54 FR 7148, Feb. 16, 1989, unless otherwise noted.
(1) The Department of Education may indemnify, in whole or in part, an employee for any verdict, judgment, or other monetary award rendered against the employee if -
(i) The conduct giving rise to the verdict, judgment, or award occurred within the scope of his or her employment with the Department; and
(ii) The indemnification is in the interest of the United States, as determined by the Secretary.
(2) The regulations in this part apply to an action pending against an ED employee as of March 30, 1989, as well as to any action commenced after that date.
(3) As used in this part, the term employee includes -
(i) A present or former officer or employee of the Department or of an advisory committee to the Department, including a special Government employee;
(ii) An employee of another Federal agency on detail to the Department; or
(iii) A student volunteer under 5 U.S.C. 3111.
(4) As used in this part the term Secretary means the Secretary of the Department of Education or an official or employee of the Department acting for the Secretary under a delegation of authority.
(1) The Department may pay, in whole or in part, to settle or compromise a personal damage claim against an employee if -
(i) The alleged conduct giving rise to the personal damage claim occurred within the scope of employment; and
(ii) The settlement or compromise is in the interest of the United States, as determined by the Secretary.
(2) Payment under paragraph (b)(1) of this section may include reimbursement, in whole or in part, of an employee for prior payment made by the employee under a settlement or compromise that meets the requirements of this section.
(c) The Department does not indemnify or settle a personal damage claim before entry of an adverse verdict, judgment, or monetary award unless the Secretary determines that exceptional circumstances justify the earlier indemnification or settlement.
(d) Any payment under this part, either to indemnify a Department of Education employee or to settle a personal damage claim, is contingent upon the availability of appropriated funds.
(a) When an employee of the Department of Education becomes aware that an action has been filed against the employee in his or her individual capacity as a result of conduct taken within the scope of his or her employment, the employee shall immediately notify the head of his or her principal operating component and shall cooperate with appropriate officials of the Department in the defense of the action.
(b) As part of the notification in paragraph (a) of this section or at a later time, the employee may request -
(1) Indemnification to satisfy a verdict, judgment, or award entered against the employee; or
(2) Payment to satisfy the requirements of a settlement proposal.
(1) The employee's request must be in writing to the head of his or her principal operating component and must be accompanied by copies of the complaint and other documents filed in the action, including the verdict, judgment, award, settlement, or settlement proposal, as appropriate.
(i) As used in this section, the term principal operating component means an office in the Department headed by an Assistant Secretary, a Deputy Under Secretary, or an equivalent departmental officer who reports directly to the Secretary.
(ii) The term also includes the Office of the Secretary and the Office of the Under Secretary.
(d) The head of the employee's principal operating component submits to the General Counsel, in a timely manner, the request, together with a recommended disposition of the request.
(e) The General Counsel forwards to the Secretary for decision -
(1) The employee's request;
(2) The recommendation of the head of the employee's principal operating component; and
(3) The General Counsel's recommendation.