Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request
In compliance with the requirement for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects (Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announce plans to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR), described below, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Prior to submitting the ICR to OMB, HRSA and ACF seek comments from the public regarding the burden estimate, below, or any other aspect of the ICR.
Request for Public Comment on the Proposed Adoption of Administration for Native Americans Program Policies and Procedures
Pursuant to Section 814 of 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, general statements of policy, and rules of agency procedure or practice that affect programs, projects, and activities authorized under the NAPA, and to give notice of the final adoption of such changes at least 30 days before the changes become effective. In accordance with notice requirements of NAPA, ANA herein describes its proposed interpretive rules, general statements of policy, and rules of agency procedure or practice as they relate to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) for the following programs: (1) Social and Economic Development Strategies (hereinafter referred to as SEDS), HHS-2014-ACF-ANA-NA-0776; (2) Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (hereinafter referred to as SEEDS), HHS-2014-ACF-ANA-NE-0779; (3) Native Language Preservation and Maintenance (hereinafter referred to as Language Preservation), HHS-2014-ACF-ANA-NL-0778; (4) Native Language Preservation and MaintenanceEsther Martinez Immersion (hereinafter referred to as LanguageEMI), HHS-2014-ACF-ANA-NA-0780; and (5) Environmental Regulatory Enhancement (hereinafter referred to as ERE), HHS-2014-ACF-ANA-NR-0777.
Renewal of the Advisory Committee on the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Evaluation
ACF and HRSA announce the renewal of the Advisory Committee on the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Evaluation to provide advice to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (``the Secretary'') on the design, plan, progress, and findings of the evaluation required under the Act.
Announcing the Award of Four Single-Source Expansion Supplement Grants Under the Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV), Tribal Early Learning Initiative Program
This announces the award of single-source program expansion supplement grants to the following Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) grantees to support their ongoing participation in the Tribal Early Learning Initiative, by the Office of Child Care, a program of the Administration for Children and Families.
Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority
Statement of organization, functions, and delegations of authority. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has reorganized the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE). This reorganization realigns the functions of the Office of Child Support Enforcement. It eliminates the Office of Automation and Program Operations and moves the functions to the Division of Federal Systems. It also eliminates the Division of Special Staffs and moves the functions to the Division of Program Innovation and the Division of Regional Operations. Additionally, it creates the Division of Regional Operations. There are several Division name changes that are as follows: The Division of Management Services to the Division of Business and Resource Management; the Division of Consumer Services to the Division of Customer Communications; the Division of Planning, Research and Evaluation to the Division of Performance and Statistical Analysis; the Division of Policy to the Division of Policy and Training; and the Division of State, Tribal and Local Assistance to the Division of Program Innovation.
Final Notice To Announce the Implementation of Required Electronic Submission of State or Tribal Plans, and Program and Financial Reporting Forms for Mandatory Grant Programs
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Administration (OA) is issuing final notice of the implementation of required electronic submission of State or Tribal plans, and program and financial reporting forms for mandatory grant programs to ACF's Online Data Collection system (OLDC). This notice includes responses to comments received under the initial notice published in the Federal Register (78 FR 38989-38891, June 28, 2013). Public comment on the proposed procedures closed on August 27, 2013. This notice also corrects the absence in the June 28 notice of a reference that required electronic application submission also applies to Tribal plans and reporting.
Tribal Consultation Meeting
Pursuant to the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, Public Law 110-134, notice is hereby given of two 1-day Tribal Consultation Sessions to be held between the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start leadership and the leadership of Tribal Governments operating Head Start (including Early Head Start) programs. The purpose of these Consultation Sessions is to discuss ways to better meet the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native children and their families, taking into consideration funding allocations, distribution formulas, and other issues affecting the delivery of Head Start services in their geographic locations [42 U.S.C. 9835, 640(l)(4)].
Announcement of the Award of Three Single-Source Program Expansion Supplement Grants to National Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Program Grantees
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) announces the award of expansion supplement grants to the following current grantees for a total of $350,000:
Announcement of the Award of 15 Single-Source Program Expansion Supplement Grants to Unaccompanied Alien Children's Shelter Care Grantees
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) announces the award of 15 single-source program expansion supplement grants to the following 12 current grantees, for a total of $1,420,955. Two grantees are receiving multiple supplement grants: BCFS Health and Human Services, San Antonio, TX$492,123 and $313,916 totaling $806,039; and International Education Services, Los Fresnos, TX$35,433, $15,486, and $76,698 totaling $127,617.
Announcement of the Award of a Single-Source Program Expansion Supplement Grant to Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants in Boston, MA
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) announces the award of a single-source program expansion supplement grant to Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants, Boston, MA, in the amount of $325,000 under the Wilson- Fish Program. The supplemental award will allow the grantee to provide refugee cash assistance (RCA) to arriving refugees and others who are also eligible for refugee benefits through the remainder of the current budget period. The expansion supplement award will enable the grantee to provide assistance to a higher number of clients than originally planned. RCA is provided to clients for up to 8 months upon arrival to the U.S. who are categorically ineligible to receive cash assistance through the State TANF program but otherwise meet the program's financial eligibility requirements.
Announcing the Award of a Single-Source Cooperative Agreement to the American Public Human Services Association for the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (AAICPC) in Washington, DC
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Children's Bureau (CB), Division of Capacity Building announces the award of a single-source cooperative agreement in the amount of $1,250,000 to the American Public Human Services Association for its affiliate the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (AAICPC), Washington, DC, for the development and implementation of an inter-jurisdictional electronic system to improve administrative efficiency in the interstate process of the ICPC. The ICPC ensures safe and suitable interstate placements for children in foster care. Award funds will support the development and implementation of a national inter-jurisdictional Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) electronic system to improve administrative efficiency in the interstate process via the ICPC. This pilot, ``Supporting Permanent Placement of Foster Care Children Through Electronic Records Exchange,'' implements real-time, on-line data exchange for States to share records and other information to support permanent placements of foster care children in homes across state lines. The Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (AAICPC) has identified current paper-based processes as causing excessive delays. Children may wait an unnecessarily long time for the paperwork for placement in a permanent home to be executed manually. The pilot will test whether an automated system reduces the time to process such cross-state exchanges to determine whether a placement is safe and suitable. The pilot evaluation will measure timeliness of communication, expeditious exchange of case documentation and similar immediate outcomes as well as utilization and adherence to streamlined ICPC processes. Additional questions, such as those related to the permanency of child placements and the associated savings, may be addressed if it is feasible to do so within the project period. Results, which will be included in a final public report, will inform further adoption of the system across states. The initial pilot will include at least 5 states and ultimately, beyond the pilot period, the system will be used by all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands (ICPC Compact Members). The system will serve and benefit children, families, the public, private and tribal child welfare agencies nationwide and other multidisciplinary groups that work in support of the and throughout the child placement continuum.