There are four network relevant requests for comment on proposed rulemaking or report mark-up:

Request for Comment Data Exchange Standards for Improved Interoperability of Multiple Human Service Programs

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) notice, issued Nov. 8 aims to address ACF’s commitment to providing state agencies with flexibility to implement standards for economical, efficient, and effective information systems that support policy and practice. ACF is soliciting comments from interested parties on setting standards for data exchanges that affect the SSA Title IV programs for child welfare and foster care (title IV-B and IV-E), child support (title IV-D), and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF, title IV-A). If interested in advancing comments or joining a taskforce related to this, contact Alliance Office of Public Policy and Mobilization. Comments are due by Jan. 7.

Draft Report on Health Research and Development to Stem the Opioid Crisis: A Federal Roadmap

The Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH), on behalf of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC); Committee on Science; Fast Track Action Committee on Health Science and Technology Response to the Opioid Crisis (Opioid FTAC), is requesting input on the content of a draft report, “Health Research and Development to Stem the Opioid Crisis: A Federal Roadmap.” The Alliance is looking for member comments on the 30-page report. If interested in advancing comments, please send an expression of interest to the Alliance Office of Public Policy and Mobilization. Comments are due by Dec. 8. The Alliance is finalizing comments. If you have any last-minute thoughts, please submit to policy@alliance1.org. 

Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to prescribe how it determines whether an alien is inadmissible to the United States. Under the current policy, only cash assistance (i.e., Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and comparable state or local programs) and government-funded long-term institutional care are counted to determine the extent an immigrant may become a “public charge.” The propose rule aims to expand the list of programs that may be considered beyond cash and long-term care to include some health care, nutrition and housing programs. Additionally, changes to income requirements for the sponsor and immigrant applicant apply. Help the Alliance understand your interest and the potential impact of the public charge rule by emailing the Alliance Office of Public Policy and Mobilization. Your input will help us frame any possible network actions. Comment are due by Dec. 10.

Aliens Subject to a Bar on Entry Under Certain Presidential Proclamations; Procedures for Protection Claims

The interim rule announced November 8th went into effect Nov. 9, 2018 after an anticipated presidential proclamation. According to the rule, The Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security (“DOJ,” “DHS,” or, collectively, “the Departments”) are adopting an interim final rule governing asylum claims in the context of aliens who are subject to, but contravene, a suspension or limitation on entry into the United States through the southern border with Mexico that is imposed by a presidential proclamation or other presidential order. The rule was one of the last acts of Attorney General Jeff Sessions before he resigned this week. If interested in advancing comments, please send an expression of interest to the Alliance Office of Public Policy and Mobilization. Comments are due by Jan. 8.

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