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Loan Guaranty: Loan Servicing and Claims Procedures Modifications Segment 2 Effective Date

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AGENCY:

Department of Veterans Affairs.

ACTION:

Notice of Applicability of Subpart F of 38 CFR Part 36 to Segment 2 of the Mortgage Servicing Industry.

SUMMARY:

This publication is to serve as notice that on April 18, 2008, Subpart F of Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 36, will be applicable to industry segment 2. Program participants in the VA Home Loan Guaranty Program's servicing and claims activities were assigned to one of nine industry segments as part of the planned phased implementation of the rules in Subpart F. All program participants were given notice of their respective segments and were afforded opportunity to comment during the regulatory development process (see Supplementary Information section of this notice). Segment 2 participants will be under the authority of Subpart F rules on April 18, 2008. VA continues to work with these participants to ensure that all necessary servicing system modifications, defect corrections, interface testing and data transmission are addressed.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mike Frueh, Assistant Director for Loan Management (261), Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420, (202) 461-9521. (This is not a toll-free number.)

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

On Friday, February 1, 2008 (73 FR 6294), VA published final regulations that modify its Loan Guaranty Program's loan servicing and claims procedures modifications. In response to comments received to the proposed regulations published on February 18, 2005 (70 FR 8472) and to a supplemental notice published on November 27, 2006 (71 FR 68498), VA published a second supplemental notice on June 1, 2007 (72 FR 30505), in which the agency put forth a proposal to phase-in implementation of the new tracking system.

Based on comments received to the proposed regulations and the first supplemental notice, VA decided to proceed with gradual implementation of the new rules and its computer-based tracking system, the VA Loan Electronic Reporting Interface (VALERI), with nine separate industry segments to be phased in over a period of approximately 11 months. The first segment was subject to the new rules upon publication of the final regulations, when the rules became effective. Similar notices will be provided prior to the date that Subpart F will be applicable to each subsequent industry segment.

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Approved: April 14, 2008.

Gordon H. Mansfield,

Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

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[FR Doc. E8-8381 Filed 4-17-08; 8:45 am]

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