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Title: Social Services Block Grant Postexpenditure Report.

OMB No.: 0970-0234.

Description:

Purpose: To improve the quality of Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) expenditure data, the postexpenditure reporting form and instructions need some minor formatting revisions to reduce confusion and reporting inconsistencies that have resulted from the current form. As a block grant, SSBG provides the States with a flexible source of funds for social service needs. Accurate accounting of how these funds are used and whom they serve is critical to ensure that necessary and sufficient funding continues to be allocated. For this reason, the following changes are being proposed to the current form:

1. The expenditures columns will be reordered so that when reading left to right, the three types of funding that sum to total expenditures—SSBG allocation, funds transferred into SSBG, and expenditures of all other Federal, State and local funds—are listed prior to total expenditures.

2. A space will be added, and referenced in item 29, where States can report more detail about other services. This added information will help to define the specific services funded under this service category.

3. A new column, “Adults of Unknown Age” will be added. The three age groups of adults—“Adults Age Years 59 and Younger,” “Adults Age 60 Years and Older,” and “Adults of Unknown Age”—should equal the total number of adults in the “Total Adults” column.

4. The recipients columns will be reordered so that when reading left to right, the four ages of recipients—children, adults age 59 years and younger, adults age 60 years and older, and adults of unknown age—are listed prior to total adults and total recipients.

The SSBG program provides funds to assist States in delivering social services directed toward the needs of children and adults in each State. Funds are allocated to the States in proportion to their populations. States, including the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa, have substantial discretion in their use of funds and may determine what services will be provided, who will be eligible and how funds are distributed among the various services. State or local SSBG agencies (i.e., county, city or regional offices) may province the services or may purchase them from qualified agencies, organizations or individuals. States report as recipients of SSBG-funded services any individuals who receive a service funded at least partially by SSBG.

States are required to report their annual SSBG expenditures on a standard postexpenditure report, which includes a yearly total of adults and children served and annual expenditures in each of 29 service categories. Reporting requirements for SSBG were originally described in the Federal Register, Volume 58, Number 218, on Monday, November 15, 1993. The report must be submitted either six months after the end of the reporting period or at the time the State submits the preexpenditure report for the reporting period beginning after that six-month period. The report must address (1) the number of individuals (as well as the number of children and the number of adults) who receive services paid for in whole or in part with Federal funds under the SSBG; (2) the amount of SSBG funds spent in providing each service; (3) the total amount of Federal, State and local funds spent in providing each service, including SSBG funds; and (4) the method(s) by which each service is provided, showing separately the services provided by public agencies and private agencies.

Information collected on the postexpenditure report is analyzed and described in an annual report on SSBG expenditures and recipients produced by the Office of Community Services. The information contained in this report is used to establish how SSBG funding is used for the provision of services in each State to needy individuals.

Respondents: This report is completed once annually by a representative of the agency that administers the SSBG at the State level in each State, the District of Columbia and the Territories.

Annual Burden Estimates

InstrumentNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden hours per responseTotal burden hours
SSBG Postexpenditure Report5611106,160

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 6,160.

Additional Information:

Copies of the proposed collection of information may be obtained by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Information Services, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection. E-mail address: grjohnson@acf.hhs.gov.

OMB Comment:

OMB is required to make a decision concerning the collection of information between 30 and 60 days after Start Printed Page 9082publication 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, Attn: Desk Officer for ACF, E-mail address: Katherine T. Astrich@omb.eop.gov.

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Dated: February 17, 2005.

Bob Sargis,

Reports Clearance, Officer.

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[FR Doc. 05-3506 Filed 2-23-05; 8:45 am]

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