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Administration on Developmental Disabilities Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority

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This Notice amends Part K of the Statement of Organization, Functions and Delegations of Authority of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) as follows: Chapter KC, Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD), 56 FR 42338, dated August 27, 1991. This Notice reflects a revised ADD mission statement to reflect current legislative references and a realignment of functions within the Office of ADD.

I. Delete KC.00 Mission in its entirety and replace with the following:

KC.00 Mission. The Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) advised the Secretary, through the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families, on matters relating to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. ADD serves as the focal point in the Department to support and encourage the provision of quality services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. ADD assists states, through the design and implementation of a comprehensive and continuing state plan, in increasing the independence, productivity and community inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities. These state plans make optimal use of existing federal and state resources for the provision of services and supports to these individuals and their families to achieve these outcomes. ADD works with states to ensure that the rights of all individuals with developmental disabilities are protected.

ADD administers two formula grant programs, State Developmental Disabilities Councils and Protection and Advocacy Systems, and two discretionary grant programs, University Affiliated Programs and Projects of National Significance, including Family Support. These programs support the provision of services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. In concert with other components of ACF as well as other public, private, and voluntary sector partners, ADD develops and implements research, demonstration and evaluation strategies for discretionary funding of activities designed to improve and enrich the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. In addition, ADD serves as a resource in the development of policies and programs to reduce or eliminate barriers experienced by individuals with developmental disabilities through the identification of promising practices and dissemination of information. ADD supports and encourages programs or services, which prevent developmental disabilities and manages initiatives involving the private and voluntary sectors that benefit individuals with developmental and other disabilities and their families.

II. Delete KC.10 Organization in its entirety and replace with the following:

KC.10 Organization. The Administration on Development Disabilities is headed by a Commissioner who reports directly to the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families. The Administration on Developmental Disabilities consists of:

Office of the Commissioner (KCA)

Program Operations Division (KCB)

Program Development Division (KCC)

III. Delete KC.20 Functions in its entirety and replace with the following:

KC.20 Functions. A. The Office of the Commissioner (OC) serves as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families, the Secretary, and other elements of the Department for individuals with developmental disabilities. OC provides executive direction and management strategy to ADD's components and establishes goals and objectives for ADD programs. The Deputy Commissioner assists the Commissioner in carrying out the responsibilities of the Office and acts as Commissioner in the absence of the Commissioner. The Staff within the office of the Commissioner plans, coordinates and controls ADD policy, planning, and management activities which include the development of legislative proposals, regulations and policy issuances for ADD. The Staff manages the formulation and execution of the program and operating budgets; provides administrative, personnel and information systems support services; serves as the ADD Executive Secretariat controlling the flow of correspondence; and coordinates with appropriate ACF components in implementing administrative requirements and procedures. The staff also coordinates interagency collaboration, program outreach, and convenor functions.

In coordination with the ACF Office of Public Affairs, OC develops a strategy for increasing public awareness of the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and programs designed to address them.

B. Division of Program Operations (POD) is responsible for the coordination, management, and evaluation of the State Developmental Disabilities Councils Program and the Protection and Advocacy Grants Program, including the development of procedures and performance standards that ensure compliance with the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights (DD) Act and improve the outcomes of Developmental Disabilities Councils and Protection and Advocacy Systems in increasing the independence, productivity and Start Printed Page 18338community inclusion of persons with developmental disabilities.

The Division conducts routine and special analyses of state plans under the Basic State Grants Program, including an examination of priority area activities, to assure consistent application of ADD program goals and objectives. The Division conducts reviews of programs to ensure compliance with the DD Act and to improve program outcomes; and identifies and disseminates information regarding excellence in advancing the independence, productivity and community inclusion of people with developmental disabilities.

The Division initiates, executes, and supports the development of interagency, intergovernmental, and public-private sector agreements, committees, task forces, commissions, or joint funding efforts as appropriate.

The Division provides program and administrative guidance to regional offices on matters related to the implementation of the DD Act; and ensures timely and effective communication with the regional offices regarding program compliance, policy clarification, and the approval of required state plans and reports.

C. Division of Program Development (PDD) manages the discretionary grants and contracts mandated by the DD Act, and provides program development services. PDD originates cross-cutting research, demonstration and evaluation initiatives with other components of ADD, ACF, HHS, and other government agencies; and manages discretionary grants and contracts and assists in monitoring and evaluating discretionary grants at the national level.

The Division plans for and implements experimental program services based on advice from state and local organizations on program needs. The Division formulates and prepares annual demonstration and evaluation plans, coordinates and administers the University Affilatied Programs (UAP's) activities, and develops quality assurance criteria for the UAP Program.

The Division develops and initiates guidelines, policy issuances and actions with team participation by other components of ADD, ACF, HHS, and other government agencies to fulfill the mission and goals of the DD Act, as amended. The Division ensures the dissemination of project results and information produced by ADD grantees.

The Division coordinates national program trends with other ACF programs and HHS agencies; and studies, reviews and analyzes other federal programs providing services applicable to persons with developmental disabilities for the purpose of integrating and coordinating program efforts.

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Dated: March 30, 2000.

Sue Swenson,

Commissioner, Administration on Developmental Disabilities.

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[FR Doc. 00-8606 Filed 4-6-00; 8:45 am]

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