Head Start Service Duration Requirements
The Office of Head Start currently requires Head Start programs to operate 100-percent of their preschool center-based slots for 1,020 annual hours by August 1, 2021, which would substantially increase the minimum amount of time preschool children must receive Head Start services. We believe the approach to require all center- based programs to increase their hours of operation was too prescriptive and will reduce grant recipients' flexibility to meet the needs of the communities they serve. It would be costly for grantees to meet the increased service-duration requirement and would likely result in a reduction in the number of children served by Head Start. For these reasons, we propose to remove the 100-percent service duration requirement from the HSPPS. We also propose technical changes to our Program Structure regulations.
Proposed Information Collection Activity; National Directory of New Hires
The Office of Child Support Enforcement, Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is requesting a three-year extension of the National Directory of New Hires (OMB #0970-0166, expiration 7/31/2019). The NDNH Guide for Data Submission/Record Specifications and the Multistate Employer Registration form underwent minor revisions.
Proposed Information Collection Activity; National Medical Support Notice-Part A (OMB #0970-0222)
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is requesting a three year extension of the form National Medical Support Notice (NMSN) Part A (OMB #0970-0222 expiration 8/31/2019). The following changes were made to the form: A checkbox was added to distinguish between the National Medical Support Order/Notice (NMSN) and the a Termination Order/Notice. The following instruction was added under the Employer Responsibilities: 3. If the Termination Order/Notice checkbox is checked, you are required to terminate the health care coverage for the child(ren) identified in the order.
Office on Trafficking in Persons; Notice of Charter Renewal and Meeting
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 the charter for the of the National Advisory Committee on the Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States (Committee) was renewed on January 18, 2019. The renewal is available at https:// www.acf.hhs.gov/otip/resource/2019naccharter. Notice is also given that a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on the Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States (Committee) will be held on May 28, 2019. The purpose of the meeting is for the Committee to discuss its work on its interim 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. The members will remain in Phoenix on May 29 to conduct subcommittee meetings and a fact finding site visit.