On Thursday, May 23, 2019, HUD issued a Federal Register notice regarding emergency approval of an information collection for the NSPIRE Demonstration. NSPIRE stands for the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate, a new physical inspection model developed by REAC. REAC will test NSPIRE through a multistage demonstration program to identify issues prior to a nationwide rollout by asking public housing agencies, owners and agents to participate through a voluntary application that will cover around 4500 properties. The Demonstration will start within certain geographical areas first.
Per the Notice, HUD is currently in development of a standardized electronic system and data exchange standards for NSPIRE. Once complete, which is expected shortly, HUD will distribute self-inspection software to participants to use at properties. Through the software, participants will be able to collect and submit data electronically. The type of data HUD will be seeking is (1) an annual self-inspection report or work order receipts, (2) a property profile, (3) copies of building system certificates, and (4) local code violations. HUD also expects participation in feedback sessions with the Department.
Comments are due June 6, 2019 and can be made to OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov. You can also email HUD at NSPIRE@hud.gov if you are interested in participating. Please check back here for updates on the Demonstration.