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Proposed Information Collection Activity; Case Plan Requirement, Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, (OMB #0970-0428)

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Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, HHS.


Request for public comment.


The Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is requesting a 3-year extension of the information collection—Case Plan Requirement, Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, (OMB #0970-0428, expiration 3/31/2021). ACF is reporting a change to the information collection—the burden estimates in the previously-approved request were based on the number of children in foster care as the respondent instead of the agency completing the case plan. The burden estimates, therefore, are adjusted accordingly.


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, ACF 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 (OPRE), 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: The case plan information collection is authorized in sections 422(b)(8)(A)(ii) and 471(a)(16), and defined in sections 475 and 475A of the Social Security Act (the Act). Statutory requirements in the Act mandate that states, territories, and tribes with an approved title IV-E plan develop a case plan and case review system for each child in the foster care system for whom the state, territory, or tribe receives title IV-E reimbursement of foster care maintenance payments.

The case review system assures that each child has a case plan designed to achieve placement in a safe setting that is the least restrictive, most family-like setting available and in close proximity to the child's parental home, consistent with the best interest and special needs of the child. States, territories, and tribes meeting these requirements also partly comply with title IV-B, section 422(b), of the Act, which assures certain protections for children in foster care.

The case plan is a written document that provides a narrative description of the child-specific program of care. Federal regulations at 45 CFR 1356.21(g) and sections 475 and 475A of the Act delineate the specific information that must be addressed in the case plan. ACF does not specify a format for the case plan nor does ACF require submission of the document to the federal government. Case plan information is recorded in a format developed and maintained by the state, territorial, or tribal title IV-E agency.

Respondents: State, territorial, and tribal title IV-E agencies.

Annual Burden Estimates

InstrumentTotal number of respondentsTotal number of responses per respondentAverage burden hours per responseTotal burden hoursAnnual burden hours
Case Plan6426,4274.88,118,3742,706,125

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,706,125.

Comments: The Department specifically requests comments on (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper Start Printed Page 38142performance 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 on 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: 42 U.S.C. 622; 42 U.S.C. 671; 42 U.S.C. 675.

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Mary B. Jones,

ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2020-13684 Filed 6-24-20; 8:45 am]