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The SSBG program is authorized under Title XX of the Social Security Act, as amended, and is codified at 42 USC 1397 through 1397e. The implementing regulations for this and other block grant programs authorized by Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981 are published at 45 CFR Part 96. Those regulations include both specific requirements and general administrative requirements in lieu of 45 CFR Part 75 (the HHS implementation of the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards) for the covered block grant programs. Requirements specific to SSBG are found in 45 CFR Sections 96.70 through 96.74.

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Administration (OA) recognizes the debilitating effects of the recent hurricanes that have struck Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. To allow those involved in recovery efforts to focus on the most pressing needs, the Office of Administration (OA) has identified areas of flexibility in administrative requirements under the awards it administers.