In the May 16 Federal Register, HUD released for public comment its proposal for conducting an evaluation of the ROSS Service Coordinator program.
To date, there has been no HUD-funded evaluation of this program. A Government Accountability Office (GAO) study across several HUD self-sufficiency programs published in 2013 found that the ROSS-SC program lacked enough quality data on participation and outcomes ‘‘to determine whether it was meeting goals of the effective and efficient use of resources’’ in improving resident self-sufficiency and independence. As it relates to the ROSS-SC program, they recommended improving the data reporting process and developing a strategy for regularly analyzing ROSS-SC participation and outcome data.
The public comment period ends on July 17, 2017, and the Notice seeks public input as to:
Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility
The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information
Ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected
Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.
The Federal Register Notice, with instructions as to how to submit comments, can be found here.