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Office of Head Start; Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority

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Administration for Children and Families, HHS.




Statement of Organizations, Functions, and Delegations of Authority. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has reorganized the Office of Head Start (OHS). This reorganization creates the Grants and Contracts Division and the State Initiatives Division. It renames the Educational Development and Partnership Division, titling it the Education and Comprehensive Services Division. It also renames the Immediate Office of Head Start, the Office of the Director. Additionally, it renames the Policy and Budget Division, the Policy and Planning Division.

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Yvette Sanchez-Fuentes, Office of the Director, Office of Head Start, 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20024, 202-205-8573.

This notice amends Part K of the Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) as follows: Chapter KU, Office of Head Start (OHS), as last amended 71 FR 59117-59123, October 6, 2006.

I. Under Chapter, KU, Office of Head Start, delete KU in its entirety and replace with the following:

KU.00 MISSION. The Office of Head Start (OHS) advises the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families on issues regarding the Head Start program (including Early Head Start). OHS develops legislative and budgetary proposals; identifies areas for research, demonstration and developmental activities; presents operational planning objectives and initiatives relating to Head Start and Early Head Start to the Assistant Secretary; and oversees the progress of approved activities. It provides leadership and coordination for the activities of the Head Start program in the ACF Central Office including the Head Start Regional Program Units. OHS represents Head Start in inter-agency activities with other Federal and non-Federal organizations.

KU.10 ORGANIZATION. OHS is headed by a director who reports Start Printed Page 81281directly to the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families. OHS is organized as follows:

Office of the Director (KUA)

Program Operations Division (KUB)

Head Start Regional Program Units (KUBDI-XII)

Education and Comprehensive Services Division (KUC)

Quality Assurance Division (KUE)

Policy and Planning Division (KUF)

Grants and Contracts Division (KUG)

State Initiatives Division (KUH)

KU.20 FUNCTIONS. A. Office of the Director (KUA): The Office of the Director (OD) serves as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families, the Secretary, and other officials of the Department on the administration of discretionary grant programs providing Head Start Services. The Director provides the direction for OHS based on ACF's and HHS' goals and objectives.

The Deputy Director reports to and assists the Director in carrying out the responsibilities of OHS and performs the duties of the Director when absent. The Deputy Director supervises all six Division Directors in addition to the Budget, Administrative, and Information Systems Teams. The divisions are as follows: Program Operations Division, Education and Comprehensive Services Division, Quality Assurance Division, Policy and Planning Division, Grants and Contracts Division, and State Initiatives Division.

The Administrative Team provides support to OHS, including: (a) Serving as the focal point for operational and long-range planning; (b) functioning as Executive Secretariat for OHS, including managing correspondence, correspondence systems, and electronic mail requests; (c) providing management and administrative services and advice, by coordinating human resources activities, and (d) as appropriate, developing policy and procedures relating to these activities.

The Budget Team (a) Provides leadership in the development of the budget while ensuring consistency with ACF's and the Department's vision and goals, (b) is responsible for budget development and execution, and (c) serves as the primary contact for ACF on all budget development and execution activities related to Head Start. The Information Systems Team (IST) provides support to OHS in providing centralized information systems policy, procedures, standards, and guidelines. IST also provides support through: (a) The oversight of information resources management (IRM) systems, including the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center and Head Start Enterprise System; (b) directing and coordinating OHS' Privacy Act responsibilities; (c) directing and maintaining OHS electronic records and forms management programs; (d) developing long-range IRM plans; (e) developing policies, procurement plans, and budgets for OHS information systems; and (f) serving as the information services liaison to ACF and other agencies to coordinate e-government strategies and policies.

B. Program Operations Division (KUB): The Program Operations Division (POD) advises the OHS Director on all strategic and operational activities related to implementation of the agency's programs in the 12 regions. POD is responsible for the Head Start regional programs administered by the Head Start Regional Program Units which include Region XI, the American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start, and Region XII, the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start.

—Head Start Regional Program Units (KUBDI-XII): The Head Start Regional Program Units are each headed by a Regional Program Manager (RPM) who reports to the Director of the Program Operations Division. The RPM, through subordinate regional staff, in collaboration with program components, is responsible for: (1) Providing program and technical administration of ACF discretionary programs related OHS; (2) collaborating with OHS States Collaboration Projects on all significant policy matters; (3) providing technical assistance to entities responsible for administering OHS programs to resolve identified problems; (4) ensuring that appropriate procedures and practices are adopted; (5) working with appropriate State, local, and tribal officials to develop and implement outcome-based performance measures; and (6) monitoring the programs to ensure their efficiency and effectiveness, and ensuring that these entities conform to Federal laws, regulations, policies, and procedures governing the programs. The Head Start Regional Program Unit serves agencies that provide services to the children and families throughout the United States. The Regional Program Unit (a) guides the day-to-day management of Head Start programs in its jurisdictions; (b) provides technical assistance, resources, and information to the various entities responsible for administering these programs; (c) designates and provides oversight for interim grantees; and (d) represents Head Start to state, county, city, and Tribal governments; grantees; and public and private organizations. Regions I through X are located in the ACF geographical regions. Region XI, American Indian and Alaskan Native Head Start, serves agencies that provide services to the children and families of American Indian and Alaskan Natives. Migrant and Seasonal Head Start is represented by Region XII and serves agencies that provide services to the children and families of migrant and seasonal workers. Regions XI and XII are located in the OHS central office.

C. Education and Comprehensive Services Division (KUC): The Education and Comprehensive Services Division (ECSD) develops and coordinates the content and direction of Head Start program components and provides leadership to improve classroom practice, family engagement and involvement, health and disabilities services and cultural and linguistic responsiveness. The ECSD (1) recommends and establishes policy in the content areas; (2) recommends strategies for achieving quality services; (3) develops regulation, guidance, and other policy materials aimed at improving grantee performance in the content areas; (4) develops areas for research and demonstration activities to improve the quality and levels of services provided to Head Start children; (5) manages discretionary projects; and (6) develops training and technical assistance strategies to improve Head Start programs' performance in specific component areas which include integrated content; health, nutrition, dental, and mental health; parent, family, and community engagement; and quality teaching and learning.

D. Quality Assurance Division (KUE): The Quality Assurance Division (QAD) (1) oversees all major planning and implementation activities to determine Head Start and Early Head Start programs' compliance with all applicable requirements and regulations; (2) conducts data analyses on monitoring outcomes to inform training and technical assistance efforts and policy and guidance development; (3) serves as the liaison to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for targeted OIG's audits; (4) oversees special agency initiatives such as the erroneous payment study; and (5) manages the OHS Complaint Line.

E. Policy and Planning Division (KUF): The Policy and Planning Division (PPD) provides support and guidance in all matters related to defining and setting policy for the OHS that will affect local Head Start programs and the early childhood community at-large. The Division will strengthen guidance and vision to the Start Printed Page 81282early childhood community, formulate the OHS strategic plans and long-term goals, provide guidance and support with budget planning, oversee development of regulations and other policy issuances, and serve as liaison with ACF and HHS legislative offices on all Congressional matters relating to Head Start.

F. Grants and Contracts Division (KUG): The Grants and Contracts Division (GCD) (1) Oversees matters related to competitive funding opportunities; (2) manages competition, paneling, and selection of national contracts and Head Start and Early Head Start replacement grantees; (3) provides ongoing fiscal oversight of national contracts; (4) serves as the lead for the OHS Program Management and Fiscal Operations Center; and (5) serves as the liaison to the Office of Administration, Divisions of Grants Management and Division of Grants Policy.

G. State Initiatives Division (KUH): The State Initiatives Division (SID) leads and consolidates collaboration efforts to new and expanding Head Start programs. The Division will promote collaborations with state pre-k programs, local child care providers and other national and state early childhood efforts to ensure the sustainability of strong collaborations. The Division serves as the locus for ensuring that mandates in the Head Start Act regarding collaboration are implemented as well as coordination with the U.S. Department of Education and state early childhood entities. The Division will focus on State Advisory Councils, Centers of Excellence, State Collaboration Offices, and the Training and Technical Assistance System.

II. Continuation of Policy. Except as inconsistent with this reorganization, all statements of policy and interpretations with respect to organizational components affected by this notice within ACF, heretofore issued and in effect on this date of this reorganization are continued in full force and effect.

III. Delegation of Authority. All delegations and redelegations of authority made to officials and employees of affected organizational components will continue in them or their successors pending further redelegations, provided they are consistent with this reorganization.

IV. Funds, Personnel, and Equipment. Transfer of organizations and functions affected by this reorganization shall be accompanied in each instance by direct and support funds, positions, personnel, records, equipment, supplies, and other resources.

This reorganization will be effective upon date of signature.

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Dated: December 16, 2010.

David A. Hansell,

Acting Assistant Secretary for Children and Families.

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[FR Doc. 2010-32462 Filed 12-23-10; 8:45 am]