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procedure used by the State to ensure that resources are made available under this part for all geographic areas within the State.

(Approved by Office of Management and Budget under control number 1820-0550)

(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1437(a)(7))

§303.208 Public participation policies and procedures.

(a) Application. At least 60 days prior to being submitted to the Department, each application for funds under this part (including any policies, procedures, descriptions, methods, certifications, assurances and other information required in the application) must be published in a manner that will ensure circulation throughout the State for at least a 60-day period, with an opportunity for public comment on the application for at least 30 days during that period.

(b) State Policies and Procedures. Each application must include a description of the policies and procedures used by the State to ensure that, before adopting any new policy or procedure (including any revision to an existing policy or procedure) needed to comply with Part C of the Act and these regulations, the lead agency--

(1) Holds public hearings on the new policy or procedure (including any revision to an existing policy or