HEAD START LEGAL COUNSEL FOR AGENCY ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS AND RULEMAKING CHALLENGES
Agency Enforcement Actions. An agency enforcement action can be an uncertain and scary time for a Head Start agency. Grants Counsel can provide competent and cost-effective representation to help you move through challenges and get you back to helping children, families and communities. We can help you with agency enforcement actions, including:
- Deficiency findings: Have you received a deficiency finding in one of your monitoring reviews? Deficiency findings can cost your agency time and money because they mean you’ll have to recompete for a new five-year grant. Grants Counsel can represent you in requesting removal of deficiency findings from your monitoring reviews.
- Disallowance determinations: If you have received a disallowance, you have a right to contest the determination before the Departmental Appeals Board. Note: To preserve your rights, you need to take action within certain deadlines. Contact Grants Counsel to discuss your disallowance.
- Grant terminations and suspensions: Perhaps nothing is more disruptive to your operations than a grant termination or suspension. If you have been threatened with, or you have received notice of grant termination or suspension, you have the right to contest that determination before the Departmental Appeals Board. To preserve your rights, you need to meet certain deadlines. Contact Grants Counsel to discuss your grant termination or suspension case.
- Proposed debarments. If you have received a notice of proposed debarment, you have the right to contest that proposal by presenting information and argument to the Suspension and Debarment Official. To preserve your rights, you must meet certain deadlines. Contact Grants Counsel to discuss your proposed debarment.
- Rule-making comments and challenges. The Department of Health and Human Services promulgates regulations that Head Start programs must follow. At Grants Counsel, we believe that Head Start programs are the experts in what works best in Head Start, and your opinions should be considered by HHS. When rules are proposed, Grants Counsel can help you comment on the rules and make sure that your voice is heard. If objectionable rules are adopted, Grants Counsel can help you challenge the enforcement of those rules. Contact Grants Counsel to discuss rule-making comments and challenges.