Emergency Response and Crisis Management Grant Program, 19736-19738 [05-7531]

Download as PDF 19736 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 71 / Thursday, April 14, 2005 / Notices Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), cannot be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. The petition requests that men’s and boys’ woven cotton shirts and women’s and girls woven cotton blouses of such fabrics assembled in one or more CBTPA beneficiary countries be eligible for preferential treatment under the CBTPA. CITA hereby solicits public comments on this petition, in particular with regard to whether these fabrics can be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. Comments must be submitted by April 29, 2005 to the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, Room 3001, United States Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution, NW., Washington, DC 20230. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Janet E. Heinzen, International Trade Specialist, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-3400. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority: Section 213(b)(2)(A)(v)(II) of the CBERA, as added by Section 211(a) of the CBTPA; Section 6 of Executive Order No. 13191 of January 17, 2001. Background The CBTPA provides for quota- and duty-free treatment for qualifying textile and apparel products. Such treatment is generally limited to products manufactured from yarns or fabrics formed in the United States. The CBTPA also provides for quota- and duty-free treatment for apparel articles that are both cut (or knit-to-shape) and sewn or otherwise assembled in one or more CBTPA beneficiary countries from fabric or yarn that is not formed in the United States, if it has been determined that such fabric or yarn cannot be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. In Executive Order No. 13191, the President delegated to CITA the authority to determine whether yarns or fabrics cannot be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner under the CBTPA and directed CITA to establish procedures to ensure appropriate public participation in any such determination. On March 6, 2001, CITA published procedures that it will follow in considering requests. (66 FR 13502). On April 8, 2005, the Chairman of CITA received a petition from Oxford Industries alleging that certain 100 percent cotton, 2 x 2 twill weave, flannel fabrics, of ring spun and combed 2 ply yarns, of the specifications VerDate jul<14>2003 19:36 Apr 13, 2005 Jkt 205001 detailed below, classified HTSUS subheading 5208.43.0000, cannot be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner and requesting quota- and dutyfree treatment under the CBTPA for men’s and boys’ woven cotton shirts and women’s and girls’ woven cotton blouses that are cut and sewn in one or more CBTPA beneficiary countries from such fabrics. Specifications: Petitioner Style No: Fiber Content: Weight: Width: Thread Count: Yarn Number: Weave: Finish: 1662 100% Cotton 150 - 160 g/m2 148 - 152 centimeters 50 - 52 ends per cm (25-26 x two plies) 42 - 46 filling picks per cm (21-23 x two plies) 92 - 98 thread per square cm (46-49 x two plies) 34 metric warp and filling, ring spun combed, two ply average yarn number 60-62. 2 x 2 twill Yarns of different colors; napped The petitioner emphasizes that the construction of the fabric must be exactly or nearly exactly as specified or the fabric will not be suitable for its intended uses. CITA is soliciting public comments regarding this request, particularly with respect to whether these fabrics can be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. Also relevant is whether other fabrics that are supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner are substitutable for the fabric for purposes of the intended use. Comments must be received no later than April 29, 2005. Interested persons are invited to submit six copies of such comments or information to the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, room 3100, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20230. If a comment alleges that these fabrics can be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner, CITA will closely review any supporting documentation, such as a signed statement by a manufacturer of the fabric stating that it produces the fabric that is the subject of the request, including the quantities that can be supplied and the time necessary to fill an order, as well as any relevant information regarding past production. CITA will protect any business confidential information that is marked ‘‘business confidential’’ from disclosure to the full extent permitted by law. PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 CITA generally considers specific details, such as quantities and lead times for providing the subject product as business confidential. However, information such as the names of domestic manufacturers who were contacted, questions concerning the capability to manufacture the subject product, and the responses thereto should be available for public review to ensure proper public participation in the process. If this is not possible, an explanation of the necessity for treating such information as business confidential must be provided. CITA will make available to the public nonconfidential versions of the request and non-confidential versions of any public comments received with respect to a request in room 3100 in the Herbert Hoover Building, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230. Persons submitting comments on a request are encouraged to include a nonconfidential version and a nonconfidential summary. D. Michael Hutchinson, Acting Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements. [FR Doc. 05–7586 Filed 4–12–05; 2:33 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Emergency Response and Crisis Management Grant Program Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice of proposed priority and other application requirements. AGENCY: SUMMARY: We propose a priority and other application requirements under the Emergency Response and Crisis Management Grant program. We may use this priority and the application requirements for competitions in Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 and in later years. We take this action to focus Federal financial assistance on supporting grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) in improving and strengthening emergency response and crisis management plans that address the four phases of crisis planning: Prevention/ Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery. DATES: We must receive your comments on or before May 16, 2005. ADDRESSES: Address all comments about this proposed priority and other application requirements to Sara Strizzi, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 3E320, Washington, DC 20202–6450. If you prefer to send your comments E:\FR\FM\14APN1.SGM 14APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 71 / Thursday, April 14, 2005 / Notices through the Internet, use the following address: sara.strizzi@ed.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sara Strizzi. Telephone: (202) 708–4850 or via Internet: sara.strizzi@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1– 888–877–8339. Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an alternative format (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Invitation To Comment We invite you to submit comments regarding this proposed priority and other application requirements. We invite you to assist us in complying with the specific requirements of Executive Order 12866 and its overall requirement of reducing regulatory burden that might result from this proposed priority and other application requirements. Please let us know of any further opportunities we should take to reduce potential costs or increase potential benefits while preserving the effective and efficient administration of the program. During and after the comment period, you may inspect all public comments about this proposed priority and other application requirements in 400 Maryland Ave, SW., room 3E320, Washington, DC, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., eastern time, Monday through Friday of each week except Federal holidays. Assistance to Individuals With Disabilities in Reviewing the Rulemaking Record On request, we will supply an appropriate aid, such as a reader or print magnifier, to an individual with a disability who needs assistance to review the comments or other documents in the public rulemaking record for this proposed priority and other application requirements. If you want to schedule an appointment for this type of aid, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Background: The events of September 11, 2001, made schools and communities aware that, in addition to planning for traditional crises and emergencies, schools must now plan to respond to possible terrorist attacks on campus or in the community. We propose this priority and other application requirements under the Safe VerDate jul<14>2003 19:36 Apr 13, 2005 Jkt 205001 and Drug-Free Schools and Communities National Programs to focus on the important need of LEAs to strengthen and improve school crisis plans in coordination with communitybased partners. We will announce the final priority and other application requirements in a notice in the Federal Register. We will determine the final priority and other application requirements after considering responses to this notice and other information available to the Department. This notice does not preclude us from proposing or using additional priorities or other application requirements, subject to meeting applicable rulemaking requirements. Note: This notice does not solicit applications. In any year in which we choose to use this proposed priority and other application requirements, we invite applications through a notice in the Federal Register. When inviting applications we designate the priority as absolute, competitive preference, or invitational. The effect of each type of priority follows: Absolute priority: Under an absolute priority we consider only applications that meet the priority (34 CFR 75.105(c)(3)). Competitive preference priority: Under a competitive preference priority we give competitive preference to an application by either (1) awarding additional points, depending on how well or the extent to which the application meets the competitive priority (34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i)); or (2) selecting an application that meets the competitive priority over an application of comparable merit that does not meet the priority (34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(ii)). Invitational priority: Under an invitational priority we are particularly interested in applications that meet the invitational priority. However, we do not give an application that meets the invitational priority a competitive or absolute preference over other applications (34 CFR 75.105(c)(1)). Priority: Improvement and Strengthening of School Emergency Response and Crisis Management Plans. This proposed priority supports local educational agency (LEA) projects to improve and strengthen emergency response and crisis management plans, at the district and school-building level, addressing the four phases of crisis planning: Prevention/Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery. Plans must include: (1) training for school personnel and students in emergency response procedures; (2) coordination with local law enforcement, public safety, health, and mental health agencies; and (3) a method for communicating school PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 19737 emergency response policies and reunification procedures to parents and guardians. Other Application Requirements: We propose establishing the following application requirements: 1. Partner Agreements. To be considered for a grant award, an applicant must include in its application an agreement that details the participation of each of the following five community-based partners: law enforcement, public safety, health, mental health, and the head of the applicant’s local government (for example the mayor, city manager, or county executive). The agreement must include a description of each partner’s roles and responsibilities in improving and strengthening emergency response plans at the district and school-building level, a description of each partner’s commitment to the continuation and continuous improvement of emergency response plans at the district and school-building level, and an authorized signature representing the LEA and each partner acknowledging the agreement. If one or more of the five partners listed is not present in the applicant’s community, or cannot feasibly participate, the agreement must explain the absence of each missing partner. To be considered eligible for funding, however, an application must include a signed agreement between the LEA, a law enforcement partner, and at least one of the other required partners (public safety, health, mental health, or head of local government). Applications that fail to include the required agreement, including information on partners’ roles and responsibilities and on their commitment to continuation and continuous improvement (with signatures and explanations for missing signatures as specified above), will not be read. Although this program requires partnerships with other parties, administrative direction and fiscal control for the project must reside with the LEA. 2. Coordination with State or Local Homeland Security Plan. All emergency response and crisis management plans must be coordinated with the Homeland Security Plan of the State or locality in which the LEA is located. All States submitted such a plan to the Department of Homeland Security on January 30, 2004. To ensure that emergency services are coordinated, and to avoid duplication of effort within States and localities, applicants must include in their applications an assurance that the LEA will coordinate with and follow the requirements of E:\FR\FM\14APN1.SGM 14APN1 19738 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 71 / Thursday, April 14, 2005 / Notices their State or local Homeland Security Plan for emergency services and initiatives. 3. Support of the National Incident Management System. Applicants also must also agree to support the implementation of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). In accordance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD–5, the NIMS provides a consistent approach for Federal, State, and local governments to work effectively and efficiently together to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size, or complexity. Specifically, applicants must include in their applications an assurance that, by September 30, 2005, they will complete, to the maximum extent possible, the following steps to support NIMS implementation: • Administer the NIMS Awareness Course: ‘‘National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction’’ (IS 700) to key district and school staff. This independent study course, developed by the Emergency Management Institute (EMI), explains the purpose, principles, key components, and benefits of the NIMS. The course is available online and will take between forty-five minutes to three hours to complete. The course is available on the EMI Web site at: http:/ /training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/ is700.asp. • Formally recognize the NIMS and adopt NIMS principles and policies. Districts and/or their local government should establish an executive order, resolution, or ordinance to formally adopt the NIMS. • Establish a NIMS baseline to determine which NIMS requirements have been met by the LEA. Districts should coordinate with their community partners to assess the district’s overall compliance with the NIMS, and determine gaps in compliance that need to be closed in order to reach full implementation of the NIMS. • Establish a timeframe and strategy for full NIMS implementation. States, territories, tribes, and local entities are encouraged to achieve full NIMS implementation by September 30, 2005, to the maximum extent possible. • Establish the use of the Incident Command System (ICS). The ICS has been established by the NIMS as the standardized incident organizational structure for the management of all incidents. Districts should coordinate with community partners listed above in institutionalizing the use of the ICS VerDate jul<14>2003 19:36 Apr 13, 2005 Jkt 205001 in a manner that is consistent with the concepts and principles in the NIMS. Note: Since LEAs are integral to local governments, an LEA’s NIMS compliance must be achieved in close coordination with the local government and with recognition of the first responder capabilities held by the LEA and the local government. As LEAs are not traditional response organizations, first responder services will typically be provided to LEAs by local fire and rescue departments, emergency medical service providers, and law enforcement agencies. This traditional relationship must be acknowledged in achieving NIMS compliance in an integrated NIMS compliance plan for the local government and the LEA. LEA participation in the NIMS preparedness program of the local government is essential to ensure that first responder services are delivered to schools in a timely and effective manner. Additional information about NIMS implementation is available at http:// www.fema.gov/nims.) 4. Individuals with Disabilities. The applicant’s plan must demonstrate that the applicant has taken into consideration the communication, transportation, and medical needs of individuals with disabilities within the school district. Executive Order 12866 This notice of proposed priority and other application requirements has been reviewed in accordance with Executive Order 12866. Under the terms of the order, we have assessed the potential costs and benefits of this regulatory action. The potential costs associated with the notice of proposed priority and other application requirements are those resulting from statutory requirements and those we have determined as necessary for administering this program effectively and efficiently. In assessing the potential costs and benefits—both quantitative and qualitative—of this notice of proposed priority and other application requirements, we have determined that the benefits of the proposed priority and other application requirements justify the costs. We have also determined that this regulatory action does not unduly interfere with State, local, and tribal governments in the exercise of their governmental functions. Summary of potential costs and benefits: The potential cost associated with this proposed priority and other application requirements is minimal while the benefits are significant. Grantees may anticipate costs with completing the application process in terms of staff and partner time, copying, and mailing or delivery. The use of E- PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Application technology reduces mailing and copying costs significantly. Grantees may also anticipate costs in achieving NIMS compliance. However, these costs may be included in the grant budget and, therefore, will have little financial impact on the applicant. The benefit of this proposed priority and other application requirements is that grantees that develop a comprehensive emergency response and crisis management plan that includes training and that is implemented in coordination with community partners may mitigate the financial and human impact of a crisis in their district. Intergovernmental Review This program is subject to Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. One of the objectives of the Executive order is to foster an intergovernmental partnership and a strengthened federalism. The Executive order relies on processes developed by State and local governments for coordination and review of proposed Federal financial assistance. This document provides early notification of our specific plans and actions for this program. Electronic Access to This Document You may view this document, as well as all other Department of Education documents 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 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. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number 84.184.E—Emergency Response and Crisis Management Grant program) Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 7131. Dated: April 11, 2005. Deborah A. Price, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and DrugFree Schools. [FR Doc. 05–7531 Filed 4–13–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P E:\FR\FM\14APN1.SGM 14APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Emergency Response and Crisis Management Grant Program

AGENCY: Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of proposed priority and other application requirements.

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SUMMARY: We propose a priority and other application requirements under 
the Emergency Response and Crisis Management Grant program. We may use 
this priority and the application requirements for competitions in 
Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 and in later years. We take this action to focus 
Federal financial assistance on supporting grants to local educational 
agencies (LEAs) in improving and strengthening emergency response and 
crisis management plans that address the four phases of crisis 
planning: Prevention/Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.

DATES: We must receive your comments on or before May 16, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Address all comments about this proposed priority and other 
application requirements to Sara Strizzi, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., 
room 3E320, Washington, DC 20202-6450. If you prefer to send your 
comments

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through the Internet, use the following address: sara.strizzi@ed.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sara Strizzi. Telephone: (202) 708-
4850 or via Internet: sara.strizzi@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may 
call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-888-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an 
alternative format (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the contact person listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Invitation To Comment

    We invite you to submit comments regarding this proposed priority 
and other application requirements.
    We invite you to assist us in complying with the specific 
requirements of Executive Order 12866 and its overall requirement of 
reducing regulatory burden that might result from this proposed 
priority and other application requirements. Please let us know of any 
further opportunities we should take to reduce potential costs or 
increase potential benefits while preserving the effective and 
efficient administration of the program.
    During and after the comment period, you may inspect all public 
comments about this proposed priority and other application 
requirements in 400 Maryland Ave, SW., room 3E320, Washington, DC, 
between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., eastern time, Monday through 
Friday of each week except Federal holidays.

Assistance to Individuals With Disabilities in Reviewing the Rulemaking 
Record

    On request, we will supply an appropriate aid, such as a reader or 
print magnifier, to an individual with a disability who needs 
assistance to review the comments or other documents in the public 
rulemaking record for this proposed priority and other application 
requirements. If you want to schedule an appointment for this type of 
aid, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT.
    Background: The events of September 11, 2001, made schools and 
communities aware that, in addition to planning for traditional crises 
and emergencies, schools must now plan to respond to possible terrorist 
attacks on campus or in the community. We propose this priority and 
other application requirements under the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and 
Communities National Programs to focus on the important need of LEAs to 
strengthen and improve school crisis plans in coordination with 
community-based partners.
    We will announce the final priority and other application 
requirements in a notice in the Federal Register. We will determine the 
final priority and other application requirements after considering 
responses to this notice and other information available to the 
Department. This notice does not preclude us from proposing or using 
additional priorities or other application requirements, subject to 
meeting applicable rulemaking requirements.

    Note: This notice does not solicit applications. In any year in 
which we choose to use this proposed priority and other application 
requirements, we invite applications through a notice in the Federal 
Register. When inviting applications we designate the priority as 
absolute, competitive preference, or invitational. The effect of 
each type of priority follows:

    Absolute priority: Under an absolute priority we consider only 
applications that meet the priority (34 CFR 75.105(c)(3)).
    Competitive preference priority: Under a competitive preference 
priority we give competitive preference to an application by either (1) 
awarding additional points, depending on how well or the extent to 
which the application meets the competitive priority (34 CFR 
75.105(c)(2)(i)); or (2) selecting an application that meets the 
competitive priority over an application of comparable merit that does 
not meet the priority (34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(ii)).
    Invitational priority: Under an invitational priority we are 
particularly interested in applications that meet the invitational 
priority. However, we do not give an application that meets the 
invitational priority a competitive or absolute preference over other 
applications (34 CFR 75.105(c)(1)).
    Priority: Improvement and Strengthening of School Emergency 
Response and Crisis Management Plans. This proposed priority supports 
local educational agency (LEA) projects to improve and strengthen 
emergency response and crisis management plans, at the district and 
school-building level, addressing the four phases of crisis planning: 
Prevention/Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery. Plans must 
include: (1) training for school personnel and students in emergency 
response procedures; (2) coordination with local law enforcement, 
public safety, health, and mental health agencies; and (3) a method for 
communicating school emergency response policies and reunification 
procedures to parents and guardians.
    Other Application Requirements: We propose establishing the 
following application requirements:
    1. Partner Agreements. To be considered for a grant award, an 
applicant must include in its application an agreement that details the 
participation of each of the following five community-based partners: 
law enforcement, public safety, health, mental health, and the head of 
the applicant's local government (for example the mayor, city manager, 
or county executive). The agreement must include a description of each 
partner's roles and responsibilities in improving and strengthening 
emergency response plans at the district and school-building level, a 
description of each partner's commitment to the continuation and 
continuous improvement of emergency response plans at the district and 
school-building level, and an authorized signature representing the LEA 
and each partner acknowledging the agreement. If one or more of the 
five partners listed is not present in the applicant's community, or 
cannot feasibly participate, the agreement must explain the absence of 
each missing partner. To be considered eligible for funding, however, 
an application must include a signed agreement between the LEA, a law 
enforcement partner, and at least one of the other required partners 
(public safety, health, mental health, or head of local government).
    Applications that fail to include the required agreement, including 
information on partners' roles and responsibilities and on their 
commitment to continuation and continuous improvement (with signatures 
and explanations for missing signatures as specified above), will not 
be read.
    Although this program requires partnerships with other parties, 
administrative direction and fiscal control for the project must reside 
with the LEA.
    2. Coordination with State or Local Homeland Security Plan. All 
emergency response and crisis management plans must be coordinated with 
the Homeland Security Plan of the State or locality in which the LEA is 
located. All States submitted such a plan to the Department of Homeland 
Security on January 30, 2004. To ensure that emergency services are 
coordinated, and to avoid duplication of effort within States and 
localities, applicants must include in their applications an assurance 
that the LEA will coordinate with and follow the requirements of

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their State or local Homeland Security Plan for emergency services and 
initiatives.
    3. Support of the National Incident Management System. Applicants 
also must also agree to support the implementation of the National 
Incident Management System (NIMS). In accordance with Homeland Security 
Presidential Directive/HSPD-5, the NIMS provides a consistent approach 
for Federal, State, and local governments to work effectively and 
efficiently together to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover 
from domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size, or complexity.
    Specifically, applicants must include in their applications an 
assurance that, by September 30, 2005, they will complete, to the 
maximum extent possible, the following steps to support NIMS 
implementation:
     Administer the NIMS Awareness Course: ``National Incident 
Management System (NIMS), An Introduction'' (IS 700) to key district 
and school staff. This independent study course, developed by the 
Emergency Management Institute (EMI), explains the purpose, principles, 
key components, and benefits of the NIMS. The course is available 
online and will take between forty-five minutes to three hours to 
complete. The course is available on the EMI Web site at: http://
training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/is700.asp.
     Formally recognize the NIMS and adopt NIMS principles and 
policies. Districts and/or their local government should establish an 
executive order, resolution, or ordinance to formally adopt the NIMS.
     Establish a NIMS baseline to determine which NIMS 
requirements have been met by the LEA. Districts should coordinate with 
their community partners to assess the district's overall compliance 
with the NIMS, and determine gaps in compliance that need to be closed 
in order to reach full implementation of the NIMS.
     Establish a timeframe and strategy for full NIMS 
implementation. States, territories, tribes, and local entities are 
encouraged to achieve full NIMS implementation by September 30, 2005, 
to the maximum extent possible.
     Establish the use of the Incident Command System (ICS). 
The ICS has been established by the NIMS as the standardized incident 
organizational structure for the management of all incidents. Districts 
should coordinate with community partners listed above in 
institutionalizing the use of the ICS in a manner that is consistent 
with the concepts and principles in the NIMS.

    Note: Since LEAs are integral to local governments, an LEA's 
NIMS compliance must be achieved in close coordination with the 
local government and with recognition of the first responder 
capabilities held by the LEA and the local government. As LEAs are 
not traditional response organizations, first responder services 
will typically be provided to LEAs by local fire and rescue 
departments, emergency medical service providers, and law 
enforcement agencies. This traditional relationship must be 
acknowledged in achieving NIMS compliance in an integrated NIMS 
compliance plan for the local government and the LEA. LEA 
participation in the NIMS preparedness program of the local 
government is essential to ensure that first responder services are 
delivered to schools in a timely and effective manner. Additional 
information about NIMS implementation is available at http://
www.fema.gov/nims.)


    4. Individuals with Disabilities. The applicant's plan must 
demonstrate that the applicant has taken into consideration the 
communication, transportation, and medical needs of individuals with 
disabilities within the school district.

Executive Order 12866

    This notice of proposed priority and other application requirements 
has been reviewed in accordance with Executive Order 12866. Under the 
terms of the order, we have assessed the potential costs and benefits 
of this regulatory action.
    The potential costs associated with the notice of proposed priority 
and other application requirements are those resulting from statutory 
requirements and those we have determined as necessary for 
administering this program effectively and efficiently.
    In assessing the potential costs and benefits--both quantitative 
and qualitative--of this notice of proposed priority and other 
application requirements, we have determined that the benefits of the 
proposed priority and other application requirements justify the costs.
    We have also determined that this regulatory action does not unduly 
interfere with State, local, and tribal governments in the exercise of 
their governmental functions.
    Summary of potential costs and benefits: The potential cost 
associated with this proposed priority and other application 
requirements is minimal while the benefits are significant. Grantees 
may anticipate costs with completing the application process in terms 
of staff and partner time, copying, and mailing or delivery. The use of 
E-Application technology reduces mailing and copying costs 
significantly.
    Grantees may also anticipate costs in achieving NIMS compliance. 
However, these costs may be included in the grant budget and, 
therefore, will have little financial impact on the applicant.
    The benefit of this proposed priority and other application 
requirements is that grantees that develop a comprehensive emergency 
response and crisis management plan that includes training and that is 
implemented in coordination with community partners may mitigate the 
financial and human impact of a crisis in their district.

Intergovernmental Review

    This program is subject to Executive Order 12372 and the 
regulations in 34 CFR part 79. One of the objectives of the Executive 
order is to foster an intergovernmental partnership and a strengthened 
federalism. The Executive order relies on processes developed by State 
and local governments for coordination and review of proposed Federal 
financial assistance.
    This document provides early notification of our specific plans and 
actions for this program.

Electronic Access to This Document

    You may view this document, as well as all other Department of 
Education documents 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 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.

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number 84.184.E--Emergency 
Response and Crisis Management Grant program)

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 7131.

    Dated: April 11, 2005.
Deborah A. Price,
Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug-Free Schools.
[FR Doc. 05-7531 Filed 4-13-05; 8:45 am]
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