Grants administration requirements.
The Departmental Appeals Board also has jurisdiction over appeals by grantees which have received grants under the University Affiliated program or for Projects of National Significance. The scope of the Board's jurisdiction concerning these appeals is described in 45 CFR part 16.
The Departmental Appeals Board also has jurisdiction to decide appeals brought by the States concerning any disallowances taken by the Commissioner with respect to specific expenditures incurred by the States or by contractors or subgrantees of States. This jurisdiction relates to funds provided under the two formula programs—Part B of the Act—Federal Assistance to State Developmental Disabilities Councils and Part C of the Act—Protection and Advocacy of the Rights of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Appeals filed by States shall be decided in accordance with 45 CFR part 16.
In making audits and examinations to any books, documents, papers, and transcripts of records of State Developmental Disabilities Councils, the University Affiliated Programs, and the Projects of National Significance grantees and subgrantees, as provided for in 45 CFR part 74 and part 92, the Department will keep information about individual clients confidential to the maximum extent permitted by law and regulations.
The Department or other authorized Federal officials may access client and case eligibility records or other records of the Protection and Advocacy system for audit purposes and for purposes of monitoring system compliance pursuant to section 104(b) of the Act. However, such information will be limited pursuant to section 142(j) of the Act. No personal identifying information such as name, address, and social security number will be obtained. Only eligibility information will be obtained regarding type and level of disability of individuals being served by the P&A and the nature of the issue concerning which the System represented an individual.
Notwithstanding paragraph (e)(1)of this section, if an audit, monitoring review, evaluation, or other investigation by the Department produces evidence that the system has violated the Act or the regulations, the system will bear the burden of proving its compliance. The system's inability to establish compliance because of the confidentiality of records will not relieve it of this responsibility. The system may elect to obtain a release from all individuals requesting or receiving services at the time of intake or application. The release shall state only information directly related to client and case eligibility will be subject to disclosure to officials of the Department.
[49 FR 11777, Mar. 27, 1984, as amended at 52 FR 44846, Nov. 20, 1987; 54 FR 47984, Nov. 20, 1989; 61 FR 51154, Sept. 30, 1996]