Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools-Discretionary Grant Programs, 70369-70371 [E6-20456]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 232 / Monday, December 4, 2006 / Notices edicsweb.ed.gov, by selecting the ‘‘Browse Pending Collections’’ link and by clicking on link number 3189. When you access the information collection, click on ‘‘Download Attachments ‘‘ to view. Written requests for information should be addressed to U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Potomac Center, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20202–4700. Requests may also be electronically mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or faxed to 202– 245–6623. Please specify the complete title of the information collection when making your request. Comments regarding burden and/or the collection activity requirements should be electronically mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 800–877–8339. [FR Doc. E6–20418 Filed 12–1–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools—Discretionary Grant Programs Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice of final eligibility requirement. mstockstill on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug-Free Schools announces an eligibility requirement for the following discretionary grant programs administered by the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS Discretionary Grant Programs): • Federal Activities (CFDA No. 84.184). • Alcohol Abuse Reduction (CFDA No. 84.184A). • Mentoring Programs (CFDA No. 84.184B). • Student Drug Testing (CFDA No. 84.184D). • Emergency Response and Crisis Management (CFDA No. 84.184E). • Grants to Prevent High-Risk Drinking or Violent Behavior Among College Students (CFDA No. 84.184H). • Safe Schools/Healthy Students (CFDA No. 84.184L). • Prevention Models on College Campuses (CFDA No. 84.184N). • Grants to States to Improve Management of Drug and Violence Prevention Programs (CFDA No. 84.184R). • Native Hawaiians (CFDA No. 84.186C). VerDate Aug<31>2005 11:51 Dec 01, 2006 Jkt 211001 • Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program (CFDA No. 84.215E). • Carol M. White Physical Education Program (CFDA No. 84.215F). • Foundations for Learning (CFDA No. 84.215H). • Grants to Integrate Schools and Mental Health Systems (CFDA No. 84.215M). • Partnerships in Character Education Program (CFDA No. 84.215S/V). • Cooperative Civic Education and Economic Education Exchange (CFDA No. 84.304A). We may use the eligibility requirement for competitions under the OSDFS Discretionary Grant Programs in fiscal year 2007 and later years. We take this action to focus Federal financial assistance on identified national needs. We intend for the eligibility requirement to ensure an equitable distribution of awards among eligible applicants for grants under the OSDFS Discretionary Grant Programs. DATES: Effective Date: This requirement is effective January 3, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nicole A. White, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202–6450. Telephone: (202) 260–1131. E-mail: nicole.white@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. The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) Discretionary Grant Programs provide funding to develop, implement, or expand drug and violence prevention, physical education, school counseling, mentoring, character education, civics education, and related projects at the local and State levels. In addition to providing this initial funding, OSDFS also is committed to promoting sustainability of projects and activities by encouraging grantees to seek other sources of funding and support when their project period ends. We published a notice of proposed eligibility requirement in the Federal Register on February 23, 2006 (71 FR 9329). With one exception, there are no differences between the notice of proposed eligibility requirement and this notice of final eligibility SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 70369 requirement. The exception is that the final eligibility requirement in this notice does not include the Life Skills for State and Local Prisoners program (CFDA No. 84.255A) because that program is no longer administered by the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. Analysis of Comments In response to our invitation in the notice of proposed eligibility requirement, fourteen parties submitted comments. Eleven comments did not address the proposed eligibility requirement and are not discussed here. An analysis of the comments and of any changes in the eligibility requirement since publication of the notice of proposed eligibility requirement follows. We group major issues according to subject. Generally, we do not address technical and other minor changes and suggested changes the law does not authorize us to make under the applicable statutory authority. Quality of Applications Comments: Several commenters said the quality of an application, regardless of an applicant’s previous history, should be the main criterion for awarding Federal funds. Discussion: The quality of an application is, and will remain, the principal criterion for awarding Federal funds under the Discretionary Grant Programs. However, the eligibility requirement will permit the Secretary to take previous funding history into account when determining who is eligible to compete for an award. We take this action for several reasons: First, to focus Federal financial assistance on expanding the number of programs and projects that support activities in a covered program; second, to promote rigorous assessment of results of funded projects to determine their impact on target populations and to inform future improvement efforts before making a second award under the same program; and, finally, to promote management improvement in Federal grant administration by requiring grantees to complete activities under current grants before embarking on a second grant under the same program. Change: None. Comment: One commenter objected to excluding current grantees from reapplying to the same program because the experience of one grant often leads to the identification of gaps that need to be addressed through a second grant. Discussion: We agree that project implementation often results in grantees gaining a greater awareness of needs and E:\FR\FM\04DEN1.SGM 04DEN1 mstockstill on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES 70370 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 232 / Monday, December 4, 2006 / Notices gaps in service. For that reason, we encourage grantees to design procedures that ensure feedback and continuous improvement in the operation of their projects. By completing one full grant cycle before considering whether to apply for another award, we think grantees will achieve a better understanding of the effectiveness of their efforts and be better able to design new projects that are fully reflective of newly identified needs as well as what has been learned through their first implementation efforts. Change: None. Comment: One commenter expressed concern that the eligibility requirement would deny funding to the best qualified applicants and result in the selection of applications of lesser quality that are likely to have weaker outcomes. Discussion: OSDFS grant competitions are generally highly competitive, and fractions of a point may separate funded and unfunded applications. For example, in fiscal year 2006, 88 applications submitted for the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program scored 90 or above, and we were able to fund only 49 of them. We do not agree, therefore, that excluding current grantees would necessarily result in poor-quality applications receiving funds. Change: None. Comment: Several commenters expressed strong opposition to the eligibility requirement’s perceived limitation on the number of awards a grantee could have. Discussion: The eligibility requirement will prohibit only applicants with an active grant from receiving a new grant for that same program. The requirement would have no effect on the number of grants an entity could receive under different programs. Applicants may apply for and receive grants under competitions offered by the Department under any of the 16 named programs, except for any program in which they currently have an active grant. Change: None. Comment: One commenter expressed concern that the eligibility requirement would have a negative impact on large school districts with a greater need for Federal funds and recommended a perstudent enrollment limitation on the number of active grants one entity could receive under the same program. Discussion: Although we understand that larger school districts may have greater needs, we do not think that multiple or overlapping grants in the same program are an appropriate means of meeting those needs because they VerDate Aug<31>2005 11:51 Dec 01, 2006 Jkt 211001 encourage fragmentation of efforts rather than a comprehensive, unified approach to problems. All applicants, including those in larger school districts, are encouraged to carefully assess their needs and request an amount of funding commensurate with those needs in their initial application. Change: None. Comment: None. Discussion: Since publication of the notice of proposed eligibility requirement, administration of the Life Skills for State and Local Prisoners program has been assigned to the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, and therefore will not be subject to the final eligibility requirement. Change: We have removed the Life Skills for State and Local Prisoners program from the list of Discretionary Grant programs. Note: In any year in which we elect to use the eligibility requirement, we will announce the eligibility requirement in the Federal Register notice governing the applicable grant competition. Eligibility Requirement for OSDFS Discretionary Grant Programs—Federal Activities (CFDA No. 84.184); Alcohol Abuse Reduction (CFDA No. 84.184A); Mentoring Programs (CFDA No. 84.184B); Student Drug Testing (CFDA No. 84.184D); Emergency Response and Crisis Management (CFDA No. 84.184E); Grants to Prevent High-Risk Drinking or Violent Behavior Among College Students (CFDA No. 84.184H); Safe Schools/Healthy Students (CFDA No. 84.184L); Prevention Models on College Campuses (CFDA No. 84.184N); Grants to States to Improve Management of Drug and Violence Prevention Programs (CFDA No. 84.184R); Native Hawaiians (CFDA No. 84.186C); Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program (CFDA No. 84.215E); Carol M. White Physical Education Program (CFDA No. 84.215F); Foundations for Learning (CFDA No. 84.215H); Grants to Integrate Schools and Mental Health Systems (CFDA No. 84.215M); Partnerships in Character Education (CFDA No. 84.215S/V); Cooperative Civic Education and Economic Education Exchange (CFDA No. 84.304A) Active Grants Under this requirement, the Secretary limits eligibility under the discretionary grant program competition to applicants that do not currently have an active grant under the same discretionary grant program. For the purpose of this eligibility requirement, a grant is considered active until the end of the grant’s project or funding period, including any extensions of those PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 periods that extend the grantee’s authority to obligate funds. Executive Order 12866 This notice of final eligibility requirement has been reviewed in accordance with Executive Order 12866. Under the terms of the order, we have assessed the potential costs and benefits of this regulatory action. The potential costs associated with this notice of final eligibility requirement are those we have determined as necessary for administering this program effectively and efficiently. The benefit of this final eligibility requirement is to ensure that limited Federal financial assistance under the Discretionary Grant Programs is made available in a manner that is fair and equitable to the greatest number of applicants. In assessing the potential costs and benefits—both quantitative and qualitative—of this notice of final eligibility requirement, we have determined that the benefits of the final eligibility requirement justify the costs. We have also determined that this regulatory action does not unduly interfere with State, local, and tribal governments in the exercise of their governmental functions. Intergovernmental Review This program is subject to Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. One of the objectives of the Executive Order is to foster an intergovernmental partnership and a strengthened federalism. The Executive Order relies on processes developed by State and local governments for coordination and review of proposed Federal financial assistance. This document provides early notification of our specific plans and actions for this program. Electronic Access To This Document You may view this document, as well as all other 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 E:\FR\FM\04DEN1.SGM 04DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 232 / Monday, December 4, 2006 / Notices Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/ index.html. Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1211–2 (1991), 6715, 7117, 7131, 7139, 7140, 7245, 7247, 7261, 7269, and 7269a. Dated: November 28, 2006. Deborah A. Price, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and DrugFree Schools. [FR Doc. E6–20456 Filed 12–1–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Notice of Availability; Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Western Greenbrier Co-Production Demonstration Project Department of Energy. Notice of availability and public hearings. AGENCY: mstockstill on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES ACTION: SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announces the availability of the document, Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Western Greenbrier Co-Production Demonstration Project, (DOE/EIS–0361), for public comment. The draft environmental impact statement (EIS) analyzes the potential environmental consequences of providing Federal funding for the design, construction, and demonstration of a 98 megawatt (MWe) net power plant and ash byproduct manufacturing facility to be located in the municipality of Rainelle, Greenbrier County, West Virginia. The facility would be constructed and demonstrated through a cooperative agreement between DOE and Western Greenbrier Co-Generation, LLC (WGC) under the Clean Coal Power Initiative (CCPI). WGC proposes to design, construct, and demonstrate an atmospheric pressure circulating fluidized-bed (CFB) power plant that would generate electricity and steam by burning approximately 3,000 to 4,000 tons per day of coal refuse from several local sites as the primary fuel. The proposed power plant would be the first commercial application within the United States of a CFB combustor featuring a compact inverted cyclone design. The Department prepared this draft EIS in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations that implement the procedural provisions of NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), and the DOE procedures implementing NEPA (10 CFR part 1021). VerDate Aug<31>2005 11:51 Dec 01, 2006 Jkt 211001 DOE’s proposed action is to provide cost-shared financial assistance to WGC through a cooperative agreement under the CCPI for design, construction, and operation of the Western Greenbrier CoProduction Demonstration Project. WGC proposes to design, construct, and operate a 98 MWe (net) power plant that would generate electricity and steam by burning fuel derived from the beneficiation of approximately 3,000 to 4,000 tons per day of coal refuse. The proposed power plant would be the first commercial application within the United States of an atmospheric circulating fluidized-bed combustor featuring a compact inverted cyclone design. The design would require less steel and facilitate erection in remote areas by reducing the boiler system footprint and height. These innovations could reduce steel costs by approximately 40 percent and shorten construction time by approximately 10 percent. DATES: DOE invites the public to comment on the Draft EIS during the public comment period, which ends January 18, 2007. DOE will consider all comments postmarked or received during the public comment period in preparing the Final EIS, and will consider late comments to the extent practicable. DOE will hold a public hearing on Thursday, January 4, 2007, at Western Greenbrier Middle School, Crawley, West Virginia from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. An informational session will be held at the same location from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., preceding the public hearing on the date noted above. ADDRESSES: Requests for information about this Draft EIS or to receive a copy of the Draft EIS should be directed to: Roy G. Spears, NEPA Document Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, M/S NO–3, P.O. Box 0880, Morgantown, West Virginia. Additional information about the Draft EIS may also be requested by telephone at: (304) 285– 5460, or toll-free at: (800) 432–8330, x5460. The Draft EIS will be available at http://www.eh.doe.gov/nepa/. Copies of the Draft EIS are also available for review at the locations listed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this Notice. Written comments on the Draft EIS can be mailed to Roy G. Spears, NEPA Document Manager, at the address noted above. Written comments may also be submitted by fax to: (412) 285–4403, or submitted electronically to: roy.spears@netl.doe.gov. Oral comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted only PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 70371 during the public hearing scheduled for the date and location provided in the DATES section of this Notice. Requests to speak at the public hearing can be made by calling or writing the EIS Document Manager (see ADDRESSES). Requests to speak that have not been submitted prior to the hearing will be accepted in the order in which they are received at the hearing. Speakers are encouraged to provide a written version of their oral comments for the record. Each speaker will be allowed five minutes to present comments unless more time is requested and available. Comments will be recorded by a court reporter and will become part of the public hearing record. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information on the proposed project or the draft environmental impact statement, please contact Mr. Roy G. Spears, as directed above. For general information regarding the DOE NEPA process, please contact: Ms. Carol M. Borgstrom, Director, Office of NEPA Policy and Compliance (GC–20), U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585, Telephone: (202) 586–4600, or leave a message at: (800) 472–2756. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Description of Alternatives DOE analyzed two alternatives in the Draft EIS: The proposed action and the no-action alternative. Under the proposed action, DOE would provide cost-shared funding to a private-sector applicant for the design, construction and demonstration of a Co-Production Facility based on an innovative atmospheric-pressure circulating fluidized-bed (ACFB) boiler with a compact inverted-cyclone design. In addition to producing electricity and steam, the Co-Production facility would include a kiln that would produce cement for use in the production of structural brick and other similar products. The Co-Production Facility would utilize coal refuse (also referred to as ‘‘gob’’) from nearby coal refuse sites as the primary fuel source, and portions of the ash generated by the circulating fluidized-bed (CFB) would be returned to the coal refuse sites for use in site reclamation efforts. DOE has entered into a 5-year cooperative agreement with WGC to provide financial support through the CCPI program. WGC was a successful applicant in Round 1 of the CCPI program and will be ultimately responsible for the siting, design, construction, and operation of the facility and related components. E:\FR\FM\04DEN1.SGM 04DEN1

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[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools--Discretionary Grant 
Programs

AGENCY: Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of final eligibility requirement.

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SUMMARY: The Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug-Free Schools 
announces an eligibility requirement for the following discretionary 
grant programs administered by the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools 
(OSDFS Discretionary Grant Programs):
     Federal Activities (CFDA No. 84.184).
     Alcohol Abuse Reduction (CFDA No. 84.184A).
     Mentoring Programs (CFDA No. 84.184B).
     Student Drug Testing (CFDA No. 84.184D).
     Emergency Response and Crisis Management (CFDA No. 
84.184E).
     Grants to Prevent High-Risk Drinking or Violent Behavior 
Among College Students (CFDA No. 84.184H).
     Safe Schools/Healthy Students (CFDA No. 84.184L).
     Prevention Models on College Campuses (CFDA No. 84.184N).
     Grants to States to Improve Management of Drug and 
Violence Prevention Programs (CFDA No. 84.184R).
     Native Hawaiians (CFDA No. 84.186C).
     Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program (CFDA 
No. 84.215E).
     Carol M. White Physical Education Program (CFDA No. 
84.215F).
     Foundations for Learning (CFDA No. 84.215H).
     Grants to Integrate Schools and Mental Health Systems 
(CFDA No. 84.215M).
     Partnerships in Character Education Program (CFDA No. 
84.215S/V).
     Cooperative Civic Education and Economic Education 
Exchange (CFDA No. 84.304A).
    We may use the eligibility requirement for competitions under the 
OSDFS Discretionary Grant Programs in fiscal year 2007 and later years. 
We take this action to focus Federal financial assistance on identified 
national needs. We intend for the eligibility requirement to ensure an 
equitable distribution of awards among eligible applicants for grants 
under the OSDFS Discretionary Grant Programs.

DATES: Effective Date: This requirement is effective January 3, 2007.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nicole A. White, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202-6450. 
Telephone: (202) 260-1131. E-mail: nicole.white@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may 
call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an 
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the contact person listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools 
(OSDFS) Discretionary Grant Programs provide funding to develop, 
implement, or expand drug and violence prevention, physical education, 
school counseling, mentoring, character education, civics education, 
and related projects at the local and State levels. In addition to 
providing this initial funding, OSDFS also is committed to promoting 
sustainability of projects and activities by encouraging grantees to 
seek other sources of funding and support when their project period 
ends.
    We published a notice of proposed eligibility requirement in the 
Federal Register on February 23, 2006 (71 FR 9329).
    With one exception, there are no differences between the notice of 
proposed eligibility requirement and this notice of final eligibility 
requirement. The exception is that the final eligibility requirement in 
this notice does not include the Life Skills for State and Local 
Prisoners program (CFDA No. 84.255A) because that program is no longer 
administered by the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools.

Analysis of Comments

    In response to our invitation in the notice of proposed eligibility 
requirement, fourteen parties submitted comments. Eleven comments did 
not address the proposed eligibility requirement and are not discussed 
here. An analysis of the comments and of any changes in the eligibility 
requirement since publication of the notice of proposed eligibility 
requirement follows.
    We group major issues according to subject. Generally, we do not 
address technical and other minor changes and suggested changes the law 
does not authorize us to make under the applicable statutory authority.

Quality of Applications

    Comments: Several commenters said the quality of an application, 
regardless of an applicant's previous history, should be the main 
criterion for awarding Federal funds.
    Discussion: The quality of an application is, and will remain, the 
principal criterion for awarding Federal funds under the Discretionary 
Grant Programs. However, the eligibility requirement will permit the 
Secretary to take previous funding history into account when 
determining who is eligible to compete for an award. We take this 
action for several reasons: First, to focus Federal financial 
assistance on expanding the number of programs and projects that 
support activities in a covered program; second, to promote rigorous 
assessment of results of funded projects to determine their impact on 
target populations and to inform future improvement efforts before 
making a second award under the same program; and, finally, to promote 
management improvement in Federal grant administration by requiring 
grantees to complete activities under current grants before embarking 
on a second grant under the same program.
    Change: None.
    Comment: One commenter objected to excluding current grantees from 
reapplying to the same program because the experience of one grant 
often leads to the identification of gaps that need to be addressed 
through a second grant.
    Discussion: We agree that project implementation often results in 
grantees gaining a greater awareness of needs and

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gaps in service. For that reason, we encourage grantees to design 
procedures that ensure feedback and continuous improvement in the 
operation of their projects. By completing one full grant cycle before 
considering whether to apply for another award, we think grantees will 
achieve a better understanding of the effectiveness of their efforts 
and be better able to design new projects that are fully reflective of 
newly identified needs as well as what has been learned through their 
first implementation efforts.
    Change: None.
    Comment: One commenter expressed concern that the eligibility 
requirement would deny funding to the best qualified applicants and 
result in the selection of applications of lesser quality that are 
likely to have weaker outcomes.
    Discussion: OSDFS grant competitions are generally highly 
competitive, and fractions of a point may separate funded and unfunded 
applications. For example, in fiscal year 2006, 88 applications 
submitted for the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program 
scored 90 or above, and we were able to fund only 49 of them. We do not 
agree, therefore, that excluding current grantees would necessarily 
result in poor-quality applications receiving funds.
    Change: None.
    Comment: Several commenters expressed strong opposition to the 
eligibility requirement's perceived limitation on the number of awards 
a grantee could have.
    Discussion: The eligibility requirement will prohibit only 
applicants with an active grant from receiving a new grant for that 
same program. The requirement would have no effect on the number of 
grants an entity could receive under different programs. Applicants may 
apply for and receive grants under competitions offered by the 
Department under any of the 16 named programs, except for any program 
in which they currently have an active grant.
    Change: None.
    Comment: One commenter expressed concern that the eligibility 
requirement would have a negative impact on large school districts with 
a greater need for Federal funds and recommended a per-student 
enrollment limitation on the number of active grants one entity could 
receive under the same program.
    Discussion: Although we understand that larger school districts may 
have greater needs, we do not think that multiple or overlapping grants 
in the same program are an appropriate means of meeting those needs 
because they encourage fragmentation of efforts rather than a 
comprehensive, unified approach to problems. All applicants, including 
those in larger school districts, are encouraged to carefully assess 
their needs and request an amount of funding commensurate with those 
needs in their initial application.
    Change: None.
    Comment: None.
    Discussion: Since publication of the notice of proposed eligibility 
requirement, administration of the Life Skills for State and Local 
Prisoners program has been assigned to the Office of Vocational and 
Adult Education, and therefore will not be subject to the final 
eligibility requirement.
    Change: We have removed the Life Skills for State and Local 
Prisoners program from the list of Discretionary Grant programs.


    Note: In any year in which we elect to use the eligibility 
requirement, we will announce the eligibility requirement in the 
Federal Register notice governing the applicable grant competition.


    Eligibility Requirement for OSDFS Discretionary Grant Programs--
Federal Activities (CFDA No. 84.184); Alcohol Abuse Reduction (CFDA No. 
84.184A); Mentoring Programs (CFDA No. 84.184B); Student Drug Testing 
(CFDA No. 84.184D); Emergency Response and Crisis Management (CFDA No. 
84.184E); Grants to Prevent High-Risk Drinking or Violent Behavior 
Among College Students (CFDA No. 84.184H); Safe Schools/Healthy 
Students (CFDA No. 84.184L); Prevention Models on College Campuses 
(CFDA No. 84.184N); Grants to States to Improve Management of Drug and 
Violence Prevention Programs (CFDA No. 84.184R); Native Hawaiians (CFDA 
No. 84.186C); Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program (CFDA 
No. 84.215E); Carol M. White Physical Education Program (CFDA No. 
84.215F); Foundations for Learning (CFDA No. 84.215H); Grants to 
Integrate Schools and Mental Health Systems (CFDA No. 84.215M); 
Partnerships in Character Education (CFDA No. 84.215S/V); Cooperative 
Civic Education and Economic Education Exchange (CFDA No. 84.304A)

Active Grants

    Under this requirement, the Secretary limits eligibility under the 
discretionary grant program competition to applicants that do not 
currently have an active grant under the same discretionary grant 
program. For the purpose of this eligibility requirement, a grant is 
considered active until the end of the grant's project or funding 
period, including any extensions of those periods that extend the 
grantee's authority to obligate funds.

Executive Order 12866

    This notice of final eligibility requirement has been reviewed in 
accordance with Executive Order 12866. Under the terms of the order, we 
have assessed the potential costs and benefits of this regulatory 
action.
    The potential costs associated with this notice of final 
eligibility requirement are those we have determined as necessary for 
administering this program effectively and efficiently. The benefit of 
this final eligibility requirement is to ensure that limited Federal 
financial assistance under the Discretionary Grant Programs is made 
available in a manner that is fair and equitable to the greatest number 
of applicants.
    In assessing the potential costs and benefits--both quantitative 
and qualitative--of this notice of final eligibility requirement, we 
have determined that the benefits of the final eligibility requirement 
justify the costs.
    We have also determined that this regulatory action does not unduly 
interfere with State, local, and tribal governments in the exercise of 
their governmental functions.

Intergovernmental Review

    This program is subject to Executive Order 12372 and the 
regulations in 34 CFR part 79. One of the objectives of the Executive 
Order is to foster an intergovernmental partnership and a strengthened 
federalism. The Executive Order relies on processes developed by State 
and local governments for coordination and review of proposed Federal 
financial assistance.
    This document provides early notification of our specific plans and 
actions for this program.

Electronic Access To This Document

    You may view this document, as well as all other 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

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Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/index.html.


    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1211-2 (1991), 6715, 7117, 7131, 
7139, 7140, 7245, 7247, 7261, 7269, and 7269a.

    Dated: November 28, 2006.
Deborah A. Price,
Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug-Free Schools.
[FR Doc. E6-20456 Filed 12-1-06; 8:45 am]
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