The State may ask to renegotiate its Program Improvement Plan (PIP) with the Children’s Bureau Regional Office, as needed, especially when implementing complex strategies. This renegotiation may be considered to revise action steps or modify measurement plans (see PIP Content).
Requests for changes to the PIP should be submitted in writing (or electronically) to the Children’s Bureau Regional Office for approval. Contact information for each Regional Office is available online at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/oro.
Once a request has been received, the Children’s Bureau Regional Office Team Leader then contacts the State to discuss the issues leading to the request, the specific changes proposed, and the rationale for the adjustment. The Children’s Bureau Regional Office and State, in consultation with the Children’s Bureau Central Office, may then renegotiate the PIP as needed, but the new plan must meet the following criteria:
- The renegotiated PIP must be designed to correct the areas of the State’s program determined not to be in substantial conformity or to achieve a standard for the data indicators that is acceptable.
- Any action steps that are renegotiated in the PIP must still be completed within the allowable 2-year time frame for PIP implementation.
The terms of the renegotiated PIP must be approved by the Children’s Bureau Regional Office in consultation with the Children’s Bureau Central Office.