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Notice of Submission for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection: Comment Request; Owner Certification With HUD's Tenant Eligibility and Rent Procedures

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AGENCY:

Office of Program Systems Management, HUD.

ACTION:

Notice of extension of a currently approved information collection.

SUMMARY:

The 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 23, 2009.

ADDRESSES:

Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments must be received within 60 days from the date of this Notice. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: HUD Desk Officer, Office of Management and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Lillian Deitzer, Paperwork Reduction Act, Compliance Officer, AYO, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20410: e-mail Lillian.Deitzer@HUD.gov; telephone (202) 402-2374. This is not a toll-free number. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. Deitzer.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Department is submitting an extension of the currently approved 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 extension of the approved collection of information to: (1) Evaluate whether the collection remains necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information has practical utility; (2) Evaluate accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 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 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: Owner Certification with HUD's Tenant Eligibility and Rent Procedures.

OMB Control Number: 2502-0204.

Description of the need for the information and proposed use: The Department needs to collect this information in order to establish an applicant's eligibility for admittance to subsidized housing, specify which eligible applicants may be given priority over others, and prohibit racial discrimination in conjunction with selection of tenants and unit assignments. The Department must specify tenant eligibility requirements as well as how tenants' incomes, rents and assistance must be verified and computed so as to prevent the Department from making improper payments to owners on behalf of assisted tenants. The Department also must provide annual reports to Congress and the public on the race/ethnicity and gender composition of subsidy program beneficiaries. This information is essential to maintain a standard of fair practices in assigning tenants to HUD Multifamily properties.

Agency form numbers, if applicable: HUD-50059, HUD-50059-A, HUD-9887/9887-A, HUD-27061-H, HUD-90100, HUD-90101, HUD-90102, HUD-90103, HUD-90104, HUD-90105-a, HUD-90105-b, HUD-90105-c, HUD-90105-d, HUD-90106, HUD-91066, and HUD-91067.

Estimation of the total numbers of hours needed to prepare the information collection including number of respondents, frequency of response, and hours of response: An estimation of the annual total number of hours needed to prepare the information collection is 1,348,679 number of respondents is 2,160,726, frequency response is 1 per annum, and the total hours per respondent is 1.71.

Status of the proposed information collection: This is an extension of a currently approved collection.

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Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C., Chapter 35, as amended.

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Dated: December 19, 2008.

Ronald Y. Spraker,

Acting General Deputy, Assistant Secretary for Housing-Deputy Federal Housing Commissioner.

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[FR Doc. E8-30746 Filed 12-23-08; 8:45 am]

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