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(a) Responsibility of applicant. When an application for assistance is filed, the processing official asks if there is any known relationship or association with a Rural Development employee. The applicant is required to disclose the requested information under pertinent program regulations.
(b) Responsibility of the Rural Development employee. A Rural Development employee who knows he or she is related to or associated with an applicant or recipient, regardless of whether the relationship or association is known to others, is required to notify the Rural Development official who is processing or servicing the assistance, in writing. RD Guide Letter 1900–D–1 (available in any RD office) may be used as the notice. If the appropriate official is not known, the State Director should be notified. Regardless of whether the relationship or association is defined in § 1900.152, if the employee believes there may be a potential conflict of interest, the Rural Development official who is processing or servicing the assistance may be notified and special handling requested. An employee's request that the case receive special handling is usually honored.
(c) Responsibility of the Rural Development official. When any relationship or association is identified, the Rural Development official completes and submits RD Guide Letter 1900–D–2 to the State Director (or Administrator, under paragraph (e) of this section or § 1900.155(a)). When completed, RD Guide Letter 1900–D–3 is returned by the State Director, the processing official;
(d) Relationship or association established after application for Rural Development assistance. If a relationship or association is established after an application has been filed or assistance has been provided, both recipient and employee are required to notify the Rural Development official as described in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section.
(e) Relationship or association with a State Office, Finance Office or National Office employee. If an identified relationship or association is with an employee at a State Office (other than a State Director), Finance Office or National Office, the processing/servicing official completes and submits RD Guide Letter 1900–D–2 to the State Director in the normal manner. The State Director reviews the information, determines the need for special handling, designates the processing/servicing official, completes and submits RD Guide Letter 1900–D–3 to the Administrator for written concurrence. When the Administrator's concurrence is received, the State Director returns completed RD Guide Letter 1900–D–3 to the original official who completes the action described in paragraph (c) of this section.
(f) Relationship or association with a State Director. If an identified relationship or association is with a State Director, the processing/servicing official completes and submits RD Guide Letter 1900–D–2 to the Administrator. The Administrator reviews, determines the need for special handling, designates the processing/servicing official, completes and returns RD Guide Letter 1900–D–3 to the original official who completes the action described in paragraph (c) of this section.
(g) Change in relationship or association, status of Rural Development assistance, or employee's duty station. If the relationship or association has changed, the application denied or the assistance otherwise terminated, or Rural Development employee's duty station changed, the designated processing/servicing official completes RD Guide Letter 1900–D–2 with the new information and submits it. The review process takes place as described in paragraphs (a) through (e) of this section to determine if processing/servicing activity may return to normal or requires another change. If the assistance is denied or otherwise terminated, the designated official notifies the original official.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Code of Federal Regulations Title 7. Agriculture § 7.1900.153 Identifying and reporting an employee relationship - last updated October 03, 2022 | https://codes.findlaw.com/cfr/title-7-agriculture/cfr-sect-7-1900-153/
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