(a) A grantee must secure the project officer's prior written approval for use of the force account method for (1) any step 1 or step 2 work in excess of $10,000; (2) any sewer rehabilitation work in excess of $25,000 performed during step 1 (see § 35.927-3(a)); or (3) any step 3 work in excess of $25,000; unless the grant agreement stipulates the force account method.
(b) The project officer's approval shall be based on the grantee's demonstration that he possesses the necessary competence required to accomplish such work and that (1) the work can be accomplished more economically by the use of the force account method, or (2) emergency circumstances dictate its use.
(c) Use of the force account method for step 3 construction shall generally be limited to minor portions of a project.
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