Reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program
This interim final rule implements the statutory changes enacted in the reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. This legislation reauthorizes the TANF program through fiscal year (FY) 2010 with a renewed focus on work, program integrity and strengthening families through healthy marriage promotion and responsible fatherhood. The interim final rule addresses the work and program integrity changes of the new law.
Agency Recordkeeping/Reporting Requirement Under Emergency Review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB); Retraction
The Administration for Children and Families published a notice in the Federal Register on June 6, 2006, requesting comments on reporting requirements contained in the Interim Final Rule for the Reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program. As the subject rule has not yet been published, the Administration for Children and Families is retracting the notice.
Administration for Native Americans
The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) herein announces a Program Expansion Supplement to the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, Red Lake, Minnesota. This supplement for $136,400 will extend funding for 11 youth volunteers through the second year of the project. In FY 2005, ANA provided an urgent grant award to the Tribe to assist in mitigating the effects of the tragic events of the school shooting in March 2005 that resulted in the death of students, faculty and staff. The shooting marked the highest death toll in U.S. school shootings since the Columbine High School massacre in April 1999. Due to the devastation created by the high school shooting, ANA is providing urgent financial assistance for minor renovations to the local community centers to support positive community development; funding to hire 11 volunteers to assist youth and members of the community in coping with this event; and building support systems, which will aid in preventing future tragedies.
The Data Measures, Data Composites, and National Standards To Be Used in the Child and Family Services Reviews
On November 7, 2005, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) published a notice in the Federal Register soliciting comment regarding its proposal to replace the six data measures used as part of the assessment of State performance on the Federal Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) with six data composites (70 FR 67479). Based on the results of our data analyses and a review of comments from the field, ACF made the following decisions: The CFSR will use a State's performance on two individual data measures as part of the assessment of the State's substantial conformity with CFSR Safety Outcome 1Children are, first and foremost, protected from abuse and neglect. A national standard is established for each of these measures. The CFSR will use a State's performance on four data composites as part of the assessment of the State's substantial conformity with CFSR Permanency Outcome 1Children have permanency and stability in their living situations. A national standard is established for each of these data composites. This announcement presents the following information: The decisions made by the Children's Bureau regarding use of data composites for the Federal Child and Family Services Review (CFSR); The composites and additional data that will be used as part of the assessment of a State's substantial conformity with the CFSR requirements; and Descriptive statistics relevant to each composite and measure, including the score that will serve as the national standard for the second round of the CFSR. Where relevant, the announcement addresses key comments from the field in response to the Federal Register notice. The announcement also includes the following attachments: Attachment A: Data to be included in the CFSR State Data Profile. Attachment B: Methodology for Composite Construction.