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Consolidated Delegation of Authority to the General Counsel

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Office of the Secretary, HUD.


Notice of delegation of authority.


On January 31, 1989, HUD published a notice of delegation of authority that became effective January 19, 1989. That delegation, from the Start Printed Page 68440Secretary of HUD to the General Counsel, consolidated and updated past delegations. Since the January 31, 1989, publication, additional delegations and updates have been issued and published independently. In order to provide greater guidance to the public concerning Secretarial delegations of authority to the General Counsel, this delegation of authority consolidates all delegations to the General Counsel within and since the January 31, 1989, Federal Register notice.


November 3, 2008.

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John P. Opitz, Associate General Counsel, Office of Finance and Regulatory Compliance, Office of General Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, SW., Room 9256, Washington, DC 20410-0500, telephone number 202-402-5178. (This is not a toll-free number.) Individuals with speech or hearing impairments may access this number through TTY by calling 1-800-877-8339.

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This notice consolidates into one document the authority delegated by the Secretary to the General Counsel and supersedes all prior delegations of authority from the Secretary to the General Counsel. This consolidated delegation of authority restates existing authority currently delegated by the Secretary to the General Counsel and does not provide the General Counsel with any new authority. Published elsewhere in today's Federal Register is a redelegation of authority from the General Counsel to subordinate employees within the Office of General Counsel.

In addition to the authority published in today's consolidated delegation of authority, the Secretary has delegated other authorities to the General Counsel by regulation. These delegations include:

1. Naming the General Counsel as HUD's Designated Agency Ethics Official; 5 CFR 7501.

2. Authorizing the General Counsel, and in some instances, the appropriate Associate General Counsel or Regional Counsel, to respond to subpoenas and or other demands from the courts or other authorities; 24 CFR part 15.

3. Designating the General Counsel as the source selection authority for the procurement of outside legal services through either the lowest price technically acceptable or tradeoff process; 48 CFR 2415.303(a)(3).

4. Designating the General Counsel as a responsible official to ensure the implementation of the policies of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other environmental requirements of the Department, including the performance of the responsibilities of an Environmental Clearance Officer pursuant to 24 CFR 50.10(a), 50.16.

5. Authorizing the General Counsel, as set forth in 24 CFR parts 103 and 180, to exercise authority pertaining to civil rights statutes, including the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. 3601 et seq.; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, 29 U.S.C. 791 et seq.; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 6101 et seq.; and Section 109 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 5301 et seq.

6. Authorizing the General Counsel to initiate a civil money penalty action pursuant to Sections 102 and 103 of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Reform Act of 1989 (42 U.S.C. 3537a(c), 3545); 24 CFR part 4 in accordance with the provisions of 24 CFR part 30.

7. Authorizing the General Counsel to appoint, and fix the compensation of a foreclosure commissioner or commissioners and alternate commissioners, in accordance with the Multifamily Mortgage Foreclosure Act of 1981 (12 U.S.C. 3701 et seq.); 24 CFR 27.10.

HUD's Program Assistant Secretaries have also delegated authority to the General Counsel. The Assistant Secretary for Housing—Federal Housing Commissioner has delegated authority to the General Counsel to issue a notice of violation under the terms of a regulatory agreement; to issue a notice of default under the terms of housing assistance payments contracts (HAPs); to impose civil money penalties, and to take all actions permitted under 24 CFR 30.36, 30.45, and 30.68. (71 FR 60168, October 12, 2006).

Section 30.36 of HUD's regulations (24 CFR 30.36) authorizes the Assistant Secretary for Housing—Federal Housing Commissioner, or designee, to initiate civil money penalty action against any principal, officer, or employee of a mortgagee or lender, or other participant or any provider of assistance to a borrower in connection with any such mortgage or loan, including: Sellers, borrowers, closing agents, title companies, real estate agents, mortgage brokers, appraisers, loan correspondents, dealers, consultants, contractors, subcontractors, and inspectors.

Section 30.45 of HUD's regulations (24 CFR 30.45) authorizes the Assistant Secretary for Housing—Federal Housing Commissioner, or designee, to initiate civil money penalty action against any mortgagor of a multifamily property with a mortgage insured, co-insured, or held by the Secretary, pursuant to Title II of the National Housing Act or to Section 202 of the Housing Act of 1959.

Section 30.68 of HUD's regulations (24 CFR 30.68) authorizes the Assistant Secretary for Housing—Federal Housing Commissioner, or designee, to initiate civil money penalty action against any owner, general partner of a partnership, or agent employed to manage the property that has an identity of interest with the owner or general partner receiving project-based assistance under Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 for a knowing and material breach of HAP contracts.

Section A. Authority

The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development hereby delegates the following authorities to the General Counsel:

1. To interpret the authority of the Secretary and to determine whether the issuance of any rule, regulation, statement of policy, or standard promulgated by HUD is consistent with that authority.

2. To direct all litigation affecting HUD and to sign, acknowledge, and verify on behalf of and in the name of the Secretary all declarations, bills, petitions, pleas, complaints, answers, and other pleadings in any court proceeding brought in the name of or against the Secretary or in which the Secretary is a named party.

3. To direct the referral of cases and other matters to the Attorney General for appropriate legal action and to transmit information and material pertaining to the violation of law or HUD rules and regulations. There are excepted from this authority, however, those referrals and transmittals that the Inspector General is authorized to make by law or by delegation of authority.

4. To accept, on behalf of the Secretary, service of all summons, subpoenas, and other judicial, administrative, or legislative processes directed to the Secretary or to an employee of HUD in an official capacity, and to execute affidavits asserting HUD's deliberative process privilege.

5. Where not inconsistent with other regulations pertaining to proceedings before administrative law judges, to approve the issuance of subpoenas or interrogatories pertaining to investigations for which responsibility is vested in the Secretary.

6. To consider, ascertain, adjust, determine, compromise, allow, deny, or otherwise dispose of claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act, 28 U.S.C. Start Printed Page 684411346(b), 2671 et seq. and the Military Personnel and Civilian Employees' Claims Act of 1974, 31 U.S.C. 3721 et seq.

7. To act upon the appeals and issue final determinations on appeals of denial of access or record correction under the Privacy Act of 1974, except appeals regarding records maintained by the Office of Inspector General (Pub. L. 93-579), 5 U.S.C. 552(c).

8. To make written requests, for purposes of civil or criminal law enforcement activities, to other agencies for the transfer of records or copies of records maintained by such agencies under subsection (b)(7) of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(7)).

9. To act upon appeals under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552, except appeals from decisions of the Office of Inspector General.

10. To appoint a foreclosure commissioner or commissioners, or a substitute foreclosure commissioner to replace a previously designated foreclosure commissioner under Section 805 of the Single Family Mortgage Foreclosure Act of 1994, 12 U.S.C. 3754; the power to fix compensation for the foreclosure commissioner under Section 812 of the Single Family Mortgage Foreclosure Act of 1994, 12 U.S.C. 3761; and to promulgate regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of the Single Family Mortgage Foreclosure Act.

11. To make determinations and certifications required under Section 1114 of the Right to Financial Privacy Act, 12 U.S.C. 3401, et seq.

12. To designate authorized officials to exercise the powers or perform the duties of the General Counsel, through an order of succession (subject to the provisions of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, 5 U.S.C. 3345-3349d), during any period when, by reason of absence, disability, or vacancy in office, the General Counsel for HUD is not available.

13. To serve as an Attesting Officer and to cause the seal of HUD to be affixed to such documents as may require its application and to certify that a copy of any book, paper, microfilm, or other document is a true copy of that in the files of HUD.

14. To act as the designated official under Section 5(a) of Executive Order 12630, Governmental Actions and Interference With Constitutionally Protected Property Rights, issued March 15, 1987, (53 FR 8859, March 18, 1988) consistent with Executive Order 13406, Protecting the Property Rights of the American People, issued June 23, 2006 (71 FR 36973, June 28, 2006).

15. To make determinations of federalism implications, preemption, or the need for consultations with state and local officials as required by Executive Order 13131, Federalism, issued August 4, 1999 (64 FR 43255, August 10, 1999).

Section B. Authority To Redelegate

The General Counsel is authorized to redelegate to employees of HUD any of the authority delegated under Section A above.

Section C. Authority Superseded

This delegation supersedes all previous delegations of authority from the Secretary to the General Counsel including, but not limited to, those listed below:

1. 45 FR 67779 (October 14, 1980) [Docket No. D-80-623], as amended by 54 FR 4913 (January 31, 1989) [Docket No. D-89-893; FR-2595];

2. 54 FR 4913 (January 31, 1989) [Docket No. D-89-893; FR-2595];

3. 54 FR 13121 (March 30, 1989) [Docket No. D-89-894; FR-2614];

4. 54 FR 46654 (November 6, 1989) [Docket No. D-89-893, FR-2595];

5. 56 FR 52557 (October 21, 1991) [Docket No. D-91-963; FR-3170-D-01];

6. 58 FR 8057 (February 11, 1993) [Docket No. D-93-1017; FR-3445-D-01];

7. 59 FR 9761 (March 1, 1994) [Docket No. D-94-1051; FR-3667-D-01];

8. 59 FR 39955 (August 5, 1994) [Docket No. R-94-1744; FR-3754-F-01];

9. 59 FR 53522 (October 24, 1994) [Docket No. D-94-1075; FR-3791-D-01];

10. 60 FR 57526 (November 15, 1995) [Docket No. FR-3951-D-01];

11. 61 FR 50215 (September 24, 1996) [Docket No. FR-4022-F-02];

12. 61 FR 53382 (October 11, 1996) [Docket No. FR-4147-D-01], as amended by 68 FR 37170 (June 23, 2003) [Docket No. FR-4837-D-36]; and

13. 68 FR 41840 (July 15, 2003) [Docket No. FR-4837-D-33].

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Authority: Section 7(d) Department of Housing and Urban Development Act (42 U.S.C. 3535(d)).

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Dated: November 3, 2008.

Steven C. Preston,


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[FR Doc. E8-27285 Filed 11-17-08; 8:45 am]