterly reports are required so that the provider's performance can be evaluated and measured against the workplan. Quarterly reports also require the submission of the SF-269A, a financial report and final SF-269A are also required.

Agency Form Numbers (if applicable): SF-424, SF-424 Supplemental, and SF-LLL.

Members of Affected Public: For-profit and non-profit organizations or State and local governments equipped to provide technical assistance to recipients of CPD programs.

Estimation of the total number of hours needed to prepare the information collection including number of respondents, frequency of response, and hours of response.

Status of the proposed information collection: The FY 2006 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for technical assistance providers for CPD programs elicited 286 responses. The Department estimates that each application required an average of 60 hours to prepare an application. Each year approximately 50 applicants are chosen for awards. Winners of the competition are required to develop a workplan, requiring approximately 20 hours, submit quarterly reports needing approximately six hours each (including a final report) and perform recordkeeping to include submission of vouchers for reimbursement, estimated at 12 hours annually. Because these actions are undertaken for each field office in which the applicant wins funds, the numbers reflect more than the base number of winners. Approximately 179 workplans were developed as a result of the FY 2006 competition and each requires quarterly reports and recordkeeping. The specific numbers are as follows:

Frequency of Submission: On occasion, quarterly.

Reporting Burden:

Number of respondentsNumber of responses per respondent frequency×Hours per response=Total hours
Applications28616017,160
Workplan Development1791203,580
Quarterly Reports (including final)179464,296
Recordkeeping1791224,296

Total Estimated Burden Hours: 29,332.

Status of the proposed information collection: Extension of a currently approved collection.

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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: November 21, 2007.

Nelson R. Bregón,

General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development.

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[FR Doc. E7-23116 Filed 11-27-07; 8:45 am]

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