34 CFR 21.41 - Answer to application.
(1) Within 30 days after receiving an application for an award under this part, the Department's counsel may file an answer to the application.
(1) The Department's answer must -
(i) Explain any objections to the award requested; and
(ii) Identify the facts relied on in support of the position of the Department.
(i) Supporting affidavits; or
(ii) A request for further proceedings under § 21.44.
(1) If the Department's counsel and the applicant believe that the issues in the application can be settled, they may jointly file a statement of their intent to negotiate a settlement.
(i) The filing of a statement of an intent to negotiate extends the time for filing an answer for 30 days.