[Federal Register: September 13, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 178)]
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COURT SERVICES AND OFFENDER SUPERVISION AGENCY FOR THE DISTRICT OF 
COLUMBIA
 
28 CFR Part 801
 
[CSOSA-0004-F]
RIN 3225-AA02
 
 
Federal Tort Claims Act Procedure
 
AGENCY: Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District 
of Columbia.
 
ACTION: Final rule.
 
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SUMMARY: The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the 
District of Columbia (``CSOSA'' or ``Agency'') is adopting regulations 
to supplement Department of Justice regulations for processing 
administrative claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act (``FTCA''). 
These supplemental regulations state in plain language what a claimant 
needs to do to file a claim for money damages under the FTCA with CSOSA 
or with the District of Columbia Pretrial Services Agency (``PSA'' or 
``Agency''). These regulations are necessary to help ensure that 
persons who suffer proven monetary loss, personal injury, or wrongful 
death due to a negligent or otherwise wrongful act or omission of an 
Agency employee committed while acting within the scope of his or her 
employment will be properly compensated.
 
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 15, 2002.
 
ADDRESSES: Office of the General Counsel, CSOSA, Room 1253, 633 Indiana 
Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20004.
 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Roy Nanovic, Records Manager 
(telephone: (202) 220-5359; e-mail: roy.nanovic@csosa.gov).
 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Court Services and Offender Supervision 
Agency for the District of Columbia (``CSOSA'' or ``Agency'') is 
adopting regulations (28 CFR part 801) supplementing Department of 
Justice regulations (28 CFR part 14) for processing administrative 
claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act (``FTCA''). A proposed rule on 
this subject was published in the Federal Register on November 20, 2001 
(66 FR 58083).
    As noted in the proposed rule, the District of Columbia Pretrial 
Services Agency (``PSA'' or ``Agency'') is an independent entity within 
CSOSA. CSOSA's supplemental regulations will be applicable to claims 
involving CSOSA and/or PSA.
    The FTCA essentially waives the federal government's sovereign 
immunity to damage actions arising out of the negligent or otherwise 
wrongful acts committed by federal employees while acting within the 
scope of their employment. General regulations issued by the Department 
of Justice for processing FTCA claims authorize federal agencies to 
issue supplementing regulations. Accordingly, CSOSA has prepared 
supplemental regulations to state in plain language what members of the 
public need to do to file a claim for money damages under the FTCA due 
to a negligent or otherwise wrongful act of a CSOSA or PSA employee 
committed while acting within the scope of his or her employment. 
Separate administrative procedures exist for claims by employees of 
CSOSA or PSA for loss or damage to property incident to their own 
service.
    Instructions for filing a claim with the Agency are contained in 
Sec.  801.2. These instructions are presented in a question and answer 
format. The easiest and most efficient way to ensure that a claim 
includes sufficient information is to submit a completed Standard Form 
95 (``SF 95''). The SF 95 is available both ``online'' and from CSOSA's 
Office of the General Counsel. Other means of written notification, 
however, are acceptable as noted in the regulations.
    Section 801.3 explains how claims are processed. All claims, 
whether against CSOSA or PSA, are forwarded to CSOSA's Office of the 
General Counsel for intake, investigation, and final determination. 
Section 801.4 covers the claim's final disposition (acceptance of 
settlement or denial of claim). If you accept a settlement offer, you 
give up your right to bring a lawsuit against the United States or 
against the employee whose action or inaction gave rise to your claim. 
If your claim is denied or you reject the settlement offer, you have 6 
months to file a civil action in the appropriate U.S. District Court.
    CSOSA did not receive any comments on the proposed rule. CSOSA 
accordingly is adopting the proposed provisions as a final rule without 
further change.
 
Matters of Regulatory Procedure
 
Administrative Procedure Act
 
    In accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, CSOSA
 
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published a proposed rule on this subject in the Federal Register. This 
final rule will become effective as noted above.
 
Executive Order 12866
 
    This rule has been determined to be significant under Executive 
Order 12866 and has been reviewed by the Office of Management and 
Budget.
 
Executive Order 13132
 
    This rule will not have substantial direct effects on the States, 
on the relationship between the national government and the States, or 
on distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels 
of government. Therefore, in accordance with Executive Order 13132, the 
Director of CSOSA has determined that this rule does not have 
sufficient federalism implications to warrant the preparation of a 
Federalism Assessment.
 
Regulatory Flexibility Act
 
    The Director of CSOSA, in accordance with the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 605(b)), has reviewed this rule and by 
approving it certifies that this rule will not have a significant 
economic impact upon a substantial number of small entities. This rule 
pertains to Agency management, and its economic impact is limited to 
the Agency's appropriated funds.
 
Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995
 
    This rule will not result in the expenditure by State, local and 
tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of 
$100,000,000 or more in any one year, and it will not significantly or 
uniquely affect small governments. Therefore, the Director of CSOSA has 
determined that no actions are necessary under the provisions of the 
Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995.
 
Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996
 
    This rule is not a major rule as defined by section 804 of the 
Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. This rule 
will not result in an annual effect on the economy of $100,000,000 or 
more; a major increase in costs or prices; or significant adverse 
effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, 
innovation, or on the ability of United States-based companies to 
compete with foreign-based companies in domestic and export markets.
 
Plain Language Instructions
 
    We strive to draft regulations that are simple and easy to read. If 
you have any suggestions on how to improve the clarity of these 
regulations, please write, e-mail, or call Roy Nanovic at the address 
or telephone number given above in the Addresses and For Further 
Information Contact sections.
 
List of Subjects in 28 CFR Part 801
 
    Claims, Probation and parole.
 
Paul A. Quander, Jr.,
Director.
 
    Accordingly, we amend chapter VIII, Title 28 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations by adding a new part 801 as set forth below.
 
CHAPTER VIII--COURT SERVICES AND OFFENDER SUPERVISION AGENCY FOR THE 
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
 
PART 801--FEDERAL TORT CLAIMS ACT PROCEDURE
 
Sec.
801.1 Claims filed under the Federal Tort Claims Act.
801.2 Filing a claim.
801.3 Processing the claim.
801.4 Final disposition of claim.
 
    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; Pub. L. 105-33, 111 Stat. 251, 712 
(D.C. Code 24-1233); 28 CFR 14.11.
 
 
Sec.  801.1  Claims filed under the Federal Tort Claims Act.
 
    If an agency employee is acting within the scope of his or her 
employment and causes injury to a member of the public, any claim for 
money damages for personal injury, death, damage to property, or loss 
of property caused by the employee's negligent or wrongful act or 
omission is a claim against the United States and must first be 
presented by the injured party to the appropriate federal agency for 
administrative action under the Federal Tort Claims Act. General 
provisions for processing such administrative claims are contained in 
28 CFR part 14. The provisions in this part supplement the general 
provisions in order to describe specific procedures to follow when 
filing a claim with the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency 
for the District of Columbia (``CSOSA'') or the District of Columbia 
Pretrial Services Agency (``PSA'').
 
 
Sec.  801.2  Filing a claim.
 
    (a) Who may file the claim? You may file a claim for money damages 
against CSOSA or PSA if you believe that a CSOSA or PSA employee has 
injured you or has damaged or lost property that you own. You may file 
a claim on behalf of an injured or deceased person or owner of damaged 
or lost property if you are acting as agent, executor, administrator, 
parent, guardian, legal or other representative provided you submit 
evidence of your authority to act on behalf of the claimant.
    (b) What information do you need to submit in your claim? (1) The 
easiest way to ensure that you will include all necessary information 
for your claim is to submit a completed Standard Form 95 (``SF 95''). 
The SF 95 is available from the Office of the General Counsel, CSOSA, 
(see address in paragraph (c) of this section) and on the Internet at 
http://www.usdoj.gov/civil/forms/forms.htm.
    (2) If you do not use the SF 95, you must submit written 
notification of the incident that resulted in the injury, loss, or 
damage. Along with this notification, you must present a claim for 
money damages in a sum certain (that is, a precise dollar amount) for 
injury to or loss of property, personal injury, or death alleged to 
have occurred on the basis of the incident. Failure to include the 
precise dollar amount for your claim may mean that you will have 
difficulty pursuing your claim in court.
    (c) Where do you submit the claim? You should submit the claim 
(whether against CSOSA or PSA) directly to the Office of the General 
Counsel, CSOSA, 633 Indiana Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20004. Claims 
submitted to any other office of CSOSA or PSA are forwarded to the 
Office of the General Counsel.
    (d) When must you submit the claim? You must submit the claim so 
that CSOSA/PSA receives the claim within 2 years after the claim 
accrues. Mailing the claim by that date is not sufficient if CSOSA/PSA 
does not receive the claim by that date. Generally speaking, a claim 
accrues at the time of the injury. In those instances where neither the 
injury nor its cause is immediately apparent, the claim accrues when 
you discover (or reasonably should discover) the injury and its cause.
    (e) May you amend your claim? Yes, you may amend your claim at any 
time prior to final agency action or prior to your filing suit in 
court.
 
 
Sec.  801.3  Processing the claim.
 
    (a) Will CSOSA/PSA contact you about your claim? (1) If you have 
provided all necessary information to process your claim, you will 
receive an acknowledgement indicating the filing date (that is, the 
date CSOSA/PSA received your claim) and the assigned claim number. 
Refer to the claim number in any further correspondence you may have 
with CSOSA/PSA on the claim.
 
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    (2) If you have failed to include all necessary information, CSOSA/
PSA will return your claim to you with a request for the necessary 
additional information.
    (3) If your claim should have been filed with another agency, 
CSOSA/PSA will forward the claim to the appropriate agency and notify 
you of the transfer, or return the claim to you if the appropriate 
agency cannot be determined or if the transfer is otherwise not 
feasible.
    (b) Who is responsible for offering settlement or denial on the 
claim? The General Counsel is responsible for investigating the claim 
and, after consultation with PSA (if the claim is against PSA) and the 
Department of Justice when appropriate, determining whether the claim 
should be settled or denied.
    (c) How long does CSOSA/PSA have to consider your claim? CSOSA/PSA 
has 6 months from the date of filing to make a settlement offer or to 
deny your claim. If you amend your claim (see Sec.  801.2(e)) or 
request that your claim be reconsidered (see Sec.  801.4(b)(1)), CSOSA/
PSA has an additional 6 months from the date of the amendment or the 
filing of the request for reconsideration to make a final disposition 
of the claim.
    (d) Will appreciation or depreciation be considered? Yes, 
appreciation or depreciation is considered in settling a claim for lost 
or damaged property.
 
 
Sec.  801.4  Final disposition of claim.
 
    (a) What if you accept the settlement offer? If you accept a 
settlement offer, you give up your right to bring a lawsuit against the 
United States or against any employee of the government whose action or 
lack of action gave rise to your claim.
    (b) What if your claim is denied? (1) If your claim is denied, you 
have 30 days from the date of CSOSA/PSA's written notification to make 
a written request that the agency reconsider the denial.
   (2) If your claim is denied or you reject the settlement offer, you 
have 6 months from the date of mailing of CSOSA/PSA's notice of denial 
to file a civil action in the appropriate U.S. District Court.
    (c) What if you do not hear from CSOSA/PSA within 6 months of the 
filing date? If you do not hear from CSOSA/PSA within 6 months of the 
filing date for the claim, you may consider your claim denied. You may 
then proceed with filing a civil action in the appropriate U.S. 
District Court.
 
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