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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
Examples of Stevens Amendment Documents or Other Publications Examples of Stevens Amendment Documents or Other Publications Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Stevens Amendment Guidance regarding the Stevens Amendment for ensuring transparency and accountability in federal spending. Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Debarment and Suspension Guidance regarding debarment and suspension for HHS' non-procurement programs and activities. Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace Guidance Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Act Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Pro-Children Act Guidance regarding Pro-Children Act Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Equal Treatment for Faith-Based Organizations Guidance regarding Equal Treatment for Faith-Based Organizations Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Award Term and Condition for Trafficking in Persons Full text of Award Term and Condition for Trafficking in Persons Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Award Term and Condition under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 Guidance regarding requirements of Section 106(g) of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Prohibition Against Profit Guidance for awards to commercial organizaitons as recipients Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
Award Term and Condition under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Guidance for Award Term and Condition under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Final
This Guidance Portal contains 29551 documents.