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HHS/ACF RIN: 0970-AC85 Publication ID: Fall 2020 
Title: ●Flexibility for Head Start Designation Renewals in Certain Emergencies 

This interim final rule with comment period (IFC) adds a new provision to the Head Start Program Performance Standards under 1304 subpart B, Designation Renewal.  This new provision establishes parameters by which the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) may make designation renewal determinations during widespread disasters or emergencies and in the absence of all normally required data.  The designation renewal system is the system used by ACF to determine whether a Head Start agency will be required to compete for continued funding or will be able to receive noncompetitive renewal of its funding.  Certain widespread disasters or emergencies may impact the ability of ACF to collect all normally required data for making designation renewal determinations.  However, ACF must be able to make such determinations within a certain timeframe in order to ensure the continued delivery of critical Head Start services to enrolled children and their families.

Agency: Department of Health and Human Services(HHS)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Regulatory 
CFR Citation: 45 CFR 1304.17   
Legal Authority: secs. 641(a), 641(c), and 644(c), of the Head Start Act   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  11/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Colleen Rathgeb
Director, Division of Planning, Oversight and Policy, Office of Head Start
Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
330 C Street SW,
Washington, DC 20201
Phone:202 205-7378