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Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-22461
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-16
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Proposed Information Collection Activity
Document Number: 2018-22441
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-16
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeks to continue data collection for the Annual Survey of Refugees with minor updates to improve survey administration procedures. The Annual Survey of Refugees is a yearly sample survey of refugees entering the U.S. in the previous five fiscal years. No changes to the survey instrument or estimated response burden are proposed. Data from the Annual Survey of Refugees are used to meet the Office of Refugee Resettlement's Congressional reporting requirements, as set forth in the Refugee Act of 1980 (Section 413(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act). The ACF Office of Refugee Resettlement makes aggregated survey findings available to the general public and uses findings for the purposes of program planning, policy-making, and budgeting. Respondents: The Annual Survey of Refugees secures a nationally- representative sample of refugee households arriving in the United States in the previous five fiscal years.
Children's Bureau; Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-22020
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-10
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-21766
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-09
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Announcement of Intent To Issue an OPDIV-Initiated Supplement to BCFS Health and Human Services Under the Standing Funding Opportunity Announcement Number HHS-2017-ACF-ORR-ZU-1132, Residential (Shelter) Services for Unaccompanied Children
Document Number: 2018-21454
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-03
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement, announces the intent to issue an OPDIV-Initiated Supplement to BCFS Health and Human Services, San Antonio, TX, in the amount of up to $6,500,000. ORR has been identifying additional capacity to provide shelter for potential increases in apprehensions of Unaccompanied Children at the U.S. Southern Border. Planning for increased shelter capacity is a prudent step to ensure that ORR is able to meet its responsibility, by law, to provide shelter for Unaccompanied Alien Children referred to its care by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). To ensure sufficient capacity to provide shelter to unaccompanied children referred to HHS, BCFS proposed to the continuation of services to ORR with 222 variance licensed beds.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-21226
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-01
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Head Start Program
Document Number: 2018-20848
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-26
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
The Office of Head Start will further delay the compliance date for programs to meet background checks requirements and participate in their state or local Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). The Department delayed the compliance dates for these standards through a previous document in the Federal Register. Since then, we have learned programs could benefit from more time as they work to align with state systems to meet these federal standards.
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-20594
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-21
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Announcement of Intent To Issue an OPDIV-Initiated Supplement Under the Standing Announcement for Residential (Shelter) Services for Unaccompanied Children, HHS-2017-ACF-ORR-ZU-1132
Document Number: 2018-20295
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-18
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement, announces the intent to issue an OPDIV-Initiated Supplement in multiple installments to BCFS Health and Human Services, San Antonio, TX. The aggregate total of the multiple installments will not exceed $367,860,381. The first two installments will be issued prior to September 30, 2018. The remaining installments will be issued after September 30, 2018 on to be determined dates. ORR has been identifying additional capacity to provide shelter for potential increases in apprehensions of Unaccompanied Children at the U.S. Southern Border. Planning for increased shelter capacity is a prudent step to ensure that ORR is able to meet its responsibility, by law, to provide shelter for Unaccompanied Alien Children referred to its care by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). To ensure sufficient capacity to provide shelter to unaccompanied children referred to HHS, BCFS proposed to provide ORR with 3,800 beds in an expedited manner.
Proposed Information Collection Activity
Document Number: 2018-20223
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-18
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is proposing an additional data collection activity as part of the Evaluation of Employment Coaching for TANF and Related Populations. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs approved this information collection in March 2018 (0970-0506). ACF is proposing a second follow-up survey conducted as part of the evaluation. This study will provide an opportunity to learn more about the potential of coaching to help clients achieve self-sufficiency and other desired employment-related outcomes. It will take place over five years in the following employment programs: MyGoals for Employment Success in Baltimore, MyGoals for Employment Success in Houston, Family Development and Self-Sufficiency program in Iowa, LIFT in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles; Work Success in Utah; and Goal4 It! in Jefferson County, Colorado. Together, these programs will include Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) agencies and other public or private employment programs that serve low-income individuals. Each site will have a robust coaching component and the capacity to conduct a rigorous impact evaluation. This study will provide information on whether coaching helps people obtain and retain jobs, advance in their careers, move toward self-sufficiency, and improve their overall well-being. To meet these objectives, this study includes an impact and implementation study, as approved by OMB. This submission builds on the existing impact study, which randomly assigned participants to either a ``program group,'' who were paired with a coach, or to a ``control group,'' who were not paired with a coach. The effectiveness of the coaching will be determined by differences between members of the program and control groups in outcomes such as obtaining and retaining employment, earnings, measures of self-sufficiency, and measures of self-regulation. The proposed information collection activity is a second follow-up survey, which will be available to participants approximately 21 months after random assignment. The second follow-up survey will provide rigorous evidence on whether the coaching interventions are effective, for whom, and under what circumstances. Respondents: Individuals enrolled in the Evaluation of Employment Coaching for TANF and Related Populations. All participants will be able to opt out of participating in the data collection activities.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-20087
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-17
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Data Innovations (TDI) Project (New Collection)
Document Number: 2018-20085
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-17
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposes to collect information as part of the TANF Data Innovations (TDI) project. TDI is an investment to expand the integration, analysis, and use of TANF data to improve program administration, payment integrity, and outcomes for participants. TDI will start by assessing the needs and readiness of TANF agencies across the country to set up and operate data systems to support program improvement. A key goal of the needs assessment is to help categorize states' readiness to effectively use data and produce evidence. Informed by this assessment and discussions with key stakeholders, TDI will support a broad learning collaborative of state agencies and other entities related to the TANF program, including a range of Technical Assistance (TA) options to help states improve their use of TANF and other program data. This information collection request will consist of a needs assessment survey to be completed by state TANF agency administrators and staff to gather detailed information about their capacities and needs. These data will help HHS to better understand the challenges and barriers states face in using data and research to inform program decision-making, and they will help the TDI team design future technical assistance activities for TANF agencies to address states' challenges. Respondents: State TANF Administrators and TANF agency staff. We expect four respondents per state or territory.
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Descriptive Study of the Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program (New Collection)
Document Number: 2018-20068
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-17
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is proposing data collection activities as part of a project to better understand the range of child welfare services and benefits provided through the Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URM) Program.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-19709
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-11
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-19561
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-10
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-19170
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-05
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-19133
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-05
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-18760
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-29
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-18495
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-27
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-18351
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-24
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Proposed Information Collection Activity
Document Number: 2018-18333
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-24
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is proposing to collect data for a new round of the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES).
Announcement of Intent To Solicit and Issue One OPDIV-Initiated Supplement to Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Inc. Under the Standing Announcement for Residential (Shelter) Services for Unaccompanied Children, HHS-2017-ACF-ORR-ZU-1132
Document Number: 2018-18230
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-23
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
ACF, ORR announces the solicitation and intent to issue one OPDIV-Initiated Supplement to Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Inc., Baltimore, MD in an amount not to exceed $1,000,000. ORR has been identifying additional capacity for fingerprinting services for an expected increase in the number of sponsors (parents, guardians, or family friends to whom the UAC will be released) who will need to be fingerprinted. Planning for increased fingerprinting capacity is a prudent step to ensure that ORR is able to meet its responsibility, by law, to ensure that the sponsor has not engaged in any activity that would indicate a potential risk to the UAC.
Announcement of Intent To Issue one OPDIV-Initiated Supplement to BCFS Health and Human Services Under the Standing Announcement for Residential (Shelter) Services for Unaccompanied Children, HHS-2017-ACF-ORR-ZU-1132
Document Number: 2018-18152
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-22
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
ACF, ORR, announces the intent to issue one OPDIV-Initiated Supplement to BCFS Health and Human Services, San Antonio, TX in the amount of $28,003,926. ORR has been identifying additional capacity to provide shelter for potential increases in apprehensions of Unaccompanied Children at the U.S. Southern Border. Planning for increased shelter capacity is a prudent step to ensure that ORR is able to meet its responsibility, by law, to provide shelter for Unaccompanied Alien Children referred to its care by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). To ensure sufficient capacity to provide shelter to unaccompanied children referred to HHS, BCFS proposed to provide ORR with 850 beds in an expedited manner.
Administration for Native Americans; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2018-18113
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-22
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
The Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will host a Tribal Consultation to consult on ACF programs and tribal priorities.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-17993
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-21
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-17973
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-21
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System
Document Number: 2018-17947
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-08-21
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
The Children's Bureau will delay the compliance and effective dates in the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) 2016 final rule for title IV-E agencies to comply with agency rules for an additional one fiscal year. We are delaying the effective date due to our advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM), published on March 15, 2018, seeking public comment on suggestions for streamlining the AFCARS data elements and removing any undue burden related to reporting AFCARS data.
Office on Trafficking in Persons; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2018-17891
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-20
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, that a meeting of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) on the Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States (Committee) will be held on September 13-14, 2018. The purpose of the meeting is for the Committee to discuss its duties and information for a draft report on recommended best practices for states to follow in combating the sex trafficking of children and youth based on multidisciplinary research and promising, evidence-based models and programs.
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-17777
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-17
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-17768
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-17
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority
Document Number: 2018-17575
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-15
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Statement of Organizations, Functions, and Delegations of Authority The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has realigned the Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response (OHSEPR). OHSEPR will be a direct report to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for External Affairs. ACF will transfer the U.S. Repatriation Program from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to OHSEPR. The OHSEPR mission statement has been revised to include the Repatriation Program and responsibility for business continuity planning. It renames the Division of Disaster Case Management to the Division of Response and Recovery Operations and the Division of Emergency Planning, Policy and Operations to the Division of Emergency Policy and Planning. Lastly, it changes the reporting relationship of the Office of Communications from a direct report to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for External Affairs to a direct report to the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-17563
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-15
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-17560
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-15
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Announcement of Intent To Issue One OPDIV-Initiated Supplement to BCFS Health and Human Services Under the Standing Announcement for Residential (Shelter) Services for Unaccompanied Children, HHS-2017-ACF-ORR-ZU-1132
Document Number: 2018-17558
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-15
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
ACF, ORR, announces the intent to issue one OPDIV-Initiated Supplement to BCFS Health and Human Services, San Antonio, TX in the amount of up to $19,011,218. ORR has been identifying additional capacity to provide shelter for potential increases in apprehensions of Unaccompanied Children at the U.S. Southern Border. Planning for increased shelter capacity is a prudent step to ensure that ORR is able to meet its responsibility, by law, to provide shelter for Unaccompanied Alien Children referred to its care by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). To ensure sufficient capacity to provide shelter to unaccompanied children referred to HHS, BCFS proposed to provide ORR with 700 beds in an expedited manner.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-17152
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-10
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-17121
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-10
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Notice for Proposed Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards
Document Number: 2018-16380
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-01
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) directs the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to identify ``reputable model licensing standards with respect to the licensing of foster family homes. In response to this directive, the Children's Bureau (CB) solicits comments on the proposed National Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-15987
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-30
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-15830
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-25
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-15537
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-20
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Evaluation of the Transitional Living Program (TLP)-Extension
Document Number: 2018-15307
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-18
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-15149
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-16
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Submission for OMB Review: Updates to Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2018-14793
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-11
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is proposing an increase in the number of sites for data collection activities to be conducted as part of the Evaluation of Employment Coaching for TANF and Other Low-Income Populations. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs approved this information collection in March 2018 (0970-0506). As approved, we planned to include three employment programs. We have since identified three additional employment programs to include in the study. This Notice provides the opportunity for public comment on the addition of three sites. This study will provide an opportunity to learn more about the potential of coaching to help clients achieve self-sufficiency and other desired employment-related outcomes. The programs included in the study are Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) agencies and other public or private employment programs that serve low-income individuals. Selected sites include a robust coaching component and have the capacity to conduct a rigorous impact evaluation, among other criteria. This study will provide information on whether coaching helps people obtain and retain jobs, advance in their careers, move toward self-sufficiency, and improve their overall well-being. To meet these objectives, this study includes an impact and implementation study. The impact study involves participants being randomly assigned to either a ``program group,'' who will be paired with a coach, or to a ``control group,'' who will not be paired with a coach. The effectiveness of the coaching will be determined by differences between members of the program and control groups in outcomes such as obtaining and retaining employment, earnings, measures of self-sufficiency, and measures of self-regulation. The implementation study will document coaching practices, describe lessons learned from implementing coaching, and enhance interpretation of the impact study findings. The proposed information collection activities have not changed since OMB/OIRA approval. The only change to this information collection is to add three additional sites. Respondents: Program staff and individuals enrolled in the Evaluation of Employment Coaching for TANF and Other Low-Income Populations. Program staff may include coaches, case managers, workshop instructors, job developers, supervisors, and managers. All participants will be able to opt out of participating in the data collection activities.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-14792
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-11
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Child Care Development Fund (CCDF)-Reporting Improper Payments-Instructions for States
Document Number: 2018-14705
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-10
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-14486
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-06
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Proposed Information Collection Activity
Document Number: 2018-14037
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-06-29
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-13998
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-06-29
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Agency Recordkeeping/Reporting Requirements Under Emergency Review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
Document Number: 2018-13604
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-06-26
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Notice; Children's Bureau Proposed Research Priorities for Fiscal Years 2018-2020
Document Number: 2018-13526
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-06-25
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
The Children's Bureau (CB) within the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) announces the proposed priorities for research on the causes, prevention, assessment, identification, treatment, cultural and socio-economic distinctions, and the consequences of child abuse and neglect, and solicits comments regarding the prioritization.