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SFSP Application Instructions Related to First Week Site Visit Waiver Question (#44)

Published: 23 days ago
" While there is no longer a first week site waiver available for SFSP as the flexibilities under that waiver are now within regulation, there is still a question (#44) in the 2023 Site Application pertaining to the waiver. TDA is providing instructions on how to answer this question.
A first week site visit waiver is no longer required, as site visit flexibilities have been written into regulation per the SFSP Final Rule 2022, which modified previous flexibilities so that any new sites or sites with previous operational issues must be reviewed within the first two weeks of operation.

However, the TX-UNPS update removing the question about the first week site visit (#44) will not be implemented prior to Summer 2023. Therefore, for any existing sites or sites with no operational issues, CEs should enter Yes on Question 44 if you are not conducting a site visit within the first two weeks of operation. If you intend to review any of those sites within the first two weeks, select No.

If a CE selects Yes for a new site or a site with operational issues, TDA will return the application with an explanation that (1) there is no longer a first week site visit waiver and (2) because the sites are new or have significant issues, the CE is required to conduct a site visit within the first two weeks of operation.


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