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HHS/OS RIN: 0991-AB96 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Equal Participation of Religious Organizations in HHS Programs and Activities 

This rule will amend HHS' Equal Treatment Rules at 45 CFR part 87 (which are cross-referenced in department-wide rules at 45 CFR 74.18, 94.14 and 96.18) as well as several program-specific regulations regarding the equal participation of faith-based organizations in the Department's programs and activities. These revisions are being undertaken to implement the provisions of Executive Order 13559, "Fundamental Principles and Policymaking Criteria for Partnerships with Faith-Based and Other Neighborhood Organizations." Executive Order 13559 revised Executive Order 13279, which provides the basis for HHS current rules, by changing terminology, clarifying existing principles, and prescribing additional beneficiary protections. Some of the changes that pertain to this rulemaking include restating "inherently religious activities" as "explicitly religious activities," clarifying the distinction between direct and indirect Federal financial assistance, and implementing the beneficiary protections specified in section 2(h) of Executive Order 13559.

Agency: Department of Health and Human Services(HHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 45 CFR 87    45 CFR 74.18    45 CFR 94.14    45 CFR 96.18   
Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/06/2015  80 FR 47272   
NPRM Comment Period End  10/05/2015 
Final Action  11/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Acacia Bamberg Salatti
Director, Center for Faith Based Community Initiatives
Department of Health and Human Services
Office of the Secretary
200 Independence Avenue SW., Room 747D,
Washington, DC 20201
Phone:202 358-3595