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Download as PDF 23142 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 85 / Wednesday, May 4, 2005 / Notices [FR Doc.05–8906 Filed 4–29–05; 4:15 pm] DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary Meeting of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) Notice of meeting. SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedules and summary for the forthcoming meetings of the BRAC. The purposes of these meetings are to receive testimony from the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), or their representatives; the Department of the Air Force; the Department of the Navy; the Department of the Army; and the Department of Defense’s Joint Cross Service Groups on the recommendations and methodology regarding the closure and realignment of military installations. The Commission Chairman, Anthony J. Principi, will chair the hearings. 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[FR Doc. 05–8850 Filed 5–3–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–M DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of the Secretary BILLING CODE 3510–DS–C Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Department of Education; Notice of Proposed Changes to Requirements Notice; Meeting of the Independent Review Panel To Study the Relationships Between Military Department General Counsels and Judge Advocates General—Open Meeting SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 96–463, notice is hereby given that the Independent Review Panel To Study the Relationships between Military Department General Counsels and Judge Advocates General will hold an open meeting at the Hilton Crystal City, 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202, on May 18–19, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Purpose: The Panel will meet on May 18–19, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., in order to hear testimony from current and former senior Defense Department officials concerning the relationships between the legal elements of their respective Military Departments. These sessions will be open to the public, subject to the availability of space. During these initial sessions, the public will not have the opportunity to address the Panel orally, but will be afforded the opportunity at subsequent sessions. In keeping with the spirit of FACA, the Panel welcomes written comments concerning its work from the public at any time. Interested citizens are encouraged to attend the sessions. May 18–19, 2005: 8:30 a.m.– 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.–4 p.m. Location: Hilton Crystal City, 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information concerning this meeting or wishing to submit written comments may contact: Mr. James R. Schwenk, Designated Federal Official, Department of Defense Office of the General Counsel, 1600 Defense Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia 20301–1600. Telephone: (703) 697–9343. Fax: (703) 693–7616. schwenkj@dodgc.osd.mil. Interested persons may submit a written statement for consideration by the Panel at any time prior to June 10, 2005. DATES: Dated: April 29, 2005. L.M. Bynum, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 05–8849 Filed 5–3–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–M VerDate jul<14>2003 21:08 May 03, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education proposes to change certain requirements governing the Community Technology Centers (CTC) program that were established in 2004 and used for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 CTC competition. Specifically, the Assistant Secretary proposes to remove the following two requirements: (1) Novice and nonnovice applicants in CTC competitions must be ranked and funded separately, and (2) at least 75 percent of the funds must be set aside for non-novice applicants and up to 25 percent of the funds must be set aside for novice applicants. The Assistant Secretary intends to make awards in FY 2005 from the list of unfunded applicants from the FY 2004 CTC competition. DATES: We must receive your comments on or before June 3, 2005. ADDRESSES: Address all comments about these proposed changes to the requirements to Inas El-Sabban, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 11055, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202– 7100. If you prefer to send your comments through the Internet, use the following address: inas.elsabban@ed.gov. You must include the phrase ‘‘CTC Comments’’ in the subject line of your electronic message. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Inas El-Sabban. Telephone: (202) 245–7736. 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 contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Invitation To Comment We invite you to submit comments regarding these proposed changes to the requirements that we established for the FY 2004 CTC competition. These changes will apply only to the awards we will make in FY 2005 based on the list of unfunded applications from the FY 2004 competition. We invite you to assist us in complying with the specific E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 85 / Wednesday, May 4, 2005 / Notices requirements of Executive Order 12866 and its overall requirement of reducing regulatory burden that might result from this proposed regulatory action. 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 regulatory action at 550 12th Street, SW., room 11089, 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 regulatory action. If you want to schedule an appointment for this type of aid, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Background In 2004, the Department held a CTC competition with FY 2004 funds, in which it used the requirements, priorities, and selection criteria that it had established through a notice of final requirements, priorities, and selection criteria for novice and non-novice applicants for the CTC program, published in the Federal Register on April 16, 2004 (69 FR 20766). Under the requirements established and used in the FY 2004 competition, the Department ranked and funded separately two sets of applicants that met the established absolute priorities— novice applicants and non-novice applicants. The Department set aside approximately 75 percent of the funds for non-novice applicants and approximately 25 percent of the funds for novice applicants. Because of the separate ranking of novice and non-novice applicants and the set-aside requirements, a number of high-quality applications received through the FY 2004 CTC competition were not funded. Accordingly, the Department proposes to make awards for FY 2005 based on the list of unfunded applicants from the FY 2004 CTC competition without regard to the set-aside provisions, thereby continuing to support and create local technology programs that are among the strongest in the nation. VerDate jul<14>2003 21:08 May 03, 2005 Jkt 205001 Discussion of Proposed Changes We will announce the final changes to these requirements in a notice in the Federal Register. We will determine the final requirements after considering responses to this notice and other information available to the Department. Targeted Applicants We propose to change two of the requirements of the CTC competition held in 2004 so that the Department is no longer required to: (1) Rank and fund novice and non-novice applicants separately, and (2) set aside at least 75 percent of the funds for non-novice applicants and up to 25 percent of the funds for novice applicants that met the absolute priorities. For FY 2005, we are proposing to make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from the FY 2004 competition in the highest-ranking order, using the same priorities and selection criteria and irrespective of the novice or non-novice status of applicants. Rationale The Department received nearly 500 applications in response to the FY 2004 Notice Inviting Applications for the CTC program. With the $9.5 million available, the Department awarded 25 grants. A number of high-quality applications remained unfunded. The Assistant Secretary has determined the best way to expend the $4.9 million appropriated for FY 2005 is to make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from the FY 2004 CTC competition, without taking into account the novice or non-novice status of the applicants. By making awards from the list of unfunded applicants from the FY 2004 competition in this manner, the Department will ensure that the highest-quality applications are funded. Executive Order 12866 This notice of proposed changes to 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 changes to 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 changes to requirements, we have determined that the benefits of the PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23143 proposed change to the requirements governing the FY 2004 CTC competition 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. 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. 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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Department of 
Education; Notice of Proposed Changes to Requirements

SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education 
proposes to change certain requirements governing the Community 
Technology Centers (CTC) program that were established in 2004 and used 
for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 CTC competition. Specifically, the 
Assistant Secretary proposes to remove the following two requirements: 
(1) Novice and non-novice applicants in CTC competitions must be ranked 
and funded separately, and (2) at least 75 percent of the funds must be 
set aside for non-novice applicants and up to 25 percent of the funds 
must be set aside for novice applicants. The Assistant Secretary 
intends to make awards in FY 2005 from the list of unfunded applicants 
from the FY 2004 CTC competition.

DATES: We must receive your comments on or before June 3, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Address all comments about these proposed changes to the 
requirements to Inas El-Sabban, U.S. Department of Education, 400 
Maryland Avenue, SW., room 11055, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 
20202-7100. If you prefer to send your comments through the Internet, 
use the following address: inas.el-sabban@ed.gov.
    You must include the phrase ``CTC Comments'' in the subject line of 
your electronic message.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Inas El-Sabban. Telephone: (202) 245-
7736.
    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 contact person listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Invitation To Comment

    We invite you to submit comments regarding these proposed changes 
to the requirements that we established for the FY 2004 CTC 
competition. These changes will apply only to the awards we will make 
in FY 2005 based on the list of unfunded applications from the FY 2004 
competition.
    We invite you to assist us in complying with the specific

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requirements of Executive Order 12866 and its overall requirement of 
reducing regulatory burden that might result from this proposed 
regulatory action. 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 regulatory action at 550 12th Street, SW., room 
11089, 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 regulatory action. If you want to schedule 
an appointment for this type of aid, please contact the person listed 
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

Background

    In 2004, the Department held a CTC competition with FY 2004 funds, 
in which it used the requirements, priorities, and selection criteria 
that it had established through a notice of final requirements, 
priorities, and selection criteria for novice and non-novice applicants 
for the CTC program, published in the Federal Register on April 16, 
2004 (69 FR 20766). Under the requirements established and used in the 
FY 2004 competition, the Department ranked and funded separately two 
sets of applicants that met the established absolute priorities--novice 
applicants and non-novice applicants. The Department set aside 
approximately 75 percent of the funds for non-novice applicants and 
approximately 25 percent of the funds for novice applicants.
    Because of the separate ranking of novice and non-novice applicants 
and the set-aside requirements, a number of high-quality applications 
received through the FY 2004 CTC competition were not funded. 
Accordingly, the Department proposes to make awards for FY 2005 based 
on the list of unfunded applicants from the FY 2004 CTC competition 
without regard to the set-aside provisions, thereby continuing to 
support and create local technology programs that are among the 
strongest in the nation.

Discussion of Proposed Changes

    We will announce the final changes to these requirements in a 
notice in the Federal Register. We will determine the final 
requirements after considering responses to this notice and other 
information available to the Department.

Targeted Applicants

    We propose to change two of the requirements of the CTC competition 
held in 2004 so that the Department is no longer required to: (1) Rank 
and fund novice and non-novice applicants separately, and (2) set aside 
at least 75 percent of the funds for non-novice applicants and up to 25 
percent of the funds for novice applicants that met the absolute 
priorities.
    For FY 2005, we are proposing to make awards from the list of 
unfunded applicants from the FY 2004 competition in the highest-ranking 
order, using the same priorities and selection criteria and 
irrespective of the novice or non-novice status of applicants.

Rationale

    The Department received nearly 500 applications in response to the 
FY 2004 Notice Inviting Applications for the CTC program. With the $9.5 
million available, the Department awarded 25 grants. A number of high-
quality applications remained unfunded. The Assistant Secretary has 
determined the best way to expend the $4.9 million appropriated for FY 
2005 is to make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from the FY 
2004 CTC competition, without taking into account the novice or non-
novice status of the applicants. By making awards from the list of 
unfunded applicants from the FY 2004 competition in this manner, the 
Department will ensure that the highest-quality applications are 
funded.

Executive Order 12866

    This notice of proposed changes to 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 changes 
to 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 changes to requirements, we 
have determined that the benefits of the proposed change to the 
requirements governing the FY 2004 CTC competition 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.

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 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.



(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number 84.341--Community 
Technology Centers Program)

    Dated: April 29, 2005.
Susan Sclafani,
Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education.
[FR Doc. 05-8890 Filed 5-3-05; 8:45 am]
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