1559-NEW Supporting Statement (Emergency Clearance) - CDFI Equitable Recovery Program 2022-06-01

1559-NEW Supporting Statement (Emergency Clearance) - CDFI Equitable Recovery Program 2022-06-01.docx

Community Development Financial Institutions Fund FY 2022 CDFI Equitable Recovery Program Application. 

OMB: 1559-0052

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Department of the Treasury

Information Collection Request – Supporting Statement


CDFI Equitable Recovery Program

OMB No. 1559-NEW


A. Justification


  1. Circumstances necessitating the collection of information


Justification for Emergency Processing:


The Community Development Financial Intuitions Fund (CDFI Fund) requests emergency processing for the CDFI Equitable Recovery Program (CDFI ERP) Application in order to open the funding round in June 2022 and make disbursements expeditiously to provide selected Certified Community Development Financial Intuitions (CDFIs) emergency support in response to the COVID–19 pandemic.


The CDFI Fund was established by the Riegle Community Development and Regulatory Improvement Act of 1994 (Riegle Act; P.L. 103-325), to expand economic opportunity for underserved people and communities by supporting the growth and capacity of a national network of community development lenders, investors, and financial service providers.


The CDFI Fund works to spur economic growth, job creation, and opportunity in our nation’s distressed and underserved communities by offering targeted resources and innovative programs to leverage federal dollars with private sector capital. The CDFI Fund supports mission-driven financial institutions that take a market-based approach to supporting economically underserved communities.


The CDFI Fund will provide awards of up to $15 million to Certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs)1 (1) to expand lending, grant making and investment activities in low- to moderate-income communities that have historically experienced significant unmet capital and financial services needs and were disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic; and (2) to enable CDFIs to build organizational capacity and acquire technology, staff, and other items necessary to accomplish the CDFI ERP objectives.


The CDFI ERP Program is a new program authorized by The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (Section 523 of Division N; Pub.L. 116-260, entitled Emergency Support for CDFIs and Communities Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic) (Authorizing Statute).


2. Method of collection and use of data

The CDFI Fund will collect data by means of an application. Applicants must complete and upload the application through a CDFI Fund-managed web-based application portal with the exception of Standard Form 424 (SF-424), which must be submitted through Grants.gov. The CDFI Fund uses the data collected to select eligible applicants that are the most highly qualified and to determine the applicable award amounts.

3. Use of Information Technology

The CDFI Fund only accepts electronic applications unless an applicant receives advance written permission from the CDFI Fund to submit in another format. All application materials must be submitted in the CDFI Fund-managed web-based portal except for the SF-424 which must be submitted in Grants.gov.


4. Efforts to identify duplication

The CDFI Fund will ensure that the CDFI ERP application does not request information that is available from other known sources.

5. Impact on small entities

This collection of information will minimally affect small entities. However, the CDFI Fund will attempt to minimize burden on small entities to the greatest extent practicable.


6. Consequences of less frequent collection and obstacles to burden reduction

To meet the Congressional directive to provide funding to selected award recipients, the CDFI Fund must receive the information requested in the application form in order to make funding decisions.


7. Circumstances requiring special information collection

There are no special circumstances that require the collection to be conducted in a manner inconsistent with OMB guidelines.

8. Solicitation of comments on information collection and justification for expedited processing pursuant to 5 C.F.R. § 1320.13

The CDFI Fund is requesting an emergency PRA review for the CDFI ERP Application in order to provide funding as quickly as possible due to the urgent problems the program is mandated to address. As such, public notice and comment is not possible.

9. Provision of payment to respondents

No payments or gifts are provided to respondents.

10. Assurance of confidentiality

Information collected will be kept confidential to the extent appropriate and consistent with the Freedom of Information Act and other applicable laws.


11. Justification of sensitive questions.

No questions of a sensitive nature are asked in this information collection. No personally identifiable information (PII) is collected.

12. Estimate of the hour burden of information collection.

The burden estimate is based on approximately 450 private sector applicants completing the Small Dollar Loan Application in 65 hours for a total of 29,250 hours. Only private sector (for-profit and non-profit) applicants can apply for the Small Dollar Loan Program. Therefore, the monetized burden hours estimate is based on private sector hourly rate costs.


Affected Public

# Respondents

# Responses Per Respondent

Total Annual Responses

Hours per Response

Total Hours

Time Value (per hour)

Monetized Burden Hours

CDFI ERP Application

450

1

450

65

29,250

$62.452

$1,826,662.50


13. Estimate of total annual cost burden to respondents

Per the table in Question 12, the average annual cost burden to respondents is $1,826,662.50. No purchase of equipment or services will need to be made by respondents for this information collection other than as required as a part of customary and usual business practices.

14. Estimate of annualized cost to the Government

The cost to the Government is the CDFI Fund staff and external reviewers required to review the submitted applications, maintain the electronic application system and collect follow-up information from applicants. It is not possible to accurately track expenses for the review process associated with this application. Staff at varying grades, both internal and external to the CDFI Fund, support application reviews at different levels throughout the application review period.

15. Any program changes or adjustments

This is a new program authorized by statute.

16. Plans for information tabulation and publication

Confidential or proprietary information collected through this information collection will not be published.

17. Reasons for not displaying expiration date of OMB approval

The CDFI Fund will display the expiration date of the OMB approval on the application form.

18. Explanation of exceptions to certification statement

There are no exceptions to the certification statement.

B. Collections of Information Employing Statistical Methods

This collection does not employ statistical methods.


1 Certified CDFI shall mean an entity that the CDFI Fund has officially notified that it meets all CDFI certification requirements.

2 The hourly rate is based on the national estimate for the median hourly wage for Financial Managers according the Bureau of Labor Statistics (https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes113031.htm)


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