Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Overview Information Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities-Using Assistive Technology To Support Development and Learning of Infants and Toddlers With Disabilities, Birth Through Two; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007, 75953-75958 [E6-21635]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 243 / Tuesday, December 19, 2006 / Notices Management and Budget; 725 17th Street, NW., Room 10222, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503 or faxed to (202) 395–6974. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) requires that the Director of OMB provide interested Federal agencies and the public an early opportunity to comment on information collection requests. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) may amend or waive the requirement for public consultation to the extent that public participation in the approval process would defeat the purpose of the information collection, violate State or Federal law, or substantially interfere with any agency’s ability to perform its statutory obligations. The IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management, publishes this notice containing proposed information collection requests at the beginning of the Departmental review of the information collection. Each proposed information collection, grouped by office, contains the following: (1) Type of review requested, e.g., new, revision, extension, existing or reinstatement; (2) Title; (3) Summary of the collection; (4) Description of the need for, and proposed use of, the information; (5) Respondents and frequency of collection; and (6) Reporting and/or Recordkeeping burden. ED invites public comment. The Department of Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner, (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected, and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on respondents, including through the use of information technology. hsrobinson on PROD1PC76 with NOTICES Dated: December 13, 2006. Angela C. Arrington, IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management. Institute of Education Sciences Type of Review: New. Title: Impact Evaluation of Upward Bound’s Increased Focus on Higher-Risk Students—Baseline Data Collection Protocols. Abstract: This evaluation will focus on the impacts of Upward Bound on students applying to enter the program VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:07 Dec 18, 2006 Jkt 211001 as early as the summer of 2007. The current OMB package requests clearance for the instruments to be used in gathering information. Additional Information: The Department is requesting emergency clearance to begin collection of parental and student consent forms, baseline information forms, and student selection forms. If the evaluation has to go through the normal clearance process, ED’s notification to work with grantees on data collection could not begin until late March or early April 2007, where many grantees are completing their application periods. This schedule would likely mean that summer programs would need to be delayed or perhaps cancelled for new students, creating hostility toward the evaluation, undermining the validity of the evaluation and harming its ability to draw conclusions about the effectiveness of the redesigned Upward Bound program. Emergency processing would allow the Department to contact sampled grantees to be in the evaluation in late January or early February 2007, allowing more time for the evaluator to work with grantees selected for the evaluation (contingent on their receipt of funding for 2007), ensure that a sufficient number of eligible students are recruited to form a control group, and obtain the necessary consent and baseline student data required before random assignment can occur. The Department is requesting OMB approval by January 24, 2007. Frequency: One time. Affected Public: Individuals or households; not-forprofit institutions Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: Responses: 7,290. Burden Hours: 3,900. Requests for copies of the proposed information collection request may be accessed from http://edicsweb.ed.gov, by selecting the ‘‘Browse Pending Collections’’ link and by clicking on link number 3242. 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 the Internet address IC DocketMgr@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 IC DocketMgr@ed.gov. Individuals who use PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 75953 a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 800–877–8339. [FR Doc. E6–21601 Filed 12–18–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Overview Information Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities—Using Assistive Technology To Support Development and Learning of Infants and Toddlers With Disabilities, Birth Through Two; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.327X Dates: Applications Available: December 19, 2006. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: February 2, 2007. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: April 3, 2007. 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: The Administration has requested $31,063,000 for the Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities program for FY 2007, of which we intend to use an estimated $435,000 for the Using Assistive Technology To Support Development and Learning of Infants and Toddlers With Disabilities, Birth Through Two competition. The actual level of funding, if any, depends on final congressional action. However, we are inviting applications to allow enough time to complete the grant process if Congress appropriates funds for this program. Maximum Award: We will reject any application that proposes a budget exceeding $435,000 for a single budget period of 12 months. The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services may change the maximum amount through a notice published in the Federal Register. Estimated Number of Awards: 1. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: Up to 60 months. E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM 19DEN1 75954 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 243 / Tuesday, December 19, 2006 / Notices Background A growing body of research supports the use of assistive technology (AT), including AT devices and AT services as defined in section 602 (1) and (2) of IDEA, for infants and toddlers with disabilities. The early research in this area shows that AT has the potential to increase the ability of infants and toddlers with disabilities to interact with others and to participate in family routines and to increase their functional skills in such areas as mobility and communication. However, a recent national survey of service providers revealed that only 18.1 percent of early intervention service providers believed that all of the infants and toddlers with disabilities they serve who need AT actually receive it. Further, the survey revealed that only approximately four percent of infants and toddlers with disabilities have AT listed in their Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) (Wilcox, Bacon, and Campbell, 2004 1). These findings may suggest a lack of awareness or knowledge of AT on the part of early intervention service providers and families. While recent research has shed new light on AT devices, services, and contexts in which AT is appropriately used, a review of 27 studies on the use of AT with young children, published within the past 25 years, found that none of the reports discussed how to help children use readily available or low-tech items. In addition, the limited number of publications on evidence-based AT teaching practices seems to emphasize high-tech devices (Dugan, Millborne, Campbell, and Wilcox 2). This suggests there is a need to raise awareness among early intervention service providers and families and to assist them in implementing and evaluating AT practices involving a range of low-tech to high-tech devices to improve the development and learning of infants and toddlers with disabilities. Priority: This priority supports one cooperative agreement to identify and support the implementation of a range of evidencebased and promising AT practices in early intervention programs with a diverse group of infants and toddlers with disabilities, and their families, service providers, and caregivers, and to develop strategies to scale-up promising AT practices. For purposes of this priority, the term ‘‘infants and toddlers with disabilities’’ means individuals from birth through age two who need early intervention services because they (1) are experiencing developmental delays, as measured by appropriate diagnostic instruments and procedures in one or more of the areas of cognitive development, physical development, communication development, social or emotional development, and adaptive development; or (2) have a diagnosed physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delay. In selecting AT practices and in assisting service providers and families in implementing AT practices, the project must— (a) Identify existing evidence-based and promising practices that integrate AT in early intervention programs to improve the development and learning of infants and toddlers with disabilities. These may include validated practices with high levels of research support as well as promising practices that have some research base but may require additional validation. In selecting standards for identifying evidence-based and promising practices, the project must use a methodology that is consistent with evidence standards established by the What Works 1 Wilcox, M., Bacon, C., and Campbell, P. (2004). National Survey of Parents and Providers Using AT in Early Intervention, Research Brief Volume 1, Number 3. Tots n Tech Research Institute. Available from: http://tnt.asu.edu. 2 Dugan, L., Millborne, S., Campbell, P., and Wilcox, M. (2004). Evidence Based Practice in Assistive Technology, Research Brief, Volume 1, Number 5. Tots n Tech Research Institute. Available from: http://tnt.asu.edu. Full Text of Announcement hsrobinson on PROD1PC76 with NOTICES I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities program is to: (1) Improve results for children with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology, (2) support educational media services activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom setting to children with disabilities, and (3) provide 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 674 and 681(d) of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)). Absolute Priority: For FY 2007 this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that meet this priority. This priority is: Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities—Using Assistive Technology To Support Development and Learning of Infants and Toddlers With Disabilities, Birth through Two VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:07 Dec 18, 2006 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Clearinghouse (WWC) for its review of causal research, found at http:// www.whatworks.ed.gov; (b) Develop and implement practices to support service providers and families in using a range of low-tech to high-tech AT devices, including readily available materials, in ways that can help families enhance the development and learning of their infants and toddlers with disabilities and promote their participation in activities in everyday settings. These strategies must incorporate provisions for the continued implementation of the practices after Federal support ends; (c) Identify and recruit early intervention programs to implement the practices identified in accordance with paragraph (a) of this priority. In selecting early intervention programs, the project must consider the culture, language or family income of the infants and toddlers served by the programs, as well as the location (urban and rural settings or, the geographic region) and size of the program; (d) Provide professional development and training based on the practices identified in accordance with paragraph (a) of this priority to motivate and build capacity of service providers and families to use AT with infants and toddlers with disabilities; (e) Assist early intervention programs in evaluating the outcomes of the professional development provided in accordance with paragraph (d) of this priority, and the effects of selected AT practices on infant and toddler development; (f) Promote, where appropriate, opportunities for AT re-use through such avenues as exchange programs, recycling programs, and refurbishment programs; and (g) Prepare and disseminate information and products, as appropriate, for specific audiences, such as families, service providers, and caregivers. The project funded under this priority also must— (1) Meet with the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Project Officer and other appropriate staff in Washington, DC, within the first two months of the project period to clarify project activities and develop a strategic plan for the implementation of the overall project; (2) Communicate, collaborate, and form partnerships as appropriate, with such entities as: The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC), Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs), Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), the National and Regional Parent Technical E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM 19DEN1 hsrobinson on PROD1PC76 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 243 / Tuesday, December 19, 2006 / Notices Assistance Centers (PTACs), the Regional Resource Centers (RRCs), the Center on Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd), and other OSEPsupported discretionary projects related to the use of AT with infants and toddlers with disabilities; (3) Establish, maintain, and meet at least annually with an advisory committee consisting of representatives of families, service providers, caregivers, professional organizations and advocacy groups, researchers, and other appropriate groups to review and advise on the project’s plans, products, and activities; (4) Budget to attend a three-day Project Directors’ meeting in Washington, DC during each year of the project period; a two-day meeting of technology researchers, manufacturers, developers, and publishers in Washington, DC; and a two-day early childhood meeting in Washington, DC; and (5) If the project maintains a Web site, include relevant information and documents in a form that meets a government or industry-recognized standard for accessibility. Fourth and Fifth Years of Project: In deciding whether to continue this project for the fourth and fifth years, the Secretary will consider the requirements of 34 CFR 75.253(a) for continuation awards. The Secretary will also consider the following: (a) The recommendation of a review team consisting of experts selected by the Secretary. The team will conduct its review in Washington, DC during the last half of the project’s second year. A project must budget for the travel 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 project. (c) The degree to which the project is making a positive contribution—and its strategies are demonstrating the potential for disseminating significant knowledge to families, service providers, and caregivers—to using AT to improve outcomes for infants and toddlers with disabilities. 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 of the APA inapplicable to the priority in this notice. Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1474 and 1481. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:07 Dec 18, 2006 Jkt 211001 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: The Administration has requested $31,063,000 for the Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities program for FY 2007, of which we intend to use an estimated $435,000 for the Using Assistive Technology to Support Development and Learning of Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities, Birth through Two competition. The actual level of funding, if any, depends on final congressional action. However, we are inviting applications to allow enough time to complete the grant process if Congress appropriates funds for this program. Maximum Award: We will reject any application that proposes a budget exceeding $435,000 for a single budget period of 12 months. The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services may change the maximum amount through a notice published in the Federal Register. Estimated Number of Awards: 1. 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. 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, PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 75955 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 84.327X. 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 70 pages, using the following standards: • A ‘‘page’’ is 8.5″ × 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 E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM 19DEN1 hsrobinson on PROD1PC76 with NOTICES 75956 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 243 / Tuesday, December 19, 2006 / Notices • You apply other standards and exceed the equivalent of the page limit. 3. Submission Dates and Times: Applications Available: December 19, 2006. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: February 2, 2007. 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: April 3, 2007. 4. Intergovernmental Review: This program is subject to Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. Information about Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs under Executive Order 12372 is in the application package for this 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 2007. Using Assistive Technology to Support Development and Learning of Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities, Birth through Two-CFDA Number 84.327X 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 Using Assistive VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:07 Dec 18, 2006 Jkt 211001 Technology to Support Development and Learning of Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities, Birth through Two— CFDA Number 84.327X competition 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 process (see http://www.grants.gov/ applicants/get_registered.jsp). 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 PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 outlined in the Grants.gov 3-Step Registration Guide (see http:// www.grants.gov/section910/ Grants.govRegistrationBrochure.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 following forms: Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424), the Department of Education Supplemental Information for SF 424, Budget Information—NonConstruction Programs (ED 524), and all necessary assurances and certifications. Please note that two of these forms—the SF 424 and the Department of Education Supplemental Information for SF 424— have replaced the ED 424 (Application for Federal Education Assistance). 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 E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM 19DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 243 / Tuesday, December 19, 2006 / Notices 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. hsrobinson on PROD1PC76 with NOTICES 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 84.327X), 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 84.327X), 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. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:07 Dec 18, 2006 Jkt 211001 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 84.327X), 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 11 of SF 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 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. PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 75957 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 of 1993 (GPRA), the Department has developed measures that will yield information on various aspects of the quality of the Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities program. These measures focus on the extent to which projects are of high quality, are relevant to the needs of children with disabilities, and contribute to improving the results for children with disabilities. Data on these measures will be collected from the projects funded under this competition. Grantees also will 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: Peggy Cvach or Jane Hauser, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., rooms 4060 and 4067, respectively, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–2550. Telephone: (202) 245–7314 and (202) 245–7373, respectively. 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. E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM 19DEN1 75958 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 243 / Tuesday, December 19, 2006 / Notices VIII. Other Information DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY 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. 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E6–21635 Filed 12–18–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. ER06–615–004] California Independent System Operator Corporation; Notice of Proposal for Allocating Resource Adequacy Import Capacity December 12, 2006. hsrobinson on PROD1PC76 with NOTICES On December 11, 2006, the California Independent System Operator Corporation (CAISO) made an informational filing regarding the methodology for allocating resource adequacy import capacity in the abovedocketed proceeding. By this notice, the date for filing comments on the CAISO’s proposal, or for raising any additional issues regarding the allocation of resource adequacy import capacity, is up to and including January 2, 2007. Comments on the CAISO’s proposal and any additional issues raised will be discussed at a future technical conference.1 Magalie R. Salas, Secretary. [FR Doc. 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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Overview 
Information Technology and Media Services for Individuals With 
Disabilities--Using Assistive Technology To Support Development and 
Learning of Infants and Toddlers With Disabilities, Birth Through Two; 
Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.327X

    Dates: Applications Available: December 19, 2006.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: February 2, 2007.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: April 3, 2007.
    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: The Administration has requested 
$31,063,000 for the Technology and Media Services for Individuals With 
Disabilities program for FY 2007, of which we intend to use an 
estimated $435,000 for the Using Assistive Technology To Support 
Development and Learning of Infants and Toddlers With Disabilities, 
Birth Through Two competition. The actual level of funding, if any, 
depends on final congressional action. However, we are inviting 
applications to allow enough time to complete the grant process if 
Congress appropriates funds for this program.
    Maximum Award: We will reject any application that proposes a 
budget exceeding $435,000 for a single budget period of 12 months. The 
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services 
may change the maximum amount through a notice published in the Federal 
Register.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 1.

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

    Project Period: Up to 60 months.

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Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Technology and Media 
Services for Individuals With Disabilities program is to: (1) Improve 
results for children with disabilities by promoting the development, 
demonstration, and use of technology, (2) support educational media 
services activities designed to be of educational value in the 
classroom setting to children with disabilities, and (3) provide 
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 674 
and 681(d) of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)).
    Absolute Priority: For FY 2007 this priority is an absolute 
priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that 
meet this priority.
    This priority is:
    Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities--
Using Assistive Technology To Support Development and Learning of 
Infants and Toddlers With Disabilities, Birth through Two

Background

    A growing body of research supports the use of assistive technology 
(AT), including AT devices and AT services as defined in section 602 
(1) and (2) of IDEA, for infants and toddlers with disabilities. The 
early research in this area shows that AT has the potential to increase 
the ability of infants and toddlers with disabilities to interact with 
others and to participate in family routines and to increase their 
functional skills in such areas as mobility and communication. However, 
a recent national survey of service providers revealed that only 18.1 
percent of early intervention service providers believed that all of 
the infants and toddlers with disabilities they serve who need AT 
actually receive it. Further, the survey revealed that only 
approximately four percent of infants and toddlers with disabilities 
have AT listed in their Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) 
(Wilcox, Bacon, and Campbell, 2004 \1\). These findings may suggest a 
lack of awareness or knowledge of AT on the part of early intervention 
service providers and families. While recent research has shed new 
light on AT devices, services, and contexts in which AT is 
appropriately used, a review of 27 studies on the use of AT with young 
children, published within the past 25 years, found that none of the 
reports discussed how to help children use readily available or low-
tech items. In addition, the limited number of publications on 
evidence-based AT teaching practices seems to emphasize high-tech 
devices (Dugan, Millborne, Campbell, and Wilcox \2\). This suggests 
there is a need to raise awareness among early intervention service 
providers and families and to assist them in implementing and 
evaluating AT practices involving a range of low-tech to high-tech 
devices to improve the development and learning of infants and toddlers 
with disabilities.
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    \1\ Wilcox, M., Bacon, C., and Campbell, P. (2004). National 
Survey of Parents and Providers Using AT in Early Intervention, 
Research Brief Volume 1, Number 3. Tots n Tech Research Institute. 
Available from: http://tnt.asu.edu.
    \2\ Dugan, L., Millborne, S., Campbell, P., and Wilcox, M. 
(2004). Evidence Based Practice in Assistive Technology, Research 
Brief, Volume 1, Number 5. Tots n Tech Research Institute. Available 
from: http://tnt.asu.edu.
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    Priority:
    This priority supports one cooperative agreement to identify and 
support the implementation of a range of evidence-based and promising 
AT practices in early intervention programs with a diverse group of 
infants and toddlers with disabilities, and their families, service 
providers, and caregivers, and to develop strategies to scale-up 
promising AT practices. For purposes of this priority, the term 
``infants and toddlers with disabilities'' means individuals from birth 
through age two who need early intervention services because they (1) 
are experiencing developmental delays, as measured by appropriate 
diagnostic instruments and procedures in one or more of the areas of 
cognitive development, physical development, communication development, 
social or emotional development, and adaptive development; or (2) have 
a diagnosed physical or mental condition that has a high probability of 
resulting in developmental delay. In selecting AT practices and in 
assisting service providers and families in implementing AT practices, 
the project must--
    (a) Identify existing evidence-based and promising practices that 
integrate AT in early intervention programs to improve the development 
and learning of infants and toddlers with disabilities. These may 
include validated practices with high levels of research support as 
well as promising practices that have some research base but may 
require additional validation. In selecting standards for identifying 
evidence-based and promising practices, the project must use a 
methodology that is consistent with evidence standards established by 
the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) for its review of causal research, 
found at http://www.whatworks.ed.gov;
    (b) Develop and implement practices to support service providers 
and families in using a range of low-tech to high-tech AT devices, 
including readily available materials, in ways that can help families 
enhance the development and learning of their infants and toddlers with 
disabilities and promote their participation in activities in everyday 
settings. These strategies must incorporate provisions for the 
continued implementation of the practices after Federal support ends;
    (c) Identify and recruit early intervention programs to implement 
the practices identified in accordance with paragraph (a) of this 
priority. In selecting early intervention programs, the project must 
consider the culture, language or family income of the infants and 
toddlers served by the programs, as well as the location (urban and 
rural settings or, the geographic region) and size of the program;
    (d) Provide professional development and training based on the 
practices identified in accordance with paragraph (a) of this priority 
to motivate and build capacity of service providers and families to use 
AT with infants and toddlers with disabilities;
    (e) Assist early intervention programs in evaluating the outcomes 
of the professional development provided in accordance with paragraph 
(d) of this priority, and the effects of selected AT practices on 
infant and toddler development;
    (f) Promote, where appropriate, opportunities for AT re-use through 
such avenues as exchange programs, recycling programs, and 
refurbishment programs; and
    (g) Prepare and disseminate information and products, as 
appropriate, for specific audiences, such as families, service 
providers, and caregivers.
    The project funded under this priority also must--
    (1) Meet with the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) 
Project Officer and other appropriate staff in Washington, DC, within 
the first two months of the project period to clarify project 
activities and develop a strategic plan for the implementation of the 
overall project;
    (2) Communicate, collaborate, and form partnerships as appropriate, 
with such entities as: The National Early Childhood Technical 
Assistance Center (NECTAC), Parent Training and Information Centers 
(PTIs), Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), the National and 
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Assistance Centers (PTACs), the Regional Resource Centers (RRCs), the 
Center on Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd), and other OSEP-
supported discretionary projects related to the use of AT with infants 
and toddlers with disabilities;
    (3) Establish, maintain, and meet at least annually with an 
advisory committee consisting of representatives of families, service 
providers, caregivers, professional organizations and advocacy groups, 
researchers, and other appropriate groups to review and advise on the 
project's plans, products, and activities;
    (4) Budget to attend a three-day Project Directors' meeting in 
Washington, DC during each year of the project period; a two-day 
meeting of technology researchers, manufacturers, developers, and 
publishers in Washington, DC; and a two-day early childhood meeting in 
Washington, DC; and
    (5) If the project maintains a Web site, include relevant 
information and documents in a form that meets a government or 
industry-recognized standard for accessibility.
    Fourth and Fifth Years of Project:
    In deciding whether to continue this project for the fourth and 
fifth years, the Secretary will consider the requirements of 34 CFR 
75.253(a) for continuation awards.
    The Secretary will also consider the following:
    (a) The recommendation of a review team consisting of experts 
selected by the Secretary. The team will conduct its review in 
Washington, DC during the last half of the project's second year. A 
project must budget for the travel 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 
project.
    (c) The degree to which the project is making a positive 
contribution--and its strategies are demonstrating the potential for 
disseminating significant knowledge to families, service providers, and 
caregivers--to using AT to improve outcomes for infants and toddlers 
with disabilities.
    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 of the APA 
inapplicable to the priority in this notice.
    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1474 and 1481.
    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: The Administration has requested 
$31,063,000 for the Technology and Media Services for Individuals with 
Disabilities program for FY 2007, of which we intend to use an 
estimated $435,000 for the Using Assistive Technology to Support 
Development and Learning of Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities, 
Birth through Two competition. The actual level of funding, if any, 
depends on final congressional action. However, we are inviting 
applications to allow enough time to complete the grant process if 
Congress appropriates funds for this program.
    Maximum Award: We will reject any application that proposes a 
budget exceeding $435,000 for a single budget period of 12 months. The 
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services 
may change the maximum amount through a notice published in the Federal 
Register.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 1.

    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.
    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 84.327X.
    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 70 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

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     You apply other standards and exceed the equivalent of the 
page limit.
    3. Submission Dates and Times: Applications Available: December 19, 
2006. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: February 2, 2007.
    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: April 3, 
2007.
    4. Intergovernmental Review: This program is subject to Executive 
Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. Information about 
Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs under Executive Order 
12372 is in the application package for this 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 2007. Using Assistive Technology to Support 
Development and Learning of Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities, 
Birth through Two-CFDA Number 84.327X 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 Using 
Assistive Technology to Support Development and Learning of Infants and 
Toddlers with Disabilities, Birth through Two--CFDA Number 84.327X 
competition 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 process (see 
http://www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp). 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/section910/Grants.govRegistrationBrochure.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 following forms: Application for 
Federal Assistance (SF 424), the Department of Education Supplemental 
Information for SF 424, Budget Information--Non-Construction Programs 
(ED 524), and all necessary assurances and certifications. Please note 
that two of these forms--the SF 424 and the Department of Education 
Supplemental Information for SF 424--have replaced the ED 424 
(Application for Federal Education Assistance). 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 
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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 84.327X), 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 
84.327X), 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 
84.327X), 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 11 of SF 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 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 of 1993 (GPRA), the Department has developed measures that 
will yield information on various aspects of the quality of the 
Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities 
program. These measures focus on the extent to which projects are of 
high quality, are relevant to the needs of children with disabilities, 
and contribute to improving the results for children with disabilities. 
Data on these measures will be collected from the projects funded under 
this competition.
    Grantees also will 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: Peggy Cvach or Jane Hauser, U.S. 
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., rooms 4060 and 4067, 
respectively, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-2550. 
Telephone: (202) 245-7314 and (202) 245-7373, respectively.
    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.

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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: December 13, 2006.
John H. Hager,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and, Rehabilitative Services.
 [FR Doc. E6-21635 Filed 12-18-06; 8:45 am]
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