ACF Emergency and Disaster Waivers and Flexibilities

Publication Date: March 4, 2021

The ACF Emergency and Disaster Waivers and Flexibilities document contains programmatic and administrative information on each ACF program that has emergency waivers and flexibilities. 

It was developed by OHSEPR in collaboration with ACF Program Offices to emphasize an all-hazards approach; this means the waivers and flexibilities may apply to any potential disaster (e.g., hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires) or public health emergency. 


The term “waiver” refers to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) dispensations from rules or penalties that can assist grantees in preparing for or responding to an emergency or disaster. Waivers require the express prior approval of HHS.  


The term “flexibility” refers to authorities available to grantees under existing law or regulation that may be used to provide services or otherwise operate their federally funded programs to prepare for or respond to an emergency or disaster.  

Each program is the final authority on the application of its programs' waivers and flexibilities. Certain waivers and flexibilities may require prior ACF approval and/or may include specific requirements.  

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