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HHS/ACF RIN: 0970-AC85 Publication ID: Spring 2021 
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: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
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  12/07/2020  85 FR 78787   
Interim Final Rule Effective  12/07/2020 
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  02/05/2021 
Final Action  10/00/2021 
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