Sneak Preview: Appeals Board Remands N.J. Case for More Details

August 21, 2013 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

xgran_bookshot(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Department of Health and Human Services Departmental Appeals Board recently refused to hear a New Jersey agency’s appeal concerning the disallowance of Child Support Enforcement Program reimbursement claims, remanding the case to the Administration for Children and Families to obtain more reliable information to base its disallowance.

The New Jersey Department of Human Services appealed three ACF determinations disallowing about $1.176 million in federal reimbursement. Although the state claimed the costs as adjustments to prior claims for data processing services, ACF argued that the claims were filed beyond the two-year period for reimbursement requests under program regulations and law. New Jersey contended that the claims qualified for an exception to the two-year limit.

The appeals board said that it could not determine whether the claims qualified for the exceptions “because of the inadequacies in the records and apparent misunderstandings in both parties’ briefs on this common legal issue.” Therefore, it said that the “fairest and most expeditious way to proceed” would be to consolidate the three cases and remand them to ACF to reevaluate the state’s claims.

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