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Proposed Information Collection Activity; Tribal Budget and Narrative Justification Template (New Collection)

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Office of Child Support Enforcement; Administration for Children and Families; HHS.


Request for public comment.


The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is proposing to collect expenditure estimates for the Tribal Child Support Enforcement Program through an optional financial reporting form, Tribal Budget and Narrative Justification Template. This optional template is designed for tribes operating an approved Tribal Child Support Enforcement Program to use in preparing their annual budget and narrative justification estimates in accordance with the tribal child support enforcement regulations.


Comments due within 60 days of publication. In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information collection described above.


Copies of the proposed collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded by emailing Alternatively, copies can also be obtained by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 330 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20201, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. All requests, emailed or written, should be identified by the title of the information collection.

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Description: To receive child support funding under 45 CFR part 309, tribes and tribal organizations must submit the financial forms described in 45 CFR 309.130(b) and other forms as the Secretary may designate, due no later than August 1 annually. The optional Tribal Budget and Narrative Justification Template will help to improve efficiency and establish uniformity and consistency in the annual budget submission and review process. Tribes may use the Excel or Word version of the template to submit the required financial information.

Respondents: Tribes and tribal organizations administering a Tribal Child Support Enforcement Program under title IV-D of the Social Security Act.

Annual Burden Estimates

InstrumentTotal number of respondentsTotal number of responses per respondentAverage burden hours per responseTotal burden hoursAnnual burden hours
Tribal Budget and Narrative Justification—Excel503162,400800
Tribal Budget and Narrative Justification—Word10320600200

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,000.

Comments: The Department specifically requests comments on (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information Start Printed Page 7309on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted within 60 days of this publication.

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Authority: 45 CFR part 309.

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Mary B. Jones,

ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2020-02386 Filed 2-6-20; 8:45 am]