Office of Personnel Management
NIFA partners with the Office
of Personnel Management (OPM) through
the Interagency Federal Child Care Council
(IFCCC) to provide oversight and information
to federal child care centers and programs.
Interim regulations, with requests for comments,
are posted in the Federal
Register. These regulations have been
posted since the laws Congress wrote providing
for child care subsidies were made permanent.
Federal families use a number of different
child care options that include both alternative
work arrangements and nonparental child care.
Federal personnel policies include leave
policies and flexible work schedules to help
employees with their child care responsibilities.
Employees might choose one option at one
point in their career, and another option
at a different point. The policies are designed
to give federal employees the flexibilities
they need to manage personal and professional
To help make child care more affordable
for lower-income federal employees, Public
Law 107-67 was enacted on November 12, 2001.
The law permits agencies in the executive
branch of government to assist these employees
with child care costs. For more information
about implementation of this law, go to Guide
for Implementing Child Care Legislation.
That law permits agencies to spend appropriated
funds, including revolving funds otherwise
available for salaries, to assist lower-income
employees with the costs of child care. Check
with individual agencies to see if any offers
a child care subsidy program.
The Child Care Subsidy Program applies to
employees whose children are between the
ages of birth and 13, or disabled and under
age 18, and are enrolled, or will be enrolled,
in family child care homes or center-based
child care. The child care must be licensed
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