55A-5.008: Supervisory Inspection Review
PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The proposed amendment requires FDVA's Bureau of State Approving Agency to suspend for 60 days an educational institution from participation in GI Bill educational programs, for noncompliance with Federal standards. At the end of the 60 day period, if FDVA finds that the institution has conformed its programs to the standards then it shall lift the suspension.
SUMMARY: Currently, the rule cited provides discretion to FDVA regarding suspension of educational institutions from participating in GI Bill Programs. At the request of the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee (JAPC), we are removing this discretion, making the rule requirements mandatory.
SUMMARY OF STATEMENT OF ESTIMATED REGULATORY COSTS: No Statement of Estimated Regulatory Cost was prepared.
Any person who wishes to provide information regarding a statement of estimated regulatory costs, or provide a proposal for a lower cost regulatory alternative must do so in writing within 21 days of this notice.
SPECIFIC AUTHORITY: 292.05(3) FS.
LAW IMPLEMENTED: 295.124 FS.
IF REQUESTED WITHIN 21 DAYS OF THE DATE OF THIS NOTICE, A HEARING WILL BE SCHEDULED AND ANNOUNCED IN FAW.
THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE IS: Ron Lynn, (850)487-1533
THE FULL TEXT OF THE PROPOSED RULE IS:
55A-5.008 Supervisory Inspection Review.
(1) The Bureau shall conduct an ongoing review of institutions which have a veteran or other eligible person enrolled in an accredited or nonaccredited course or program for the purpose of determining if the approved course or program continues to meet all the conditions for approval. Supervisory and inspection visits shall be coordinated to the extent possible with the schedule of compliance surveys to be conducted by the U.S.D.V.A. in order to avoid duplication of effort. The following priorities shall be observed by the Bureau when scheduling visits:
Priority I – Reports and Visits Requested by the U.S.D.V.A.
Priority II – New Approvals
Priority III – Revision of Existing Approvals
Priority IV – Routine Supervisory Visits
(2) Following each review, the Bureau shall advise the educational institution of its findings. A copy of the inspection report shall be furnished the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs.
(3) In any case where the Bureau determines that a course or program no longer meets the applicable standards, it shall
may suspend the educational institution for a period of 60 days during which time no new veterans may be enrolled for purposes of receiving benefits. At the end of the 60 day period, if the Bureau finds that the educational institution has conformed its courses or programs to the applicable standards, the Bureau shall may lift the suspension. If the Bureau finds the courses or programs still do not comply with the applicable standards, it shall issue a letter of disapproval to the educational institution and forward a copy of the letter to the U.S.D.V.A.
Specific Authority 292.05(3) FS. Law Implemented 295.124 FS. History–New 9-2-79, Formerly 9H-5.08, 22S-5.08, 22S-5.008, Amended 10-30-89, 12-5-95,_______.