November 3, 2023

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Moving Human Services Upstream

ACF to Host a Listening Session

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will host a virtual listening session on November 14, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM ET, on the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse Handbook of Standards and Procedures, Draft Version 2.0. ACF is currently seeking public comment through Federal Register.

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Advancing Social and Economic Mobility

SNAP-Ed Released New Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change Initiative Data Toolkit

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) SNAP Nutrition Education (SNAP-Ed) program released a new toolkit designed to support state agencies in making data-driven decisions for their Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change (PSE) work. The framework shares details as to how to evaluate PSE changes aligned with FNS reporting requirements and other SNAP-Ed guidance.

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The ERS Shared Household Food Security Data for 2022

The USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) shared the latest numbers on household food security, showing an increase from 10.2% in 2021 to 12.8% in 2022. The report shares disaggregated data between low and very low food security, household composition, and geographic area.

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FNS Approves All State SNAP Skimming Plans

FNS has officially approved all state Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) plans to replace benefits that are stolen via card skimming, cloning, or similar crimes. They have also launched a data dashboard to show nationwide metrics of benefit replacement from skimming.

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Strengthening the Human Services Sector

ORR Requesting Public Comment

ACF requires states, or Replacement Designee offices administering Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) funded programs, to submit yearly plans demonstrating the ability to appropriately provide and coordinate services. ORR is requesting a 3-year extension of the State Plan for Grants to States for Refugee Resettlement and is proposing changes to the forms. They are inviting public comments on whether a proposed collection of information is necessary.

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Advancing Governance, Innovation, and Risk Management for Agency Use of Artificial Intelligence

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is seeking public comment on a draft memorandum titled “Advancing Governance, Innovation, and Risk Management for Agency Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI).” As proposed, the memorandum would establish new agency requirements in areas of AI governance, innovation, and risk management, and would direct agencies to adopt specific minimum risk management practices for uses of AI that impact the rights and safety of the public. Comments are due by December 5, 2023.

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Administration Issues Executive Order on AI

A newly signed Executive Order, titled “Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence,” establishes new standards for AI safety and security. It also works to address privacy issues, advance equity and civil rights, and promote innovation and competition among other goals. Follow the link below to a fact sheet summarizing key points.

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Participate in BDT’s Cohort to Implement Telephonic Signatures

Benefits Data Trust (BDT) is accepting proposals from state SNAP agencies interested in adopting a SNAP telephonic signature solution. The selected five to eight states will join a 10-month collaborative learning cohort beginning in 2024. There is no cost for states to participate in the collaborative, and funding is available for agencies to help offset administrative costs of participation. The deadline for applications is November 17, 11:59 PM ET.

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APHSA Events

WEBINAR - Placer County: Implementing and Maintaining a System of Care

Placer County in California was one of the first counties in the country to implement a system of care model almost 35 years ago. Join Northwoods, an APHSA Strategic Industry Partner, Placer County's Children's System of Care, Superior Court of California, and others to hear how they're collaborating to maintain and expand this system of care.

November 8, 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST

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WEBINAR - How to Leverage Software as a Service to Drive Digital Transformation in Human Services

As public sector human services agencies seek to improve service delivery through technology modernization, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions can play an important role in helping deploy quick wins and reduce risks associated with custom builds. Brought to you by Binti, an APHSA Strategic Industry Partner, this webinar will offer use cases of SaaS in human services and dive into the differences and advantages of the SaaS business/service model.

December 5, 1:00 to 2:00 PM EST

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APHSA serves as a clearinghouse for job opportunities throughout the Human Services sector. Employers reach a wide audience of candidates searching for careers and job seekers will find a number of opportunities throughout the country.

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