Notice of Final Extension of Project Period and Waiver for the Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems Centers, 35655-35656 [05-12223]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 118 / Tuesday, June 21, 2005 / Notices 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 final 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 final priority 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 final priority and other application requirements, we have determined that the benefits of the final 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. We summarized the costs and benefits in the notice of proposed priority and other application requirements. 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 documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/ fedregister. To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. Government VerDate jul<14>2003 22:07 Jun 20, 2005 Jkt 205001 Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1– 888–293–6498; or in the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512–1530. You may also view this document in text or PDF at the following sites: http://www.ed.gov/emergencyplan, http://www.ed.gov/programs/ dvpemergencyresponse/index.html. 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: June 16, 2005. Deborah A. Price, Asistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and DrugFree Schools. [FR Doc. 05–12225 Filed 6–20–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Notice of Final Extension of Project Period and Waiver for the Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems Centers National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice of final extension of project period and waiver for the Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems Centers (SCIMS). AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Secretary waives the requirements in Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), in 34 CFR 75.250 and 75.261(c)(2), respectively, that generally prohibit project periods exceeding five years and project period extensions involving the obligation of additional Federal funds. This extension of project period and waiver enables the current SCIMS (a total of 16), which provide assistance to establish innovative projects for the delivery, demonstration, and evaluation of comprehensive medical, vocational, and other rehabilitation services to meet the wide range of needs of individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), to receive an additional 12-month Federal funding period ranging from September 1, 2005, until December 1, 2006, a period exceeding the original project period of five years. DATES: Effective Date: This priority is effective June 21, 2005. PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 35655 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Donna Nangle, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 6030, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 245–7462 or by e-mail: donna.nangle@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 contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. On April 25, 2005, we published a notice in the Federal Register (70 FR 21188) proposing an extension of project period and waiver in order to— (1) Enable the Secretary to provide additional funds to the currently funded centers for an additional 12-month period ranging from September 1, 2005, until December 1, 2006; and (2) Request comments on the proposed extension and waiver. There are no substantive differences between the notice of proposed extension of project period and waiver and this notice of final extension of project period and waiver. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Public Comment In the notice of proposed extension of project period and waiver, we invited comments. One party submitted a comment agreeing with the proposal to extend the grant period of the current grantees. We did not receive any comments opposing the proposed extension of project period and waiver. Generally, we do not address technical and other minor changes, as well as suggested changes the law does not authorize us to make. Waiver of Delayed Effective Date The Administrative Procedure Act requires that a substantive rule shall be published at least 30 days before its effective date, except as otherwise provided for good cause (5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3)). During the 30-day public comment period on the notice of proposed extension of project period and waiver, one party submitted a comment in support of the proposed extension and waiver. There were no objections received on the proposed extension and waiver, and therefore, no substantive changes have been made. In addition, given the fact that the additional period of funding is only for a 12-month period, and in order to make E:\FR\FM\21JNN1.SGM 21JNN1 35656 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 118 / Tuesday, June 21, 2005 / Notices timely continuation grants to the 16 entities affected, the Secretary has determined that a delayed effective date is unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. Background NIDRR supports the goals of the President’s New Freedom Initiative (NFI) and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Long-Range Plan (Plan), which are designed to help improve rehabilitation research and outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Note: The NFI can be accessed on the Internet at the following site: http:// www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/newfreedom. The Plan can be accessed on the Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/ rschstat/research/pubs/index.html. In accordance with the goals of the NFI and the Plan, and as authorized under section 204(a)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, through NIDRR, the Department provides funding for projects to improve research and outcomes for individuals with disabilities. The Conference Report accompanying the 2005 Appropriations Act noted that NIDRR received additional funding for the SCIMS program and stated that the conferees intended that the additional funds should be used to support investments that could facilitate multi-center research on therapies, interventions, and the use of technology. NIDRR is conducting background work to inform the competition and plans to defer new awards, formerly scheduled for 2005, until 2006 in order to use the background information to guide development of competition priorities, allow applicants sufficient time to prepare proposals, and place all SCIMS grants on the same funding schedule. The grants for 16 SCIMS at University of Alabama/Birmingham, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Los Amigos Research and Education Institute, Inc., Craig Hospital, University of Miami, Shepherd Center, Inc., Boston University Medical Center Hospital, University of Michigan, University of Missouri/Columbia, Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, University of Pittsburgh, The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Washington are scheduled to expire on various dates between August 31, 2005, and November 30, 2005. It would be contrary to the public interest, however, to have a lapse in these SCI research VerDate jul<14>2003 22:07 Jun 20, 2005 Jkt 205001 activities before the new awards are made in FY 2006. To avoid a lapse in research and related activities, the Secretary will fund each of these projects for an additional 12 months. Accordingly, the Secretary waives the requirements in 34 CFR 75.250 and 75.261(c)(2), which prohibit project periods exceeding five years and extensions of project periods that involve the obligation of additional Federal funds. Regulatory Flexibility Act Certification The Secretary certifies that the final extension of the project period and waiver would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The only entities that would be affected are the 16 SCIMS. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 This final extension of project period and waiver does not contain any information collection requirements. Intergovernmental Review This program is not subject to the requirements of Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. 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. Dated: June 15, 2005. John H. Hager, Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. [FR Doc. 05–12223 Filed 6–20–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records—Impact Evaluation of Academic Instruction for After-School Programs Institute of Education Sciences, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice of a new system of records. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (Privacy Act), the Department of Education (Department) publishes this notice of a new system of records entitled ‘‘Impact Evaluation of Academic Instruction for After-School Programs’’ (18–13–13). The National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance at the Department’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) commissioned this evaluation. It will address the following two questions: (1) What is the effectiveness of offering intensive research-based reading support in an after-school program? (2) Is it more effective than offering more general academic support such as homework help? The system will contain information about approximately 4,000 elementary school students and their teachers (approximately 600 teachers—12 teachers in each of the studied centers) in 40 to 50 after-school centers in 20 to 25 school districts yet to be determined. One quarter of these students will be participants using a mathematics curriculum, one quarter will be participants using a reading curriculum, and half will be in a control group. The system will include these students’ names and demographic information, such as race/ethnicity, age, gender, and educational background, their results on reading or math assessments, and some of their school records data such as attendance and academic history. The system will also include responses to student and teacher surveys. DATES: The Department seeks comment on this new system of records described in this notice, in accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act. We must receive your comments on the proposed routine uses for the system of records described in this notice on or before July 21, 2005. The Department filed a report describing the new system of records covered by this notice with the Chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, the Chair of the House Committee on Government Reform, and the E:\FR\FM\21JNN1.SGM 21JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 118 (Tuesday, June 21, 2005)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Notice of Final Extension of Project Period and Waiver for the 
Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems Centers

AGENCY: National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research 
(NIDRR), Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, 
Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of final extension of project period and waiver for the 
Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems Centers (SCIMS).

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SUMMARY: The Secretary waives the requirements in Education Department 
General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), in 34 CFR 75.250 and 
75.261(c)(2), respectively, that generally prohibit project periods 
exceeding five years and project period extensions involving the 
obligation of additional Federal funds. This extension of project 
period and waiver enables the current SCIMS (a total of 16), which 
provide assistance to establish innovative projects for the delivery, 
demonstration, and evaluation of comprehensive medical, vocational, and 
other rehabilitation services to meet the wide range of needs of 
individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), to receive an additional 12-
month Federal funding period ranging from September 1, 2005, until 
December 1, 2006, a period exceeding the original project period of 
five years.

DATES: Effective Date: This priority is effective June 21, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Donna Nangle, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 6030, Potomac Center Plaza, 
Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 245-7462 or by e-mail: 
donna.nangle@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 contact person listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On April 25, 2005, we published a notice in 
the Federal Register (70 FR 21188) proposing an extension of project 
period and waiver in order to--
    (1) Enable the Secretary to provide additional funds to the 
currently funded centers for an additional 12-month period ranging from 
September 1, 2005, until December 1, 2006; and
    (2) Request comments on the proposed extension and waiver.
    There are no substantive differences between the notice of proposed 
extension of project period and waiver and this notice of final 
extension of project period and waiver.

Public Comment

    In the notice of proposed extension of project period and waiver, 
we invited comments. One party submitted a comment agreeing with the 
proposal to extend the grant period of the current grantees. We did not 
receive any comments opposing the proposed extension of project period 
and waiver. Generally, we do not address technical and other minor 
changes, as well as suggested changes the law does not authorize us to 
make.

Waiver of Delayed Effective Date

    The Administrative Procedure Act requires that a substantive rule 
shall be published at least 30 days before its effective date, except 
as otherwise provided for good cause (5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3)). During the 
30-day public comment period on the notice of proposed extension of 
project period and waiver, one party submitted a comment in support of 
the proposed extension and waiver. There were no objections received on 
the proposed extension and waiver, and therefore, no substantive 
changes have been made. In addition, given the fact that the additional 
period of funding is only for a 12-month period, and in order to make

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timely continuation grants to the 16 entities affected, the Secretary 
has determined that a delayed effective date is unnecessary and 
contrary to the public interest.

Background

    NIDRR supports the goals of the President's New Freedom Initiative 
(NFI) and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation 
Research Long-Range Plan (Plan), which are designed to help improve 
rehabilitation research and outcomes for individuals with disabilities.


    Note: The NFI can be accessed on the Internet at the following 
site: http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/ newfreedom.

    The Plan can be accessed on the Internet at the following site: 
http://www.ed.gov/rschstat/research/pubs/index.html.


    In accordance with the goals of the NFI and the Plan, and as 
authorized under section 204(a)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 
as amended, through NIDRR, the Department provides funding for projects 
to improve research and outcomes for individuals with disabilities. The 
Conference Report accompanying the 2005 Appropriations Act noted that 
NIDRR received additional funding for the SCIMS program and stated that 
the conferees intended that the additional funds should be used to 
support investments that could facilitate multi-center research on 
therapies, interventions, and the use of technology. NIDRR is 
conducting background work to inform the competition and plans to defer 
new awards, formerly scheduled for 2005, until 2006 in order to use the 
background information to guide development of competition priorities, 
allow applicants sufficient time to prepare proposals, and place all 
SCIMS grants on the same funding schedule.
    The grants for 16 SCIMS at University of Alabama/Birmingham, Santa 
Clara Valley Medical Center, Los Amigos Research and Education 
Institute, Inc., Craig Hospital, University of Miami, Shepherd Center, 
Inc., Boston University Medical Center Hospital, University of 
Michigan, University of Missouri/Columbia, Kessler Medical 
Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation, Mount Sinai School 
of Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, University of 
Pittsburgh, The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research, Virginia 
Commonwealth University, and the University of Washington are scheduled 
to expire on various dates between August 31, 2005, and November 30, 
2005. It would be contrary to the public interest, however, to have a 
lapse in these SCI research activities before the new awards are made 
in FY 2006.
    To avoid a lapse in research and related activities, the Secretary 
will fund each of these projects for an additional 12 months. 
Accordingly, the Secretary waives the requirements in 34 CFR 75.250 and 
75.261(c)(2), which prohibit project periods exceeding five years and 
extensions of project periods that involve the obligation of additional 
Federal funds.

Regulatory Flexibility Act Certification

    The Secretary certifies that the final extension of the project 
period and waiver would not have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities. The only entities that would be 
affected are the 16 SCIMS.

Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

    This final extension of project period and waiver does not contain 
any information collection requirements.

Intergovernmental Review

    This program is not subject to the requirements of Executive Order 
12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79.

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.


    Dated: June 15, 2005.
John H. Hager,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. 05-12223 Filed 6-20-05; 8:45 am]
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