Proposed Rules and Public Comment: You Have a Voice in Final Federal Regulations

Let’s play a quick game.  I say “CACFP Federal Regulations” and then you think “____________.”  Did that blank space involve an eye-roll and maybe even a “#&$%?”

I think if you participate in the food program at some point the mere mention of “regulations” will bring about a flurry of a heartbeat and a negative thought. 

I have a question for you though, did you know that you have a say in those final rules that you ultimately have to follow?  Well, you do!  Once a rule/regulation has been proposed there is a period of time in which public comment is encouraged and accepted.

Actually, many federal agencies accept public comments after a proposed rule is published.  No matter whom you are or the people you know, you have an opportunity to comment on that proposed rule before it becomes a final one.

While comments come in varying styles and sizes, it is a requirement for the federal agencies to read them and take them into account before the final rule is made.

You have the power, use it.

What does this have to do with CACFP?

Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) has published their proposed rule in the Federal Register regarding the Child and Adult Care Food Program: Amendments Related to healthy, Hunger-Free Kids act of 2010, Docket Number FNS-2012-0022, RIN: 0584-AE12.  This rule is in the proposed rule stage right now!  That means it’s open for public comment until June 8, 2012.  Public comment = your comment.

What does the proposed rule address?

You can access bulleted points from the Food Action and Research Center (FRAC) here.  To access the entire rule: Child and Adult Care Food Program: Amendments Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.  A few of FRAC’s bulleted points include:

  • Requires State agencies to develop and provide for the use of a standard permanent agreement between sponsoring organizations and day care centers;
  • Allows tier II day care homes to collect household income information and transmit it to the sponsoring organization;
  • Requires sponsoring organizations to vary the timing of reviews of sponsored facilities.

**From FRAC announcement

Commenting on the proposed rule?

  • Your representative CACFP organizations are putting together a model comment that you can use and modify as you’d like.  Keep an eye out for this to come soon.
  • Sheer numbers are important but personal experience is important too. 
  • The first page of the proposed rule explains how and where comments can be submitted: Child and Adult Care Food Program: Amendments Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
  • Comment online at regulations.gov.
  • Submit comments for the Child and Adult Care Food Program: Amendments Related to Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, here.
  • View other comments made for Child and Adult Care Food Program: Amendments Related to Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, here.  Anywhere it says “Public Submission” is someone’s comment.

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Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.