96.503 - Audit resolution generally.

The DOL official(s) responsible for audit resolution shall promptly evaluate findings and recommendations reported by auditors and the CAP developed by the recipient to determine proper actions in response to audit findings and recommendations. The process of audit resolution minimally includes an initial determination, an informal resolution period and a final determination.
(a) Initial determination. After the conclusion of any comment period for audits provided the grantee/contractor, the responsible DOL official(s) shall make an initial determination on the allowability of questioned costs or activities, administrative or systemic findings, and the corrective actions outlined by the recipient. Such determination shall be based on applicable statutes, regulations, administrative directives, or grant/contract conditions.
(b) Informal resolution. The grantee/contractor shall have a reasonable period of time (as determined by the DOL official(s) responsible for audit resolution) from the date of issuance of the initial determination to informally resolve those matters in which the grantee/contractor disagrees with the decisions of the responsible DOL official(s).
(c) Final determination. After the conclusion of the informal resolution period, the responsible DOL official(s) shall issue a final determination that:
(1) As appropriate, indicate that efforts to informally resolve matters contained in the initial determination have either been successful or unsuccessful;
(2) Lists those matters upon which the parties continue to disagree;
(3) Lists any modifications to the factual findings and conclusions set forth in the initial determination;
(4) Lists any sanctions and required corrective actions; and
(5) Sets forth any appeal rights.
(d) Time limit. Insofar as possible, the requirements of this section should be met within 180 days of the date the final approved audit report is received by the DOL official(s) responsible for audit resolution.