Authorization Expiration Dates

The United States Congress often enacts legislation to establish a federal program, prescribe a federal function, or allow a particular federal obligation or expenditure within a program for a specific period of time. Legislative authorities can expire, but continue to receive appropriations pending congressional reauthorization.

This list shows Administration for Children and Families (ACF) programs by the fiscal and budget year in which the authority expires and the congressional committees of jurisdiction for the program.

Expires 9/30/2002 (2003 Budget)

  • Refugee Assistance Program
    Sec. 414(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and Sec. 501 of the Refugee Education Assistance Act
    House Judiciary Committee
    Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Native American Programs Act (except Native Languages Program, authorized through FY 2012)
    Sec. 816 of the Native American Programs Act
    House Natural Resources Committee
    Senate Indian Affairs Committee

Expires 9/30/2003 (2004 Budget)

  • Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)
    Sec. 674(a) of the Community Services Block Grant Act
    House Education and the Workforce Committee
    Senate HELP Committee
  • CSBG Discretionary Programs
    Sec. 674(b)(3) of the Community Services Block Grant Act
    House Education and the Workforce Committee
    Senate HELP Committee
  • Assets for Independence Demonstration Program
    Sec. 416 of the Assets for Independence Act
    House Education and the Workforce Committee
    Senate HELP Committee

Expires 9/30/2007 (2008 Budget)

  • Torture Victims Relief
    Sec. 5(b)(1) of the Torture Victims Relief Act
    House Energy and Commerce Committee
    House Foreign Affairs Committee
    Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • LIHEAP
    Sec. 2602 of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Act
    House Energy and Commerce Committee
    House Education and the Workforce Committee
    Senate HELP Committee

Expires 9/30/2012 (2013 Budget)

  • Head Start
    Sec. 639 of the Head Start Act 
    House Education and the Workforce Committee
    Senate HELP Committee

Expires 9/30/2013 (2014 Budget)

  • Runaway and Homeless Youth Act 
    Sec. 388(a) of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act
    House Education and the Workforce Committee
    Senate Judiciary Committee

Expires 9/30/2014 (2015 Budget)

  • Family Connection Grants
    Sec. 427 of the Social Security Act
    House Ways and Means Committee
    Senate Finance Committee

Expires 9/30/2015 (2016 Budget)

  • CAPTA, Abandoned Infants and Adoption Opportunities
    Sec. 112(a) of title I (CAPTA), Sec. 205 of Section II (Adopt. Opps.), and Sec. 302 of Section III (Abandoned Infants) of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act
    House Education and the Workforce Committee
    Senate HELP Committee
  • Family Violence
    Sec. 303(a) and (b) of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act 
    House Education and the Workforce Committee
    Senate HELP Committee
  • TANF Supplemental Grants
    Sec. 403 (a)(3)(E) of the Social Security Act
    House Ways and Means Committee
    Senate Finance Committee

Expires 9/30/2016 (2017 Budget)

  • Adoption and Legal Guardianship Incentive Payments
    Sec. 473A(h) of the Social Security Act
    House Ways and Means Committee
    Senate Finance Committee
  • Safe and Stable Families 
    Secs. 436 – 438 of the Social Security Act
    House Ways and Means Committee
    Senate Finance Committee

Expires 9/30/2017 (2018 Budget)

  • Victims of Trafficking
    Sec. 113(b) of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and Sec. 202(d) of the Trafficking Victims Reauthorization Act of 2005
    House Foreign Affairs Committee w/House Judiciary
    Senate Foreign Relations Committee w/Senate Judiciary

Expires 9/30/2018 (2019 Budget)

  • Child Care Entitlement
    Sec. 418 of the Social Security Act
    House Education and the Workforce Committee
    House Ways and Means Committee
    Senate Finance Committee
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
    Sec. 403(a)(1)(E) of the Social Security Act
    House Ways and Means Committee
    Senate Finance Committee
  • TANF Contingency Fund 
    Sec. 403(b) of the Social Security Act
    House Ways and Means Committee 
    Senate Finance Committee

Expires 9/30/2020 (2021 Budget)

  • Child Care and Development Block Grant 
    Sec. 658B of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act
    House Education and the Workforce Committee
    House Ways and Means Committee
    Senate HELP Committee
  • Health Profession Opportunity Grant
    Sec. 2008 of the Social Security Act
    House Energy and Commerce Committee
    Senate Finance Committee
  • Personal Responsibility Education Program
    Sec. 513 of the Social Security Act
    House Energy and Commerce Committee
    Senate Finance Committee
  • Sexual Risk Avoidance Education
    Sec. 510 of the Social Security Act
    House Energy and Commerce Committee
    Senate Finance Committee
Last Reviewed: March 21, 2018

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