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Title: State Plan for Foster Care, Independent Living Services and Adoption Assistance under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act.

OMB No.: 0980-0141.

Description: A State plan is required by sections 471 and 477(b)(2), part IV-E of the Social Security Act (the Act) for each public child welfare agency requesting Federal funding for foster care, independent living services and adoption assistance under the Act. The State plan is a comprehensive narrative description of the nature and scope of a State's programs and provides assurances the programs will be administered in conformity with the specific requirement stipulated in title IV-E. The plan must include all applicable State statutory, regulatory, or policy references and citation for each requirement as well as supporting documentation. A State may use the pre-print format prepared by the Children's Bureau of the Administration for Children and Families or a different format, on the condition that the format used includes all of the title IV-E State plan requirements of the law.

Respondents: State and Territorial Agencies (State Agencies) administering or supervising the administration of the title IV-E program.

Annual Burden Estimates

InstrumentNumber of respondentsNumer of responses per respondentAverage burden hours per responseTotal burden hours
Title IV-E State Plan12115180

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 180.

An initial State plan is submitted by a State Agency for approval to participate in the title IV-E program. Plan amendments are submitted whenever necessary to reflect changes in State law, policy or program operation. The Children's Bureau experience is that a State Agency will amend a plan once every four years and that about 12 agencies will amend their plans annually.

Additional Information: Copies of the proposed collection may be obtained by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Administration, Office of Information Services, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer.

OMB Comment: OMB is required to make a decision concerning the collection of information between 30 and 60 days after publication of this document in the Federal Register. Therefore, a comment is best assured of having its full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent directly to the following: Office of Management and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attn: Desk Officer for ACF.

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Dated: September 4, 2002

Robert Sargis,

Report Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 02-23038 Filed 9-10-02; 8:45 am]