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Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families

The Office of Child Care (OCC) supports low-income working families by promoting access to affordable, quality early care and afterschool programs. OCC administers the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) (also known as the Child Care and Development Block Grant) by overseeing the implementation of State, Territorial, and Tribal CCDF programs. The Bureau provides support in establishing child care policies and programs that take advantage of the flexibility that CCDF offers and that respond to the needs of low-income working families. In addition, OCC provides a variety of technical assistance and professional development services targeted to meet the needs of CCDF administrators in the States, Territories, and Tribes.

Review Date: January 10, 2012

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is an independent federal regulatory agency that was created in 1972 by Congress in the Consumer Product Safety Act. CPSC has jurisdiction over about 15,000 types of consumer products, from automatic-drip coffee makers to toys to lawn mowers. Some types of products, however, are covered by other federal agencies. For example, cars, trucks and motorcycles are covered by the Department of Transportation; drugs and cosmetics are covered by the Food and Drug Administration; alcohol, tobacco and firearms are covered by the Department of the Treasury. CPSC works to reduce the risk of injuries and deaths from consumer products by: developing voluntary standards with industry; issuing and enforcing mandatory standards: banning consumer products if no feasible standard would adequately protect the public; obtaining the recall of products or arranging for their repair; conducting research on potential product hazards; informing and educating consumers through the media, state and local governments, private organizations, and by responding to consumer inquiries.

Review Date: February 20, 2009

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U.S. Department of Justice

The U.S. Department of Justice is headed by the Attorney General, the chief law enforcement officer of the Federal Government, whose main responsibility is to represent the United States in legal matters generally and give advice and opinions to the President and to the heads of the executive departments of the Government.

Review Date: November 17, 2011

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