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requirement that States obtain approval by the Secretary before implementing any policy, procedure, method, or

budget information that is required in §§303.200 through

303.212 to be submitted as part of the States’ application.

This requirement was reflected in proposed §303.208(b). We

did deviate from the language in proposed §303.208(b) by

referring to policies, procedures, methods and budget

information required in §§303.203, 303.204, 303.206,

303.207, 303.208, 303.209, and 303.211--rather than those

required in §§303.200 through 303.212, more generally.

Comment: A few commenters recommended that the Department

add the word “shall” to the end of §303.208(a)(2).

Discussion: As noted elsewhere in this discussion, we have

restructured §303.208 to clarify the entire section. Given

the revisions made to this the section, the commenters’

requested change is no longer applicable.

Changes: None.

Comment: One commenter expressed concern that requiring States to seek approval of the Secretary before implementing policies, procedures, and methods that are subject to the public participation requirements in

proposed §303.208(b) (new §303.101(c)) will impede a

State’s ability to respond in a timely way to the local

needs of eligible children, families, and early