Rural Housing Service.
Proposed collection; comments requested.
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Rural Housing Service's intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the program of the Agency's use of Supervised Bank Accounts (SBA).
Comments on this Notice must be received by February 22, 2021 to be assured of consideration.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Barbara Chism, Finance and Loan Analyst, Multi-Family Housing Asset Management Division, Policy and Budget Branch, STOP 0782-Room 1263S, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-0782. Telephone: (202) 690-1436.
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The OMB regulation (5 CFR 1320) implementing provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13) requires that interested members of the public and affected agencies have an opportunity to comment on information collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8(d)). This notice identifies an existing information collection that the Agency is submitting to OMB for extension. Comments are invited on: (a) 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; (b) the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other Start Printed Page 83511technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and, in the “Search” box, enter the Docket ID No. “RHS-20-MFH-0029” to submit or view public comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically. Information on using Regulations.gov, including instructions for accessing documents, submitting comments, and viewing the docket after the close of the comment period, is available through the site's “Help” button at the top of the page.
Title: 7 CFR 1902-A, Supervised Bank Accounts.
OMB Number: 0575-0158.
Expiration Date of Approval: February 28, 2021.
Type of Request: Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection.
Abstract: The Agency extends financial assistance to applicants that do not qualify for loans under commercial rates and terms. The Agency use SBAs as a mechanism to (1) ensure correct disbursement and expenditure of all funds designated for a project; (2) help a borrower properly manage its financial affairs; (3) ensure that the Government's security is protected adequately from fraud, waste and abuse. SBAs are mandatory for Multi-Family Housing (MFH) reserve accounts. The MFH funds must be kept in the SBA for the full term of a loan. Any funds withdrawn for disbursement for an authorized purpose require a countersignature from an Agency official. This regulation prescribes the policies and responsibilities for the use of SBAs. In carrying out the mission as a supervised credit Agency, this regulation authorizes the use of supervised accounts for the disbursement of funds. The use may be necessitated to disburse Government funds consistent with the various stages of any development (construction) work actually achieved. On limited occasions, a supervised account is used to provide temporary credit counseling and oversight of those being assisted who demonstrate an inability to handle their financial affairs responsibly. Another use is for depositing MFH reserve account funds in a manner requiring Agency co-signature for withdrawals. MFH reserve account funds are held in a reserve account for the future capital improvement needs for apartment properties. Supervised accounts are established to ensure Government security is adequately protected against fraud, waste and abuse. The legislative authority for requiring the use of supervised accounts is contained in section 510 of the Housing Act of 1949, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1480). These provisions authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to make such rules and regulations as deemed necessary to carry out the responsibilities and duties the Government is charged with administering.
Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this information collection is estimated to average .43 hours per response.
Respondents: Small Business.
Estimated Average Number of Respondents: 13,500.
Estimated Total Annual Responses: 54,292.
Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 4.02.
Estimated Total Number of Man Hours: 23,636.
Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Lynn Gilbert, Rural Development Innovation Center—Regulations Management Division, at (202) 690-2682.
All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record.
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Elizabeth Walker Green,
Acting Administrator, Rural Housing Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-28213 Filed 12-21-20; 8:45 am]
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