Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Overview Information; Training and Information for Parents of Children With Disabilities-Parent Training and Information Centers; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2005, 17428-17432 [05-6749]

Download as PDF 17428 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 65 / Wednesday, April 6, 2005 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Overview Information; Training and Information for Parents of Children With Disabilities—Parent Training and Information Centers; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.328M. Dates: Applications Available: April 7, 2005. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 25, 2005. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 25, 2005. Eligible Applicants: Parent organizations, as defined in section III. Eligibility Information in this notice. Estimated Available Funds: $3,307,306. Information concerning funding amounts for individual States is provided in a chart elsewhere in this notice under section II, Award Information. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $275,600. Estimated Number of Awards: 12. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: With the exception of Mississippi, projects will be funded for a period up to 60 months. Mississippi will be funded for a period up to 48 months. Full Text of Announcement I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: The purpose of this program is to ensure that parents of children with disabilities receive training and information to help improve results for their children. Priority: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(iv) and (v), this priority is from allowable activities specified in the statute, or otherwise authorized in the statute (see sections 671 and 681(d) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)). Absolute Priority: For FY 2005 this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that meet this priority. This priority is: Parent Training and Information Centers (PTI Centers) Background: This priority supports parent training and information centers that will provide parents of children with disabilities, including low-income parents, parents of limited English proficient children and parents with disabilities, with the training and information they need to enable them to participate effectively in helping their children with disabilities to— VerDate jul<14>2003 18:17 Apr 05, 2005 Jkt 205001 (a) Meet developmental and functional goals, and challenging academic achievement goals that have been established for all children; and (b) Be prepared to lead productive, independent adult lives, to the maximum extent possible. In addition, a purpose of this priority is to ensure that children with disabilities and their parents receive training and information on their rights, responsibilities, and protections under IDEA in order to develop the skills necessary to cooperatively and effectively participate in planning and decision making relating to early intervention, educational, and transitional services. Text of Priority: A PTI Center shall— (a) Provide training and information that meets the needs of parents of children with disabilities living in the area served by the PTI Center, particularly underserved parents and parents of children who may be inappropriately identified as having a disability when the child may not have a disability, to enable their children with disabilities to— (1) Meet developmental and functional goals and challenging academic achievement goals established for all children; and (2) Be prepared to lead productive independent adult lives, to the maximum extent possible; (b) Ensure that the training and information provided meets the needs of low-income parents and parents of limited English proficient children; (c) Assist parents in resolving disputes in the most expeditious and effective way possible, including encouraging the use, and explaining the benefits, of alternative methods of dispute resolution, such as the mediation process described in section 615(e) of IDEA; (d) Assist parents and students with disabilities to understand their rights and responsibilities under IDEA, including those under section 615(m) of IDEA upon the student’s reaching the age of majority (as appropriate under State law); (e) Assist parents to understand the availability of, and how to effectively use, procedural safeguards under IDEA, including the resolution session described in section 615(e) of IDEA; (f) Assist parents in understanding, preparing for, and participating in, the process described in section 615(f)(1)(B) of IDEA; (g) Serve the parents of infants, toddlers, and children, from ages birth through 26, with the full range of PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 disabilities described in section 602(3) of IDEA; (h) Familiarize themselves with the provision of special education and related services in the areas they serve to help ensure that children with disabilities are receiving appropriate services; (i) Assist parents to— (1) Better understand the nature of their children’s disabilities and their educational, developmental, and transitional needs; (2) Communicate effectively and work collaboratively with personnel responsible for providing special education, early intervention services, transition services, and related services; (3) Participate in decision making processes regarding participation in State and local assessments and the development of individualized education programs and individualized family service plans; (4) Obtain appropriate information about the range, type and quality of (A) options, programs, services, technologies, practices and interventions that are based on scientifically based research, to the extent practicable, and (B) resources available to assist children with disabilities and their families in school and at home, including information available through the Office of Special Education Programs’ (OSEP) technical assistance network and Communities of Practice; (5) Understand the provisions of IDEA for the education of, and the provision of early intervention services to, children with disabilities; (6) Participate in activities at the school level that benefit their children; and (7) Participate in school reform activities; (j) In States where the State elects to contract with the parent training and information center, contract with the State educational agencies to provide, consistent with subparagraphs (B) and (D) of section 615(e)(2) of IDEA, individuals who meet with parents to explain the mediation process to the parents; (k) Establish cooperative partnerships with other PTI Centers in the State and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRC) funded under section 672 of IDEA; (l) Respond to requests from the National Technical Assistance Center (NTAC) and Regional Parent Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) and use the technical assistance services of the NTAC and PTACs in order to serve the families of infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities as efficiently E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 65 / Wednesday, April 6, 2005 / Notices as possible. PTACs are charged with assisting parent centers with administrative and programmatic issues; (m) Network with appropriate clearinghouses, including organizations conducting national dissemination activities under section 663 of IDEA, the Institute of Education Sciences, and with other national, State, and local organizations and agencies, such as protection and advocacy agencies, that serve parents and families of children with the full range of disabilities described in section 602(3) of IDEA; (n) Annually report to the Assistant Secretary on— (1) The number and demographics of parents to whom the PTI Center provided information and training in the most recently concluded fiscal year, (2) The effectiveness of strategies used to reach and serve parents, including underserved parents of children with disabilities by providing evidence of how those parents were served effectively; and (3) The number of parents served who have resolved disputes through alternative methods of dispute resolution; (o) If there is more than one PTI Center in a particular State, coordinate its activities with the other center or centers to ensure the most effective assistance to parents in that State; (p) Budget for a two-day Project Directors’ meeting in Washington, DC during each year of the project. In addition, a project’s budget must include funds to attend a regional Project Directors’ meeting to be held each year of the project; (q) If the PTI Center maintains a Web site, include relevant information and documents in a form that meets a government or industry-recognized standard for accessibility; (r) Prior to developing any new product, whether paper or electronic, submit for approval a proposal describing the content and purpose of the product to the document review board of OSEP’s Dissemination Center; (s) In collaboration with OSEP and the NTAC, participate in an annual collection of program data for PTI Centers and CPRCs; and (t) Identify with specificity in its application the special efforts it will make to— (1) Ensure that the needs for training and information of underserved parents of children with disabilities in the area to be served are effectively met; and (2) Work with community based organizations, including community based organizations that work with lowincome parents and parents of limited English proficient children. Waiver of VerDate jul<14>2003 18:17 Apr 05, 2005 Jkt 205001 Proposed Rulemaking: Under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553) the Department generally offers interested parties the opportunity to comment on proposed priorities. However, section 681(d) of IDEA makes the public comment requirements in the APA inapplicable to the priority in this notice. Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1471. Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84, 85, 97, 98, and 99. II. Award Information Type of Award: Discretionary grants. Estimated Available Funds: $3,307,306. Information concerning funding amounts for individual States is provided elsewhere in this section of this notice. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $275,600. Estimated Number of Awards: 12. adopted regional designations established by Pennsylvania and has identified corresponding maximum award amounts. Regions were identified in Pennsylvania by utilizing the educational services breakdown operational within the State. Any applicant that applies for grants for more than one region must complete a separate application for each region. In Pennsylvania, one award will be made in the following amounts to a qualified applicant for a PTI Center to serve each identified Region: Region 1—$382,000 Region 2—$254,650 The total of these two awards will not exceed the maximum amount listed in the following chart. A list of the counties that are included in each region follows the chart. INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT APPLICATION NOTICE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2005 Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: With the exception of Mississippi, projects will be funded for a period up to 60 months. Mississippi will be funded for a period up to 48 months. Estimated Project Awards: In order to allocate resources equitably, create a unified system of service delivery, and provide the broadest coverage for the parents and families in every State, the Assistant Secretary is making awards in five-year cycles for each State. In FY 2005, applications for 5-year awards will be accepted for the following States: Hawaii; Idaho; Louisiana; New Hampshire; North Carolina; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Tennessee; and West Virginia. Applications for a 4year award will be accepted for the State of Mississippi. Awards may also be made to eligible applicants in the Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the freely associated States; however, maximum funding levels for these areas have not been specified. The Assistant Secretary took into consideration current funding levels and population distribution when determining the award amounts for grants under this competition. In the following States, one award may be made for up to the amounts listed in the chart to a qualified applicant for a PTI Center to serve the entire State: Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and West Virginia. To ensure maximum coverage for this competition, the Assistant Secretary has PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17429 CFDA No. and name 84.328M Parent Training and Information Centers*: Hawaii ................................... Idaho ..................................... Louisiana .............................. Mississippi ............................ New Hampshire .................... North Carolina ...................... Oklahoma ............................. Pennsylvania ........................ —Region 1 ........................ —Region 2 ........................ Rhode Island ........................ Tennessee ............................ West Virginia ........................ Maximum award (per year)** $210,680 208,780 334,000 244,050 208,600 424,225 255,566 636,650 382,000 254,650 209,400 364,708 210,647 * Awards may also be made to eligible applicants in the Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the freely associated States. However, maximum funding levels for these areas have not been specified. ** We will reject any application that proposes a budget exceeding the funding level for a single budget period of 12 months. Pennsylvania Regions Region 1 includes the following counties: Adams, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming, and York. Region 2 includes the following counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 17430 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 65 / Wednesday, April 6, 2005 / Notices Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, and Westmoreland. III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants: Parent organizations, as defined in section 671(a)(2) of IDEA. A parent organization is a private nonprofit organization (other than an institution of higher education) that: (a) Has a board of directors, the parent and professional members of which are broadly representative of the population to be served (including low-income parents and parents of limited English proficient children), and the majority of whom are parents of children with disabilities ages birth through 26; and that includes individuals with disabilities and individuals working in the fields of special education, related services, and early intervention; and (b) Has as its mission serving families of children with disabilities who are ages birth through 26, and have the full range of disabilities described in section 602(3) of IDEA. 2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This competition does not involve cost sharing or matching. 3. Other: General Requirements—(a) The projects funded under this competition must make positive efforts to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities (see section 606 of IDEA). (b) Applicants and grant recipients funded under this notice must involve individuals with disabilities or parents of individuals with disabilities ages birth through 26 in planning, implementing, and evaluating the projects (see section 682(a)(1)(A) of IDEA). IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Address to Request Application Package: Education Publications Center (ED Pubs), P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794–1398. Telephone (toll free): 1– 877–433–7827. FAX: (301) 470–1244. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call (toll free): 1–877–576–7734. You may also contact ED Pubs at its Web site: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/ edpubs.html or you may contact ED Pubs at its e-mail address: edpubs@inet.ed.gov If you request an application from ED Pubs, be sure to identify this competition as follows: CFDA number 84.328M. VerDate jul<14>2003 18:17 Apr 05, 2005 Jkt 205001 Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application package in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) by contacting the Grants and Contracts Services Team listed under For Further Information Contact in section VII of this notice. 2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements concerning the content of an application, together with the forms you must submit, are in the application package for this competition. Page Limit: The application narrative (Part III of the application) is where you, the applicant, address the selection criteria that reviewers use to evaluate your application. You must limit Part III to the equivalent of no more than 60 pages, using the following standards: • A ‘‘page’’ is 8.5″ x 11″, on one side only, with 1″ margins at the top, bottom, and both sides. • Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch) all text in the application narrative, including titles, headings, footnotes, quotations, references, and captions, as well as all text in charts, tables, figures, and graphs. • Use a font that is either 12 point or larger or no smaller than 10 pitch (characters per inch). The page limit does not apply to Part I, the cover sheet; Part II, the budget section, including the narrative budget justification; Part IV, the assurances and certifications; or the one-page abstract, the resumes, the bibliography, the references, or the letters of support. However, you must include all of the application narrative in Part III. We will reject your application if— • You apply these standards and exceed the page limit; or • You apply other standards and exceed the equivalent of the page limit. 3. Submission Dates and Times: Applications Available: April 7, 2005. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 25, 2005. Applications for grants under this competition may be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov Apply site (Grants.gov), or in paper format by mail or hand delivery. For information (including dates and times) about how to submit your application electronically, or by mail or hand delivery, please refer to section IV. 6. Other Submission Requirements in this notice. We do not consider an application that does not comply with the deadline requirements. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 25, 2005. PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4. Intergovernmental Review: This program is subject to Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. Information about Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs under Executive Order 12372 is in the application package for this competition. 5. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice. 6. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under this competition may be submitted electronically or in paper format by mail or hand delivery. a. Electronic Submission of Applications. We have been accepting applications electronically through the Department’s e-Application system since FY 2000. In order to expand on those efforts and comply with the President’s Management Agenda, we are continuing to participate as a partner in the new governmentwide Grants.gov Apply site in FY 2005. Parent Training and Information Centers–CFDA Number 84.328M is one of the competitions included in this project. If you choose to submit your application electronically, you must use the Grants.gov Apply site (Grants.gov). Through this site, you will be able to download a copy of the application package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit your application. You may not e-mail an electronic copy of a grant application to us. We request your participation in Grants.gov. You may access the electronic grant application for Parent Training and Information Centers–CFDA Number 84.328M competition at: http:// www.grants.gov. You must search for the downloadable application package for this program by the CFDA number. Do not include the CFDA number’s alpha suffix in your search. Please note the following: • Your participation in Grants.gov is voluntary. • When you enter the Grants.gov site, you will find information about submitting an application electronically through the site, as well as the hours of operation. • Applications received by Grants.gov are time and date stamped. Your application must be fully uploaded and submitted with a date/time received by the Grants.gov system no later than 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. We will not consider your application if it was received by the Grants.gov system later than 4:30 p.m. on the application deadline date. When we retrieve your E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 65 / Wednesday, April 6, 2005 / Notices application from Grants.gov, we will notify you if we are rejecting your application because it was submitted after 4:30 p.m. on the application deadline date. • If you experience technical difficulties on the application deadline date and are unable to meet the 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time deadline, print out your application and follow the instructions in this notice for the submission of paper applications by mail or hand delivery. • The amount of time it can take to upload an application will vary depending on a variety of factors including the size of the application and the speed of your Internet connection. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you do not wait until the application deadline date to begin the application process through Grants.gov. • You should review and follow the Education Submission Procedures for submitting an application through Grants.gov that are included in the application package for this competition to ensure that your application is submitted timely to the Grants.gov system. • To use Grants.gov, you, as the applicant, must have a D–U–N–S Number and register in the Central Contractor Registry (CCR). You should allow a minimum of five business days to complete the CCR registration. • You will not receive additional point value because you submit your application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you if you submit your application in paper format. • You may submit all documents electronically, including all information typically included on the Application for Federal Education Assistance (ED 424), Budget Information—NonConstruction Programs (ED 524), and all necessary assurances and certifications. Any narrative sections of your application should be attached as files in a .DOC (document), .RTF (rich text) or .PDF (portable document) format. • Your electronic application must comply with any page limit requirements described in this notice. • After you electronically submit your application, you will receive an automatic acknowledgement from Grants.gov that contains a Grants.gov tracking number. The Department will retrieve your application from Grants.gov and send you a second confirmation by e-mail that will include a PR/Award number (an ED-specified identifying number unique to your application). • We may request that you provide us original signatures on forms at a later date. VerDate jul<14>2003 18:17 Apr 05, 2005 Jkt 205001 b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail. If you submit your application in paper format by mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or a commercial carrier), you must mail the original and two copies of your application, on or before the application deadline date, to the Department at the applicable following address: By mail through the U.S. Postal Service: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: (CFDA Number 84.328M), 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202– 4260 or By mail through a commercial carrier: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center—Stop 4260, Attention: (CFDA Number 84.328M), 7100 Old Landover Road, Landover, MD 20785–1506. Regardless of which address you use, you must show proof of mailing consisting of one of the following: (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark, (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the U.S. Postal Service, (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial carrier, or (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. If you mail your application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do not accept either of the following as proof of mailing: (1) A private metered postmark, or (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service. If your application is postmarked after the application deadline date, we will not consider your application. Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated postmark. Before relying on this method, you should check with your local post office. c. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery. If you submit your application in paper format by hand delivery, you (or a courier service) must deliver the original and two copies of your application by hand, on or before the application deadline date, to the Department at the following address: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: (CFDA Number 84.328M), 550 12th Street, SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–4260. The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17431 except Saturdays, Sundays and Federal holidays. Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications: If you mail or hand deliver your application to the Department: (1) You must indicate on the envelope and—if not provided by the Department—in Item 4 of the ED 424 the CFDA number—and suffix letter, if any—of the competition under which you are submitting your application. (2) The Application Control Center will mail a grant application receipt acknowledgment to you. If you do not receive the grant application receipt acknowledgment within 15 business days from the application deadline date, you should call the U.S. Department of Education Application Control Center at (202) 245–6288. V. Application Review Information Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this competition are from 34 CFR 75.210 and are listed in the application package. VI. Award Administration Information 1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award Notification (GAN). We may also notify you informally. If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, we notify you. 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify administrative and national policy requirements in the application package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice. We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of an award in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice and include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also incorporates your approved application as part of your binding commitments under the grant. 3. Reporting: At the end of your project period, you must submit a final performance report, including financial information, as directed by the Secretary. If you receive a multi-year award, you must submit an annual performance report that provides the most current performance and financial expenditure information as specified by the Secretary in 34 CFR 75.118. 4. Performance Measures: Under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), the Department is currently developing measures that will yield information on various aspects of the quality of the Training and Information for Parents of Children with Disabilities E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 17432 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 65 / Wednesday, April 6, 2005 / Notices program. The measures will focus on: The extent to which projects provide high quality products and services, the relevance of project products and services to educational and early intervention policy and practice, and the use of products and services to improve educational and early intervention policy and practice. Once the measures are developed, we will notify grantees if they will be required to provide any information related to these measures. Grantees will also be required to report information on their projects’ performance in annual reports to the Department (34 CFR 75.590). VII. Agency Contact For Further Information Contact: Donna Fluke, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 4059, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–2550. Telephone: (202) 245–7345. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1– 800–877–8339. Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request by contacting the following office: The Grants and Contracts Services Team, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–2550. Telephone: (202) 245– 7363. Electronic Access to This Document: You may view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/ fedregister. To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1– 888–293–6498; or in the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512–1530. Note: The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/ index.html. 18:17 Apr 05, 2005 BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Overview Information; Training and Information for Parents of Children With Disabilities—Community Parent Resource Centers; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.328C. Dates: Applications Available: April 7, 2005. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 20, 2005. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 19, 2005. Eligible Applicants: Local parent organizations, as defined in Section III, Eligibility Information, of this notice. Estimated Available Funds: $1,000,000. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $100,000. Maximum Award: The Secretary does not intend to fund an application that proposes a budget exceeding $100,000 for a single budget period of 12 months. Estimated Number of Awards: 10. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: Up to 36 months. Full Text of Announcement VIII. Other Information VerDate jul<14>2003 Dated: March 31, 2005. John H. Hager, Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. [FR Doc. 05–6749 Filed 4–5–05; 8:45 am] Jkt 205001 I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: The purpose of this program is to ensure that parents of children with disabilities receive training and information to help improve results for their children. Priorities: This competition contains an absolute priority and a competitive preference priority. In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(iv) and (v), these priorities are from allowable activities specified in the statute, or otherwise authorized in the statute (see sections 672 and 681(d) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)). Absolute Priority: For FY 2005 this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that meet this priority. This priority is: Community Parent Resource Centers Background: This priority supports community parent training and PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 information centers in targeted communities that will provide underserved parents of children with disabilities, including low-income parents, parents of limited English proficient children and parents with disabilities in that community, with the training and information they need to enable them to participate effectively in helping their children with disabilities to— (a) Meet developmental and functional goals, and challenging academic achievement goals that have been established for all children; and (b) Be prepared to lead productive, independent adult lives, to the maximum extent possible. In addition, a purpose of this priority is to ensure that children with disabilities and their parents receive training and information on their rights, responsibilities, and protections under IDEA in order to develop the skills necessary to cooperatively and effectively participate in planning and decisionmaking relating to early intervention, educational, and transitional services. Text of Priority Each community parent resource center assisted under this priority shall— (a) Provide training and information that meets the training and information needs of parents of children with disabilities within the targeted community proposed to be served by the center, particularly underserved parents and parents of children who may be inappropriately identified as having disabilities; Note: For purposes of this priority, ‘‘community to be served’’ refers to a community whose members experience significant isolation from available sources of information and support as a result of cultural, economic, linguistic, or other circumstances deemed appropriate by the Secretary. (b) Carry out the activities required of parent training and information centers under section 671(b) of IDEA, which are listed as follows: (1) Serve the parents of infants, toddlers, and children, from ages birth through 26, with the full range of disabilities described in section 602(3) of IDEA; (2) Ensure that the training and information provided meets the needs of low-income parents and parents of limited English proficient children; (3) Assist parents to— (A) Better understand the nature of their children’s disabilities and their educational, developmental, and transitional needs; E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Overview 
Information; Training and Information for Parents of Children With 
Disabilities--Parent Training and Information Centers; Notice Inviting 
Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2005

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.328M.
    Dates: Applications Available: April 7, 2005. Deadline for 
Transmittal of Applications: May 25, 2005. Deadline for 
Intergovernmental Review: July 25, 2005.
    Eligible Applicants: Parent organizations, as defined in section 
III. Eligibility Information in this notice.
    Estimated Available Funds: $3,307,306. Information concerning 
funding amounts for individual States is provided in a chart elsewhere 
in this notice under section II, Award Information.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $275,600.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 12.


    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this 
notice.

    Project Period: With the exception of Mississippi, projects will be 
funded for a period up to 60 months. Mississippi will be funded for a 
period up to 48 months.

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The purpose of this program is to ensure that 
parents of children with disabilities receive training and information 
to help improve results for their children.
    Priority: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(iv) and (v), this 
priority is from allowable activities specified in the statute, or 
otherwise authorized in the statute (see sections 671 and 681(d) of the 
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)).
    Absolute Priority: For FY 2005 this priority is an absolute 
priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that 
meet this priority.
    This priority is:
    Parent Training and Information Centers (PTI Centers) Background: 
This priority supports parent training and information centers that 
will provide parents of children with disabilities, including low-
income parents, parents of limited English proficient children and 
parents with disabilities, with the training and information they need 
to enable them to participate effectively in helping their children 
with disabilities to--
    (a) Meet developmental and functional goals, and challenging 
academic achievement goals that have been established for all children; 
and
    (b) Be prepared to lead productive, independent adult lives, to the 
maximum extent possible.
    In addition, a purpose of this priority is to ensure that children 
with disabilities and their parents receive training and information on 
their rights, responsibilities, and protections under IDEA in order to 
develop the skills necessary to cooperatively and effectively 
participate in planning and decision making relating to early 
intervention, educational, and transitional services.

Text of Priority:

    A PTI Center shall--
    (a) Provide training and information that meets the needs of 
parents of children with disabilities living in the area served by the 
PTI Center, particularly underserved parents and parents of children 
who may be inappropriately identified as having a disability when the 
child may not have a disability, to enable their children with 
disabilities to--
    (1) Meet developmental and functional goals and challenging 
academic achievement goals established for all children; and
    (2) Be prepared to lead productive independent adult lives, to the 
maximum extent possible;
    (b) Ensure that the training and information provided meets the 
needs of low-income parents and parents of limited English proficient 
children;
    (c) Assist parents in resolving disputes in the most expeditious 
and effective way possible, including encouraging the use, and 
explaining the benefits, of alternative methods of dispute resolution, 
such as the mediation process described in section 615(e) of IDEA;
    (d) Assist parents and students with disabilities to understand 
their rights and responsibilities under IDEA, including those under 
section 615(m) of IDEA upon the student's reaching the age of majority 
(as appropriate under State law);
    (e) Assist parents to understand the availability of, and how to 
effectively use, procedural safeguards under IDEA, including the 
resolution session described in section 615(e) of IDEA;
    (f) Assist parents in understanding, preparing for, and 
participating in, the process described in section 615(f)(1)(B) of 
IDEA;
    (g) Serve the parents of infants, toddlers, and children, from ages 
birth through 26, with the full range of disabilities described in 
section 602(3) of IDEA;
    (h) Familiarize themselves with the provision of special education 
and related services in the areas they serve to help ensure that 
children with disabilities are receiving appropriate services;
    (i) Assist parents to--
    (1) Better understand the nature of their children's disabilities 
and their educational, developmental, and transitional needs;
    (2) Communicate effectively and work collaboratively with personnel 
responsible for providing special education, early intervention 
services, transition services, and related services;
    (3) Participate in decision making processes regarding 
participation in State and local assessments and the development of 
individualized education programs and individualized family service 
plans;
    (4) Obtain appropriate information about the range, type and 
quality of (A) options, programs, services, technologies, practices and 
interventions that are based on scientifically based research, to the 
extent practicable, and (B) resources available to assist children with 
disabilities and their families in school and at home, including 
information available through the Office of Special Education Programs' 
(OSEP) technical assistance network and Communities of Practice;
    (5) Understand the provisions of IDEA for the education of, and the 
provision of early intervention services to, children with 
disabilities;
    (6) Participate in activities at the school level that benefit 
their children; and
    (7) Participate in school reform activities;
    (j) In States where the State elects to contract with the parent 
training and information center, contract with the State educational 
agencies to provide, consistent with subparagraphs (B) and (D) of 
section 615(e)(2) of IDEA, individuals who meet with parents to explain 
the mediation process to the parents;
    (k) Establish cooperative partnerships with other PTI Centers in 
the State and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRC) funded under 
section 672 of IDEA;
    (l) Respond to requests from the National Technical Assistance 
Center (NTAC) and Regional Parent Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) 
and use the technical assistance services of the NTAC and PTACs in 
order to serve the families of infants, toddlers, and children with 
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as possible. PTACs are charged with assisting parent centers with 
administrative and programmatic issues;
    (m) Network with appropriate clearinghouses, including 
organizations conducting national dissemination activities under 
section 663 of IDEA, the Institute of Education Sciences, and with 
other national, State, and local organizations and agencies, such as 
protection and advocacy agencies, that serve parents and families of 
children with the full range of disabilities described in section 
602(3) of IDEA;
    (n) Annually report to the Assistant Secretary on--
    (1) The number and demographics of parents to whom the PTI Center 
provided information and training in the most recently concluded fiscal 
year,
    (2) The effectiveness of strategies used to reach and serve 
parents, including underserved parents of children with disabilities by 
providing evidence of how those parents were served effectively; and
    (3) The number of parents served who have resolved disputes through 
alternative methods of dispute resolution;
    (o) If there is more than one PTI Center in a particular State, 
coordinate its activities with the other center or centers to ensure 
the most effective assistance to parents in that State;
    (p) Budget for a two-day Project Directors' meeting in Washington, 
DC during each year of the project. In addition, a project's budget 
must include funds to attend a regional Project Directors' meeting to 
be held each year of the project;
    (q) If the PTI Center maintains a Web site, include relevant 
information and documents in a form that meets a government or 
industry-recognized standard for accessibility;
    (r) Prior to developing any new product, whether paper or 
electronic, submit for approval a proposal describing the content and 
purpose of the product to the document review board of OSEP's 
Dissemination Center;
    (s) In collaboration with OSEP and the NTAC, participate in an 
annual collection of program data for PTI Centers and CPRCs; and
    (t) Identify with specificity in its application the special 
efforts it will make to--
    (1) Ensure that the needs for training and information of 
underserved parents of children with disabilities in the area to be 
served are effectively met; and
    (2) Work with community based organizations, including community 
based organizations that work with low-income parents and parents of 
limited English proficient children. Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking: 
Under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553) the 
Department generally offers interested parties the opportunity to 
comment on proposed priorities. However, section 681(d) of IDEA makes 
the public comment requirements in the APA inapplicable to the priority 
in this notice.
    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1471.
    Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 81, 
82, 84, 85, 97, 98, and 99.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
    Estimated Available Funds: $3,307,306. Information concerning 
funding amounts for individual States is provided elsewhere in this 
section of this notice.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $275,600.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 12.

    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this 
notice.

    Project Period: With the exception of Mississippi, projects will be 
funded for a period up to 60 months. Mississippi will be funded for a 
period up to 48 months.
    Estimated Project Awards: In order to allocate resources equitably, 
create a unified system of service delivery, and provide the broadest 
coverage for the parents and families in every State, the Assistant 
Secretary is making awards in five-year cycles for each State. In FY 
2005, applications for 5-year awards will be accepted for the following 
States: Hawaii; Idaho; Louisiana; New Hampshire; North Carolina; 
Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Tennessee; and West Virginia. 
Applications for a 4-year award will be accepted for the State of 
Mississippi. Awards may also be made to eligible applicants in the 
Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, 
and the freely associated States; however, maximum funding levels for 
these areas have not been specified.
    The Assistant Secretary took into consideration current funding 
levels and population distribution when determining the award amounts 
for grants under this competition.
    In the following States, one award may be made for up to the 
amounts listed in the chart to a qualified applicant for a PTI Center 
to serve the entire State: Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, New 
Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and West 
Virginia.
    To ensure maximum coverage for this competition, the Assistant 
Secretary has adopted regional designations established by Pennsylvania 
and has identified corresponding maximum award amounts. Regions were 
identified in Pennsylvania by utilizing the educational services 
breakdown operational within the State. Any applicant that applies for 
grants for more than one region must complete a separate application 
for each region. In Pennsylvania, one award will be made in the 
following amounts to a qualified applicant for a PTI Center to serve 
each identified Region:

     Region 1--$382,000
     Region 2--$254,650

The total of these two awards will not exceed the maximum amount listed 
in the following chart. A list of the counties that are included in 
each region follows the chart.

   Individuals With Disabilities Education Act Application Notice for
                            Fiscal Year 2005
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Maximum award
                    CFDA No. and name                      (per year)**
------------------------------------------------------------------------
84.328M Parent Training and Information Centers*:
Hawaii..................................................        $210,680
Idaho...................................................         208,780
Louisiana...............................................         334,000
Mississippi.............................................         244,050
New Hampshire...........................................         208,600
North Carolina..........................................         424,225
Oklahoma................................................         255,566
Pennsylvania............................................         636,650
  --Region 1............................................         382,000
  --Region 2............................................         254,650
Rhode Island............................................         209,400
Tennessee...............................................         364,708
West Virginia...........................................        210,647
------------------------------------------------------------------------
* Awards may also be made to eligible applicants in the Virgin Islands,
  Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the freely
  associated States. However, maximum funding levels for these areas
  have not been specified.
** We will reject any application that proposes a budget exceeding the
  funding level for a single budget period of 12 months.

Pennsylvania Regions

    Region 1 includes the following counties: Adams, Berks, Bucks, 
Carbon, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, 
Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, 
Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming, and York.
    Region 2 includes the following counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, 
Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, 
Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, 
Forest, Franklin,

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Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lawrence, 
Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, 
Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, 
and Westmoreland.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: Parent organizations, as defined in section 
671(a)(2) of IDEA. A parent organization is a private nonprofit 
organization (other than an institution of higher education) that:
    (a) Has a board of directors, the parent and professional members 
of which are broadly representative of the population to be served 
(including low-income parents and parents of limited English proficient 
children), and the majority of whom are parents of children with 
disabilities ages birth through 26; and that includes individuals with 
disabilities and individuals working in the fields of special 
education, related services, and early intervention; and
    (b) Has as its mission serving families of children with 
disabilities who are ages birth through 26, and have the full range of 
disabilities described in section 602(3) of IDEA.
    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This competition does not involve cost 
sharing or matching.
    3. Other: General Requirements--(a) The projects funded under this 
competition must make positive efforts to employ and advance in 
employment qualified individuals with disabilities (see section 606 of 
IDEA).
    (b) Applicants and grant recipients funded under this notice must 
involve individuals with disabilities or parents of individuals with 
disabilities ages birth through 26 in planning, implementing, and 
evaluating the projects (see section 682(a)(1)(A) of IDEA).

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Address to Request Application Package: Education Publications 
Center (ED Pubs), P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Telephone (toll 
free): 1-877-433-7827. FAX: (301) 470-1244. If you use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call (toll free): 
1-877-576-7734.
    You may also contact ED Pubs at its Web site: http://www.ed.gov/
pubs/edpubs.html or you may contact ED Pubs at its e-mail address: 
edpubs@inet.ed.gov
    If you request an application from ED Pubs, be sure to identify 
this competition as follows: CFDA number 84.328M.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application 
package in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, 
audiotape, or computer diskette) by contacting the Grants and Contracts 
Services Team listed under For Further Information Contact in section 
VII of this notice.
    2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements 
concerning the content of an application, together with the forms you 
must submit, are in the application package for this competition. Page 
Limit: The application narrative (Part III of the application) is where 
you, the applicant, address the selection criteria that reviewers use 
to evaluate your application. You must limit Part III to the equivalent 
of no more than 60 pages, using the following standards:
     A ``page'' is 8.5'' x 11'', on one side only, with 1'' 
margins at the top, bottom, and both sides.
     Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch) 
all text in the application narrative, including titles, headings, 
footnotes, quotations, references, and captions, as well as all text in 
charts, tables, figures, and graphs.
     Use a font that is either 12 point or larger or no smaller 
than 10 pitch (characters per inch).
    The page limit does not apply to Part I, the cover sheet; Part II, 
the budget section, including the narrative budget justification; Part 
IV, the assurances and certifications; or the one-page abstract, the 
resumes, the bibliography, the references, or the letters of support. 
However, you must include all of the application narrative in Part III.
    We will reject your application if--
     You apply these standards and exceed the page limit; or
     You apply other standards and exceed the equivalent of the 
page limit.
    3. Submission Dates and Times: Applications Available: April 7, 
2005. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 25, 2005.
    Applications for grants under this competition may be submitted 
electronically using the Grants.gov Apply site (Grants.gov), or in 
paper format by mail or hand delivery. For information (including dates 
and times) about how to submit your application electronically, or by 
mail or hand delivery, please refer to section IV. 6. Other Submission 
Requirements in this notice.
    We do not consider an application that does not comply with the 
deadline requirements. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 25, 
2005.
    4. Intergovernmental Review: This program is subject to Executive 
Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. Information about 
Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs under Executive Order 
12372 is in the application package for this competition.
    5. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding 
restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.
    6. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under 
this competition may be submitted electronically or in paper format by 
mail or hand delivery.
    a. Electronic Submission of Applications.
    We have been accepting applications electronically through the 
Department's e-Application system since FY 2000. In order to expand on 
those efforts and comply with the President's Management Agenda, we are 
continuing to participate as a partner in the new governmentwide 
Grants.gov Apply site in FY 2005. Parent Training and Information 
Centers-CFDA Number 84.328M is one of the competitions included in this 
project.
    If you choose to submit your application electronically, you must 
use the Grants.gov Apply site (Grants.gov). Through this site, you will 
be able to download a copy of the application package, complete it 
offline, and then upload and submit your application. You may not e-
mail an electronic copy of a grant application to us. We request your 
participation in Grants.gov.
    You may access the electronic grant application for Parent Training 
and Information Centers-CFDA Number 84.328M competition at: http://
www.grants.gov. You must search for the downloadable application 
package for this program by the CFDA number. Do not include the CFDA 
number's alpha suffix in your search.
    Please note the following:
     Your participation in Grants.gov is voluntary.
     When you enter the Grants.gov site, you will find 
information about submitting an application electronically through the 
site, as well as the hours of operation.
     Applications received by Grants.gov are time and date 
stamped. Your application must be fully uploaded and submitted with a 
date/time received by the Grants.gov system no later than 4:30 p.m., 
Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. We will not 
consider your application if it was received by the Grants.gov system 
later than 4:30 p.m. on the application deadline date. When we retrieve 
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application from Grants.gov, we will notify you if we are rejecting 
your application because it was submitted after 4:30 p.m. on the 
application deadline date.
     If you experience technical difficulties on the 
application deadline date and are unable to meet the 4:30 p.m., 
Washington, DC time deadline, print out your application and follow the 
instructions in this notice for the submission of paper applications by 
mail or hand delivery.
     The amount of time it can take to upload an application 
will vary depending on a variety of factors including the size of the 
application and the speed of your Internet connection. Therefore, we 
strongly recommend that you do not wait until the application deadline 
date to begin the application process through Grants.gov.
     You should review and follow the Education Submission 
Procedures for submitting an application through Grants.gov that are 
included in the application package for this competition to ensure that 
your application is submitted timely to the Grants.gov system.
     To use Grants.gov, you, as the applicant, must have a D-U-
N-S Number and register in the Central Contractor Registry (CCR). You 
should allow a minimum of five business days to complete the CCR 
registration.
     You will not receive additional point value because you 
submit your application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you 
if you submit your application in paper format.
     You may submit all documents electronically, including all 
information typically included on the Application for Federal Education 
Assistance (ED 424), Budget Information--Non-Construction Programs (ED 
524), and all necessary assurances and certifications. Any narrative 
sections of your application should be attached as files in a .DOC 
(document), .RTF (rich text) or .PDF (portable document) format.
     Your electronic application must comply with any page 
limit requirements described in this notice.
     After you electronically submit your application, you will 
receive an automatic acknowledgement from Grants.gov that contains a 
Grants.gov tracking number. The Department will retrieve your 
application from Grants.gov and send you a second confirmation by e-
mail that will include a PR/Award number (an ED-specified identifying 
number unique to your application).
     We may request that you provide us original signatures on 
forms at a later date.
    b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail.
    If you submit your application in paper format by mail (through the 
U.S. Postal Service or a commercial carrier), you must mail the 
original and two copies of your application, on or before the 
application deadline date, to the Department at the applicable 
following address:
    By mail through the U.S. Postal Service: U.S. Department of 
Education, Application Control Center, Attention: (CFDA Number 
84.328M), 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202-4260

or

    By mail through a commercial carrier: U.S. Department of Education, 
Application Control Center--Stop 4260, Attention: (CFDA Number 
84.328M), 7100 Old Landover Road, Landover, MD 20785-1506.
    Regardless of which address you use, you must show proof of mailing 
consisting of one of the following:
    (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark,
    (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the 
U.S. Postal Service,
    (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial 
carrier, or
    (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of the 
U.S. Department of Education.
    If you mail your application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do 
not accept either of the following as proof of mailing:
    (1) A private metered postmark, or
    (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service.
    If your application is postmarked after the application deadline 
date, we will not consider your application.


    Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated 
postmark. Before relying on this method, you should check with your 
local post office.


    c. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery.
    If you submit your application in paper format by hand delivery, 
you (or a courier service) must deliver the original and two copies of 
your application by hand, on or before the application deadline date, 
to the Department at the following address: U.S. Department of 
Education, Application Control Center, Attention: (CFDA Number 
84.328M), 550 12th Street, SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center Plaza, 
Washington, DC 20202-4260. The Application Control Center accepts hand 
deliveries daily between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, 
except Saturdays, Sundays and Federal holidays.
    Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications: If you mail 
or hand deliver your application to the Department:
    (1) You must indicate on the envelope and--if not provided by the 
Department--in Item 4 of the ED 424 the CFDA number--and suffix letter, 
if any--of the competition under which you are submitting your 
application.
    (2) The Application Control Center will mail a grant application 
receipt acknowledgment to you. If you do not receive the grant 
application receipt acknowledgment within 15 business days from the 
application deadline date, you should call the U.S. Department of 
Education Application Control Center at (202) 245-6288.

V. Application Review Information

    Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this competition are 
from 34 CFR 75.210 and are listed in the application package.

VI. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your 
U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award 
Notification (GAN). We may also notify you informally.
    If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, 
we notify you.
    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify 
administrative and national policy requirements in the application 
package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable 
Regulations section of this notice.
    We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of 
an award in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice and 
include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also 
incorporates your approved application as part of your binding 
commitments under the grant.
    3. Reporting: At the end of your project period, you must submit a 
final performance report, including financial information, as directed 
by the Secretary. If you receive a multi-year award, you must submit an 
annual performance report that provides the most current performance 
and financial expenditure information as specified by the Secretary in 
34 CFR 75.118.
    4. Performance Measures: Under the Government Performance and 
Results Act (GPRA), the Department is currently developing measures 
that will yield information on various aspects of the quality of the 
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program. The measures will focus on: The extent to which projects 
provide high quality products and services, the relevance of project 
products and services to educational and early intervention policy and 
practice, and the use of products and services to improve educational 
and early intervention policy and practice.
    Once the measures are developed, we will notify grantees if they 
will be required to provide any information related to these measures.
    Grantees will also be required to report information on their 
projects' performance in annual reports to the Department (34 CFR 
75.590).

VII. Agency Contact

    For Further Information Contact: Donna Fluke, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 4059, Potomac Center Plaza, 
Washington, DC 20202-2550. Telephone: (202) 245-7345.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may 
call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an 
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request by contacting the following office: The Grants and 
Contracts Services Team, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland 
Avenue, SW., Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-2550. 
Telephone: (202) 245-7363.

VIII. Other Information

    Electronic Access to This Document: You may view this document, as 
well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal 
Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the 
Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/fedregister.
    To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available 
free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. 
Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1-888-293-6498; or in 
the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512-1530.


    Note: The official version of this document is the document 
published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the 
official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal 
Regulations is available on GPO Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/
nara/index.html.


    Dated: March 31, 2005.
John H. Hager,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
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