Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) (a)(2) Construction, Renovation, & Real Property Projects Prior Approval Request Form

ICR 202205-1840-002

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ICR Details
202205-1840-002
Received in OIRA
ED/OPE
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) (a)(2) Construction, Renovation, & Real Property Projects Prior Approval Request Form
New collection (Request for a new OMB Control Number)   No
Emergency 05/03/2022
05/03/2022
  Requested Previously Approved
6 Months From Approved
1,200 0
600 0
0 0

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 (Pub. L. 117-103) signed by the President on March 15, 2022, provides new flexibilities and requirements around using HEERF (a)(2) grant funds for construction, renovation, and real property projects as a result of Congress expanding the allowable uses of funds under the HEERF (a)(2) programs. This collection includes the required prior approval form that must be completed by eligible institutions seeking to use (a)(2) funds for this purpose.
If this emergency collection is not approved, the Department will be unable to process the prior approval requests institutions are required to submit to commence a construction, renovation or real property project in a timely manner. Due to the potential lengthened timeline associated with the construction, renovation, and real property projects, the Department has determined that it is necessary to obtain the required information from the institutions to use the (a)(2) funding stream for this purpose as required by Uniform Guidance. Without approval of the HEERF (a)(2) Prior Approval Request Form, institutions will be forced to delay the construction, renovation and real property projects which “prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.” Any delay in the submission of requests could jeopardize the timelines as institutions will not have sufficient time to complete the construction, renovation, and real property projects prior to Account Closing Regulation, which is September 30, 2028. This means all remaining funds unspent by institutions must be returned to the U.S. Department of Treasury.

PL: Pub.L. 107 - 103 530 Name of Law: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022
  
PL: Pub.L. 117 - 103 530 Name of Law: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022

Not associated with rulemaking

No

  Total Request Previously Approved Change Due to New Statute Change Due to Agency Discretion Change Due to Adjustment in Estimate Change Due to Potential Violation of the PRA
Annual Number of Responses 1,200 0 0 1,200 0 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 600 0 0 600 0 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Yes
Miscellaneous Actions
No
This is a new collection. Therefore, all burden is new.

No
    No
    No
No
No
No
Yes
Karen Epps 202 453-6337

  No

On behalf of this Federal agency, I certify that the collection of information encompassed by this request complies with 5 CFR 1320.9 and the related provisions of 5 CFR 1320.8(b)(3).
The following is a summary of the topics, regarding the proposed collection of information, that the certification covers:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    (i) Why the information is being collected;
    (ii) Use of information;
    (iii) Burden estimate;
    (iv) Nature of response (voluntary, required for a benefit, or mandatory);
    (v) Nature and extent of confidentiality; and
    (vi) Need to display currently valid OMB control number;
 
 
 
If you are unable to certify compliance with any of these provisions, identify the item by leaving the box unchecked and explain the reason in the Supporting Statement.
05/03/2022


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