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Statement of Organization, Functions and Delegation of Authority

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Notice is hereby given that I have redelegated to the Associate Director, Office of Family Assistance, the following authorities vested in me by the Assistant Secretary of Administration for Children and Families in the memoranda dated February 16, 2007.

(a) Authorities Delegated

1. Authority to administer Income and Eligibility Verification Systems (IEVS), as they pertain to the Administration for Children and Families' programs, under the provisions of Title XI, Section 1137 of the Social Security Act, and as amended now and hereafter.

2. Authority to administer the provisions of Title I, Block Grants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Start Printed Page 27573Families (TANF) under Sections 101-103, 106-110, 112, 115, and 116 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, 42 U.S.C. 1305 note, 42 U.S.C. 601 et seq., and as amended now and hereafter. In addition, in exercising authority under Section 103, “Section 413, Research, Evaluations, and National Studies,” of the Social Security Act, the Director, Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children and Families, is expected to consult with the Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.

3. Authority to administer the provisions of the Adult Assistance (AA) Programs under Titles I, X, XIV and XVI (Grants to States for Aid to the Aged, Blind and Disabled) of the Social Security Act, and as amended now and hereafter.

4. Authority under Section 1119 of the Social Security Act, and as amended now and hereafter, to approve Federal financial participation in payments for repairs to homes owned by recipients of aid or assistance under Titles I, X, XIV, or XVI.

(b) Limitations

1. This delegation of authority shall be exercised under the Department's existing policies on delegations and regulations.

2. This delegation of authority does not include the authority to submit reports to Congress and shall be exercised under financial and administrative requirements applicable to all Administration for Children and Families' authorities.

3. The approval or disapproval of grant applications requires concurrence of the appropriate Grants Officer. The approval or disapproval of contract proposals and awards are subject to the requirements of the Federal Acquisition Regulations and requires the concurrence of the Contracting Officer.

4. The authority to approve/disapprove under 45 CFR 205.55(d) State applications to use alternate sources of information for income and eligibility (i.e., IEVS) requires consultation with the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration and with the other programs affected by the request.

5. This delegation of authority does not include the authority to issue annual rankings of States' most and least successful work programs and out-of-wedlock birth ratios under Sections 413(d)(1) and 413(e)(1) of the Social Security Act.

6. This delegation of authority does not include the authority under sections 409(a) or 412(g) of the Social Security Act to make determinations regarding State or tribal compliance or performance or technical noncompliance and to impose penalties and the authority under section 410(a) of the Social Security Act to issue notices to States or tribes regarding the imposition of such penalties.

7. This delegation of authority does not include the authority to sign and issue notices of grant awards for family assistance programs.

8. This delegation of authority does not include the authority to appoint Central Office and Regional Office Grant Officers for the administration of family assistance programs.

9. This delegation of authority does not include the authority to appoint Action Officials for Audit Resolution.

10. This delegation of authority does not include the authority to conduct research under sections 413(a), (b), and (h) of the Social Security Act or to review proposals and approve State funding for evaluations of Title IV-A programs under section 413(f) of the Social Security Act.

11. This delegation of authority excludes the authority to hold hearings.

12. This delegation of authority does not include the authority to approve or disapprove State requests for Federal financial participation for the costs of automated data processing equipment and services which affect more than one HHS Operating Division.

13. This delegation of authority does not include the authority to make determinations on State appeals concerning audit questions or recommendations by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Audit Agency which involve ACF program practices reviewed under Titles I, X, XI and XVI of the Social Security Act.

14. This delegation of authority does not include the authority to disapprove Adult Assistance State Plans and amendments.

15. This delegation of authority does not include the authority to approve or disapprove TANF work participation plans.

16. This delegation of authority does not include the authority to sign official policy transmittals such as Action Transmittals, Information Memoranda, etc.

17. This delegation of authority does not include the authority to approve or disapprove corrective compliance plans or make reasonable cause determinations.

18. This delegation of authority does not include the authority to make determinations that TANF plans are incomplete.

19. This delegation of authority does not include the authority to disapprove Tribal TANF and Tribal NEW plans or amendments.

20. This delegation of authority does not include the authority to take disallowances in Tribal NEW programs.

21. This delegation of authority does not include the authority to approve or disapprove discretionary grant applications under section 403(a)(2) of the Social Security Act.

22. The issuance of new policy interpretations require the concurrence of the Director, OFA.

23. Actions likely to have a significant impact on State or Tribes, or discretionary grantees or have political ramifications or be subject to or receive adverse publicity shall be brought to the prior attention of the Director, OFA.

24. Any redelegation shall be in writing and prompt notification must be provided to all affected managers, supervisors, and other personnel, and requires the concurrence of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration.

(c) Effective Date

This delegation of authority was effective on April 17, 2007.

(d) Effect on Existing Delegations

As related to the authorities delegated herein, this delegation of authority supersedes all previous delegations of authority to the Associate Director, TANF.

I hereby affirm and ratify any actions taken by the Associate Director, TANF, Office of Family Assistance, which involved the exercise of the authorities delegated herein prior to the effective date of this delegation.

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Dated: May 9, 2007.

Sidonie Squier,

Director, Office of Family Assistance.

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[FR Doc. E7-9420 Filed 5-15-07; 8:45 am]

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