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Second Appeal Brief
PA ID# 077-99077-00; Jackson County
PW ID# 483; Food Safety Inspection Costs
Citation: FEMA-1850-DR-IL; Jackson County, Food Safety Inspection Costs.
Project Worksheet (PW) 483
Reference: Increased Operating Costs
Summary: Severe storms and high winds resulted in widespread electrical outages throughout Jackson County. The Jackson County Health Department (Applicant) conducted field visits to food services to ensure potentially unsafe food was disposed of, and to verify that food services met minimum requirements before being allowed to reopen and start serving food to the public. The Applicant submitted costs for force account labor, mileage for personal vehicle use, and meals and supplies associated with 177 food safety inspections. FEMA determined that the costs associated with conducting the food safety inspections following the power outages were not eligible for Public Assistance funding.
In its first appeal, the Applicant claims that the additional food safety inspections were necessary to protect public health and safety and FEMA should consider these costs reasonable short-term costs. The costs of operating a facility or providing a service may increase due to or after a disaster. These costs are not eligible for Public Assistance funding.
Issue: Are the Applicant’s food safety inspection costs eligible for Public Assistance funding?
Rationale: 44 CFR §206.228, Allowable Costs; Office of Management and Budget Circulars A-21, A-87, and A-122.