45 CFR 1303.23 - Decision on appeal in favor of the current or prospective delegate agency.
(a) The responsible HHS official will remand the rejection of an application or termination of an agreement to the grantee for prompt reconsideration and decision if the responsible HHS official's decision does not sustain the grantee's decision, and if there are issues which require further development before a final decision can be made. The grantee's reconsideration and decision must be made in accordance with all applicable requirements of this part as well as other relevant regulations, statutory provisions, and program issuances. The grantee must issue its decision on remand in writing to both the current or prospective delegate agency and the responsible HHS official within 15 workdays after the date of receipt of the remand.
(b) If the current or prospective delegate agency is dissatisfied with the grantee's decision on remand, it may appeal to the responsible HHS official within five workdays of its receipt of that decision. Any such appeal must comply with the requirements of § 1303.21 of this part.
(c) If the responsible HHS official finds that the grantee's decision on remand is incorrect or if the grantee fails to issue its decision within 15 work days, the responsible HHS official will entertain an application by the current or prospective delegate agency for a direct grant.
(1) If such an application is approved, there will be a commensurate reduction in the level of funding of the grantee and whatever other action is deemed appropriate in the circumstances. Such reduction in funding shall not be considered a termination or denial of refunding and may not be appealed under this part.
(2) If such an application is not approved, the responsible HHS official will take whatever action he or she deems appropriate under the circumstances.
(d) If, without fault on the part of a delegate agency, its operating funds are exhausted before its appeal has been decided, the grantee will furnish sufficient funds for the maintenance of the delegate agency's current level of operations until a final administrative decision has been reached.
(e) If the responsible HHS official sustains the decision of the grantee following remand, he or she shall notify the parties of the fact within 15 work days of the receipt of final submittal of documents, or of the conclusion of any meeting between the official and the parties, whichever is later.