The new HUD administration has been pretty quiet on the regulatory front, with only a handful of regulations and notices issued since January. That may change soon. HUD is hard at work identifying regulatory changes that might be made to comply with Executive Order (EO) 13771, “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.” The EO requires that two regulations be eliminated for each new regulation issued and that the overall costs of new regulations, including repealed regulations, this year be zero. In February 2017, the Office of Management and Budget issued guidance for implementing the EO, and now HUD seeks the public’s input into which regulations it could modify or eliminate. Recommendations are due June 14, 2017.
Over the years, a number of groups and agencies have submitted recommendations to HUD for regulatory reform, and this is a good time to reconsider those proposals. Since the request is for modifications to regulations, not statutes, recommendations should focus upon regulations and guidance that is not required by federal law. Areas Ballard Spahr has been thinking about recommending changes include:
- Better ways to implement prevailing wage rate requirements at mixed-use projects where the prevailing wages need not be paid for the full project;
- Streamlining of the demolition/disposition process for public housing;
- Modifications to site and neighborhood standards;
- Modification of the public housing asset management rules;
- Requirements for designation of public housing as elderly-only; and
- Thoughtful modifications to affirmatively furthering fair housing requirements.