The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is pleased to announce that a proposed regulation for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Formula Grant Program has been posted in the Federal Register and on Regulations.gov for a 60-day comment period, ending October 28, 2013.
This proposed regulation gives states and territories greater flexibility in providing financial support to eligible crime victim assistance programs, so it’s important that we receive feedback regarding possible effects this may have on your state or territory, and any suggestions on how OVC might improve the proposed regulation. Please go to Regulations.gov to view an electronic version of the proposed regulation and provide your comments using the form on the site.
All comments received are considered part of the public record and are generally made available for public inspection on Regulations.gov. Please see the additional information about submitting public comments under the heading “Supplementary Information” in the proposed regulation.
Once the public comment period closes, OVC will review all comments and make any necessary changes to the draft. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) then has 90 days to review the draft final regulation and return it to OVC. It will be published again in the Federal Register, and will go into effect 30 days after final publication.
We anticipate the regulation will be finalized with sufficient time allowed for states and territories to make any necessary adjustments, and expect to coordinate the effective date of the final regulation with the VOCA Victim Assistance program funding cycle.
Your comments will help ensure that VOCA-funded services are of the highest quality and are readily accessible to every victim of crime in our Nation.
FROM: Joye E. Frost, Director
Office for Victims of Crime
DATE: August 28, 2013
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