(a) We will take action to impose a penalty under Sec. 262.1(a)(15) of this chapter if:
(1) The requirements under Sec. Sec. 261.64(a) and (b) have not been met; or
(2) We determine that the State has not maintained adequate documentation, verification, or internal control procedures to ensure the accuracy of the data used in calculating the work participation rates.
(b) If a State fails to submit an interim or complete Work Verification Plan by the due dates in Sec. 261.64(a), we will reduce the SFAG payable for the immediately succeeding fiscal year by five percent of the adjusted SFAG.
(c) If a State fails to maintain adequate internal controls to ensure a consistent measurement of work participation, we will reduce the adjusted SFAG by the following percentages for a fiscal year:
(1) One percent for the first year;
(2) Two percent for second year;
(3) Three percent for the third year;
(4) Four percent for the fourth year; and,
(5) Five percent for the fifth and subsequent years.
(d) If a State complies with the requirements in this subpart for two consecutive years, then any penalty imposed for subsequent failures will begin anew, as described in paragraph (c) of this section.
(e) If we take action to impose a penalty under Sec. Sec. 261.64(b) or (c), we will reduce the SFAG payable for the immediately succeeding fiscal year.