Tribal Consultation Meetings
Pursuant to the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, notice is hereby given of six 1-day Tribal Consultation Sessions to be held between the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Head Start (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.
Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System
ACF is seeking public suggestions, in particular from state and tribal title IV-E agencies and Indian tribes and tribal consortiums and other stakeholders, for streamlining the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data elements and removing any undue burden related to reporting AFCARS.
Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System
The Children's Bureau proposes to 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 two fiscal years. We propose to delay the compliance and effective dates at the same time we seek public comment through an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, on suggestions to streamline the AFCARS data elements and remove any undue burden related to reporting AFCARS.
Request for Public Comments on Head Start Program Information Report
The Office of Head Start invites public comment on several major changes to the Head Start Program Information Report (PIR) to better align with the comprehensive revision of the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS), reduce reporting burden, and improve the data collection. Major changes include proposals to remove, add, and significantly update PIR questions. To view proposed changes to the PIR to go into effect for the 2019-20 PIR, please visit https:// eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/summary-of-prop osed- changes-to-the-pir-for-public-comment.pdf.
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
ACF, ORR, announces the issuance of one OPDIV-Initiated Supplement to BCFS Health and Human Services, San Antonio, TX in the amount of $15,000,000. 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 provide ORR with 450 beds in an expedited manner.
Head Start Designation Renewal System Improvements
OHS issues this request for comments to invite public feedback on information we inadvertently omitted from the ``CLASS Condition of the Head Start Designation Renewal System,'' request for comments, published on December 8, 2017. The document withdrawing the ``CLASS Condition of the Head Start Designation Renewal System'' request for comments is published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register. This request for comments is similar to the withdrawn publication in that it invites the public to comment on specific changes OHS is considering for the CLASS condition, as well as other Designation Renewal System (DRS) conditions and processes more broadly. Additionally, OHS seeks comments on ways it can: Incentivize robust competition to include new applicants, facilitate smooth transitions when there is a new grantee as a result of competition, and improve the DRS processes. The comment period is 30 days to allow for the public to address the additional issues in this reissued request for comments. We will consider comments submitted under the ``CLASS Condition of the Head Start Designation Renewal System'' request for comments.
CLASS Condition of the Head Start Designation Renewal System
OHS withdraws the ``CLASS Condition of the Head Start Designation Renewal System'' request for comments, published in the Federal Register on December 8, 2017. OHS simultaneously issues the ``Head Start Designation Renewal System Improvements'' request for comments, located elsewhere in the same issue of the Federal Register. The ``Head Start Designation Renewal System Improvements'' request for comments contains information we inadvertently omitted from the ``CLASS Condition of the Head Start Designation Renewal System'' request for comment publication.
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request; Job Search Assistance (JSA) Strategies Evaluation-Extension; Withdrawal
On January 16, 2018 the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) published a Federal Register Notice for a Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request; Job Search Assistance (JSA) Strategies Evaluation-Extension (OMB 0970-0440). The Notice incorrectly allowed for a 60-day comment period instead of a 30-day comment period and had an incorrect location for where comments should be sent. ACF is withdrawing this notice from the Federal Register and will publish a corrected document.
Secretarial Determination To Lower Head Start Center-Based Service Duration Requirement
With this document, the Secretary exercises his authority to waive the August 1, 2019 Head Start center-based service duration requirements, effectively lowering this requirement from 50 percent to 0 percent. However, the requirement that Early Head Start programs provide 1,380 annual hours of planned class operations for all center- based enrollment by August 1, 2018 remains in effect.