Paperwork Reduction Act 14-Day Comment Period for State and Territory Notification of Obligation Status for Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act Stabilization Funds

November 8, 2021

The Office of Child Care (OCC) would like to call your attention to a Federal Register notice posted today that is related to reporting the 90-day obligation status notification for the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Stabilization funds for states and territories:

The draft Notification of Obligation Status Program Instruction (PI) can also be found below. Note: This information collection is subject to change following the public comment period; but state and territory CCDF lead agencies can use to begin preparing for the Notification of Obligation Status. OCC will share the final PI (and any revisions) through a separate OCC announcement.

This is a new collection of the Notification of Obligation Status for CCDF ARP Stabilization funds and fulfills the statutory requirement for states and territories to notify the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) if they are unable to obligate at least 50 percent of the funds that are available for subgrants within 9 months of enactment of the law, which is December 11, 2021. The PI describes:

  • The notification requirements,
  • The submission process for emailing their OCC Regional Program Manager,
  • A submission deadline of December 6, 2021,
  • How to calculate the funds available for subgrants, and
  • How OCC will use information from the notifications.

State and territory CCDF lead agencies who will obligate 50 percent of the ARP Act Stabilization funds available for subgrants by December 11, 2021, are not required to submit an email notification.

Instructions for tribal CCDF lead agencies will be released through separate guidance.

In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is soliciting public comment for this data collection effort until November 21, 2021. In addition to the Federal Register notice linked above, the proposed collection of information is also posted below. Alternatively, a copy can be obtained by sending an email to infocollection@acf.hhs.gov; all requests should be identified by the title of the information collection. Comments are due within 14 days of publication and should be submitted by sending an email to infocollection@acf.hhs.gov.

Proposed Revised Collection:

Draft Notification of Obligation Status Program Instruction (PI) (PDF)