Procedures for Unused Federal Administrative Payments
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) day care home (DCH) sponsors can refer to the following procedures for retaining or returning unused federal administrative payments (UFAP) each program year (PY).
In March 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued Policy Memorandum CACFP 11-2012, which allowed state agencies to provide options to DCH sponsors for monthly administrative payments. There are three administrative payment options:
- Option 1 - Total homes claimed by the current rates
- Option 2 - Actual costs (not to exceed total homes claimed by the current rates)
- Option 3 - No administrative payments
For additional information about these three administrative payment options, please refer to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Management Bulletin USDA-CACFP-10-2013 which is available on the CDSS DCH Sponsor Administrative Payment Options Web page.
DCH sponsors are responsible for correctly accounting for all income and costs, as well as maintaining records and sufficient supporting documentation to demonstrate that costs claimed have been incurred, are allowable, and comply with all applicable CACFP regulations and policies.
The UFAP maximum carryover amount of 10 percent of administrative payments received during the PY is limited to only those DCH sponsors that selected Option 1 above for calculating administrative payments, total homes claimed by the current rates.
Every year by December 10, DCH sponsors with any UFAP must complete and submit the UFAP worksheet to request carryover into the following PY. Any UFAP in excess of 10 percent of the federal administrative payments received during the PY must be returned to the CDSS by December 10.
The following procedures only apply to any DCH sponsors that choose option 1 above for receiving administrative payments any time during the PY. Options 2 and 3 do not have UFAP if selected for the entire PY. DCH sponsors are not required to carryover any UFAP. However, if they choose not to carryover any UFAP, they must repay the entire amount of the UFAP to the CDSS by December 10.
Calculating Available UFAP for Carryover
DCH sponsors are allowed to carryover up to 10 percent of the federal administrative payments they received during the PY. For example, if a DCH sponsor received $100,000 in federal administrative payments during PY 2022–23, the sponsor is eligible to carryover up to $10,000 of the UFAP into PY 2023–24.
The CDSS uses the following calculation to determine the amount of UFAP (if any) a sponsor has at the end of each PY.
Actual Administrative Costs
UFAP carried over from the previous PY plus federal administrative payments received during the current PY equals total federal administrative payments. Total federal administrative payments minus actual administrative costs from the current PY equals UFAP.
The following criteria apply to DCH sponsors’ use of available UFAP:
- If the UFAP available to carryover are equal to or less than 10 percent of the federal administrative payments received during the PY, the sponsor may carryover all UFAP with a request to the CDSS by December 10.
- If the available UFAP to carryover are greater than 10 percent of the federal administrative payments received during the PY, the sponsor may carryover up to 10 percent of the federal administrative payments and must return any amount in excess of the 10 percent limit by December 10.
- If the sponsor chooses to carryover less than the full 10 percent, they must return all UFAP to the CDSS that they choose not to carryover by December 10.
Example: A DCH sponsor receives $100,000 in administrative payments during PY 2022–23, had approved $8,000 carryover from previous PY 2021–22, and has $85,000 in actual administrative costs. The following table illustrates the CDSS’s calculation of available UFAP to carryover:
|Total federal administrative payments from PY 2022-23
|Carryover UFAP from previous PY 2021–22 (if applicable)
|Total federal administrative payments (from Line 1 and Line 2)
|Actual administrative costs
|Amount unused (Line 3 minus Line 4)
|10 percent of total federal administrative payments from PY 2022–23 (from Line 1). Maximum amount that a DCH sponsor can carryover into the following PY
|Amount that exceeds the 10 percent allowable carryover (Line 5 minus Line 6)
When applying the calculation of the 10 percent maximum described above, the sponsor may only carryover $10,000 (10 percent of the federal administrative payments received in PY 2022–23) into the following PY. The DCH sponsor must return the $13,000 that exceeds the 10 percent allowable carryover to the CDSS by December 10. Alternatively, if the DCH sponsor chooses not to carryover any of the UFAP, it must return the entire $23,000 to the CDSS by December 10.
To ensure carryover payments are used for CACFP administrative costs in the following PY, DCH sponsors must use these payments on a first-in, first-out basis after receiving approval from the sponsor’s assigned DCH specialist to carryover the UFAP to the following PY.
UFAP Procedure for Approval of Carryover
Between October 1 and December 10 every year, each DCH sponsor requesting carryover using Option 1, the total homes claimed by the current rates, must complete and submit the UFAP worksheet, DCH 07: Unused Federal Administrative Payments, which is found in the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) Download Forms.
The UFAP worksheet calculates the UFAP and the allowable amount to carryover to the next PY (if any). The UFAP worksheet includes directions on the actions necessary to complete and submit by e-mail the required documents to the assigned DCH specialist.
The DCH sponsor cannot submit the UFAP spreadsheet until all prior closing year claims are submitted in the CNIPS.
This procedure is for UFAP carryover for processing and approval only. Revisions to the budget require a separate submission.
After the December 10 deadline, the DCH specialist cannot change the approved carryover amount.
By December 10 of each year, any DCH sponsors returning UFAP to the CDSS must complete and submit the UFAP worksheet (Form ID - DCH 07: Unused Federal Administrative Payments) located in the Download Forms section of the CNIPS. Mail the UFAP worksheet, with a personal or cashier’s check containing your agency’s vendor number, to the CDSS’s Cashier Office at the following address:
California Department of Social Services
Attention: Cashiering Unit
P.O. Box 944243, MS 9-3-67
Sacramento, CA 94244-2430
Note: The CDSS will charge a $25 fee if a check is returned for nonpayment.
When returning UFAP, DCH sponsors are also required to e-mail their assigned DCH specialist a scanned copy of the completed UFAP worksheet and a copy of the check.
Consequences of Late or Unreturned UFAP
If the CDSS does not receive the UFAP by December 10, the CDSS may deduct the UFAP from the DCH sponsor’s claim for reimbursement. The UFAP deduction may delay delivery of the DCH sponsor’s administrative and provider payments by up to four weeks.
For DCH sponsors with UFAP, failure to submit UFAP and associated documents by December 10 of each year may result in the CDSS declaring the DCH sponsor seriously deficient.
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