Request for Public Comment and Consultation Meetings on the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS)
Section 479 of the Social Security Act (the Act) requires that the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) develop and write regulations to implement a system for the collection by title IV-E agencies of data relating to adoption and foster care. The resultant Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) has been operating since 1994 and is administered by the Children's Bureau (CB) in ACF. AFCARS collects case level information on all children in foster care for whom the title IV-E agency has responsibility for placement and care and on children adopted under the auspices of the title IV-E agency. We issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on January 11, 2008 (73 FR 2082) that proposed to amend the AFCARS regulations at 45 CFR 1355.40 and the appendices to part 1355 [http:// edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E7-24860.htm]. The proposal would modify the requirements for title IV-E agencies to collect and report data to ACF on children in out-of-home care and in subsidized adoption or guardianship arrangements with the title IV-E agency. Due to the enactment of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-351) and the substantial changes it introduced in title IV-E, we intend to issue a new AFCARS NPRM. To inform development of the new NPRM we request that interested parties comment on the questions below.
Request for Public Comment Concerning the Redesign of Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS) Requirements
Sections 474(a)(3)(C) and (D) of the Social Security Act (the Act) provide States with the opportunity to access additional funding through title IV-E to plan, design, develop, implement, and operate a Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS). The regulations at 45 CFR 1355.50-1355.57 were established in response to this legislation and were issued on December 22, 1993.
Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program
The Health Resources and Services Administration and Administration for Children and Families, HHS, solicit comments by August 17, 2010 on proposed criteria for evidence of effectiveness of home visiting program models for pregnant women, expectant fathers, and primary caregivers of children birth through kindergarten entry. Final criteria for evidence of effectiveness will be included in the program announcement inviting eligible entities to apply for funding under the Affordable Care Act Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.
Administration for Native Americans
This notice announces that the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration for Native Americans (ANA) has awarded five single-source urgent grants to fund projects that are designed to mitigate the impact of the devastation caused by the tsunami that seriously damaged American Samoa on September 29, 2009. As a result of the devastating tsunami, 32 people were killed and 277 homes, schools, businesses, and transportation systems were destroyed. The event left the people of American Samoa traumatized and in need of assistance to re-start their lives. ACF/ANA is providing urgent financial assistance to four non-profit organizations and one local government agency to
Child Support Enforcement Program; Intergovernmental Child Support
This rule revises Federal requirements for establishing and enforcing intergovernmental support obligations in Child Support Enforcement (IV-D) program cases receiving services under title IV-D of the Social Security Act (the Act). This final rule revises previous interstate requirements to apply to case processing in all intergovernmental cases; requires the responding State IV-D agency to pay the cost of genetic testing; clarifies responsibility for determining in which State tribunal a controlling order determination is made where multiple support orders exist; recognizes and incorporates electronic communication advancements; and makes conforming changes to the Federal substantial compliance audit and State self-assessment requirements.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation Advisory Committee on Head Start Research and Evaluation
This notice announces the re-establishment of the Advisory Committee on Head Start Research and Evaluation. The Secretary is required by section 649(g)(1) of Public Law 92-463 to convene an expert committee to review and make recommendations on the design of the study or studies that provide national analysis of the impact of Head Start programs. This committee will also advise on the progress of the study, and comment, if so desired, on the interim and final study reports of the organization(s) selected for carrying out the independent research.
Funding Opportunity; Street Outreach Program
This announcement governs the proposed award of discretionary grants under the Street Outreach Program. It sets forth the application requirements, the application process, and other administrative and fiscal requirements for grants in Fiscal Year (FY) 2010. The purpose of the Street Outreach Program is to conduct outreach services designed to build relationships between grantee staff and runaway, homeless and street youth.
Funding Opportunity; Basic Center Program
The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is accepting applications for the Basic Center Program (BCP), which is
Safeguarding Child Support Information
The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) created and expanded State and Federal Child Support Enforcement databases under title IV-D of the Social Security Act and significantly enhanced access to information for title IV-D child support purposes. States are moving toward more integrated service delivery to better serve the families and further the mission of the child support enforcement program, while protecting confidential data. This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposes requirements for: State Parent Locator Service responses to authorized location requests; and State Child Support Enforcement program safeguards for confidential information and authorized disclosures of this information. This proposed rule would revise certain aspects of the final rule State Parent Locator Service; Safeguarding Child Support Information Final Rule published on September 26, 2008 and effective December 30, 2010. This NPRM will prohibit disclosure of confidential and personally identifiable information to private collection agencies and expand disclosure to child welfare programs and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Office of Child Support Enforcement; Privacy Act of 1974; Computer Matching Agreement
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 522a), as amended, OCSE is publishing notice of a computer matching program between OCSE and State agencies administering unemployment compensation (UC) programs.
Office of Administration; Matching Requirements on Grants Awarded Under Children's Bureau Funding Opportunity Announcement for Fiscal Year 2010
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) hereby gives notice to the public that the following program within the Agency will administratively impose a matching requirement on grants awarded under the following program title and funding opportunity announcement for Fiscal Year 2010:
Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Study
The following Notice of Public Comment is in response to Section 649(f) Sub-Section (3) of the 2007 Head Start School Readiness Act (the Act) requiring the Secretary to publish in the Federal Register a plan of how the Secretary will carry out section 649 Sub-Section (f) Sub-Paragraph (1) and shall provide a period for public comment.
Office of Child Support Enforcement; Privacy Act of 1974; Computer Matching Agreement
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 522a), as amended, OCSE is publishing notice of a computer matching program between OCSE and state agencies administering the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
Notice of Public Comment on Tribal Consultation Sessions
Pursuant to the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, Public Law 110-134, notice is hereby given of one-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, Section 640(l)(4)].
State Median Income Estimate for a Four-Person Family: Notice of the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2011 State Median Income Estimates for Use Under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number 93.568) 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 to LIHEAP grantees the estimated median income of four-person families in each State and the District of Columbia for FFY 2011 (October 1, 2010, to September 30, 2011). LIHEAP grantees that choose to base their income eligibility criteria on these State median income estimates may adopt these estimates (up to 60 percent) on the estimates' date of publication in the Federal Register or on a later date as discussed below. This enables these grantees to implement this notice during the period between the heating and cooling seasons. However, by October 1, 2010, or the beginning of the grantees' fiscal years, whichever is later, these grantees must adjust their income eligibility criteria so that such criteria are in accord with the FFY 2011 State median income estimates.