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June 22 -- The Children's Bureau (CB), the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), in the United States (U.S.) Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) invites comments to OMB by July 24, 2023 regarding a three-year extension of the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) collection. [Comments due 30 days after submission to OMB on June 23.]

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) was amended in 1988 to direct the Secretary of HHS to establish a national data collection and analysis program, which would make available state child abuse and neglect reporting information. HHS responded by establishing NCANDS as a voluntary national reporting system.

During 1996, CAPTA was amended to require all states that receive funds from the Basic State Grant program to work with the Secretary of HHS to provide specific data elements, to the maximum extent practicable, about children who had been maltreated. Most of the required data elements were added to the NCANDS data collection. Subsequent CAPTA reauthorizations and amendments added required data elements. The current list of CAPTA required data elements includes: . . .
The Children's Bureau proposes to continue collecting the NCANDS data through the two files of the Detailed Case Data Component, the Child File (the case-level component of NCANDS) and the Agency File (additional aggregate data, which cannot be collected at the case level). There are no proposed changes to the NCANDS data collection instruments.

NCANDS: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/data-research/ncands
ACF submission to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202306-0970-008 Click IC List for information collection instrument, View Supporting Statement for technical documentation. Submit comments through this webpage.
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2023-13290

For AEA members wishing to submit comments, "A Primer on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections" is available at https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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