Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Overview Information; Technical Assistance and Dissemination To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities; Personnel Development To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities; and Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities-Postsecondary Education Programs for Individuals Who Are Deaf; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2006, 33294-33299 [E6-8913]

Download as PDF 33294 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 110 / Thursday, June 8, 2006 / Notices Improvement of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., room 6166, Washington, DC 20006–8544. Telephone: (202) 502–7506 or by e-mail: Cassandra.Courtney@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. 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: June 5, 2006. James F. Manning, Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education. [FR Doc. E6–8912 Filed 6–7–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.326D Dates: Applications Available: June 8, 2006. 15:37 Jun 07, 2006 Jkt 208001 Note: In each budget period of 12 months $325,000 must be budgeted for the technical assistance and dissemination activities described under Technical Assistance and Dissemination Activities (Consistent with section 663(c)(8)(C) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as amended (IDEA)); $425,000 must be budgeted for the personnel development activities described under Personnel Development Activities (Consistent with section 662(c)(2) of IDEA); and $250,000 must be budgeted for the technology use activities described under Technology Use Activities (Consistent with section 674(b) of IDEA). The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services may change these amounts through a notice published in the Federal Register. Estimated Number of Awards: 4. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Overview Information; Technical Assistance and Dissemination To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities; Personnel Development To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities; and Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities— Postsecondary Education Programs for Individuals Who Are Deaf; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 VerDate Aug<31>2005 Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 24, 2006. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: September 21, 2006. 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: $4,000,000. Included in this amount is $1,300,000 to be provided from the Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program; $1,700,000 from the Personnel Development to Improve Services and results for Children with Disabilities program; and $1,000,000 from the Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities program. Maximum Award: We will reject any application that proposes a budget that does not equal $1,000,000 for a single budget period of 12 months. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: Up to 60 months. Full Text of Announcement I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: The Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program promotes academic achievement and improves results for children with disabilities by supporting technical assistance, model demonstration projects, dissemination of useful information, and implementation activities that are supported by scientifically-based research. The PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program: (1) Helps address State-identified needs for highly qualified personnel—in special education, related services, early intervention, and regular education—to work with children with disabilities and (2) ensures that those personnel have the skills and knowledge—derived from practices that have been determined through research and experience to be successful—that are needed to serve those children. The Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities program (1) improves results for children with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology, (2) supports educational media services activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom setting to children with disabilities, and (3) provides support for captioning and video description that is appropriate for use in the classroom setting. Priority: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(v), this priority is from allowable activities specified in the statute (see sections 662(c)(2), 663(c)(8)(C), 674(b), and 681(d) of IDEA). Absolute Priority: For FY 2006 this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that meet this priority. This priority is: Postsecondary Education Programs for Individuals who are Deaf Background Section 682(d)(1)(B) of IDEA requires the Secretary of Education to provide not less than $4,000,000 of the funds appropriated under Part D, subparts 2 and 3 of IDEA to address the postsecondary, vocational, technical, continuing, and adult education needs of individuals with deafness. The Secretary intends to meet this requirement through funding new awards under this competition in fiscal year 2007 and by providing continuation awards in fiscal years 2008 through 2011. Priority This priority provides support for four regional centers that will help secondary and postsecondary institutions more effectively address the postsecondary, vocational, technical, continuing, and adult education needs of individuals with deafness, including those who are deaf with co-occurring disabilities such as learning and emotional disabilities. With the objective of improving results for students who are deaf, each E:\FR\FM\08JNN1.SGM 08JNN1 cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 110 / Thursday, June 8, 2006 / Notices regional center must conduct: (1) Technical assistance and dissemination activities authorized under section 663(c)(8)(C) of IDEA, (2) personnel development activities authorized under section 662(c)(2) of IDEA, and (3) technology use activities authorized under section 674(b) of IDEA. In carrying out the objectives of this priority, each center must take into account the population and size of each State where services are provided to help ensure that services are provided equitably within the targeted region. To ensure that all States benefit from these projects, the Secretary will support four projects. Projects will be required to serve each State within one of the following regions: Northeast Region—Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and U.S. Virgin Islands. Southern Region—Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Midwest Region—Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Western Region—Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Technical Assistance and Dissemination Activities (Consistent with section 663(c)(8)(C) of IDEA) Each regional center’s technical assistance and dissemination activities must, at a minimum— (a) Conduct an assessment to determine current technical assistance needs and priorities of postsecondary institutions related to recruiting, enrolling, retaining, and instructing students who are deaf, and addressing the varying communication needs of and methods used by individuals who are deaf, such as oral transliteration services, cued language transliteration services, sign language transliteration and interpreting services, and transcription services. (b) Provide consultation, in-service training, and planning and development assistance to appropriate staff at postsecondary education institutions to address the needs identified in the VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:37 Jun 07, 2006 Jkt 208001 assessment conducted under paragraph (a). These activities must (1) be designed to enhance access to programs by and accommodation of individuals who are deaf and (2) as needed, provide information about continuing and adult education programs that are available to help students who are deaf further develop their basic skills to prepare them to enter job training programs or matriculate into postsecondary education programs. (c) Provide technical assistance to secondary and postsecondary institutions, vocational rehabilitation agencies, community service agencies, centers for independent living, and One Stop Centers funded under the Workforce Investment Act within the region. These technical assistance activities must focus on (1) the responsibilities of postsecondary education institutions under Federal statutes, including section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, with respect to students who are deaf, and (2) the implementation of effective systems of postsecondary educational supports for students who are deaf. (d) Disseminate information about resources (e.g., financial, support services) available to students who are deaf and to postsecondary institutions to help them accommodate these students. (e) Encourage the use of consortia of postsecondary institutions and other cooperative arrangements to provide services and assistance to students who are deaf, including coordination of postsecondary education options with existing public and private community services that may address the educational, remedial, support service, transitional, independent living, and employment needs of individuals who are deaf. (f) Provide, in collaboration with postsecondary education programs, vocational rehabilitation agencies, and public and private community service agencies, technical assistance to professionals, parents, and families to improve postsecondary educational services to individuals with deafness, including those who are deaf with cooccurring disabilities such as learning and emotional disabilities. Personnel Development Activities (Consistent with section 662(c)(2) of IDEA) Each regional center’s personnel development activities must, at a minimum— (a) Conduct an assessment of the personnel development training needs of secondary school professional and support staff (e.g., teachers, counselors, PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 33295 transition specialists, and other support personnel) who provide transitional services to students who are deaf. (b) Conduct an assessment of the personnel development training needs of postsecondary, vocational, and adult education professional and support staffs who provide transitional and postsecondary educational services to students who are deaf. (c) Provide interdisciplinary training to secondary and postsecondary teachers, guidance counselors, interpreters, speech pathologists, audiologists, social workers, rehabilitation counselors, and other staff, that addresses the needs identified in the assessments conducted under paragraphs (a) and (b) and that will contribute to improvements in transitional and postsecondary educational results for students who are deaf. (d) Train personnel in the innovative uses and applications of technology, including universally designed technologies, assistive technology devices, and assistive technology services. (e) Provide specialized in-service training on key topics, such as orientation to deafness, to personnel who provide postsecondary services to students who are deaf and have limited English proficiency or secondary disabilities. Technology Use Activities (Consistent with section 674(b) of IDEA) Each regional center’s technology use activities must, at a minimum— (a) Conduct an assessment to determine the technology needs and priorities of postsecondary institutions related to recruiting, enrolling, retaining, and instructing students who are deaf, and addressing the varying communication needs of and methods used by individuals who are deaf, such as oral transliteration services, cued language transliteration services, sign language transliteration and interpreting services, and transcription services. (b) Provide technical assistance and consultation, in-service training, and planning and development assistance to administrators, faculty, and support staff at postsecondary education institutions to address the needs identified in the assessment conducted under paragraph (a). These activities must (1) be designed to enhance access to programs by and accommodation of individuals who are deaf; and (2) as needed, provide information and technological support and in-service training to personnel at postsecondary institutions who provide services to students who are deaf. E:\FR\FM\08JNN1.SGM 08JNN1 cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 33296 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 110 / Thursday, June 8, 2006 / Notices (c) Demonstrate how postsecondary institutions can use technology to meet their responsibilities under Federal statutes, including section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide access and accommodations to individuals who are deaf. In addition, the four regional centers must coordinate the development and implementation of all required activities (e.g., needs assessments, materials development, personnel development training, technical assistance, outreach, and information dissemination) for the purpose of avoiding overlap and duplication of efforts. Centers must ensure that secondary education programs, parents, and individuals who are deaf have information on postsecondary programs throughout the country, including information on services these institutions provide, and that information on proven models and other exemplary practices, including innovative technology, is available in each of the four regions. This coordination must include carrying out collaborative activities and crossregional initiatives, where appropriate. In addition, each center must— (a) Coordinate with the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities to ensure timely and accurate dissemination of information and report to the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) project officer on coordination efforts and proposed coordination outcomes. (b) Prior to developing any new product, whether paper or electronic, submit for review and approval a proposal describing the content and purpose of the product to the Product Advisory Board of the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities. (c) Contribute to the maintenance of a single user-friendly Web site for the four centers, with individual links to grantee host institutions, that includes relevant information and documents in a form that meets a government or industryrecognized standard for accessibility. (d) Develop a strategic plan for conducting needs assessments for personnel development, technical assistance and dissemination, and technology use activities within the first three months of the grant award. This plan must be submitted to the OSEP Project Officer for review and approval and updated annually. (e) Ensure that the information and services provided respond to the needs assessments, are based on evidencebased research to the extent possible, and use criteria established by the What Works Clearinghouse or other rigorous VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:37 Jun 07, 2006 Jkt 208001 standards for determining what is evidence-based. (f) Retain the services of an independent external evaluator to provide consultation in developing a formative and summative evaluation plan to report inter/intra regional center activities in the annual grant performance reports. Such plan will be submitted to the Department for review and approval no later than 90 days before the first annual performance reports are due. The centers shall address how the effectiveness and outcomes of its activities shall be measured. (g) Maintain communication with the OSEP Project Officer through monthly phone conversations and e-mail communication, as needed. Each center must submit annual performance reports and provide additional written materials as needed by the OSEP Project Officer to monitor the centers’ work. (h) Establish, maintain, and meet at least annually with an advisory committee consisting of individuals with deafness, parents, educators, researchers, and other appropriate individuals to review and advise on the center’s activities and plans. (i) Budget for annual attendance at the three-day Technical Assistance Project Directors’ meeting and at least two twoday planning meetings in Washington, DC. The center must also budget to attend three two-day meetings such as Department briefings, Departmentsponsored conferences, and other OSEPrequested activities. Fourth and Fifth Years of Project In deciding whether to continue each project for the fourth and fifth years, the Secretary will consider requirements of 34 CFR 75.253(a), and in addition— (a) The recommendations of a review team consisting of experts selected by the Secretary that will conduct its review in Washington, DC during the last half of each project’s second year. Projects must budget for travel expenses associated with this one-day intensive review. (b) The timeliness and effectiveness with which all requirements of the negotiated cooperative agreement have been or are being met by the center; and (c) Evidence of the degree to which the center’s activities contributed to changed practices and improved postsecondary education and training outcomes for youth with deafness. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 IDEA makes the public comment requirements under the APA inapplicable to the priority in this notice. Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1462(c)(2), 1463(c)(8)(C), 1474(b), 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 agreement. Estimated Available Funds: $4,000,000. Included in this amount is $1,300,000 to be provided from the Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program; $1,700,000 from the Personnel Development to Improve Services and results for Children with Disabilities program; and $1,000,000 from the Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities program. Maximum Award: We will reject any application that proposes a budget that does not equal $1,000,000 for a single budget period of 12 months. Note: In each budget period of 12 months $325,000 must be budgeted for the technical assistance and dissemination activities described under Technical Assistance and Dissemination Activities (Consistent with section 663(c)(8)(C) of IDEA); $425,000 must be budgeted for the personnel development activities described under Personnel Development Activities (Consistent with section 662(c)(2) of IDEA); and $250,000 must be budgeted for the technology use activities described under Technology Use Activities (Consistent with section 674(b) of IDEA). The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services may change these maximum amounts through a notice published in the Federal Register. Number of Awards: 4. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: Up to 60 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. E:\FR\FM\08JNN1.SGM 08JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 110 / Thursday, June 8, 2006 / Notices cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This competition does not involve cost sharing or matching. 3. Other: General Requirements—(a) the projects funded under this competition must make positive efforts to employ and advance in employmentqualified 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 84.326D. 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 Grants and Contracts Services Team 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 Aug<31>2005 15:37 Jun 07, 2006 Jkt 208001 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; 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: June 8, 2006. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 24, 2006. 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: September 21, 2006. 4. Intergovernmental Review: This competition 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 2006. The Postsecondary Education Programs for Individuals who are Deaf—CFDA Number 84.326D is one of the competitions included in this project. We request your participation in Grants.gov. If you choose to submit your application electronically, you must use PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 33297 the Grants.gov Apply site at http:// www.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. You may access the electronic grant application for The Postsecondary Education Programs for Individuals who are Deaf 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, and must be date/time stamped by the Grants.gov system no later than 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. Except as otherwise noted in this section, we will not consider your application if it is date/time stamped by the Grants.gov system later than 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, 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 date/time stamped by the Grants.gov system after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. • 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 you submit your application in a timely manner to the Grants.gov system. You can also find the Education Submission Procedures pertaining to Grants.gov at http://eGrants.ed.gov/help/ GrantsgovSubmissionProcedures.pdf • To submit your application via Grants.gov, you must complete all of the steps in the Grants.gov registration E:\FR\FM\08JNN1.SGM 08JNN1 33298 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 110 / Thursday, June 8, 2006 / Notices cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES process (see http://www.Grants.gov/ GetStarted). These steps include (1) registering your organization, (2) registering yourself as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR), and (3) getting authorized as an AOR by your organization. Details on these steps are outlined in the Grants.gov 3-Step Registration Guide (see http:// www.grants.gov/assets/ GrantsgovCoBrandBrochure8X11.pdf). You also must provide on your application the same D U N S Number used with this registration. Please note that the registration process may take five or more business days to complete, and you must have completed all registration steps to allow you to successfully submit an application via Grants.gov. • 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. 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. • After you electronically submit your application, you will receive an automatic acknowledgment 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. Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of System Unavailability If you are prevented from electronically submitting your application on the application deadline date because of technical problems with the Grants.gov system, we will grant you an extension until 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, the following business day to enable you to transmit VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:37 Jun 07, 2006 Jkt 208001 your application electronically, or by hand delivery. You also may mail your application by following the mailing instructions as described elsewhere in this notice. If you submit an application after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the deadline date, please contact the person listed elsewhere in this notice under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, and provide an explanation of the technical problem you experienced with Grants.gov, along with the Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number (if available). We will accept your application if we can confirm that a technical problem occurred with the Grants.gov system and that that problem affected your ability to submit your application by 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. The Department will contact you after a determination is made on whether your application will be accepted. Note: Extensions referred to in this section apply only to the unavailability of or technical problems with the Grants.gov system. We will not grant you an extension if you failed to fully register to submit your application to Grants.gov before the deadline date and time or if the technical problem you experienced is unrelated to the Grants.gov system. 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 84.326D), 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 84.326D), 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 PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (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 84.326D), 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 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 E:\FR\FM\08JNN1.SGM 08JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 110 / Thursday, June 8, 2006 / Notices cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 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: Under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), the Department has developed measures that will yield information on various aspects of the Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program. These measures, which will be used for the Postsecondary Education Programs for Individuals who are Deaf competition, focus on: The extent to which projects provide high quality products and services, the relevance of project products and services to educational and early intervention policy and practice, and the use of products and services to improve educational and early intervention policy and practice. We will notify grantees if they will be required to provide any information related to these measures. Grantees will also be required to report information on their projects’ performance in annual reports to the Department (34 CFR 75.590). VII. Agency Contact For Further Information Contact: Louise Tripoli, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 4117, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–2550. Telephone: (202) 245–7554. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1– 800–877–8339. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:37 Jun 07, 2006 Jkt 208001 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 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. 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E6–8913 Filed 6–7–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Department of Education; Notice of Waivers for the Native American Vocational Technical Education Program (NAVTEP) and the Tribally Controlled Postsecondary Vocational and Technical Institutions Program (TCPVTIP) and Funding of Continuation Grants SUMMARY: The Secretary waives the requirements in 34 CFR 75.250 of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) that generally prohibit project periods exceeding five years and announces the funding of continuation grants for current NAVTEP and TCPVTIP grantees. These waivers enable the 30 current eligible grantees under NAVTEP and the two current eligible grantees under TCPVTIP to apply for and continue to receive Federal funding beyond the five- PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 33299 year limitation contained in 34 CFR 75.250. Effective Date: These waivers are effective June 8, 2006. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sharon A. Jones, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 11108, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–7242. Telephone: (202) 245–7803 or by e-mail: sharon.jones@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 6, 2006, we published a notice in the Federal Register (71 FR 17460) proposing waivers of 34 CFR 75.250 of EDGAR in order to give early notice of the possibility that additional years of funding under NAVTEP and TCPVTIP may be available for current grantees through continuation awards. NAVTEP and TCPVTIP support grants to operate vocational and technical education programs, as authorized by sections 116(a) through (g) and 117, respectively, of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998 (Perkins Act) (20 U.S.C. 2326(a) through (g) and 2327). The Congress is now in the process of reauthorizing the Perkins Act, and we do not believe that it would be in the public interest to hold new competitions under either NAVTEP or TCPVTIP until after Congress has concluded that process. We stated in the April 6, 2006, Federal Register notice that in order to avoid a lapse in the availability of vocational and technical education and training provided by current NAVTEP and TCPVTIP grantees, we wanted to waive the requirements in 34 CFR 75.250, which generally prohibit project periods exceeding five years. We also noted that we wanted to review requests for continuation awards from current NAVTEP and TCPVTIP grantees, rather than hold new competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2006. With these waivers we will continue to fund current, eligible NAVTEP and TCPVTIP grantees for as long as Congress continues to appropriate funds for the existing program authorities and possibly during a transition to any new statutory program authorities. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\08JNN1.SGM 08JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Overview 
Information; Technical Assistance and Dissemination To Improve Services 
and Results for Children With Disabilities; Personnel Development To 
Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities; and 
Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities--
Postsecondary Education Programs for Individuals Who Are Deaf; Notice 
Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2006

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.326D

    Dates: Applications Available: June 8, 2006.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 24, 2006.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: September 21, 2006.
    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: $4,000,000. Included in this amount is 
$1,300,000 to be provided from the Technical Assistance and 
Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with 
Disabilities program; $1,700,000 from the Personnel Development to 
Improve Services and results for Children with Disabilities program; 
and $1,000,000 from the Technology and Media Services for Individuals 
with Disabilities program.
    Maximum Award: We will reject any application that proposes a 
budget that does not equal $1,000,000 for a single budget period of 12 
months.


    Note: In each budget period of 12 months $325,000 must be 
budgeted for the technical assistance and dissemination activities 
described under Technical Assistance and Dissemination Activities 
(Consistent with section 663(c)(8)(C) of the Individuals with 
Disabilities Education Act, as amended (IDEA)); $425,000 must be 
budgeted for the personnel development activities described under 
Personnel Development Activities (Consistent with section 662(c)(2) 
of IDEA); and $250,000 must be budgeted for the technology use 
activities described under Technology Use Activities (Consistent 
with section 674(b) of IDEA). The Assistant Secretary for Special 
Education and Rehabilitative Services may change these amounts 
through a notice published in the Federal Register.


    Estimated Number of Awards: 4.


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

    Project Period: Up to 60 months.

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The Technical Assistance and Dissemination to 
Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program 
promotes academic achievement and improves results for children with 
disabilities by supporting technical assistance, model demonstration 
projects, dissemination of useful information, and implementation 
activities that are supported by scientifically-based research. The 
Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with 
Disabilities program:
    (1) Helps address State-identified needs for highly qualified 
personnel--in special education, related services, early intervention, 
and regular education--to work with children with disabilities and (2) 
ensures that those personnel have the skills and knowledge--derived 
from practices that have been determined through research and 
experience to be successful--that are needed to serve those children. 
The Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities 
program (1) improves results for children with disabilities by 
promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology, (2) 
supports educational media services activities designed to be of 
educational value in the classroom setting to children with 
disabilities, and (3) provides support for captioning and video 
description that is appropriate for use in the classroom setting.
    Priority: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(v), this priority 
is from allowable activities specified in the statute (see sections 
662(c)(2), 663(c)(8)(C), 674(b), and 681(d) of IDEA).
    Absolute Priority: For FY 2006 this priority is an absolute 
priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that 
meet this priority.
    This priority is:
    Postsecondary Education Programs for Individuals who are Deaf

Background

    Section 682(d)(1)(B) of IDEA requires the Secretary of Education to 
provide not less than $4,000,000 of the funds appropriated under Part 
D, subparts 2 and 3 of IDEA to address the postsecondary, vocational, 
technical, continuing, and adult education needs of individuals with 
deafness. The Secretary intends to meet this requirement through 
funding new awards under this competition in fiscal year 2007 and by 
providing continuation awards in fiscal years 2008 through 2011.

Priority

    This priority provides support for four regional centers that will 
help secondary and postsecondary institutions more effectively address 
the postsecondary, vocational, technical, continuing, and adult 
education needs of individuals with deafness, including those who are 
deaf with co-occurring disabilities such as learning and emotional 
disabilities.
    With the objective of improving results for students who are deaf, 
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regional center must conduct: (1) Technical assistance and 
dissemination activities authorized under section 663(c)(8)(C) of IDEA, 
(2) personnel development activities authorized under section 662(c)(2) 
of IDEA, and (3) technology use activities authorized under section 
674(b) of IDEA. In carrying out the objectives of this priority, each 
center must take into account the population and size of each State 
where services are provided to help ensure that services are provided 
equitably within the targeted region.
    To ensure that all States benefit from these projects, the 
Secretary will support four projects. Projects will be required to 
serve each State within one of the following regions:
    Northeast Region--Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, 
Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, 
Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and U.S. Virgin 
Islands.
    Southern Region--Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, 
Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, 
Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
    Midwest Region--Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, 
Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South 
Dakota, and Wisconsin.
    Western Region--Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, 
Colorado, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Federated 
States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, 
Oregon, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, Utah, 
Washington, and Wyoming.
    Technical Assistance and Dissemination Activities (Consistent with 
section 663(c)(8)(C) of IDEA)
    Each regional center's technical assistance and dissemination 
activities must, at a minimum--
    (a) Conduct an assessment to determine current technical assistance 
needs and priorities of postsecondary institutions related to 
recruiting, enrolling, retaining, and instructing students who are 
deaf, and addressing the varying communication needs of and methods 
used by individuals who are deaf, such as oral transliteration 
services, cued language transliteration services, sign language 
transliteration and interpreting services, and transcription services.
    (b) Provide consultation, in-service training, and planning and 
development assistance to appropriate staff at postsecondary education 
institutions to address the needs identified in the assessment 
conducted under paragraph (a). These activities must (1) be designed to 
enhance access to programs by and accommodation of individuals who are 
deaf and (2) as needed, provide information about continuing and adult 
education programs that are available to help students who are deaf 
further develop their basic skills to prepare them to enter job 
training programs or matriculate into postsecondary education programs.
    (c) Provide technical assistance to secondary and postsecondary 
institutions, vocational rehabilitation agencies, community service 
agencies, centers for independent living, and One Stop Centers funded 
under the Workforce Investment Act within the region. These technical 
assistance activities must focus on (1) the responsibilities of 
postsecondary education institutions under Federal statutes, including 
section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the 
Americans with Disabilities Act, with respect to students who are deaf, 
and (2) the implementation of effective systems of postsecondary 
educational supports for students who are deaf.
    (d) Disseminate information about resources (e.g., financial, 
support services) available to students who are deaf and to 
postsecondary institutions to help them accommodate these students.
    (e) Encourage the use of consortia of postsecondary institutions 
and other cooperative arrangements to provide services and assistance 
to students who are deaf, including coordination of postsecondary 
education options with existing public and private community services 
that may address the educational, remedial, support service, 
transitional, independent living, and employment needs of individuals 
who are deaf.
    (f) Provide, in collaboration with postsecondary education 
programs, vocational rehabilitation agencies, and public and private 
community service agencies, technical assistance to professionals, 
parents, and families to improve postsecondary educational services to 
individuals with deafness, including those who are deaf with co-
occurring disabilities such as learning and emotional disabilities.
    Personnel Development Activities (Consistent with section 662(c)(2) 
of IDEA)
    Each regional center's personnel development activities must, at a 
minimum--
    (a) Conduct an assessment of the personnel development training 
needs of secondary school professional and support staff (e.g., 
teachers, counselors, transition specialists, and other support 
personnel) who provide transitional services to students who are deaf.
    (b) Conduct an assessment of the personnel development training 
needs of postsecondary, vocational, and adult education professional 
and support staffs who provide transitional and postsecondary 
educational services to students who are deaf.
    (c) Provide interdisciplinary training to secondary and 
postsecondary teachers, guidance counselors, interpreters, speech 
pathologists, audiologists, social workers, rehabilitation counselors, 
and other staff, that addresses the needs identified in the assessments 
conducted under paragraphs (a) and (b) and that will contribute to 
improvements in transitional and postsecondary educational results for 
students who are deaf.
    (d) Train personnel in the innovative uses and applications of 
technology, including universally designed technologies, assistive 
technology devices, and assistive technology services.
    (e) Provide specialized in-service training on key topics, such as 
orientation to deafness, to personnel who provide postsecondary 
services to students who are deaf and have limited English proficiency 
or secondary disabilities.
    Technology Use Activities (Consistent with section 674(b) of IDEA)
    Each regional center's technology use activities must, at a 
minimum--
    (a) Conduct an assessment to determine the technology needs and 
priorities of postsecondary institutions related to recruiting, 
enrolling, retaining, and instructing students who are deaf, and 
addressing the varying communication needs of and methods used by 
individuals who are deaf, such as oral transliteration services, cued 
language transliteration services, sign language transliteration and 
interpreting services, and transcription services.
    (b) Provide technical assistance and consultation, in-service 
training, and planning and development assistance to administrators, 
faculty, and support staff at postsecondary education institutions to 
address the needs identified in the assessment conducted under 
paragraph (a). These activities must (1) be designed to enhance access 
to programs by and accommodation of individuals who are deaf; and (2) 
as needed, provide information and technological support and in-service 
training to personnel at postsecondary institutions who provide 
services to students who are deaf.

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    (c) Demonstrate how postsecondary institutions can use technology 
to meet their responsibilities under Federal statutes, including 
section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the 
Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide access and accommodations 
to individuals who are deaf.
    In addition, the four regional centers must coordinate the 
development and implementation of all required activities (e.g., needs 
assessments, materials development, personnel development training, 
technical assistance, outreach, and information dissemination) for the 
purpose of avoiding overlap and duplication of efforts. Centers must 
ensure that secondary education programs, parents, and individuals who 
are deaf have information on postsecondary programs throughout the 
country, including information on services these institutions provide, 
and that information on proven models and other exemplary practices, 
including innovative technology, is available in each of the four 
regions. This coordination must include carrying out collaborative 
activities and cross-regional initiatives, where appropriate.
    In addition, each center must--
    (a) Coordinate with the National Dissemination Center for Children 
with Disabilities to ensure timely and accurate dissemination of 
information and report to the Office of Special Education Programs 
(OSEP) project officer on coordination efforts and proposed 
coordination outcomes.
    (b) Prior to developing any new product, whether paper or 
electronic, submit for review and approval a proposal describing the 
content and purpose of the product to the Product Advisory Board of the 
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities.
    (c) Contribute to the maintenance of a single user-friendly Web 
site for the four centers, with individual links to grantee host 
institutions, that includes relevant information and documents in a 
form that meets a government or industry-recognized standard for 
accessibility.
    (d) Develop a strategic plan for conducting needs assessments for 
personnel development, technical assistance and dissemination, and 
technology use activities within the first three months of the grant 
award. This plan must be submitted to the OSEP Project Officer for 
review and approval and updated annually.
    (e) Ensure that the information and services provided respond to 
the needs assessments, are based on evidence-based research to the 
extent possible, and use criteria established by the What Works 
Clearinghouse or other rigorous standards for determining what is 
evidence-based.
    (f) Retain the services of an independent external evaluator to 
provide consultation in developing a formative and summative evaluation 
plan to report inter/intra regional center activities in the annual 
grant performance reports. Such plan will be submitted to the 
Department for review and approval no later than 90 days before the 
first annual performance reports are due. The centers shall address how 
the effectiveness and outcomes of its activities shall be measured.
    (g) Maintain communication with the OSEP Project Officer through 
monthly phone conversations and e-mail communication, as needed. Each 
center must submit annual performance reports and provide additional 
written materials as needed by the OSEP Project Officer to monitor the 
centers' work.
    (h) Establish, maintain, and meet at least annually with an 
advisory committee consisting of individuals with deafness, parents, 
educators, researchers, and other appropriate individuals to review and 
advise on the center's activities and plans.
    (i) Budget for annual attendance at the three-day Technical 
Assistance Project Directors' meeting and at least two two-day planning 
meetings in Washington, DC. The center must also budget to attend three 
two-day meetings such as Department briefings, Department-sponsored 
conferences, and other OSEP-requested activities.

Fourth and Fifth Years of Project

    In deciding whether to continue each project for the fourth and 
fifth years, the Secretary will consider requirements of 34 CFR 
75.253(a), and in addition--
    (a) The recommendations of a review team consisting of experts 
selected by the Secretary that will conduct its review in Washington, 
DC during the last half of each project's second year. Projects must 
budget for travel expenses associated with this one-day intensive 
review.
    (b) The timeliness and effectiveness with which all requirements of 
the negotiated cooperative agreement have been or are being met by the 
center; and
    (c) Evidence of the degree to which the center's activities 
contributed to changed practices and improved postsecondary education 
and training outcomes for youth with deafness.
    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 under the 
APA inapplicable to the priority in this notice.
    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1462(c)(2), 1463(c)(8)(C), 1474(b), 
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 agreement.
    Estimated Available Funds: $4,000,000. Included in this amount is 
$1,300,000 to be provided from the Technical Assistance and 
Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with 
Disabilities program; $1,700,000 from the Personnel Development to 
Improve Services and results for Children with Disabilities program; 
and $1,000,000 from the Technology and Media Services for Individuals 
with Disabilities program.
    Maximum Award: We will reject any application that proposes a 
budget that does not equal $1,000,000 for a single budget period of 12 
months.


    Note: In each budget period of 12 months $325,000 must be 
budgeted for the technical assistance and dissemination activities 
described under Technical Assistance and Dissemination Activities 
(Consistent with section 663(c)(8)(C) of IDEA); $425,000 must be 
budgeted for the personnel development activities described under 
Personnel Development Activities (Consistent with section 662(c)(2) 
of IDEA); and $250,000 must be budgeted for the technology use 
activities described under Technology Use Activities (Consistent 
with section 674(b) of IDEA). The Assistant Secretary for Special 
Education and Rehabilitative Services may change these maximum 
amounts through a notice published in the Federal Register.

    Number of Awards: 4.

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

    Project Period: Up to 60 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.

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    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This competition does not involve cost 
sharing or matching.
    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 84.326D.
    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 Grants and Contracts 
Services Team 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; 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: June 8, 2006.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 24, 2006.
    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: September 
21, 2006.
    4. Intergovernmental Review: This competition 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 2006. The Postsecondary Education Programs 
for Individuals who are Deaf--CFDA Number 84.326D is one of the 
competitions included in this project. We request your participation in 
Grants.gov.
    If you choose to submit your application electronically, you must 
use the Grants.gov Apply site at http://www.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.
    You may access the electronic grant application for The 
Postsecondary Education Programs for Individuals who are Deaf 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, and 
must be date/time stamped by the Grants.gov system no later than 4:30 
p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. Except as 
otherwise noted in this section, we will not consider your application 
if it is date/time stamped by the Grants.gov system later than 4:30 
p.m., Washington, DC time, 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 date/time stamped by the 
Grants.gov system after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the 
application deadline date.
     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 
you submit your application in a timely manner to the Grants.gov 
system. You can also find the Education Submission Procedures 
pertaining to Grants.gov at http://e-Grants.ed.gov/help/
GrantsgovSubmissionProcedures.pdf
     To submit your application via Grants.gov, you must 
complete all of the steps in the Grants.gov registration

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process (see http://www.Grants.gov/GetStarted). These steps include (1) 
registering your organization, (2) registering yourself as an 
Authorized Organization Representative (AOR), and (3) getting 
authorized as an AOR by your organization. Details on these steps are 
outlined in the Grants.gov 3-Step Registration Guide (see http://
www.grants.gov/assets/GrantsgovCoBrandBrochure8X11.pdf). You also must 
provide on your application the same D U N S Number used with this 
registration. Please note that the registration process may take five 
or more business days to complete, and you must have completed all 
registration steps to allow you to successfully submit an application 
via Grants.gov.
     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. 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.
     After you electronically submit your application, you will 
receive an automatic acknowledgment 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.

Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of System Unavailability

    If you are prevented from electronically submitting your 
application on the application deadline date because of technical 
problems with the Grants.gov system, we will grant you an extension 
until 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, the following business day to 
enable you to transmit your application electronically, or by hand 
delivery. You also may mail your application by following the mailing 
instructions as described elsewhere in this notice. If you submit an 
application after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the deadline date, 
please contact the person listed elsewhere in this notice under For 
Further Information Contact, and provide an explanation of the 
technical problem you experienced with Grants.gov, along with the 
Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number (if available). We will accept your 
application if we can confirm that a technical problem occurred with 
the Grants.gov system and that that problem affected your ability to 
submit your application by 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the 
application deadline date. The Department will contact you after a 
determination is made on whether your application will be accepted.


    Note: Extensions referred to in this section apply only to the 
unavailability of or technical problems with the Grants.gov system. 
We will not grant you an extension if you failed to fully register 
to submit your application to Grants.gov before the deadline date 
and time or if the technical problem you experienced is unrelated to 
the Grants.gov system.


    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 84.326D), 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 
84.326D), 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 
84.326D), 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 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

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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: Under the Government Performance and 
Results Act (GPRA), the Department has developed measures that will 
yield information on various aspects of the Technical Assistance and 
Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with 
Disabilities program. These measures, which will be used for the 
Postsecondary Education Programs for Individuals who are Deaf 
competition, focus on: The extent to which projects provide high 
quality products and services, the relevance of project products and 
services to educational and early intervention policy and practice, and 
the use of products and services to improve educational and early 
intervention policy and practice.
    We will notify grantees if they will be required to provide any 
information related to these measures.
    Grantees will also be required to report information on their 
projects' performance in annual reports to the Department (34 CFR 
75.590).

VII. Agency Contact

    For Further Information Contact: Louise Tripoli, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 4117, Potomac Center Plaza, 
Washington, DC 20202-2550. Telephone: (202) 245-7554.
    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 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 2, 2006.
John H. Hager,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
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