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 and general statements of policy, and to give notice of the proposed 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) 2016 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) Social and Economic Development Strategies- Alaska (hereinafter referred to as SEDS-AK) (HHS-2015-ACF- ANA-NK-0960); (3) Native Asset Building Initiative (hereinafter referred to as NABI) (HHS-2015-ACF-ANA-NO-0954); (4) Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (hereinafter referred to as SEEDS) (HHS-2014-ACF-ANA-NE-0779); (5) Native Language Preservation and Maintenance (hereinafter referred to as Language Preservation) (HHS-2014-ACF-ANA-NL-0778); (6) Native Language Preservation and MaintenanceEsther Martinez Immersion (hereinafter referred to as LanguageEMI) (HHS-2014-ACF-ANA-NB-0780); (7) Environmental Regulatory Enhancement (hereinafter referred to as ERE) (HHS-2014-ACF-ANA-NR- 0777); and new FOAs for FY2016(8) Native Language Community Coordination Demonstration Project (hereinafter referred to as NLCC) (HHS-2016-ACF-ANA-NS-1168); and (9) Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (hereinafter referred to as Native Youth I-LEAD) (HHS-2016-ACF-ANA-NC-1167) . This notice of public comment also provides additional information about ANA's plan for administering the programs.
Comprehensive Child Welfare Information System
The Administration for Children and Families reopens the comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking entitled, ``Comprehensive Child Welfare Information System.'' We take this action to respond to requests from the public for more time to submit comments. The notice of proposed rulemaking and our request for comments appeared in the Federal Register on August 11, 2015. We initially set October 13, 2015 as the deadline for the comment period. The Web site for submitting public comments, http:// www.regulations.gov, experienced technical difficulties and was unavailable for periods of time during the several days prior to this deadline and many commenters reported difficulty submitting their comments using this mechanism. To allow the public more time, we are reopening the comment period for an additional 7 days.
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 reorganization adds the Chief of Staff, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for External Affairs, and the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development positions to the Office of the Assistant Secretary. It also renames the Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development position to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development. It eliminates the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and External Affairs. The reorganization removes the Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response from within the Office of the Assistant Secretary and creates the Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response as a direct report to the Assistant Secretary. It renames the Office of Public Affairs to the Office of Communications. Lastly, it changes the reporting relationship of the Office of Regional Operations and the Office of Communications from the Assistant Secretary to a direct report to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for External Affairs. This notice amends Part K of the Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), as follows: Chapter K, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), as last amended in 77 FR 2325023260, April 18, 2012; Chapter KA, Office of the Assistant Secretary, as last amended in 80 FR 3326933270, June 11, 2015; Chapter KJ, Office of Regional Operations, as last amended in 71 FR 59117-59123, October 6, 2006; and Chapter KN, Office of Public Affairs, as last amended in 77 FR 61002-61003, October 5, 2012. I. Under Chapter K, Administration for Children and Families, delete K.00 Mission in its entirety and replace with the following:
Family Violence Prevention and Services Programs
The Administration for Children and Families proposes to revise regulations applying to the Family Violence Prevention and Services Programs. These proposed revisions would update existing rules to reflect statutory changes, would update procedures for soliciting and awarding grants, and would make other changes to increase clarity and reduce potential confusion over statutory and regulatory standards. The proposed revisions would codify standards already used by the program in the Funding Opportunity Announcements and awards, in technical assistance, in reporting requirements, and in sub-regulatory guidance.
Tribal Consultation Meetings
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 (HHS), Administration for Children and Families, OHS 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, Section 640(l)(4)].
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request
In compliance with Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has submitted an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. Comments submitted during the first public review of this ICR will be provided to OMB. OMB will accept further comments from the public during the review and approval period.
Announcement of the Award of a Single Source Emergency Grant to the Oglala Sioux Tribe in Pine Ridge, SD
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration for Native Americans (ANA) announces the award of a single source emergency grant in the amount of $400,000 to the Oglala Sioux Tribe to provide empowerment activities for youth in order to address the critically high levels of youth suicide on the reservation since December 2014.
Reallotment of Federal Fiscal Year 2014 Funds for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Notice is hereby given of a preliminary determination that funds from the Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are available for reallotment to states, territories, tribes, and tribal organizations that receive FY 2015 direct LIHEAP grants. No subgrantees or other entities may apply for these funds. Section 2607(b)(1) of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Act (the Act), (42 U.S.C. 8626(b)(1)) requires that, if the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) determines that, as of September 1 of any fiscal year, an amount in excess of 10 percent of the amount awarded to a grantee for that fiscal year (excluding Leveraging, REACH, and reallotted funds) will not be used by the grantee during that fiscal year, then the Secretary must notify the grantee and publish a notice in the Federal Register that such funds may be reallotted to LIHEAP grantees during the following fiscal year. If reallotted, the LIHEAP block grant allocation formula will be used to distribute the funds. No funds may be allotted to entities that are not direct LIHEAP grantees during FY 2015.
Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority
Statement of Organizations, Functions, and Delegations of Authority. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has realigned the Office of Legislative Affairs and Budget (OLAB). This realignment will permit the office to serve as the ACF liaison to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for OIG engagements relating to the management of ACF programs.
Head Start Performance Standards
This NPRM proposes to update Head Start program performance standards, last revised in 1998, to meet Congress's requirements and improve the quality of Head Start. In the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, Congress instructed the Office of Head Start to update its performance standards by regulation and ``ensure that any such revisions in the standards [do] not result in the elimination of or any reduction in quality, scope, or types of health, educational, parental involvement, nutritional, social, or other services.'' The proposed performance standards incorporate extensive consultation with experts and findings from scientific research, reflect best practices, lessons from program input and innovation, integrate recommendations from the Secretary's Advisory Committee Final Report on Head Start Research and Evaluation, and reflect this Administration's deep commitment to improving the school readiness of young children. The proposed program performance standards will improve the quality of services, reduce bureaucratic burden on programs, and improve regulatory clarity and transparency. They provide a clear road map for current and prospective grantees to provide high quality Head Start services and to strengthen the outcomes of the children and families they serve.