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REINVENTION OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW (The Overview). BEGINNING SCHOOL YEAR 2013-2014. INTRODUCTION. The objective of this training is to provide an overview of the new administrative review (AR) process

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introduction
INTRODUCTION
  • The objective of this training is to provide an overview of the new administrative review (AR) process
  • The AR process is changing to provide a more comprehensive evaluation of school meal programs.
  • Further training and technical assistance will be provided to LEAs scheduled for an AR
new terminology
NEW TERMINOLOGY
  • OUT WITH THE OLD:

Coordinated Review Effort (CRE)

IN WITH THE NEW:

Administrative Review (AR)

  • OUT WITH THE OLD:

Reviews conducted primarily on-site

IN WITH THE NEW:

Reviews conducted off-site and on-site

more new terminology
MORE NEW TERMINOLOGY
  • OUT WITH THE OLD:

School Meal Initiative Review (SMI)

IN WITH THE NEW:

Dietary Specifications & Nutrient Analysis

(Included in AR)

  • OUT WITH THE OLD:

Master Eligibility List (MEL)

IN WITH THE NEW:

Benefit Issuance Document (BID)

the new ar process
THE NEW AR PROCESS
  • Reviews conducted every 3 years
  • All programs reviewed, including School Breakfast, After School Snack, Special Milk
  • Reviews will be a team effort-State Agency (SA) reviewers and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) working together
  • Follow Up reviews will no longer be conducted
  • Additional Administrative Reviews (AAR) will continue for targeted schools
who s up first
WHO’S UP FIRST?

An AR Will Be Conducted in 2013-2014 For:

  • LEAs who were due for a CRE review in 2012-2013
  • LEAS who did not apply for the 6 cent certification process or whose 6 cent certification request was denied
  • LEAS who are new sponsors of School Nutrition Programs
on site ar procedures
ON-SITE AR PROCEDURES
  • State Agency (SA) will collect detailed information and review documents during on-site entrance conference, (with a few exceptions)
  • Results of the entrance conference assessment will determine the scope of monitoring during the on-site review.
  • Example of documents that must be available:
  • Edit Check Worksheets
  • Benefit Issuance Documents
  • Menus, Production Records & Related Materials (i.e. CN Labels, Standardized Recipes)
on site procedures cont
ON-SITE PROCEDURES (Cont.)
  • SA will observe and review the operation of the school nutrition programs at the LEA level and in selected schools.
  • SA will determine at the entrance conference:
  • Specific schools that will be visited and reviewed. Breakfast and lunch will be observed
  • Specific applications/DC documents that will be reviewed
  • Additional documents may be required for review. Documents required will vary depending on results of the assessment
off site assessment
OFF-SITE ASSESSMENT
  • Some AR areas will be reviewed off-site. SA will collect detailed information and documents from LEA prior to the on-site review for:
  • Resource Management
  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (if participating)
familiar terminology
FAMILIAR TERMINOLOGY

The AR will still encompass:

  • CRITICAL AREAS (Fiscal Action Required)
  • Performance Standard 1 (PS 1): Certification Counting, Claiming
  • Performance Standard 2 (PS 2):

Meal Pattern Requirements

  • GENERAL AREAS (Fiscal Action Not Required)
performance standard 1 meal access reimbursement
PERFORMANCE STANDARD 1(Meal Access & Reimbursement)

Areas of Review

  • Certification & Benefit Issuance/Verification

Applications, BID and DC documents must be correct. Random sampling of applications will be selected, including verified applications

  • Meal Counting

Meals must be correctly counted at the point of service. Meal service will be observed and records reviewed to determine if meal counting system is accurate.

performance standard 1
PERFORMANCE STANDARD 1
  • Claiming

Meals must be counted, recorded and consolidated correctly at each school and at the LEA level

The claiming system from daily meal counts to monthly edit checks to reimbursement claim will be reviewed for accuracy

performance standard 2 meal pattern nutritional quality
PERFORMANCE STANDARD 2(Meal Pattern & Nutritional Quality)

Areas of Review

  • Meal Components & Quantities

Breakfast and lunches must meet meal pattern requirements for the appropriate age groups on all meal service lines

Compliance will be assessed through:

  • Review of production records
  • Review of menus
  • Observation of meals
performance standard 2
PERFORMANCE STANDARD 2
  • Offer versus Serve
  • LEA must offer enough food on all reimbursable meal service lines and have signage posted
  • Students must select required components to make a reimbursable meal
  • Food service staff must be trained and able to recognize a reimbursable meal
performance standard 21
PERFORMANCE STANDARD 2
  • Dietary Specifications & Nutrient Analysis

Meals must meet standards for:

  • Calories
  • Saturated Fat
  • Trans Fat
  • Sodium (Starting School Year 2014-2015)

A determination will be made by SA whether a weighted nutrient analysis is required

new ar area
NEW AR AREA
  • Resource Management
  • Maintenance of Non Profit School Food Service Account
  • Paid Lunch Equity
  • Revenue from Non Program Foods
  • Indirect Costs
  • USDA Foods
general program requirements
GENERAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

SAME OLD CATEGORIES, NEW REVIEW PROCEDURES:

Verification process Bio Security

Civil Rights Non-Discrimination

Reporting & Recordkeeping Potable water

Sanitation Annual On-site reviews

Competitive Foods Wellness Policy

Offer vs. Serve Process HACCP

NEW REQUIREMENT:

School Breakfast Program & Summer Food Service Program Outreach

other federal programs
OTHER FEDERAL PROGRAMS

Included in AR Review:

  • Fresh Fruit Vegetable Program (FFVP)
  • Seamless Summer Option (SSO)
  • After School Snack Program (ASSP)
  • Special Milk Program (SMP)
fiscal action
FISCAL ACTION

Required For All Performance Standard Violations, Including:

  • Incorrect/Incomplete Applications
  • Incorrect BID Or Verification Documents
  • Unacceptable POS Meal Counts
  • Missing Or Incomplete Menus
  • Missing Or Incomplete Production Records
  • Incomplete Meals

Fiscal action may be assessed for violations found when Other Federal Programs reviewed.

post review
POST REVIEW
  • Exit Conference
  • AR Written Report
  • Corrective Action Plan (CAP) Submitted by LEA For Any Program Violations
  • Fiscal Action Assessed, If Applicable
  • Withholding of Reimbursement, If Applicable
what now
WHAT NOW?
  • RELAX-We will help you prepare for the AR
  • Attend trainings and view webinars planned by SA, including:
  • Determining Officials
  • Verification
  • Menu Planning/Production Records/OVS
  • New Recordkeeping And Policy Requirements
  • AR Preparation (By Invitation Only)
  • Contact us with questions at 609-984-0692