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In the County of

State the General Counsel, National Endowof On this day of

ment for the Arts or the General Counsel, National Endowment for the

Humanities becomes aware that a par(Name of individual) who is personally known to me, did appear

ticular communication not addressed before me and sign the above certificate.

as prescribed above is a request for correction of a record under the Priva

cy Act), the General Counsel's office Signature shall acknowledge receipt of the re

quest.

(c) The General Counsel's office

Date (s) My Commission expires

upon receipt of such a request shall

promptly confer with the office within However, where the record requested the Foundation responsible for the is contained in any of the systems of record. In the event it is felt that correcords listed in paragraph (b) of this rection is not warranted in whole or in section, the Foundation reserves the part, the matter shall be brought to right to require additional identifica the attention of the Deputy Chairman tion and/or to independently verify to of the Endowment involved. If, after its satisfaction, the identity of the re review by the Deputy Chairman of the questor.

involved Endowment and discussion (d) Charges for copies of records will with the request or, if deemed helpful, be at the rate of $0.10 per photogra it is determined that correction as rephy of each page. Where records are quested is not warranted, a letter shall not susceptible to photo-copying, e.g., be sent by the Deputy Chairman's punch cards, magnetic tapes or over office to the requestor denying his resize materials, the amount charged quest and/or explaining what correcwill be actual cost as determined on a tion might be made if agreeable to the case-by-case basis. Only one copy of requestor. This letter shall set forth each record requested will be supplied. the reasons for the refusal to honor No charge will be made unless the the request for correction. It shall also charge as computed above would inform him of his right to appeal this exceed $3.00 for each request or relat decision and include a description of ed series of requests. If a fee in excess the appeals procedure set forth in of $25.00 would be required, the re paragraph (d) of this section. questor shall be notified and the fee (d) An appeal may be taken from an must be tendered before the records adverse determination under parawill be copied.

graph (c) of this section to the Assist

ant Chairman/Management, National 8 1115.5 Correction of records.

Endowment for the Arts or the Chair(a) Any individual is entitled to re man, National Endowment for the Huquest amendments of records pertain manities. Such appeal must be made ing to him pursuant to 5 U.S.C. in writing and should clearly indicate 552a(d)(2). Such a request shall be that it is an appeal. The basis for the made in writing and addressed to the appeal should be included, and it Office of the General Counsel, Nation should be mailed to the same address al Endowment for the Arts or National as listed in paragraph (a) of this secEndowment for the Humanities, tion. A hearing at the Foundation may Washington, DC 20506.

be requested. Such hearing will be in(b) The request should specify the formal, and shall be before the Assistrecord and systems of records in ant Chairman/Management, National volved, and should specify the exact Endowment for the Arts, the Chaircorrection desired and state that the man, National Endowment for the Hurequest is made pursuant to the Priva manities, or an appointed designee. If cy Act. An edited copy of the record no hearing is requested, the request showing the desired correction is desir for appeal should include the basis for able. Within 10 working days of the re the appeal. Where no hearing is receipt of a properly addressed request quested the Assistant Chairman or (or within 10 working days of the time Chairman before whom the appeal is

taken shall render his decision within thirty working days after receipt of the written appeal at the Foundation, unless the Assistant Chairman or Chairman before whom the appeal is taken, for good cause shown, extends the 30-day period and the appellant is advised in writing of such extension. If a hearing is requested, the Foundation will attempt to contact the appellant within five working days and arrange a suitable time for the hearing. In such cases the decision of the Assistant Chairman or Chairman shall be made within 30 working days after the hearing unless the time is extended and the appellant is advised in writing of such extension.

(e) The final decision of the Assistant Chairman or Chairman in an appeal shall be in writing, and, if adverse to the appellant, set forth the reasons for the refusal to amend the record and advise him of his right to appeal the decision under 5 U.S.C. 552a(g)(1)(A). The individual shall also be notified that he has the right to file with the Foundation a concise statement setting forth the reasons for this disagreement with the refusal of the Foundation to amend his record.

other than the individual to whom they pertain will not be made avail. able except under the following circumstances:

(a) Records required to be made available by the Freedom of Informa. tion Act will be released in response to a request formulated in accordance with Foundation regulations found at 45 CFR Part 1100.

(b) Records not required by the Freedom of Information Act to be released may be released, at the discretion of the Foundation, if the written consent of the individual to whom they pertain has been obtained or if such release would be authorized under 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(1) (3) through (11).

or

8 1115.7 Exemptions.

(a) Fellowships and grants. Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(k)(5), the Foundation hereby exempts from the application of section 552a(d) any materials which would disclose the identity of references for fellowship or grant applicants contained in any of the Foundation's systems of records.

(b) Applicants for employment. Pur. suant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(k)(5), the Foundation hereby exempts from the application of 5 U.S.C. 552a(d) any materials which would disclose the identity of references of applicants for employment at the Foundation contained in the system of records entitled “Official Personnel Folders”.

8 1115.6 Disclosure of records to agencies

or persons other than the individual to

whom the record pertains. Records subject to the Privacy Act that are requested by any person

SUBCHAPTER B/NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS

PART 1150—COLLECTION OF CLAIMS

UNDER THE FEDERAL CLAIMS COL-
LECTION ACT OF 1966

the National Endowment for the Arts shall be performed in accordance with the applicable standards prescribed in 4 CFR Parts 101 through 105, which are incorporated by reference and supplemented in this subpart.

Sec. 1150.1 Scope. 1150.2 Incorporation of joint standards by

reference. 1150.3 Subdivision and joining of claims. 1150.4 Referral of claims to the General

Counsel. 1150.5 Accounting control. 1150.6 Record retention. 1150.7 Suspension or revocation of eligibil.

ity. 1150.8 Standards for collection of claims. 1150.9 Standards for compromise of claims. 1150.10 Standards for suspension or termi

nation of collection action. 1150.11 Referral to GAO or Justice De

partment. AUTHORITY: Federal Claims Collection Act of 1966.

SOURCE: 40 FR 51196, Nov. 4, 1975, unless otherwise noted.

8 1150.3 Subdivision and joining of claims.

(a) A debtor's liability arising from a particular transaction or contract shall be considered as a single claim in determining whether the claim is one not exceeding $20,000 exclusive of interest for the purpose of compromise or termination of collection action. Such a claim may not be subdivided to avoid the monetary ceiling established by the Act.

(b) Joining of two or more single claims in a demand upon a particular debtor for payment totaling more than $20,000 does not preclude compromise or termination of collection action with respect to any one of such claims that does not exceed $20,000 exclusive of interest.

8 1150.1 Scope.

This subpart sets forth the regulations of the National Endowment for the Arts implementing the Federal Claims Collection Act of 1966 (the Act) in conformity with the standards jointly promulgated by the Attorney General and the Comptroller General in 4 CFR Parts 101 through 105. The Act (a) requires the head of an agency or his designee to attempt collection of all claims of the United States for money or property arising out of the activities of the National Endowment for the Arts; and (b) authorizes the head of an agency or his designee to compromise such claims that do not exceed $20,000 exclusive of interest, or to suspend or terminate collection action where it appears that no person liable on such claims has the present or prospective financial ability to pay any significant sum thereon or that the cost of collecting such claim is likely to exceed the amount of recovery.

8 1150.4 Referral of claims to the General

Counsel. (a) Authority of the General Counsel. The General Counsel shall exercise the powers and perform the duties of the head of the agency to compromise or to suspend or terminate collection action on all claims not exceeding $20,000 exclusive of interest. Claims shall be referred to the General Counsel well within the applicable statute of limitations (28 U.S.C. 2415 and 2416), but in no event more than 2 years after the claims accrued.

(b) Exclusions. There shall be no compromise or terminated collection action with respect to any claim: (1) As to which there is an indication of fraud, the presentation of a false claim, or misrepresentation on the part of the debtor or any other party having an interest in the claim; (2) based in whole or in part on conduct in violation of the anti-trust laws; (3) based on tax statutes; or (4) arising from an exception made by the General Accounting Office in the account of an accountable officer. Such claims shall be promptly referred to the Jus

8 1150.2 Incorporation of joint standards

by reference. All administrative actions to collect claims arising out of the activities of

tice Department or GAO, as appropriate.

8 1150.5 Accounting control.

The General Counsel shall process all claims collections through the appropriate accounting office and report the collection, compromise, suspension and termination of all claims to the appropriate accounting office for recording.

8 1150.6 Record retention.

The file of each claim on which administrative collection action has been completed shall be retained by the appropriate office or the General Counsel not less than 1 year after the applicable statute of limitations has run.

(c) Liquidation of collateral. When th: Endowment holds security or col. lateral that may be liquidated and the proceeds applied on debts due it through the exercise of a power of sale in the security instrument or a nonjudicial foreclosure, such procedures should be followed if the debtor fails to pay his debt within a reasonable time after demand, unless the cost of disposing of the collateral will be disproportionate to its value or special circumstances require judicial foreclosure.

(d) Collection in installments. Claims with accrued interest should be collected in full or one lump sum whenever this is possible. However, if the debtor is financially unable to pay the indebtedness in one lump sum, payment may be accepted in regular installments.

(e) Interest. In the event prejudgment interest is not mandated by statute, contract or regulation, the interest shall be assessed at 7 percent. Prejudgment interest may be waived as an inducement to voluntary payment. In such cases demand letters should inform the debtor that prejudgment interest will be collected if suit becomes necessary. When a debt is paid in installments and interest is collected, installment payments will first be applied to the payment of accrued interest and then to principal in accordance with the so-called “U.S. Rule" unless a different rule is prescribed by statute, contract or regulation. Prejudgment interest shall not be demanded or collected on civil penalty and forfeiture claims unless the statute under which the claim arises authorizes the collection of such interest.

(f) Omission not a defense. Failure to comply with any standard prescribed in 4 CFR Chapter II or in this subpart shall not be available as a defense to any debtor.

8 1150.7 Suspension or revocation of eligi

bility. (a) In the event a contractor, grantee, or other participant in programs sponsored by the Endowment fails to pay his debts to the Endowment within reasonable time after demand, the fact shall be reported by the Grants, Audit, or other appropriate office to the General Counsel, who shall place such defaulting participant's name on the Endowment's list of debarred, suspended and ineligible contractors and grantees and the participant will be so advised.

(b) The failure of any surety to honor its obligations in accordance with 6 U.S.C. 11 is to be reported at once to the General Counsel who shall so advise the Treasury Department. The Treasury Department will notify the Endowment when a surety's certificate of authority to do business with the Government has been revoked or forfeited.

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8 1150.8 Standards for collection of

claims. (a) Demand for payment. Appropriate written demands shall be made upon the debtor which shall include information relating to the consequences of his failure to cooperate.

(b) Collection by offset. Collection by offset will be administratively undertaken on claims which are liquidated or certain in amount in every instance where this is feasible.

8 1150.9 Standards for compromise of

claims. (a) Compromise offer. An offer to compromise may be accepted (1) if there is real doubt concerning the National Endowment for the Arts' ability to prove its case in court for the full

amount claimed; (2) if the cost of collecting the claim does not justify the enforced collection of the full amount; (3) if in connection with statutory penalties or forfeitures established as an aid to enforcement and to compel compliance, the National Endowment for the Arts' enforcement policy will be adequately served by acceptance of the sum to be agreed upon, or (4) for other reasons deemed valid by the General Counsel (or his designee) and made a part of the claim record.

(b) Documentary evidence of compromise. No compromise of a claim shall be final or binding on the Endowment unless it is in writing and signed by the appropriate officer who has authority to compromise the claim pursuant to this subpart.

8 1150.11 Referral to GAO or Justice De

partment. (a) Claims referred. Claims which cannot be collected, compromised, or terminated in accordance with 4 CFR Parts 101 to 105 will be referred to the General Accounting Office in accordance with 31 U.S.C. 71 or to the Department of Justice if the Endowment has been granted an exception from referrals to the General Accounting Office. Also, if there is doubt as to whether collection action should be suspended or terminated on a claim, the claim may be referred to the General Accounting Office for advice. When recovery of a judgment is prerequisite to imposition of administrative sanctions, the claim may be referred to the Justice Department for litigation even though termination of collection activity might otherwise be considered.

(b) Prompt referral. Such referrals shall be made as early as possible consistent with aggressive collection action and in any event, well within the statute of limitations for bringing suit against the debtor.

PART 1151—NONDISCRIMINATION

ON THE BASIS OF HANDICAP

Subpart A-Gonoral Provisions

8 1150.10 Standards for suspension or ter

mination of collection action. (a) Suspension of collection action. Collection action shall be suspended temporarily on a claim when the debtor cannot be located after diligent effort but there is reason to believe that future collection action may be sufficiently productive to justify periodic review and action on the claim, having consideration for its size and the amount which may be realized. Collection action may be suspended temporarily on a claim when the debtor owns no substantial equity in realty and is presently unable to make payment on the National Endowment for the Arts' claim or effect a compromise, but his future prospects justify retention of the claim for periodic review and action and (1) the applicable statute of limitations has been tolled or started anew or (2) future collection can be effected by offset notwithstanding the statute of limitations. Suspension as to a particular debtor should not defer the early liquidation of security for the debt.

(b) Termination of collection action. Collection action may be terminated and the Endowment file closed for the following reasons: (1) No substantial amount can be collected; (2) the debtor cannot be located; (3) the cost will exceed recovery; (4) the claim is legally without merit; or (5) the claim cannot be substantiated by evidence.

Sec. 1151.1 Purpose. 1151.2 Application. 1151.3 Definitions. 1151.4 Notice. 1151.5 Inconsistent State laws and effect of

employment opportunities. 1151.6—1151.10 (Reserved)

Subpart B-Standards for Determining Who

Are Handicapped Persons 1151.11 Handicapped person. 1151.12 Qualified handicapped person. 1151.13—1151.15 (Reserved)

Subpart C-Discrimination Prohibited

GENERAL 1151.16 General prohibitions against dis

crimination. 1151.17 Specific discriminatory actions pro

hibited. 1151.18 Ilustrative examples. 1151.19-1151.20 (Reserved)

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