(a) The role of the ASHPDA under § 15 13(e) of the Public Health Services Act is to approve or disapprove a proposal on the basis of its conformance with the plans and the criteria it has developed and adopted. The ASHPDA will not involve itself in evaluation of the technical or scientific merit of the proposals. It is the place of the federal funding agency, in its review of proposals, to make determinations of technical and scientific merit, to give consideration to program priorities (sometimes established statute) , and to evaluate and judge the relationship of the proposal to other parts of the program.
(b) It is not appropriate to prescribe that a finding of inconsistency with a single criterion requires agency rejection of the project. However, it is not expected that projects which are found to be inconsistent with the plan for health would be approved by the ASHPDA unless exceptional circumstances or significant inaccuracies in the plan were demonstrated. The general principle remains, as in other kinds of review by the ASHPDA, that approvals, disapprovals, and recommendations are to be based on a proposal’s substantial conformance with all applicable criteria taken as a whole.
(c) The criteria set forth in 11.0124 have been adopted by the ASHPDA for utilization in conducting reviews of the proposed uses of federal funds in the territory. The ASHPDA will utilize these criteria as appropriate for the particular review being conducted or the type of health service reviewed.History: Rule 9-80, eff 18 Jun 80, ASHPDA Pro, and Crit. § 3 (part).