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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
Office of Family Assistance - Mandatory Programs Guidance and Terms and Conditions for Office of Family Assistance Grantees Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Office of Family Assistance - Native Employment Works Program (102-477 Demonstration Project) Guidance and Terms and Conditions for Native Employment Works Program Demonstration Project Grantees Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Office of Family Assistance - Native Employment Works Program Guidance and Terms and Conditions for Native Employment Works Program Grantees Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Office of Family Assistance - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Direct Funded Tribes) Guidance and Terms and Conditions for Tribes for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Office of Family Assistance - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (State, Territories) Guidance and Terms and Conditions for States and Territories for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Office of Community Services - Social Services Block Grant Program Guidance and Terms and Conditions for Social Services Block Grant Program Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Office of Community Services - Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Guidance and Terms and Conditions for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Grantees Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Office of Community Services - Residential Energy Assistance Challenge Program Guidance and Terms and Conditions for Residential Energy Assistance Challenge Program Grantees Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Office of Community Services - Community Services Block Grant Program Guidance and Terms and Conditions for Community Services Block Grant Program Grantees Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Office of Community Services Mandatory Grant Programs Guidance and Terms and Conditions for Office of Community Services Mandatory Programs Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
This Guidance Portal contains 29551 documents.