Notice H 2011-01 was issued on January 5, 2011, providing the regulatory reporting requirements and guidance for legal entities receiving federal assistance. Rental assistance payments made under Project-Based Section 8 or Section 202 or 811 Project Rental Assistance Contracts are covered under these requirements. The Department will issue a Housing Notice shortly clarifying that this requirement also applies to RAP and Rent Supplement contracts. Owners were required by Notice H 2011-01 to have obtained a DUNS number and have an active, valid registration in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) within 60 days of the publication date of the Notice and submit Attachment A , DUNS Number and CCR Registration Certification to their local HUD office to verify compliance. The Notice further clarified that an Owner’s failure to obtain a DUNS number and CCR registration within the timeframe allotted may result in the suspension of housing assistance payments or rental assistance payments.
HUD HQs ran a listing of DUNS numbers received in response to the Notice against an extract received from CCR to ensure compliance. There are still Owners who have failed to obtain a DUNS Number and to Register in the CCR system. In order to continue to receive housing assistance payments or rental assistance payments, Owners are reminded that they must comply with the requirements of Notice H 2011-01.
Finally, CCR requires Owners to recertify annually, and Notice H 2011-01 requires Owners to maintain their CCR registration. Please note that the Department will be implementing a new Funding System in May 2012 (information provided soon). As a result, Owners who are not in compliance with the requirements of this Notice by April 23, 2012, risk suspension of their housing assistance or rental assistance payments.
Thank you for your cooperation in complying with these requirements. Your prompt attention to this matter is requested in order to prevent any disruption of payments under housing or rental assistance contracts.
Questions regarding the Notice should be directed to Theresa Fields, Housing Project Manager, Office of Housing Assistance Contract Administration Oversight for Multifamily Housing Programs. Ms. Fields’ telephone number is (202) 402-2703.