Comments/Notes on Adjudication Structure:
These procedures involve enforcement proceedings by LSC against funding recipients (i.e., LSC grantees or contractors) relating to proposed adverse actions based on alleged substantial noncompliance with, or violation of, the Legal Services Corporation Act or other applicable laws or regulations or substantial failure to provide high quality, economical, and effective legal assistance. (45 CFR Parts 1606 & 1623) Enforcement actions are initiated when LSC issues written notice of its preliminary decision to terminate funding (by 5% or greater), reduce funding (by less than 5%), suspend funding, or debar a recipient from future grants or contract. Recipient's are permitted written (document-only) hearings, informal conferences, or a hearing before an impartial decision maker depending on the nature of the proposed LSC action. Disallowed costs, 45 CFR Part 1630, also follow procedures involving written (document-only) hearings. Appeals are permitted to the LSC President in all situations except for suspensions of 30 days or less or disallowed costs that do not exceed $2,500.