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SELECTED LEGAL MATERIALS

RELATING TO

THE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS' BENEFITS ACT OF 1976

(GENERALLY CODIFIED AT

42 U.S.C. CHAPTER 46, SUBCHAPTER XII)

 

 

 

Public Safety Officers' Benefits Act of 1976 — general statutory codification (42 U.S.C. ch. 46, subch. XII)

 

 

Public Safety Officers' Benefits Act of 1976 — implementing regulations (28 C.F.R. pt. 32)

 

 

Selected legal provisions referenced in or having direct application to the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Act of 1976 or its implementing regulations (updated as of Aug. 1, 2011)

 

 

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PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS' DEATH BENEFITS

Pub. L. No. 90‑351, Title I, Part L

[42 U.S.C. Chapter 46, Subchapter XII]

 

            Death Benefits

Sec.

1201  [§ 3796]         Payments

1202  [§ 3796a]       Limitations

1203  [§ 3796a‑1]    National programs for families of public safety officers who have died in the line of duty

1204  [§ 3796b]       Definitions

1205  [§ 3796c]       Administrative provisions

         [§ 3796c‑1]     Expedited payment for public safety officers involved in the prevention, investigation, rescue, or recovery efforts related to a terrorist attack

         [§ 3796c‑2]     [Use of funds for appeals and expenses of representation of hearing examiners]

 

            Educational Assistance to Dependents of Civilian Federal Law Enforcement Officers Killed or Disabled in the Line of Duty

Sec.

1211  [§ 3796d]       Purposes

1212  [§ 3796d‑1]    Basic eligibility

1213  [§ 3796d‑2]    Applications; approval

1214  [§ 3796d‑3]    Regulations

1215  [§ 3796d‑4]    Discontinuation for unsatisfactory conduct or progress

1216  [§ 3796d‑5]    Special rule

1217  [§ 3796d‑6]    Definitions

1218  [§ 3796d‑7]    Authorization of appropriations

 

 

 

DEATH BENEFITS

Pub. L. No. 90‑351, Title I, Part L, Subpart 1

[42 U.S.C. Chapter 46, Subchapter XII, Part A]

 

 

1201  [§ 3796]         Payments

1202  [§ 3796a]       Limitations

1203  [§ 3796a‑1]    National programs for families of public safety officers who have died in the line of duty

1204  [§ 3796b]       Definitions

1205  [§ 3796c]       Administrative provisions

         [§ 3796c‑1]     Expedited payment for public safety officers involved in the prevention, investigation, rescue, or recovery efforts related to a terrorist attack

         [§ 3796c‑2]     [Use of funds for appeals and expenses of representation of hearing examiners]

 

42 U.S.C. § 3796              Sec. 1201   Payments

 

(a)  In any case in which the Bureau of Justice Assistance (hereinafter in this part [subchapter] referred to as the "Bureau") determines, under regulations issued pursuant to this part [subchapter] that a public safety officer has died as the direct and proximate result of a personal injury sustained in the line of duty, the Bureau shall pay a benefit of $250,000, adjusted in accordance with subsection (h), as follows:

(1)  if there is no surviving child of such officer, to the surviving spouse of such officer;

(2)  if there is a surviving child or children and a surviving spouse, one‑half to the surviving child or children of such officer in equal shares and one‑half to the surviving spouse;

(3)  if there is no surviving spouse, to the child or children of such officer in equal shares;

(4)  if there is no surviving spouse or surviving child

(A)  in the case of a claim made on or after the date that is 90 days after the date of enactment of this subparagraph, to the individual designated by such officer as beneficiary under this section in such officer's most recently executed designation of beneficiary on file at the time of death with such officer's public safety agency, organization, or unit, provided that such individual survived such officer; or

(B)  if there is no individual qualifying under subparagraph (A), to the individual designated by such officer as beneficiary under such officer's most recently executed life insurance policy on file at the time of death with such officer's public safety agency, organization, or unit, provided that such individual survived such officer; or

(5)  if none of the above, to the parent or parents of such officer in equal shares.

(6)  The public safety agency, organization, or unit responsible for maintaining on file an executed designation of beneficiary or recently executed life insurance policy pursuant to paragraph (4) shall maintain the confidentiality of such designation or policy in the same manner as it maintains personnel or other similar records of the officer.

 

(b)  In accordance with regulations issued pursuant to this part [subchapter], in any case in which the Bureau determines that a public safety officer has become permanently and totally disabled as the direct result of a catastrophic injury sustained in the line of duty, the Bureau shall pay, to the extent that appropriations are provided, the same benefit in any year that is payable under subsection (a) in such year, adjusted in accordance with subsection (h), to such officer:  Provided, That the total annual benefits paid under this subsection may not exceed $5,000,000.  For the purposes of making these benefit payments, there are authorized to be appropriated for each fiscal year such sums as may be necessary:  Provided further, That these benefit payments are subject to the availability of appropriations and that each beneficiary's payment shall be reduced by a proportionate share to the extent that sufficient funds are not appropriated.

 

(c)  Whenever the Bureau determines upon showing of need and prior to final action that the death of a public safety officer is one with respect to which a benefit will probably be paid, the Bureau may make an interim benefit payment not exceeding $3,000 to the individual entitled to receive a benefit under subsection (a) of this section.

 

(d)  The amount of an interim payment under subsection (c) shall be deducted from the amount of any final benefit paid to such individual.

 

(e)  Where there is no final benefit paid, the recipient of any interim payment under subsection (c) shall be liable for repayment of such amount.  The Bureau may waive all or part of such repayment, considering for this purpose the hardship which would result from such repayment.

 

(f)  The benefit payment under this part [subchapter], shall be in addition to any other benefit that may be due from any other source, except—

(1)  payments authorized by section 12(k) of the Act of September 1, 1916, as amended [D.C. Code, sec. 5‑716]; or

(2)  benefits authorized by section 8191 of title 5, United States Code.  Such beneficiaries shall only receive benefits under such section 8191 that are in excess of the benefits received under this part [subchapter].

 

(g)  No benefit paid under this part [subchapter] shall be subject to execution or attachment.

 

(h)  On October 1 of each fiscal year beginning after the effective date of this subsection, the Bureau shall adjust the level of the benefit payable immediately before such October 1 under subsection (a), to reflect the annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, occurring in the 1‑year period ending on June 1 immediately preceding such October 1.

 

(i)  The amount payable under subsection (a) with respect to the death of a public safety officer shall be the amount payable under subsection (a) as of the date of death of such officer.

 

(j)(1)  No benefit is payable under this part [subchapter] with respect to the death of a public safety officer if a benefit is paid under this part [subchapter] with respect to the disability of such officer.

(2)  No benefit is payable under this part [subchapter] with respect to the disability of a public safety officer if a benefit is payable under this part [subchapter] with respect to the death of such public safety officer.

 

(k)  For purposes of this section, if a public safety officer dies as the direct and proximate result of a heart attack or stroke, that officer shall be presumed to have died as the direct and proximate result of a personal injury sustained in the line of duty, if—

(1)  that officer, while on duty

(A)  engaged in a situation, and such engagement involved nonroutine stressful or strenuous physical law enforcement, fire suppression, rescue, hazardous material response, emergency medical services, prison security, disaster relief, or other emergency response activity; or

(B)  participated in a training exercise, and such participation involved nonroutine stressful or strenuous physical activity;

(2)  that officer died as a result of a heart attack or stroke suffered—

(A)  while engaging or participating as described under paragraph (1);

(B)  while still on that duty after so engaging or participating; or

(C)  not later than 24 hours after so engaging or participating; and

(3)  such presumption is not overcome by competent medical evidence to the contrary.

 

(l)  For purposes of subsection (k), "nonroutine stressful or strenuous physical" excludes actions of a clerical, administrative, or nonmanual nature.

 

(m)  The Bureau may suspend or end collection action on an amount disbursed pursuant to a statute enacted retroactively or otherwise disbursed in error under subsection (a) or (c), where such collection would be impractical, or would cause undue hardship to a debtor who acted in good faith.

 

 

42 U.S.C § 3796a             Sec. 1202   Limitations

 

No benefit shall be paid under this part [subchapter]

(1)  if the death or catastrophic injury was caused by the intentional misconduct of the public safety officer or by such officer's intention to bring about his death or catastrophic injury;

(2)  if the public safety officer was voluntarily intoxicated at the time of his death or catastrophic injury;

(3)  if the public safety officer was performing his duties in a grossly negligent manner at the time of his death or catastrophic injury;

(4)  to any individual who would otherwise be entitled to a benefit under this part [subchapter] if such individual's actions were a substantial contributing factor to the death or catastrophic injury of the public safety officer; or

(5)  with respect to any individual employed in a capacity other than a civilian capacity.

 

 

42 U.S.C. § 3796a‑1         Sec. 1203   National programs for families of public safety officers who have died in line of duty

 

The Director is authorized to use no less than $150,000 of the funds appropriated for this part [subchapter] to maintain and enhance national peer support and counseling programs to assist families of public safety officers who have died in the line of duty.

 

 

42 U.S.C. § 3796b            Sec. 1204   Definitions

 

As used in this part [subchapter]

(1)  "catastrophic injury" means consequences [sic] of an injury that permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work;

(2)  " chaplain" includes any individual serving as an officially recognized or designated member of a legally organized volunteer fire department or legally organized police department, or an officially recognized or designated public employee of a legally organized fire or police department who was responding to a fire, rescue, or police emergency;

(3)  "child" means any natural, illegitimate, adopted, or posthumous child or stepchild of a deceased public safety officer who, at the time of the public safety officer's death, is—

(i)     18 years of age or under;

(ii)    over 18 years of age and a student as defined in section 8101 of title 5, United States Code; or

(iii)   over 18 years of age and incapable of self‑support because of physical or mental disability;

(4)  "firefighter" includes an individual serving as an officially recognized or designated member of a legally organized volunteer fire department;

(5)  "intoxication" means a disturbance of mental or physical faculties resulting from the introduction of alcohol into the body as evidenced by—

(i)     a post‑mortem blood alcohol level of .20 per centum or greater; or

(ii)    a post‑mortem blood alcohol level of at least .10 per centum but less than .20 per centum unless the Bureau receives convincing evidence that the public safety officer was not acting in an intoxicated manner immediately prior to his death;

or resulting from drugs or other substances in the body;

(6)  "law enforcement officer" means an individual involved in crime and juvenile delinquency control or reduction, or enforcement of the criminal laws (including juvenile delinquency), including, but not limited to, police, corrections, probation, parole, and judicial officers;

(7)  "member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew" means an officially recognized or designated public employee member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew;

(8)  "public agency" means the United States, any State of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands of the United States, Guam, American Samoa, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and any territory or possession of the United States, or any unit of local government, department, agency, or instrumentality of any of the foregoing; and

(9)  "public safety officer" means—

(A)  an individual serving a public agency in an official capacity, with or without compensation, as a law enforcement officer, as a firefighter, as a chaplain, or as a member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew;

(B)  an employee of the Federal Emergency Management Agency who is performing official duties of the Agency in an area, if those official duties—

(i)     are related to a major disaster or emergency that has been, or is later, declared to exist with respect to the area under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act; and

(ii)    are determined by the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be hazardous duties; or

(C)  an employee of a State, local, or tribal emergency management or civil defense agency who is performing official duties in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in an area, if those official duties—

(i)     are related to a major disaster or emergency that has been, or is later, declared to exist with respect to the area under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act; and

(ii)    are determined by the head of the agency to be hazardous duties.

 

 

42 U.S.C. § 3796c             Sec. 1205   Administrative provisions

 

(a)  The Bureau is authorized to establish such rules, regulations, and procedures as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this part [subchapter].  Such rules, regulations, and procedures will be determinative of conflict of laws issues arising under this part [subchapter].  Rules, regulations, and procedures issued under this part [subchapter] may include regulations governing the recognition of agents or other persons representing claimants under this part [subchapter] before the Bureau.  The Bureau may prescribe the maximum fees which may be charged for services performed in connection with any claim under this part [subchapter] before the Bureau, and any agreement in violation of such rules and regulations shall be void.

 

(b)  In making determinations under section 1201 the Bureau may utilize such administrative and investigative assistance as may be available from State and local agencies.  Responsibility for making final determinations shall rest with the Bureau.

 

(c)  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Bureau is authorized to use appropriated funds to conduct appeals of public safety officers' death and disability claims.

 

 

42 U.S.C. § 3796c‑1         Expedited payment for public safety officers involved in the prevention, investigation, rescue, or recovery efforts related to a terrorist attack

 

(a)  In general.  Notwithstanding the limitations of subsection (b) of section 1201 or the provisions of subsections (c), (d), and (e) of such section or section 1202 of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, upon certification (containing identification of all eligible payees of benefits pursuant to section 1201 of such Act) by a public agency that a public safety officer employed by such agency was killed or suffered a catastrophic injury producing permanent and total disability as a direct and proximate result of a personal injury sustained in the line of duty as described in section 1201 of such Act in connection with prevention, investigation, rescue, or recovery efforts related to a terrorist attack, the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance shall authorize payment to qualified beneficiaries, said payment to be made not later than 30 days after receipt of such certification, benefits [sic] described under subpart 1 of part L of [title I of] such Act.

 

(b)  Definitions.  For purposes of this section, the terms "catastrophic injury", "public agency", and "public safety officer" have the same meanings given such terms in section 1204 of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968.

 

 

42 U.S.C. § 3796c‑2         [Use of funds for appeals and expenses of representation of hearing examiners]

 

[On and after December 26, 2007], funds available to conduct appeals under section 1205(c) of [title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968], which includes all claims processing, shall be available also for the same under subpart 2 of . . . part L [of such title I] and under any statute authorizing payment of benefits described under subpart 1 thereof, and for appeals from final decisions of the Bureau (under such part or any such statute) to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which shall have exclusive jurisdiction thereof (including those, and any related matters, pending), and for expenses of representation of hearing examiners (who shall be presumed irrebuttably to enjoy quasi-judicial immunity in the discharge of their duties under such part or any such statute) in connection with litigation against them arising from such discharge.

 

 

 

EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE TO DEPENDENTS OF PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS KILLED OR DISABLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY

Pub. L. No. 90-351, Title I, Part L, Subpart 2

[42 U.S.C. Chapter 46, subchapter XII, Part B]

 

 

1211  [§ 3796d]       Purposes

1212  [§ 3796d‑1]    Basic eligibility

1213  [§ 3796d‑2]    Applications; approval

1214  [§ 3796d‑3]    Regulations

1215  [§ 3796d‑4]    Discontinuation for unsatisfactory conduct or progress

1216  [§ 3796d‑5]    Special rule

1217  [§ 3796d‑6]    Definitions

1218  [§ 3796d‑7]    Authorization of appropriations

 

42 U.S.C. § 3796d            Sec. 1211   Purposes

 

The purposes of this subpart [this part of this subchapter] are—

(1)  to enhance the appeal of service in public safety agencies;

(2)  to extend the benefits of higher education to qualified and deserving persons who, by virtue of the death of or total disability of an eligible officer, may not be able to afford it otherwise; and

(3)  to allow the family members of eligible officers to attain the vocational and educational status which they would have attained had a parent or spouse not been killed or disabled in the line of duty.

 

 

42 U.S.C. § 3796d‑1         Sec. 1212   Basic eligibility

 

(a)  Benefits.

(1)  Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Attorney General shall provide financial assistance to a dependent who attends a program of education and is—

(A)  the child of any eligible public safety officer under subpart 1; or

(B)  the spouse of an officer described in subparagraph (A) at the time of the officer's death or on the date of a totally and permanently disabling injury.

(2)  Except as provided in paragraph (3), financial assistance under this subpart [this part of this subchapter] shall consist of direct payments to an eligible dependent and shall be computed on the basis set forth in section 3532 of title 38, United States Code.

(3)  The financial assistance referred to in paragraph (2) shall be reduced by the sum of—

(A)  the amount of educational assistance benefits from other Federal, State, or local governmental sources to [sic] which the eligible dependent would otherwise be entitled to receive; and

(B)  the amount, if any, determined under section 1214(b).

 

(b)  Duration of benefits.  No dependent shall receive assistance under this subpart [this part of this subchapter] for a period in excess of forty‑five months of full‑time education or training or a proportional period of time for a part‑time program.

 

(c)  Age limitation for dependent children.  No dependent child shall be eligible for assistance under this subpart [this part of this subchapter] after the child's 27th birthday absent a finding by the Attorney General of extraordinary circumstances precluding the child from pursuing a program of education.

 

 

42 U.S.C. § 3796d‑2         Sec. 1213  Applications; approval

 

(a)  Application.  A person seeking assistance under this subpart [this part of this subchapter] shall submit an application to the Attorney General in such form and containing such information as the Attorney General reasonably may require.

 

(b)  Approval.  The Attorney General shall approve an application for assistance under this subpart [this part of this subchapter] unless the Attorney General finds that—

(1)  the dependent is not eligible for, is no longer eligible for, or is not entitled to the assistance for which application is made;

(2)  the dependent's selected educational institution fails to meet a requirement under this subpart [this part of this subchapter] for eligibility;

(3)  the dependent's enrollment in or pursuit of the educational program selected would fail to meet the criteria established in this subpart [this part of this subchapter] for programs; or

(4)  the dependent already is qualified by previous education or training for the educational, professional, or vocational objective for which the educational program is offered.

 

(c)  Notification.  The Attorney General shall notify a dependent applying for assistance under this subpart [this part of this subchapter] of approval or disapproval of the application in writing.

 

 

42 U.S.C. § 3796d‑3         Sec. 1214  Regulations

 

(a) In general.  The Attorney General may promulgate reasonable and necessary regulations to implement this subpart [this part of this subchapter].

 

(b)  Sliding scale.  Notwithstanding section 1213(b), the Attorney General shall issue regulations regarding the use of a sliding scale based on financial need to ensure that an eligible dependent who is in financial need receives priority in receiving funds under this subpart [this part of this subchapter].

 

 

42 U.S.C. § 3796d‑4         Sec. 1215  Discontinuation for unsatisfactory conduct or progress

 

The Attorney General may discontinue assistance under this subpart [this part of this subchapter] when the Attorney General finds that, according to the regularly prescribed standards and practices of the educational institution, the recipient fails to maintain satisfactory progress as described in section 484(c) of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

 

 

42 U.S.C. § 3796d‑5         Sec. 1216  Special rule

 

(a)  Retroactive eligibility.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, each dependent of a Federal law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty on or after January 1, 1978, and each dependent of a public safety officer killed in the line of duty on or after January 1, 1978, shall be eligible for assistance under this subpart [this part of this subchapter], subject to the other limitations of this subpart [this part of this subchapter].

 

(b)  Retroactive assistance.  The Attorney General may provide retroactive assistance to dependents eligible under this section for each month in which the dependent pursued a program of education at an eligible educational institution.  The Attorney General shall apply the limitations contained in this subpart [this part of this subchapter] to retroactive assistance.

 

(c)  Prospective assistance.  The Attorney General may provide prospective assistance to dependents eligible under this section on the same basis as assistance to dependents otherwise eligible.  In applying the limitations on assistance under this subpart [this part of this subchapter], the Attorney General shall include assistance provided retroactively.  A dependent eligible under this section may waive retroactive assistance and apply only for prospective assistance on the same basis as dependents otherwise eligible.

 

 

42 U.S.C. § 3796d‑6         Sec. 1217  Definitions

 

For purposes of this subpart [this part of this subchapter]:

(1)  The term "Attorney General" means the Attorney General of the United States.

(2)  The term "program of education" means any curriculum or any combination of unit courses or subjects pursued at an eligible educational institution, which generally is accepted as necessary to fulfill requirements for the attainment of a predetermined and identified educational, professional, or vocational objective.  It includes course work for the attainment of more than one objective if in addition to the previous requirements, all the objectives generally are recognized as reasonably related to a single career field.

(3)  The term "eligible educational institution" means an institution which—

(A)  is described in section 481 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as in effect on the date of the enactment of this section [i.e., Oct. 3, 1996]; and

(B)  is eligible to participate in programs under title IV of such Act.

 

 

42 U.S.C. § 3796d‑7         Sec. 1218  Authorization of appropriations

 

There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subpart [this part of this subchapter] such sums as may be necessary.

 

 

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28 C.F.R.

 

Part 32 ‑ PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS' DEATH, DISABILITY, AND EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE BENEFIT CLAIMS

 

Sec.

32.0        Scope of part.

 

Subpart A ‑ General Provisions

 

Sec.

32.1        Scope of subpart.

32.2        Computation of time; filing.

32.3        Definitions.

32.4        Terms; construction, severability.

32.5        Evidence.

32.6        Payment and repayment.

32.7        Fees for representative services.

32.8        Exhaustion of administrative remedies.

 

Subpart B ‑ Death Benefit Claims

 

Sec.

32.11      Scope of subpart.

32.12      Time for filing claim.

32.13      Definitions.

32.14      PSOB Office determination.

32.15      Prerequisite certification.

32.16      Payment.

32.17      Request for Hearing Officer determination.

 

Subpart C ‑ Disability Benefit Claims

 

Sec.

32.21      Scope of subpart.

32.22      Time for filing claim.

32.23      Definitions.

32.24      PSOB Office determination.

32.25      Prerequisite certification.

32.26      Payment.

32.27      Motion for reconsideration of negative disability finding.

32.28      Reconsideration of negative disability finding.

32.29      Request for Hearing Officer determination.

 

Subpart D ‑ Educational Assistance Benefit Claims

 

Sec.

32.31      Scope of subpart.

32.32      Time for filing claim.

32.33      Definitions.

32.34      PSOB Office determination.

32.35      Disqualification.

32.36      Payment and repayment.

32.37      Request for Hearing Officer determination.

 

Subpart E ‑ Hearing Officer Determinations

 

Sec.

32.41      Scope of subpart.

32.42      Time for filing request for determination.

32.43      Appointment and assignment of Hearing Officers.

32.44      Hearing Officer determination.

32.45      Hearings.

32.46      Director appeal.

 

Subpart F ‑ Director Appeals & Reviews

 

Sec.

32.51      Scope of subpart.

32.52      Time for filing Director appeal.

32.53      Review.

32.54      Director determination.

32.55      Judicial appeal.

 

Authority

42 U.S.C. ch. 46, subch. XII; 42 U.S.C. 3782(a), 3787, 3788, 3791(a), 3793(a)(4)(b), 3795a, 3796c‑1, 3796c‑2; sec. 1601, title XI, Pub. L. 90‑351, 82 Stat. 239; secs. 4 through 6, Pub. L. 94‑430, 90 Stat. 1348; secs. 1 and 2, Pub. L. 107‑37, 115 Stat. 219.

 

 

§ 32.0  Scope of part.

 

This part implements the Act, which, as a general matter, authorizes the payment of three different legal gratuities:

 

(a)  Death benefits;

 

(b)  Disability benefits; and

 

(c)  Educational assistance benefits.

 

 

Subpart A ‑ General Provisions

 

32.1        Scope of subpart.

32.2        Computation of time; filing.

32.3        Definitions.

32.4        Terms; construction, severability.

32.5        Evidence.

32.6        Payment and repayment.

32.7        Fees for representative services.

32.8        Exhaustion of administrative remedies.

 

 

§ 32.1  Scope of subpart.

 

This subpart contains provisions generally applicable to this part.

 

 

§ 32.2  Computation of time; filing.

 

(a)  In computing any period of time prescribed or allowed, the day of the act, event, or default from which the designated period of time begins to run shall not be included.  The last day of the period so computed shall be included, unless it is a Saturday, a Sunday, or a federal legal holiday, or, when the act to be done is a filing with the PSOB Office, a day on which weather or other conditions have caused that Office to be closed or inaccessible, in which event the period runs until the end of the next day that is not one of the aforedescribed days.

 

(b)  A filing is deemed filed with the PSOB Office, a Hearing Officer, the Director, or any other OJP office, ‑officer, ‑employee, or ‑agent, only on the day that it actually is received at the office of the same.  When a filing is prescribed to be filed with more than one of the foregoing, it shall be deemed filed as of the day the last such one so receives it.

 

(c)  Notice is served by the PSOB Office upon an individual on the day that it is—

(1)  Mailed, by U.S. mail, addressed to the individual (or to his representative) at his (or his representative's) last address known to such Office;

(2)  Delivered to a courier or other delivery service, addressed to the individual (or to his representative) at his (or his representative's) last address known to such Office; or

(3)  Sent by electronic means such as telefacsimile or electronic mail, addressed to the individual (or to his representative) at his (or his representative's) last telefacsimile number or electronic-mail address, or other electronic address, known to such Office.

 

(d)  In the event of withdrawal or abandonment of a filing, the time periods prescribed for the filing thereof shall not be tolled, unless, for good cause shown, the Director grants a waiver.

 

(e)  No claim may be filed (or approved) under the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796(a) or (b), with respect to an injury, if a claim under the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796c‑1 or Public Law 107‑37, has been approved, with respect to the same injury.

 

(f)  No claim may be filed (or approved) under the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796c‑1 or Public Law 107‑37, with respect to an injury, if a claim under the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796(a) or (b), has been approved, with respect to the same injury.

 

 

§ 32.3  Definitions.

 

Act means the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Act of 1976 (generally codified at 42 U.S.C. 3796, et seq.; part L of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968) (including (uncodified) sections 4 through 6 thereof (payment in advance of appropriations, rule of construction and severability, and effective date and applicability)), as applicable (cf. § 32.4(d)) according to its effective date and those of its various amendments (e.g., Sept. 29, 1976 (deaths of State and local law enforcement officers and firefighters); Jan. 1, 1978 (educational assistance (officer died)); Oct. 1, 1984 (deaths of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters); Oct. 18, 1986 (deaths of rescue squad and ambulance crew members); Nov. 29, 1990 (disabilities); Oct. 3, 1996 (educational assistance (officer disabled)); Oct. 30, 2000 (disaster relief workers); Sept. 11, 2001 (chaplains and insurance beneficiaries); Dec. 15, 2003 (certain heart attacks and strokes); and Apr. 5, 2006 (designated beneficiaries)); and also includes Public Law 107‑37 and section 611 of the USA PATRIOT Act (both of which relate to payment of benefits, described under subpart 1 of such part L, in connection, respectively, with the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, or with such terrorist attacks as may occur after Oct. 26, 2001), as well as the proviso under the Public Safety Officers Benefits heading in title II of division B of section 6 of Public Law 110‑161.

 

Adopted child — An individual is an adopted child of a public safety officer only if—

(1)  The individual is legally adopted by the officer; or

(2)  As of the injury date, and not being a stepchild, the individual was—

(i)     Known by the officer not to be his biological first-generation offspring; and

(ii)    After the officer obtained such knowledge, in a parent-child relationship with him.

 

Authorized commuting means travel (not being described in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796a(1), and not being a frolic or detour) by a public safety officer

(1)  In the course of actually responding (as authorized) to a fire‑, rescue‑, or police emergency, or to a particular and extraordinary request (by the public agency he serves) for that specific officer to perform public safety activity (including emergency response activity the agency is authorized to perform), within his line of duty; or

(2)  Between home and work (at a situs (for the performance of line of duty activity or action) authorized or required by the public agency he serves), or between any such authorized or required situs and another—

(i)     Using a vehicle provided by such agency, pursuant to a requirement or authorization by such agency that he use the same for commuting; or

(ii)    Using a vehicle not provided by such agency, pursuant to a requirement by such agency that he use the same for work.

 

Biological means genetic, but does not include circumstances where the genetic donation (under the laws of the jurisdiction where the offspring is conceived) does not (as of the time of such conception) legally confer parental rights and ‑obligations.

 

BJA means the Bureau of Justice Assistance, OJP.

 

Cause — A death, injury, or disability is caused by intentional misconduct if—

(1)  The misconduct is a substantial factor in bringing it about; and

(2)  It is a reasonably foreseeable result of the misconduct.

 

Certification means a formal assertion of a fact (or facts), in a writing that is—

(1)  Expressly intended to be relied upon by the PSOB determining official in connection with the determination of a claim specifically identified therein;

(2)  Expressly directed to the PSOB determining official;

(3)  Legally subject to the provisions of 18 U.S.C. 1001 (false statements) and 1621 (perjury), and 28 U.S.C. 1746 (declarations under penalty of perjury), and expressly declares the same to be so;

(4)  Executed by a natural person with knowledge of the fact (or facts) asserted and with legal authority to execute the writing (such as to make the assertion legally that of the certifying party), and expressly declares the same (as to knowledge and authority) to be so;

(5)  In such form as the Director may prescribe from time to time;

(6)  True, complete, and accurate (or, at a minimum, not known or believed by the PSOB determining official to contain any material falsehood, incompleteness, or inaccuracy); and

(7)  Unambiguous, precise, and unequivocal, in the judgment of the PSOB determining official, as to any fact asserted, any matter otherwise certified, acknowledged, indicated, or declared, and any provision of this definition.

 

Certification described in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796c‑1 or Public Law 107‑37 means a certification, acknowledging all the matter specified in § 32.5(f)(1) and (2)

(1)  In which the fact (or facts) asserted is the matter specified in § 32.5(f)(3);

(2)  That expressly indicates that all of the terms used in making the assertion described in paragraph (1) of this definition (or used in connection with such assertion) are within the meaning of the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796c‑1 or Public Law 107‑37, and of this part; and

(3)  That otherwise satisfies the provisions of the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796c‑1 or Public Law 107‑37, and of this part.

 

Chaplain means a clergyman, or other individual trained in pastoral counseling, who meets the definition provided in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796b(2).

 

Child of a public safety officer means an individual—

(1)  Who—

(i)     Meets the definition provided in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796b(3), in any claim—

(A)  Arising from the public safety officer's death, in which the death was simultaneous (or practically simultaneous) with the injury; or

(B)  Filed after the public safety officer's death, in which the claimant is the officer's—

(1)  Biological child, born after the injury date;

(2)  Adopted child, adopted by him after the injury date; or

(3)  Stepchild, pursuant to a marriage entered into by him after the injury date; or

(ii)    In any claim not described in paragraph (1)(i) of this definition

(A)  Meets (as of the injury date) the definition provided in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796b(3), mutatis mutandis (i.e., with "deceased" and "death" being substituted, respectively, by "deceased or disabled" and "injury"); or

(B)  Having been born after the injury date, is described in paragraph (1)(i)(B)(1), (2), or (3) of this definition; and

(2)  With respect to whom the public safety officer's parental rights have not been terminated, as of the injury date.

 

Commonly accepted means generally agreed upon within the medical profession.

 

Consequences of an injury that permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work means an injury whose consequences permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work.

 

Convincing evidence means clear and convincing evidence.

 

Crime means an act or omission punishable as a criminal misdemeanor or felony.

 

Criminal laws means that body of law that declares what acts or omissions are crimes and prescribes the punishment that may be imposed for the same.

 

Department or agency — An entity is a department or agency within the meaning of the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796b(8), and this part, only if the entity is—

(1)  A court;

(2)  An agency described in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796b(9)(B) or (C); or

(3)  Otherwise a public entity—

(i)     That is legally an express part of the internal organizational structure of the relevant government;

(ii)    That has no legal existence independent of such government; and

(iii)   Whose obligations, acts, omissions, officers, and employees are legally those of such government.

 

Determination means the approval or denial of a claim (including an affirmance or reversal pursuant to a motion for reconsideration under § 32.27), the determination described in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796(c), or any recommendation under § 32.54(c)(3).

 

Director means the Director of BJA.

 

Direct and proximate cause — Except as may be provided in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796(k), something directly and proximately causes a wound, condition, or cardiac-event, if it is a substantial factor in bringing the wound, condition, or cardiac-event about.

 

Direct and proximate result of an injury — Except as may be provided in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796(k), a death or disability results directly and proximately from an injury if the injury is a substantial factor in bringing it about.

 

Disaster relief activity means activity or an action encompassed within the duties described in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796b(9)(B) or (C).

 

Disaster relief worker means any individual who meets the definition provided in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796b(9)(B) or (C).

 

Disturbance includes any significant and negative alteration, any significant negative deviation from the objectively normal, or any significant deterioration.

 

Divorce means a legally-valid divorce from the bond of wedlock (i.e., the bond of marriage), except that, otherwise, and notwithstanding any other provision of law, a spouse (or purported spouse) of an individual shall be considered to be divorced from that individual within the meaning of this definition if, subsequent to his marriage (or purported marriage) to that individual (and while that individual is living), the spouse (or purported spouse)—

(1)  Holds himself out as being divorced from, or not being married to, the individual;

(2)  Holds himself out as being married to another individual; or

(3)  Was a party to a ceremony purported by the parties thereto to be a marriage between the spouse (or purported spouse) and another individual.

 

Drugs or other substances means controlled substances within the meaning of the drug control and enforcement laws, at 21 U.S.C. 802(6).

 

Educational/academic institution means an institution whose primary purpose is educational or academic learning.

 

Eligible payee means—

(1)  An individual (other than the officer) described in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796(a), with respect to a claim under subpart B of this part; or

(2)  An individual described in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796(b), with respect to a claim under subpart C of this part.

 

Emergency medical services means—

(1)  Provision of first-response emergency medical care (other than in a permanent medical-care facility); or

(2)  Transportation of persons in medical distress (or under emergency conditions) to medical-care facilities.

 

Emergency response activity means response to a fire‑, rescue‑, or police emergency.

 

Employed by a public agency — A public safety officer is employed, within the meaning of the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796c‑1 or Public Law 107‑37, by a public agency, when he—

(1)  Is employed by the agency in a civilian capacity; and

(2)  Is—

(i)     Serving the agency in an official capacity (with respect to officers of any kind but disaster relief workers); or

(ii)    Performing official duties as described in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796b(9)(B) or (C) (with respect to disaster relief workers).

 

Employee does not include—

(1)  Any independent contractor; or

(2)  Any individual who is not eligible to receive death or disability benefits from the purported employer on the same basis as a regular employee of such employer would.

 

Employment in a civilian capacity refers to status as a civilian, rather than to the performance of civilian functions.

 

Filing means any claim, request, motion, election, petition, or appeal, and any item or matter (e.g., evidence, certifications, authorizations, waivers, legal arguments, or lists) that is, or may be, filed with the PSOB Office.

 

Fire protection means—

(1)  Suppression of fire;

(2)  Hazardous-material response; or

(3)  Emergency medical services or rescue activity of the kind performed by firefighters.

 

Fire‑, rescue‑, or police emergency includes disaster-relief emergency.

 

Firefighter means an individual who—

(1)  Is trained in—

(i)     Suppression of fire; or

(ii)    Hazardous-material response; and

(2)  Has the legal authority and ‑responsibility to engage in the suppression of fire, as—

(i)     An employee of the public agency he serves, which legally recognizes him to have such (or, at a minimum, does not deny (or has not denied) him to have such); or

(ii)    An individual otherwise included within the definition provided in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796b(4).

 

Functionally within or ‑part of — No individual shall be understood to be functionally within or ‑part of a public agency solely by virtue of an independent contractor relationship.

 

Gross negligence means great, heedless, wanton, indifferent, or reckless departure from ordinary care, prudence, diligence, or safe practice—

(1)  In the presence of serious risks that are known or obvious;

(2)  Under circumstances where it is highly likely that serious harm will follow; or

(3)  In situations where a high degree of danger is apparent.

 

Hazardous-material response means emergency response to the threatened or actual release of hazardous materials, where life, property, or the environment is at significant risk.

 

Heart attack means

(1)  A myocardial infarction; or

(2)  A cardiac-event (i.e., cessation, interruption, arrest, or other similar disturbance of heart function), not included in paragraph (1) of this definition, that is—

(i)     Acute; and

(ii)    Directly and proximately caused by a pathology (or pathological condition) of the heart or of the coronary arteries.

 

Illegitimate child — An individual is an illegitimate child of a public safety officer only if he is a natural child of the officer, and the officer is not married to the other biological parent at (or at any time after) the time of his conception.

 

Incapable of self‑support because of physical or mental disability — An individual is incapable of self-support because of physical or mental disability if he is under a disability within the meaning of the Social Security Act, at 42 U.S.C. 423(d)(1)(A), applicable mutatis mutandis.

 

Independent contractor includes any volunteer, servant, employee, contractor, or agent, of an independent contractor.

 

Injury means a traumatic physical wound (or a traumatized physical condition of the body) directly and proximately caused by external force (such as bullets, explosives, sharp instruments, blunt objects, or physical blows), chemicals, electricity, climatic conditions, infectious disease, radiation, virii, or bacteria, but does not include—

(1)  Any occupational disease; or

(2)  Any condition of the body caused or occasioned by stress or strain.

 

Injury date — Except with respect to claims under the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796(k) (where, for purposes of determining beneficiaries under the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796(a), it generally means the time of the heart attack or stroke referred to in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796(k)(2)), injury date means the time of the line of duty injury that—

(1)  Directly and proximately results in the public safety officer's death, with respect to a claim under—

(i)     Subpart B of this part; or

(ii)    Subpart D of this part, by virtue of his death; or

(2)  Directly (or directly and proximately) results in the public safety officer's total and permanent disability, with respect to a claim under—

(i)     Subpart C of this part; or

(ii)    Subpart D of this part, by virtue of his disability.

 

Instrumentality means entity, and does not include any individual, except that no entity shall be considered an instrumentality within the meaning of the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796b(8), or this part, unless, as of the injury date,

(1)  The entity—

(i)     Is legally established, ‑recognized, or ‑organized, such that it has legal existence; and

(ii)    Is so organized and controlled, and its affairs so conducted, that it operates and acts solely and exclusively as a functional part of the relevant government, which legally recognizes it as such (or, at a minimum, does not deny (or has not denied) it to be such); and

(2)  The entity's—

(i)     Functions and duties are solely and exclusively of a public character;

(ii)    Services are provided generally to the public as such government would provide if acting directly through its public employees (i.e., they are provided without regard to any particular relationship (such as a subscription) a member of the public may have with such entity); and

(iii)   Acts and omissions are, and are recognized by such government as (or, at a minimum, not denied by such government to be), legally—

(A)  Those of such government, for purposes of sovereign immunity; or

(B)  The responsibility of such government, for purposes of tort liability.

 

Intention — A death, injury, or disability is brought about by a public safety officer's intention if—

(1)  An intentional action or activity of his is a substantial factor in bringing it about; and

(2)  It is a reasonably foreseeable result of the intentional action or activity.

 

Intentional action or activity means activity or action (other than line of duty activity or action), including behavior, that is—

(1)  A result of conscious volition, or otherwise voluntary;

(2)  Not a result of legal insanity or of impulse that is legally and objectively uncontrollable; and

(3)  Not performed under legal duress or legal coercion of the will.

 

Intentional misconduct — A public safety officer's action or activity is intentional misconduct if—

(1)  As of the date it is performed,

(i)     Such action or activity

(A)  Is in violation of, or otherwise prohibited by, any statute, rule, regulation, condition of employment or service, official mutual-aid agreement, or other law; or

(B)  Is contrary to the ordinary, usual, or customary practice of similarly-situated officers within the public agency in which he serves; and

(ii)    He knows, or reasonably should know, that it is so in violation, prohibited, or contrary; and

(2)  Such action or activity

(i)     Is intentional; and

(ii)    Is—

(A)  Performed without reasonable excuse; and

(B)  Objectively unjustified.

 

Involvement — An individual is involved in crime and juvenile delinquency control or reduction, or enforcement of the criminal laws (including juvenile delinquency), only if he is an officer of a public agency and, in that capacity, has legal authority and ‑responsibility to arrest, apprehend, prosecute, adjudicate, correct or detain (in a prison or other detention or confinement facility), or supervise (as a parole or probation officer), persons who are alleged or found to have violated the criminal laws, and is recognized by such agency, or the relevant government (or, at a minimum, not denied by such agency, or the relevant government), to have such authority and responsibility.

 

Itemized description of representative services provided — A description of representative services provided is itemized only when it includes—

(1)  The beginning and end dates of the provision of the services;

(2)  An itemization of the services provided and the amount of time spent in providing them; and

(3)  An itemization of the expenses incurred in connection with the services provided for which reimbursement is sought.

 

Kinds of public safety officers — The following are the different kinds of public safety officers:

(1)  Law enforcement officers;

(2)  Firefighters;

(3)  Chaplains;

(4)  Members of rescue squads or ambulance crews; and

(5)  Disaster relief workers.

 

Law enforcement means enforcement of the criminal laws, including—

(1)  Control or reduction of crime or of juvenile delinquency;

(2)  Prosecution or adjudication of individuals who are alleged or found to have violated such laws;

(3)  Prison security activity; and

(4)  Supervision of individuals on parole or probation for having violated such laws.

 

Line of duty activity or action — Activity or an action is performed in the line of duty, in the case of a public safety officer who is—

(1)  A law enforcement officer, a firefighter, or a member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew

(i)     Whose primary function (as applicable) is public safety activity, only if, not being described in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796a(1), and not being a frolic or detour, it is activity or an action that he is obligated or authorized by statute, rule, regulation, condition of employment or service, official mutual-aid agreement, or other law, to perform (including any social, ceremonial, or athletic functions (or any official training programs of his public agency) to which he is assigned, or for which he is compensated), under the auspices of the public agency he serves, and such agency (or the relevant government) legally recognizes that activity or action to have been so obligated or authorized at the time performed (or, at a minimum, does not deny (or has not denied) it to have been such); or

(ii)    Whose primary function is not public safety activity, only if, not being described in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796a(1), and not being a frolic or detour—

(A)  It is activity or an action that he is obligated or authorized by statute, rule, regulation, condition of employment or service, official mutual-aid agreement, or other law, to perform, under the auspices of the public agency he serves, and such agency (or the relevant government) legally recognizes that activity or action to have been so obligated or authorized at the time performed (or, at a minimum, does not deny (or has not denied) it to have been such); and

(B)  It is performed (as applicable) in the course of public safety activity (including emergency response activity the agency is authorized to perform), or taking part (as a trainer or trainee) in an official training program of his public agency for such activity, and such agency (or the relevant government) legally recognizes it to have been such at the time performed (or, at a minimum, does not deny (or has not denied) it to have been such);

(2)  A disaster relief worker, only if, not being described in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796a(1), and not being a frolic or detour, it is disaster relief activity, and the agency he serves (or the relevant government), being described in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796b(9)(B) or (C), legally recognizes it to have been such at the time performed (or, at a minimum, does not deny (or has not denied) it to have been such); or

(3)  A chaplain, only if, not being described in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796a(1), and not being a frolic or detour—

(i)     It is activity or an action that he is obligated or authorized by statute, rule, regulation, condition of employment or service, official mutual-aid agreement, or other law, to perform, under the auspices of the public agency he serves, and such agency (or the relevant government) legally recognizes it to have been such at the time performed (or, at a minimum, does not deny (or has not denied) it to have been such); and

(ii)    It is performed in the course of responding to a fire‑, rescue‑, or police emergency, and such agency (or the relevant government) legally recognizes it to have been such at the time performed (or, at a minimum, does not deny (or has not denied) it to have been such).

 

Line of duty injury — An injury is sustained in the line of duty only if—

(1)  It is sustained in the course of—

(i)     Performance of line of duty activity or a line of duty action; or

(ii)    Authorized commuting; or

(2)  Convincing evidence demonstrates that such injury resulted from the injured party's status as a public safety officer.

 

Mental faculties means brain function.

 

Natural child — An individual is a natural child of a public safety officer only if he is a biological child of the officer, and the officer is alive at the time of his birth.

 

Occupational disease means a disease (including an ailment or condition of the body) that routinely constitutes a special hazard in, or is commonly regarded as a concomitant of, an individual's occupation.

 

Official capacity — An individual serves a public agency in an official capacity only if—

(1)  He is officially authorized, ‑recognized, or ‑designated (by such agency) as functionally within or ‑part of it; and

(2)  His acts and omissions, while so serving, are legally those of such agency, which legally recognizes them as such (or, at a minimum, does not deny (or has not denied) them to be such).

 

Official duties means duties that are officially authorized, ‑recognized, or ‑designated by an employing entity, such that the performance of those duties is legally the action of such entity, which legally recognizes it as such (or, at a minimum, does not deny (or has not denied) it to be such).

 

Official training program of a public safety officer's public agency means a program

(1)  That is officially sponsored, ‑conducted, or ‑authorized by the public agency in which he serves; and

(2)  Whose purpose is to train public safety officers of his kind in (or to improve their skills in), specific activity or actions encompassed within their respective lines of duty.

 

Officially recognized or designated member of a department or agency means a member of a department or agency, or of an instrumentality, of a government described in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796b(8), who is officially recognized (or officially designated) as such a member by the same.

 

Officially recognized or designated public employee of a department or agency means a public employee of a department or agency who is officially recognized (or officially designated) as a public safety officer, by the same.

 

Officially recognized or designated public employee member of a squad or crew means a public employee member of a squad or crew who is officially recognized (or officially designated) as such a public employee member, by the public agency under whose auspices the squad or crew operates.

 

OJP means the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

 

Parent means a father or a mother.

 

Parent-child relationship means a relationship between a public safety officer and another individual, in which the officer has the role of parent (other than biological or legally-adoptive), as shown by convincing evidence.

 

Performance of duties in a grossly negligent manner at the time of death or catastrophic injury means gross negligence, as of or near the injury date, in the course of authorized commuting or performance of line of duty activity or a line of duty action, where such negligence is a substantial contributing factor in bringing such death or injury about.

 

Posthumous child — An individual is a posthumous child of a public safety officer only if he is a biological child of the officer, and the officer is—

(1)  Alive at the time of his conception; and

(2)  Deceased at or before the time of his birth.

 

Prison security activity means correctional or detention activity (in a prison or other detention or confinement facility) of individuals who are alleged or found to have violated the criminal laws.

 

PSOB determining official means, as applicable, any of the following:

(1)  The PSOB Office;

(2)  The Hearing Officer; or

(3)  The Director.

 

PSOB Office means the unit of BJA that directly administers the Public Safety Officers' Benefits program, except that, with respect to the making of any finding, determination, affirmance, reversal, assignment, authorization, decision, judgment, waiver, or other ruling, it means such unit, acting with the concurrence of OJP's General Counsel.

 

Public employee means—

(1)  An employee of a government described in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796b(8), (or of a department or agency thereof) and whose acts and omissions while so employed are legally those of such government, which legally recognizes them as such (or, at a minimum, does not deny (or has not denied) them to be such); or

(2)  An employee of an instrumentality of a government described in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796b(8), who is eligible to receive disability benefits (or whose survivors are eligible to receive death benefits) from such government on the same basis as an employee of that government (within the meaning of paragraph (1) of this definition), or his survivors, would.

 

Public employee member of a squad or crew means a member of a squad or crew who is a public employee under the auspices of whose public agency employer the squad or crew operates.

 

Public employee of a department or agency means a public employee whose public agency employer is the department or agency.

 

Public safety activity means any of the following:

(1)  Law enforcement;

(2)  Fire protection;

(3)  Rescue activity; or

(4)  The provision of emergency medical services.

 

Qualified beneficiary — An individual is a qualified beneficiary under the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796c‑1 or Public Law 107‑37, only if he is an eligible payee

(1)  Who qualifies as a beneficiary pursuant to a final agency determination that—

(i)     The requirements of the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796(a) or (b) (excluding the limitations relating to appropriations), as applicable, have been met; and

(ii)    The provisions of this part, as applicable, relating to payees otherwise have been met; and

(2)  Whose actions were not a substantial contributing factor to the death of the public safety officer (with respect to a claim under subpart B of this part).

 

Representative services include expenses incurred in connection with such services.

 

Rescue activity means search or rescue assistance in locating or extracting from danger persons lost, missing, or in imminent danger of serious bodily harm.

 

Rescue squad or ambulance crew means a squad or crew whose members are rescue workers, ambulance drivers, paramedics, health-care responders, emergency medical technicians, or other similar workers, who—

(1)  Are trained in rescue activity or the provision of emergency medical services; and

(2)  As such members, have the legal authority and ‑responsibility to—

(i)     Engage in rescue activity; or

(ii)    Provide emergency medical services.

 

Spouse means an individual's lawful husband, ‑wife, ‑widower, or ‑widow (i.e., with whom the individual lawfully entered into marriage), and includes a spouse living apart from the individual, other than pursuant to divorce, except that, notwithstanding any other provision of law—

(1)  For an individual purporting to be a spouse on the basis of a common-law marriage (or a putative marriage) to be considered a spouse within the meaning of this definition, it is necessary (but not sufficient) for the jurisdiction of domicile of the parties to recognize such individual as the lawful spouse of the other; and

(2)  In deciding who may be the spouse of a public safety officer

(i)     The relevant jurisdiction of domicile is the officer's (as of the injury date); and

(ii)    With respect to a claim under subpart B of this part, the relevant date is that of the officer's death.

 

Stepchild — An individual is a stepchild of a public safety officer only if the individual is the legally-adoptive or biological first-generation offspring of a public safety officer's current, deceased, or former spouse, which offspring (not having been legally adopted by the officer)—

(1)  Was conceived before the marriage of the officer and the spouse; and

(2)  As of the injury date

(i)     Was known by the officer not to be his biological first-generation offspring; and

(ii)    After the officer obtained such knowledge—

(A)  Received over half of his support from the officer;

(B)  Had as his principal place of abode the home of the officer and was a member of the officer's household; or

(C)  Was in a parent-child relationship with the officer.

 

Stress or strain includes physical stress or strain, mental stress or strain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression.

 

Stroke means cerebral vascular accident.

 

Student means an individual who meets the definition provided in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796b(3)(ii), with respect to an educational/academic institution.

 

Substantial contributing factor – A factor substantially contributes to a death, injury, or disability, if the factor—

(1)  Contributed to the death, injury, or disability to a significant degree; or

(2)  Is a substantial factor in bringing the death, injury, or disability about.

 

Substantial factor — A factor substantially brings about a death, injury, disability, wound, condition, cardiac-event, heart attack, or stroke if—

(1)  The factor alone was sufficient to have caused the death, injury, disability, wound, condition, cardiac-event, heart attack, or stroke; or

(2)  No other factor (or combination of factors) contributed to the death, injury, disability, wound, condition, cardiac-event, heart attack, or stroke to so great a degree as it did.

 

Suppression of fire means extinguishment, physical prevention, or containment of fire, including on-site hazard evaluation.

 

Terrorist attack — An event or act is a terrorist attack within the meaning of the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796c‑1(a), only if the Attorney General determines that—

(1)  There is a reasonable indication that the event or act was (or would be or would have been, with respect to a priori prevention or investigation efforts) an act of domestic or international terrorism within the meaning of the criminal terrorism laws, at 18 U.S.C. 2331; and

(2)  The event or act (or the circumstances of death or injury) was of such extraordinary or cataclysmic character as to make particularized factual findings impossible, impractical, unnecessary, or unduly burdensome.

 

Voluntary intoxication at the time of death or catastrophic injury means the following, as shown by any commonly-accepted tissue, ‑fluid, or ‑breath test or by other competent evidence:

(1)  With respect to alcohol,

(i)     In any claim arising from a public safety officer's death in which the death was simultaneous (or practically simultaneous) with the injury, it means intoxication as defined in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796b(5), unless convincing evidence demonstrates that the officer did not introduce the alcohol into his body intentionally; and

(ii)    In any claim not described in paragraph (1)(i) of this definition, unless convincing evidence demonstrates that the officer did not introduce the alcohol into his body intentionally, it means intoxication

(A)  As defined in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796b(5), mutatis mutandis (i.e., with "post-mortem" (each place it occurs) and "death" being substituted, respectively, by "post-injury" and "injury"); and

(B)  As of the injury date; and

(2)  With respect to drugs or other substances, it means intoxication as defined in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796b(5), as evidenced by the presence (as of the injury date) in the body of the public safety officer

(i)     Of any controlled substance included on Schedule I of the drug control and enforcement laws (see 21 U.S.C. 812(a)), or any controlled substance included on Schedule II, III, IV, or V of such laws (see 21 U.S.C. 812(a)) and with respect to which there is no therapeutic range or maximum recommended dosage, unless convincing evidence demonstrates that such introduction was not a culpable act of the officer's under the criminal laws; or

(ii)    Of any controlled substance included on Schedule II, III, IV, or V of the drug control and enforcement laws (see 21 U.S.C. 812(a)) and with respect to which there is a therapeutic range or maximum recommended dosage—

(A)  At levels above or in excess of such range or dosage, unless convincing evidence demonstrates that such introduction was not a culpable act of the officer's under the criminal laws; or

(B)  At levels at, below, or within such range or dosage, unless convincing evidence demonstrates that—

(1)  Such introduction was not a culpable act of the officer's under the criminal laws; or

(2)  The officer was not acting in an intoxicated manner immediately prior to the injury date.

 

 

§ 32.4  Terms; construction, severability; effect.

 

(a)  In determining the meaning of any provision of this part, unless the context should indicate otherwise, the first three provisions of 1 U.S.C. 1 (rules of construction) shall apply.

 

(b)  If benefits are denied to any individual pursuant to the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796a(4), or otherwise because his actions were a substantial contributing factor to the death of the public safety officer, such individual shall be presumed irrebuttably, for all purposes, not to have survived the officer.

 

(c)  Any provision of this part held to be invalid or unenforceable by its terms, or as applied to any person or circumstance, shall be construed so as to give it the maximum effect permitted by law, unless such holding shall be one of utter invalidity or unenforceability, in which event such provision shall be deemed severable herefrom and shall not affect the remainder hereof or the application of such provision to other persons not similarly situated or to other, dissimilar circumstances.

 

(d)  Unless the same should expressly provide otherwise (e.g., by use of the word "hereafter" in an appropriations proviso), any amendment to the Act (or any statutory enactment otherwise directly referent or ‑applicable to the program that is the subject of this part), shall apply only with respect to injuries (or, in connection with claims under the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796(k), shall apply only with respect to heart attacks or strokes referred to in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796(k)(2)) occurring on or after the date it takes effect.

 

 

§ 32.5  Evidence.

 

(a)  Except as otherwise may be expressly provided in the Act or this part, a claimant has the burden of persuasion as to all material issues of fact, and by the standard of proof of "more likely than not."

 

(b)  Except as otherwise may be expressly provided in this part, the PSOB determining official may, at his discretion, consider (but shall not be bound by) the factual findings of a public agency.

 

(c)  Rules 301 (presumptions), 401 (relevant evidence), 402 (admissibility), 602 to 604 (witnesses), 701 to 704 (testimony), 901 to 903 (authentication), and 1001 to 1007 (contents of writings, records, and photographs) of the Federal Rules of Evidence shall apply, mutatis mutandis, to all filings, hearings, and other proceedings or matters.  No extrinsic evidence of authenticity as a condition precedent to admissibility shall be required with respect to any document purporting to bear the signature of an expert engaged by the BJA.

 

(d)  In determining a claim, the PSOB determining official may, at his discretion, draw an adverse inference if, without reasonable justification or excuse—

(1)  A claimant fails or refuses to file with the PSOB Office

(i)     Such material‑ or relevant evidence or ‑information within his possession, control, or ken as may reasonably be requested from time to time by such official; or

(ii)    Such authorizations or waivers as may reasonably be requested from time to time by such official to enable him (or to assist in enabling him) to obtain access to material- or relevant evidence or ­‑information of a medical, personnel, financial, or other confidential nature;

(2)  A claimant under subpart C of this part fails or refuses to appear in person—

(i)     At his hearing under subpart E of this part (if there be such a hearing); or

(ii)    Before such official (or otherwise permit such official personally to observe his condition), at a time and location reasonably convenient to both, as may reasonably be requested by such official; or

(3)  A claimant under subpart B or C of this part fails or refuses to apply for (or to pursue to completion), in timely fashion, the benefits, if any, described in § 32.15(a)(1)(i) or § 32.25(a)(1)(i), respectively.

 

(e)  In determining a claim, the PSOB determining official may, at his discretion, draw an inference of voluntary intoxication at the time of death or catastrophic injury if, without reasonable justification or excuse, appropriate toxicologic analysis (including autopsy, in the event of death) is not performed, and/or the results thereof are not filed with the PSOB Office, where there is credible evidence suggesting that intoxication may have been a factor in the death or injury, or that the public safety officer

(1)  As of or near the injury date, was—

(i)     A consumer of alcohol—

(A)  In amounts likely to produce a blood-alcohol level of .10 per centum or greater in individuals similar to the officer in weight and sex; or

(B)  In any amount, after ever having been treated at an inpatient facility for alcoholism;

(ii)    A consumer of controlled substances included on Schedule I of the drug control and enforcement laws (see 21 U.S.C. 812(a)); or

(iii)   An abuser of controlled substances included on Schedule II, III, IV, or V of the drug control and enforcement laws (see 21 U.S.C. 812(a)); or

(2)  Immediately prior to the injury date, was under the influence of alcohol or drugs or other substances or otherwise acting in an intoxicated manner.

 

(f)  In determining a claim under the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796c‑1 or Public Law 107‑37, the certification described therein shall constitute prima facie evidence

(1)  Of the public agency's acknowledgment that the public safety officer, as of the injury date, was—

(i)     A public safety officer of the kind described in the certification;

(ii)    Employed by the agency (i.e., performing official functions for, or on behalf of, the agency); and

(iii)  One of the following:

(A)  With respect to a law enforcement officer, an officer of the agency;

(B)  With respect to a firefighter,

(1)  An officially recognized or designated member of the agency (if it is a legally organized volunteer fire department); or

(2)  An employee of the agency;

(C)  With respect to a chaplain,

(1)  An officially recognized or designated member of the agency (if it is a legally organized police or volunteer fire department); or

(2)  An officially recognized or designated public employee of the agency (if it is a legally organized police or fire department);

(D)  With respect to a member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew, an officially recognized or designated public employee member of one of the agency's rescue squads or ambulance crews; or

(E)  With respect to a disaster relief worker, an employee of the agency (if it is described in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796b(9)(B) or (C));

(2)  Of the public agency's acknowledgment that there are no eligible payees other than those identified in the certification; and

(3)  That the public safety officer

(i)     Sustained a line of duty injury in connection with public safety activity (or, otherwise, with efforts described in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796c‑1 or Public Law 107‑37) related to a terrorist attack (under the former statute) or to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 (under the latter statute); and

(ii)    As a direct and proximate result of such injury, was (as applicable)—

(A)  Killed (with respect to a claim under subpart B of this part); or

(B)  Totally and permanently disabled (with respect to a claim under subpart C of this part).

 

(g)  In determining a claim, the PSOB determining official shall have, in addition to the hearing-examiner powers specified at 42 U.S.C. 3787 (hearings, subpoenas, oaths, witnesses, evidence), and to the authorities specified at 42 U.S.C. 3788(b) ‑ (d) (experts, consultants, government resources) and in the Act and this part, the authority otherwise and in any reasonable manner to conduct his own inquiries, as appropriate.

 

(h)  Acceptance of payment (by a payee (or on his behalf)) shall constitute prima facie evidence that the payee (or the pay agent)—

(1)  Endorses as his own (to the best of his knowledge and belief) the statements and representations made, and the evidence and information provided, pursuant to the claim; and

(2)  Is aware (in connection with the claim) of no—

(i)    Fraud;

(ii)   Concealment or withholding of evidence or information;

(iii)  False, incomplete, or inaccurate statements or representations;

(iv)  Mistake, wrongdoing, or deception; or

(v)   Violation of 18 U.S.C. 287 (false, fictitious, or fraudulent claims), 1001 (false statements), or 1621 (perjury), or 42 U.S.C. 3795a (falsification or concealment of facts).

 

(i)  A public safety officer's response to an emergency call from his public agency for him to perform public safety activity (including emergency response activity the agency is authorized to perform) shall constitute prima facie evidence of such response's non-routine character.

 

 

§ 32.6  Payment and repayment.

 

(a)  No payment shall be made to (or on behalf of) more than one individual, on the basis of being a particular public safety officer's spouse.  If more than one should qualify, payment shall be made to the one with whom the officer considered himself, as of the injury date, to have the closest relationship, except that the individual (if any) who was a member of the officer's household (as of such date) shall be presumed rebuttably to be such one, unless legal proceedings (by the officer against such member, or vice versa) shall have been pending then in any court.

 

(b)  No payment shall be made, save—

(1)  To (or on behalf of) a living beneficiary; and

(2)  Pursuant to—

(i)     A written claim filed by (or on behalf of) such beneficiary; and

(ii)    Except as provided in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796(c), approval of such claim.

 

(c)  Any amounts that would be paid but for the provisions of paragraph (b) of this section shall be retained by the United States and not paid.

 

(d)  With respect to the amount paid to a payee (or on his behalf) pursuant to a claim, the payee shall repay the following, unless, for good cause shown, the Director grants a full or partial waiver pursuant to the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796(m):

(1)  The entire amount, if approval of the claim was based, in whole or in material part, on the payee's (or any other person's or entity's) fraud, concealment or withholding of evidence or information, false, incomplete, or inaccurate statements or representations, mistake, wrongdoing, or deception; or

(2)  The entire amount subject to divestment, if the payee's entitlement to such payment is divested, in whole or in part, such as by the subsequent discovery of individuals entitled to make equal or superior claims.

 

(e)  At the discretion of the Director, repayment of amounts owing or collectable under the Act or this part may, as applicable, be executed through setoffs against future payments on financial claims under subpart D of this part.

 

 

§ 32.7  Fees for representative services.

 

(a)  A person seeking to receive any amount from (or with respect to) a claimant for representative services provided in connection with any claim may petition the PSOB Office for authorization under this section.  Such petition shall include—

(1)  An itemized description of the services;

(2)  The total amount sought to be received, from any source, as consideration for the services;

(3)  An itemized description of any representative or other services provided to (or on behalf of) the claimant in connection with other claims or causes of action, unrelated to the Act, before any public agency or non-public entity (including any insurer), arising from the public safety officer's death, disability, or injury;

(4)  The total amount requested, charged, received, or sought to be received, from any source, as consideration for the services described in paragraph (a)(3) of this section;

(5)  A statement of whether the petitioner has legal training or is licensed to practice law, and a description of any special qualifications possessed by the petitioner (other than legal training or a license to practice law) that increased the value of his services to (or on behalf of) the claimant;

(6)  A certification that the claimant was provided, simultaneously with the filing of the petition, with—

(i)     A copy of the petition; and

(ii)    A letter advising the claimant that he could file his comments on the petition, if any, with the PSOB Office, within thirty-three days of the date of that letter; and

(7)  A copy of the letter described in paragraph (a)(6)(ii) of this section.

 

(b)  Unless, for good cause shown, the Director extends the time for filing, no petition under paragraph (a) of this section shall be considered if the petition is filed with the PSOB Office later than one year after the date of the final agency determination of the claim.

 

(c)  Subject to paragraph (d) of this section, an authorization under paragraph (a) of this section shall be based on consideration of the following factors:

(1)  The nature of the services provided by the petitioner;

(2)  The complexity of the claim;

(3)  The level of skill and competence required to provide the petitioner's services;

(4)  The amount of time spent on the claim by the petitioner;

(5)  The results achieved as a function of the petitioner's services;

(6)  The level of administrative or judicial review to which the claim was pursued and the point at which the petitioner entered the proceedings;

(7)  The ordinary, usual, or customary fee charged by other persons (and by the petitioner) for services of a similar nature; and

(8)  The amount authorized by the PSOB Office in similar cases.

 

(d)  No amount shall be authorized under paragraph (a) of this section for—

(1)  Any stipulated‑, percentage‑, or contingency fee;

(2)  Services at a rate in excess of that specified in 5 U.S.C. 504(b)(1)(A)(ii) (Equal Access to Justice Act); or

(3)  Services provided in connection with—

(i)     Obtaining or providing evidence or information previously obtained by the PSOB determining official;

(ii)    Preparing the petition; or

(iii)   Explaining or delivering an approved claim to the claimant.

 

(e)  Upon a petitioner's failure (without reasonable justification or excuse) to pursue in timely fashion his filed petition under paragraph (a) of this section, the Director may, at his discretion, deem the same to be abandoned, as though never filed.  Not less than thirty-three days prior thereto, the PSOB Office shall serve the petitioner and the claimant with notice of the Director's intention to exercise such discretion.

 

(f)  Upon its authorizing or not authorizing the payment of any amount under paragraph (a) of this section, the PSOB Office shall serve notice of the same upon the claimant and the petitioner.  Such notice shall specify the amount, if any, the petitioner is authorized to charge the claimant and the basis of the authorization.

 

(g)  No agreement for representative services in connection with a claim shall be valid if the agreement provides for any consideration other than under this section.  A person's receipt of consideration for such services other than under this section may, among other things, be the subject of referral by BJA to appropriate professional, administrative, disciplinary, or other legal authorities.

 

 

§ 32.8  Exhaustion of administrative remedies.

 

No determination or negative disability finding that, at the time made, may be subject to a request for a Hearing Officer determination, a motion for reconsideration, or a Director appeal, shall be considered a final agency determination for purposes of judicial review, unless all administrative remedies have been exhausted.

 

 

 

Subpart B ‑ Death Benefit Claims

 

 

32.11      Scope of subpart.

32.12      Time for filing claim.

32.13      Definitions.

32.14      PSOB Office determination.

32.15      Prerequisite certification.

32.16      Payment.

32.17      Request for Hearing Officer determination.

 

§ 32.11  Scope of subpart.

 

Consistent with § 32.1, this subpart contains provisions applicable to claims made under the Act

 

(a)  At 42 U.S.C. 3796(a); or

 

(b)  At 42 U.S.C. 3796c‑1 or Public Law 107‑37, with respect to a public safety officer's death.

 

 

§ 32.12  Time for filing claim.

 

(a)  Unless, for good cause shown, the Director extends the time for filing, no claim shall be considered if it is filed with the PSOB Office after the later of—

(1)  Three years after the public safety officer's death; or

(2)  One year after—

(i)    A final determination of entitlement to receive, or of denial of, the benefits, if any, described in § 32.15(a)(1)(i); or

(ii)   The receipt of the certification described in § 32.15(a)(1)(ii)).

 

(b)  A claimant may file with his claim such supporting documentary, electronic, video, or other nonphysical evidence and legal arguments as he may wish to provide.

 

 

§ 32.13  Definitions.

 

Adoptive parent of a public safety officer means any individual who (not being a step‑parent), as of the injury date, was the legally-adoptive parent of the public safety officer, or otherwise was in a child-parent relationship with him.

 

Beneficiary of a life insurance policy of a public safety officer — An individual (living or deceased on the date of death of the public safety officer) is designated as beneficiary of a life insurance policy of such officer as of such date, only if the designation is, as of such date, legal and valid (as a designation of beneficiary of a life insurance policy) and unrevoked (by such officer or by operation of law) or otherwise unterminated, except that—

(1)  Any designation of an individual (including any designation of the biological or adoptive offspring of such individual) made in contemplation of such individual's marriage (or purported marriage) to such officer shall be considered to be revoked by such officer as of such date of death if the marriage (or purported marriage) did not take place, unless preponderant evidence demonstrates that—

(i)     It did not take place for reasons other than personal differences between the officer and the individual; or

(ii)    No such revocation was intended by the officer; and

(2)  Any designation of a spouse (or purported spouse) made in contemplation of or during such spouse's (or purported spouse's) marriage (or purported marriage) to such officer (including any designation of the biological or adoptive offspring of such spouse (or purported spouse)) shall be considered to be revoked by such officer as of such date of death if the spouse (or purported spouse) is divorced from such officer after the date of designation and before such date of death, unless preponderant evidence demonstrates that no such revocation was intended by the officer.

 

Beneficiary under the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796(a)(4)(A) — An individual (living or deceased on the date of death of the public safety officer) is designated, by such officer (and as of such date), as beneficiary under the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796(a)(4)(A), only if the designation is, as of such date, legal and valid and unrevoked (by such officer or by operation of law) or otherwise unterminated, except that—

(1)  Any designation of an individual (including any designation of the biological or adoptive offspring of such individual) made in contemplation of such individual's marriage (or purported marriage) to such officer shall be considered to be revoked by such officer as of such date of death if the marriage (or purported marriage) did not take place, unless preponderant evidence demonstrates that—

(i)     It did not take place for reasons other than personal differences between the officer and the individual; or

(ii)    No such revocation was intended by the officer; and

(2)  Any designation of a spouse (or purported spouse) made in contemplation of or during such spouse's (or purported spouse's) marriage (or purported marriage) to such officer (including any designation of the biological or adoptive offspring of such spouse (or purported spouse)) shall be considered to be revoked by such officer as of such date of death if the spouse (or purported spouse) is divorced from such officer subsequent to the date of designation and before such date of death, unless preponderant evidence demonstrates that no such revocation was intended by the officer.

 

Cardiovascular disease includes heart attack and stroke.

 

Child-parent relationship means a relationship between a public safety officer and another individual, in which the individual (other than the officer's biological or legally-adoptive parent) has the role of parent, as shown by convincing evidence.

 

Competent medical evidence to the contrary — The presumption raised by the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796(k), is overcome by competent medical evidence to the contrary, when evidence indicates to a degree of medical probability that extrinsic circumstances, considered in combination (as one circumstance) or alone, were a substantial factor in bringing the heart attack or stroke about.

 

Designation on file — A designation of beneficiary under the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796(a)(4)(A), is on file with a public safety agency, ‑organization, or ‑unit, only if it is deposited with the same by the public safety officer making the designation, for it to maintain with its personnel or similar records pertaining to him.

 

Direct and proximate result of a heart attack or stroke — A death results directly and proximately from a heart attack or stroke if the heart attack or stroke is a substantial factor in bringing it about.

 

Engagement in a situation involving law enforcement, fire suppression, rescue, hazardous material response, emergency medical services, prison security, disaster relief, or other emergency response activity — A public safety officer is so engaged only when, within his line of duty

(1)  He is in the course of actually—

(i)     Engaging in law enforcement;

(ii)    Suppressing fire;

(iii)   Responding to a hazardous-material emergency;

(iv)   Performing rescue activity;

(v)    Providing emergency medical services;

(vi)   Performing disaster relief activity; or

(vii)  Otherwise engaging in emergency response activity; and 

(2)  The public agency he serves (or the relevant government) legally recognizes him to have been in such course at the time of such engagement (or, at a minimum, does not deny (or has not denied) him so to have been).

 

Event includes occurrence, but does not include any engagement or participation described in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796(k)(1).

 

Excessive consumption of alcohol — An individual is an excessive consumer of alcohol if he consumes alcohol in amounts commonly accepted to be associated with substantially-increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

 

Execution of a designation of beneficiary under the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796(a)(4)(A) means the legal and valid execution, by the public safety officer, of a writing that, designating a beneficiary, expressly, specifically, or unmistakably refers to—

(1)  The Act (or the program it creates); or

(2)  All the death benefits with respect to which such officer lawfully could designate a beneficiary (if there be no writing that satisfies paragraph (1) of this definition).

 

Execution of a life insurance policy means, with respect to a life insurance policy, the legal and valid execution, by the individual whose life is insured thereunder, of—

(1)  The approved application for coverage;

(2)  A designation of beneficiary; or

(3)  A designation of the mode of benefit.

 

Extrinsic circumstances means—

(1)  An event or events; or

(2)  An intentional risky behavior or intentional risky behaviors.

 

Life insurance policy on file — A life insurance policy is on file with a public safety agency, ‑organization, or ‑unit, only if—

(1)  It is issued through (or on behalf of) the same; or

(2)  The original (or a copy) of one of the following is deposited with the same by the public safety officer whose life is insured under the policy, for it to maintain with its personnel or similar records pertaining to him:

(i)    The policy (itself);

(ii)   The declarations page or ‑statement from the policy's issuer;

(iii)  A certificate of insurance (for group policies);

(iv)  Any instrument whose execution constitutes the execution of a life insurance policy; or

(v)   The substantial equivalent of any of the foregoing.

 

Medical probability — A fact is indicated to a degree of medical probability, when, pursuant to a medical assessment, the fact is indicated by a preponderance of such evidence as may be available.

 

Most recently executed designation of beneficiary under the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796(a)(4)(A) means the most recently executed such designation that, as of the date of death of the public safety officer, designates a beneficiary.

 

Most recently executed life insurance policy of a public safety officer means the most recently executed policy insuring the life of a public safety officer that, being legal and valid (as a life insurance policy) upon its execution, as of the date of death of such officer—

(1)  Designates a beneficiary; and

(2)  Remains legally unrevoked (by such officer or by operation of law) or otherwise unterminated.

 

Nonroutine strenuous physical activity means line of duty activity that—

(1)  Is not excluded by the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796(l);

(2)  Is not performed as a matter of routine; and

(3)  Entails an unusually-high level of physical exertion.

 

Nonroutine stressful or strenuous physical activity means nonroutine stressful physical activity or nonroutine strenuous physical activity.

 

Nonroutine stressful physical activity means line of duty activity that—

(1)  Is not excluded by the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796(l);

(2)  Is not performed as a matter of routine;

(3)  Entails non-negligible physical exertion; and

(4)  Occurs—

(i)     With respect to a situation in which a public safety officer is engaged, under circumstances that objectively and reasonably—

(A)  Pose (or appear to pose) significant dangers, threats, or hazards (or reasonably-foreseeable risks thereof), not faced by similarly-situated members of the public in the ordinary course; and

(B)  Provoke, cause, or occasion an unusually-high level of alarm, fear, or anxiety; or

(ii)    With respect to a training exercise in which a public safety officer participates, under circumstances that objectively and reasonably—

(A)  Simulate in realistic fashion situations that pose significant dangers, threats, or hazards; and

(B)  Provoke, cause, or occasion an unusually-high level of alarm, fear, or anxiety.

 

Parent of a public safety officer means a public safety officer's surviving—

(1)  Biological or adoptive parent whose parental rights have not been terminated, as of the injury date; or

(2)  Step‑parent.

 

Participation in a training exercise — A public safety officer participates (as a trainer or trainee) in a training exercise only when actually taking formal part in a structured activity that itself is—

(1)  Within an official training (or –fitness) program of his public agency; and

(2)  Mandatory, rated (i.e., officially tested, ‑graded, ‑judged, ‑timed, etc.), or directly supervised, ‑proctored, or ‑monitored.

 

Public safety agency, ‑organization, or ‑unit means a department or agency (or component thereof)—

(1)  In which a public safety officer serves in an official capacity, with or without compensation, as such an officer (of any kind but disaster relief worker); or

(2)  Of which a public safety officer is an employee, performing official duties as described in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796b(9)(B) or (C), as a disaster relief worker.

 

Risky behavior means—

(1)  Failure (without reasonable justification or excuse) to undertake treatment

(i)     Of any commonly-accepted cardiovascular-disease risk factor associated with clinical values, where such risk factor is—

(A)  Known (or should be known) to be present; and

(B)  Present to a degree that substantially exceeds the minimum value commonly accepted as indicating high risk;

(ii)    Of any disease or condition commonly accepted to be associated with substantially-increased risk of cardiovascular disease, where such associated disease or condition is known (or should be known) to be present; or

(iii)   Where a biological parent, ‑sibling, or –first-generation offspring, is known to have (or have a history of) cardiovascular disease;

(2)  Smoking an average of more than one-half of a pack of cigarettes (or its equivalent) per day;

(3)  Excessive consumption of alcohol;

(4)  Consumption of controlled substances included on Schedule I of the drug control and enforcement laws (see 21 U.S.C. 812(a)), where such consumption is commonly accepted to be associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease;

(5)  Abuse of controlled substances included on Schedule II, III, IV, or V of the drug control and enforcement laws (see 21 U.S.C. 812(a)), where such abuse is commonly accepted to be associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease; or

(6)  Any activity or action, specified in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796a(1), (2), or (3), that is commonly accepted to be associated with substantially-increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

 

Routine — Neither of the following shall be dispositive in determining whether an activity or action shall be understood to have been performed as a matter of routine:

(1)  Being generally described by the public agency as routine or ordinary; or

(2)  The frequency with which it may be performed.

 

Step-parent of a public safety officer means a current or former spouse of the legally-adoptive or biological parent (living or deceased) of a public safety officer conceived (or legally adopted) by that parent before the marriage of the spouse and the parent, which spouse (not being a legally-adoptive parent of the officer), as of the injury date,

(1)  Received over half of his support from the officer;

(2)  Had as his principal place of abode the home of the officer and was a member of the officer's household; or

(3)  Was in a child-parent relationship with the officer.

 

Undertaking of treatment — An individual undertakes treatment, when he consults with a physician licensed to practice medicine in any jurisdiction described in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796b(8), and complies substantially with his recommendations.

 

 

§ 32.14  PSOB Office determination.

 

(a)  Upon its approving or denying a claim, the PSOB Office shall serve notice of the same upon the claimant (and upon any other claimant who may have filed a claim with respect to the same public safety officer).  In the event of a denial, such notice shall—

(1)  Specify the factual findings and legal conclusions that support it; and

(2)  Provide information as to requesting a Hearing Officer determination.

 

(b)  Upon a claimant's failure (without reasonable justification or excuse) to pursue in timely fashion the determination, by the PSOB Office, of his filed claim, the Director may, at his discretion, deem the same to be abandoned.  Not less than thirty-three days prior thereto, the PSOB Office shall serve the claimant with notice of the Director's intention to exercise such discretion.

 

(c)  In connection with its determination (pursuant to a filed claim) of the existence of competent medical evidence to the contrary, the PSOB Office shall serve the claimant with notice (indicating that he may file such supporting documentary, electronic, video, or other nonphysical evidence (such as medical-history records, as appropriate) and legal arguments in support of his claim as he may wish to provide), where there is evidence before it that affirmatively suggests that—

(1)  The public safety officer actually knew or should have known that he had cardio‑vascular disease risk factors and appears to have worsened or aggravated the same through his own intentional and risky behavior (as opposed to where the evidence affirmatively suggests merely that cardio‑vascular disease risk factors were present); or

(2)  It is more likely than not that a public safety officer's heart attack or stroke was imminent.

 

 

§ 32.15  Prerequisite certification.

 

(a)  Except as provided in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796c‑1 or Public Law 107‑37, and unless, for good cause shown, the Director grants a waiver, no claim shall be approved unless the following (which shall be necessary, but not sufficient, for such approval) are filed with the PSOB Office:

(1)  Subject to paragraphs (b) and (d) of this section, a certification from the public agency in which the public safety officer served (as of the injury date) that he died as a direct and proximate result of a line of duty injury, and either—

(i)     That his survivors (listed by name, address, relationship to him, and amount received) have received (or legally are entitled to receive) the maximum death benefits legally payable by the agency with respect to deaths of public safety officers of his kind, rank, and tenure; or

(ii)    Subject to paragraph (c) of this section, that the agency is not legally authorized to pay—

(A)  Any benefits described in paragraph (a)(1)(i) of this section, to any person; or

(B)  Any benefits described in paragraph (a)(1)(i) of this section, to public safety officers of the kind, rank, and tenure described in such paragraph;

(2)  A copy of any findings or rulings made by any public agency that relate to the officer's death; and

(3)  A certification from the claimant listing every individual known to him who is or might be the officer's child, spouse, or parent.

 

(b)  The provisions of paragraphs (a)(1) and (d) of this section shall also apply with respect to every public agency that legally is authorized to pay death benefits with respect to the agency described in that paragraph.

 

(c)  No certification described in paragraph (a)(1)(ii) of this section shall be deemed complete for purposes of this section unless it—

(1)  Lists every public agency (other than BJA) that legally is authorized to pay death benefits with respect to the certifying agency; or

(2)  States that no public agency (other than BJA) legally is authorized to pay death benefits with respect to the certifying agency.

 

(d)  Subject to paragraphs (b) and (c) of this section, if the Director finds that the conditions specified in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796(k), are satisfied with respect to a particular public safety officer's death, and that no circumstance specified in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796a(1), (2), or (3), applies with respect thereto—

(1)  The certification as to death, described in paragraph (a)(1) of this section, shall not be required; and

(2)  The certification as to benefits, described in paragraph (a)(1)(ii) of this section, shall be deemed complete for purposes of this section if it—

(i)    Describes the public agency's understanding of the circumstances (including such causes of which it may be aware) of the officer's death; and

(ii)   States that, in connection with deaths occurring under the circumstances described in paragraph (d)(2)(i) of this section, the public agency is not legally authorized to pay any benefits described in paragraph (a)(1)(i) of this section.

 

 

§ 32.16  Payment.

 

(a)  No payment shall be made to (or on behalf of) more than one individual, on the basis of being a public safety officer's parent as his mother, or on that basis as his father.  If more than one parent qualifies as the officer's mother, or as his father, payment shall be made to the one with whom the officer considered himself, as of the injury date, to have the closest relationship, except that any biological or legally-adoptive parent whose parental rights have not been terminated as of the injury date shall be presumed rebuttably to be such one.

 

(b)  Any amount payable with respect to a minor or incompetent shall be paid to his legal guardian, to be expended solely for the benefit of such minor or incompetent.

 

(c)  If more than one individual should qualify for payment—

(1)  Under the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796(a)(4)(i) [sic], payment shall be made to each of them in equal shares, except that, if the designation itself should manifest a different distribution, payment shall be made to each of them in shares in accordance with such distribution; or

(2)  Under the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796(a)(4)(ii) [sic], payment shall be made to each of them in equal shares.

 

 

§ 32.17  Request for Hearing Officer determination.

 

In order to exhaust his administrative remedies, a claimant seeking relief from the denial of his claim shall request a Hearing Officer determination under subpart E of this part.  Consistent with § 32.8, any denial that is not the subject of such a request shall constitute the final agency determination.

 

 

 

Subpart C ‑ Disability Benefit Claims

 

 

32.21      Scope of subpart.

32.22      Time for filing claim.

32.23      Definitions.

32.24      PSOB Office determination.

32.25      Prerequisite certification.

32.26      Payment.

32.27      Motion for reconsideration of negative disability finding.

32.28      Reconsideration of negative disability finding.

32.29      Request for Hearing Officer determination.

 

§ 32.21  Scope of subpart.

 

Consistent with § 32.1, this subpart contains provisions applicable to claims made under the Act

 

(a)  At 42 U.S.C. 3796(b); or

 

(b)  At 42 U.S.C. 3796c‑1 or Public Law 107‑37, with respect to a public safety officer's disability.

 

 

§ 32.22  Time for filing claim.

 

(a)  Unless, for good cause shown, the Director extends the time for filing, no claim shall be considered if it is filed with the PSOB Office after the later of—

(1)  Three years after the injury date; or

(2)  One year after—

(i)    A final determination of entitlement to receive, or of denial of, the benefits, if any, described in § 32.25(a)(1)(i); or

(ii)   The receipt of the certification described in § 32.25(a)(1)(ii)).

 

(b)  A claimant may file with his claim such supporting documentary, electronic, video, or other nonphysical evidence and legal arguments as he may wish to provide.

 

 

§ 32.23  Definitions.

 

Direct result of an injury — A disability results directly from an injury if the injury is a substantial factor in bringing the disability about.

 

Gainful work means full‑ or part-time activity that actually is compensated or commonly is compensated.

 

Medical certainty — A fact exists to a degree of medical certainty, when, pursuant to a medical assessment, the fact is demonstrated by convincing evidence.

 

Permanently disabled — An individual is permanently disabled only if there is a degree of medical certainty (given the current state of medicine in the United States) that his disabled condition—

(1)  Will progressively deteriorate or remain constant, over his expected lifetime; or

(2)  Otherwise has reached maximum medical improvement.

 

Product of an injury — Permanent and total disability is produced by a catastrophic injury suffered as a direct and proximate result of a personal injury if the disability is a direct result of the personal injury.

 

Residual functional capacity means that which an individual still is capable of doing, as shown by medical (and, as appropriate, vocational) assessment, despite a disability.

 

Totally disabled — An individual is totally disabled only if there is a degree of medical certainty (given the current state of medicine in the United States) that his residual functional capacity is such that he cannot perform any gainful work.

 

 

§ 32.24  PSOB Office determination.

 

(a)  Upon its approving or denying a claim, the PSOB Office shall serve notice of the same upon the claimant.  In the event of a denial, such notice shall—

(1)  Specify the factual findings and legal conclusions that support it; and

(2)  Provide information as to—

(i)     Requesting a Hearing Officer determination; or

(ii)    As applicable, moving to reconsider a negative disability finding.

 

(b)  Upon a claimant's failure (without reasonable justification or excuse) to pursue in timely fashion the determination of his filed claim, the Director may, at his discretion, deem the same to be abandoned.  Not less than thirty-three days prior thereto, the PSOB Office shall serve the claimant with notice of the Director's intention to exercise such discretion.

 

 

§ 32.25  Prerequisite certification.

 

(a)  Except as provided in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796c‑1 or Public Law 107‑37, and unless, for good cause shown, the Director grants a waiver, no claim shall be approved unless the following (which shall be necessary, but not sufficient, for such approval) are filed with the PSOB Office:

(1)  Subject to paragraph (b) of this section, a certification from the public agency in which the public safety officer served (as of the injury date) that he was permanently and totally disabled as a direct result of a line of duty injury, and either—

(i)     That he has received (or legally is entitled to receive) the maximum disability benefits (including workers' compensation) legally payable by the agency with respect to disabled public safety officers of his kind, rank, and tenure; or

(ii)    Subject to paragraph (c) of this section, that the agency is not legally authorized to pay—

(A)  Any benefits described in paragraph (a)(1)(i) of this section, to any person; or

(B)  Any benefits described in paragraph (a)(1)(i) of this section, to public safety officers of the kind, rank, and tenure described in such paragraph; and

(2)  A copy of—

(i)     Each State, local, and federal income tax return filed by or on behalf of the public safety officer from the year before the injury date to the date of determination by the PSOB determining official; and

(ii)    Any rulings made by any public agency that relate to the claimed disability.

 

(b)  The provisions of paragraph (a)(1) of this section shall also apply with respect to every public agency that legally is authorized to pay disability benefits with respect to the agency described in that paragraph.

 

(c)  No certification described in paragraph (a)(1)(ii) of this section shall be deemed complete unless it—

(1)  Lists every public agency (other than BJA) that legally is authorized to pay disability benefits with respect to the certifying agency; or

(2)  States that no public agency (other than BJA) legally is authorized to pay disability benefits with respect to the certifying agency.

 

 

§ 32.26  Payment.

 

The amount payable on a claim shall be the amount payable, as of the injury date, pursuant to the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796(b).

 

 

§ 32.27  Motion for reconsideration of negative disability finding.

 

A claimant whose claim is denied in whole or in part on the ground that he has not shown that his claimed disability is total and permanent may move for reconsideration, under § 32.28, of the specific finding as to the total and permanent character of the claimed disability (in lieu of his requesting a Hearing Officer determination with respect to the same).

 

 

§ 32.28  Reconsideration of negative disability finding.

 

(a)  Unless, for good cause shown, the Director extends the time for filing, no negative disability finding described in § 32.27 shall be reconsidered if the motion under that section is filed with the PSOB Office later than thirty-three days after the service of notice of the denial.

 

(b)  Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, no negative disability finding described in § 32.27 shall be reconsidered—

(1)  If or after such reconsideration is rendered moot (e.g., by the final denial of the claim on other grounds, without possibility of further administrative or judicial recourse); or

(2)  If a request for a Hearing Officer determination has been filed in timely fashion with respect to such finding.

 

(c)  Unless, for good cause shown, the Director grants a waiver, upon the making of a motion under § 32.27, reconsideration of the negative disability finding described in that section shall be stayed for three years.  Upon the conclusion of the stay, the claimant shall have not more than six years to file evidence with the PSOB Office in support of his claimed disability.

 

(d)  Upon a claimant's failure (without reasonable justification or excuse) to file in timely fashion evidence pursuant to paragraph (c) of this section, the Director may, at his discretion, deem the motion for reconsideration to be abandoned, as though never filed.  Not less than thirty-three days prior thereto, the PSOB Office shall serve the claimant with notice of the Director's intention to exercise such discretion.

 

(e)  No negative disability finding described in § 32.27 shall be reversed unless a copy (which shall be necessary, but not sufficient, for such reversal) of each federal, State, and local income tax return filed by or on behalf of the claimant from the year before the date of the motion for reconsideration under that section to the date of reversal is filed with the PSOB Office.

 

(f)  Upon its affirming or reversing a negative disability finding described in § 32.27, the PSOB Office shall serve notice of the same upon the claimant.  In the event of an affirmance, such notice shall—

(1)  Specify the factual findings and legal conclusions that support it; and

(2)  Provide information as to requesting a Hearing Officer determination of the disability finding.

 

 

§ 32.29  Request for Hearing Officer determination.

 

(a)  In order to exhaust his administrative remedies, a claimant seeking relief from the denial of his claim shall request a Hearing Officer determination under subpart E of this part

(1)  Of—

(i)     His entire claim, if he has not moved for reconsideration of a negative disability finding under § 32.27; or

(ii)    Consistent with § 32.42(c), the grounds (if any) of the denial that are not the subject of such motion, if he has moved for reconsideration of a negative disability finding under § 32.27; and

(2)  Of a negative disability finding that is affirmed pursuant to his motion for reconsideration under § 32.27.

 

(b)  Consistent with § 32.8, the following shall constitute the final agency determination:

(1)  Any denial not described in § 32.27 that is not the subject of a request for a Hearing Officer determination under paragraph (a)(1)(i) of this section;

(2)  Any denial described in § 32.27 that is not the subject of a request for a Hearing Officer determination under paragraph (a)(1)(ii) of this section, unless the negative disability finding is the subject of a motion for reconsideration; and

(3)  Any affirmance that is not the subject of a request for a Hearing Officer determination under paragraph (a)(2) of this section.

 

 

 

Subpart D ‑ Educational Assistance Benefit Claims

 

 

32.31      Scope of subpart.

32.32      Time for filing claim.

32.33      Definitions.

32.34      PSOB Office determination.

32.35      Disqualification.

32.36      Payment and repayment.

32.37      Request for Hearing Officer determination.

 

§ 32.31  Scope of subpart.

 

Consistent with § 32.1, this subpart contains provisions applicable to claims (i.e., threshold claims and financial claims) made under the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796d‑1.

 

 

§ 32.32  Time for filing claim.

 

(a)  Subject to the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796d‑1(c), and to paragraph (b) of this section, a claim may be filed with the PSOB Office at any time after the injury date.

 

(b)  Unless, for good cause shown, the Director grants a waiver, no financial claim may be filed with the PSOB Office, with respect to a grading period that commences more than six months after the date of filing.

 

(c)  A claimant may file with his claim such supporting documentary, electronic, video, or other nonphysical evidence and legal arguments as he may wish to provide.

 

 

§ 32.33  Definitions.

 

Application means claim (i.e., a threshold claim or a financial claim).

 

Assistance means financial assistance.

 

Child of an eligible public safety officer means the child of a public safety officer, which officer is an eligible public safety officer.

 

Dependent — An individual is a dependent of an eligible public safety officer, if—

(1)  Being a child of the officer, the individual—

(i)     Was claimed properly as the officer's dependent (within the meaning of the Internal Revenue Code, at 26 U.S.C. 152) on the officer's federal income-tax return (or could have been claimed if such a return had been required by law)—

(A)  For the tax year of (or immediately preceding) either the injury date or the date of the officer's death (with respect to a claim by virtue of such death); or

(B)  For the relevant tax year (with respect to a claim by virtue of the officer's disability); or

(ii)    Is the officer's posthumous child; or

(2)  Being a spouse of the officer at the time of the officer's death or on the date of the officer's totally and permanently disabling injury, the individual received over half of his support from the officer (or had as his principal place of abode the home of the officer and was a member of the officer's household)—

(i)     As of either the injury date or the date of the officer's death (with respect to a claim by virtue of such death); or

(ii)    In the relevant tax year (with respect to a claim by virtue of the officer's disability).

 

Educational assistance benefits means benefits specifically to assist in paying educational expenses.

 

Educational expenses means such of the following as may be in furtherance of the educational, professional, or vocational objective of the program of education that forms the basis of a financial claim:

(1)  Tuition and fees, as described in 20 U.S.C. 1087ll(1) (higher education assistance);

(2)  Reasonable expenses for—

(i)     Room and board (if incurred for attendance on at least a half-time basis);

(ii)    Books;

(iii)   Computer equipment;

(iv)   Supplies; and

(v)    Transportation; and

(3)  For attendance on at least a three-quarter-time basis, a standard allowance for miscellaneous personal expenses that is the greater of—

(i)     The allowance for such expenses, as established by the eligible educational institution for purposes of financial aid; or

(ii)    $200.00 per month.

 

Eligible dependent means an individual who—

(1)  Is a dependent of an eligible public safety officer;

(2)  Attends a program of education, as described in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796d‑1(a)(1); and

(3)  Is otherwise eligible to receive financial assistance pursuant to the Act or this subpart.

 

Eligible educational expenses means a claimant's educational expenses, reduced by the amount of educational assistance benefits from non‑governmental organizations that the claimant has received or will receive.

 

Eligible public safety officer means a public safety officer

(1)  With respect to whose death, benefits under subpart B of this part properly have been paid; or

(2)  With respect to whose disability, benefits under subpart C of this part properly—

(i)     Have been paid; or

(ii)    Would have been paid, but for the operation of paragraph (b)(1) of § 32.6.

 

Financial assistance means financial assistance, as described in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796d‑1.

 

Financial claim means a request for financial assistance, with respect to attendance at a program of education, for a particular grading period.

 

Financial need — An individual is in financial need for a particular grading period to the extent that the amount of his eligible educational expenses for that period exceed the sum of—

(1)  The amount of his educational assistance benefits as described in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796d‑1(a)(3)(A); and

(2)  His expected family contribution calculated pursuant to 20 U.S.C. 1087nn (higher education assistance).

 

Funds means financial assistance.

 

Grading period means the period of attendance (e.g., a semester, a trimester, a quarter) in a program of education, after (or with respect to) which period grades are assigned, units of credit are awarded, or courses are considered completed, as determined by the eligible educational institution.

 

Prospective financial claim means a financial claim with respect to a grading period that ends after the claim is filed.

 

Public safety agency means a public agency

(1)  In which a public safety officer serves in an official capacity, with or without compensation, as such an officer (of any kind but disaster relief worker); or

(2)  Of which a public safety officer is an employee, performing official duties as described in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796b(9)(B) or (C), as a disaster relief worker.

 

Retroactive financial claim means a financial claim with respect to a grading period that ends before the claim is filed.

 

Spouse of an eligible public safety officer at the time of the officer's death or on the date of a totally and permanently disabling injury means the spouse of a public safety officer (which officer is an eligible public safety officer) as of—

(1)  The date of the officer's death (with respect to a claim by virtue of such death); or

(2)  The injury date (with respect to a claim by virtue of the officer's disability).

 

Tax Year — With respect to a claim by virtue of an eligible public safety officer's disability, the relevant tax year is—

(1)  The tax year of (or immediately preceding) the injury date;

(2)  Any tax year during which the program of education that forms the basis of the claim is attended or is pursued;

(3)  The tax year immediately preceding the date on which the program of education that forms the basis of the claim commenced (or is to commence); or

(4)  The tax year of (or immediately preceding) the officer's death, where the program of education that forms the basis of the claim commenced (or is to commence) after the date of such death.

 

Threshold claim means a request for determination of general eligibility to receive financial assistance.

 

 

§ 32.34  PSOB Office determination.

 

(a)  In the event of the PSOB Office's denying a claim, the notice it serves upon the claimant shall—

(1)  Specify the factual findings and legal conclusions that support the denial; and

(2)  Provide information as to requesting a Hearing Officer determination.

 

(b)  No financial claim shall be approved, unless the claimant's threshold claim has been approved.

 

(c)  Upon a claimant's failure (without reasonable justification or excuse) to pursue in timely fashion the determination of his filed claim, the Director may, at his discretion, deem the same to be abandoned.  Not less than thirty-three days prior thereto, the PSOB Office shall serve the claimant with notice of the Director's intention to exercise such discretion.

 

 

§ 32.35  Disqualification.

 

No claim shall be approved if the claimant is—

 

(a)  In default on any student loan obtained under 20 U.S.C. 1091 (higher education assistance), unless, for good cause shown, the Director grants a waiver; or

 

(b)  Subject to a denial of federal benefits under 21 U.S.C. 862 (drug traffickers and possessors).

 

 

§ 32.36  Payment and repayment.

 

(a)  The computation described in the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796d‑1(a)(2), shall be based on a certification from the eligible educational institution as to the claimant's full‑, three-quarter‑, half‑, or less-than-half-time student status, according to such institution's own academic standards and practices.

 

(b)  No payment shall be made with respect to any grading period that ended before the injury date.

 

(c)  With respect to any financial claim, no amount shall be payable that exceeds the amount of the eligible educational expenses that form the basis of the claim.

 

(d)  In the event that appropriations for a fiscal year are insufficient for full payment of all approved or anticipated financial claims, the following payments shall be made—

(1)  The amounts payable on approved prospective financial claims from claimants in financial need, to the extent of such need (if sufficient funds be available therefor), in the order the claims are approved;

(2)  All other amounts payable on approved prospective financial claims (in the order the claims are approved), if sufficient funds be available therefor—

(i)     After payment of all amounts payable pursuant to paragraph (d)(1) of this section; and

(ii)    After making allowance for anticipated amounts payable in the fiscal year pursuant to paragraph (d)(1) of this section; and

(3)  The amounts payable on approved retroactive financial claims (in the order the claims are approved), if sufficient funds be available therefor—

(i)     After payment of all amounts payable pursuant to paragraphs (d)(1) and (2) of this section; and

(ii)    After making allowance for anticipated amounts payable in the fiscal year, pursuant to paragraphs (d)(1) and (2) of this section.

 

(e)  In the event that, at the conclusion of a fiscal year, any amounts remain payable on an approved financial claim, such amounts shall remain payable thereafter until paid (when appropriations be sufficient therefor).

 

(f)  In the event that any amounts remain payable on an approved prospective financial claim after the end of the grading period that forms its basis, such claim shall be deemed an approved retroactive financial claim for purposes of paragraph (d) of this section.

 

(g)  No payment shall be made to (or on behalf of) any individual, on the basis of being a particular living public safety officer's spouse, unless the individual is the officer's spouse on the date of payment.

 

(h)  Unless, for good cause shown, the Director grants a full or partial waiver, a payee shall repay the amount paid to him (or on his behalf) pursuant to a prospective financial claim if, during the grading period that forms its basis—

(1)  He fails to maintain satisfactory progress under 20 U.S.C. 1091(c) (higher education assistance);

(2)  He fails to maintain the enrollment status described in his claim; or

(3)  By his acts or omissions, he is or becomes ineligible for financial assistance.

 

 

§ 32.37  Request for Hearing Officer determination.

 

In order to exhaust his administrative remedies, a claimant seeking relief from the denial of his claim shall request a Hearing Officer determination under subpart E of this part.  Consistent with § 32.8, any denial that is not the subject of such a request shall constitute the final agency determination.

 

 

 

Subpart E ‑ Hearing Officer Determinations

 

 

32.41      Scope of subpart.

32.42      Time for filing request for determination.

32.43      Appointment and assignment of Hearing Officers.

32.44      Hearing Officer determination.

32.45      Hearings.

32.46      Director appeal.

 

§ 32.41  Scope of subpart.

 

Consistent with § 32.1, this subpart contains provisions applicable to requests for Hearing Officer determination of claims denied under subpart B, C (including affirmances of negative disability findings described in § 32.27), or D of this part, and of claims remanded (or matters referred) under § 32.54(c).

 

 

§ 32.42  Time for filing request for determination.

 

(a)  Subject to paragraph (c) of this section, and unless, for good cause shown, the Director extends the time for filing, no claim shall be determined if the request therefor is filed with the PSOB Office later than thirty-three days after the service of notice of—

(1)  The denial (under subpart B, C (except as may be provided in paragraph (a)(2) of this section), or D of this part) of a claim; or

(2)  The affirmance (under subpart C of this part) of a negative disability finding described in § 32.27.

 

(b)  A claimant may file with his request for a Hearing Officer determination such supporting documentary, electronic, video, or other non‑physical evidence and legal arguments as he may wish to provide.

 

(c)  The timely filing of a motion for reconsideration under § 32.28(a) shall be deemed to constitute a timely filing, under paragraph (a) of this section, of a request for determination with respect to any grounds described in § 32.29(a)(1)(ii) that may be applicable.

 

 

§ 32.43  Appointment and assignment of Hearing Officers.

 

(a)  Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 3787 (employment and authority of hearing officers), Hearing Officers may be appointed from time to time by the Director, to remain on the roster of such Officers at his pleasure.

 

(b)  Upon the filing of a request for a Hearing Officer determination (or upon remand or referral),  the PSOB Office shall assign the claim to a Hearing Officer on the roster; the PSOB Office may assign a particular claim to a specific Hearing Officer if it judges, in its discretion, that his experience or expertise suit him especially for it.

 

(c)  Upon its making the assignment described in paragraph (b) of this section, the PSOB Office shall serve notice of the same upon the claimant, with an indication that any evidence or legal argument he wishes to provide is to be filed simultaneously with the PSOB Office and the Hearing Officer.

 

(d)  With respect to an assignment described in paragraph (b) of this section, the Hearing Officer's consideration shall be—

(1)  De novo (unless the Director should expressly prescribe otherwise, with respect to a particular remand or referral), rather than in review of the findings, determinations, affirmances, reversals, assignments, authorizations, decisions, judgments, rulings, or other actions of the PSOB Office; and

(2)  Consistent with subpart B, C, or D of this part, as applicable.

 

(e)  OJP's General Counsel shall provide advice to the Hearing Officer as to all questions of law relating to any matter assigned pursuant to paragraph (b) of this section.

 

 

§ 32.44  Hearing Officer determination.

 

(a)  Upon his determining a claim, the Hearing Officer shall file notice of the same simultaneously with the Director (for his review under subpart F of this part (in the event of approval)), the PSOB Office, and OJP's General Counsel, which notice shall specify the factual findings and legal conclusions that support it.

 

(b)  Upon a Hearing Officer's denying a claim, the PSOB Office shall serve notice of the same upon the claimant (and upon any other claimant who may have filed a claim with respect to the same public safety officer), which notice shall—

(1)  Specify the Hearing Officer's factual findings and legal conclusions that support it; and

(2)  Provide information as to Director appeals.

 

(c)  Upon a claimant's failure (without reasonable justification or excuse) to pursue in timely fashion the determination of his claim pursuant to his filed request therefor, the Director may, at his discretion, deem the request to be abandoned, as though never filed.  Not less than thirty-three days prior thereto, the PSOB Office shall serve the claimant with notice of the Director's intention to exercise such discretion.

 

 

§ 32.45  Hearings.

 

(a)  Except with respect to a remand or referral, at the election of a claimant under subpart B or C of this part, the Hearing Officer shall hold a hearing, at a location agreeable to the claimant and the Officer (or, otherwise, at a location ruled by the Hearing Officer to be suitable), for the sole purposes of obtaining, consistent with § 32.5(c),

(1)  Evidence from the claimant and his fact or expert witnesses; and

(2)  Such other evidence as the Hearing Officer, at his discretion, may rule to be necessary or useful.

 

(b)  Unless, for good cause shown, the Director extends the time for filing, no election under paragraph (a) of this section shall be honored if it is filed with the PSOB Office later than ninety days after service of the notice described in § 32.43(c).

 

(c)  Not less than seven days prior to any hearing, the claimant shall file simultaneously with the PSOB Office and the Hearing Officer a list of all expected fact‑ or expert witnesses and a brief summary of the evidence each witness is expected to provide.

 

(d)  At any hearing, the Hearing Officer

(1)  May exclude any evidence whose probative value is substantially outweighed by considerations of undue delay, waste of time, or needless presentation of cumulative evidence; and

(2)  Shall exclude witnesses (other than the claimant, or any person whose presence is shown by the claimant to be essential to the presentation of his claim), so that they cannot hear the testimony of other witnesses.

 

(e)  Each hearing shall be recorded, and the original of the complete record or transcript thereof shall be made a part of the claim file.

 

(f)  Unless, for good cause shown, the Director grants a waiver, a claimant's failure to appear at a hearing (in person or through a representative) shall constitute a withdrawal of his election under paragraph (a) of this section.

 

(g)  Upon a claimant's failure to pursue in timely fashion his filed election under paragraph (a) of this section, the Director may, at his discretion, deem the same to be abandoned.  Not less than thirty-three days prior thereto, the PSOB Office shall serve the claimant with notice of the Director's intention to exercise such discretion.

 

 

§ 32.46  Director appeal.

 

(a)  In order to exhaust his administrative remedies, a claimant seeking relief from the denial of his claim shall appeal to the Director under subpart F of this part.

 

(b)  Consistent with § 32.8, any claim denial that is not appealed to the Director under paragraph (a) of this section shall constitute the final agency determination, unless the denial is reviewed otherwise under subpart F of this part.

 

 

 

Subpart F ‑ Director Appeals & Reviews

 

 

32.51      Scope of subpart.

32.52      Time for filing Director appeal.

32.53      Review.

32.54      Director determination.

32.55      Judicial appeal.

 

§ 32.51  Scope of subpart.

 

Consistent with § 32.1, this subpart contains provisions applicable to Director appeals and reviews of claim approvals and denials made under subpart E of this part, and reviews of claim approvals under the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796c‑1 or Public Law 107‑37.

 

 

§ 32.52  Time for filing Director appeal.

 

(a)  Unless, for good cause shown, the Director extends the time for filing, no Director appeal shall be considered if it is filed with the PSOB Office later than thirty-three days after the service of notice of the denial (under subpart E of this part) of a claim.

 

(b)  A claimant may file with his Director appeal such supporting documentary, electronic, video, or other nonphysical evidence and legal arguments as he may wish to provide.

 

 

§ 32.53  Review.

 

(a)  Upon the filing of the approval (under subpart E of this part) of a claim, the Director shall review the same.

 

(b)  The Director may review—

(1)  Any claim denial made under subpart E of this part; and

(2)  Any claim approval made under the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796c‑1 or Public Law 107‑37.

 

(c)  Unless the Director judges that it would be unnecessary, the PSOB Office shall serve notice upon the claimant (and upon any other claimant who may have filed a claim with respect to the same public safety officer) of the initiation of a review under paragraph (a) or (b) of this section.  Unless the Director judges that it would be unnecessary, such notice shall—

(1)  Indicate the principal factual findings or legal conclusions at issue; and

(2)  Offer a reasonable opportunity for filing of evidence or legal arguments.

 

 

§ 32.54  Director determination.

 

(a)  Upon the Director's approving or denying a claim, the PSOB Office shall serve notice of the same simultaneously upon the claimant (and upon any other claimant who may have filed a claim with respect to the same public safety officer), and upon any Hearing Officer who made a determination with respect to the claim.  In the event of a denial, such notice shall—

(1)  Specify the factual findings and legal conclusions that support it; and

(2)  Provide information as to judicial appeals (for the claimant or claimants).

 

(b)  Upon a claimant's failure (without reasonable justification or excuse) to pursue in timely fashion the determination of his claim pursuant to his filed Director appeal, the Director may, at his discretion, deem the same to be abandoned, as though never filed.  Not less than thirty-three days prior thereto, the PSOB Office shall serve the claimant with notice of the Director's intention to exercise such discretion.

 

(c)  With respect to any claim before him, the Director, as appropriate, may—

(1)  Remand the same to the PSOB Office, or to a Hearing Officer;

(2)  Vacate any related determination under this part; or

(3)  Refer any related matters to a Hearing Officer (as a special master), to recommend factual findings and dispositions in connection therewith.

 

 

§ 32.55  Judicial appeal.

 

(a)  Consistent with § 32.8, any approval or denial described in § 32.54(a) shall constitute the final agency determination.

 

(b)  A claimant seeking relief from the denial of his claim may appeal judicially pursuant to the Act, at 42 U.S.C. 3796c‑2.

 

 

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SELECTED LEGAL PROVISIONS

REFERENCED IN OR HAVING DIRECT APPLICATION TO

THE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS' BENEFITS ACT OF 1976

(GENERALLY CODIFIED AT

42 U.S.C. CHAPTER 46, SUBCHAPTER XII)

OR

ITS IMPLEMENTING REGULATIONS

 

(updated as of Aug. 1, 2011)

 

 

1 U.S.C. § 1                                         Words denoting number, gender, and so forth

1 U.S.C. § 7                                         Definition of "marriage" and "spouse"

5 U.S.C. § 504                                     Costs and fees of parties

5 U.S.C. § 8101                                   Definitions

5 U.S.C. § 8191                                   Determination of eligibility

18 U.S.C. § 287                                   False, fictitious or fraudulent claims

18 U.S.C. § 1001                                 Statements or entries generally

18 U.S.C. § 1621                                 Perjury generally

18 U.S.C. § 2331                                 Definitions

20 U.S.C. ch. 28, subch. IV                 Student Assistance (range of sections)

20 U.S.C. § 1087ll                               Cost of attendance

20 U.S.C. § 1087nn                             Determination of expected family contribution; data elements

20 U.S.C. § 1091                                 Student eligibility

21 U.S.C. § 802                                   Definitions

21 U.S.C. § 812                                   Schedule of controlled substances

21 U.S.C. § 862                                   Denial of Federal benefits to drug traffickers and possessors

26 U.S.C. § 152                                   Dependent defined

28 U.S.C. § 1746                                 Unsworn declarations under penalty of perjury

38 U.S.C. § 3532                                 Computation of educational assistance allowance

42 U.S.C. § 423                                   Disability insurance benefit payments

42 U.S.C. § 3782                                 Rules, regulations, and procedures; consultations and establishment

42 U.S.C. § 3787                                 Subpoena power; employment of hearing officers; authority to hold hearings

42 U.S.C. § 3788                                 Personnel and administrative authority

42 U.S.C. § 3791                                 General provisions

42 U.S.C. § 3793                                 Authorization of appropriations

42 U.S.C. § 3795a                               Falsification or concealment of facts

42 U.S.C. ch. 68                                  Disaster Relief (range of sections)

 

 

Pub. L. 89‑329, § 481                          Higher Education Act of 1965 (as in effect Oct. 3, 1996)

Pub. L. 90‑351, § 1601                        Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968

Pub. L. 94‑430, §§ 3 to 6                     Public Safety Officers' Benefits Act of 1976

Pub. L. 98‑473, § 609AA                    Justice Assistance Act of 1984

Pub. L. 99‑500, § 101(b), tit. II            Department of Justice Appropriation Act, 1987 (reference)

Pub. L. 101‑647, § 1301                      Crime Control Act of 1990

Pub. L. 104‑238                                   Federal Law Enforcement Dependents Assistance Act of 1996

Pub. L. 105‑390                                   Police, Fire, and Emergency Officers Educational Assistance Act of 1996

Pub. L. 106‑276                                   Act of October 2, 2000

Pub. L. 106‑390, § 305                        Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000

Pub. L. 107‑37                                     Act of September 18, 2001 (as amended by Pub. L. 107‑56)

Pub. L. 107‑56, §§ 2, 612                    USA PATRIOT Act

Pub. L. 107‑196, § 2                            Mychal Judge Police and Fire Chaplains Public Safety Officers' Benefit Act of 2002

Pub. L. 108‑182                                   Hometown Heroes Survivors Benefits Act of 2003 (reference)

Pub. L. 109‑162, § 1164                      Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act, 2006

 

 

28 C.F.R. § 0.94‑1                               Bureau of Justice Assistance

 

 

Fed R. Evid. 301                                  Presumptions in General in Civil Actions and Proceedings

Fed R. Evid. 401                                  Definition of "Relevant Evidence"

Fed R. Evid. 402                                  Relevant Evidence Generally Admissible; Irrelevant Evidence Inadmissible

Fed R. Evid. 602                                  Lack of Personal Knowledge

Fed R. Evid. 603                                  Oath or Affirmation

Fed R. Evid. 604                                  Interpreters

Fed R. Evid. 701                                  Opinion Testimony by Lay Witnesses

Fed R. Evid. 702                                  Testimony by Experts

Fed R. Evid. 703                                  Bases of Opinion Testimony by Experts

Fed R. Evid. 704                                  Opinion on Ultimate Issue

Fed R. Evid. 901                                  Requirement of Authentication or Identification

Fed R. Evid. 902                                  Self-authentication

Fed R. Evid. 903                                  Subscribing Witness' Testimony Unnecessary

Fed R. Evid. 1001                                Definitions

Fed R. Evid. 1002                                Requirement of Original

Fed R. Evid. 1003                                Admissibility of Duplicates

Fed R. Evid. 1004                                Admissibility of Other Evidence of Contents

Fed R. Evid. 1005                                Public Records

Fed R. Evid. 1006                                Summaries

Fed R. Evid. 1007                                Testimony or Written Admission of Party

 

 

D.C. Stat. § 5‑716                                Survivor benefits and annuities

 

 

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1 U.S.C. § 1                                        Words denoting number, gender, and so forth

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, unless the context indicates otherwise—

words importing the singular include and apply to several persons, parties, or things;

words importing the plural include the singular;

words importing the masculine gender include the feminine as well;

. . . .

 

1 U.S.C. § 1  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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1 U.S.C. § 7                                        Definition of "marriage" and "spouse"

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various administrative bureaus and agencies of the United States, the word "marriage" means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word "spouse" refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.

 

1 U.S.C. § 7  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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5 U.S.C. § 504                                    Costs and fees of parties

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

. . . .

 

(b)(1) For the purposes of this section—

(A) . . . (ii)    attorney or agent fees shall not be awarded in excess of $125 per hour unless the agency determines by regulation that an increase in the cost of living or a special factor, such as the limited availability of qualified attorneys or agents for the proceedings involved, justifies a higher fee.);

 

. . . .

 

5 U.S.C. § 504  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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5 U.S.C. § 8101                      Definitions

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

For the purpose of this subchapter—

 

. . . .

 

(17) "student" means an individual under 23 years of age who has not completed 4 years of education beyond the high school level and who is regularly pursuing a full-time course of study or training at an institution which is—

(A) a school or college or university operated or directly supported by the United States, or by a State or local government or political subdivision thereof;

(B) a school or college or university which has been accredited by a State or by a State-recognized or nationally recognized accrediting agency or body;

(C) a school or college or university not so accredited but whose credits are accepted, on transfer, by at least three institutions which are so accredited, for credit on the same basis as if transferred from an institution so accredited; or

(D) an additional type of educational or training institution as defined by the Secretary of Labor.

 

Such an individual is deemed not to have ceased to be a student during an interim between school years if the interim is not more than 4 months and if he shows to the satisfaction of the Secretary that he has a bona fide intention of continuing to pursue a full-time course of study or training during the semester or other enrollment period immediately after the interim or during periods of reasonable duration during which, in the judgment of the Secretary, he is prevented by factors beyond his control from pursuing his education.  A student whose 23rd birthday occurs during a semester or other enrollment period is deemed a student until the end of the semester or other enrollment period;

 

. . . .

 

5 U.S.C. § 8101  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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5 U.S.C. § 8191                      Determination of eligibility

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

The benefits of this subchapter are available as provided in this subchapter to eligible law enforcement officers (referred to in this subchapter as "eligible officers") and their survivors.  For the purposes of this subchapter, an eligible officer is any person who is determined by the Secretary of Labor in his discretion to have been on any given occasion—

(1) a law enforcement officer and to have been engaged on that occasion in the apprehension or attempted apprehension of any person—

(A) for the commission of a crime against the United States, or

(B) who at that time was sought by a law enforcement authority of the United States for the commission of a crime against the United States, or

(C) who at that time was sought as a material witness in a criminal proceeding instituted by the United States; or

(2) a law enforcement officer and to have been engaged on that occasion in protecting or guarding a person held for the commission of a crime against the United States or as a material witness in connection with such a crime; or

(3) a law enforcement officer and to have been engaged on that occasion in the lawful prevention of, or lawful attempt to prevent, the commission of a crime against the United States;

 

and to have been on that occasion not an employee as defined in section 8101(1), and to have sustained on that occasion a personal injury for which the United States would be required under subchapter I of this chapter to pay compensation if he had been on that occasion such an employee engaged in the performance of his duty.  No person otherwise eligible to receive a benefit under this subchapter because of the disability or death of an eligible officer shall be barred from the receipt of such benefit because the person apprehended or attempted to be apprehended by such officer was then sought for the commission of a crime against a sovereignty other than the United States.

 

5 U.S.C. § 8191  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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18 U.S.C. § 287                      False, fictitious or fraudulent claims

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

Whoever makes or presents to any person or officer in the civil, military, or naval service of the United States, or to any department or agency thereof, any claim upon or against the United States, or any department or agency thereof, knowing such claim to be false, fictitious, or fraudulent, shall be imprisoned not more than five years and shall be subject to a fine in the amount provided in this title.

 

18 U.S.C. § 287  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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18 U.S.C. § 1001                    Statements or entries generally

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully

(1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;

(2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or

(3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry;

 

shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both.  If the matter relates to an offense under chapter 109A, 109B, 110, or 117, or section 1591, then the term of imprisonment imposed under this section shall be not more than 8 years.

 

. . . .

 

18 U.S.C. § 1001  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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18 U.S.C. § 1621                    Perjury generally

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

Whoever—

(1) having taken an oath before a competent tribunal, officer, or person, in any case in which a law of the United States authorizes an oath to be administered, that he will testify, declare, depose, or certify truly, or that any written testimony, declaration, deposition, or certificate by him subscribed, is true, willfully and contrary to such oath states or subscribes any material matter which he does not believe to be true; or

(2) in any declaration, certificate, verification, or statement under penalty of perjury as permitted under section 1746 of title 28, United States Code, willfully subscribes as true any material matter which he does not believe to be true;

 

is guilty of perjury and shall, except as otherwise expressly provided by law, be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.  This section is applicable whether the statement or subscription is made within or without the United States.

 

18 U.S.C. § 1621  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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18 U.S.C. § 2331                    Definitions

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

As used in this chapter—

(1) the term "international terrorism" means activities that—

(A) involve violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State, or that would be a criminal violation if committed within the jurisdiction of the United States or of any State;

(B) appear to be intended—

(i)     to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;

(ii)    to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or

(iii)   to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and

(C) occur primarily outside the territorial jurisdiction of the United States, or transcend national boundaries in terms of the means by which they are accomplished, the persons they appear intended to intimidate or coerce, or the locale in which their perpetrators operate or seek asylum;

 

. . . .

 

(5) the term "domestic terrorism" means activities that—

(A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State;

(B) appear to be intended—

(i)     to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;

(ii)    to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or

(iii)   to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and

(C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.

 

18 U.S.C. § 2331  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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20 U.S.C.                                            Education

Chapter 28                  Higher Education Resources and Student Assistance

Subchapter IV             Student Assistance

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

Sec. 1070.       Statement of purpose; program authorization

 

through

 

Sec. 1099c-2.  Review of regulations

 

 

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20 U.S.C. § 1087ll                  Cost of attendance

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

For the purpose of this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42, the term "cost of attendance" means—

(1) tuition and fees normally assessed a student carrying the same academic workload as determined by the institution, and including costs for rental or purchase of any equipment, materials, or supplies required of all students in the same course of study;

 

. . . .

 

20 U.S.C. § 1087ll  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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20 U.S.C. § 1087nn                Determination of expected family contribution; data elements

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

(a) General rule for determination of expected family contribution.  The expected family contribution—

(1) for a dependent student shall be determined in accordance with section 1087oo of this title;

(2) for a single independent student or a married independent student without dependents (other than a spouse) shall be determined in accordance with section 1087pp of this title; and

(3) for an independent student with dependents other than a spouse shall be determined in accordance with section 1087qq of this title.

 

(b) Data elements.  The following data elements are considered in determining the expected family contribution:

(1) the available income of (A) the student and the student's spouse, or (B) the student and the student's parents, in the case of a dependent student;

(2) the number of dependents in the family of the student;

(3) the number of dependents in the family of the student, excluding the student's parents, who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment, on at least a half-time basis, in a degree, certificate, or other program leading to a recognized educational credential at an institution of higher education that is an eligible institution in accordance with the provisions of section 1094 of this title and for whom the family may reasonably be expected to contribute to their postsecondary education;

(4) the net assets of (A) the student and the student's spouse, and (B) the student and the student's parents, in the case of a dependent student;

(5) the marital status of the student;

(6) the age of the older parent, in the case of a dependent student, and the student; and

(7) the additional expenses incurred (A) in the case of a dependent student, when both parents of the student are employed or when the family is headed by a single parent who is employed, or (B) in the case of an independent student, when the student is married and the student's spouse is employed, or when the employed student qualifies as a surviving spouse or as a head of a household under section 2 of title 26.

 

20 U.S.C. § 1087nn  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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20 U.S.C. § 1091                    Student eligibility

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

(a) In general.  In order to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance under this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42, a student must—

(1) be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree, certificate, or other program (including a program of study abroad approved for credit by the eligible institution at which such student is enrolled) leading to a recognized educational credential at an institution of higher education that is an eligible institution in accordance with the provisions of section 1094 of this title, except as provided in subsections (b)(3) and (b)(4) of this section, and not be enrolled in an elementary or secondary school;

(2) if the student is presently enrolled at an institution, be maintaining satisfactory progress in the course of study the student is pursuing in accordance with the provisions of subsection (c) of this section;

(3) not owe a refund on grants previously received at any institution under this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42, or be in default on any loan from a student loan fund at any institution provided for in part D of this subchapter, or a loan made, insured, or guaranteed by the Secretary under this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42 for attendance at any institution;

(4) file with the Secretary, as part of the original financial aid application process, a certification, which need not be notarized, but which shall include—

(A) a statement of educational purpose stating that the money attributable to such grant, loan, or loan guarantee will be used solely for expenses related to attendance or continued attendance at such institution; and

(B) such student's social security number;

(5) be a citizen or national of the United States, a permanent resident of the United States, or able to provide evidence from the Immigration and Naturalization Service that he or she is in the United States for other than a temporary purpose with the intention of becoming a citizen or permanent resident; and

(6) if the student has been convicted of, or has pled [sic] nolo contendere or guilty to, a crime involving fraud in obtaining funds under this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42, have completed the repayment of such funds to the Secretary, or to the holder in the case of a loan under this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42 obtained by fraud.

 

(b) Eligibility for student loans.

(1) In order to be eligible to receive any loan under this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42 (other than a loan under section 1078‑2 or 1078‑3 of this title, or under section 1078‑8 of this title pursuant to an exercise of discretion under section 1087tt of this title) for any period of enrollment, a student who is not a graduate or professional student (as defined in regulations of the Secretary), and who is enrolled in a program at an institution which has a participation agreement with the Secretary to make awards under subpart 1 of part A of this subchapter, shall—

(A)(i) have received a determination of eligibility or ineligibility for a Pell Grant under such subpart 1 for such period of enrollment; and

(ii) if determined to be eligible, have filed an application for a Pell Grant for such enrollment period; or

(B) have—

(i)  filed an application with the Pell Grant processor for such institution for such enrollment period, and

(ii)  received from the financial aid administrator of the institution a preliminary determination of the student's eligibility or ineligibility for a grant under such subpart 1.

(2) In order to be eligible to receive any loan under section 1078‑1 of this title for any period of enrollment, a student shall—

(A) have received a determination of need for a loan under section 1078(a)(2)(B) of this title;

(B) if determined to have need for a loan under section 1078 of this title, have applied for such a loan; and

(C) has applied for a loan under section 1078‑8 of this title, if such student is eligible to apply for such a loan.

(3) A student who—

(A) is carrying at least one-half the normal full-time work load for the course of study that the student is pursuing, as determined by an eligible institution, and

(B) is enrolled in a course of study necessary for enrollment in a program leading to a degree or certificate,

 

shall be, notwithstanding paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of this section, eligible to apply for loans under part B or C of this subchapter.  The eligibility described in this paragraph shall be restricted to one 12‑month period.

(4) A student who—

(A) is carrying at least one-half the normal full-time work load for the course of study the student is pursuing, as determined by the institution, and

(B) is enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a program at an eligible institution necessary for a professional credential or certification from a State that is required for employment as a teacher in an elementary or secondary school in that State,

 

shall be, notwithstanding paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of this section, eligible to apply for loans under part B, C, or D of this subchapter or work-study assistance under part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42.

(5) Notwithstanding any other provision of this subsection, no incarcerated student is eligible to receive a loan under this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42.

 

(c) Satisfactory progress.

(1) For the purpose of subsection (a)(2) of this section, a student is maintaining satisfactory progress if—

(A) the institution at which the student is in attendance, reviews the progress of the student at the end of each academic year, or its equivalent, as determined by the institution, and

(B) the student has a cumulative C average, or its equivalent or academic standing consistent with the requirements for graduation, as determined by the institution, at the end of the second such academic year.

(2) Whenever a student fails to meet the eligibility requirements of subsection (a)(2) of this section as a result of the application of this subsection and subsequent to that failure the student has academic standing consistent with the requirements for graduation, as determined by the institution, for any grading period, the student may, subject to this subsection, again be eligible under subsection (a)(2) of this section for a grant, loan, or work assistance under this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42.

(3) Any institution of higher education at which the student is in attendance may waive the provisions of paragraph (1) or paragraph (2) of this subsection for undue hardship based on—

(A) the death of a relative of the student,

(B) the personal injury or illness of the student, or

(C) special circumstances as determined by the institution.

 

(d) Students who are not high school graduates.  In order for a student who does not have a certificate of graduation from a school providing secondary education, or the recognized equivalent of such certificate, to be eligible for any assistance under subparts 1, 3, and 4 of part A and parts B, C, and D of this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42, the student shall meet one of the following standards:

(1) The student shall take an independently administered examination and shall achieve a score, specified by the Secretary, demonstrating that such student can benefit from the education or training being offered.  Such examination shall be approved by the Secretary on the basis of compliance with such standards for development, administration, and scoring as the Secretary may prescribe in regulations.

(2) The student shall be determined as having the ability to benefit from the education or training in accordance with such process as the State shall prescribe. Any such process described or approved by a State for the purposes of this section shall be effective 6 months after the date of submission to the Secretary unless the Secretary disapproves such process.  In determining whether to approve or disapprove such process, the Secretary shall take into account the effectiveness of such process in enabling students without high school diplomas or the equivalent thereof to benefit from the instruction offered by institutions utilizing such process, and shall also take into account the cultural diversity, economic circumstances, and educational preparation of the populations served by the institutions.

(3) The student has completed a secondary school education in a home school setting that is treated as a home school or private school under State law.

(4) The student shall be determined by the institution of higher education as having the ability to benefit from the education or training offered by the institution of higher education upon satisfactory completion of six credit hours or the equivalent coursework that are applicable toward a degree or certificate offered by the institution of higher education.

 

(e) Certification for GSL eligibility.  Each eligible institution may certify student eligibility for a loan by an eligible lender under part B of this subchapter prior to completing the review for accuracy of the information submitted by the applicant required by regulations issued under this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of Title 42, if—

(1) checks for the loans are mailed to the eligible institution prior to disbursements;

(2) the disbursement is not made until the review is complete; and

(3) the eligible institution has no evidence or documentation on which the institution may base a determination that the information submitted by the applicant is incorrect.

 

(f) Loss of eligibility for violation of loan limits.

(1) No student shall be eligible to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance under this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42 if the eligible institution determines that the student fraudulently borrowed in violation of the annual loan limits under part B, part C, or part D of this subchapter in the same academic year, or if the student fraudulently borrowed in excess of the aggregate maximum loan limits under such part B, part C, or part D.

(2) If the institution determines that the student inadvertently borrowed amounts in excess of such annual or aggregate maximum loan limits, such institution shall allow the student to repay any amount borrowed in excess of such limits prior to certifying the student's eligibility for further assistance under this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42.

 

(g) Verification of immigration status.

(1) In general.  The Secretary shall implement a system under which the statements and supporting documentation, if required, of an individual declaring that such individual is in compliance with the requirements of subsection (a)(5) of this section shall be verified prior to the individual's receipt of a grant, loan, or work assistance under this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42.

(2) Special rule.  The documents collected and maintained by an eligible institution in the admission of a student to the institution may be used by the student in lieu of the documents used to establish both employment authorization and identity under section 1324a(b)(1)(B) of title 8 to verify eligibility to participate in work-study programs under part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42.

(3) Verification mechanisms.  The Secretary is authorized to verify such statements and supporting documentation through a data match, using an automated or other system, with other Federal agencies that may be in possession of information relevant to such statements and supporting documentation.

(4) Review.  In the case of such an individual who is not a citizen or national of the United States, if the statement described in paragraph (1) is submitted but the documentation required under paragraph (2) is not presented or if the documentation required under paragraph (2)(A) is presented but such documentation is not verified under paragraph (3)

(A) the institution—

(i)   shall provide a reasonable opportunity to submit to the institution evidence indicating a satisfactory immigration status, and

(ii)  may not delay, deny, reduce, or terminate the individual's eligibility for the grant, loan, or work assistance on the basis of the individual's immigration status until such a reasonable opportunity has been provided; and

(B) if there are submitted documents which the institution determines constitute reasonable evidence indicating such status—

(i)   the institution shall transmit to the Immigration and Naturalization Service either photostatic or other similar copies of such documents, or information from such documents, as specified by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, for official verification,

(ii)  pending such verification, the institution may not delay, deny, reduce, or terminate the individual's eligibility for the grant, loan, or work assistance on the basis of the individual's immigration status, and

(iii) the institution shall not be liable for the consequences of any action, delay, or failure of the Service to conduct such verification.

 

(h) Limitations of enforcement actions against institutions.  The Secretary shall not take any compliance, disallowance, penalty, or other regulatory action against an institution of higher education with respect to any error in the institution's determination to make a student eligible for a grant, loan, or work assistance based on citizenship or immigration status—

(1) if the institution has provided such eligibility based on a verification of satisfactory immigration status by the Immigration and Naturalization Service,

(2) because the institution, under subsection (g)(4)(A)(i) of this section, was required to provide a reasonable opportunity to submit documentation, or

(3) because the institution, under subsection (g)(4)(B)(i) of this section, was required to wait for the response of the Immigration and Naturalization Service to the institution's request for official verification of the immigration status of the student.

 

(i) Validity of loan guarantees for loan payments made before immigration status verification completed.  Notwithstanding subsection (h) of this section, if—

(1) a guaranty is made under this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42 for a loan made with respect to an individual,

(2) at the time the guaranty is entered into, the provisions of subsection (h) of this section had been complied with,

(3) amounts are paid under the loan subject to such guaranty, and

(4) there is a subsequent determination that, because of an unsatisfactory immigration status, the individual is not eligible for the loan,

 

the official of the institution making the determination shall notify and instruct the entity making the loan to cease further payments under the loan, but such guaranty shall not be voided or otherwise nullified with respect to such payments made before the date the entity receives the notice.

 

(j) [repealed]

 

(k) Special rule for correspondence courses.  A student shall not be eligible to receive grant, loan, or work assistance under this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42 for a correspondence course unless such course is part of a program leading to an associate, bachelor or graduate degree.

 

(l) Courses offered through distance education.

(1) Relation to correspondence courses.

(A) In general.  A student enrolled in a course of instruction at an institution of higher education that is offered principally through distance education and leads to a recognized certificate, or recognized associate, recognized baccalaureate, or recognized graduate degree, conferred by such institution, shall not be considered to be enrolled in correspondence courses.

(B) Exception.  An institution of higher education referred to in subparagraph (A) shall not include an institution or school described in section 2302(3)(C) of this title.

(2) Reductions of financial aid.  A student's eligibility to receive grants, loans, or work assistance under this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42 shall be reduced if a financial aid officer determines under the discretionary authority provided in section 1087tt of this title that distance education results in a substantially reduced cost of attendance to such student.

(3) Special rule.  For award years prior to July 1, 2008, the Secretary shall not take any compliance, disallowance, penalty, or other action based on a violation of this subsection against a student or an eligible institution when such action arises out of such institution's prior award of student assistance under this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42 if the institution demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Secretary that its course of instruction would have been in conformance with the requirements of this subsection.

 

(m) Students with a first baccalaureate or professional degree.  A student shall not be ineligible for assistance under parts B, C, and D of this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42 because such student has previously received a baccalaureate or professional degree.

 

(n) Data base matching.  To enforce the Selective Service registration provisions of section 12(f) of the Military Selective Service Act (50 U.S.C. App. 462(f)), the Secretary shall conduct data base matches with the Selective Service, using common demographic data elements.  Appropriate confirmation, through an application output document or through other means, of any person's registration shall fulfill the requirement to file a separate statement of compliance.  In the absence of a confirmation from such data matches, an institution may also use data or documents that support either the student's registration, or the absence of a registration requirement for the student, to fulfill the requirement to file a separate statement of compliance.  The mechanism for reporting the resolution of nonconfirmed matches shall be prescribed by the Secretary in regulations.

 

(o) Study abroad.  Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to limit or otherwise prohibit access to study abroad programs approved by the home institution at which a student is enrolled.  An otherwise eligible student who is engaged in a program of study abroad approved for academic credit by the home institution at which the student is enrolled shall be eligible to receive grant, loan, or work assistance under this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42, without regard to whether such study abroad program is required as part of the student's degree program.

 

(p) Verification of social security number.  The Secretary of Education, in cooperation with the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, shall verify any social security number provided by a student to an eligible institution under subsection (a)(4) of this section and shall enforce the following conditions:

(1) Except as provided in paragraphs (2) and (3), an institution shall not deny, reduce, delay, or terminate a student's eligibility for assistance under this part because social security number verification is pending.

(2) If there is a determination by the Secretary that the social security number provided to an eligible institution by a student is incorrect, the institution shall deny or terminate the student's eligibility for any grant, loan, or work assistance under this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42 until such time as the student provides documented evidence of a social security number that is determined by the institution to be correct.

(3) If there is a determination by the Secretary that the social security number provided to an eligible institution by a student is incorrect, and a correct social security number cannot be provided by such student, and a loan has been guaranteed for such student under part B of this subchapter, the institution shall notify and instruct the lender and guaranty agency making and guaranteeing the loan, respectively, to cease further disbursements of the loan, but such guaranty shall not be voided or otherwise nullified with respect to such disbursements made before the date that the lender and the guaranty agency receives such notice.

(4) Nothing in this subsection shall permit the Secretary to take any compliance, disallowance, penalty, or other regulatory action against—

(A) any institution of higher education with respect to any error in a social security number, unless such error was a result of fraud on the part of the institution; or

(B) any student with respect to any error in a social security number, unless such error was a result of fraud on the part of the student.

 

(q) Use of income data.

(1) Matching with IRS.  The Secretary, in cooperation with the Secretary of the Treasury, is authorized to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service such information reported on Federal income tax returns by applicants, or by any other person whose financial information is required to be provided on the Federal student financial aid application, as the Secretary determines is necessary for the purpose of—

(A) prepopulating the Federal student financial aid application described in section 1090 of this title; or

(B) verifying the information reported on such student financial aid applications.

(2) Consent.  The Secretary may require that applicants for financial assistance under this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42 provide a consent to the disclosure of the data described in paragraph (1) as a condition of the student receiving assistance under this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42.  The parents of an applicant, in the case of a dependent student, or the spouse of an applicant, in the case of an applicant who is married but files separately, may also be required to provide consent as a condition of the student receiving assistance under this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42.

 

(r) Suspension of eligibility for drug-related offenses.

(1) In general.  A student who is convicted of any offense under any Federal or State law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance for conduct that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving any grant, loan, or work assistance under this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42 shall not be eligible to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance under this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42 from the date of that conviction for the period of time specified in the following table:

 

If convicted of an offense involving:

 

The possession of a controlled substance:  Ineligibility period is:

First offense........................................1 year

Second offense....................................2 years

Third offense.......................................Indefinite.

 

The sale of a controlled substance:  Ineligibility period is:

First offense........................................2 years

Second offense................................... Indefinite.

 

(2) Rehabilitation.  A student whose eligibility has been suspended under paragraph (1) may resume eligibility before the end of the ineligibility period determined under such paragraph if—

(A) the student satisfactorily completes a drug rehabilitation program that—

(i)   complies with such criteria as the Secretary shall prescribe in regulations for purposes of this paragraph; and

(ii)  includes two unannounced drug tests;

(B) the student successfully passes two unannounced drug tests conducted by a drug rehabilitation program that complies with such criteria as the Secretary shall prescribe in regulations for purposes of paragraph (A)(i); or

(C) the conviction is reversed, set aside, or otherwise rendered nugatory.

(3) Definitions.  In this subsection, the term "controlled substance" has the meaning given the term in section 802(6) of title 21.

 

(s) Students with intellectual disabilities.

(1) Definitions.  In this subsection, the terms "comprehensive transition and postsecondary program for students with intellectual disabilities" and "student with intellectual disability" have the meanings given the terms in section 1140 of this title.

(2) Requirements.  Notwithstanding subsections (a), (b), (c), and (d), in order to receive a grant or work assistance under section 1070a of this title, subpart 3 of part A of this subchapter, or part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42, a student with an intellectual disability shall

(A) be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a comprehensive transition and postsecondary program for students with intellectual disabilities at an institution of higher education;

(B)  be maintaining satisfactory progress in the program as determined by the institution, in accordance with standards established by the institution; and

(C) meet the requirements of paragraphs (3), (4), (5), and (6) of subsections (a).

(3) Authority.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, unless such provision is enacted with specific reference to this section, the Secretary is authorized to waive any statutory provision applicable to the student financial assistance programs under section 1070a of this title, subpart 3 of part A of this subchapter, or part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42 (other than a provision of part E of this subchapter related to such a program), or any institutional eligibility provisions of this subchapter and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42, as the Secretary determines necessary to ensure that programs enrolling students with intellectual disabilities otherwise determined to be eligible under this subsection may receive such financial assistance.

(4) Regulations.  Notwithstanding regulations applicable to grant or work assistance under section 1070a of this title, subpart 3 of part A of this subchapter, or part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42 (other than a regulation under part E of this subchapter related to such an award), including with respect to eligible programs, instructional time, credit status, and enrollment status as described in section 1088 of this title, the Secretary shall promulgate regulations allowing programs enrolling students with intellectual disabilities otherwise determined to be eligible under this subsection to receive such awards.

(t) Data analysis on access to Federal student aid for certain populations.

(1) Development of the system.  Within one year of August 14, 2008, the Secretary shall analyze data from the FAFSA containing information regarding the number, characteristics, and circumstances of students denied Federal student aid based on a drug conviction while receiving Federal aid.

(2) Results from analysis.  The results from the analysis of such information shall be made available on a continuous basis via the Department website and the Digest of Education Statistics.

(3) Data updating.  The data analyzed under this subsection shall be updated at the beginning of each award year and at least one additional time during such award year.

(4) Report to Congress.  The Secretary shall prepare and submit to the authorizing committees, in each fiscal year, a report describing the results obtained by the establishment and operation of the data system authorized by this subsection.

 

20 U.S.C. § 1091  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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21 U.S.C. § 802                      Definitions

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

As used in this subchapter:

 

. . . .

 

(6) The term "controlled substance" means a drug or other substance, or immediate precursor, included in schedule I, II, III, IV, or V of part B of this subchapter.  The term does not include distilled spirits, wine, malt beverages, or tobacco, as those terms are defined or used in subtitle E of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

 

. . . .

 

21 U.S.C. § 802  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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21 U.S.C. § 812                      Schedules of controlled substances

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

(a) Establishment.  There are established five schedules of controlled substances, to be known as schedules I, II, III, IV, and V.  Such schedules shall initially consist of the substances listed in this section.  The schedules established by this section shall be updated and republished on a semiannual basis during the two-year period beginning one year after October 27, 1970, and shall be updated and republished on an annual basis thereafter.

 

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21 U.S.C. § 812  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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21 U.S.C. § 862                      Denial of Federal benefits to drug traffickers and possessors

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

(a) Drug traffickers.

(1) Any individual who is convicted of any Federal or State offense consisting of the distribution of controlled substances shall—

(A) at the discretion of the court, upon the first conviction for such an offense be ineligible for any or all Federal benefits for up to 5 years after such conviction;

(B) at the discretion of the court, upon a second conviction for such an offense be ineligible for any or all Federal benefits for up to 10 years after such conviction; and

(C) upon a third or subsequent conviction for such an offense be permanently ineligible for all Federal benefits.

(2) The benefits which are denied under this subsection shall not include benefits relating to long-term drug treatment programs for addiction for any person who, if there is a reasonable body of evidence to substantiate such declaration, declares himself to be an addict and submits himself to a long-term treatment program for addiction, or is deemed to be rehabilitated pursuant to rules established by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

 

(b) Drug possessors.

(1) Any individual who is convicted of any Federal or State offense involving the possession of a controlled substance (as such term is defined for purposes of this subchapter) shall—

(A) upon the first conviction for such an offense and at the discretion of the court—

(i)   be ineligible for any or all Federal benefits for up to one year;

(ii)  be required to successfully complete an approved drug treatment program which includes periodic testing to insure that the individual remains drug free;

(iii) be required to perform appropriate community service; or

(iv)  any combination of clause (i), (ii), or (iii); and

(B) upon a second or subsequent conviction for such an offense be ineligible for all Federal benefits for up to 5 years after such conviction as determined by the court.  The court shall continue to have the discretion in subparagraph (A) above.  In imposing penalties and conditions under subparagraph (A), the court may require that the completion of the conditions imposed by clause (ii) or (iii) be a requirement for the reinstatement of benefits under clause (i).

(2) The penalties and conditions which may be imposed under this subsection shall be waived in the case of a person who, if there is a reasonable body of evidence to substantiate such declaration, declares himself to be an addict and submits himself to a long-term treatment program for addiction, or is deemed to be rehabilitated pursuant to rules established by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

 

(c) Suspension of period of ineligibility.  The period of ineligibility referred to in subsections (a) and (b) of this section shall be suspended if the individual—

(A) completes a supervised drug rehabilitation program after becoming ineligible under this section;

(B) has otherwise been rehabilitated; or

(C) has made a good faith effort to gain admission to a supervised drug rehabilitation program, but is unable to do so because of inaccessibility or unavailability of such a program, or the inability of the individual to pay for such a program.

 

(d) Definitions.  As used in this section

(1) the term "Federal benefit"—

(A) means the issuance of any grant, contract, loan, professional license, or commercial license provided by an agency of the United States or by appropriated funds of the United States; and

(B) does not include any retirement, welfare, Social Security, health, disability, veterans benefit, public housing, or other similar benefit, or any other benefit for which payments or services are required for eligibility; and

(2) the term "veterans benefit" means all benefits provided to veterans, their families, or survivors by virtue of the service of a veteran in the Armed Forces of the United States.

 

(e) Inapplicability of this section to Government witnesses.  The penalties provided by this section shall not apply to any individual who cooperates or testifies with the Government in the prosecution of a Federal or State offense or who is in a Government witness protection program.

 

(f) Indian provision.  Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect the obligation of the United States to any Indian or Indian tribe arising out of any treaty, statute, Executive order, or the trust responsibility of the United States owing to such Indian or Indian tribe.  Nothing in this subsection shall exempt any individual Indian from the sanctions provided for in this section, provided that no individual Indian shall be denied any benefit under Federal Indian programs comparable to those described in subsection (d)(1)(B) or (d)(2) of this section.

 

(g) Presidential report.

(1) On or before May 1, 1989, the President shall transmit to the Congress a report—

(A) delineating the role of State courts in implementing this section;

(B) describing the manner in which Federal agencies will implement and enforce the requirements of this section;

(C) detailing the means by which Federal and State agencies, courts, and law enforcement agencies will exchange and share the data and information necessary to implement and enforce the withholding of Federal benefits; and

(D) recommending any modifications to improve the administration of this section or otherwise achieve the goal of discouraging the trafficking and possession of controlled substances.

(2) No later than September 1, 1989, the Congress shall consider the report of the President and enact such changes as it deems appropriate to further the goals of this section.

 

(h) Effective date.  The denial of Federal benefits set forth in this section shall take effect for convictions occurring after September 1, 1989.

 

21 U.S.C. § 862  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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26 U.S.C. § 152                      Dependent defined

(as effective for taxable years beginning after Dec. 31, 2004)

 

(a) In general.  For purposes of this subtitle, the term "dependent" means—

(1) a qualifying child, or

(2) a qualifying relative.

 

(b) Exceptions.  For purposes of this section

(1) Dependents ineligible.  If an individual is a dependent of a taxpayer for any taxable year of such taxpayer beginning in a calendar year, such individual shall be treated as having no dependents for any taxable year of such individual beginning in such calendar year.

(2) Married dependents.  An individual shall not be treated as a dependent of a taxpayer under subsection (a) if such individual has made a joint return with the individual's spouse under section 6013 for the taxable year beginning in the calendar year in which the taxable year of the taxpayer begins.

(3) Citizens or nationals of other countries.

(A) In general.  The term "dependent" does not include an individual who is not a citizen or national of the United States unless such individual is a resident of the United States or a country contiguous to the United States.

(B) Exception for adopted child.  Subparagraph (A) shall not exclude any child of a taxpayer (within the meaning of subsection (f)(1)(B)) from the definition of "dependent" if—

(i)   for the taxable year of the taxpayer, the child has the same principal place of abode as the taxpayer and is a member of the taxpayer's household, and

(ii)  the taxpayer is a citizen or national of the United States.

 

(c) Qualifying child.  For purposes of this section

(1) In general.  The term "qualifying child" means, with respect to any taxpayer for any taxable year, an individual—

(A) who bears a relationship to the taxpayer described in paragraph (2),

(B) who has the same principal place of abode as the taxpayer for more than one-half of such taxable year,

(C) who meets the age requirements of paragraph (3),

(D) who has not provided over one-half of such individual's own support for the calendar year in which the taxable year of the taxpayer begins, and

(E) who has not filed a joint return (other than only for a claim of refund) with the individual's spouse under section 6013 for the taxable year beginning in the calendar year in which the taxable year of the taxpayer begins.

(2) Relationship.  For purposes of paragraph (1)(A), an individual bears a relationship to the taxpayer described in this paragraph if such individual is—

(A) a child of the taxpayer or a descendant of such a child, or

(B) a brother, sister, stepbrother, or stepsister of the taxpayer or a descendant of any such relative.

(3) Age requirements.

(A) In general.  For purposes of paragraph (1)(C), an individual meets the requirements of this paragraph if such individual is younger than the taxpayer claiming such individual as a qualifying child and—

(i)   has not attained the age of 19 as of the close of the calendar year in which the taxable year of the taxpayer begins, or

(ii)  is a student who has not attained the age of 24 as of the close of such calendar year.

(B) Special rule for disabled.  In the case of an individual who is permanently and totally disabled (as defined in section 22(e)(3)) at any time during such calendar year, the requirements of subparagraph (A) shall be treated as met with respect to such individual.

(4) Special rule relating to 2 or more who can claim the same qualifying child.

(A) In general.  Except as provided in subparagraphs (B) and (C), if (but for this paragraph) an individual may be claimed as a qualifying child by 2 or more taxpayers for a taxable year beginning in the same calendar year, such individual shall be treated as the qualifying child of the taxpayer who is—

(i)   a parent of the individual, or

(ii)  if clause (i) does not apply, the taxpayer with the highest adjusted gross income for such taxable year.

(B) More than 1 parent claiming qualifying child.  If the parents claiming any qualifying child do not file a joint return together, such child shall be treated as the qualifying child of—

(i)   the parent with whom the child resided for the longest period of time during the taxable year, or

(ii)  if the child resides with both parents for the same amount of time during such taxable year, the parent with the highest adjusted gross income.

(C) No parent claiming qualifying child.  If the parents of an individual may claim such individual as a qualifying child but no parent so claims the individual, such individual may be claimed as the qualifying child of another taxpayer but only if the adjusted gross income of such taxpayer is higher than the highest adjusted gross income of any parent of the individual.

 

(d) Qualifying relative.  For purposes of this section

(1) In general.  The term "qualifying relative" means, with respect to any taxpayer for any taxable year, an individual—

(A) who bears a relationship to the taxpayer described in paragraph (2),

(B) whose gross income for the calendar year in which such taxable year begins is less than the exemption amount (as defined in section 151(d)),

(C) with respect to whom the taxpayer provides over one-half of the individual's support for the calendar year in which such taxable year begins, and

(D) who is not a qualifying child of such taxpayer or of any other taxpayer for any taxable year beginning in the calendar year in which such taxable year begins.

(2) Relationship.  For purposes of paragraph (1)(A), an individual bears a relationship to the taxpayer described in this paragraph if the individual is any of the following with respect to the taxpayer:

(A) A child or a descendant of a child.

(B) A brother, sister, stepbrother, or stepsister.

(C) The father or mother, or an ancestor of either.

(D) A stepfather or stepmother.

(E) A son or daughter of a brother or sister of the taxpayer.

(F) A brother or sister of the father or mother of the taxpayer.

(G) A son-in-law, daughter-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law.

(H) An individual (other than an individual who at any time during the taxable year was the spouse, determined without regard to section 7703, of the taxpayer) who, for the taxable year of the taxpayer, has the same principal place of abode as the taxpayer and is a member of the taxpayer's household.

(3) Special rule relating to multiple support agreements.  For purposes of paragraph (1)(C), over one-half of the support of an individual for a calendar year shall be treated as received from the taxpayer if—

(A) no one person contributed over one-half of such support,

(B) over one-half of such support was received from 2 or more persons each of whom, but for the fact that any such person alone did not contribute over one-half of such support, would have been entitled to claim such individual as a dependent for a taxable year beginning in such calendar year,

(C) the taxpayer contributed over 10 percent of such support, and

(D) each person described in subparagraph (B) (other than the taxpayer) who contributed over 10 percent of such support files a written declaration (in such manner and form as the Secretary may by regulations prescribe) that such person will not claim such individual as a dependent for any taxable year beginning in such calendar year.

(4) Special rule relating to income of handicapped dependents.

(A) In general.  For purposes of paragraph (1)(B), the gross income of an individual who is permanently and totally disabled (as defined in section 22(e)(3)) at any time during the taxable year shall not include income attributable to services performed by the individual at a sheltered workshop if—

(i)   the availability of medical care at such workshop is the principal reason for the individual's presence there, and

(ii)  the income arises solely from activities at such workshop which are incident to such medical care.

(B) Sheltered workshop defined.  For purposes of subparagraph (A), the term "sheltered workshop" means a school—

(i)   which provides special instruction or training designed to alleviate the disability of the individual, and

(ii)  which is operated by an organization described in section 501(c)(3) and exempt from tax under section 501(a), or by a State, a possession of the United States, any political subdivision of any of the foregoing, the United States, or the District of Columbia.

(5) Special rules for support.  For purposes of this subsection

(A) payments to a spouse which are includible in the gross income of such spouse under section 71 or 682 shall not be treated as a payment by the payor spouse for the support of any dependent, and

(B) in the case of the remarriage of a parent, support of a child received from the parent's spouse shall be treated as received from the parent.

 

(e) Special rule for divorced parents, etc.

(1) In general.  Notwithstanding subsection (c)(1)(B), (c)(4), or (d)(1)(C), if—

(A) a child receives over one-half of the child's support during the calendar year from the child's parents—

(i)   who are divorced or legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance,

(ii)  who are separated under a written separation agreement, or

(iii) who live apart at all times during the last 6 months of the calendar year, and—

(B) such child is in the custody of 1 or both of the child's parents for more than one-half of the calendar year, such child shall be treated as being the qualifying child or qualifying relative of the noncustodial parent for a calendar year if the requirements described in paragraph (2) or (3) are met.

(2) Exception where custodial parent releases claim to exemption for the year.  For purposes of paragraph (1), the requirements described in this paragraph are met with respect to any calendar year if—

(A) the custodial parent signs a written declaration (in such manner and form as the Secretary may by regulations prescribe) that such custodial parent will not claim such child as a dependent for any taxable year beginning in such calendar year, and

(B) the noncustodial parent attaches such written declaration to the noncustodial parent's return for the taxable year beginning during such calendar year.

(3) Exception for certain pre-1985 instruments.

(A) In general.  For purposes of paragraph (1), the requirements described in this paragraph are met with respect to any calendar year if—

(i)   a qualified pre‑1985 instrument between the parents applicable to the taxable year beginning in such calendar year provides that the noncustodial parent shall be entitled to any deduction allowable under section 151 for such child, and

(ii)  the noncustodial parent provides at least $600 for the support of such child during such calendar year.

 

For purposes of this subparagraph, amounts expended for the support of a child or children shall be treated as received from the noncustodial parent to the extent that such parent provided amounts for such support.

(B) Qualified pre‑1985 instrument.  For purposes of this paragraph, the term "qualified pre‑1985 instrument" means any decree of divorce or separate maintenance or written agreement—

(i)   which is executed before January 1, 1985,

(ii)  which on such date contains the provision described in subparagraph (A)(i), and

(iii) which is not modified on or after such date in a modification which expressly provides that this paragraph shall not apply to such decree or agreement.

(4) Custodial parent and noncustodial parent.  For purposes of this subsection

(A) Custodial parent.  The term "custodial parent" means the parent having custody for the greater portion of the calendar year.

(B) Noncustodial parent.  The term "noncustodial parent" means the parent who is not the custodial parent.

(5) Exception for multiple-support agreement.  This subsection shall not apply in any case where over one-half of the support of the child is treated as having been received from a taxpayer under the provision of subsection (d)(3).

(6) Special rule for support received from new spouse of parent.  For purposes of this subsection, in the case of the remarriage of a parent, support of a child received from the parent's spouse shall be treated as received from the parent.

 

(f) Other definitions and rules.  For purposes of this section

(1) Child defined.

(A) In general.  The term "child" means an individual who is—

(i)   a son, daughter, stepson, or stepdaughter of the taxpayer, or

(ii)  an eligible foster child of the taxpayer.

(B) Adopted child.  In determining whether any of the relationships specified in subparagraph (A)(i) or paragraph (4) exists, a legally adopted individual of the taxpayer, or an individual who is lawfully placed with the taxpayer for legal adoption by the taxpayer, shall be treated as a child of such individual by blood.

(C) Eligible foster child.  For purposes of subparagraph (A)(ii), the term "eligible foster child" means an individual who is placed with the taxpayer by an authorized placement agency or by judgment, decree, or other order of any court of competent jurisdiction.

(2) Student defined.  The term "student" means an individual who during each of 5 calendar months during the calendar year in which the taxable year of the taxpayer begins—

(A) is a full-time student at an educational organization described in section 170(b)(1)(A)(ii), or

(B) is pursuing a full-time course of institutional on-farm training under the supervision of an accredited agent of an educational organization described in section 170(b)(1)(A)(ii) or of a State or political subdivision of a State.

(3) Determination of household status.  An individual shall not be treated as a member of the taxpayer's household if at any time during the taxable year of the taxpayer the relationship between such individual and the taxpayer is in violation of local law.

(4) Brother and sister.  The terms "brother" and "sister" include a brother or sister by the half blood.

(5) Special support test in case of students.  For purposes of subsections (c)(1)(D) and (d)(1)(C), in the case of an individual who is—

(A) a child of the taxpayer, and

(B) a student,

 

amounts received as scholarships for study at an educational organization described in section 170(b)(1)(A)(ii) shall not be taken into account.

(6) Treatment of missing children.

(A) In general.  Solely for the purposes referred to in subparagraph (B), a child of the taxpayer—

(i)   who is presumed by law enforcement authorities to have been kidnapped by someone who is not a member of the family of such child or the taxpayer, and

(ii)  who had, for the taxable year in which the kidnapping occurred, the same principal place of abode as the taxpayer for more than one-half of the portion of such year before the date of the kidnapping,

 

shall be treated as meeting the requirement of subsection (c)(1)(B) with respect to a taxpayer for all taxable years ending during the period that the child is kidnapped.

(B) Purposes.  Subparagraph (A) shall apply solely for purposes of determining—

(i)   the deduction under section 151(c),

(ii)  the credit under section 24 (relating to child tax credit),

(iii) whether an individual is a surviving spouse or a head of a household (as such terms are defined in section 2), and

(iv)  the earned income credit under section 32.

(C) Comparable treatment of certain qualifying relatives.  For purposes of this section, a child of the taxpayer—

(i)   who is presumed by law enforcement authorities to have been kidnapped by someone who is not a member of the family of such child or the taxpayer, and

(ii)  who was (without regard to this paragraph) a qualifying relative of the taxpayer for the portion of the taxable year before the date of the kidnapping,

 

shall be treated as a qualifying relative of the taxpayer for all taxable years

ending during the period that the child is kidnapped.

(D) Termination of treatment.  Subparagraphs (A) and (C) shall cease to apply as of the first taxable year of the taxpayer beginning after the calendar year in which there is a determination that the child is dead (or, if earlier, in which the child would have attained age 18).

(7) Cross references.  For provision treating child as dependent of both parents for purposes of certain provisions, see sections 105(b), 132(h)(2)(B), and 213(d)(5).

 

26 U.S.C. § 152  (as effective for taxable years beginning after Dec. 31, 2004)

 

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28 U.S.C. § 1746                    Unsworn declarations under penalty of perjury

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

Wherever, under any law of the United States or under any rule, regulation, order, or requirement made pursuant to law, any matter is required or permitted to be supported, evidenced, established, or proved by the sworn declaration, verification, certificate, statement, oath, or affidavit, in writing of the person making the same (other than a deposition, or an oath of office, or an oath required to be taken before a specified official other than a notary public), such matter may, with like force and effect, be supported, evidenced, established, or proved by the unsworn declaration, certificate, verification, or statement, in writing of such person which is subscribed by him, as true under penalty of perjury, and dated, in substantially the following form:

(1) If executed without the United States:  "I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct.  Executed on (date).

                                                                        (Signature)".

(2) If executed within the United States, its territories, possessions, or commonwealths:  "I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.  Executed on (date).

                                                                        (Signature)".

 

28 U.S.C. § 1746  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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38 U.S.C. § 3532                    Computation of educational assistance allowance

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

(a)(1) The educational assistance allowance on behalf of an eligible person who is pursuing a program of education consisting of institutional courses shall be paid at the monthly rate of $788 for full-time, $592 for three-quarter-time, or $394 for half-time pursuit.

(2) The educational assistance allowance on behalf of an eligible person pursuing a program of education on less than a half-time basis shall be paid at the rate of the lesser of—

(A) the established charges for tuition and fees that the educational institution involved requires similarly circumstanced nonveterans enrolled in the same program to pay; or

(B) $788 per month for a full-time course.

 

(b) The educational assistance allowance to be paid on behalf of an eligible person who is pursuing a full-time program of education which consists of institutional courses and alternate phases of training in a business or industrial establishment with the training in the business or industrial establishment being strictly supplemental to the institutional portion, shall be computed at the rate of $788 per month.

 

(c)(1) An eligible person who is enrolled in an educational institution for a "farm cooperative" program consisting of institutional agricultural courses prescheduled to fall within forty-four weeks of any period of twelve consecutive months and who pursues such program on—

(A) a full-time basis (a minimum of ten clock hours per week or four hundred and forty clock hours in such year prescheduled to provide not less than eighty clock hours in any three-month period),

(B) a three-quarter-time basis (a minimum of seven clock hours per week), or

(C) a half-time basis (a minimum of five clock hours per week),

shall be eligible to receive an educational assistance allowance at the appropriate rate provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, if such eligible person is concurrently engaged in agricultural employment which is relevant to such institutional agricultural courses as determined under standards prescribed by the Secretary.  In computing the foregoing clock hour requirements there shall be included the time involved in field trips and individual and group instruction sponsored and conducted by the educational institution through a duly authorized instructor of such institution in which the person is enrolled.

(2) The monthly educational assistance allowance to be paid on behalf of an eligible person pursuing a farm cooperative program under this chapter shall be $636 for full-time, $477 for three-quarter-time, or $319 for half-time pursuit.

 

(d) If a program of education is pursued by an eligible person at an institution located in the Republic of the Philippines, the educational assistance allowance computed for such person under this section shall be paid at the rate of $0.50 for each dollar.

 

(e) In the case of an eligible person who is pursuing a program of education under this chapter while incarcerated in a Federal, State, local, or other penal institution or correctional facility for conviction of a felony, the educational assistance allowance shall be paid in the same manner prescribed in section 3482(g) of this title for incarcerated veterans, except that the references therein to the monthly educational assistance allowance prescribed for a veteran with no dependents shall be deemed to refer to the applicable allowance payable to an eligible person under corresponding provisions of this chapter or chapter 36 of this title, as determined by the Secretary.

 

(f)(1) Subject to paragraph (3), the amount of educational assistance payable under this chapter for a licensing or certification test described in section 3501(a)(5) of this title is the lesser of $2,000 or the fee charged for the test.

(2) The number of months of entitlement charged in the case of any individual for such licensing or certification test is equal to the number (including any fraction) determined by dividing the total amount paid to such individual for such test by the full-time monthly institutional rate of the educational assistance allowance which, except for paragraph (1), such individual would otherwise be paid under this chapter.

(3) In no event shall payment of educational assistance under this subsection for such a test exceed the amount of the individual's available entitlement under this chapter.

 

(g)(1) Subject to paragraph (3), the amount of educational assistance payable under this chapter for a national test for admission or national test providing an opportunity for course credit at institutions of higher learning described in section 3501(a)(5) of this title is the amount of the fee charged for the test.

(2) The number of months of entitlement charged in the case of any individual for a test described in paragraph (1) is equal to the number (including any fraction) determined by dividing the total amount of educational assistance paid such individual for such test by the full-time monthly institutional rate of educational assistance, except for paragraph (1), such individual would otherwise be paid under this chapter.

(3) In no event shall payment of educational assistance under this subsection for a test described in paragraph (1) exceed the amount of the individual's available entitlement under this chapter.

 

38 U.S.C. § 3532  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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42 U.S.C. § 423                      Disability insurance benefit payments

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

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(d) "Disability" defined.

(1) The term "disability" means

(A) inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months; or

(B) in the case of an individual who has attained the age of 55 and is blind  (within the meaning of "blindness" as defined in section 416(i)(1) of this title), inability by reason of such blindness to engage in substantial gainful activity requiring skills or abilities comparable to those of any gainful activity in which he has previously engaged with some regularity and over a substantial period of time.

(2) For purposes of paragraph (1)(A)

(A) An individual shall be determined to be under a disability only if his physical or mental impairment or impairments are of such severity that he is not only unable to do his previous work but cannot, considering his age, education, and work experience, engage in any other kind of substantial gainful work which exists in the national economy, regardless of whether such work exists in the immediate area in which he lives, or whether a specific job vacancy exists for him, or whether he would be hired if he applied for work.  For purposes of the preceding sentence (with respect to any individual), "work which exists in the national economy" means work which exists in significant numbers either in the region where such individual lives or in several regions of the country.

(B) In determining whether an individual's physical or mental impairment or impairments are of a sufficient medical severity that such impairment or impairments could be the basis of eligibility under this section, the Commissioner of Social Security shall consider the combined effect of all of the individual's impairments without regard to whether any such impairment, if considered separately, would be of such severity.  If the Commissioner of Social Security does find a medically severe combination of impairments, the combined impact of the impairments shall be considered throughout the disability determination process.

(C) An individual shall not be considered to be disabled for purposes of this subchapter if alcoholism or drug addiction would (but for this subparagraph) be a contributing factor material to the Commissioner's determination that the individual is disabled.

(3) For purposes of this subsection, a "physical or mental impairment" is an impairment that results from anatomical, physiological, or psychological abnormalities which are demonstrable by medically acceptable clinical and laboratory diagnostic techniques.

(4)(A) The Commissioner of Social Security shall by regulations prescribe the criteria for determining when services performed or earnings derived from services demonstrate an individual's ability to engage in substantial gainful activity.  No individual who is blind shall be regarded as having demonstrated an ability to engage in substantial gainful activity on the basis of earnings that do not exceed an amount equal to the exempt amount which would be applicable under section 403(f)(8) of this title, to individuals described in subparagraph (D) thereof, if section 102 of the Senior Citizens' Right to Work Act of 1996 had not been enacted.  Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (2), an individual whose services or earnings meet such criteria shall, except for purposes of section 422(c) of this title, be found not to be disabled.  In determining whether an individual is able to engage in substantial gainful activity by reason of his earnings, where his disability is sufficiently severe to result in a functional limitation requiring assistance in order for him to work, there shall be excluded from such earnings an amount equal to the cost (to such individual) of any attendant care services, medical devices, equipment, prostheses, and similar items and services (not including routine drugs or routine medical services unless such drugs or services are necessary for the control of the disabling condition) which are necessary (as determined by the Commissioner of Social Security in regulations) for that purpose, whether or not such assistance is also needed to enable him to carry out his normal daily functions;  except that the amounts to be excluded shall be subject to such reasonable limits as the Commissioner of Social Security may prescribe.

(B) In determining under subparagraph (A) when services performed or earnings derived from services demonstrate an individual's ability to engage in substantial gainful activity, the Commissioner of Social Security shall apply the criteria described in subparagraph (A) with respect to services performed by any individual without regard to the legality of such services.

(5)(A) An individual shall not be considered to be under a disability unless he furnishes such medical and other evidence of the existence thereof as the Commissioner of Social Security may require.  An individual's statement as to pain or other symptoms shall not alone be conclusive evidence of disability as defined in this section; there must be medical signs and findings, established by medically acceptable clinical or laboratory diagnostic techniques, which show the existence of a medical impairment that results from anatomical, physiological, or psychological abnormalities which could reasonably be expected to produce the pain or other symptoms alleged and which, when considered with all evidence required to be furnished under this paragraph (including statements of the individual or his physician as to the intensity and persistence of such pain or other symptoms which may reasonably be accepted as consistent with the medical signs and findings), would lead to a conclusion that the individual is under a disability.  Objective medical evidence of pain or other symptoms established by medically acceptable clinical or laboratory techniques (for example, deteriorating nerve or muscle tissue) must be considered in reaching a conclusion as to whether the individual is under a disability.  Any non-Federal hospital, clinic, laboratory, or other provider of medical services, or physician not in the employ of the Federal Government, which supplies medical evidence required and requested by the Commissioner of Social Security under this paragraph shall be entitled to payment from the Commissioner of Social Security for the reasonable cost of providing such evidence.

(B) In making any determination with respect to whether an individual is under a disability or continues to be under a disability, the Commissioner of Social Security shall consider all evidence available in such individual's case record, and shall develop a complete medical history of at least the preceding twelve months for any case in which a determination is made that the individual is not under a disability.  In making any determination the Commissioner of Social Security shall make every reasonable effort to obtain from the individual's treating physician (or other treating health care provider) all medical evidence, including diagnostic tests, necessary in order to properly make such determination, prior to evaluating medical evidence obtained from any other source on a consultative basis.

(6)(A) Notwithstanding any other provision of this subchapter, any physical or mental impairment which arises in connection with the commission by an individual (after October 19, 1980) of an offense which constitutes a felony under applicable law and for which such individual is subsequently convicted, or which is aggravated in connection with such an offense (but only to the extent so aggravated), shall not be considered in determining whether an individual is under a disability.

(B) Notwithstanding any other provision of this subchapter, any physical or mental impairment which arises in connection with an individual's confinement in a jail, prison, or other penal institution or correctional facility pursuant to such individual's conviction of an offense (committed after October 19, 1980) constituting a felony under applicable law, or which is aggravated in connection with such a confinement (but only to the extent so aggravated), shall not be considered in determining whether such individual is under a disability for purposes of benefits payable for any month during which such individual is so confined.

 

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42 U.S.C. § 423  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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42 U.S.C. § 3782                    Rules, regulations, and procedures; consultations and establishment

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

(a) General authorization of certain Federal agencies.  The Office of Justice Programs, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and the National Institute of Justice are authorized, after appropriate consultation with representatives of States and units of local government, to establish such rules, regulations, and procedures as are necessary to the exercise of their functions, and as are consistent with the stated purposes of this title [chapter].

 

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42 U.S.C. § 3782  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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42 U.S.C. § 3787                    Subpoena power; employment of hearing officers; authority to hold hearings

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

The Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National Institute of Justice, and the Bureau of Justice Statistics may appoint such hearing examiners or administrative law judges or request the use of such administrative law judges selected by the Office of Personnel Management pursuant to section 3344 of Title 5, as shall be necessary to carry out their respective powers and duties under this title [chapter].  The Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National Institute of Justice, and the Bureau of Justice Statistics or upon authorization, any member thereof or any hearing examiner or administrative law judge assigned to or employed thereby shall have the power to hold hearings and issue subpoenas, administer oaths, examine witnesses, and receive evidence at any place in the United States they respectively may designate.

 

 

42 U.S.C. § 3787  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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42 U.S.C. § 3788                    Personnel and administrative authority

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

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(b) Use of available services; reimbursement.  The Office [of Justice Programs], the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National Institute of Justice, and the Bureau of Justice Statistics are authorized, on a reimbursable basis when appropriate, to use the available services, equipment, personnel, and facilities of Federal, State, and local agencies to the extent deemed appropriate after giving due consideration to the effectiveness of such existing services, equipment, personnel, and facilities.

 

(c) Other Federal agency performance of functions under this chapter; reimbursement.  The Office [of Justice Programs], the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National Institute of Justice, and the Bureau of Justice Statistics may arrange with and reimburse the heads of other Federal departments and agencies for the performance of any of the functions under this title [chapter].

 

(d) Experts and consultants; compensation.  The Office [of Justice Programs], the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National Institute of Justice, and the Bureau of Justice Statistics may procure the services of experts and consultants in accordance with section 3109 of title 5, United States Code, relating to appointments in the Federal service, at rates of compensation for individuals not to exceed the daily equivalent of the rate of pay payable from time to time for GS‑18 of the General Schedule under section 5332 of title 5, United States Code.

 

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42 U.S.C. § 3788  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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42 U.S.C. § 3791                    General provisions

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

(a) Definitions.  As used in this title [chapter]

 

. . .

 

(2) "State" means any State of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands . . .;

(3) "unit of local government" means—

(A) any city, county, township, town, borough, parish, village, or other general purpose political subdivision of a State;

(B) any law enforcement district or judicial enforcement district that—

(i)   is established under applicable State law; and

(ii)  has the authority to, in a manner independent of other State entities, establish a budget and impose taxes;

(C) an Indian Tribe that performs law enforcement functions, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior; or

(D) for the purposes of assistance eligibility, any agency of the government of the District of Columbia or the Federal Government that performs law enforcement functions in and for—

(i)   the District of Columbia; or

(ii)  any Trust Territory of the United States;

 

. . .

 

(7) "correctional facility" means any place for the confinement or rehabilitation of offenders or individuals charged with or convicted of criminal offenses;

 

. . .

 

(15) "Attorney General" means the Attorney General of the United States or his designee;

 

. . .

 

(26) the term "Indian tribe" has the meaning given the term "Indian tribe" in section 450b(e) of title 25; . . . .

 

 

42 U.S.C. § 3791  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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42 U.S.C. § 3793                    Authorization of appropriations

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

(a)

. . .

(4) There are authorized to be appropriated for each fiscal year such sums as may be necessary to carry out part L [subchapter XII] of this title [chapter].

. . .

 

(b) Funds appropriated for any fiscal year may remain available for obligation until expended.

 

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42 U.S.C. § 3793  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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42 U.S.C. § 3795a                  Falsification or concealment of facts

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

Whoever knowingly and willfully falsifies, conceals, or covers up by trick, scheme, or device, any material fact in any application for assistance submitted pursuant to this title [chapter] or in any records required to be maintained pursuant to this title shall be subject to prosecution under the provisions of section 1001 of title 18, United States Code.

 

 

42 U.S.C. § 3795a  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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42 U.S.C.                                            The Public Health and Welfare

            Chapter 68                  Disaster Relief

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

Sec. 5121.       Congressional findings and declarations

 

through

 

Sec. 5206.       Buy American

 

 

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Higher Education Act of 1965, Pub. L. No. 89‑329, § 481, as in effect on Oct. 3, 1996

 

Sec. 481.         Definitions

 

(a) Institution of higher education

(1) Subject to paragraphs (2) through (4) of this subsection, the term "institution of higher education" for purposes of [subchapter IV of chapter 28 of title 20, United States Code] and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of title 42 [of such Code] includes, in addition to the institutions covered by the definition in section 1141(a) of [such title 20]—

(A) a proprietary institution of higher education;

(B) a postsecondary vocational institution; and

(C) only for the purposes of part B of [such subchapter IV], an institution outside the United States which is comparable to an institution of higher education as defined in section 1141(a) of [such title 20] and which has been approved by the Secretary for the purpose of part B of [such subchapter IV].

(2)(A) For the purpose of qualifying as an institution under paragraph (1)(C) of this subsection, the Secretary shall establish criteria by regulation for the approval of institutions outside the United States and for the determination that such institutions are comparable to an institution of higher education as defined in section 1141(a) of [such title 20].  In the case of a graduate medical school outside the United States, such criteria shall include a requirement that a student attending a graduate medical school outside the United States is ineligible for loans made, insured, or guaranteed under part B of [such subchapter IV] unless—

(i)(I)   at least 60 percent of those enrolled and at least 60 percent of the graduates of the graduate medical school outside the United States were not persons described in section 1091(a)(5) of [such title 20] in the year preceding the year for which a student is seeking a loan under part B of [such subchapter IV]; and

(II)  at least 60 percent of the individuals who were students or graduates of the graduate medical school outside the United States (both nationals of the United States and others) taking the examinations administered by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates received a passing score in the year preceding the year for which a student is seeking a loan under part B of [such subchapter IV]; or

(ii)  the institution's clinical training program was approved by a State as of January 1, 1992.

(B) For the purpose of qualifying as an institution under paragraph (1)(C), the Secretary shall establish an advisory panel of medical experts which shall—

(i)   evaluate the standards of accreditation applied to applicant foreign medical schools; and

(ii)  determine the comparability of those standards to standards for accreditation applied to United States medical schools.

 

If such accreditation standards are determined not to be comparable, the foreign medical school shall be required to meet the requirements of section 1141(a) of [such title 20].

(C) The failure of an institution outside the United States to provide, release, or authorize release to the Secretary of such information as may be required by subparagraph (A) of this paragraph shall render such institution ineligible for the purpose of part B of [such subchapter IV].

(D) The Secretary shall, not later than one year after July 23, 1992, prepare and submit to the Committee on Education and Labor of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Labor and Human Resources of the Senate a report on the implementation of the regulations required by subparagraph (A) of this paragraph.

(E) If, pursuant to this paragraph, an institution loses eligibility to participate in the programs under [such subchapter IV] and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of [such] title 42, then a student enrolled at such institution may, notwithstanding such loss of eligibility, continue to be eligible to receive a loan under part B of [such subchapter IV] while attending such institution for the academic year succeeding the academic year in which such loss of eligibility occurred.

(3) An institution shall not be considered to meet the definition of an institution of higher education in paragraph (1), if such institution—

(A) offers more than 50 percent of such institution's courses by correspondence, unless the institution is an institution that meets the definition in section 2471(4)(C) of [such title 20];

(B) enrolls 50 percent or more of its students in correspondence courses, unless the institution is an institution that meets the definition in such section, except that the Secretary, at the request of such institution, may waive the applicability of this subparagraph to such institution for good cause, as determined by the Secretary in the case of an institution of higher education that provides a 2-year or 4-year program of instruction for which the institution awards an associate or baccalaureate degree;

(C) has a student enrollment in which more than 25 percent of the students are incarcerated, except that the Secretary may waive the prohibition of this subparagraph for a nonprofit institution that provides a 4‑year or a 2‑year program of instruction (or both) for which it awards a bachelor's or associate's degree, respectively; or

(D) has a student enrollment in which more than 50 percent of the students do not have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent and does not provide a 4‑year or a 2‑year program of instruction (or both) for which it awards a bachelor's or associate's degree, respectively, except that the Secretary may waive the limitation contained in this subparagraph if a nonprofit institution demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Secretary that it exceeds such limitation because it serves, through contracts with Federal, State, or local government agencies, significant numbers of students who do not have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent.

(4) An institution shall not be considered to meet the definition of an institution of higher education in paragraph (1) if—

(A) the institution, or an affiliate of the institution that has the power, by contract or ownership interest, to direct or cause the direction of the management or policies of the institution, has filed for bankruptcy; or

(B) the institution, its owner, or its chief executive officer has been convicted of, or has pled nolo contendere or guilty to, a crime involving the acquisition, use, or expenditure of funds under [such subchapter IV] or part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of [such] title 42, or has been judicially determined to have committed fraud involving funds under [such subchapter IV] or part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of [such] title 42.

(5) The Secretary shall certify an institution's qualification as an institution of higher education in accordance with the requirements of subpart 3 of part G of [such subchapter IV].

(6) An institution of higher education shall not be considered to meet the definition of an institution of higher education in paragraph (1) if such institution is removed from eligibility for funds under [such subchapter IV] and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of [such] title 42, as a result of an action pursuant to part G of [such subchapter IV].

 

(b) Proprietary institution of higher education

For the purpose of this section, the term "proprietary institution of higher education" means a school

(1) which provides an eligible program of training to prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation,

(2) which meets the requirements of clauses (1) and (2) of section 1141(a) of [such title 20],

(3) which does not meet the requirement of clause (4) of section 1141(a) of [such title 20],

(4) which is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association approved by the Secretary pursuant to part G of [such subchapter IV],

(5) which has been in existence for at least 2 years.  Such term also includes a proprietary educational institution in any State which, in lieu of the requirement in clause (1) of section 1141(a) of [such title 20], admits as regular students persons who are beyond the age of compulsory school attendance in the State in which the institution is located and

(6) which has at least 15 percent of its revenues from sources that are not derived from funds provided under [such subchapter IV] and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of [such] title 42, as determined in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Secretary.

 

(c) Postsecondary vocational institution

For the purpose of this section, the term "postsecondary vocational institution" means a school

(1) which provides an eligible program of training to prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation,

(2) which meets the requirements of clauses (1), (2), (4), and (5) of section 1141(a) of [such title 20], and

(3) which has been in existence for at least 2 years.

 

Such term also includes an educational institution in any State which, in lieu of the requirement in clause (1) of section 1141(a) of [such title 20], admits as regular students persons who are beyond the age of compulsory school attendance in the State in which the institution is located.

 

(d) Academic and award year

(1) For the purpose of any program under [such subchapter IV] and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of [such] title 42, the term "award year" shall be defined as the period beginning July 1 and ending June 30 of the following year.

(2) For the purpose of any program under [such subchapter IV] and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of [such] title 42, the term "academic year" shall require a minimum of 30 weeks of instructional time, and, with respect to an undergraduate course of study, shall require that during such minimum period of instructional time a full-time student is expected to complete at least 24 semester or trimester hours or 36 quarter hours at an institution that measures program length in credit hours, or at least 900 clock hours at an institution that measures program length in clock hours.  The Secretary may reduce such minimum of 30 weeks to not less than 26 weeks for good cause, as determined by the Secretary on a case-by-case basis, in the case of an institution of higher education that provides a 2‑year or 4‑year program of instruction for which the institution awards an associate or baccalaureate degree.

 

(e) Eligible program

(1) For purposes of this [subchapter IV] and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of [such] title 42, the term "eligible program" means a program of at least—

(A) 600 clock hours of instruction, 16 semester hours, or 24 quarter hours, offered during a minimum of 15 weeks, in the case of a program that—

(i)   provides a program of training to prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized profession; and

(ii)  admits students who have not completed the equivalent of an associate degree; or

(B) 300 clock hours of instruction, 8 semester hours, or 12 hours, offered during a minimum of 10 weeks, in the case of—

(i)   an undergraduate program that requires the equivalent of an associate degree for admissions; or

(ii)  a graduate or professional program.

(2)(A) A program is an eligible program for purposes of part B of [such subchapter IV] if it is a program of at least 300 clock hours of instruction, but less than 600 clock hours of instruction, offered during a minimum of 10 weeks, that—

(i)   has a verified completion rate of at least 70 percent, as determined in accordance with the regulations of the Secretary;

(ii)  has a verified placement rate of at least 70 percent, as determined in accordance with the regulations of the Secretary; and

(iii) satisfies such further criteria as the Secretary may prescribe by regulation.

(B) In the case of a program being determined eligible for the first time under this paragraph, such determination shall be made by the Secretary before such program is considered to have satisfied the requirements of this paragraph.

 

(f) Third party servicer

For purposes of this [subchapter IV] and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of [such] title 42, the term "third party servicer" means any individual, or any State, or private, profit or nonprofit organization which enters into a contract with—

(1) any eligible institution of higher education to administer, through either manual or automated processing, any aspect of such institution's student assistance programs under [such subchapter IV] and part C of subchapter I of chapter 34 of [such] title 42; or

(2) any guaranty agency, or any eligible lender, to administer, through either manual or automated processing, any aspect of such guaranty agency's or lender's student loan programs under part B of this subchapter, including originating, guaranteeing, monitoring, processing, servicing, or collecting loans.

 

Pub. L. No. 89‑329, § 481, as in effect on Oct. 3, 1986

 

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Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, Pub. L. No. 90‑351, tit. XI, § 1601, 82 Stat. 197, 239

 

Sec. 1601.       If the provisions of any part of this Act or any amendments made thereby or the application thereof to any person or circumstances be held invalid, the provisions of the other parts and their application to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby.

 

 

Pub. L. No. 90‑351

 

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Public Safety Officers' Benefits Act of 1976, Pub. L. No. 94‑430, §§ 3 to 6, 90 Stat. 1346, 1348

(signed into law by the President on September 29, 1976)

 

Sec. 3.             Section 520 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, as amended, is amended by adding at the end thereof the following new subsection:

"(c) There are authorized to be appropriated in each fiscal year such sums as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of part J.".

 

Sec. 4. The authority to make payments under part J of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (as added by section 2 of this Act) shall be effective only to the extent provided for in advance by appropriation Acts.

 

Sec. 5.             If the provisions of any part of this Act are found invalid, the provisions of the other parts and their application to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby.

 

Sec. 6.             The amendments made by this Act shall become effective and apply to deaths occurring from injuries sustained on or after the date of enactment of this Act.

 

 

Pub. L. No. 94‑430

 

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Justice Assistance Act of 1984, Pub. L. No. 98‑473, tit. II, § 609AA, 98 Stat. 1837, 2107

 

Sec. 609AA.   Effective Dates

 

. . . .

 

(b)(1) The amendment made by section 609F shall take effect on October 1, 1984, and shall not apply with respect to injuries sustained before October 1, 1984.

 

. . . .

 

Pub. L. No. 98‑473

 

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Department of Justice Appropriation Act, 1987, Pub. L. No. 99‑500, § 101(b), tit. II, 100 Stat. 1783

 

(section 207 signed into law by the President on October 18, 1986)

 

Pub. L. No. 99‑500

 

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Crime Control Act of 1990, Pub. L. No. 101‑647, § 1303, 104 Stat. 4789, 4835

 

(signed into law by the President on November 29, 1990)

 

Sec. 1303.       Effective Date.—The amendments made by this title shall take effect upon enactment and shall not apply with respect to injuries occurring before the effective date of such amendments.

 

Pub. L. No. 101‑647

 

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Federal Law Enforcement Dependents Assistance Act of 1996, Pub. L. No. 104‑238, 110 Stat. 3114

 

(signed into law by the President on October 3, 1996)

 

Pub. L. No. 104‑238

 

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Police, Fire, and Emergency Officers Educational Assistance Act of 1996, Pub. L. No. 105‑390, 112 Stat. 3495

 

(signed into law by the President on November 13, 1998)

 

Pub. L. No. 105‑390

 

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Pub. L. No. 106‑276, 114 Stat. 812, 812 (Oct. 2, 2000)

 

An Act

To amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to extend the retroactive eligibility dates for financial assistance for higher education for spouses and dependent children of Federal, State, and local law enforcement officers who are killed in the line of duty.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States

of America in Congress assembled,

 

Sec. 1.             Extension of retroactive eligibility dates for financial assistance for higher education for spouses and children of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.                    

 

(a) In General.—Section 1216(a) of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796d‑5(a)) is amended—

(1) by striking "May 1, 1992", and inserting "January 1, 1978,"; and

(2) by striking "October 1, 1997", and inserting "January 1, 1978,".

(b) Effective Date.—The amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect October 1, 1999.

 

Pub. L. No. 106‑276

 

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Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, Pub. L. No. 106‑390, § 305, 114 Stat. 1552, 1573 ‑ 1574

 

(signed into law by the President on October 30, 2000)

 

Sec. 305.         Effective Date.

 

. . . .

 

(b) Effective Date.—The amendment made by subsection (a) applies only to employees described in subparagraphs (B) or (C) of section 1204(7) of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (as amended by subsection (a)) who are injured or die in the line of duty on or after the date of enactment of this Act.

 

Pub. L. No. 106‑390

 

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Pub. L. No. 107‑37, 115 Stat. 219, 219 (Sept. 18, 2001), as amended by Pub. L. No. 107‑56

 

An Act

To provide for the expedited payment of certain benefits for a public safety officer who was killed or suffered a catastrophic injury as a direct and proximate result of a personal injury sustained in the line of duty in connection with the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States

of America in Congress assembled,

 

Sec. 1.             Expedited payment for heroic public safety officers.

 

Notwithstanding the limitations of subsection (b) of section 1201 or the provisions of subsections (c), (d), and (e) of such section or section 1202 of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796, 3796a), upon certification (containing identification of all eligible payees of benefits pursuant to section 1201) by a public agency that a public safety officer employed by such agency was killed or suffered a catastrophic injury producing permanent and total disability as a direct and proximate result of a personal injury sustained in the line of duty as described in section 1201 of such Act in connection with the rescue or recovery efforts related to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance shall authorize payment to qualified beneficiaries, said payment to be made not later than 30 days after receipt of such certification, benefits [sic] described under subpart 1 of part L of [title I of] such Act (42 U.S.C. 3796 et seq.).

 

 

Sec. 2.             Definitions.

 

For purposes of this Act, the terms "catastrophic injury", "public agency", and "public safety officer" have the same meanings given such terms in section 1204 of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796b).

 

Pub. L. No. 107‑37, as amended by Pub. L. No. 107‑56

 

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USA PATRIOT Act, Pub. L. No. 107‑56, §§ 2, 612, 115 Stat. 272, 275, 369 (2001)

 

(signed into law by the President on October 26, 2001)

 

Sec. 2.                         Construction; severability.

 

Any provision of this Act held to be invalid or unenforceable by its terms, or as applied to any person or circumstance, shall be construed so as to give it the maximum effect permitted by law, unless such holding shall be one of utter invalidity or unenforceability, in which event such provision shall be deemed severable from this Act and shall not affect the remainder thereof or the application of such provision to other persons not similarly situated or to other, dissimilar circumstances.

 

. . .

 

Sec. 612.         Technical correction with respect to expedited payments for heroic public safety officers.

 

Section 1 of Public Law 107‑37 (an Act to provide for the expedited payment of certain benefits for a public safety officer who was killed or suffered a catastrophic injury as a direct and proximate result of a personal injury sustained in the line of duty in connection with the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001) is amended by—

(1) inserting before "by a" the following:  "(containing identification of all eligible payees of benefits pursuant to section 1201)";

(2) inserting "producing permanent and total disability" after "suffered a catastrophic injury"; and

(3) striking "1201(a)" and inserting "1201".

 

Pub. L. No. 107‑56

 

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Mychal Judge Police and Fire Chaplains Public Safety Officers' Benefit Act of 2002, Pub. L. No. 107‑196, § 2, 116 Stat. 719, 719

 

Sec. 2.             Benefits for Chaplains.

 

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(c) Effective Date.—The amendments made by this section shall take effect on September 11, 2001, and shall apply to injuries or deaths that occur in the line of duty on or after such date.

 

Pub. L. No. 107‑196

 

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Hometown Heroes Survivors Benefits Act of 2003, Pub. L. No. 108‑182, 117 Stat. 2649

 

(signed into law by the President on December 15, 2003)

 

Pub. L. No. 108‑182

 

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Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act, 2006, Pub. L. No. 109‑162, § 1164, 119 Stat. 2960, 3120

 

(signed into law by the President on January 5, 2006)

 

Sec. 1164.       Clarification of persons eligible for benefits under public safety officers' death benefits programs.

 

. . . .

 

(d) Designation of Beneficiary.—Section 1201(a)(4) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 3796(a)(4)) is amended to read as follows:

 

"(4) if there is no surviving spouse or surviving child

"(A) in the case of a claim made on or after the date that is 90 days after the date of enactment of this subparagraph, to the individual designated by such officer as beneficiary under this section in such officer's most recently executed designation of beneficiary on file at the time of death with such officer's public safety agency, organization, or unit, provided that such individual survived such officer; or

"(B) if there is no individual qualifying under subparagraph (A), to the individual designated by such officer as beneficiary under such officer's most recently executed life insurance policy on file at the time of death with such officer's public safety agency, organization, or unit, provided that such individual survived such officer; or".

 

. . . .

 

Pub. L. No. 109‑162

 

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28 C.F.R. § 0.94‑1                  Bureau of Justice Assistance

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

(a) The Bureau of Justice Assistance is headed by a Director . . . .  Under the general authority of the Attorney General and reporting through the Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, the Director performs functions and administers programs . . . .  The Director also administers the Public Safety Officers' Death Benefits Program under 42 U.S.C. 3796, et seq.

 

. . . .

 

28 C.F.R. § 0.94‑1  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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Fed. R. Evid. 301        Presumptions in General in Civil Actions and Proceedings

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

In all civil actions and proceedings not otherwise provided for by Act of Congress or by these rules, a presumption imposes on the party against whom it is directed the burden of going forward with evidence to rebut or meet the presumption, but does not shift to such party the burden of proof in the sense of the risk of nonpersuasion, which remains throughout the trial upon the party on whom it was originally cast.

 

Fed. R. Evid. 301  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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Fed. R. Evid. 401        Definition of "Relevant Evidence"

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

"Relevant evidence" means evidence having any tendency to make the existence of any fact that is of consequence to the determination of the action more probable or less probable than it would be without the evidence.

 

Fed. R. Evid. 401  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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Fed. R. Evid. 402                    Relevant Evidence Generally Admissible; Irrelevant Evidence Inadmissible

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

All relevant evidence is admissible, except as otherwise provided by the Constitution of the United States, by Act of Congress, by these rules, or by other rules prescribed by the Supreme Court pursuant to statutory authority.  Evidence which is not relevant is not admissible.

 

Fed. R. Evid. 402  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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Fed. R. Evid. 602 ‑ 604

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

Rule 602. Lack of Personal Knowledge

 

A witness may not testify to a matter unless evidence is introduced sufficient to support a finding that the witness has personal knowledge of the matter.  Evidence to prove personal knowledge may, but need not, consist of the witness' own testimony.  This rule is subject to the provisions of rule 703, relating to opinion testimony by expert witnesses.

 

 

Rule 603. Oath or Affirmation

 

Before testifying, every witness shall be required to declare that the witness will testify truthfully, by oath or affirmation administered in a form calculated to awaken the witness' conscience and impress the witness' mind with the duty to do so.

 

 

Rule 604. Interpreters

 

An interpreter is subject to the provisions of these rules relating to qualification as an expert and the administration of an oath or affirmation to make a true translation.

 

Fed. R. Evid. 602 ‑ 604  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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Fed. R. Evid. 701 ‑ 704

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

Rule 701. Opinion Testimony by Lay Witnesses

 

If the witness is not testifying as an expert, the witness' testimony in the form of opinions or inferences is limited to those opinions or inferences which are (a) rationally based on the perception of the witness, (b) helpful to a clear understanding of the witness' testimony or the determination of a fact in issue, and (c) not based on scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge within the scope of Rule 702.

 

 

Rule 702. Testimony by Experts

 

If scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge will assist the trier of fact to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue, a witness qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education, may testify thereto in the form of an opinion or otherwise, if (1) the testimony is based upon sufficient facts or data, (2) the testimony is the product of reliable principles and methods, and (3) the witness has applied the principles and methods reliably to the facts of the case.

 

 

Rule 703. Bases of Opinion Testimony by Experts

 

The facts or data in the particular case upon which an expert bases an opinion or inference may be those perceived by or made known to the expert at or before the hearing.  If of a type reasonably relied upon by experts in the particular field in forming opinions or inferences upon the subject, the facts or data need not be admissible in evidence in order for the opinion or inference to be admitted.  Facts or data that are otherwise inadmissible shall not be disclosed to the jury by the proponent of the opinion or inference unless the court determines that their probative value in assisting the jury to evaluate the expert's opinion substantially outweighs their prejudicial effect.

 

 

Rule 704. Opinion on Ultimate Issue

 

(a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), testimony in the form of an opinion or inference otherwise admissible is not objectionable because it embraces an ultimate issue to be decided by the trier of fact.

 

(b) No expert witness testifying with respect to the mental state or condition of a defendant in a criminal case may state an opinion or inference as to whether the defendant did or did not have the mental state or condition constituting an element of the crime charged or of a defense thereto.  Such ultimate issues are matters for the trier of fact alone.

 

Fed. R. Evid. 701 ‑ 704  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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Fed. R. Evid. 901 ‑ 903

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

Rule 901. Requirement of Authentication or Identification

 

(a) General provision.  The requirement of authentication or identification as a condition precedent to admissibility is satisfied by evidence sufficient to support a finding that the matter in question is what its proponent claims.

 

(b) Illustrations.  By way of illustration only, and not by way of limitation, the following are examples of authentication or identification conforming with the requirements of this rule:

(1) Testimony of witness with knowledge.  Testimony that a matter is what it is claimed to be.

(2) Nonexpert opinion on handwriting.  Nonexpert opinion as to the genuineness of handwriting, based upon familiarity not acquired for purposes of the litigation.

(3) Comparison by trier or expert witness.  Comparison by the trier of fact or by expert witnesses with specimens which have been authenticated.

(4) Distinctive characteristics and the like.  Appearance, contents, substance, internal patterns, or other distinctive characteristics, taken in conjunction with circumstances.

(5) Voice identification.  Identification of a voice, whether heard firsthand or through mechanical or electronic transmission or recording, by opinion based upon hearing the voice at any time under circumstances connecting it with the alleged speaker.

(6) Telephone conversations.  Telephone conversations, by evidence that a call was made to the number assigned at the time by the telephone company to a particular person or business, if (A) in the case of a person, circumstances, including self-identification, show the person answering to be the one called, or (B) in the case of a business, the call was made to a place of business and the conversation related to business reasonably transacted over the telephone.

(7) Public records or reports.  Evidence that a writing authorized by law to be recorded or filed and in fact recorded or filed in a public office, or a purported public record, report, statement, or data compilation, in any form, is from the public office where items of this nature are kept.

(8) Ancient documents or data compilation.  Evidence that a document or data compilation, in any form, (A) is in such condition as to create no suspicion concerning its authenticity, (B) was in a place where it, if authentic, would likely be, and (C) has been in existence 20 years or more at the time it is offered.

(9) Process or system.  Evidence describing a process or system used to produce a result and showing that the process or system produces an accurate result.

(10) Methods provided by statute or rule.  Any method of authentication or identification provided by Act of Congress or by other rules prescribed by the Supreme Court pursuant to statutory authority.

 

 

Rule 902. Self-authentication

 

Extrinsic evidence of authenticity as a condition precedent to admissibility is not required with respect to the following:

(1) Domestic public documents under seal.  A document bearing a seal purporting to be that of the United States, or of any State, district, Commonwealth, territory, or insular possession thereof, or the Panama Canal Zone, or the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, or of a political subdivision, department, officer, or agency thereof, and a signature purporting to be an attestation or execution.

(2) Domestic public documents not under seal.  A document purporting to bear the signature in the official capacity of an officer or employee of any entity included in paragraph (1) hereof, having no seal, if a public officer having a seal and having official duties in the district or political subdivision of the officer or employee certifies under seal that the signer has the official capacity and that the signature is genuine.

(3) Foreign public documents.  A document purporting to be executed or attested in an official capacity by a person authorized by the laws of a foreign country to make the execution or attestation, and accompanied by a final certification as to the genuineness of the signature and official position (A) of the executing or attesting person, or (B) of any foreign official whose certificate of genuineness of signature and official position relates to the execution or attestation or is in a chain of certificates of genuineness of signature and official position relating to the execution or attestation.  A final certification may be made by a secretary of an embassy or legation, consul general, consul, vice consul, or consular agent of the United States, or a diplomatic or consular official of the foreign country assigned or accredited to the United States.  If reasonable opportunity has been given to all parties to investigate the authenticity and accuracy of official documents, the court may, for good cause shown, order that they be treated as presumptively authentic without final certification or permit them to be evidenced by an attested summary with or without final certification.

(4) Certified copies of public records.  A copy of an official record or report or entry therein, or of a document authorized by law to be recorded or filed and actually recorded or filed in a public office, including data compilations in any form, certified as correct by the custodian or other person authorized to make the certification, by certificate complying with paragraph (1), (2), or (3) of this rule or complying with any Act of Congress or rule prescribed by the Supreme Court pursuant to statutory authority.

(5) Official publications.  Books, pamphlets, or other publications purporting to be issued by public authority.

(6) Newspapers and periodicals.  Printed materials purporting to be newspapers or periodicals.

(7) Trade inscriptions and the like.  Inscriptions, signs, tags, or labels purporting to have been affixed in the course of business and indicating ownership, control, or origin.

(8) Acknowledged documents.  Documents accompanied by a certificate of acknowledgment executed in the manner provided by law by a notary public or other officer authorized by law to take acknowledgments.

(9) Commercial paper and related documents.  Commercial paper, signatures thereon, and documents relating thereto to the extent provided by general commercial law.

(10) Presumptions under Acts of Congress.  Any signature, document, or other matter declared by Act of Congress to be presumptively or prima facie genuine or authentic.

(11) Certified Domestic Records of Regularly Conducted Activity.—The original or a duplicate of a domestic record of regularly conducted activity that would be admissible under Rule 803(6) if accompanied by a written declaration of its custodian or other qualified person, in a manner complying with any Act of Congress or rule prescribed by the Supreme Court pursuant to statutory authority, certifying that the record—

(A) was made at or near the time of the occurrence of the matters set forth by, or from information transmitted by, a person with knowledge of those matters;

(B) was kept in the course of the regularly conducted activity; and

(C) was made by the regularly conducted activity as a regular practice.

 

A party intending to offer a record into evidence under this paragraph must provide written notice of that intention to all adverse parties, and must make the record and declaration available for inspection sufficiently in advance of their offer into evidence to provide an adverse party with a fair opportunity to challenge them.

(12) Certified Foreign Records of Regularly Conducted Activity.—In a civil case, the original or a duplicate of a foreign record of regularly conducted activity that would be admissible under Rule 803(6) if accompanied by a written declaration by its custodian or other qualified person certifying that the record—

(A) was made at or near the time of the occurrence of the matters set forth by, or from information transmitted by, a person with knowledge of those matters;

(B) was kept in the course of the regularly conducted activity; and

(C) was made by the regularly conducted activity as a regular practice.

 

The declaration must be signed in a manner that, if falsely made, would subject the maker to criminal penalty under the laws of the country where the declaration is signed. A party intending to offer a record into evidence under this paragraph must provide written notice of that intention to all adverse parties, and must make the record and declaration available for inspection sufficiently in advance of their offer into evidence to provide an adverse party with a fair opportunity to challenge them.

 

 

Rule 903. Subscribing Witness' Testimony Unnecessary

 

The testimony of a subscribing witness is not necessary to authenticate a writing unless required by the laws of the jurisdiction whose laws govern the validity of the writing.

 

Fed. R. Evid. 901 ‑ 903  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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Fed. R. Evid. 1001 ‑ 1007

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

Rule 1001. Definitions

 

For purposes of this article the following definitions are applicable:

(1) Writings and recordings.  "Writings" and "recordings" consist of letters, words, or numbers, or their equivalent, set down by handwriting, typewriting, printing, photostating, photographing, magnetic impulse, mechanical or electronic recording, or other form of data compilation.

(2) Photographs.  "Photographs" include still photographs, X‑ray films, video tapes, and motion pictures.

(3) Original.  An "original" of a writing or recording is the writing or recording itself or any counterpart intended to have the same effect by a person executing or issuing it.  An "original" of a photograph includes the negative or any print therefrom.  If data are stored in a computer or similar device, any printout or other output readable by sight, shown to reflect the data accurately, is an "original".

(4) Duplicate.  A "duplicate" is a counterpart produced by the same impression as the original, or from the same matrix, or by means of photography, including enlargements and miniatures, or by mechanical or electronic re‑recording, or by chemical reproduction, or by other equivalent techniques which accurately reproduces the original.

 

 

Rule 1002. Requirement of Original

 

To prove the content of a writing, recording, or photograph, the original writing, recording, or photograph is required, except as otherwise provided in these rules or by Act of Congress.

 

 

Rule 1003. Admissibility of Duplicates

 

A duplicate is admissible to the same extent as an original unless (1) a genuine question is raised as to the authenticity of the original or (2) in the circumstances it would be unfair to admit the duplicate in lieu of the original.

 

 

Rule 1004. Admissibility of Other Evidence of Contents

 

The original is not required, and other evidence of the contents of a writing, recording, or photograph is admissible if—

(1) Originals lost or destroyed.  All originals are lost or have been destroyed, unless the proponent lost or destroyed them in bad faith; or

(2) Original not obtainable.  No original can be obtained by any available judicial process or procedure; or

(3) Original in possession of opponent.  At a time when an original was under the control of the party against whom offered, that party was put on notice, by the pleadings or otherwise, that the contents would be a subject of proof at the hearing, and that party does not produce the original at the hearing; or

(4) Collateral matters.  The writing, recording, or photograph is not closely related to a controlling issue.

 

 

Rule 1005. Public Records

 

The contents of an official record, or of a document authorized to be recorded or filed and actually recorded or filed, including data compilations in any form, if otherwise admissible, may be proved by copy, certified as correct in accordance with rule 902 or testified to be correct by a witness who has compared it with the original.  If a copy which complies with the foregoing cannot be obtained by the exercise of reasonable diligence, then other evidence of the contents may be given.

 

 

Rule 1006. Summaries

 

The contents of voluminous writings, recordings, or photographs which cannot conveniently be examined in court may be presented in the form of a chart, summary, or calculation.  The originals, or duplicates, shall be made available for examination or copying, or both, by other parties at reasonable time and place.  The court may order that they be produced in court.

 

 

Rule 1007. Testimony or Written Admission of Party

 

Contents of writings, recordings, or photographs may be proved by the testimony or deposition of the party against whom offered or by that party's written admission, without accounting for the nonproduction of the original.

 

 

Fed. R. Evid. 1001 ‑ 1007  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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D.C. Stat. § 5-716                   Survivor benefits and annuities

[as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011]

 

(a) If any member:

(1) dies in the performance of duty and the Mayor determines that:

(A) the member's death was the sole and direct result of a personal injury sustained while performing such duty;

(B) his death was not caused by his willful misconduct or by his intention to bring about his own death; and

(C) intoxication of the member was not the proximate cause of his death; and

(2) is survived by a survivor, parent, or sibling, a lump-sum payment of $50,000 shall be made to his survivor if the survivor received more than one half of his support from such member, or if such member is not survived by any survivor (including a survivor who did not receive more than one half of his support from such member), to his parent or sibling if the parent or sibling received more than one half of his support from such member.  If such member is survived by more than 1 survivor entitled to receive such payment, each such survivor shall be entitled to receive an equal share of such payment; or if such member leaves no survivor and more than 1 parent or sibling who is entitled to receive such payment, each such parent or sibling shall be entitled to receive an equal share of such payment.

 

(a-1) In the case of any member who dies in the performance of duty after December 29, 1993, and leaves a widow or widower entitled to all or a portion of the benefit described in subsection (a) of this section, an additional annuity shall be paid.  This annuity shall be equal to 100% of the member's pay at the time of death.  The annuity shall be increased at the same rate as the change in the Consumer Price Index, as described in § 5‑721.  This benefit shall be paid in lieu of benefits provided for by subsections (b) and (c) of this section.  However, after benefits provided for in this paragraph end, as provided in subsection (e) of this section, any remaining benefit pursuant to subsection (c) of this section shall commence to be paid.

 

(a‑2) The determination of the Mayor authorized by subsection (a) of this section shall be subject to review and final determination by the District of Columbia Retirement Board.

 

(b) In case of the death of any member before retirement, of any former member after retirement, or of any member entitled to receive an annuity under § 5‑717 (regardless of whether such member is receiving such annuity at the time of death), leaving a widow or widower, such widow or widower shall be entitled to receive an annuity in the greater amount of:

(1) Forty per centum of such member's average pay at the time of death, or 40%:

(A) Of the adjusted average pay of such former member in the case of a member who was an officer or member of the United States Park Police force, the United States Secret Service Uniformed Division, or the United States Secret Service Division; or

(B) Of the adjusted average pay of such former member in the case of a member who was an officer or member of the Metropolitan Police force or the Fire Department of the District of Columbia; or

(2) Forty per centum of the corresponding salary for step 6 of salary class 1 of the District of Columbia Police and Firemen's Salary Act salary schedule currently in effect at the time of such member or former member's death, or, for a member who was an officer or member of the United States Secret Service Uniformed Division, or the United States Secret Service Division, 40 percent of the corresponding salary for step 5 of the Officer rank in section 10203 of title 5, United States Code; provided, that such annuity shall not exceed the current rate of compensation of the position occupied by such member at the time of death, or by such former member immediately prior to retirement.

 

(c) Each surviving child or student child of any member who dies before retirement, of any former member who dies after retirement, or of any member entitled to receive an annuity under § 5‑717 (regardless of whether such member is receiving such annuity at the time of death), shall be entitled to receive an annuity equal to the smallest of:

(1) In the case of a member or former member who is survived by a wife or husband:

(A) Sixty per centum of:

(i)   The member's average pay at the time of death; or

(ii)  The adjusted average pay of the former member in the case of a member who was an officer or member of the United States Park Police force, the United States Secret Service Uniformed Division, or the United States Secret Service Division, or the adjusted average pay of the former member in the case of a member who was an officer or member of the Metropolitan Police force or the Fire Department of the District of Columbia, divided by the number of eligible children;

(B) $2,918.00, to be increased on an annual basis by the cost of living adjustment determined pursuant to § 5‑718; or

(C) $8,754.00, divided by the number of eligible children, to be increased on an annual basis by the cost of living adjustment determined pursuant to § 5‑718, divided by the number of eligible children; and

(2) In the case of a member or former member who is not survived by a wife or husband:

(A) 75% of the member's average pay at the time of death, divided by the number of eligible children;

(B) In the case of a member who was an officer or member of the United States Park Police Force, the United States Secret Service Uniformed Division, or the United States Secret Service Division, 75% of the adjusted average pay of the former member, divided by the number of eligible children; or

(C) In the case of a member who was an officer or member of the Metropolitan Police force or the Fire Department of the District of Columbia, 75% of the adjusted average pay of the former member, divided by the number of eligible children.

 

(d) Each widow or widower who, on the effective date of the Policemen and Firemen's Retirement and Disability Act Amendments of 1970, was receiving relief or annuity computed in accordance with the provisions of this section shall be entitled to receive an annuity in the greater amount of:

(1) $3,144; or

(2) thirty-five per centum of the basis upon which such relief or annuity was computed.

 

Each child who, on October 3, 2001, was receiving relief or annuity computed in accordance with the provisions of this section, shall be entitled to benefits computed in accordance with the provisions of subsection (c) of this section.

 

(e)(1) The annuity of the widow or widower under this section shall begin on the day after the date on which the member or former member dies, and such annuity or any right thereto shall terminate upon the survivor's death or remarriage before age 60; provided, that any annuity terminated by remarriage may be restored if such remarriage is later terminated by death, annulment, or divorce.

(2) The annuity of any child under this section shall begin on the day after the date on which the member or former member dies, and the annuity shall terminate upon whichever of the following occurs first:

(A) The child becomes 18 years of age or, if over 18 years of age and incapable of self-support, becomes capable of self-support;

(B) The child marries; or

(C) The child dies.

(3)(A) The annuity of any student child under this section shall begin on the day after the date on which the member or former member dies, and the annuity shall terminate upon whichever of the following occurs first:

(i)   The student child marries;

(ii)  The student child ceases to be a student;

(iii) The student child reaches 22 years of age; or

(iv)  The student child dies.

(B) For the purposes of this paragraph, a student child whose 22nd birthday falls on or after July 1st shall not be considered to have reached 22 years of age until the June 30th following the student child's actual 22nd birthday.

(4) If the annuity of a child under paragraph (2) or paragraph (3) of this subsection terminates because of marriage and such marriage ends, the annuity shall resume on the first day of the month in which it ends, but only if the individual is not otherwise ineligible for the annuity.

(5) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs (2) and (3) of this subsection, no annuity of a child or student of a widow or widower under subsection (a-1) of this section shall be paid while an annuity benefit to a widow or widower under subsection (a-1) of this section is being paid.

 

(f) Any member retiring under § 5‑709, § 5‑710, or § 5‑712, may at the time of such retirement, and any member entitled to receive an annuity under § 5‑717 may at the time such annuity commences, elect to receive a reduced annuity in lieu of full annuity, and designate in writing the person to receive an increased annuity after such member's death; provided, that the person so designated be the surviving spouse or child of such member.  Whenever such an election is made, the annuity of the designee shall be increased by an amount equal to the amount by which the annuity of such member is reduced.  The annuity payable to the member making such election shall be reduced by 10% of the annuity computed as provided in § 5‑709, § 5‑710, or § 5‑712.  Such increase in annuity payable to the designee shall be reduced by 5% for each full 5 years the designee is younger than the member, but such total reduction shall not exceed 40%.  The increase in annuity payable to the designee pursuant to this subsection shall be paid in addition to the annuity provided for such designee pursuant to subsection (b) or subsection (c) of this section and shall be subject to the same limitations as to duration and other conditions as the annuity paid pursuant to subsections (b), (c), and (e) of this section.  If, at any time after such former member's election, the designee dies, and is survived by such former member, the annuity payable to such former member shall be increased to the amount computed as provided in § 5‑709, § 5‑710, § 5‑712, or § 5‑717, as the case may be.

 

D.C. Stat. § 5‑716  (as in effect on Aug. 1, 2011)

 

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