States intending to run their own exchanges for 2014 are required to submit an "exchange blueprint" to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. On November 9, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an FAQ extending the deadline for the state-based exchange blueprint applications to Friday, December 14, 2012. States planning on partnering with the federal government to build exchanges (state partnership exchanges) have until Friday, February 15, 2013, to submit a declaration letter and blueprint application.