Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Overview Information; Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities-Television Access; Notice Inviting Applications For New Awards For Fiscal Year (FY) 2005, 22300-22304 [05-8615]

Download as PDF 22300 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 82 / Friday, April 29, 2005 / Notices approaches for aerial and vessel surveys with associated photo-identification and behavioral observations. Permit No. 1036–1744 authorizes harassment of various cetacean and pinniped species in waters off Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Permit No. 594–1759 authorizes harassment of northern right whales in waters off Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. Permit No. 633–1763 authorizes harassment of northern right whales in the Gulf of Maine, Cape Cod Bay, Great South Channel, and Georgia Bight, and the collection and export of sloughed right whale skin. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), an environmental assessment was prepared analyzing the effects of the permitted activities. After a Finding of No Significant Impact, the determination was made that it was not necessary to prepare an environmental impact statement. Issuance of these permits, as required by the ESA, was based on a finding that such permits: (1) Were applied for in good faith; (2) will not operate to the disadvantage of such endangered species; and (3) are consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA. Dated: April 21, 2005. Stephen L. Leathery, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–8604 Filed 4–28–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII); Notice Reopening the Ready to Teach Program Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 Competition Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.286A and 84.286B. Summary: On February 24, 2005, we published in the Federal Register (70 FR 9053) a notice inviting applications for the Ready to Teach program’s FY 2005 competition. The original notice for this FY 2005 competition established an April 20, 2005, deadline date for eligible applicants to apply for funding under this program. In order to afford as many eligible applicants as possible an opportunity to receive funding under this program, we are reopening the Ready to Teach program FY 2005 competition. The new VerDate jul<14>2003 16:04 Apr 28, 2005 Jkt 205001 application deadline date for the competition is May 6, 2005. Dates: Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 6, 2005 (applications must be received at the Grants.gov/ Apply Web site by 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time). Note: Applications for grants under the Ready to Teach program must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov site. 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. For information about how to submit your application electronically, please refer to Section IV. 6. Other Submission Requirements in the February 24, 2005, notice (70 FR 9056). We have not extended the deadline for submitting a statement that an applicant qualifies for an exception to the electronic submission requirement. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: The deadline date for Intergovernmental Review under Executive Order 12732 is extended to June 6, 2005. For Further Information Contact: Sharon J. Harris-Morgan, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 4W250, Washington, DC 20202–5980. Telephone: (202) 205–5880 or by e-mail: sharon.morgan@ed.gov. 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 to the program contact person listed in this section. Supplementary Information: Any eligible applicant may apply for funding under this program by the deadline date in this notice. Eligible applicants that submitted their applications in a timely manner for the Ready to Teach program FY 2005 competition to the Department on or prior to the competition’s original deadline date of April 20, 2005, are not required to re-submit their applications or re-apply in order to be considered for FY 2005 awards under this program. We encourage eligible applicants to submit their applications as soon as possible to avoid any problems with filing electronic applications on the last day. The deadline for submission of applications will not be extended any further. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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: April 26, 2005. Nina Shokraii Rees, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement. [FR Doc. 05–8614 Filed 4–28–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Overview Information; Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities—Television Access; Notice Inviting Applications For New Awards For Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.327C. Dates: Applications Available: May 2, 2005. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 13, 2005. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: August 12, 2005. Eligible Applicants: State educational agencies (SEAs); local educational agencies (LEAs); public charter schools that are LEAs under State law; institutions of higher education (IHEs); other public agencies; private nonprofit organizations; outlying areas; freely associated States; Indian tribes or tribal organizations; and for-profit organizations. Estimated Available Funds: $7,200,000. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $800,000. Maximum Award: The Secretary does not intend to fund an application that proposes a budget exceeding $800,000 for a single budget period of 12 months. Estimated Number of Awards: 9. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: Up to 36 months. E:\FR\FM\29APN1.SGM 29APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 82 / Friday, April 29, 2005 / Notices Full Text of Announcement I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: The purpose of this program is to: (1) Improve results for children with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology, (2) support educational media services activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom setting to children with disabilities, and (3) provide support for captioning and video description that is appropriate for use in the classroom setting. Priorities: This competition contains an absolute priority and a competitive preference priority. In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(v), these priorities are from allowable activities specified in the statute (see sections 674 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: Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities— Television Access Background of Priority: On July 21, 2000, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules to make television more accessible to people with visual disabilities by mandating that a certain amount of programming contain video description. However, in November 2002, a Federal court struck down these rules. Thus, because FCC accessibility rules do not currently require video description, only a limited number of television programs provide video description for individuals with blindness or low vision. For more information about video description, please refer to: http://ftp.fcc.gov/cgb/ consumerfacts/vid_des.html. The FCC is also responsible for implementing and monitoring the closed captioning requirements of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. In that law, Congress authorized the FCC to adopt exemptions from general captioning requirements. For more information about closed captioning and the exemptions please refer to: http:// www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/ closedcaption.html. Statement of Priority: Under this priority, which supports cooperative agreements, an applicant must describe, or describe and caption, widely available programs that are appropriate for, and designed to be of educational value in the classroom setting for children with disabilities at the VerDate jul<14>2003 16:04 Apr 28, 2005 Jkt 205001 preschool, elementary, or secondary level. A project must do the following: (a) Include criteria for selecting programs of high educational merit and take into account the preference of educators, students, and parents. (b) Identify and support a consumer advisory group, including parents and educators, which must meet at least annually. (c) Use the expertise of this consumer advisory group to certify that each program described or described and captioned with project funds is of educational value in the classroom setting at the preschool, elementary, or secondary level for children with disabilities. Acceptable programming must be appropriate for use in the classroom setting, focusing on the educational needs of students, including intellectual/cognitive or social/ emotional needs. (d) Identify the extent to which the programming is widely available. (e) Identify the total number of program hours the project will make accessible and the cost per hour for description and, if the applicant is proposing both description and captioning, the cost per hour for description and captioning. (f) For each video program, identify the source of any private or other public support, and the projected dollar amount of that support, if any. (g) Demonstrate the willingness of program providers or program owners to permit and facilitate the description or, the description and captioning of their programs. (h) Provide assurances from program providers or program owners stating that programs made accessible under this project will air, and will continue to air, with descriptions, or with descriptions and captions. (i) If the applicant is proposing both description and captioning, provide assurances from program providers or program owners stating that programs captioned under this project would not otherwise be captioned to meet the FCC’s captioning requirements, or are specifically exempt from the FCC’s captioning requirements. (j) Implement procedures for monitoring the extent to which full accessibility is provided, and use this information to make refinements in project operations. (k) Identify the anticipated shelf-life and range of distribution of the video programs that is possible without further costs to the project. In addition, projects funded under this priority must— PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22301 (a) Budget for a two-day Project Directors’ meeting in Washington, DC during each year of the project. (b) If the project maintains a Web site, include relevant information and documents in a format that meets a government or industry-recognized standard for accessibility. Competitive Preference Priority: Within this absolute priority, we give competitive preference to applications that address the following priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) we award up to an additional 10 points to an application from a small business. Thus, an applicant meeting this competitive preference could receive a maximum possible score of 110 points. 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 of the APA inapplicable to the priority in this notice. Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1474 and 1481(d). Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 apply to all applicants except federally recognized Indian tribes. Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to IHEs only. II. Award Information Type of Award: Cooperative agreements. Estimated Available Funds: $7,200,000. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $800,000. Maximum Award: The Secretary does not intend to fund an application that proposes a budget exceeding $800,000 for a single budget period of 12 months. Estimated Number of Awards: 9. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: Up to 36 months. III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants: SEAs; LEAs; public charter schools that are LEAs under State law; IHEs; other public agencies; private nonprofit organizations; outlying areas; freely associated States; Indian tribes or tribal organizations; and for-profit organizations. 2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This competition does not involve cost sharing or matching. E:\FR\FM\29APN1.SGM 29APN1 22302 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 82 / Friday, April 29, 2005 / Notices 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 competition 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 84.327C. 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 program contact person 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 50 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). VerDate jul<14>2003 16:04 Apr 28, 2005 Jkt 205001 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: May 2, 2005. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 13, 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: August 12, 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 government wide Grants.gov Apply site in FY 2005. Television Access-CFDA Number 84.327C 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 PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 Television Access-CFDA Number 84.327C 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 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. E:\FR\FM\29APN1.SGM 29APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 82 / Friday, April 29, 2005 / Notices • 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. 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 84.327C), 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 84.327C), 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. VerDate jul<14>2003 16:04 Apr 28, 2005 Jkt 205001 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 84.327C),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 Application for Federal Education Assistance (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 of EDGAR 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. PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22303 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: Grantees will be expected to submit data on total number of hours of programs captioned or described in the aggregate. No additional data collection or review activities are planned. VII. Agency Contact Jo Ann McCann, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 4067, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–2600. Telephone: (202) 245–7434. 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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 E:\FR\FM\29APN1.SGM 29APN1 22304 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 82 / Friday, April 29, 2005 / Notices 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: April 25, 2005. John H. Hager, Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. [FR Doc. 05–8615 Filed 4–28–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Office of Science; Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee Department of Energy. Notice of open meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC). Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92– 463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register. DATES: Monday, June 6, 2005, 8:30 a.m.– 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, 2005, 8:30 a.m.– 12 p.m. ADDRESSES: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street, NW., Washington, DC 20008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Talamini; Office of Basic Energy Sciences; U. S. Department of Energy; Germantown Building, Independence Avenue, Washington, DC 20585; Telephone: (301) 903–4563 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Purpose of the Meeting: The purpose of this meeting is to provide advice and guidance with respect to the basic energy sciences research program. Tentative Agenda: Agenda will include discussions of the following: • News from the Office of Science • News from the Office of Basic Energy Sciences • Report of the Committee of Visitors for the Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences • Update from Nanoscale Science Centers Public Participation: The meeting is open to the public. If you would like to file a written statement with the Committee, you may do so either before or after the meeting. If you would like to make oral statements regarding any of the items on the agenda, you should VerDate jul<14>2003 16:04 Apr 28, 2005 Jkt 205001 contact Karen Talamini at 301–903– 6594 (fax) or karen.talamini@science.doe.gov (email). You must make your request for an oral statement at least 5 business days prior to the meeting. Reasonable provision will be made to include the scheduled oral statements on the agenda. The Chairperson of the Committee will conduct the meeting to facilitate the orderly conduct of business. Public comment will follow the 10-minute rule. Minutes: The minutes of this meeting will be available for public review and copying within 30 days at the Freedom of Information Public Reading Room; 1E–190, Forrestal Building; 1000 Independence Avenue, SW.; Washington, DC 20585; between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Issued in Washington, DC on April 22, 2005. Rachel M. Samuel, Deputy Advisory Committee Management Officer. [FR Doc. 05–8588 Filed 4–28–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. EC05–67–000, et al.] American Transmission Company LLC, et al.; Electric Rate and Corporate Filings April 22, 2005. The following filings have been made with the Commission. The filings are listed in ascending order within each docket classification. 1. American Transmission Company LLC, ATC Management, Inc., Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, WPS Investments, LLC [Docket No. EC05–67–000] Take notice that on April 13, 2005, American Transmission Company LLC (ATC), ATC Management, Inc. (ATCM), Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (WPSC), and WPS Investments, LLC (WPSI) (collectively, Applicants), submitted an application pursuant to section 203 of the Federal Power Act for authorization for the acquisition of certain securities in connection with construction work that WPSC has performed for ATC on two substations owned by ATC. Applicants state that as consideration for this construction work, WPSC would acquire shares of Class A Non-Voting stock in ATCM, and PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 WPSC(s affiliate, WPSI, would acquire membership interests in ATC. The applicants further state that they have also filed for the requisite approval of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin in connection with this securities issuance. Comment Date: 5 p.m. eastern time on May 4, 2005. 2. Neptune Regional Transmission System, LLC, Atlantic Energy Partners LLC, NewCo LLC, EIF Neptune, LLC, Starwood Energy Investors, L.L.C. [Docket No. EC05–70–000] Take notice that on April 18, 2005, Neptune Regional Transmission System, LLC (Neptune) on behalf of Atlantic Energy Partners LLC (AEP), NewCo LLC (NewCo), EIF Neptune, LLC (EIF) and Starwood Energy Investors L.L.C. (Starwood) (collectively with Neptune, the Applicants) tendered for filing an application requesting all necessary authorizations under section 203 of the Federal Power Act, for a transfer of jurisdictional facilities to facilitate financing and investment arrangements and for a Commission determination that AEP, EIF and Starwood are not public utilities under the Federal Power Act. Comment Date: 5 p.m. eastern time on May 9, 2005. 3. Oleander Power Project, Limited Partnership, and Southern Power Company [Docket No. EC05–71–000] Take notice that, on April 20, 2005, Oleander Power Project, Limited Partnership, (Oleaner Power) and Southern Power Company (Southern Power) jointly submitted an Application pursuant to section 203 of the Federal Power Act requesting that the Commission grant all authorizations necessary to permit the sale of certain partnership interests in Oleander Power to newly-formed special purpose subsidiaries of Southern Power Company. The Applicants request privileged treatment, pursuant to 18 CFR 388.112 for Exhibit I to their Application. Comment Date: 5 p.m. eastern time on May 11, 2005. 4. Boston Edison Company [Docket No. EL02–123–007] Take notice that, on April 19, 2005, Boston Edison Company (BECo) submitted its compliance filing to the March 8, 2005 Commission orders in Docket Nos. EL02–123–005 and EL02– 123–006, and pursuant to Commission’s April 14, 2005 Notice of Extension of Time and BECo’s April 18, 2005 Request for Extension of Time. E:\FR\FM\29APN1.SGM 29APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Overview 
Information; Technology and Media Services for Individuals With 
Disabilities--Television Access; Notice Inviting Applications For New 
Awards For Fiscal Year (FY) 2005

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.327C.
    Dates:
    Applications Available: May 2, 2005.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 13, 2005.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: August 12, 2005.
    Eligible Applicants: State educational agencies (SEAs); local 
educational agencies (LEAs); public charter schools that are LEAs under 
State law; institutions of higher education (IHEs); other public 
agencies; private nonprofit organizations; outlying areas; freely 
associated States; Indian tribes or tribal organizations; and for-
profit organizations.
    Estimated Available Funds: $7,200,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $800,000.
    Maximum Award: The Secretary does not intend to fund an application 
that proposes a budget exceeding $800,000 for a single budget period of 
12 months.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 9.

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

    Project Period: Up to 36 months.

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Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The purpose of this program is to: (1) Improve 
results for children with disabilities by promoting the development, 
demonstration, and use of technology, (2) support educational media 
services activities designed to be of educational value in the 
classroom setting to children with disabilities, and (3) provide 
support for captioning and video description that is appropriate for 
use in the classroom setting.
    Priorities: This competition contains an absolute priority and a 
competitive preference priority. In accordance with 34 CFR 
75.105(b)(2)(v), these priorities are from allowable activities 
specified in the statute (see sections 674 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:

Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities--
Television Access

    Background of Priority:
    On July 21, 2000, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 
adopted rules to make television more accessible to people with visual 
disabilities by mandating that a certain amount of programming contain 
video description. However, in November 2002, a Federal court struck 
down these rules. Thus, because FCC accessibility rules do not 
currently require video description, only a limited number of 
television programs provide video description for individuals with 
blindness or low vision. For more information about video description, 
please refer to: http://ftp.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/vid_des.html.
    The FCC is also responsible for implementing and monitoring the 
closed captioning requirements of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. 
In that law, Congress authorized the FCC to adopt exemptions from 
general captioning requirements. For more information about closed 
captioning and the exemptions please refer to: http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/
consumerfacts/closedcaption.html.
    Statement of Priority: Under this priority, which supports 
cooperative agreements, an applicant must describe, or describe and 
caption, widely available programs that are appropriate for, and 
designed to be of educational value in the classroom setting for 
children with disabilities at the preschool, elementary, or secondary 
level.
    A project must do the following:
    (a) Include criteria for selecting programs of high educational 
merit and take into account the preference of educators, students, and 
parents.
    (b) Identify and support a consumer advisory group, including 
parents and educators, which must meet at least annually.
    (c) Use the expertise of this consumer advisory group to certify 
that each program described or described and captioned with project 
funds is of educational value in the classroom setting at the 
preschool, elementary, or secondary level for children with 
disabilities. Acceptable programming must be appropriate for use in the 
classroom setting, focusing on the educational needs of students, 
including intellectual/cognitive or social/emotional needs.
    (d) Identify the extent to which the programming is widely 
available.
    (e) Identify the total number of program hours the project will 
make accessible and the cost per hour for description and, if the 
applicant is proposing both description and captioning, the cost per 
hour for description and captioning.
    (f) For each video program, identify the source of any private or 
other public support, and the projected dollar amount of that support, 
if any.
    (g) Demonstrate the willingness of program providers or program 
owners to permit and facilitate the description or, the description and 
captioning of their programs.
    (h) Provide assurances from program providers or program owners 
stating that programs made accessible under this project will air, and 
will continue to air, with descriptions, or with descriptions and 
captions.
    (i) If the applicant is proposing both description and captioning, 
provide assurances from program providers or program owners stating 
that programs captioned under this project would not otherwise be 
captioned to meet the FCC's captioning requirements, or are 
specifically exempt from the FCC's captioning requirements.
    (j) Implement procedures for monitoring the extent to which full 
accessibility is provided, and use this information to make refinements 
in project operations.
    (k) Identify the anticipated shelf-life and range of distribution 
of the video programs that is possible without further costs to the 
project.
    In addition, projects funded under this priority must--
    (a) Budget for a two-day Project Directors' meeting in Washington, 
DC during each year of the project.
    (b) If the project maintains a Web site, include relevant 
information and documents in a format that meets a government or 
industry-recognized standard for accessibility.
    Competitive Preference Priority: Within this absolute priority, we 
give competitive preference to applications that address the following 
priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) we award up to an additional 10 
points to an application from a small business. Thus, an applicant 
meeting this competitive preference could receive a maximum possible 
score of 110 points.
    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 of the APA 
inapplicable to the priority in this notice.
    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1474 and 1481(d).
    Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 
81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99.

    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 apply to all applicants 
except federally recognized Indian tribes.


    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to IHEs only.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Cooperative agreements.
    Estimated Available Funds: $7,200,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $800,000.
    Maximum Award: The Secretary does not intend to fund an application 
that proposes a budget exceeding $800,000 for a single budget period of 
12 months.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 9.

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

    Project Period: Up to 36 months.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: SEAs; LEAs; public charter schools that are 
LEAs under State law; IHEs; other public agencies; private nonprofit 
organizations; outlying areas; freely associated States; Indian tribes 
or tribal organizations; and for-profit organizations.
    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This competition does not involve cost 
sharing or matching.

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    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 competition 
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 84.327C.
    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 program contact 
person 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 50 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: May 2, 2005.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 13, 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: August 12, 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 government wide 
Grants.gov Apply site in FY 2005. Television Access-CFDA Number 84.327C 
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 Television 
Access-CFDA Number 84.327C 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 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.

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     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 
84.327C), 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 
84.327C), 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 
84.327C),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 Application for Federal Education 
Assistance (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 of EDGAR 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: Grantees will be expected to submit data 
on total number of hours of programs captioned or described in the 
aggregate. No additional data collection or review activities are 
planned.

VII. Agency Contact

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jo Ann McCann, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 4067, Potomac Center Plaza, 
Washington, DC 20202-2600. Telephone: (202) 245-7434.
    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

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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: April 25, 2005.
John H. Hager,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
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