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30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Phase One Letters of Interest for the Homeowners Armed With Knowledge (HAWK) for New Homebuyers Pilot Program

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Office of the Chief Information Officer, HUD.




HUD has submitted the proposed information collection requirement described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. The purpose of this notice is to allow for an additional 30 days of public comment.


Comments Due Date: August 25, 2014.


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: HUD Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503; fax: 202-395-5806. Email:

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Colette Pollard, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20410; email Colette Pollard at or telephone 202-402-3400. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. This is not a toll-free number. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. Pollard.

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This notice informs the public that HUD has submitted to OMB a request for approval of the information collection described in Section A.

The Federal Register notice that solicited public comment on the information collection for a period of 60 days was published on May 16, 2014.

A. Overview of Information Collection

Title of Information Collection: Phase One Letters of Interest for the Homeowners Armed With Knowledge (HAWK) Pilot for New Homebuyers.

OMB Approval Number: 2502-New.

Type of Request: New collection.

Form Number: None.

Description of the need for the information and proposed use: The HAWK for New Homebuyers pilot (HAWK Pilot), announced in a separate Federal Register notice (79 FR 27896), will provide FHA insurance pricing incentives to first-time homebuyers who participate in a course of housing counseling and education. The notice Start Printed Page 43499also announced the process and criteria for selecting FHA-approved lenders and servicers and HUD-approved housing counseling agencies to participate in Phase One of the HAWK Pilot. Pending this approval, HUD requested that interested parties that meet the selection criteria notify HUD of their interest to participate in the pilot program. Parties must send their letters of interest to Attention: Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Housing Counseling, 451 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20410, or send electronically to with the subject line reading “HAWK Pilot Phase One” to be considered for participation in Phase One.

The information collected from interested FHA-approved lenders and servicers and HUD-approved housing counseling agencies will be used to select participants for Phase One of the HAWK for New Homebuyers pilot.

Respondents (i.e. affected public): HUD-approved housing counseling agencies and FHA- approved lenders.

Estimated Number of Responses: 40.

Frequency of Response: 40.

Average Hours per Response: Once.

Total Estimated Burdens: 20 hours.

Information collectionNumber of respondentsFrequency of responseResponses per annumBurden hour per responseAnnual burden hoursHourly cost per responseAnnual cost
Lenders and Servicers20once20120$29$580
Housing Counseling Agencies20once2012029580

B. Solicitation of Public Comment

This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected parties concerning the collection of information described in Section A on the following:

(1) 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) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information;

(3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

(4) Ways to 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.

HUD encourages interested parties to submit comments in response to these questions.

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Authority: Section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35.

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Dated: July 17, 2014.

Colette Pollard,

Department Reports Management Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2014-17459 Filed 7-24-14; 8:45 am]