ACF FY17 Conference Spending

The Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) mission is to foster health and well-being for children and families by providing federal leadership, partnership, and resources for the compassionate and effective delivery of human services. Our success is contingent on our ability to collaborate with human services providers, grantees, scientific researchers, clinicians, advocates, and other key non-government partners. These conferences and other meetings significantly contribute to our mission and play a vital role in carrying out these efforts.

This report is required by an Office of Management and Budget Memorandum on Promoting Efficient Spending to Support Agency Operations (M-12-12), dated May 11, 2012, requiring agencies to report publicly on all agency-sponsored conferences where expenses exceed $100,000.

ACF Summary of Costs

  • Total Number of Conferences: 14
  • Total Cost: $3,866,879
  • Total Attendees: 7,450
  • Average Cost per Attendee: $519

Administration for Children, Youth and Families—Family and Youth Services Bureau

Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Grantee Conference

Dates: 6/27/17—6/29/17
Venue, City, State or Country: Hyatt Regency, St. Louis, MO
How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The purpose of the conference was to convene the Family and Youth Services Bureau’s Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, the Office of Adolescent Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Adolescent and School Health and Division of Reproductive Health grantees to connect with federal staff, network with other grantees, and learn new strategies for integrating teen pregnancy prevention programs. The conference also included a session for grantees to meet with developers of evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $467,305
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 28
  • Total Number of Attendees: 450

Office of Child Care

State and Territory Administrators Meeting 2017

Dates: 8/8/2017—8/10/2017
Venue, City, State or Country: Washington Marriott, Washington, DC
How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The Office of Child Care’s (OCC) policies and practices promote healthy development for children and support for families, and the topics at this meeting – including the new Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Regulations – further trained grantees about the intricacies of the CCDF program and how to best serve the children and families in child care.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $266,823
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 14
  • Total Number of Attendees: 400

Infant/Toddler and School-Age Child Care Institute

Dates: 5/9/2017—5/10/2017
Venue, City, State or Country: Hilton, St. Louis, MO
How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 included new mandatory funding for infant and toddler child care. As a result, OCC has prioritized training and meetings that will help our grantees use that funding in the most efficient and effective ways. This meeting provided CCDF Administrators guidance and peer-to-peer discussions related to infant/toddler funding initiatives, meeting requirements in school-age care settings, and how to balance the two with the other requirements of the law and program.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $167,922
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 19
  • Total Number of Attendees: 180

Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance System All-Hands 2016 Meeting

Dates: 11/142016—11/16/2016
Venue, City, State or Country: Tysons Corner Marriott, Tysons VA
How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: Provide updated guidance and engage in a dialogue with technical assistance (TA) partners about ways to maximize and coordinate TA that helps all grantees meet their goals related to early childhood quality improvement.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $169,375
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 7
  • Total Number of Attendees: 242

Office of Community Services


2017 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Grantee National Conference

Dates: 4/3/2017—4/5/2017
Venue, City, State or Country: Intercontinental, New Orleans, LA
How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: Provide training for the more than 200 LIHEAP grantees on program administration best practices and innovations, enhanced program integrity, and new or changing federal guidelines and policies.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $272,942
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 20
  • Total Number of Attendees: 169

Office of Head Start


Early Head Start—Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships Grantee Orientation

Dates: 5/23/2017—-25/2017
Venue, City, State or Country: Sheraton, Tysons, VA
How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: In January 2016, Congress appropriated an increase of $135 million to support additional Early Head Start - Childcare (EHS-CC) Partnerships and Expansion programs. This training directly supported that initiative and the mission of the Office of Head Start (OHS) and OCC by improving the capacity of local infant/toddler programs to deliver comprehensive, high-quality services.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $424,095
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 63
  • Total Number of Attendees: 415

Office of Head Start Winter 2017 Training and Technical Assistance Professional Development and Head Start Collaboration Meeting

Dates: 3/1/2017—3/3/2017
Venue, City, State or Country: Hilton, Washington, DC
How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The goal of OHS’s Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) system is to improve the capacity of local programs to deliver services that meet or exceed the services described in the Head Start Act. Each regional TTA system is staffed with a cadre of experts with extensive experience with Head Start and evidence-based practices that positively affect the lives of young children and their families. It is highly important for the National Centers, as part of the ACF’s TTA system, to have an opportunity to orient staff of the new regional TTA system. This professional development opportunity supports OHS’s mission and the legislatively mandated provision of TTA to grantees.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $219,450
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 50
  • Total Number of Attendees: 491

Office of Head Start Birth-to-Five Leadership Institute

Dates: 4/5/2017—4/7/2017
Venue, City, State or Country: McCoromick Place Convention Center, Chicago, IL
How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The 2017 Birth-to-Five Leadership Institute includes content that offers a solid foundational approach for Head Start grantees to successfully implement the new Head Start Program Performance Standards released in September 2016.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $275,379
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 65
  • Total Number of Attendees: 3481

Office of Family Assistance
 

Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Annual Meeting

Dates: 11/30/2016—12/1/2016
Venue, City, State or Country: Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA
How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The Annual Meeting covered program topics such as federal policy discussions, information dissemination, and time for grantees to exchange practices in their field.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $120,001
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 10
  • Total Number of Attendees: 140

2017 Two Gen Community of Learning

Dates: 9/18/2017—9/20/2017
Venue, City, State or Country: Hyatt Regency, Bethesda, MD
How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: This event brought together teams consisting of state, local, and tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs and Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) and HPOG grantees to close out and commemorate the Two-Generation Community of Learning.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $138,890
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 59
  • Total Number of Attendees: 88

2017 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Summit

Dates: 8/14/2017—8/16/2017
Venue, City, State or Country: Renaissance, Arlington, VA
How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: This national convening brought together TANF administrators, stakeholders, and leaders to discuss successes and challenges facing TANF programs, interact with peers, hear from researchers and experts in the field, and share promising practices with the common goal of improving TANF programming to benefit families in need.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $413,469
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 145
  • Total Number of Attendees: 293

2017 Tribal Summit

Dates: 8/16/2017– 8/18/2017
Venue, City, State or Country: Renaissance, Arlington, VA
How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: This national convening allowed Tribal TANF and Native Employment Works administrators, tribal leaders, and stakeholders to come together and explore how to improve economic and employment outcomes for tribal families through peer interaction and presentations by subject matter experts.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $193,300
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 26
  • Total Number of Attendees: 198

2017 Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Biennial Grantee Conference

Dates: 8/8-8/10/2017
Venue, City, State or Country: The Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC
How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) convened representatives from 90 HMRF grantees around the country to learn about promising practices and receive training and technical assistance at this conference. Participants benefited from plenary sessions about a range of family strengthening topics, as well as from sessions organized by three learning tracks: Leadership, Evaluation, and Continuous Quality Improvement. This biennial conference is key to OFA’s mission as it helps HMRF grantees meet their goals and objectives for successful program implementation to align with the long-term goal of overall child and family well-being.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $368,850
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 33
  • Total Number of Attendees: 403

Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary
 

2017 Tribal, State, and Territory Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Annual Grantee Meeting

Dates: 9/6-9/8/2017
Venue, City, State or Country: Hilton, Washington, DC
How the Conference Advanced the Mission of the Agency: Provided technical assistance to Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) grantees in support of their implementation and evaluation of evidence-based home visiting programs.

  • Total Estimated Cost: $369,078
  • Total Attendees on Travel: 28
  • Total Number of Attendees: 500
Last Reviewed: January 29, 2018
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