(a) An agency is not authorized to charge to its grant legal fees or other costs incurred to appeal terminations, reductions of funding, or denials of applications of refunding decisions.
(b) If a program prevails in a termination, reduction, or denial of refunding decision, the responsible HHS official may reimburse the agency for reasonable and customary legal fees, incurred during the appeal, if:
(1) The Departmental Appeals Board overturns the responsible HHS official’s decision;
(2) The agency can prove it incurred fees during the appeal; and,
(3) The agency can prove the fees incurred are reasonable and customary.