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(2) the term "establishment" means the Department of Agriculture, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, the Interior, Labor, or Transportation or the Community Service Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the General Services Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Small Business Administration, or the Veterans' Administration, as the case may be;
(3) the term "Inspector General" means the Inspector General of an establishment;
(4) the term "Office" means the Office of Inspector General of an establishment; and
(5) the term "Federal agency" means an agency as defined in section 552(e) of title 5 (including an establishment as defined in paragraph (2)), United States Code, but shall not be construed to include the General Accounting Office.
SEC. 12. The provisions of this Act and the amendments made by this Act shall take effect October 1, 1978. Approved October 12, 1978.
SPECIAL ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR COOPERATIVE
EXCERPTS FROM HOUSING AMENDMENTS OF 1955
[Public Law 345, 84th Cong.; 69 Stat. 636; 12 U.S.C. 1715e]
(h) In the performance of, and with respect to, the functions powers, and duties vested in him by section 213 of the National Housing Act, section 221(d)(3), section 235, section 236, section 241, section 243, section 246, and section 203(n) of the National Housing Act, and section 101 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965 or section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (insofar as the provisions of such sections relate to cooperative housing), the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, notwithstanding the provisions of any other law, shall appoint a Special Assistant for Cooperative Housing, and provide the Special Assistant with adequate staff, whose sole responsibility will be to expedite operations under such sections and to eliminate obstacles to the full utilization of such sections under the direction and supervision of the Commissioner and Assistant Secretary for Housing Management. The person so appointed shall be fully sympathetic with the purposes of such sections.
Approved August 11, 1955.
EXCERPTS FROM HOUSING ACT OF 1954
[Public Law 560, 83d Congress; 68 Stat. 590, 642; 12 U.S.C. 17010]
SEC. 802.1 (a) The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development shall, as soon as practicable during each calendar year, make a report to the President for submission to the Congress on all operations and programs (including but not limited to the insurance, urban renewal, public housing, and rent supplement programs) under the jurisdiction of the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the previous calendar year. Such report shall contain recommendations for strengthening or improving such programs, or, when necessary to implement more effectively Congressional policies and purposes, for establishing new or alternative programs.
REPORT TO CONGRESS OF INFORMATION ON HOUSING
SEC. 817. The annual report made by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to the President for submission to the Congress on all operations provided for by section 802 hereof shall contain pertinent information with respect to all projects for which any loan, contribution, or grant has been made by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, including the amount of loans, contributions and grants contracted for.
Approved August 2, 1954.
1 No section heading in original.
See also secton 8 of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Act.
EXCERPT FROM HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 1968
[Public Law 90-448; 82 Stat. 476; 12 U.S.C. 1701u et seq.]
IMPROVED ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN IN GOVERNMENT HOUSING
SEC. 4. The Congress finds that Federal aids to housing have not contributed fully to improvement in architectural standards. This objective has been contemplated in Federal housing legislation since the establishment of mortgage insurance through the Federal Housing Administration.
The Congress commends the Department of Housing and Urban Development for its recent efforts to improve architectural standards through competitive design awards and in other ways but at the same time recognizes that this important objective requires high priority if Federal aid is to make its full communitywide contribution toward improving our urban environment.
The Congress further finds that even within the necessary budget limitations on housing for low and moderate income families architectural design could be improved not only to make the housing more attractive, but to make it better suited to the needs of occupants.
The Congress declares that in the administration of housing programs which assist in the provision of housing for low and moderate income families, emphasis should be given to encouraging good design as an essential component of such housing and to developing housing which will be of such quality as to reflect its important relationship to the architectural standards of the neighborhood and community in which it is situated, consistent with prudent budgeting.
Approved August 1, 1968, 11:52 a.m.
EXCERPTS FROM HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
[Public Law 95-557; 92 Stat. 2126; 42 U.S.C. 3540]
SEC. 905. (a) The Congress finds and declares
(1) that various departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the Federal Government with responsibilities involving housing and housing finance programs, require, approve, use or otherwise employ a variety of different forms as residential mortgages (or deeds of trust or similar security instruments) as notes secured by those mortgages, and for applications, appraisals and other purposes, and that such duplication of forms constitute a paperwork burden that adds to the costs imposed on the Nation's homeowners and home buyers;
(2) that unnecessary paperwork impairs the effectiveness of Federal housing and housing finance programs;
(3) that both single-family and multi-family programs are affected; and
(4) that simplification of paperwork imposed by Federal housing and housing finance programs would contribute to achieving the Nation's housing goals by reducing housing costs.
(b)(1) Not later than October 1, 1980, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs shall, consistent with provisions of law governing the conduct of housing programs, employ in their respective programs
(A) uniform single-family and multi-family note and mortgage form:
(B) a uniform application form for mortgage approval and commitment for mortgage insurance;
(C) a uniform form for computation of the monthly net effective income of applicants;
(D) a uniform property appraisal form;
(E) a uniform settlement statement which shall satisfy the requirements of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974; and
(F) such other consolidated or simplified forms particularly those which solicit identical or nearly identical information from the same persons in the conduct of two or more such programs, the consolidation or simplification of which the Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development and Agriculture and the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs mutually agree would contribute to a reduction in the paperwork and regulatory burden of such programs.
(2) The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs shall, consistent with provisions of law governing their respective programs, provide by regulation for the elimination of forms which solicit information which is already available for other available sources through indexing or other means of identifying such forms.