PA ID# xxx-xxxxx; California Department of Veterans Affairs
DSR ID# xx; Request for Public Assistance
Citation: FEMA-1731-DR-CA, California Department of Veterans-
Summary:In the wake of October 2007 Southern California Wildfires, the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA) submitted a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) on January 15, 2008, 22 days after the established deadline of December 24, 2007. The Deputy Regional Administrator denied the first appeal on May 8, 2008, because the RPA was not submitted within the regulatory timeframe and there wasnt an indication of extenuating circumstances beyond CDVAs control as required in 44 CFR §206.202 (f)(2).
On July 3, 2008, CDVA submitted a second appeal contending the receipt of misinformation from its headquarters office caused the delay in submitting the RPA. Additionally, CDVA states OES and FEMA are obliged to disseminate information in a clear and concise manner, and CDVA should not be penalized since OES and FEMA did not inform it of the deadline.
In a letter dated August 15, 2008, OES did not support CDVAs claim of the failure to be informed of a deadline. OES maintains that this would not constitute an extenuating circumstance.
Issues:1.Did CDVA submit its RPA within the established deadline?
2. Were there extenuating circumstances for a late RPA?