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April 3, 2009

Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Domestic Violence Shelters/Grants to Native American Tribes (Including Alaska Native Villages) and Tribal Organizations

Executive Summary: This announcement governs the proposed award of formula grants under the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) to Native American Tribes (including Alaska Native Villages) and Tribal organizations. The purpose of these grants is to assist Tribes in establishing, maintaining, and expanding programs and projects to prevent family violence and to provide immediate shelter and related assistance for victims of family violence and their dependents (42 U.S.C. 10401).

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February 9, 2009

Request for Public Comment Concerning Regulations for Transferring Children From the Placement and Care Responsibility of a State Title IV-E Agency to a Tribal Title IV-E Agency and Tribal Share of Title IV-E Administration and Training Expenditures

SUMMARY: The Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACF) intended to publish a request for public comment and Tribal consultation meetings in the Federal Register. The action line of the document published in the Federal Register on January 26, 2009, labeled the document a proposed rule. This document withdraws the January 26, 2009, proposed rule.

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January 26, 2009

Request for Public Comment Concerning Regulations for Transferring Children From the Placement and Care Responsibility of a State Title IV-E Agency to a Tribal Title IV-E Agency and Tribal Share of Title IV-E Administration and Training Expenditures

SUMMARY: Effective October 1, 2009, Public Law 110-351 provides Indian Tribes with the option to operate a foster care, adoption assistance and, at tribal option, a kinship guardianship assistance program under title IV-E of the Social Security Act (the Act). The Federal government would share in the costs of Tribes operating an ACF-approved title IV-E program. Public Law 110-351 requires that ACF develop interim final rules after consulting with Tribes and affected States on the implementation of the tribal plan requirements in section 479B of the Act and other amendments made by the Tribal provisions in section 301 of Public Law 110-351. The law requires that such regulations include: (1) Procedures to ensure that a transfer of State or Tribal responsibility for the placement and care of a child under a State title IV-E plan to a Tribal title IV-E plan occurs in a manner that does not affect the child's eligibility for title IV-E or title XIX Medicaid and such services or payments; and, (2) the in-kind expenditures from third-party sources permitted for the Tribal share of administration and training expenditures under title IV-E. This notice is designed to provide a written opportunity for comment to all interested persons and notify Tribal leaders of in-person opportunities to consult with the Children's Bureau on the development of these regulations.

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September 24, 2008

Notice of Public Comment on Section 635 [42 U.S.C. 9801]--The 2007 Head Start School Readiness Act, Sub-Section 649(k)(1)(A-D)--Indian Head Start Study

SUMMARY: The following Notice of Public Comment is in response to section 649(k) Sub-Section (3) of the 2007 Head Start School Readiness Act that requires the Secretary no later than 9 months after the effective date of this Sub-Section, publish in the Federal Register a plan of how the Secretary will carry out section 649 Sub-Section (k) Sub-Paragraph (1) and shall provide a period for public comment.

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August 4, 2008

Notice of Public Comment on Tribal Consultation Session To Be Held on September 11, 2008, in Phoenix, AZ

SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, Public Law 110-134, notice is hereby given of a one-day Tribal Consultation Session 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 the Consultation Session is to discuss ways to better meet the needs of Indian, including 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)].

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June 20, 2008

Notice of Public Comment on Tribal Consultation Sessions To Be Held on July 21, July 23, and July 31, 2008

SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, Public Law 110-134, notice is hereby given of three 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 Indian, including 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)]. Dates & Locations: July 21, 2008--Kansas City, Missouri. July 23, 2008--Denver, Colorado. July 31, 2008--Seattle, Washington.

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July 24, 2007

Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

Title: Guidance for the Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program. OMB No.: 0970-0157. Description: 42 U.S.C. 612 (Section 412 of the Social Security Act) requires each Indian Tribe that elects to administer and operate a TANF program to submit a TANF Tribal Plan. The TANF Tribal Plan is a mandatory statement submitted to the Secretary by the Indian Tribe, which consists of an outline of how the Indian Tribe's TANF program will be administered and operated. It is used by the Secretary to determine whether the plan is approvable and to determine that the Indian Tribe is eligible to receive a TANF assistance grant. It is also made available to the public. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is proposing to revise the guidance by adding a certification page and is requesting additional details regarding economic development. ACF expects the additional information to add an estimated eight burden hours to each Indian Tribe's submission. This is reflected in the annual burden estimates shown below.

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May 15, 2007

Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

Description: Authority to collect and report this information is found in the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), Pub. L. 104-193. Tribal entities with approved Tribal plans for implementation of the TANF program are required by statute to report financial data. Form ACF-196T provides for collection of Federal expenditures data. Failure to collect this data would seriously compromise the Administration for Children and Families' (ACF) ability to monitor expenditures and maintain financial management of the Tribal TANF program. The financial data collected is also used to estimate outlays and may be used to prepare ACF budget submissions to Congress. Federal policy requires the strictest controls on funding requirements, which necessitates review of documentation in support of Tribal expenditures for reimbursement. Comments received from a previous effort to implement a similar Tribal TANF report Form ACR-196T were used to guide ACF in the development of the updated report form presented with this submittal.

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April 5, 2007

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

Description: The final rule within 45 CFR part 309, published in the Federal Register on March 30, 2004, contains a regulatory reporting requirement that, in order to receive funding for a Tribal IV-D program a Tribe or Tribal organization must submit a plan describing how the Tribe or Tribal organization meets or plans to meet the objectives of section 455(f) of the Social Security Act, including establishing paternity, establishing, modifying, and enforcing support orders, and locating noncustodial parents.

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March 28, 2007

Public Comment on the Proposed Adoption of ANA Program Policies and Procedures; Correction

SUMMARY: 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.

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January 16, 2007

Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women's Shelters and Related Assistance/Grants to Indian Tribal Organizations (Including Alaska Native Villages)

Executive Summary: This announcement governs the proposed award of formula grants under the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) to Indian Tribes (including Alaska Native Villages) and Tribal organizations. The purpose of these grants is to assist Tribes in establishing, maintaining, and expanding programs and projects to prevent family violence and to provide immediate shelter and related assistance for victims of family violence and their dependents.

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January 3, 2007

Request for State Data Needed to Determine the Amount of a Tribal Family Assistance Grant

Description: 42 U.S.C. 612 (section 412 of the Social Security Act) gives federally recognized Indian Tribes the opportunity to apply to operate a Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. The Act specifies that the Secretary shall use state submitted data to determine the amount of the grant to the Tribe. This form (letter) is used to request those data from the states. ACF is proposing to extend this information collection without change.

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