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§ 76.770 A State shall have procedures to ensure compliance.
Each State shall have procedures for reviewing and approving applications for subgrants and amendments to those applications, for providing technical assistance, for evaluating projects, and for performing other administrative responsibilities the State has determined are necessary to ensure compliance with applicable statutes and regulations.
(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1221e-3 and 3474) [57 FR 30342, July 8, 1992]
§ 76.783 State educational agency action-subgrantee's opportunity for a hearing.
(a) A subgrantee may request a hearing if it alleges that any of the following actions by the State educational agency violated a State or Federal statute or regulation:
(1) Ordering, in accordance with a final State audit resolution determination, the repayment of misspent or misapplied Federal funds; or
(2) Terminating further assistance for an approved project.
(b) The procedures in §76.401(d)(2)–(7) apply to any request for a hearing under this section.
NOTE: This section is based on a provision in the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA). Section 427 of the Department of Education Organization Act (DEOA), 20 U.S.C. 3487, provides that except to the extent inconsistent with the DEOA, the GEPA "shall apply to functions transferred by this Act to the extent applicable on the day preceding the effective date of this Act." Although standardized nomenclature is used in this section to reflect the creation of the Department of Education, there is no intent to extend the coverage of the GEPA beyond that authorized under section 427 or other applicable law.
(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1231b-2)
[45 FR 22517, Apr. 3, 1980. Redesignated at 45 FR 77368, Nov. 21, 1980, as amended at 45 FR 86296, Dec. 30, 1980; 57 FR 30342, July 8, 1992]
Subpart H-What Procedures Does the Secretary Use To Get Compliance?
§ 76.900 Waiver of regulations prohibited.
(a) No official, agent, or employee of ED may waive any regulation that applies to a Department program unless the regulation specifically provide that it may be waived.
(b) No act or failure to act by an official, agent, or employee of ED can affect the authority of the Secretary to enforce regulations.
(Authority: 43 Dec. Comp. Gen. 31(1963))
§ 76.901 Office of Administrative Law Judges.
(a) The Office of Administrative Law Judges, established under Part E of GEPA, has the following functions:
(1) Recovery of funds hearings under section 452 of GEPA.
(2) Withholding hearings under section 455 of GEPA.
(3) Cease and desist hearings under section 456 of GEPA.
(4) Any other proceeding designated by the Secretary under section 451 of GEPA.
(b) The regulations of the Office of Administrative Law Judges are at 34 CFR part 81.
(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1234)
[57 FR 30342, July 8, 1992]
§ 76.902 Judicial review.
After a hearing by the Secretary, a State is usually entitled-generally by the statute that required the hearingto judicial review of the Secretary's decision.
(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1221e-3, 3474, and 6511(a))
§ 76.910 Cooperation with audits.
A grantee or subgrantee shall cooperate with the Secretary and the Comptroller General of the United States or any of their authorized representatives in the conduct of audits authorized by Federal law. This cooperation includes access without unreasonable restrictions to records and personnel of the
seum Services acting for the Director under a delegation of authority.
Director of the National Institute of Education means the Director of the National Institute of Education or an officer or employee of the National Institute of Education acting for the Director under a delegation of authority.
ED means the U.S. Department of Education.
EDGAR means the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (34 CFR parts 74, 75, 76, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, and 86.)
Elementary school means a day or residential school that provides elementary education, as determined under State law.
Facilities means one or more structures in one or more locations.
Fiscal year means the Federal fiscal year-a period beginning on October 1 and ending on the following September 30.
GEPA means The General Education Provisions Act.
Grant period means the period for which funds have been awarded.
Grantee means the legal entity other than a Government subject to 34 CFR part 80 to which a grant is awarded and which is accountable to the Federal Government for the use of the funds provided. The grantee is the entire legal entity even if only a particular component of the entity is designated in the award document. For example, a grant award document may name as the grantee one school or campus of a university. In this case, the granting agency usually intends, or actually intends, that the named component assume primary or sole responsibility for administering the grant-assisted project or program. Nevertheless, the naming of a component of a legal entity as the grantee in a grant award document shall not be construed as relieving the whole legal entity from accountability to the Federal Government for the use of the funds provided. (This definition is not intended to affect the eligibility provision of grant programs in which eligibility is limited to organizations which may be only components of a legal entity.) The term "grantee" does not include any secondary recipients such as subgrantees, contractors, etc., who may
receive funds from a grantee pursuant to a grant. The definition of "grantee" for State, local, and tribal governments is contained in 34 CFR 80.3.
Local educational agency means:
(a) A public board of education or other public authority legally constituted within a State for either administrative control of or direction of, or to perform service functions for, public elementary or secondary schools in:
(1) A city, county, township, school district, or other political subdivision of a State; or
(2) Such combination of school districts or counties a State recognizes as an administrative agency for its public elementary or secondary schools; or
(b) Any other public institution or agency that has administrative control and direction of a public elementary or secondary school.
(c) As used in 34 CFR parts 400, 408, 525, 526 and 527 (vocational education programs), the term also includes any other public institution or agency that has administrative control and direction of a vocational education program.
Minor remodeling means minor alterations in a previously completed building. The term also includes the extension of utility lines, such as water and electricity, from points beyond the confines of the space in which the minor remodeling is undertaken but within the confines of the previously completed building. The term does not include building construction, stuctural alterations to buildings, building maintenance, or repairs.
Nonprofit, as applied to an agency, organization, or institution, means that it is owned and operated by one or corporations or associations whose net earnings do not benefit, and cannot lawfully benefit, any private shareholder or entity.
Nonpublic, as applied to an agency, organization, or institution, means that the agency, organization, or institution is nonprofit and is not under Federal or public supervision or control.
Preschool means the educational level from a child's birth to the time at which the State provides elementary education.
Private, as applied to an agency, organization, or institution, means that it is not under Federal or public supervision or control.
Project means the activity described in an application.
Public, as applied to an agency, organization, or institution, means that the agency, organization, or institution is under the administrative supervision or control of a government other than the Federal Government.
Secondary school means a day or residential school that provides secondary education as determined under State law. In the absence of State law, the Secretary may determine, with respect to that State, whether the term includes education beyond the twelfth grade.
Secretary means the Secretary of the Department of Education or an official or employee of the Department acting for the Secretary under a delegation of authority.
Service function, with respect to a local educational agency:
(a) Means an educational service that is performed by a legal entity-such as an intermediate agency:
(1)(i) Whose jurisdiction does not extend to the whole State; and
(ii) That is authorized to provide consultative, advisory, or educational services to public elementary or secondary schools; or
(2) That has regulatory functions over agencies having administrative control or direction of public elementary or secondary schools.
(b) The term does not include a service that is performed by a cultural or educational resource.
State means any of the 50 States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.
State educational agency means the State board of education or other agency or officer primarily responsible for the supervision of public elementary and secondary schools in a State. In the absence of this officer or agency, it is an officer or agency designated by the Governor or State law.
this part apply to that program or activity.
(c) The following programs and activities are excluded from coverage under this part:
(1) Proposed legislation.
(2) Regulation and budget formulation.
(3) National security matters. (4) Procurement.
(5) Direct payments to individuals. (6) Financial transfers for which the Department has no funding discretion or direct authority to approve specific sites or projects (e.g., block grants under Chapter 2 of the Education Consolidation and Improvement Act of 1981).
(7) Research and development national in scope.
(8) Assistance to federally recognized Indian tribes.
(d) In addition to the programs and activities excluded in paragraph (c) of this section, the Secretary may only exclude a Federal financial assistance program or activity from coverage under this part if the program or activity does not directly affect State or local governments.
(Authority: E.O. 12372)
[48 FR 29166, June 24, 1983, as amended at 51 FR 20824, June 9, 1986]
§ 79.4 What are the Secretary's general responsibilities under the Order?
(a) The Secretary provides opportunities for consultation by elected officials of those state and local governments that would provide the nonfederal funds for, or that would be directly affected by, proposed federal financial assistance from the Department.
(b) If a state adopts a process under the Order to review and coordinate proposed federal financial assistance, the Secretary, to the extent permitted by law:
(1) Uses the state process to determine official views of state and local elected officials;
(2) Communicates with state and local elected officials as early in a program planning cycle as is reasonably feasible to explain specific plans and actions;
(3) Makes efforts to accommodate state and local elected official's con
cerns with proposed federal financial assistance that are communicated through the state process;
(4) Allows the states to simplify and consolidate existing federally required state plan submissions;
(5) Where state planning and budgeting systems are sufficient and where permitted by law, encourages the substitution of state plans for federally required state plans;
(6) Seeks the coordination of views of affected state and local elected officials in one state with those of another state when proposed federal financial assistance has an impact on interstate metropolitan urban centers or other interstate areas; and
(7) Supports state and local governments by discouraging the reauthorization or creation of any planning organization which is federally funded, which has a limited purpose, and which is not adequately representative of, or accountable to, state or local elected officials.
(Authority: E.O. 12372, Sec. 2)
§ 79.5 What is the Secretary's obligation with respect to Federal interagency coordination?
The Secretary, to the maximum extent practicable, consults with and seeks advice from all other substantially affected federal departments and agencies in an effort to assure full coordination between such agencies and the Department regarding programs and activities covered under these regulations.
(Authority: E.O. 12372)
$79.6 What procedures apply to the selection of programs and activities under these regulations?
(a) A state may select any program or activity published in the FEDERAL REGISTER in accordance with §79.3 for intergovernmental review under these regulations. Each state, before selecting programs and activities, shall consult with local elected officials.
(b) Each state that adopts a process shall notify the Secretary of the Department's programs and activities selected for that process.
(c) A state may notify the Secretary of changes in its selections at any time. For each change, the state shall