Notice To Award a Grant
This is a notice to award a grant to the Medical Institute for Sexual Health, Austin, TX, in the amount of $207,400 to support the development of online medical accuracy training for abstinence education providers. Background: The Medical Institute for Sexual Health proposes to develop an online instructor-led workshop to train abstinence education providers in methods to access medically accurate sexual health information via the internet. Participants will learn to identify credible internet resources for sexual health information, efficiently and effectively search the internet, and answer most questions on sexual health topics. The proposal is within the scope of technical assistance activities that the Abstinence Education Division of the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) provides to grantees with regard to integrating medical and scientific information into abstinence education programming. The Congress, in appropriating funds for the program, has directed the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to devote up to five percent of appropriated funds for technical assistance and capacity- building for abstinence education grantees. In addition, the proposed activities of this awardee are outside the scope of the ACF's previous or proposed abstinence education competitive program announcements and would not qualify for any other existing grant opportunities. For Further Information Contact: Stanley Koutstaal, Ph.D., Acting Director, Division of Abstinence Education, 1250 Maryland Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20024, (202) 401-9205, Nina.Degeorge@ACF.hhs.gov.
Child Care and Development Fund State Match Provisions
This final rule revises the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) regulations to permit States to designate multiple public and/or private entities as eligible to receive private donations that may be certified as child care expenditures for purposes of receiving CCDF Federal matching funds. This final rule also raises from 20 to 30 percent the amount of each State's match requirement that may be met with public pre-kindergarten expenditures in order to implement a provision of the President's Good Start, Grow Smart initiative. These provisions are intended to give States increased flexibility in making the necessary State expenditures on child care to draw down their full allotment of CCDF Federal matching funds.
State Median Income Estimate for a Four-Person Family: Notice of the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2008 State Median Income Estimates for Use Under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services, Division of Energy Assistance
This notice announces the estimated median income for four- person families in each State and the District of Columbia for FFY 2008 (October 1, 2007 to September 30, 2008). LIHEAP grantees may adopt the State median income estimates beginning with the date of publication in the Federal Register or at a later date as discussed below. This enables LIHEAP grantees to choose to implement this notice during the period between the heating and cooling seasons. However, by October 1, 2007, or the beginning of a grantee's fiscal year, whichever is later, LIHEAP grantees using State median income estimates must adjust their income eligibility criteria to be in accord with the FFY 2008 State median income estimates. This listing of estimated State median incomes provides one of the maximum income criteria that LIHEAP grantees may use in determining a household's income eligibility for LIHEAP.
Public Comment on the Proposed Adoption of ANA Program Policies and Procedures; Correction
Pursuant to section 814 of the Native American Programs Act of 1974 (the Act) 42 U.S.C. 2992b-1, ANA herein describes its proposed interpretive rules, statements of general policy and rules of agency procedure or practice in relation to the Social and Economic Development Strategies (hereinafter referred to as SEDS), Native Language Preservation and Maintenance (hereinafter referred to as Native Language), Environmental Regulatory Enhancement (hereinafter referred to as Environmental), Environmental Mitigation (hereinafter referred to as Mitigation), Improving the Well-Being of Children Native American Healthy Marriage Initiative (hereinafter referred to as Healthy Marriage) programs and any Special Initiatives. Under the statute, ANA is required to provide members of the public an opportunity to comment on proposed changes in interpretive rules, statements of general policy and rules of agency procedure or practice and to give notice of the final adoption of such changes at least thirty (30) days before the changes become effective. This Notice also provides additional information about ANA's plan for administering the programs. On July 18, 2005, ANA published a Notice of Public Comment (NOPC) in the Federal Register (Vol. 70, No. 136) announcing an administrative policy change on the number of awards an eligible applicant could receive under the SEDS program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number 93.612. This change only affected the Healthy Marriage program. On November 21, 2006, ANA published the annual NOPC in the Federal Register (Vol. 71, No. 224), which did not include a necessary correction to the revised administrative policy published on July 18, 2005. On December 22, 2006, ANA published a third Federal Register notice (Vol. 71, No. 246) to clarify the revised administrative policy published on July 18, 2005, on the number of awards an eligible applicant could receive under the SEDS program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number 93.612. ANA received three responses to the December 22, 2006, NOPC clarification. After review and consideration of the comments received, ANA determined that the administrative policy originally published on July 18, 2005, required clarification and revision. This Notice clarifies the agency's intent and provides a definitive statement on the number of awards an eligible applicant can receive under the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number 93.612.
Child Care and Development Fund Error Rate Reporting
This proposed rule revises the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) regulations to provide for the reporting of error rates in the expenditure of CCDF grant funds by the fifty States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The error rate reports will serve to implement provisions of the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002 (IPIA) and the President's Management Agenda (PMA)'s goal of ``Eliminating Improper Payments.'' For reasons that will be explained in the preamble to the rule, the initial information collection under this proposed rule will require States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to review and report on a random sample of cases estimated to achieve the calculation of annual improper authorizations for payment (rather than improper payments made) with a 90 percent confidence interval of +/-5.0 percent.
Grant to the National Eligibility Workers Association: Professionals Associated Through Human Services (NEW:PATHS); Office of Family Assistance
Notice is hereby given that an award is being made to the National Eligibility Workers Association: Professionals Associated Through Human Services of Cavalier, North Dakota, in the amount of $100,000 to develop a best practices handbook for front line social workers. NEW:PATHS is the only national organization dedicated to improving the personal and professional well-being of eligibility professionals and they are uniquely qualified to develop a handbook of best practices. Its members implement Temporary Assistance to Needy Families regulations, network with other eligibility professionals at local, regional, and national conferences and possess exceptional insights concerning Federal programs. NEW:PATHS has the capability of consulting with a national audience and its members are in direct contact with employment agencies to move participants from welfare to work and increase the percentage of families and children living in safe environments. After the appropriate reviews, it has been determined that this unsolicited proposal qualifies for funding. The period of this funding will extend from October 1, 2006 through March 31, 2008. Contact: Paul Maiers, Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children and Families, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Telephone: 202-401-5438, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.