Performance Partnership Pilots & Administrative Flexibility
In February 2011, President Obama released a Presidential Memorandum on Administrative Flexibility, charging all agencies with aligning administrative and regulatory requirements to allow States, localities, or tribes to target funds toward coordinated efforts to achieve specific outcomes within a specific geographic community. As articulated in the guidance the White House Office of Management and Budget sent to federal agencies, the goal is not "flexibility for flexibility's sake"; it is to provide flexibility when it will enable State and local governments to focus more attention and resources on efforts that will improve outcomes.
As part of the Forum's June 2011 Children’s Cabinet Symposium, the Forum brought a delegation of state children’s cabinet directors to meet with senior officials from the White House Office of Management and Budget and federal agencies to learn about the administrative flexiblity work. The Forum then, working closely with state children's cabinets, issued a series of papers detailing specific areas where greater flexibility is needed:
- Recommendations for Administrative Flexibility, which identified barriers across a range of child and youth outcomes (everything from early childhood to youth in residential treatment centers)
- Recommendations for Administrative Flexibility: Supporting Interagency Efforts to Reconnect Disconnected Youth
- Barriers to Serving Youth in Multiple Systems
- Barriers to Serving Youth in Residential Care
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