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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
Understanding the Funding Opportunity Announcement New Mandatory Grant Disclosure Requirement in Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Understanding the Funding Opportunity Announcement Guidance for how to read an FOA Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Finding Funding Opportunities Guiance for searching for opportunities Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
ACF Policy for Applicants Experiencing System Issues Guidance for applicants having issues with any system used in the process of applicant submission Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
ACF Policy for Requesting an Exemption from Required Electronic Application Submission Guidance for obtaining an exemption from required electronic submission Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Register & Get Ready Guidance for prepearing to become an applicant Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
How To Apply for a Grant Guidance for applicants on how to find and read funding opportunity announcements, how to write and submit strong applications, what the review process is and what to expect after submission. Followed by FAQs Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Forms Guidance on forms to use Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Office of Refugee Resettlement - Refugee Targeted Assistance Program Guidance and Terms and Conditions for Refugee Targeted Assistance Program Grantees Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Office of Refugee Resettlement - Mandatory Programs Guidance and Terms and Conditions for Office of Refugee Resettlement Grantees Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
This Guidance Portal contains 29551 documents.