Sneak Preview: New York Penalized for Data Submission Errors

March 14, 2013 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) States receiving John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP) awards should be aware of the potential penalties for failing to accurately submit all of the required data files related to their programs.

The HHS Departmental Appeals Board recently upheld a ruling by the Administration for Children and Families to impose a $289,689 penalty against the New York State Office of Children and Family Services for failing to submit CFCIP data on independent living services provided to youth during the second half of fiscal year 2011.

States receiving CFCIP funds are required to collect and submit data on each youth receiving independent living services paid for or provided by the state. Although New York conceded that it failed to submit the required data, it argued that it should be subject only to a 1.25 percent penalty for violating “data standards” rather than the 2.5 percent penalty imposed by ACF for violating “file submission standards.” The appeals board, however, sided with ACF.

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