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Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-27041
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-13
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Submission for OMB Review; Head Start Child and Family Experiences Survey (FACES) (OMB #0970-0151)
Document Number: 2018-26563
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-07
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).
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-26535
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-07
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-26508
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-06
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS) Evaluation (OMB#0970-0481)
Document Number: 2018-26450
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-06
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued grants to organizations to provide healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) services. Under a previously approved data collection activity (OMB#0970-0481), the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) within ACF is conducting the Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS) evaluation with five HMRE grantees. The purpose of STREAMS is to measure the effectiveness and quality of HMRE programs designed to strengthen intimate relationships. This data collection request is for an extension of previously approved data collection instruments and for two additional data collection instruments.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-26416
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-06
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Notice of Allotment Percentages to States for Child Welfare Services State Grants; CFDA Number: 93.645
Document Number: 2018-25932
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-29
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
As required by section 423(c) of the Social Security Act, the Department is publishing the allotment percentage for each State under the Title IV-B Subpart 1, Stephanie Tubbs Jones Child Welfare Services Program. Under section 423(a), the allotment percentages are one of the factors used in the computation of the Federal grants awarded under the Program.
Submission for OMB Review
Document Number: 2018-25512
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-28
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.
Statewide Data Indicators for Child and Family Services Reviews: Request for Public Comment
Document Number: 2018-25835
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-27
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
In October 2014, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) published a notice in the Federal Register (79 FR 61241) with the final plan to replace the statewide data indicators used to determine a state's substantial conformity with titles IV-B and IV-E of the Social Security Act through the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs). In May 2015, ACF published a notice in the Federal Register (80 FR 27263) to correct some of the calculations and language used in the October 2014 notice. After the May 2015 notice, additional technical errors in the syntax and formulation of the statewide data indicators were identified. Some of those errors were discovered by states and other interested parties that operationalized the indicators for continuous quality improvement. Based on the amount of time required to complete a comprehensive review of the syntax, make revisions and validate the accuracy of the calculations; the Children's Bureau (CB) decided to suspend use of the indicators in determinations of substantial conformity during the third round of CFSRs. In October 2016, CB published CFSR Technical Bulletin #9 to inform states of the decision to limit use of the CFSR statewide data indicators and national performance to context information for round three of CFSRs. Since then, CB has thoroughly reviewed, revised, tested, and obtained independent review and validation of the syntax used to perform data quality checks and calculate state performance on the statewide data indicators. Before CB finalizes the revised syntax, and publishes revised performance results for all states and revised national standards, we invite state child welfare agencies, partner organizations, and the public to review, test, and provide comments on the revised syntax used to perform data quality checks and calculate observed performance on the statewide data indicators.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-25548
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-23
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-25053
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-16
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-24997
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-16
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Office on Trafficking in Persons; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2018-24475
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-08
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 December 10, 2018. The purpose of the meeting is for the Committee to discuss its duties and information for a draft outline 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. The Committee members will remain in Washington, DC, on December 11, 2018, to conduct internal subcommittee meetings and a fact-finding site visit.
Data Exchange Standards for Improved Interoperability of Multiple Human Service Programs
Document Number: 2018-24459
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-08
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
A series of statutory changes \1\ in recent years require ACF to issue a regulation to establish standards for data exchange for the Social Security Act Title IV programs for child welfare and foster care (title IV-B and IV-E), child support (title IV-D), and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF, title IV-A). ACF is seeking public comment on the most effective approaches and technological tools to meet the statutory requirements, support program objectives, and expand the ability of these programs to use, share, and analyze data for improved outcomes.
Request for Public Comment on the Proposed Adoption of Administration for Native Americans Program Policies and Procedures
Document Number: 2018-24458
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-08
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Pursuant to the Native American Programs Act of 1974 (NAPA), as amended, the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) is required to provide members of the public an opportunity to comment on proposed changes in interpretive rules and general statements of policy and to give notice of the final adoption of such changes no less than 30 days before such changes become effective. In accordance with notice requirements of NAPA, ANA herein describes proposed interpretive rules and general statements of policy that relate to ANA's funding opportunities beginning in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. Changes to FY 2019 Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) will be based on the following previously published programs: Environmental Regulatory Enhancement (ERE), HHS-2018-ACF-ANA-NR-1344; Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance-Esther Martinez Immersion (EMI), HHS-2018-ACF-ANA-NB- 1343; Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance (P&M), HHS- 2018-ACF-ANA-NL-1342; Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS), HHS-2018-ACF-ANA-NA-1339; Social and Economic Development Strategies-Alaska (SEDS-AK), HHS-2018-ACF-ANA-NK-1340; and Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (ILEAD), HHS- 2018-ACF-ANA-NC-1341.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-24347
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-07
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-24259
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-06
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-23536
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-29
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-23225
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-24
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-23220
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-24
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-23200
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-24
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-22700
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-18
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
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.