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§ 3011. Establishment of Administration on Aging
(a) Function and operation

There is established in the Office of the Secretary an Administration on Aging which shall be headed by an Assistant Secretary for Aging. Except for subchapter IX, the Administration shall be the agency for carrying out this chapter. There shall be a direct reporting relationship between the Assistant Secretary and the Secretary. In the performance of the functions of the Assistant Secretary, the Assistant Secretary shall be directly responsible to the Secretary. The Secretary shall not approve or require any delegation of the functions of the Assistant Secretary (including the functions of the Assistant Secretary carried out through regional offices) to any other officer not directly responsible to the Assistant Secretary.

(b) Appointment of Assistant Secretary

The Assistant Secretary shall be appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.

(c) Office for American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian Programs; Director
(1) There is established in the Administration an Office for American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian Programs.
(2) The Office shall be headed by a Director of the Office for American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian Aging appointed by the Assistant Secretary.
(3) The Director of the Office for American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian Aging shall—
(A)
(i) evaluate the adequacy of outreach under subchapter III and subchapter X for older individuals who are Native Americans and recommend to the Assistant Secretary necessary action to improve service delivery, outreach, coordination between subchapter III and subchapter X services, and particular problems faced by older Indians and Native Hawaiians; and
(ii) include a description of the results of such evaluation and recommendations in the annual report required by section 3018(a) of this title to be submitted by the Assistant Secretary;
(B) serve as the effective and visible advocate in behalf of older individuals who are Native Americans within the Department of Health and Human Services and with other departments and agencies of the Federal Government regarding all Federal policies affecting such individuals, with particular attention to services provided to Native Americans by the Indian Health Service;
(C) coordinate activities between other Federal departments and agencies to assure a continuum of improved services through memoranda of agreements or through other appropriate means of coordination;
(D) administer and evaluate the grants provided under this chapter to Indian tribes, public agencies and nonprofit private organizations serving Native Hawaiians;
(E) recommend to the Assistant Secretary policies and priorities with respect to the development and operation of programs and activities conducted under this chapter relating to older individuals who are Native Americans;
(F) collect and disseminate information related to problems experienced by older Native Americans, including information (compiled with assistance from public or nonprofit private entities, including institutions of higher education, with experience in assessing the characteristics and health status of older individuals who are Native Americans) on elder abuse, in-home care, health problems, and other problems unique to Native Americans;
(G) develop research plans, and conduct and arrange for research, in the field of American Native aging with a special emphasis on the gathering of statistics on the status of older individuals who are Native Americans;
(H) develop and provide technical assistance and training programs to grantees under subchapter X;
(I) promote coordination—
(i) between the administration of subchapter III and the administration of subchapter X; and
(ii) between programs established under subchapter III by the Assistant Secretary and programs established under subchapter X by the Assistant Secretary;
including sharing among grantees information on programs funded, and on training and technical assistance provided, under such subchapters; and
(J) serve as the effective and visible advocate on behalf of older individuals who are Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians, in the States to promote the enhanced delivery of services and implementation of programs, under this chapter and other Federal Acts, for the benefit of such individuals.
(d) Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs
(1) There is established in the Administration the Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs (in this subsection referred to as the “Office”).
(2)
(A) The Office shall be headed by a Director of the Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs (in this subsection referred to as the “Director”) who shall be appointed by the Assistant Secretary from among individuals who have expertise and background in the fields of long-term care advocacy and management. The Director shall report directly to the Assistant Secretary.
(B) No individual shall be appointed Director if—
(i) the individual has been employed within the previous 2 years by—(I) a long-term care facility;(II) a corporation that then owned or operated a long-term care facility; or(III) an association of long-term care facilities;
(ii) the individual—(I) has an ownership or investment interest (represented by equity, debt, or other financial relationship) in a long-term care facility or long-term care service; or(II) receives, or has the right to receive, directly or indirectly remuneration (in cash or in kind) under a compensation arrangement with an owner or operator of a long-term care facility; or
(iii) the individual, or any member of the immediate family of the individual, is subject to a conflict of interest.
(3) The Director shall—
(A) serve as an effective and visible advocate on behalf of older individuals who reside in long-term care facilities, within the Department of Health and Human Services and with other departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the Federal Government regarding all Federal policies affecting such individuals;
(B) review and make recommendations to the Assistant Secretary regarding—
(i) the approval of the provisions in State plans submitted under section 3027(a) of this title that relate to State Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs; and
(ii) the adequacy of State budgets and policies relating to the programs;
(C) after consultation with State Long-Term Care Ombudsmen and the State agencies, make recommendations to the Assistant Secretary regarding—
(i) policies designed to assist State Long-Term Care Ombudsmen; and
(ii) methods to periodically monitor and evaluate the operation of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs, to ensure that the programs satisfy the requirements of section 3027(a)(9) of this title and section 3058g of this title, including provision of service to residents of board and care facilities and of similar adult care facilities;
(D) keep the Assistant Secretary and the Secretary fully and currently informed about—
(i) problems relating to State Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs; and
(ii) the necessity for, and the progress toward, solving the problems;
(E) review, and make recommendations to the Secretary and the Assistant Secretary regarding, existing and proposed Federal legislation, regulations, and policies regarding the operation of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs;
(F) make recommendations to the Assistant Secretary and the Secretary regarding the policies of the Administration, and coordinate the activities of the Administration with the activities of other Federal entities, State and local entities, and nongovernmental entities, relating to State Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs;
(G) supervise the activities carried out under the authority of the Administration that relate to State Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs;
(H) administer the National Ombudsman Resource Center established under section 3012(a)(18) of this title and make recommendations to the Assistant Secretary regarding the operation of the National Ombudsman Resource Center;
(I) advocate, monitor, and coordinate Federal and State activities of Long-Term Care Ombudsmen under this chapter;
(J) submit to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate an annual report on the effectiveness of services provided under section 3027(a)(9) of this title and section 3058g of this title;
(K) have authority to investigate the operation or violation of any Federal law administered by the Department of Health and Human Services that may adversely affect the health, safety, welfare, or rights of older individuals;
(L) not later than 180 days after April 19, 2016, establish standards applicable to the training required by section 3058g(h)(5) of this title; and
(M) collect and analyze best practices related to responding to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation in long-term care facilities, and publish a report of such best practices.
(e) Elder abuse prevention and services
(1) The Assistant Secretary is authorized to designate within the Administration a person to have responsibility for elder abuse prevention and services.
(2) It shall be the duty of the Assistant Secretary, acting through the person designated to have responsibility for elder abuse prevention and services, and in coordination with the heads of State adult protective services programs and the Director of the Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs—
(A) to develop objectives, priorities, policy, and a long-term plan for—
(i) facilitating the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of a coordinated, multidisciplinary elder justice system in the United States;
(ii) providing Federal leadership to support State efforts in carrying out elder justice programs and activities relating to—(I) elder abuse prevention, detection, treatment, intervention, and response;(II) training of individuals regarding the matters described in subclause (I); and(III) the development of a State comprehensive elder justice system, as defined in section 3058aa–1(b) of this title;
(iii) establishing Federal guidelines and disseminating best practices for uniform data collection and reporting by States;
(iv) working with States, the Department of Justice, and other Federal entities to annually collect, maintain, and disseminate data relating to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, to the extent practicable;
(v) establishing an information clearinghouse to collect, maintain, and disseminate information concerning best practices and resources for training, technical assistance, and other activities to assist States and communities to carry out evidence-based programs to prevent and address elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation;
(vi) conducting research related to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation;
(vii) providing technical assistance to States and other eligible entities that provide or fund the provision of the services described in subchapter XI;
(viii) carrying out a study to determine the national incidence and prevalence of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation in all settings; and
(ix) promoting collaborative efforts and diminishing duplicative efforts in the development and carrying out of elder justice programs at the Federal, State and local levels; and
(B) to assist States and other eligible entities under subchapter XI to develop strategic plans to better coordinate elder justice activities, research, and training.
(3) The Secretary, acting through the Assistant Secretary, may issue such regulations as may be necessary to carry out this subsection and section 3058aa–1 of this title.
(f) Mental health services
(1) The Assistant Secretary may designate an officer or employee who shall be responsible for the administration of mental and behavioral health services authorized under this chapter.
(2) It shall be the duty of the Assistant Secretary, acting through the individual designated under paragraph (1), to develop objectives, priorities, and a long-term plan for supporting State and local efforts involving education about and prevention, detection, and treatment of mental disorders, including age-related dementia, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease and related neurological disorders with neurological and organic brain dysfunction.
(g) Research, Demonstration, and Evaluation Center for the Aging Network
(1) The Assistant Secretary shall, as appropriate, coordinate the research and evaluation functions of this chapter under a Research, Demonstration, and Evaluation Center for the Aging Network (in this subsection referred to as the “Center”), which shall be headed by a director designated by the Assistant Secretary from individuals described in paragraph (4).
(2) The purpose of the Center shall be—
(A) to coordinate, as appropriate, research, research dissemination, evaluation, demonstration projects, and related activities carried out under this chapter;
(B) to provide assessment of the programs and interventions authorized under this chapter; and
(C) to increase the repository of information on evidence-based programs and interventions available to the aging network, which information shall be applicable to existing programs and interventions and help in the development of new evidence-based programs and interventions.
(3) Activities of the Center shall include, as appropriate, conducting, promoting, coordinating, and providing support for—
(A) research and evaluation activities that support the objectives of this chapter, including—
(i) evaluation of new and existing programs and interventions authorized by this chapter; and
(ii) research on and assessment of the relationship between programs and interventions under this chapter and the health outcomes, social determinants of health, quality of life, and independence of individuals served under this chapter;
(B) demonstration projects that support the objectives of this chapter, including activities to bring effective demonstration projects to scale with a prioritization of projects that address the needs of underserved populations, and promote partnerships among aging services, community-based organizations, and Medicare and Medicaid providers, plans, and health (including public health) systems;
(C) outreach and dissemination of research findings; and
(D) technical assistance related to the activities described in this paragraph.
(4) The director shall be an individual with substantial knowledge of and experience in aging and health policy, and research administration.
(5) Not later than October 1, 2020, and at 5-year intervals thereafter, the director shall prepare and publish in the Federal Register for public comment a draft of a 5-year plan that—
(A) outlines priorities for research, research dissemination, evaluation, demonstration projects, and related activities;
(B) explains the basis for such priorities; and
(C) describes how the plan will meet the needs of underserved populations.
(6) The director shall coordinate, as appropriate, research, research dissemination, evaluation, and demonstration projects, and related activities with appropriate agency program staff, and, as appropriate, with other Federal departments and agencies involved in research in the field of aging.
(7) Not later than December 31, 2020, and annually thereafter, the director shall prepare, and submit to the Secretary, the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate, the Special Committee on Aging of the Senate, and the Committee on Education and Labor of the House of Representatives, a report on the activities funded under this section and subchapter IV.
(8) The director shall, as appropriate, consult with experts on aging research and evaluation and aging network stakeholders on the implementation of the activities described under paragraph (3) of this subsection.
(9) The director shall coordinate, as appropriate, all research and evaluation authorities under this chapter.
(Pub. L. 89–73, title II, § 201, July 14, 1965, 79 Stat. 220; Pub. L. 93–29, title II, § 201(a), May 3, 1973, 87 Stat. 30; Pub. L. 93–351, § 2(a), July 12, 1974, 88 Stat. 357; Pub. L. 95–478, title V, § 503(b)(1), Oct. 18, 1978, 92 Stat. 1559; Pub. L. 98–459, title II, § 201, Oct. 9, 1984, 98 Stat. 1767; Pub. L. 100–175, title I, §§ 102, 107(a), 182(c), Nov. 29, 1987, 101 Stat. 928, 931, 964; Pub. L. 102–375, title I, § 102(b)(1)(A), (2), title II, § 201, title IX, § 904(a)(3), Sept. 30, 1992, 106 Stat. 1200, 1201, 1202, 1306; Pub. L. 103–171, § 3(a)(2), Dec. 2, 1993, 107 Stat. 1989; Pub. L. 106–501, title VIII, § 801(b)(1), Nov. 13, 2000, 114 Stat. 2291; Pub. L. 109–365, title II, § 201, Oct. 17, 2006, 120 Stat. 2527; Pub. L. 114–144, §§ 3(a), 9(2), Apr. 19, 2016, 130 Stat. 335, 352; Pub. L. 116–131, title I, § 127(a), Mar. 25, 2020, 134 Stat. 252.)
§ 3012. Functions of Assistant Secretary
(a) Duties and functions of AdministrationIt shall be the duty and function of the Administration to—
(1) serve as the effective and visible advocate for older individuals within the Department of Health and Human Services and with other departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the Federal Government by maintaining active review and commenting responsibilities over all Federal policies affecting older individuals;
(2) collect and disseminate information related to problems of the aged and aging;
(3) directly assist the Secretary in all matters pertaining to problems of the aged and aging;
(4) administer the grants provided by this chapter, but not approve an application submitted by an applicant for a grant for an activity under a provision of this chapter for which such applicant previously received a grant under such provision unless the Assistant Secretary determines—
(A) the activity for which such application was submitted is being operated, or was operated, effectively to achieve its stated purpose; and
(B) such applicant has complied with the assurances provided to the Assistant Secretary with the application for such previous grant.1
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(5) develop plans, conduct and arrange for research in the field of aging, and assist in the establishment and implementation of programs designed to meet the health and economic needs of older individuals for supportive services, including nutrition, hospitalization, education and training services (including preretirement training, and continuing education), cultural experiences, activities, and services, including in the arts, low-cost transportation and housing, assistive technology, and health (including mental and behavioral health) services;
(6) provide technical assistance and consultation to States and political subdivisions thereof with respect to programs for the aged and aging;
(7) prepare, publish, and disseminate educational materials dealing with the health and economic welfare of older individuals;
(8) gather statistics in the field of aging which other Federal agencies are not collecting, and take whatever action is necessary to achieve coordination of activities carried out or assisted by all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the Federal Government with respect to the collection, preparation, and dissemination of information relevant to older individuals;
(9) develop basic policies and set priorities with respect to the development and operation of programs and activities conducted under authority of this chapter;
(10) coordinate Federal programs and activities related to such purposes;
(11) coordinate, and assist in, the planning and development by public (including Federal, State, and local agencies) and private organizations of programs for older individuals, with a view to the establishment of a nationwide network of comprehensive, coordinated services and opportunities for such individuals;
(12)
(A) consult and coordinate activities with the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the heads of other Federal entities to implement and build awareness of programs providing benefits affecting older individuals; and
(B) carry on a continuing evaluation of the programs and activities related to the objectives of this chapter, with particular attention to the impact of the programs and activities carried out under—
(i) titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395 et seq., 1396 et seq.);
(ii) the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (29 U.S.C. 621 et seq.); and
(iii) the National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) relating to housing for older individuals and the setting of standards for the licensing of nursing homes, intermediate care homes, and other facilities providing care for such individuals;
(13) provide information and assistance to private organizations for the establishment and operation by them of programs and activities related to the objectives of this chapter;
(14) develop, in coordination with other agencies (including the Health Resources and Services Administration), a national plan for meeting the needs for trained personnel in the field of aging, and for training persons for carrying out programs related to the objectives of this chapter, and conduct and provide for the conducting of such training;
(15) consult with national organizations representing minority individuals to develop and disseminate training packages and to provide technical assistance efforts designed to assist State and area agencies on aging, and service providers, in providing services to older individuals with greatest economic need or individuals with greatest social need, with particular attention to and specific objectives for providing services to low-income minority individuals and older individuals residing in rural areas;
(16) collect for each fiscal year, for fiscal years beginning after September 30, 1988, directly or by contract, statistical data regarding programs and activities carried out with funds provided under this chapter, including—
(A) with respect to each type of service or activity provided with such funds—
(i) the aggregate amount of such funds expended to provide such service or activity;
(ii) the number of individuals who received such service or activity; and
(iii) the number of units of such service or activity provided;
(B) the number of senior centers which received such funds; and
(C) the extent to which each area agency on aging designated under section 3025(a) of this title satisfied the requirements of paragraphs (2) and (4)(A) of section 3026(a) of this title;
(17) obtain from—
(A) the Department of Agriculture information explaining the requirements for eligibility to receive benefits under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 [7 U.S.C. 2011 et seq.]; and
(B) the Social Security Administration information explaining the requirements for eligibility to receive supplemental security income benefits under title XVI of the Social Security Act [42 U.S.C. 1381 et seq.] (or assistance under a State plan program under title XVI of that Act);
and distribute such information, in written form, to State agencies, for redistribution to area agencies on aging, to carry out outreach activities and application assistance;
(18)
(A) establish and operate the National Ombudsman Resource Center (in this paragraph referred to as the “Center”), under the administration of the Director of the Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs, that will—
(i) by grant or contract—(I) conduct research;(II) provide training, technical assistance, and information to State Long-Term Care Ombudsmen;(III) analyze laws, regulations, programs, and practices; and(IV) provide assistance in recruiting and retaining volunteers for State Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs by establishing a national program for recruitment efforts that utilizes the organizations that have established a successful record in recruiting and retaining volunteers for ombudsman or other programs;
relating to Federal, State, and local long-term care ombudsman policies; and
(ii) assist State Long-Term Care Ombudsmen in the implementation of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs; and
(B) make available to the Center not less than the amount of resources made available to the Long-Term Care Ombudsman National Resource Center for fiscal year 2000;
(19) conduct strict monitoring of State compliance with the requirements in effect, under this chapter to prohibit conflicts of interest and to maintain the integrity and public purpose of services provided and service providers, under this chapter in all contractual and commercial relationships;
(20)
(A) encourage, and provide technical assistance to, States, area agencies on aging, and service providers to carry out outreach and benefits enrollment assistance to inform and enroll older individuals with greatest economic need, who may be eligible to participate, but who are not participating, in Federal and State programs providing benefits for which the individuals are eligible, including—
(i) supplemental security income benefits under title XVI of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1381 et seq.), or assistance under a State plan program under such title;
(ii) medical assistance under title XIX of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1396 et seq.);
(iii) benefits under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2011 et seq.); or
(iv) benefits under any other applicable program; and
(B) at the election of the Assistant Secretary and in cooperation with related Federal agency partners administering the Federal programs, make a grant to or enter into a contract with a qualified, experienced entity to establish a National Center on Senior Benefits Outreach and Enrollment, which shall—
(i) maintain and update web-based decision support and enrollment tools, and integrated, person-centered systems, designed to inform older individuals about the full range of benefits for which the individuals may be eligible under Federal and State programs;
(ii) utilize cost-effective strategies to find older individuals with greatest economic need and enroll the individuals in the programs;
(iii) create and support efforts for Aging and Disability Resource Centers, and other public and private State and community-based organizations, including faith-based organizations and coalitions, to serve as benefits enrollment centers for the programs;
(iv) develop and maintain an information clearinghouse on best practices and cost-effective methods for finding and enrolling older individuals with greatest economic need in the programs for which the individuals are eligible; and
(v) provide, in collaboration with related Federal agency partners administering the Federal programs, training and technical assistance on effective outreach, screening, enrollment, and follow-up strategies;
(21) establish information and assistance services as priority services for older individuals, and develop and operate, either directly or through contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements, a National Eldercare Locator Service, providing information and assistance services through a nationwide toll-free number to identify community resources for older individuals;
(22) develop guidelines for area agencies on aging to follow in choosing and evaluating providers of legal assistance;
(23) develop guidelines and a model job description for choosing and evaluating legal assistance developers referred to in sections 3027(a)(13) and 3058j of this title;
(24) establish and carry out pension counseling and information programs described in section 3020e–1 of this title;
(25) provide technical assistance, training, and other means of assistance to State agencies, area agencies on aging, and service providers regarding State and local data collection and analysis;
(26) design and implement, for purposes of compliance with paragraph (19), uniform data collection procedures for use by State agencies, including—
(A) uniform definitions and nomenclature;
(B) standardized data collection procedures;
(C) a participant identification and description system;
(D) procedures for collecting information on services needed by older individuals (including services that would permit such individuals to receive long-term care in home and community-based settings), as identified by service providers in assisting clients through the provision of the supportive services; and
(E) procedures for the assessment of unmet needs for services under this chapter;
(27) improve the delivery of services to older individuals living in rural areas through—
(A) synthesizing results of research on how best to meet the service needs of older individuals in rural areas;
(B) developing a resource guide on best practices for States, area agencies on aging, and service providers; and
(C) providing training and technical assistance to States to implement these best practices of service delivery;
(28) make available to States, area agencies on aging, and service providers information and technical assistance to support the provision of evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion services, including information and technical assistance on delivery of such services in different settings;
(29) provide information and technical assistance to States, area agencies on aging, and service providers, in collaboration with relevant Federal agencies, on providing efficient, person-centered transportation services, including across geographic boundaries;
(30) identify model programs and provide information and technical assistance to States, area agencies on aging, and service providers (including providers operating multipurpose senior centers), to support the modernization of multipurpose senior centers;
(31) provide technical assistance to and share best practices with States, area agencies on aging, and Aging and Disability Resource Centers, on how to collaborate and coordinate services with health care entities, such as Federally-qualified health centers, as defined in section 1905(l)(2)(B) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396d(l)(2)(B)), in order to improve care coordination for individuals with multiple chronic illnesses;
(32) provide technical assistance to, and share best practices with, State agencies and area agencies on aging on how to collaborate and coordinate activities and develop long-range emergency preparedness plans with local and State emergency response agencies, relief organizations, local and State governments, Federal agencies as appropriate, and any other institutions that have responsibility for disaster relief service delivery;
(33) with input from aging network stakeholders, including caregivers, develop objectives, priorities, and a long-term plan for supporting State and local efforts involving education about prevention of, detection of, and response to negative health effects associated with social isolation among older individuals, and submit a report to Congress on this effort by January 2021; and
(34) provide (to the extent practicable) a standardized notification to State agencies, area agencies on aging, providers of services under this chapter, and grantees or contract awardees under this chapter, through an electronic format (e-mail or other electronic notification), of the availability of, or updates to, policies, practices, and procedures under this chapter.
(b) Development and implementation of comprehensive, coordinated systems for long-term careTo promote the development and implementation of comprehensive, coordinated systems at Federal, State, and local levels that enable older individuals to receive long-term care in home and community-based settings, in a manner responsive to the needs and preferences of older individuals and their family caregivers, the Assistant Secretary shall, consistent with the applicable provisions of this subchapter—
(1) collaborate, coordinate, and consult with other Federal entities responsible for formulating and implementing programs, benefits, and services related to providing long-term care, and may make grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements with funds received from other Federal entities;
(2) conduct research and demonstration projects to identify innovative, cost-effective strategies for modifying State systems of long-term care to—
(A) respond to the needs and preferences of older individuals and family caregivers; and
(B) target services to individuals at risk for institutional placement, to permit such individuals to remain in home and community-based settings;
(3) establish criteria for and promote the implementation (through area agencies on aging, service providers, and such other entities as the Assistant Secretary determines to be appropriate) of evidence-based programs to assist older individuals and their family caregivers in learning about and making behavioral changes intended to reduce the risk of injury, disease, and disability among older individuals;
(4) facilitate, in coordination with the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and other heads of Federal entities as appropriate, the provision of long-term care in home and community-based settings, including the provision of such care through self-directed care models that—
(A) provide for the assessment of the needs and preferences of an individual at risk for institutional placement to help such individual avoid unnecessary institutional placement and depletion of income and assets to qualify for benefits under the Medicaid program under title XIX of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396 et seq.);
(B) respond to the needs and preferences of such individual and provide the option—
(i) for the individual to direct and control the receipt of supportive services provided; or
(ii) as appropriate, for a person who was appointed by the individual, or is legally acting on the individual’s behalf, in order to represent or advise the individual in financial or service coordination matters (referred to in this paragraph as a “representative” of the individual), to direct and control the receipt of those services; and
(C) assist an older individual (or, as appropriate, a representative of the individual) to develop a plan for long-term support, including selecting, budgeting for, and purchasing home and community-based long-term care and supportive services;
(5) provide for the Administration to play a lead role with respect to issues concerning home and community-based long-term care, including—
(A) directing (as the Secretary or the President determines to be appropriate) or otherwise participating in departmental and interdepartmental activities concerning long-term care;
(B) reviewing and commenting on departmental rules, regulations, and policies related to providing long-term care;
(C) making recommendations to the Secretary with respect to home and community-based long-term care, including recommendations based on findings made through projects conducted under paragraph (2); and
(D) when feasible, developing, in consultation with States and national organizations, a consumer-friendly tool to assist older individuals and their families in choosing home and community-based services, with a particular focus on ways for consumers to assess how providers protect the health, safety, welfare, and rights, including the rights provided under section 3030c–1 of this title, of older individuals;
(6) promote, in coordination with other appropriate Federal agencies—
(A) enhanced awareness by the public of the importance of planning in advance for long-term care; and
(B) the availability of information and resources to assist in such planning;
(7) ensure access to, and the dissemination of, information about all long-term care options and service providers, including the availability of integrated long-term care;
(8) implement in all States Aging and Disability Resource Centers—
(A) to serve as visible and trusted sources of information on the full range of long-term care options, including both institutional and home and community-based care, which are available in the community;
(B) to provide personalized and consumer-friendly assistance to empower individuals to identify and articulate goals of care and to make informed decisions about their care options;
(C) to provide coordinated and streamlined access to all publicly supported long-term care options so that consumers can obtain the care they need through a single intake, assessment, and eligibility determination process;
(D) to help individuals to respond to or plan ahead for their long-term care needs;
(E) to assist (in coordination with the entities carrying out the health insurance information, counseling, and assistance program (receiving funding under section 1395b–4 of this title) in the States) beneficiaries, and prospective beneficiaries, under the Medicare program established under title XVIII of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395 et seq.) in understanding and accessing prescription drug and preventative health benefits under the provisions of, and amendments made by, the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003; and
(F) to provide information and referrals regarding available home and community-based services for individuals who are at risk for residing in, or who reside in, institutional settings, so that the individuals have the choice to remain in or to return to the community;
(9) establish, either directly or through grants or contracts, national technical assistance programs to assist State agencies, area agencies on aging, and community-based service providers funded under this chapter in implementing—
(A) home and community-based long-term care systems, including evidence-based programs; and
(B) evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion services programs, including delivery of such services in different settings; and
(C) activities for increasing business acumen, capacity building, organizational development, innovation, and other methods of growing and sustaining the capacity of the aging network to serve older individuals and caregivers most effectively;
(10) develop, in collaboration with the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, performance standards and measures for use by States to determine the extent to which their State systems of long-term care fulfill the objectives described in this subsection; and
(11) conduct such other activities as the Assistant Secretary determines to be appropriate.
(c) Encouragement of participation by volunteer groups, utilization of older individuals, and cost savingsThe Assistant Secretary, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, shall—
(1) encourage and permit volunteer groups (including organizations carrying out national service programs and including organizations of youth in secondary or postsecondary school) that are active in supportive services and civic engagement to participate and be involved individually or through representative groups in supportive service and civic engagement programs or activities to the maximum extent feasible;
(2) develop a comprehensive strategy for utilizing older individuals to address critical local needs of national concern, including the engagement of older individuals in the activities of public and nonprofit organizations such as community-based organizations, including faith-based organizations; and
(3) encourage other community capacity-building initiatives involving older individuals, with particular attention to initiatives that demonstrate effectiveness and cost savings in meeting critical needs.
(d) National Center on Elder Abuse
(1) The Assistant Secretary shall establish and operate the National Center on Elder Abuse (in this subsection referred to as the “Center”).
(2) In operating the Center, the Assistant Secretary shall—
(A) annually compile, publish, and disseminate a summary of recently conducted research on elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation;
(B) develop and maintain an information clearinghouse on all programs (including private programs) showing promise of success, for the prevention, identification, and treatment of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation;
(C) compile, publish, and disseminate training materials for personnel who are engaged or intend to engage in the prevention, identification, and treatment of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation;
(D)
(E) conduct research and demonstration projects regarding the causes, prevention, identification, and treatment of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
(3)
(A) The Assistant Secretary shall carry out paragraph (2) through grants or contracts.
(B) The Assistant Secretary shall issue criteria applicable to the recipients of funds under this subsection. To be eligible to receive a grant or enter into a contract under subparagraph (A), an entity shall submit an application to the Assistant Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Assistant Secretary may require.
(C) The Assistant Secretary shall—
(i) establish research priorities for making grants or contracts to carry out paragraph (2)(E); and
(ii) not later than 60 days before the date on which the Assistant Secretary establishes such priorities, publish in the Federal Register for public comment a statement of such proposed priorities.
(4) The Assistant Secretary shall make available to the Center such resources as are necessary for the Center to carry out effectively the functions of the Center under this chapter and not less than the amount of resources made available to the Resource Center on Elder Abuse for fiscal year 2000.
(e) National Aging Information Center
(1)
(A) The Assistant Secretary shall make grants or enter into contracts with eligible entities to establish the National Aging Information Center (in this subsection referred to as the “Center”) to—
(i) provide information about grants and projects under subchapter IV;
(ii) annually compile, analyze, publish, and disseminate—(I) statistical data collected under subsection (a)(19);(II) census data on aging demographics; and(III) data from other Federal agencies on the health, social, and economic status of older individuals and on the services provided to older individuals;
(iii) biennially compile, analyze, publish, and disseminate statistical data collected on the functions, staffing patterns, and funding sources of State agencies and area agencies on aging;
(iv) analyze the information collected under section 3011(c)(3)(F) of this title by the Director of the Office for American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian Aging;
(v) provide technical assistance, training, and other means of assistance to State agencies, area agencies on aging, and service providers, regarding State and local data collection and analysis; and
(vi) be a national resource on statistical data regarding aging.
(B) To be eligible to receive a grant or enter into a contract under subparagraph (A), an entity shall submit an application to the Assistant Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Assistant Secretary may require.
(C) Entities eligible to receive a grant or enter into a contract under subparagraph (A) shall be organizations with a demonstrated record of experience in education and information dissemination.
(2)
(A) The Assistant Secretary shall establish procedures specifying the length of time that the Center shall provide the information described in paragraph (1) with respect to a particular project or activity. The procedures shall require the Center to maintain the information beyond the term of the grant awarded, or contract entered into, to carry out the project or activity.
(B) The Assistant Secretary shall establish the procedures described in subparagraph (A) after consultation with—
(i) practitioners in the field of aging;
(ii) older individuals;
(iii) representatives of institutions of higher education;
(iv) national aging organizations;
(v) State agencies;
(vi) area agencies on aging;
(vii) legal assistance providers;
(viii) service providers; and
(ix) other persons with an interest in the field of aging.
(f) Development of performance outcome measures
(1) The Assistant Secretary, in accordance with the process described in paragraph (2), and in collaboration with a representative group of State agencies, tribal organizations, area agencies on aging, and providers of services involved in the performance outcome measures shall develop and publish by December 31, 2001, a set of performance outcome measures for planning, managing, and evaluating activities performed and services provided under this chapter. To the maximum extent possible, the Assistant Secretary shall use data currently collected (as of the date of development of the measures) by State agencies, area agencies on aging, and service providers through the National Aging Program Information System and other applicable sources of information in developing such measures.
(2) The process for developing the performance outcome measures described in paragraph (1) shall include—
(A) a review of such measures currently in use by State agencies and area agencies on aging (as of the date of the review);
(B) development of a proposed set of such measures that provides information about the major activities performed and services provided under this chapter;
(C) pilot testing of the proposed set of such measures, including an identification of resource, infrastructure, and data collection issues at the State and local levels; and
(D) evaluation of the pilot test and recommendations for modification of the proposed set of such measures.
(g) Training and provision of services addressing elder justice and exploitation

The Assistant Secretary shall, as appropriate, ensure that programs authorized under this chapter include appropriate training in the prevention of abuse, neglect, and exploitation and provision of services that address elder justice and the exploitation of older individuals.

(h) Publication of funded centers and demonstration projects

The Assistant Secretary shall publish, on an annual basis, a list of centers and demonstration projects funded under each subchapter of this chapter. The Assistant Secretary shall ensure that this information is also directly provided to State agencies and area agencies on aging.

(i) RAISE Family Caregivers Act

The Assistant Secretary shall carry out the RAISE Family Caregivers Act (42 U.S.C. 3030s note).

(Pub. L. 89–73, title II, § 202, July 14, 1965, 79 Stat. 220; Pub. L. 93–29, title II, § 201(b), May 3, 1973, 87 Stat. 31; Pub. L. 94–135, title I, § 114(b), (c), Nov. 28, 1975, 89 Stat. 725; Pub. L. 95–478, title I, § 102(a), title V, § 503(b)(2), (4), Oct. 18, 1978, 92 Stat. 1513, 1559; Pub. L. 97–115, §§ 2(b), (c), 3(d), Dec. 29, 1981, 95 Stat. 1595, 1597; Pub. L. 98–459, title II, § 202, Oct. 9, 1984, 98 Stat. 1768; Pub. L. 100–175, title I, §§ 103(a), 105(a), 106(a), 155(a), Nov. 29, 1987, 101 Stat. 928, 930, 952; Pub. L. 102–321, title I, § 163(c)(2)(A), July 10, 1992, 106 Stat. 377; Pub. L. 102–375, title I, § 102(b)(10)(A), title II, § 202(a)–(f), title VII, § 708(c)(1), title IX, § 904(a)(4), Sept. 30, 1992, 106 Stat. 1202, 1205–1208, 1292, 1306; Pub. L. 103–82, title IV, § 405(g)(1), Sept. 21, 1993, 107 Stat. 921; Pub. L. 103–171, §§ 2(2), (3), 3(a)(3), Dec. 2, 1993, 107 Stat. 1988, 1990; Pub. L. 106–501, title II, § 201, title VIII, § 801(b)(2), Nov. 13, 2000, 114 Stat. 2229, 2291; Pub. L. 109–365, title II, § 202, Oct. 17, 2006, 120 Stat. 2528; Pub. L. 110–234, title IV, § 4002(b)(1)(B), (2)(BB), May 22, 2008, 122 Stat. 1096, 1097; Pub. L. 110–246, § 4(a), title IV, § 4002(b)(1)(B), (2)(BB), June 18, 2008, 122 Stat. 1664, 1857, 1859; Pub. L. 114–144, §§ 3(b), 9(3), Apr. 19, 2016, 130 Stat. 336, 352; Pub. L. 116–131, title I, §§ 114–117(a), 118(a), 122(a), 123(b), title VII, § 701(2), (3), Mar. 25, 2020, 134 Stat. 245, 246, 248, 271.)
§ 3013. Federal agency consultation
(a) In general
(1) The Assistant Secretary, in carrying out the objectives and provisions of this chapter, shall coordinate, advise, consult with, and cooperate with the head of each department, agency, or instrumentality of the Federal Government proposing or administering programs or services substantially related to the objectives of this chapter, with respect to such programs or services. In particular, the Assistant Secretary shall coordinate, advise, consult, and cooperate with the Secretary of Labor in
(2) The head of each department, agency, or instrumentality of the Federal Government proposing to establish programs and services substantially related to the objectives of this chapter shall consult with the Assistant Secretary prior to the establishment of such programs and services. To achieve appropriate coordination, the head of each department, agency, or instrumentality of the Federal Government administering any program substantially related to the objectives of this chapter, particularly administering any program referred to in subsection (b), shall consult and cooperate with the Assistant Secretary in carrying out such program. In particular, the Secretary of Labor shall consult and cooperate with the Assistant Secretary in carrying out title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act [29 U.S.C. 3111 et seq.].
(3) The head of each department, agency, or instrumentality of the Federal Government administering programs and services substantially related to the objectives of this chapter shall collaborate with the Assistant Secretary in carrying out this chapter, and shall develop a written analysis, for review and comment by the Assistant Secretary, of the impact of such programs and services on—
(A) older individuals (with particular attention to low-income older individuals, including low-income minority older individuals, older individuals with limited English proficiency, and older individuals residing in rural areas) and eligible individuals (as defined in section 3056p of this title); and
(B) the functions and responsibilities of State agencies and area agencies on aging.
(b) Federal programs related to chapter objectivesFor the purposes of subsection (a), programs related to the objectives of this chapter shall include—
(1) title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act [29 U.S.C. 3111 et seq.],
(2) title II of the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973 [42 U.S.C. 5000 et seq.],
(3) titles XVI, XVIII, XIX, and XX of the Social Security Act [42 U.S.C. 1381 et seq., 1395 et seq., 1396 et seq., 1397 et seq.],
(4) sections 1715v and 1715w of title 12,
(5) the United States Housing Act of 1937 [42 U.S.C. 1437 et seq.],
(6)section 1701q of title 12,
(7) title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 [42 U.S.C. 5301 et seq.],
(8) title I of Higher Education Act of 1965 [20 U.S.C. 1001 et seq.] and the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act [29 U.S.C. 3271 et seq.],
(9) sections 5309 and 5310 of title 49,
(10) the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. 201 et seq.], including block grants under title XIX of such Act [42 U.S.C. 300w et seq.],
(11) the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981 [42 U.S.C. 8621 et seq.],
(12) part A of the Energy Conservation in Existing Buildings Act of 1976 [42 U.S.C. 6861 et seq.], relating to weatherization assistance for low income persons,
(13) the Community Services Block Grant Act [42 U.S.C. 9901 et seq.],
(14) demographic statistics and analysis programs conducted by the Bureau of the Census under title 13,
(15) parts II and III of title 38,
(16) the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 [29 U.S.C. 701 et seq.],
(17) the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 [42 U.S.C. 15001 et seq.],
(18) the Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Programs, established under part E of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3750–3766b)),1
1 See References in Text note below. So in original. The second closing parenthesis before the comma probably should not appear.
(19) sections 3003 and 3004 of title 29, and
(20) section 393D of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 280b–1f), relating to safety of seniors.
(c) Interagency Coordinating Committee on Aging
(1) The Secretary, in collaboration with other Federal officials specified in paragraph (2), shall establish an Interagency Coordinating Committee on Healthy Aging and Age-Friendly Communities (referred to in this subsection as the “Committee”) focusing on the coordination of agencies with respect to aging issues and the development of a national set of recommendations, in accordance with paragraph (6), to support the ability of older individuals to age in place and access homelessness prevention services, preventive health care, promote age-friendly communities, and address the ability of older individuals to access long-term care supports, including access to caregivers and home- and community-based health services.
(2) The officials referred to in paragraph (1) shall include the Secretary of Labor and the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and may include, at the direction of the President, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Transportation, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Commissioner of Social Security, and such other Federal officials as the President may direct. An official described in this paragraph may appoint a designee to carry out the official’s duties under paragraph (1).
(3) The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall serve as the first chairperson of the Committee, for 1 term, and the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development shall serve as the chairperson for the following term. After that following term, the Committee shall select a chairperson from among the members of the Committee, and any member may serve as the chairperson. No member may serve as the chairperson for more than 1 consecutive term.
(4) For purposes of this subsection, a term shall be a period of 2 calendar years. The first term, after March 25, 2020, shall start not later than 1 year after March 25, 2020.
(5) The Committee shall meet not less often than once each year.
(6) The recommendations described in paragraph (1) may include recommendations for—
(A) ways to improve coordination among Federal agencies with responsibility for programs and services that impact older individuals;
(B) best practices and evidence-based program and service models to assist older individuals in meeting their housing, health care, and other supportive service needs, including—
(i) consumer-directed care models for home and community-based care and supportive services that link housing, health care, and other supportive services and that facilitate aging in place, enabling older individuals to remain in their homes and communities as the individuals age;
(ii) innovations in technology applications (including assistive technology devices and assistive technology services) that give older individuals access to information on available services or that help in providing services to older individuals; and
(iii) best practices identified in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute on Aging, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other Federal agencies, as appropriate, to reduce and prevent falls among older individuals, that incorporate evidence-based falls prevention programs and home modifications, which recommendations shall supplement and not unnecessarily duplicate activities authorized under section 393D of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 280b–1f), relating to safety of seniors;
(C) ways to collect and disseminate information about the programs and services available to older individuals to ensure that such information is accessible;
(D) ways to ensure the continued collection of data relating to the housing, health care, and other supportive service needs of older individuals and to support efforts to identify and address unmet data needs;
(E) actively seeking input from and consulting with nonprofit organizations, academic or research institutions, community-based organizations, philanthropic organizations, or other entities supporting age-friendly communities about the activities described in subparagraphs (A) through (F);
(F) identifying any barriers and impediments, including barriers and impediments in statutory and regulatory law, to the access and use by older individuals of federally funded programs and services; and
(G) ways to improve coordination to provide housing, health care, and other supportive services to older individuals.
(7) Not later than 90 days following the end of each term, the Committee shall prepare and submit to the Committee on Financial Services of the House of Representatives, the Committee on Education and Labor of the House of Representatives, the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives, the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives, the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs of the Senate, the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate, and the Special Committee on Aging of the Senate, a report that—
(A) describes the activities and accomplishments of the Committee in—
(i) enhancing the overall coordination of federally funded programs and services that impact older individuals; and
(ii) meeting the requirements of paragraph (6);
(B) incorporates an analysis from the head of each agency that is a member of the interagency coordinating committee established under paragraph (1) that describes the barriers and impediments, including barriers and impediments in statutory and regulatory law (as the chairperson of the Committee determines to be appropriate), to the access and use by older individuals of programs and services administered by such agency; and
(C) makes such recommendations as the chairman determines to be appropriate for actions to meet the needs described in paragraph (6) and for coordinating programs and services designed to meet those needs.
(8) On the request of the Committee, any Federal Government employee may be detailed to the Committee without reimbursement, and such detail shall be without interruption or loss of civil service status or privilege.
(9) In this subsection, the term “age-friendly community” means a community that—
(A) is taking measurable steps to—
(i) include adequate and accessible housing, public spaces and buildings, safe and secure paths, variable route transportation services, and programs and services designed to support health and well-being;
(ii) respect and include older individuals in social opportunities, civic participation, volunteerism, and employment; and
(iii) facilitate access to supportive services for older individuals;
(B) is not an assisted living facility or long-term care facility; and
(C) has a plan in place to meet local needs for housing, transportation, civic participation, social connectedness, and accessible public spaces.
(Pub. L. 89–73, title II, § 203, as added Pub. L. 93–29, title II, § 201(c), May 3, 1973, 87 Stat. 32; amended Pub. L. 95–478, title I, § 102(b), Oct. 18, 1978, 92 Stat. 1513; Pub. L. 97–115, § 2(d), Dec. 29, 1981, 95 Stat. 1595; Pub. L. 98–459, title II, § 203, Oct. 9, 1984, 98 Stat. 1768; Pub. L. 100–175, title I, §§ 104(a), 105(b), 106(b), Nov. 29, 1987, 101 Stat. 929, 930; Pub. L. 102–240, title III, § 3003(b), Dec. 18, 1991, 105 Stat. 2088; Pub. L. 102–375, title II, § 203, title IX, § 904(a)(5), Sept. 30, 1992, 106 Stat. 1210, 1306; Pub. L. 103–82, title IV, § 405(g)(2), Sept. 21, 1993, 107 Stat. 921; Pub. L. 103–171, §§ 2(4), 3(a)(13), Dec. 2, 1993, 107 Stat. 1988, 1990; Pub. L. 105–220, title II, § 251(b)(3), Aug. 7, 1998, 112 Stat. 1080; Pub. L. 105–277, div. A, § 101(f) [title VIII, § 405(d)(33)(A), (f)(25)(A)], Oct. 21, 1998, 112 Stat. 2681–337, 2681–425, 2681–433; Pub. L. 106–402, title IV, § 401(b)(9)(A), Oct. 30, 2000, 114 Stat. 1739; Pub. L. 106–501, title II, § 202(1), Nov. 13, 2000, 114 Stat. 2230; Pub. L. 109–365, title II, § 203, Oct. 17, 2006, 120 Stat. 2532; Pub. L. 113–128, title V, § 512(w)(1), July 22, 2014, 128 Stat. 1713; Pub. L. 116–131, title I, § 124(a), (b), title VII, § 701(4), Mar. 25, 2020, 134 Stat. 249, 271.)
§ 3013a. Consultation with State agencies, area agencies on aging, and Native American grant recipients

The Assistant Secretary shall consult and coordinate with State agencies, area agencies on aging, and recipients of grants under subchapter X in the development of Federal goals, regulations, program instructions, and policies under this chapter.

(Pub. L. 89–73, title II, § 203A, as added Pub. L. 102–375, title II, § 204, Sept. 30, 1992, 106 Stat. 1211; amended Pub. L. 103–171, § 3(a)(13), Dec. 2, 1993, 107 Stat. 1990.)
§ 3014. Repealed. Pub. L. 97–115, § 2(e)(1), Dec. 29, 1981, 95 Stat. 1596
§ 3015. Gifts and donations
(a) Gifts and donations

The Assistant Secretary may accept, use, and dispose of, on behalf of the United States, gifts or donations (in cash or in kind, including voluntary and uncompensated services or property), which shall be available until expended for the purposes specified in subsection (b). Gifts of cash and proceeds of the sale of property shall be available in addition to amounts appropriated to carry out this chapter.

(b) Use of gifts and donations
Gifts and donations accepted pursuant to subsection (a) may be used either directly, or for grants to or contracts with public or nonprofit private entities, for the following activities:
(1) The design and implementation of demonstrations of innovative ideas and best practices in programs and services for older individuals.
(2) The planning and conduct of conferences for the purpose of exchanging information, among concerned individuals and public and private entities and organizations, relating to programs and services provided under this chapter and other programs and services for older individuals.
(3) The development, publication, and dissemination of informational materials (in print, visual, electronic, or other media) relating to the programs and services provided under this chapter and other matters of concern to older individuals.
(c) Ethics guidelines
The Assistant Secretary shall establish written guidelines setting forth the criteria to be used in determining whether a gift or donation should be declined under this section because the acceptance of the gift or donation would—
(1) reflect unfavorably upon the ability of the Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, or any employee of the Administration or Department, to carry out responsibilities or official duties under this chapter in a fair and objective manner; or
(2) compromise the integrity or the appearance of integrity of programs or services provided under this chapter or of any official involved in those programs or services.
(Pub. L. 89–73, title II, § 204, as added Pub. L. 106–501, title II, § 202(2), Nov. 13, 2000, 114 Stat. 2230.)
§ 3016. Authority of Assistant Secretary
(a) Consultative services and technical assistance; short-term training and technical instruction; research and demonstrations; preparation and dissemination of informational materials; staff and technical assistance to Federal Council on the Aging; designation of full-time nutrition professional as administrator of nutrition services
(1) In carrying out the objectives of this chapter, the Assistant Secretary is authorized to—
(A) provide consultative services and technical assistance to public or nonprofit private agencies and organizations;
(B) provide short-term training and technical instruction;
(C) conduct research and demonstrations; and
(D) collect, prepare, publish, and disseminate special educational or informational materials, including reports of the projects for which funds are provided under this chapter.
(2)
(A) The Assistant Secretary shall designate an officer or employee who shall serve on a full-time basis and who shall be responsible for the administration of the nutrition services described in subparts I and II of part C of subchapter III and shall have duties that include—
(i) designing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based programs to support improved nutrition and regular physical activity for older individuals;
(ii) developing guidelines for nutrition providers concerning safety, sanitary handling of food, equipment, preparation, and food storage;
(iii) conducting outreach and disseminating evidence-based information to nutrition service providers about the benefits of healthful diets and regular physical activity, including information about the most current Dietary Guidelines for Americans published under section 5341 of title 7, the Food Guidance System of the Department of Agriculture, and advances in nutrition science;
(iv) promoting coordination between nutrition service providers and community-based organizations serving older individuals;
(v) developing guidelines on cost containment;
(vi) defining a long range role for the nutrition services in community-based care systems;
(vii) developing model menus and other appropriate materials for serving special needs populations and meeting cultural meal preferences;
(viii) disseminating guidance that describes strategies for improving the nutritional quality of meals provided under subchapter III, including strategies for increasing the consumption of whole grains, lowfat dairy products, fruits, and vegetables;
(ix) developing and disseminating guidelines for conducting nutrient analyses of meals provided under subparts I and II of part C of subchapter III, including guidelines for averaging key nutrients over an appropriate period of time; and
(x) providing technical assistance to the regional offices of the Administration with respect to each duty described in clauses (i) through (ix).
(B) The regional offices of the Administration shall be responsible for disseminating, and providing technical assistance regarding, the guidelines and information described in clauses (ii), (iii), and (v) of subparagraph (A) to State agencies, area agencies on aging, and persons that provide nutrition services under part C of subchapter III.
(C) The Assistant Secretary may provide technical assistance, including through the regional offices of the Administration, to State agencies, area agencies on aging, local government agencies, or leaders in age-friendly communities (as defined, for purposes of this subparagraph, in section 3013(c)(9) of this title) regarding—
(i) dissemination of, or consideration of ways to implement, best practices and recommendations from the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Healthy Aging and Age-Friendly Communities established under section 3013(c) of this title; and
(ii) methods for managing and coordinating existing programs to meet the needs of growing age-friendly communities.
(D) The officer or employee designated under subparagraph (A) shall—
(i) have expertise in nutrition, energy balance, and meal planning; and
(ii) be a registered dietitian or registered dietitian nutritionist.
(b) Utilization of services and facilities of Federal and other public or nonprofit agencies; advance or reimbursement payments for such use

In administering the functions of the Administration under this chapter, the Assistant Secretary may utilize the services and facilities of any agency of the Federal Government and of any other public or nonprofit agency or organization, in accordance with agreements between the Assistant Secretary and the head thereof, and is authorized to pay therefor, in advance or by way of reimbursement, as may be provided in the agreement.

(Pub. L. 89–73, title II, § 205, formerly § 206, as added Pub. L. 93–29, title II, § 201(c), May 3, 1973, 87 Stat. 34; amended Pub. L. 95–478, title I, § 102(f), Oct. 18, 1978, 92 Stat. 1515; renumbered § 205 and amended Pub. L. 97–115, § 2(e)(2), (g), Dec. 29, 1981, 95 Stat. 1596; Pub. L. 98–459, title II, § 205, Oct. 9, 1984, 98 Stat. 1770; Pub. L. 100–175, title I, §§ 109, 110, Nov. 29, 1987, 101 Stat. 932; Pub. L. 102–375, title II, § 206, title IX, § 904(a)(7), Sept. 30, 1992, 106 Stat. 1212, 1306; Pub. L. 103–171, § 3(a)(13), Dec. 2, 1993, 107 Stat. 1990; Pub. L. 106–501, title II, § 202(3), title VIII, § 801(b)(3), Nov. 13, 2000, 114 Stat. 2231, 2292; Pub. L. 109–365, title II, § 204, Oct. 17, 2006, 120 Stat. 2535; Pub. L. 114–144, § 3(c), Apr. 19, 2016, 130 Stat. 337; Pub. L. 116–131, title I, §§ 124(c), 125, Mar. 25, 2020, 134 Stat. 250, 251.)
§ 3017. Evaluation of programs
(a) Authority of Secretary; scope of evaluation; persons conducting evaluation

The Secretary shall measure and evaluate the impact of all programs authorized by this chapter, their effectiveness in achieving stated goals in general, and in relation to their cost, their impact on related programs, their effectiveness in targeting for services under this chapter unserved older individuals with greatest economic need (including low-income minority individuals and older individuals residing in rural areas) and unserved older individuals with greatest social need (including low-income minority individuals and older individuals residing in rural areas), and their structure and mechanisms for delivery of services, including, where appropriate, comparisons with appropriate control groups composed of persons who have not participated in such programs. Evaluations shall be conducted by persons not immediately involved in the administration of the program or project evaluated.

(b) Relationship of programs to health care expenditures

Not later than July 1, 2020, the Secretary shall provide, directly or through grant or contract, for an evaluation of programs under this chapter, which shall include, to the extent practicable, an analysis of the relationship of such programs, including demonstration projects under subchapter IV of this chapter, to health care expenditures under the Medicare program established under title XVIII of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395 et seq.) and the Medicaid program established under title XIX of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396 et seq.). The Secretary shall oversee analyses of data obtained in connection with program evaluation to evaluate, where feasible, the relationship of programs under this chapter to health care expenditures, including under the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

(c) General standards

The Secretary may not make grants or contracts under subchapter IV of this chapter until the Secretary develops and publishes general standards to be used by the Secretary in evaluating the programs and projects assisted under such subchapter. Results of evaluations conducted pursuant to such standards shall be included in the reports required by section 3018 of this title.

(d) Opinions of program and project participants; comparison of effectiveness of related programs; consultation with organizations concerned with older individuals

In carrying out evaluations under this section, the Secretary shall, whenever possible, arrange to obtain the opinions of program and project participants about the strengths and weaknesses of the programs and projects, and conduct, where appropriate, evaluations which compare the effectiveness of related programs in achieving common objectives. In carrying out such evaluations, the Secretary shall consult with organizations concerned with older individuals, including those representing minority individuals, older individuals residing in rural areas and older individuals with disabilities.

(e) Annual summaries and analyses of evaluation; demonstration projects; transmittal to Congress; dissemination to Federal, State, and local agencies and private organizations; accessibility to public

The Secretary shall annually publish summaries and analyses of the results of evaluative research and evaluation of program and project impact and effectiveness, including, as appropriate, health and nutrition education demonstration projects conducted under section 3027(f) 1

1 See References in Text note below.
of this title, the full contents of which shall be transmitted to Congress, be disseminated to Federal, State, and local agencies and private organizations with an interest in aging, and be accessible to the public.

(f) Federal property

The Secretary shall take the necessary action to assure that all studies, evaluations, proposals, and data produced or developed with Federal funds shall become the property of the United States.

(g) Availability to Secretary of information from executive agencies

Such information as the Secretary may deem necessary for purposes of the evaluations conducted under this section shall be made available to him, upon request, by the departments and agencies of the executive branch.

(h) Funds

From the total amount appropriated for each fiscal year to carry out subchapter III, the Secretary may use such sums as may be necessary, but not to exceed ½ of 1 percent of such amount, for purposes of conducting evaluations under this section, either directly or through grants or contracts. No part of such sums may be reprogrammed, transferred, or used for any other purpose. Funds expended under this subsection shall be justified and accounted for by the Secretary.

(Pub. L. 89–73, title II, § 206, formerly § 207, as added Pub. L. 93–29, title II, § 201(c), May 3, 1973, 87 Stat. 35; amended Pub. L. 95–478, title I, § 102(g), Oct. 18, 1978, 92 Stat. 1515; renumbered § 206 and amended Pub. L. 97–115, § 2(e)(2), (h), Dec. 29, 1981, 95 Stat. 1596; Pub. L. 98–459, title II, § 206, Oct. 9, 1984, 98 Stat. 1770; Pub. L. 100–175, title I, § 106(c), Nov. 29, 1987, 101 Stat. 930; Pub. L. 102–375, title II, § 207, Sept. 30, 1992, 106 Stat. 1213; Pub. L. 103–171, §§ 2(5), 3(a)(13), Dec. 2, 1993, 107 Stat. 1988, 1990; Pub. L. 106–501, title II, § 203, Nov. 13, 2000, 114 Stat. 2234; Pub. L. 109–365, title II, § 205, Oct. 17, 2006, 120 Stat. 2535; Pub. L. 116–131, title I, § 127(b), Mar. 25, 2020, 134 Stat. 253.)
§ 3018. Reports to Congress
(a) Annual reportNot later than one hundred and twenty days after the close of each fiscal year, the Assistant Secretary shall prepare and submit to the President and to the Congress a full and complete report on the activities carried out under this chapter. Such annual reports shall include—
(1) statistical data reflecting services and activities provided to individuals during the preceding fiscal year;
(2) statistical data collected under section 3012(a)(16) of this title;
(3) statistical data and an analysis of information regarding the effectiveness of the State agency and area agencies on aging in targeting services to older individuals with greatest economic need and older individuals with greatest social need, with particular attention to low-income minority individuals, older individuals residing in rural areas, low-income individuals, and frail individuals (including individuals with any physical or mental functional impairment); and
(4) a description of the implementation of the plan required by section 3012(a)(14) of this title.
(b) Report on ombudsman program
(1) Not later than March 1 of each year, the Assistant Secretary shall compile a report—
(A) summarizing and analyzing the data collected under subchapters III and XI in accordance with section 3058g(c) of this title for the then most recently concluded fiscal year;
(B) identifying significant problems and issues revealed by such data (with special emphasis on problems relating to quality of care and residents’ rights);
(C) discussing current issues concerning the long-term care ombudsman programs of the States; and
(D) making recommendations regarding legislation and administrative actions to resolve such problems.
(2) The Assistant Secretary shall submit the report required by paragraph (1) to—
(A) the Special Committee on Aging of the Senate;
(B) the Committee on Education and Labor of the House of Representatives; and
(C) the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate.
(3) The Assistant Secretary shall provide the report required by paragraph (1), and make the State reports required under subchapters III and XI in accordance with section 3058g(h)(1) of this title available, to—
(A) the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services;
(B) the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services;
(C) the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services;
(D) the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; and
(E) each public agency or private organization designated as an Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman under subchapter III or XI in accordance with section 3058g(a)(4)(A) of this title.
(c) Outreach activities; report on evaluations to be included in annual reportThe Assistant Secretary shall, as part of the annual report submitted under subsection (a), prepare and submit a report on the outreach activities supported under this chapter, together with such recommendations as the Assistant Secretary deems appropriate. In carrying out this subsection, the Assistant Secretary shall consider—
(1) the number of older individuals reached through the activities;
(2) the dollar amount of the assistance and benefits received by older individuals as a result of such activities;
(3) the cost of such activities in terms of the number of individuals reached and the dollar amount described in paragraph (2);
(4) the effect of such activities on supportive services and nutrition services furnished under subchapter III of this chapter; and
(5) the effectiveness of State and local efforts to target older individuals with greatest economic need (including low-income minority individuals and older individuals residing in rural areas) and older individuals with greatest social need (including low-income minority individuals and older individuals residing in rural areas) to receive services under this chapter.
(d) Evaluation to CongressThe Assistant Secretary shall provide the evaluation required under section 3017(b) of this title to—
(1) the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate;
(2) the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate;
(3) the Special Committee on Aging of the Senate;
(4) the Committee on Education and Labor of the House of Representatives; and
(5) the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives.
(Pub. L. 89–73, title II, § 207, formerly § 208, as added Pub. L. 93–29, title II, § 201(c), May 3, 1973, 87 Stat. 35; renumbered § 207, Pub. L. 97–115, § 2(e)(2), Dec. 29, 1981, 95 Stat. 1596; amended Pub. L. 98–459, title II, § 207, Oct. 9, 1984, 98 Stat. 1770; Pub. L. 100–175, title I, §§ 103(b), (c), 155(f), Nov. 29, 1987, 101 Stat. 928, 929, 954; Pub. L. 102–54, § 13(q)(9)(A), June 13, 1991, 105 Stat. 281; Pub. L. 102–375, title II, § 208, title VII, § 708(a)(2)(A), (c)(2), title IX, § 904(a)(8), Sept. 30, 1992, 106 Stat. 1214, 1292, 1306; Pub. L. 103–171, § 3(a)(13), Dec. 2, 1993, 107 Stat. 1990; Pub. L. 103–437, § 15(l), Nov. 2, 1994, 108 Stat. 4593; Pub. L. 106–501, title II, § 204, title VIII, § 801(b)(4), Nov. 13, 2000, 114 Stat. 2234, 2292; Pub. L. 109–365, title II, § 206, Oct. 17, 2006, 120 Stat. 2535; Pub. L. 114–144, § 3(d), Apr. 19, 2016, 130 Stat. 337; Pub. L. 116–131, title I, § 127(c), title VII, § 701(4), (5), Mar. 25, 2020, 134 Stat. 253, 271.)
§ 3019. Joint funding of projects

Pursuant to regulations prescribed by the President, and to the extent consistent with the other provisions of this chapter, where funds are provided for a single project by more than one Federal agency to any agency or organization assisted under this chapter, the Federal agency principally involved may be designated to act for all in administering the funds provided. In such cases, a single non-Federal share requirement may be established according to the proportion of funds advanced by each Federal agency, and any such agency may waive any technical grant or contract requirement (as defined by such regulations) which is inconsistent with the similar requirements of the administering agency or which the administering agency does not impose.

(Pub. L. 89–73, title II, § 208, formerly § 209, as added Pub. L. 93–29, title II, § 201(c), May 3, 1973, 87 Stat. 35; renumbered § 208, Pub. L. 97–115, § 2(e)(2), Dec. 29, 1981, 95 Stat. 1596.)
§ 3020. Advance funding
(a) For the purpose of affording adequate notice of funding available under this chapter, appropriations under this chapter are authorized to be included in the appropriation Act for the fiscal year preceding the fiscal year for which they are available for obligation.
(b) In order to effect a transition to the advance funding method of timing appropriation action, subsection (a) shall apply notwithstanding that its initial application will result in the enactment in the same year (whether in the same appropriation Act or otherwise) of two separate appropriations, one for the then current fiscal year and one for the succeeding fiscal year.
(Pub. L. 89–73, title II, § 209, formerly § 210, as added Pub. L. 93–29, title II, § 201(c), May 3, 1973, 87 Stat. 36; renumbered § 209 and amended Pub. L. 97–115, § 2(e)(2), (i), Dec. 29, 1981, 95 Stat. 1596.)
§ 3020a. Application of other laws; costs of projects under this chapter not treated as income or benefits under other laws
(a) The provisions and requirements of chapter 71 of title 31 shall not apply to the administration of the provisions of this chapter or to the administration of any program or activity under this chapter.
(b) No part of the costs of any project under any subchapter of this chapter may be treated as income or benefits to any eligible individual (other than any wage or salary to such individual) for the purpose of any other program or provision of Federal or State law.
(Pub. L. 89–73, title II, § 210, formerly § 211, as added Pub. L. 94–135, title I, § 102, Nov. 28, 1975, 89 Stat. 713; amended Pub. L. 95–478, title I, § 102(h), Oct. 18, 1978, 92 Stat. 1515; renumbered § 210 and amended Pub. L. 97–115, § 2(e)(2), (j), Dec. 29, 1981, 95 Stat. 1596.)
§ 3020b. Reduction of paperwork

In order to reduce unnecessary, duplicative, or disruptive demands for information, the Assistant Secretary, in consultation with State agencies and other appropriate agencies and organizations, shall continually review and evaluate all requests by the Administration for information under this chapter and take such action as may be necessary to reduce the paperwork required under this chapter. The Assistant Secretary shall request only such information as the Assistant Secretary deems essential to carry out the objectives and provisions of this chapter and, in gathering such information, shall make use of uniform service definitions to the extent that such definitions are available.

(Pub. L. 89–73, title II, § 211, formerly § 212, as added Pub. L. 95–478, title I, § 102(i), Oct. 18, 1978, 92 Stat. 1515; renumbered § 211, Pub. L. 97–115, § 2(e)(2), Dec. 29, 1981, 95 Stat. 1596; amended Pub. L. 98–459, title II, § 208, Oct. 9, 1984, 98 Stat. 1771; Pub. L. 102–375, title I, § 102(b)(1)(A), (9)(A), title IX, § 904(a)(9), Sept. 30, 1992, 106 Stat. 1200, 1201, 1306; Pub. L. 103–171, §§ 2(6), 3(a)(13), Dec. 2, 1993, 107 Stat. 1988, 1990.)
§ 3020c. Contracting and grant authority; private pay relationships; appropriate use of funds
(a) In generalSubject to subsection (b), this chapter shall not be construed to prevent a recipient of a grant or a contract under this chapter (other than subchapter IX) from entering into an agreement with a profitmaking organization for the recipient to provide services to individuals or entities not otherwise receiving services under this chapter, provided that—
(1) if funds provided under this chapter to such recipient are initially used by the recipient to pay part or all of a cost incurred by the recipient in developing and carrying out such agreement, such agreement guarantees that the cost is reimbursed to the recipient;
(2) if such agreement provides for the provision of 1 or more services, of the type provided under this chapter by or on behalf of such recipient, to an individual or entity seeking to receive such services—
(A) the individuals and entities may only purchase such services at their fair market rate;
(B) all costs incurred by the recipient in providing such services (and not otherwise reimbursed under paragraph (1)), are reimbursed to such recipient; and
(C) the recipient reports the rates for providing such services under such agreement in accordance with subsection (c) and the rates are consistent with the prevailing market rate for provision of such services in the relevant geographic area as determined by the State agency or area agency on aging (as applicable); and
(3) any amount of payment to the recipient under the agreement that exceeds reimbursement under this subsection of the recipient’s costs is used to provide, or support the provision of, services under this chapter.
(b) Ensuring appropriate use of fundsAn agreement described in subsection (a) may not—
(1) be made without the prior approval of the State agency (or, in the case of a grantee under subchapter X, without the prior recommendation of the Director of the Office for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Aging and the prior approval of the Assistant Secretary), after timely submission of all relevant documents related to the agreement including information on all costs incurred;
(2) directly or indirectly provide for, or have the effect of, paying, reimbursing, subsidizing, or otherwise compensating an individual or entity in an amount that exceeds the fair market value of the services subject to such agreement;
(3) result in the displacement of services otherwise available to an older individual with greatest social need, an older individual with greatest economic need, or an older individual who is at risk for institutional placement; or
(4) in any other way compromise, undermine, or be inconsistent with the objective of serving the needs of older individuals, as determined by the Assistant Secretary.
(c) Monitoring and reporting

To ensure that any agreement described in subsection (a) complies with the requirements of this section and other applicable provisions of this chapter, the Assistant Secretary shall develop and implement uniform monitoring procedures and reporting requirements consistent with the provisions of subparagraphs (A) through (E) of section 3026(a)(13) of this title in consultation with the State agencies and area agencies on aging. The Assistant Secretary shall annually prepare and submit to the chairpersons and ranking members of the appropriate committees of Congress a report analyzing all such agreements, and the costs incurred and services provided under the agreements. This report shall contain information on the number of the agreements per State, summaries of all the agreements, and information on the type of organizations participating in the agreements, types of services provided under the agreements, and the net proceeds from, and documentation of funds spent and reimbursed, under the agreements.

(d) Timely reimbursement

All reimbursements made under this section shall be made in a timely manner, according to standards specified by the Assistant Secretary.

(e) Cost

In this section, the term “cost” means an expense, including an administrative expense, incurred by a recipient in developing or carrying out an agreement described in subsection (a), whether the recipient contributed funds, staff time, or other plant, equipment, or services to meet the expense.

(Pub. L. 89–73, title II, § 212, formerly § 213, as added Pub. L. 95–478, title I, § 102(i), Oct. 18, 1978, 92 Stat. 1516; amended Pub. L. 97–35, title VI, § 606(c), Aug. 13, 1981, 95 Stat. 486; renumbered § 212, Pub. L. 97–115, § 2(e)(2), Dec. 29, 1981, 95 Stat. 1596; Pub. L. 100–175, title I, § 107(c), Nov. 29, 1987, 101 Stat. 931; Pub. L. 103–171, § 3(a)(4), Dec. 2, 1993, 107 Stat. 1990; Pub. L. 109–365, title II, § 207, Oct. 17, 2006, 120 Stat. 2536.)
§ 3020d. Surplus property eligibility

Any State or local government agency, and any nonprofit organization or institution, which receives funds appropriated for programs for older individuals under this chapter, under title IV or title XX of the Social Security Act [42 U.S.C. 601 et seq., 1397 et seq.], or under titles VIII and X of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 [42 U.S.C. 2991 et seq., 2996 et seq.] and the Community Services Block Grant Act [42 U.S.C. 9901

(Pub. L. 89–73, title II, § 213, formerly § 214, as added Pub. L. 95–478, title I, § 102(i), Oct. 18, 1978, 92 Stat. 1516; renumbered § 213 and amended Pub. L. 97–115, § 2(e)(2), (k), Dec. 29, 1981, 95 Stat. 1596.)
§ 3020e. Nutrition educationThe Assistant Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, shall conduct outreach and provide technical assistance to agencies and organizations that serve older individuals to assist such agencies and organizations to carry out integrated health promotion and disease prevention programs that—
(1) are designed for older individuals; and
(2) include—
(A) nutrition education;
(B) physical activity; and
(C) other activities to modify behavior and to improve health literacy, including providing information on optimal nutrient intake, through nutrition education and nutrition assessment and counseling, in accordance with section 3030g–21(2)(J) of this title.
(Pub. L. 89–73, title II, § 214, as added Pub. L. 102–375, title II, § 209, Sept. 30, 1992, 106 Stat. 1215; amended Pub. L. 103–171, § 3(a)(13), Dec. 2, 1993, 107 Stat. 1990; Pub. L. 106–501, title VIII, § 801(b)(5), Nov. 13, 2000, 114 Stat. 2292; Pub. L. 109–365, title II, § 208, Oct. 17, 2006, 120 Stat. 2537.)
§ 3020e–1. Pension counseling and information programs
(a) DefinitionsIn this section:
(1) Pension and other retirement benefitsThe term “pension and other retirement benefits” means private, civil service, and other public pensions and retirement benefits, including benefits provided under—
(A) the Social Security program under title II of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 401 et seq.);
(B) the railroad retirement program under the Railroad Retirement Act of 1974 (45 U.S.C. 231 et seq.);
(C) the government retirement benefits programs under the Civil Service Retirement System set forth in chapter 83 of title 5, the Federal Employees Retirement System set forth in chapter 84 of title 5, or other Federal retirement systems; or
(D) employee pension benefit plans as defined in section 1002(2) of title 29.
(2) Pension counseling and information program

The term “pension counseling and information program” means a program described in subsection (b).

(b) Program authorized

The Assistant Secretary shall award grants to eligible entities to establish and carry out pension counseling and information programs that create or continue a sufficient number of pension assistance and counseling programs to provide outreach, information, counseling, referral, and other assistance regarding pension and other retirement benefits, and rights related to such benefits, to individuals in the United States.

(c) Eligible entitiesThe Assistant Secretary shall award grants under this section to—
(1) State agencies or area agencies on aging; and
(2) nonprofit organizations with a proven record of providing—
(A) services related to retirement of older individuals;
(B) services to Native Americans; or
(C) specific pension counseling.
(d) Citizen advisory panel

The Assistant Secretary shall establish a citizen advisory panel to advise the Assistant Secretary regarding which entities should receive grant awards under this section. Such panel shall include representatives of business, labor, national senior advocates, and national pension rights advocates. The Assistant Secretary shall consult such panel prior to awarding grants under this section.

(e) ApplicationTo be eligible to receive a grant under this section, an entity shall submit an application to the Assistant Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Assistant Secretary may require, including—
(1) a plan to establish a pension counseling and information program that—
(A) establishes or continues a State or area pension counseling and information program;
(B) serves a specific geographic area;
(C) provides counseling (including direct counseling and assistance to individuals who need information regarding pension and other retirement benefits) and information that may assist individuals in obtaining, or establishing rights to, and filing claims or complaints regarding, pension and other retirement benefits;
(D) provides information on sources of pension and other retirement benefits;
(E) establishes a system to make referrals for legal services and other advocacy programs;
(F) establishes a system of referral to Federal, State, and local departments or agencies related to pension and other retirement benefits;
(G) provides a sufficient number of staff positions (including volunteer positions) to ensure information, counseling, referral, and assistance regarding pension and other retirement benefits;
(H) provides training programs for staff members, including volunteer staff members, of pension and other retirement benefits programs;
(I) makes recommendations to the Administration, the Department of Labor and other Federal, State, and local agencies concerning issues for older individuals related to pension and other retirement benefits; and
(J) establishes or continues an outreach program to provide information, counseling, referral and assistance regarding pension and other retirement benefits, with particular emphasis on outreach to women, minorities, older individuals residing in rural areas, low-income retirees, and older individuals with limited English proficiency; and
(2) an assurance that staff members (including volunteer staff members) have no conflict of interest in providing the services described in the plan described in paragraph (1).
(f) CriteriaThe Assistant Secretary shall consider the following criteria in awarding grants under this section:
(1) Evidence of a commitment by the entity to carry out a proposed pension counseling and information program.
(2) The ability of the entity to perform effective outreach to affected populations, particularly populations with limited English proficiency and other populations that are identified as in need of special outreach.
(3) Reliable information that the population to be served by the entity has a demonstrable need for the services proposed to be provided under the program.
(4) The ability of the entity to provide services under the program on a statewide or regional basis.
(g) Training and technical assistance program
(1) In general

The Assistant Secretary shall award grants to eligible entities to establish training and technical assistance programs that shall provide information and technical assistance to the staffs of entities operating pension counseling and information programs described in subsection (b), and general assistance to such entities, including assistance in the design of program evaluation tools.

(2) Eligible entities

Entities that are eligible to receive a grant under this subsection include nonprofit private organizations with a record of providing national information, referral, and advocacy in matters related to pension and other retirement benefits.

(3) Application

To be eligible to receive a grant under this subsection, an entity shall submit an application to the Assistant Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Assistant Secretary may require.

(h) Pension assistance hotline and intragency coordination
(1) Hotline

The Assistant Secretary shall enter into agreements with other Federal agencies to establish and administer a national telephone hotline that shall provide information regarding pension and other retirement benefits, and rights related to such benefits.

(2) Content

Such hotline described in paragraph (1) shall provide information for individuals (including individuals with limited English proficiency) seeking outreach, information, counseling, referral, and assistance regarding pension and other retirement benefits, and rights related to such benefits.

(3) Agreements

The Assistant Secretary may enter into agreements with the Secretary of Labor and the heads of other Federal agencies that regulate the provision of pension and other retirement benefits in order to carry out this subsection.

(i) Report to CongressNot later than 30 months after November 13, 2000, the Assistant Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Education and Labor of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions of the Senate a report that—
(1) summarizes the distribution of funds authorized for grants under this section and the expenditure of such funds;
(2) summarizes the scope and span of training and assistance provided under a program carried out under this section and the degree to which the training and assistance can be replicated;
(3) outlines the problems that individuals participating in programs funded under this section encountered concerning rights related to pension and other retirement benefits; and
(4) makes recommendations regarding the manner in which services provided in programs funded under this section can be incorporated into the ongoing programs of State agencies, area agencies on aging, multipurpose senior centers and other similar entities.
(j) Administrative expenses

Of the funds appropriated under section 3020f of this title to carry out this section for a fiscal year, not more than $100,000 may be used by the Administration for administrative expenses.

(k) National Resource Center for Women and Retirement
(1) The Assistant Secretary shall, directly or by grant or contract, operate the National Resource Center for Women and Retirement (in this subsection referred to as the “Center”).
(2) The Center shall—
(A) provide tools, such as basic financial management, retirement planning, and other tools that promote financial literacy and help to identify and prevent exploitation (including fraud), and integrate these with information on health and long-term care;
(B) annually disseminate a summary of outreach activities provided, including work to provide user-friendly consumer information and public education materials;
(C) develop targeted outreach strategies;
(D) provide technical assistance to State agencies and to other public and nonprofit private agencies and organizations; and
(E) develop partnerships and collaborations to address program objectives.
(Pub. L. 89–73, title II, § 215, as added Pub. L. 106–501, title II, § 202(5), Nov. 13, 2000, 114 Stat. 2231; amended Pub. L. 109–365, title II, § 209, Oct. 17, 2006, 120 Stat. 2537; Pub. L. 116–131, title I, § 121, title VII, § 701(4), Mar. 25, 2020, 134 Stat. 247, 271.)
§ 3020f. Authorization of appropriations
(a) In general

For purposes of carrying out this chapter, there are authorized to be appropriated for administration, salaries, and expenses of the Administration $43,937,410 for fiscal year 2020, $46,573,655 for fiscal year 2021, $49,368,074 for fiscal year 2022, $52,330,158 for fiscal year 2023, and $55,469,968 for fiscal year 2024.

(b) Additional authorizations
There are authorized to be appropriated—
(1) to carry out section 3012(a)(21) of this title (relating to the National Eldercare Locator Service), $2,180,660 for fiscal year 2020, $2,311,500 for fiscal year 2021, $2,450,190 for fiscal year 2022, $2,597,201 for fiscal year 2023, and $2,753,033 for fiscal year 2024;
(2) to carry out section 3020e–1 of this title, $1,988,060 for fiscal year 2020, $2,107,344 for fiscal year 2021, $2,233,784 for fiscal year 2022, $2,367,811 for fiscal year 2023, and $2,509,880 for fiscal year 2024;
(3) to carry out section 3012 of this title (relating to Elder Rights Support Activities under this subchapter), $1,371,740 for fiscal year 2020, $1,454,044 for fiscal year 2021, $1,541,287 for fiscal year 2022, $1,633,764 for fiscal year 2023, and $1,731,790 for fiscal year 2024; and
(4) to carry out section 3012(b) of this title (relating to the Aging and Disability Resource Centers), $8,687,330 for fiscal year 2020, $9,208,570 for fiscal year 2021, $9,761,084 for fiscal year 2022, $10,346,749 for fiscal year 2023, and $10,967,554 for fiscal year 2024.
(Pub. L. 89–73, title II, § 216, formerly § 215, as added Pub. L. 102–375, title II, § 210, Sept. 30, 1992, 106 Stat. 1215; amended Pub. L. 103–171, § 3(a)(13), Dec. 2, 1993, 107 Stat. 1990; renumbered § 216 and amended Pub. L. 106–501, title II, §§ 202(4), 205, Nov. 13, 2000, 114 Stat. 2231, 2234; Pub. L. 109–365, title II, § 210, Oct. 17, 2006, 120 Stat. 2538; Pub. L. 114–144, § 3(e), Apr. 19, 2016, 130 Stat. 337; Pub. L. 116–131, title I, § 101, Mar. 25, 2020, 134 Stat. 242.)
§ 3020g. National Technical Assistance Center on Grandfamilies and Kinship Families
(a) In general

In addition to amounts otherwise available, there is appropriated to the Secretary of Health and Human Services for fiscal year 2021, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, $10,000,000, to remain available through September 30, 2025, for the Secretary, acting through the Administrator of the Administration for Community Living, to establish, directly or through grants or contracts, a National Technical Assistance Center on Grandfamilies and Kinship Families (in this section referred to as the “Center”) to provide training, technical assistance, and resources for government programs, nonprofit and other community-based organizations, and Indian Tribes, Tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations, that serve grandfamilies and kinship families to support the health and well-being of members of grandfamilies and kinship families, including caregivers, children, and their parents. The Center shall focus primarily on serving grandfamilies and kinship families in which the primary caregiver is an adult age 55 or older, or the child has one or more disabilities.

(b) Activities of the Center
The Center shall—
(1) engage experts to stimulate the development of new and identify existing evidence-based, evidence-informed, and exemplary practices or programs related to health promotion (including mental health and substance use disorder treatment), education, nutrition, housing, financial needs, legal issues, disability self-determination, caregiver support, and other issues to help serve caregivers, children, and their parents in grandfamilies and kinship families;
(2) encourage and support the implementation of the evidence-based, evidence-informed, and exemplary practices or programs identified under paragraph (1) to support grandfamilies and kinship families and to promote coordination of services for grandfamilies and kinship families across systems that support them;
(3) facilitate learning across States, territories, Indian Tribes, Tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations for providing technical assistance, resources, and training related to issues described in paragraph (1) to individuals and entities across systems that directly work with grandfamilies and kinship families;
(4) help government programs, nonprofit and other community-based organizations, and Indian Tribes, Tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations, serving grandfamilies and kinship families, to plan and coordinate responses to assist grandfamilies and kinship families during national, State, Tribal, territorial, and local emergencies and disasters; and
(5) assist government programs, and nonprofit and other community-based organizations, in promoting equity and implementing culturally and linguistically appropriate approaches as the programs and organizations serve grandfamilies and kinship families.
(Pub. L. 117–2, title II, § 2922, Mar. 11, 2021, 135 Stat. 52.)