Matters for Comment

LSC seeks public comments on certain matters affecting LSC grants and operations.  Current and recently closed comment periods are listed below.  To comment on open LSC rulemakings, please visit the Rulemaking page here. LSC will post comments it receives on LSC’s website. Comments are subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

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Open Comment Periods
Recently Closed Comment Periods
Draft Financial Guide (2002-2022)

LSC conducted a comprehensive review and overhaul of the Accounting Guide for LSC Recipients (2010) with input from LSC grantees and LSC fiscal compliance analysis staff. The new Financial Guide removes outdated or inapplicable materials, improves material directly related to LSC-specific issues, and adds clarity about required and recommended financial practices, among other innovations. LSC announced the opportunity for public comment in the Federal Register. The comment period ended October 15, 2020.

On December 15, 2021, LSC published a notice in the Federal Register seeking comment on specific revised sections of the Financial Guide. LSC previously conducted a complete overhaul of the Guide and sought comments on the overall document. In response to comments received on that draft, LSC revised certain sections of the Guide and now seeks comment on those limited changes. The comment period closed on January 31, 2022.

Draft Performance Area 4

LSC revised the Performance Criteria it uses to evaluate the quality of grantees’ legal assistance. LSC sought comments on the proposed changes to Performance Area 4, “Effectiveness of Governance, Leadership, and Administration.” LSC announced the opportunity for public comment in the federal register. The comment period ended June 5, 2017.

Proposed 2018 Grant Terms and Conditions

LSC revised its process for developing the Grant Assurances for the Basic Field Grant program. LSC renamed the Grant Assurances the Grant Terms and Conditions, and made them part of the Requests for Proposals to better notify Basic Field Grant applicants about the legal, regulatory, and contractual grant requirements. Finally, LSC proposed adding several terms to the Grant Terms and Conditions. The comment period ended May 8, 2017.

Draft Financial-Screening Program Letter

LSC drafted a program letter discussing minimum requirements for LSC recipients when collecting financial eligibility information from applicants through automated intake systems, and when such systems can make financial eligibility requirements. The comment period ended May 16.

Final Program Letter 16-6: Final Guidelines for Automated Financial-Eligibility Screening

Federal Register Notice | LSC: Final Guidelines for Automated Financial-Eligibility Screening

Comments on Draft Financial-Screening Program Letter

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