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HHS Guidance Submissions

On October 9, 2019, the President issued Executive Order (EO) 13891 entitled Promoting the Rule of Law through Improved Agency Guidance Documents (84 FR 55235). The EO requires HHS to establish a single, searchable, indexed database that contains links to all of HHS's guidance documents currently in effect. Guidance documents come in a variety of formats, including interpretive memoranda, policy statements, manuals, bulletins, advisories, and more.

On August 20, 2020, HHS published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes to issue regulations governing the agency's release and maintenance of guidance documents. See 85 FR 51396. These regulations should, if finalized, help to ensure that the public receives appropriate notice of new guidance and that the Department's guidance does not impose obligations on regulated parties that are not already reflected in duly enacted statutes or regulations lawfully promulgated under them. HHS has issued a Request for Information soliciting comments relating to the Department's current compliance with Executive Order 13891, and in particular, seeks specific feedback about potential opportunities to improve and ensure the Department's compliance with, and best practices relating to, the legal obligations governing the appropriate issuance of guidance. Comments are due on October 12, 2020 and should be submitted electronically to GuidanceRFI@hhs.gov.

DISCLAIMER: The contents of this database lack the force and effect of law, except as authorized by law (including Medicare Advantage Rate Announcements and Advance Notices) or as specifically incorporated into a contract.  The Department may not cite, use, or rely on any guidance that is not posted on the guidance repository, except to establish historical facts.

HHS Guidance

Title Subtitle OpDiv/StaffDiv Guidance Status Issue Date
Reporting Guidance on Post-Award Reporting Requirements Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Terms and Conditions Award Term for Micro-Purchase and Simplified Acquisition Threshold Exception Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Terms and Conditions Guidance on Various Terms and Conditions Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
FAQs FAQs on the ACF Review Proxess Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
FAQs FAQs on the ACF Application Process Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
What to Expect After Application Submission Guidance on the next steps after application has been turned in. Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Understand the Review Process Guidance on the ACF Application Review Process Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Submit an Application Tips and Guidances for submiting an application Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Write a Strong Application General Guidance on writing strong applications Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Decide Whether to Apply Guidance for deciding whether or not to apply Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
This Guidance Portal contains 29551 documents.