During the period
which begins on September 13, 1988
, and ends 40 months after September 13, 1988
, each agency certified (including an agency certified for interim referrals pursuant to 24 CFR 115.11
, unless such agency is subsequently denied recognition under 24 CFR 115.7)
for the purposes of this subchapter on the day before September 13, 1988
, shall for the purposes of this subsection be considered certified under this subsection with respect to those matters for which such agency was certified on September 13, 1988
. If the Secretary determines in an individual case that an agency has not been able to meet the certification requirements within this 40-month period due to exceptional circumstances, such as the infrequency of legislative sessions in that jurisdiction, the Secretary may extend such period by not more than 8 months.