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Second Appeal Brief
PA ID# 019-41155-00; City of Lake Charles
PW ID# Project Worksheet 685; Force Account Overtime
FEMA-1607-DR-LA, City of Lake Charles, Force Account Overtime,
Project Worksheet (PW) 685
Following Hurricane Rita, the City of Lake Charless (Applicant) declared the period from September 23, 2005, through October 9, 2005, an emergency holiday.
Hourly and salaried employees that worked during this period received holiday overtime pay. FEMA determined that the Applicants designation of the emergency holiday period was a discretionary act. Subsequently, FEMA prepared PW 685 to reimburse the Applicant for actual overtime hours worked by its hourly employees.
In its first appeal, submitted March 28, 2006, the Applicant claimed that its personnel policy provides for overtime payment for all work performed during emergency holidays. The Regional Administrator denied the Applicants request for reimbursement on October 11, 2007, because the Applicants designation of an emergency holiday was discretionary and the actual hours worked qualified as force account straight time. Based on Section 3.4(C) of the Applicants personnel policy, the Regional Administrator granted Earned Time Off costs for the Applicants salaried supervisors as overtime compensation.
The Applicant submitted its second appeal on February 27, 2008, wherein it reiterated its position in its first appeal and maintained that its declaration of an emergency holiday was not discretionary.
Is the Applicants emergency holiday pay rate eligible under Public Assistance?
Response and Recovery Policy 9525.7, Labor Costs Emergency Work,
dated July 20, 2000