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A proposed regulation filed for public comment is a new proposed regulation, or an amendment or repeal of an existing regulation, which OCFS is considering adopting on a permanent basis. A proposed regulation is filed with the Secretary of State and published in the State Register to notify and afford the public an opportunity to comment.

The comment period generally is 60 days from the date of publication in the State Register after which time OCFS must assess any comments received. If OCFS decides not to make any substantial changes to a proposed regulation based upon the assessment of public comment, then the regulation may be permanently adopted by OCFS. However, if OCFS decides to make substantial changes to a proposed regulation, then OCFS must file a Notice of Revised Rulemaking for publication in the State Register.

The comment period for a revised rulemaking is 45 days from the date of publication in the State Register. OCFS must assess any comments received during this public comment period before permanently adopting the regulation.

Current Postings

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking - Amendment of Parts 421 and 426 of Title 18

To implement Chapter 491 of the Laws of 2019, specifically section 4138-e of the Public Health Law (PHL) relating to access to birth certificates and related information by adult adopted persons and other specified individuals.


Notice of Proposed Rulemaking - Amendments to Parts 413 and 415 of Title 18

Outlining the procedures for requesting and conducting criminal history disqualification reviews.


Notice of Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rulemaking - Amendments to Part 628 of Title 18

Maintenance Reimbursement for CSE Programs -Absences for More than 15 Days.


Submit comments to

New York State Office of Children and Family Services
52 Washington Street, Room 133 North
Rensselaer, NY 12144
Fax: 518-486-6378
E-mail: regcomments@ocfs.ny.gov