[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 56 (Thursday, March 25, 2021)]
[Pages 15954-15955]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-06171]



[Docket No. FR-7040-N-06; OMB Control No. 2577-0191]

60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Application for 
the Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program for Indian Tribes 
and Alaska Native Villages

AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian 
Housing, PIH, HUD.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In 
accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment 
from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. 
The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment.

DATES: Comments Due Date: May 24, 2021.

ADDRESSES: 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: Colette Pollard, Reports 
Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 
451 7th Street SW, Room 4176, Washington, DC 20410-5000; telephone 202-
402-3400 (this is not a toll-free number) or email at 
[email protected] for a copy of the proposed forms or other 
available information. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may 
access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay 
Service at (800) 877-8339.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dacia Rogers, Office of Policy, 
Programs and Legislative Initiatives, PIH, Department of Housing and 
Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, (Room 3178), Washington, DC 
20410; telephone 202-708-3000, extension 3374, (this is not a toll-free 
number). Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this 
number via TTY by calling the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. 
Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD is 
seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in 
Section A.

A. Overview of Information Collection

    Title of Information Collection: Indian Community Development Block 
Grant Information Collection.
    OMB Approval Number: 2577-0191.
    Type of Request: Extension of currently approved collection.

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    Form Number: HUD-4123, HUD-4125. SF-424, HUD-2880, HUD-2993, SF-
425, HUD-2516.
    Description of the need for the information and proposed use: Title 
I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 authorizes 
Indian Community Development Block Grants (ICDBG) and requires that 
grants be awarded annually on a competitive basis (or in the case of 
Imminent Threat grants, on an as-needed basis). The purpose of the 
ICDBG program is to develop viable Indian and Alaska Native communities 
by creating decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic 
opportunities primarily for low- and moderate-income persons. 
Consistent with this objective, not less than 70 percent of the 
expenditures are to benefit low- and moderate-income persons. Eligible 
applicants include Federally-recognized tribes, which includes Alaska 
Native communities, and tribally authorized tribal organizations. 
Eligible categories of funding include housing rehabilitation, land 
acquisition to support new housing, homeownership assistance, public 
facilities and improvements, economic development, and microenterprise 
programs. For a complete description of eligible activities, please 
refer to 24 CFR part 1003, subpart C.
    The ICDBG program regulations are at 24 CFR part 1003. The ICDBG 
program requires eligible applicants to submit information to enable 
HUD to select the best projects for funding during annual competitions. 
Additionally, the information submitted is essential for HUD in 
monitoring grants to ensure that grantees are complying with applicable 
statutes and regulations and implementing activities as approved.
    ICDBG applicants must submit a complete application package which 
includes an Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424), Applicant/
Recipient Disclosure/Update Report (HUD-2880), Cost Summary (HUD-4123), 
and Implementation Schedule (HUD-4125). If the applicant has a waiver 
of the electronic submission requirement and is submitting a paper 
application, an Acknowledgement of Application Receipt (HUD-2993) must 
also be submitted. If the applicant is a tribal organization, a 
resolution from the tribe stating that the tribal organization is 
submitting an application on behalf of the tribe must also be included 
in the application package.
    ICDBG recipients are required to submit a quarterly Federal 
Financial Report (SF-425) that describes the use of grant funds drawn 
from the recipient's line of credit. The reports are used to monitor 
cash transfers to the recipients and obtain expenditure data from the 
recipients. (2 CFR 200.328)
    The regulations at 24 CFR part 200 require that grantees and sub-
grantees take all necessary affirmative steps to assure that minority 
businesses, women's business enterprises, and labor surplus area firms 
are used when possible. Consistent with these regulations, 24 CFR 
1003.506(b) requires that ICDBG grantees report on these activities on 
an annual basis, with Contract and Subcontract Activity Report being 
due to HUD on October 10 of each year (HUD-2516).
    The regulations at 24 CFR 1003.506(a) instruct recipients to submit 
to HUD an Annual Status and Evaluation Report (ASER) that describes the 
progress made in completing approved activities with a listing of work 
to be completed; a breakdown of funds expended; and when the project is 
completed, a program evaluation expressing the effectiveness of the 
project in meeting community development needs. The ASER is due by 
November 15 each year and at grant closeout.
    The information collected will allow HUD to accurately audit the 
    Respondents: Federally recognized Native American Tribes, Alaska 
Native communities and corporations, and tribal organizations.

                                         Estimated Number of Respondents, Responses, and Burden Hours Per Annum
                                                                                                  Estimate        Estimate
               Type of submission                    Number of     Frequency of      Total      average time    annual burden    Hourly    Total annual
                                                    respondents     submissions    responses       (hours)         (hours)       rate *        cost
Grant Application (Includes SF-424, HUD-2880,                240               1          240              30           7,200     $19.23        $138,456
 HUD-2993, HUD-4123, HUD-4125)..................
Federal Financial Report (SF-425)...............              75               4          300             0.5             150      19.23           2,885
Contract and Subcontract Activity Report (HUD-                75               1           75               1              75      19.23           1,442
Annual Status and Evaluation Report (ASER)......              75            1.25           94               4             375      19.23           7,211
    Total.......................................             240  ..............          709  ..............           7,800  .........         149,994

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 comment in response to 
these questions.

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

    Dated: March 12, 2021.
Merrie Nichols-Dixon,
Director, Office of Policy, Programs and Legislative Initiatives.
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