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Federal Funds Bending toward More Flexibility

The prospects are looking good for states and localities that want more flexibility in using federal dollars for coordinated efforts to boost child and youth outcomes.
Information Update
September 27, 2011

Last month the Forum hosted a meeting with officials from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget to discuss barriers to collaborative work for disconnected youth and explore possible solutions as detailed in Recommendations for Administrative Flexibility: Supporting Interagency Efforts to Reconnect Disconnected Youth. The meeting stemmed from the Forum for Youth Investment's Policy Alignment Series and Children's Cabinet Network, as well as President Obama's Memorandum on Administrative Flexibility.

As a result of the meeting, work is underway to explore ways to implement selected recommendations. This brief explains the background about the issue and the most recent developments