Notice of Proposed Information Collection for Public Comment; Allocation of Operating Subsidies Under the Operating Fund Formula: Data Collection

Summary:

The proposed 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 5, 2007.

Addresses:

Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name/or OMB Control number and should be sent to: Aneita Waites, Reports Liaison Officer, Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, SW., Room 4116, Washington, DC 20410-5000.

For further information contact:

Aneita Waites, (202) 708-0713, extension 4114, for copies of the proposed forms and other available documents. (This is not a toll-free number.)

Supplementary information:

The Department will submit the proposed 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 proposed collection of information to: (1) Evaluate 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) evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed 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 through 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: Allocation of Operating Subsidies Under the Operating Fund Formula: Data Collection.

OMB Control Number:2577-0029.

Description of the need for the information and proposed use: Section 9(f) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 establishes an Operating Fund for the purpose of making assistance available to public housing agencies (PHAs) which assistance is determined using a formula approach under the Operating Fund Program. PHAs compute their operating subsidy eligibility by completing the following HUD prescribed forms, as applicable, each fiscal year: Calculation of Utilities Expense Level (HUD-52722); Operating Fund Calculation of Operating Subsidy (HUD-52723); and Calculation of Subsidies for Operations: Non-Rental Housing (HUD-53087). HUD uses the information on these forms to determine the operating subsidy obligation and proration level for each PHA. The three forms listed in this collection will be automated in the Subsidy and Grant Information System (SAGIS) that is under development and will be operational in April 2007. The automation of these forms will provide more accurate and timely information reporting by PHAs.

Agency form number: HUD-52722, HUD-52723, and HUD-53087.

Members of affected public: Public Housing Agencies.

Estimation of the total number of hours needed to prepare the information collection including number of respondents: 7,807 asset management property respondents annually with 1 response per respondent for forms HUD-52722 and HUD-52723 for a total of 11,710.5 responses; and 1 response per 17 respondents for form HUD-53087 for a total of 17 responses. Average time per response for each form is .75 hours and total annual burden hours are 11,723.25.

Status of the proposed information collection: Revision of currently approved collection to include automated forms.

Authority: Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended.

Dated: November 29, 2006. Bessy Kong,

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy, Program and Legislative Initiative, PIH.

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