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Second Appeal Summary
PA ID# 037-91036; Los Angeles County, Internal Services Department
DSR ID# 98105; Hall of Records, Time Extensions
Citation: FEMA-1008-DR-CA; Los Angeles County, Internal Services Department; DSR 98105, Hall of Records
Cross-reference: Grant Acceleration Program (GAP); Time Extensions; Completing the Eligible Scope of Work
Summary: The L.A. County Hall of Records, damaged during the Northridge Earthquake, was approved for GAP funding in 1999, in the amount of $1,558,835 (DSR 98105). On February 11, 2000, FEMA approved a 30-month time extension to May 3, 2002, to complete the project. On July 10, 2002, the Applicant requested an additional 8-month extension to December 31, 2002, based on extenuating circumstances. The Regional Director denied the time extension because of a 21-month period of inactivity on this project by the Applicant. On October 18, 2002, the Applicant submitted a first appeal claiming that work on numerous other FEMA projects had delayed work on the Hall of Records. The Regional Director denied the first appeal because the Applicant had failed to address the reasons for the denial. The Applicant filed a second appeal on May 20,2003. Concurrently with this issue, the Applicant, in June 2002, requested a 2-year time extension to identify a recipient project for a projected GAP underrun on the Hall of Records. The Regional Director denied the time extension since the project was not yet completed. The Applicant appealed this decision in August 2002, stating that the underrun extension was not related to the completion of the project. The Regional Director denied the first appeal. The Applicants second appeal, dated May 6, 2003, argues that the last approved completion date is not necessarily the date work is completed.
Issues: 1. Was an additional eight-month time extension justified?2. Is a two-year time extension necessary to identify a recipient project?
Findings: 1. No. The Applicant had not begun work on the project until the 26th month of the 30-month time extension.2. No. However, we grant the Applicant an additional 120 days from receipt of this determination to identify a recipient project.
Rationale: 44 CFR §206.202(f)(2), 44 CFR §206.204 Time Limitations, Project Completion;August 13, 1998, Northridge Closeout Guidance on Open Time Extension Requests;June 2, 1999, GAP Guide, section 7, GAP Underruns