The Iowa Department on Aging is the State Unit on Aging as designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to the federal Older Americans Act. Duties mandated to State Units on Aging, including roles, rules and responsibilities, are further clarified in The Code of Federal Regulations (Title 45, Chapter XIII, Part 1321).
The Iowa Administrative Procedure Act requires each state agency to promulgate rules for the operation of its programs. The rulemaking process increases agency accountability to the public, allows public participation in the formulation of rules and provides legislative oversight for program operations.
Prior to the adoption, amendment or repeal of any rule, an agency must publish a “Notice of Intended Action,” which is published online and in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin. Each Notice of Intended Action includes a brief explanation of the principle reasons for the rule making, as well as the text of the proposed rule. Interested persons may submit written comments regarding the proposed rules within time frame set forth in the Notice of Intended Action.
Following publication of the Notice of Intended Action, the comment period and adoption, final rules are published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin and in Iowa Administrative Code. Rules generally become effective 35 days after filing of the final adopted rule. All chapters of Iowa Administrative Code relevant to the Iowa Department on Aging are available on the Iowa Legislature website.