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The purpose of this MEMORANDUM is to offer guidance to reduce the number of erroneous appeals in the future. Please share this guidance with your local applicants and application reviewers.
The appeals process is provided to organizations that believe they have been erroneously denied participation in the CFC.
The Office of CFC Operations received a record number of local appeals and many national appeals this year. During our review process, a number of recurring issues emerged. Many concern basic elements of the criteria for eligibility set forth in CFC regulations at 5 CFR Part 950.
Appeals that are incomplete or do not address the proper regulatory requirements do not provide charities with a complete opportunity for review. Additionally, appeals which may reveal false certification of eligibility requirements can lead to future sanctions. As stated in the CFC regulations at 5 CFR Part 950.302(c) and 304 (c), false certification of the eligibility requirements are presumed to be deliberate and is a serious violation of CFC rules which can lead to suspension.
The following are among the common eligibility issues that emerged from our review of appeals:
We ask that you widely disseminate this communication to participating local federations and other interested charities. This will help to ensure that all organizations are aware of the proper process for filing appeals and understand the applicable CFC regulations which they are appealing.
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