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noncompliance is critical to ensure proper and effective implementation of Part C of the Act. Therefore, it is the

Department’s position that correction as soon as possible,

but not later than one year from identification, is appropriate.

Changes: None.

State performance plans and data collection (§303.701)

Comment: One commenter supported the requirement in

§303.701(a) that each State include in its SPP a

description of how the State will improve its implementation of Part C requirements. Another commenter

supported the requirement in §303.701(c) that each State

collect valid and reliable information on all SPP indicators. This commenter requested that the regulations also require each State to document the process used to verify the validity and reliability of the data provided on the SPP indicators.

Discussion: As noted elsewhere in this preamble, the Secretary has established 14 indicators in the SPP for Part C of the Act. One of these indicators (Indicator 14) requires each State to demonstrate that it reports timely and accurate data under the reporting requirements in section 618 of the Act and in the SPP and APR. Further, to ensure valid and reliable data for each SPP/APR indicator,