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the same time the party files the complaint with the lead agency enables the public agency or EIS provider to be informed of the issues in the State complaint in order to provide an opportunity for the voluntary resolution of the

complaint as set forth in §303.433(a)(3).

We believe that providing the public agency or EIS provider with information about the complaint enables the parties to have the opportunity to resolve disputes directly at the earliest possible time and that this benefit outweighs the minimal burden placed on the

complainant. Concerning the commenters’ confidentiality

concerns, the information that is provided by the complainant generally is information that should already be available to the public agency or EIS provider who is responsible for providing services to a particular child. In addition, the public agency or EIS provider needs to know the identity of the complainant and relevant

allegations in the complaint (consistent with §303.434) in

order to propose a resolution of the issues.

Regarding the commenter’s request that §303.434(d)

specify the consequences for failure by the complainant to forward a copy of the complaint to the public agency or EIS provider, we do not believe we need to require specific consequences for complainants for two reasons. First,