The National Center on Subsidy Innovation and Accountability (NCSIA) was established through the award of a contract to WRMA by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Child Care (OCC). The NCSIA provides technical support to Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) Lead Agencies to foster continued progress toward innovation and reform in child care subsidy systems. The NCSIA is responsible for helping Lead Agencies focus their efforts on subsidy administration in a manner that supports early childhood education and family-friendly goals while maintaining program integrity.
NCSIA works closely with the ACF Regional Offices to provide direct technical assistance (TA) to States, Territories, and Tribes. The NCCCSIA Team works with CCDF grantees to help them reach goals related to subsidy eligibility, integrating quality and subsidy, strengthening program integrity, payment rules, rate setting, and other policies and practices that support providing high-quality care to more children from low-income families. The project also provides methodology and error rate review support for the OCC and CCDF Grantees in support of the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act (IPERIA) requirements.