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Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request-Loans in Areas Having Special Flood Hazards

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Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS), Treasury.


Notice and request for comment.


The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed and continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3507. The Office of Thrift Supervision within the Department of the Treasury will submit the proposed information collection requirement described below to the Office of Start Printed Page 35211Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. Today, OTS is soliciting public comments on its proposal to extend this information collection.


Submit written comments on or before August 19, 2008.


Send comments, referring to the collection by title of the proposal or by OMB approval number, to Information Collection Comments, Chief Counsel's Office, Office of Thrift Supervision, 1700 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 20552; send a facsimile transmission to (202) 906-6518; or send an e-mail to OTS will post comments and the related index on the OTS Internet Site at In addition, interested persons may inspect comments at the Public Reading Room, 1700 G Street, NW., by appointment. To make an appointment, call (202) 906-5922, send an e-mail to, or send a facsimile transmission to (202) 906-7755.

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You can request additional information about this proposed information collection from Ekita Mitchell, (202) 906-6451, Office of Thrift Supervision, 1700 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 20552.

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OTS may not conduct or sponsor an information collection, and respondents are not required to respond to an information collection, unless the information collection displays a currently valid OMB control number. As part of the approval process, we invite comments on the following information collection.

Comments should address one or more of the following points:

a. Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of OTS;

b. The accuracy of OTS's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection;

c. Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected;

d. Ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of information technology.

We will summarize the comments that we receive and include them in the OTS request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. In this notice, OTS is soliciting comments concerning the following information collection.

Title of Proposal: Loans in Areas Having Special Flood Hazards.

OMB Number: 1550-0088.

Form Numbers: N/A.

Regulation requirement: 12 CFR part 572.

Description: The borrower uses the notice to make decisions regarding the collateral to be used to secure a loan. This notice advises the borrower as to whether the property securing the loan is or will be located in a special flood hazard area, whether flood insurance on the property securing the loan is required, and includes a description of the flood insurance purchase requirements. This notice also provides the borrower with information regarding the availability of Federal assistance in the event of a declared Federal flood disaster. If a loan is being serviced by a loan servicer, this notice also is provided by the savings association to the loan servicer to assist in making the servicer aware of its responsibility for performing certain tasks on behalf of the lender ( e.g., collecting insurance premiums). The statute and OTS implementing regulations require the lending institution to retain a record of the receipt of the notice to the borrower. OTS uses this record to verify compliance.

A second notice to the borrower is required if the lending institution determines at any time during the life of a loan that adequate (required) flood insurance is not in place. This notice is used by the borrower to determine how much flood insurance to purchase.

The notice to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advises FEMA of the identity of the initial loan servicer and, if necessary, of changes in servicers. FEMA uses this notice to maintain current information regarding the persons to whom it should direct inquiries regarding flood insurance, or to send notices of flood insurance policy renewals.

A lending institution is required by statute and OTS implementing regulations to use the standard flood hazard determination form developed by FEMA when determining whether the property securing the loan is or will be located in a special flood hazard area.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 832.

Estimated Number of Responses: 214,660.

Estimated Frequency of Response: On occasion.

Estimated Total Burden: 54,497 hours.

Clearance Officer: Ira L. Mills, (202) 906-6531, Office of Thrift Supervision, 1700 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 20552.

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Dated: June 12, 2008.

Deborah Dakin,

Senior Deputy Chief Counsel, Regulations and Legislation Division.

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[FR Doc. E8-13937 Filed 6-19-08; 8:45 am]