Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools; Overview Information; Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program; Notice Inviting Applications For New Awards For Fiscal Year (FY) 2006, 9104-9107 [E6-2506]

Download as PDF 9104 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 35 / Wednesday, February 22, 2006 / Notices Medical System in resolving employment-reemployment conflicts and in providing information to employers regarding the requirements of the Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Act. ROUTINE USES OF RECORDS MAINTAINED IN THE SYSTEM, INCLUDING CATEGORIES OF USERS AND THE PURPOSES OF SUCH USES: In addition to those disclosures generally permitted under 5 U.S.C. 552a(b) of the Privacy Act, these records or information contained therein may specifically be disclosed outside the DoD as a routine use pursuant to 5 U.S.C.. 552a(b)(3) as follows: To Federal, State, and local governmental agencies, as well as to private employers, in furtherance of informal mediation efforts to resolve employment-reemployment conflicts. To the Department of Labor and the Department of Justice for investigation of, and possible litigation involving, potential violations of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. The DoD ‘Blanket Routine Uses’ set forth at the beginning of OSD’s compilation of systems of records notices apply to this system. POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR STORING, RETRIEVING, ACCESSING, RETAINING, AND DISPOSING OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM: Records are automated and are maintained in computers and computer output media. RETRIEVABILITY: Records may be retrieved by name, Company, zip codes, case numbers, problems/resolution codes, and/or email address. cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES SAFEGUARDS: Access to personnel information will be maintained in a secure, password protected electronic system that will utilize security hardware and software to include: multiple firewalls, active intruder detection, and role-based access controls. Paper records will be maintained in a controlled facility where physical entry is restricted by the use of locks, guards, or administrative procedures. Access to records is limited to those officials who require the records to perform their official duties consistent with the purpose for which the information was collected. All personnel whose official duties require access to the information are trained in the proper safeguarding and use of the information. 14:35 Feb 21, 2006 Jkt 208001 EXEMPTIONS CLAIMED FOR THE SYSTEM: Records are treated as permanent pending a determination by the National Archives and Records Agency of authority for disposition of the records. [FR Doc. 06–1579 Filed 2–21–06; 8:45 am] SYSTEM MANAGER(S) AND ADDRESS: NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE: Individuals seeking to determine whether information about themselves is contained in this system of records should address written inquiries to the National Committee, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, ATTN: Case Manager, 1555 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 319, Arlington, VA 22209–2405. Requests should include the name, Social Security Number, address, telephone number, military unit and branch of service of the servicemember or the name, address, and telephone number of the NDMS member; the request also should include the name, address, and telephone number of the employer and a brief description of the problem and date of occurrence. Individuals seeking access to information about themselves contained in this system of records should address written inquiries to National Committee, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, ATTN: Case Manager, 1555 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 319, Arlington, VA 22209–2405. Requests should include the name, Social Security Number, address, telephone number, military unit and branch of service of the servicemember or the name, address, and telephone number of the NDMS member; the request also should include the name, address, and telephone number of the employer and a brief description of the problem and date of occurrence. CONTESTING RECORD PROCEDURES: The OSD rules for accessing records, for contesting contents and appealing initial agency determinations are contained in OSD Administrative Instruction 81; 32 CFR part 311; or may be obtained from the system manager. RECORD SOURCE CATEGORIES: Information is obtained from the individual, the employer, and other DoD record systems. PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 None. BILLING CODE 5001–06–M DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION National Committee, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, ATTN: Information Technology, Executive Office, 1555 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 319, Arlington, VA 22209–2405. RECORD ACCESS PROCEDURES: STORAGE: VerDate Aug<31>2005 RETENTION AND DISPOSAL: Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools; Overview Information; Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program; Notice Inviting Applications For New Awards For Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.215E. Dates: Applications Available: February 22, 2006. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 10, 2006. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: June 7, 2006. Eligible applicants: Local educational agencies (LEAs). Estimated available funds: $17,000,000. Contingent upon the availability of funds, the Secretary may make additional awards in FY 2007 from the rank-ordered list of unfunded applicants from this competition. Estimated Range of Awards: $250,000–$400,000. Maximum Award: Section 5421(a)(5) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, 20 U.S.C. 7245 (ESEA), limits the amount of a grant under this program in any one year to a maximum of $400,000. Estimated Number of Awards: 45. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: Up to 36 months. Full Text of Announcement Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling program is to support efforts by LEAs to establish or expand elementary and secondary school counseling programs. Priority: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(iv), this priority is from Section 5421 of the ESEA, 20 U.S.C. 7245. Absolute Priority: For FY 2006 and any subsequent year in which we make awards based on the rank-ordered list of unfunded applicants from this competition, this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we consider only applications that meet this priority. This priority is: The establishment or expansion of elementary school counseling programs. Under 34 CFR part 77, an elementary school is a day E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 35 / Wednesday, February 22, 2006 / Notices or residential school that provides elementary education, as determined under State law. Applicants must also address the requirements in Section 5421(c)(2) of the ESEA. A copy of the statute authorizing this competition is included in the application package. Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 7245. Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 84, 85, 97, 98, 99, and 299. II. Award Information Type of Award: Discretionary grants. Estimated Available Funds: $17,000,000. Contingent upon the availability of funds, the Secretary may make additional awards in FY 2007 from the rank-ordered list of unfunded applicants from this competition. Estimated Range of Awards: $250,000—$400,000. Maximum Award: Section 5421(a)(5) of the ESEA limits the amount of a grant under this program in any one year to a maximum of $400,000. Estimated Number of Awards: 45. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: Up to 36 months. III. Eligibility Information cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 1. Eligible Applicants: LEAs. 2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not involve cost sharing or matching but does involve supplement-not-supplant funding provisions. Section 5421(b)(2)(G) of the ESEA requires applicants under the program to assure that program funds will be used to supplement, and not supplant, any other Federal, State, or local funds used for providing schoolbased counseling and mental health services to students. 3. Other: Section 5421(g)(2) of the ESEA requires that for any fiscal year in which the amount available for this program is less than $40,000,000 the Secretary makes grants to LEAs only to establish or expand counseling programs in elementary schools. The FY 2006 appropriation for this program is $34,650,000. Therefore, under this notice applicants must propose projects that establish or expand counseling programs only in elementary schools. 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 or FAX: (301) 470–1244. If you use a telecommunications device VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:35 Feb 21, 2006 Jkt 208001 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 84.215E. The application package for this program is also available at: http:// www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osdfs/ programs.html. Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application package for this program in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to 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 program. 3. Submission Dates and Times: Application Available: February 22, 2006. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 10, 2006. Applications for grants under this program may be submitted electronically using the Electronic Grant Application System (e-Application) accessible through the Department’s eGrants system 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: June 7, 2006. 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 program. 5. Funding Restrictions: Section 5421(d) of the ESEA requires that no more than four percent of a grant award may be used for administrative costs to carry out the project. 6. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under this program may be submitted electronically or in paper format by mail or hand delivery. PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9105 a. Electronic Submission of Applications If you choose to submit your application to us electronically, you must use e-Application available through the Department’s e-Grants system, accessible through the e-Grants portal page at: http://e-grants.ed.gov/. While completing your electronic application, you will be entering data online that will be saved into a database. You may not e-mail an electronic copy of a grant application to us. Please note the following: • Your participation in e-Application is voluntary. • You must complete the electronic submission of your grant application by 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. The eApplication system will not accept an application for this program after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you do not wait until the application deadline date to begin the application process. • The regular hours of operation of the e-Grants Web site are 6 a.m. Monday until 7 p.m. Wednesday; and 6 a.m. Thursday until midnight Saturday, Washington, DC time. Please note that the system is unavailable on Sundays, and between 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 6 a.m. on Thursdays, Washington, DC time, for maintenance. Any modifications to these hours are posted on the e-Grants Web site. • 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 must submit all documents electronically, including the Application for Federal Education Assistance (ED 424), Budget Information—Non-Construction Programs (ED 524), and all necessary assurances and certifications. If you choose to submit your application electronically, you must attach any narrative sections of your application as files in a .DOC (document), .RTF (rich text), or .PDF (Portable Document) format. If you upload a file type other than the three file types specified above or submit a password protected file, we will not review that material. • Your electronic application must comply with any page limit requirements described in this notice. • Prior to submitting your electronic application, you may wish to print a copy of it for your records. • After you electronically submit your application, you will receive an E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1 cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 9106 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 35 / Wednesday, February 22, 2006 / Notices automatic acknowledgment that will include a PR/Award number (an identifying number unique to your application). • Within three working days after submitting your electronic application, fax a signed copy of the ED 424 to the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools after following these steps: (1) Print ED 424 from e-Application. (2) The applicant’s Authorizing Representative must sign this form. (3) Place the PR/Award number in the upper right hand corner of the hardcopy signature page of the ED 424. (4) Fax the signed ED 424 to the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools at (202) 205–5722. • We may request that you provide us original signatures on other forms at a later date. Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of System Unavailability: If you are prevented from electronically submitting your application on the application deadline date because the eApplication system is unavailable, we will grant you an extension of one business day to enable you to transmit your application electronically, by mail, or by hand delivery. We will grant this extension if— (1) You are a registered user of eApplication and you have initiated an electronic application for this competition; and (2)(a) The e-Application system is unavailable for 60 minutes or more between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date; or (b) The e-Application system is unavailable for any period of time between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. We must acknowledge and confirm these periods of unavailability before granting you an extension. To request this extension or to confirm our acknowledgment of any system unavailability, you may contact either (1) the person listed elsewhere in this notice under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT (see VII. Agency Contact) or (2) the e-Grants help desk at 1–888–336– 8930. If the system is down and therefore the application deadline is extended, an e-mail will be sent to all registered users who have initiated an eApplication. Extensions referred to in this section apply only to the unavailability of the Department’s e-Application system. If the e-Application system is available, and, for any reason, you are unable to submit your application electronically or you do not receive an automatic acknowledgment of your submission, VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:35 Feb 21, 2006 Jkt 208001 you may submit your application in paper format by mail or hand delivery in accordance with the instructions in this notice. 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 84.215E), 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 84.215E), 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 84.215E), 550 12th Street, SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–4260. PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, except Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays. Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications: If you mail or hand deliver your application to the Department: (1) You must indicate on the envelope and—if not provided by the Department—in Item 4 of the ED 424 the CFDA number—and suffix letter, if any—of the competition under which you are submitting your application. (2) The Application Control Center will mail a grant application receipt acknowledgment to you. If you do not receive the grant application receipt acknowledgment within 15 business days from the application deadline date, you should call the U.S. Department of Education Application Control Center at (202) 245– 6288. V. Application Review Information 1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this program are from 34 CFR 75.210 of EDGAR and are listed in the application package. 2. Review and Selection Process: Additional factors we consider in selecting an application for an award are the requirements in Section 5421(c)(2) of the ESEA. Applicants must address each of these requirements. 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 Application 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. 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: The Secretary has established the following E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 35 / Wednesday, February 22, 2006 / Notices performance measures for assessing the effectiveness of the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program: (1) The percentage of grantees closing the gap between their student/mental health professional ratios and the student/mental health professional ratios recommended by the statute; and (2) the median percentage decrease among grantees in the number of student disciplinary referrals in the schools participating in the program. These two measures constitute the Department’s indicators of success for this program. Consequently, applicants for a grant under this program are advised to give careful consideration to these two outcomes in conceptualizing the design, implementation, and evaluation of their proposed project. If funded, applicants will be asked to collect and report data in their annual performance reports about progress toward these goals. The Secretary will also use this information to respond to reporting requirements concerning this program established in Section 5421(f) of the ESEA. VII. Agency Contact For Further Information Contact: Loretta McDaniel, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW., room 3E214, Washington, DC 20202– 6450. Telephone: (202) 260–2661 or by e-mail: loretta.mcdaniel@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1– 888–877–8339. Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the program contact person listed in this section. Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/ index.html. Dated: February 16, 2006. Deborah A. Price, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and DrugFree Schools. [FR Doc. E6–2506 Filed 2–21–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of Elementary and Secondary Education; Overview Information; Migrant Education Program (MEP) Consortium Incentive Grants Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.144. Dates: Applications Available: February 22, 2006. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 19, 2006. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 18, 2006. Eligible Applicants: State educational agencies (SEAs) receiving MEP Basic State Formula grants. Estimated Available Funds: $3,000,000. Estimated Range of Awards: $50,000– $110,000. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $76,923. Maximum Award: By statute, the maximum amount that we may award under this program is $250,000. Estimated Number of Awards: 39. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: Up to 24 months. Full Text of Announcement cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES VIII. Other Information I. Funding Opportunity Description Electronic Access to This Document: You may view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/ fedregister. To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1– 888–293–6498; or in the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512–1530. Purpose of Program: The purpose of the MEP Consortium Incentive Grants program is to provide incentive grants to State educational agencies (SEAs) that participate in high-quality consortia with another SEA or other appropriate entity to improve the delivery of services to migrant children whose education is interrupted. Through this program, the Department provides financial incentives to SEAs to participate in high-quality consortia that improve the intrastate and interstate coordination of migrant education programs by addressing key needs of migratory children who have their education interrupted. Priorities: The priorities for this competition are from the notice of final requirements for this program, 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:35 Feb 21, 2006 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9107 published in the Federal Register on March 3, 2004 (69 FR 10110). Absolute Priorities: For FY 2006, these priorities are absolute priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that meet one or more of these absolute priorities. In order for SEAs to be considered for incentive grants, a proposed consortium in which an SEA would participate must address one or more of the following absolute priorities: 1. Services designed to improve the proper and timely identification and recruitment of eligible migratory children whose education is interrupted; 2. Services designed (based on a review of scientifically based research) to improve the school readiness of preschool-aged migratory children whose education is interrupted; 3. Services designed (based on a review of scientifically based research) to improve the reading proficiency of migratory children whose education is interrupted; 4. Services designed (based on a review of scientifically based research) to improve the mathematics proficiency of migratory children whose education is interrupted; 5. Services designed (based on a review of scientifically based research) to decrease the dropout rate of migratory students whose education is interrupted and improve their high school completion rate; 6. Services designed (based on a review of scientifically based research) to strengthen the involvement of migratory parents in the education of migratory students whose education is interrupted; and 7. Services designed (based on a review of scientifically based research) to expand access to innovative educational technologies intended to increase the academic achievement of migratory students whose education is interrupted. Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 6398(d). Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 75 (except 75.232), 76, 77, 79, 80 (except 80.40(b)), 82, 84, 85 and 99; and (b) the notice of final requirements published in the Federal Register on March 3, 2004 (69 FR 10110). II. Award Information Type of Award: Formula grants. Estimated Available Funds: $3,000,000. Estimated Range of Awards: $50,000– $110,000. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $76,923. E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools; Overview Information; 
Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program; Notice Inviting 
Applications For New Awards For Fiscal Year (FY) 2006

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.215E.

    Dates: Applications Available: February 22, 2006. Deadline for 
Transmittal of Applications: April 10, 2006. Deadline for 
Intergovernmental Review: June 7, 2006.
    Eligible applicants: Local educational agencies (LEAs).
    Estimated available funds: $17,000,000. Contingent upon the 
availability of funds, the Secretary may make additional awards in FY 
2007 from the rank-ordered list of unfunded applicants from this 
competition.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $250,000-$400,000.
    Maximum Award: Section 5421(a)(5) of the Elementary and Secondary 
Education Act of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 
2001, 20 U.S.C. 7245 (ESEA), limits the amount of a grant under this 
program in any one year to a maximum of $400,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 45.


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


    Project Period: Up to 36 months.

Full Text of Announcement

    Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Elementary and Secondary 
School Counseling program is to support efforts by LEAs to establish or 
expand elementary and secondary school counseling programs.
    Priority: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(iv), this priority 
is from Section 5421 of the ESEA, 20 U.S.C. 7245.
    Absolute Priority: For FY 2006 and any subsequent year in which we 
make awards based on the rank-ordered list of unfunded applicants from 
this competition, this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 
75.105(c)(3) we consider only applications that meet this priority.
    This priority is: The establishment or expansion of elementary 
school counseling programs. Under 34 CFR part 77, an elementary school 
is a day

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or residential school that provides elementary education, as determined 
under State law. Applicants must also address the requirements in 
Section 5421(c)(2) of the ESEA. A copy of the statute authorizing this 
competition is included in the application package.
    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 7245.
    Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 
82, 84, 85, 97, 98, 99, and 299.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
    Estimated Available Funds: $17,000,000. Contingent upon the 
availability of funds, the Secretary may make additional awards in FY 
2007 from the rank-ordered list of unfunded applicants from this 
competition.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $250,000--$400,000.
    Maximum Award: Section 5421(a)(5) of the ESEA limits the amount of 
a grant under this program in any one year to a maximum of $400,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 45.

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

    Project Period: Up to 36 months.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: LEAs.
    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not involve cost 
sharing or matching but does involve supplement-not-supplant funding 
provisions. Section 5421(b)(2)(G) of the ESEA requires applicants under 
the program to assure that program funds will be used to supplement, 
and not supplant, any other Federal, State, or local funds used for 
providing school-based counseling and mental health services to 
students.
    3. Other: Section 5421(g)(2) of the ESEA requires that for any 
fiscal year in which the amount available for this program is less than 
$40,000,000 the Secretary makes grants to LEAs only to establish or 
expand counseling programs in elementary schools. The FY 2006 
appropriation for this program is $34,650,000. Therefore, under this 
notice applicants must propose projects that establish or expand 
counseling programs only in elementary schools.

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 or 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 84.215E. The application 
package for this program is also available at: http://www.ed.gov/about/
offices/list/osdfs/programs.html.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application 
package for this program in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large 
print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to 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 program.
    3. Submission Dates and Times: Application Available: February 22, 
2006. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 10, 2006. 
Applications for grants under this program may be submitted 
electronically using the Electronic Grant Application System (e-
Application) accessible through the Department's e-Grants system 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: June 7, 
2006.
    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 program.
    5. Funding Restrictions: Section 5421(d) of the ESEA requires that 
no more than four percent of a grant award may be used for 
administrative costs to carry out the project.
    6. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under 
this program may be submitted electronically or in paper format by mail 
or hand delivery.

a. Electronic Submission of Applications

    If you choose to submit your application to us electronically, you 
must use e-Application available through the Department's e-Grants 
system, accessible through the e-Grants portal page at: http://e-
grants.ed.gov/.
    While completing your electronic application, you will be entering 
data online that will be saved into a database. You may not e-mail an 
electronic copy of a grant application to us.
    Please note the following:
     Your participation in e-Application is voluntary.
     You must complete the electronic submission of your grant 
application by 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application 
deadline date. The e-Application system will not accept an application 
for this program after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the 
application deadline date. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you do 
not wait until the application deadline date to begin the application 
process.
     The regular hours of operation of the e-Grants Web site 
are 6 a.m. Monday until 7 p.m. Wednesday; and 6 a.m. Thursday until 
midnight Saturday, Washington, DC time. Please note that the system is 
unavailable on Sundays, and between 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 6 a.m. on 
Thursdays, Washington, DC time, for maintenance. Any modifications to 
these hours are posted on the e-Grants Web site.
     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 must submit all documents electronically, including 
the Application for Federal Education Assistance (ED 424), Budget 
Information--Non-Construction Programs (ED 524), and all necessary 
assurances and certifications. If you choose to submit your application 
electronically, you must attach any narrative sections of your 
application as files in a .DOC (document), .RTF (rich text), or .PDF 
(Portable Document) format. If you upload a file type other than the 
three file types specified above or submit a password protected file, 
we will not review that material.
     Your electronic application must comply with any page 
limit requirements described in this notice.
     Prior to submitting your electronic application, you may 
wish to print a copy of it for your records.
     After you electronically submit your application, you will 
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automatic acknowledgment that will include a PR/Award number (an 
identifying number unique to your application).
     Within three working days after submitting your electronic 
application, fax a signed copy of the ED 424 to the Office of Safe and 
Drug-Free Schools after following these steps:
    (1) Print ED 424 from e-Application.
    (2) The applicant's Authorizing Representative must sign this form.
    (3) Place the PR/Award number in the upper right hand corner of the 
hard-copy signature page of the ED 424.
    (4) Fax the signed ED 424 to the Office of Safe and Drug-Free 
Schools at (202) 205-5722.
     We may request that you provide us original signatures on 
other forms at a later date.
    Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of System 
Unavailability: If you are prevented from electronically submitting 
your application on the application deadline date because the e-
Application system is unavailable, we will grant you an extension of 
one business day to enable you to transmit your application 
electronically, by mail, or by hand delivery. We will grant this 
extension if--
    (1) You are a registered user of e-Application and you have 
initiated an electronic application for this competition; and
    (2)(a) The e-Application system is unavailable for 60 minutes or 
more between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, 
on the application deadline date; or
    (b) The e-Application system is unavailable for any period of time 
between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the 
application deadline date.
    We must acknowledge and confirm these periods of unavailability 
before granting you an extension. To request this extension or to 
confirm our acknowledgment of any system unavailability, you may 
contact either (1) the person listed elsewhere in this notice under FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT (see VII. Agency Contact) or (2) the e-
Grants help desk at 1-888-336-8930. If the system is down and therefore 
the application deadline is extended, an e-mail will be sent to all 
registered users who have initiated an e-Application.
    Extensions referred to in this section apply only to the 
unavailability of the Department's e-Application system. If the e-
Application system is available, and, for any reason, you are unable to 
submit your application electronically or you do not receive an 
automatic acknowledgment of your submission, you may submit your 
application in paper format by mail or hand delivery in accordance with 
the instructions in this notice.

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 
84.215E), 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 84.215E), 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 
84.215E), 550 12th Street, SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center Plaza, 
Washington, DC 20202-4260.
    The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily 
between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, except Saturdays, 
Sundays, and Federal holidays.


    Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications: If you 
mail or hand deliver your application to the Department:
    (1) You must indicate on the envelope and--if not provided by 
the Department--in Item 4 of the ED 424 the CFDA number--and suffix 
letter, if any--of the competition under which you are submitting 
your application.
    (2) The Application Control Center will mail a grant application 
receipt acknowledgment to you. If you do not receive the grant 
application receipt acknowledgment within 15 business days from the 
application deadline date, you should call the U.S. Department of 
Education Application Control Center at (202) 245-6288.

V. Application Review Information

    1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this program are 
from 34 CFR 75.210 of EDGAR and are listed in the application package.
    2. Review and Selection Process: Additional factors we consider in 
selecting an application for an award are the requirements in Section 
5421(c)(2) of the ESEA. Applicants must address each of these 
requirements.

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 Application 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. 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: The Secretary has established the 
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performance measures for assessing the effectiveness of the Elementary 
and Secondary School Counseling Program: (1) The percentage of grantees 
closing the gap between their student/mental health professional ratios 
and the student/mental health professional ratios recommended by the 
statute; and (2) the median percentage decrease among grantees in the 
number of student disciplinary referrals in the schools participating 
in the program. These two measures constitute the Department's 
indicators of success for this program. Consequently, applicants for a 
grant under this program are advised to give careful consideration to 
these two outcomes in conceptualizing the design, implementation, and 
evaluation of their proposed project. If funded, applicants will be 
asked to collect and report data in their annual performance reports 
about progress toward these goals. The Secretary will also use this 
information to respond to reporting requirements concerning this 
program established in Section 5421(f) of the ESEA.

VII. Agency Contact

    For Further Information Contact: Loretta McDaniel, U.S. Department 
of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW., room 3E214, Washington, DC 20202-
6450. Telephone: (202) 260-2661 or by e-mail: loretta.mcdaniel@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may 
call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-888-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an 
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the program contact person listed in this 
section.

VIII. Other Information

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


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


    Dated: February 16, 2006.
Deborah A. Price,
Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug-Free Schools.
 [FR Doc. E6-2506 Filed 2-21-06; 8:45 am]
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