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sampling cannot be “accurate and unduplicated.” The other

commenter stated that accurate and unduplicated counts

should not require extra certification.

Discussion: It is critical that data reported by States be accurate. One way to ensure accuracy of that data is to require lead agency officials to submit a certification

attesting to the data’s accuracy, as is required by

§303.723. Concerning the accuracy of data collected

through sampling, when a State uses sampling as a methodology to obtain its child count data, the State must first, in accordance with OMB-approved information collection requirements, have its sampling plan approved by the Department. Prior to receiving approval of a sampling plan, the State must demonstrate that its proposed sampling plan will result in the collection of valid, reliable, and accurate data. Currently no State has elected to use sampling when collecting the data required under section

618 of the Act and §303.721. For these reasons, we decline

to delete §303.723 as requested by the commenters.

Changes: None.

Annual report of children served--other responsibilities of

the lead agency (§303.724)

Comment: One commenter expressed support for §303.724,

citing the importance of having States establish procedures