National Center on Child Care Subsidy

National Center on Child Care Subsidy Innovation & Accountability

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The Center works with States to conduct triennial case record reviews to identify and reduce administrative errors in the CCDF program. Effective October 1, 2007, a Final Rule revised the CCDF regulations requiring all States, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, to report on error rates in the expenditure of CCDF grant funds once every three years on a rotational cycle. The revised Data Collection Instructions and related forms and are available for download.
The OCC has revised the Improper Payments Information Technology Guide (IT Guide). The IT Guide is comprised of two parts: Part I: Inventory of State Childcare Information Systems and Part II: Information Systems Project and Procurement Guidance.
ACF issued a Program Instruction on August 26, 2010, that provides guidance to grantees on preventing waste, fraud, and abuse in the CCDF program and how to improve program integrity while not reducing program access for eligible children. In addition, ACF conducts regular program integrity conference calls where states share best practices and tools to prevent waste, fraud and abuse and improve program integrity in the CCDF program.

This brief summarizes the error rate data for the 2014 federal fiscal year.

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) embarked on a comprehensive review of the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) administrative rules and procedures that led them to the development of a new policy manual. The primary goal was to develop “an efficient, effective subsidy program and system that is child focused, family friendly, fair to providers and grantees, and in compliance with CCDF rules and regulations".

This brief summarizes the error rate data for the 2013 federal fiscal year. It includes information about the national error rate, causes for improper errors, and States' strategies to reduce errors.

Extending eligibility redeterminations to 12 months or more provides both financial stability for families and continuous early care and education for children.