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Download as PDF 22138 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 80 / Thursday, April 24, 2008 / Notices Dated: April 21, 2008. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E8–8940 Filed 4–23–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Air Force Notice of Intent To Grant An Exclusive Patent License AGENCY: Department of the Air Force, DoD. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: Pursuant to the provisions of Part 404 of Title 37, code of Federal Regulations, which implements Public Law 96–517, as amended, the Department of the Air Force announces its intention to grant Northeastern Electronics Company, Inc., a corporation of New York, having a place of business at 102 State Route 5 West, Elbridge, New York, 13060, an exclusive license in any right, title and interest the Air Force has in: U.S. Patent No. 6,275,050, issued August 14, 2001, entitled ‘‘Apparatus and Method to Detect Corrosion in Metal Junctions’’ by Frank H. Born, John E. Dodge, William G. Duff, Laurence J. Reynolds, and Arlie G. Turner, all as co-inventors. A license for this patent will be granted unless a written objection is received within fifteen (15) days from the date of publication of this Notice. 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Please send registration information to thomas.davis.ctr@losangeles.af.mil and provide your name, organization, telephone number, address, and country of citizenship. More information, including a preliminary agenda, Comments Resolution Matrixes (CRMs), and track changed documents, will be posted at: http://gps.losangeles.af.mil/ engineering/icwg. Please send all CRM comments to Thomas Davis by 9 May 2008. DATES: 22 May 2008: IS–GPS–800. 23 May 2008: IS–GPS–200D, IS–GPS–705. 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Location: Los Angeles, CA vicinity (exact location will be announced on the GPS Public Web site—see link above). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas Davis, thomas.davis @linquest.com, 1–310–416–8440, or Captain Scott Cunningham scott.cunningham@losangeles.af.mil, 1–310–653–3771. Bao-Anh Trinh, Air Force Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. E8–8881 Filed 4–23–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–05–P BILLING CODE 5001–05–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools; Overview Information: Emergency Management for Higher Education Grants; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 Department of the Air Force sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Announcement of IS–GPS–200, IS– GPS–705, IS–GPS–800; Interface Control Working Group (ICWG) Meeting AGENCY: Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.184T. Department of the Air Force, DoD. ACTION: Meeting notice. SUMMARY: This notice informs the public that the Global Positioning Systems VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:15 Apr 23, 2008 Jkt 214001 DATES: Applications Available: April 24, 2008. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 27, 2008. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 23, 2008. PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Full Text of Announcement I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: Emergency Management for Higher Education (EMHE) Grants support efforts by higher education institutions to develop, or review and improve, and fully integrate, campus-based all-hazards emergency management planning efforts within the framework of the four phases of emergency management [PreventionMitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery]. Priority: We are establishing this priority for the FY 2008 grant competition and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition in accordance with section 437(d)(1) of the General Education Provisions (GEPA), 20 U.S.C. 1232(d)(1). Absolute Priority: This priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we consider only applications that meet this priority. This priority is: Develop, or Review and Improve, and Fully Integrate Campus-Based AllHazards Emergency Management Planning Efforts for Higher Education Institutions. A program funded under this absolute priority must use the framework of the four phases of emergency management (Prevention-Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery) to: (1) Develop, or review and improve, and fully integrate a campus-wide allhazards emergency management plan that takes into account threats that may be unique to the campus; (2) Train campus staff, faculty, and students in emergency management procedures; (3) Ensure coordination of planning and communication across all relevant components, offices, and departments of the campus; (4) Coordinate with local and State government emergency management efforts; (5) Develop a written plan with emergency protocols that include the medical, mental health, communication, and transportation needs of persons with disabilities, temporary special needs of individuals, and other unique needs (including those arising from language barriers or cultural differences such as specific clothing expectations) of individuals; (6) Develop or update a written plan that prepares the campus for infectious disease outbreaks with both short-term implications for planning (e.g., outbreaks caused by methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or food-borne illnesses) and E:\FR\FM\24APN1.SGM 24APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 80 / Thursday, April 24, 2008 / Notices long-term implications for planning (e.g., pandemic influenza); and (7) Develop or enhance a written plan for preventing violence on campus by assessing and addressing the mental health needs of students who may be at risk of causing campus violence by harming themselves or others. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Note: Information about the four phases of emergency management is available in the Department’s Practical Information on Crisis Planning Guide, which is accessible on the Department’s Web site at http://www.ed.gov/ admins/lead/safety/crisisplanning.html. Additional Requirements: All applicants must meet the following additional requirements. Partner Agreements. To be considered for a grant award, an applicant must include in its application an agreement that details the higher education institution’s procedures for coordination between the campus and: (1) A representative of the appropriate level of local or State government for the locality in which the campus is located (for example, the mayor, city manager, or county executive) and (2) a representative from a local or State emergency management coordinating body (for example, head of the local emergency planning council that would be involved in coordinating a large-scale emergency response effort in the campus community). The agreement must include a description of the partners’ roles and responsibilities in supporting and strengthening emergency management plans for the campus as well as descriptions of the roles and responsibilities of the higher education institution in grant implementation and partner coordination. An authorized representative of the higher education institution and both of the partners identified in this paragraph must sign an assurance form acknowledging the agreement. If either of the two required partners is not present in an applicant’s community, or cannot feasibly participate, the agreement must explain the absence of each missing partner. Applications that fail to include the required agreement (or an explanation documenting why an agreement is not included as specified in the previous paragraph), including information on partners’ roles and responsibilities and on their commitment to continuation and continuous improvement (with signatures and explanations for missing signatures as specified), will not be read. Applicants submitting on behalf of multiple campuses must include partner agreements with required partner signatures for each participating campus. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:15 Apr 23, 2008 Jkt 214001 Although this program requires partnerships with other parties, administrative direction and fiscal control for the project must remain with the higher education institution. Coordination with State or Local Homeland Security Plan. All emergency management plans must be coordinated with the Homeland Security Plan of the State or locality in which the applicant campus is located. All States submitted such a plan to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on January 30, 2004. To ensure that emergency services are coordinated, and to avoid duplication of effort within States and localities, an applicant must include in its application an assurance that the higher education institution will coordinate with, and follow, the requirements of its State or local Homeland Security Plan for emergency services and initiatives. This assurance must be signed by the applicant and submitted with the application. Implementation of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Each applicant must agree to implement its grant in a manner consistent with the implementation of the NIMS in its community. An applicant must include in its application an assurance that it has met, or will complete, all current NIMS requirements by the end of the grant period. Because DHS’ determination of NIMS requirements may change from year to year, an applicant must refer to the most recent list of NIMS requirements published by DHS when submitting its application. In any notice inviting applications, the Department will provide applicants with information necessary to access the most recent DHS list of NIMS requirements. Information about the FY 2007 NIMS requirements for tribal governments and local jurisdictions, including higher education institutions, may be found at: http://www.fema.gov/pdf/emergency/ nims/imp_mtrx_tribal.pdf. Note: A higher education institution’s NIMS compliance must be achieved in close coordination with the local government and with recognition of the first-responder capabilities held by the higher education institution and the local government. The relationship between any campus-based law enforcement or security department and plan must be considered in conjunction with the plan and capacity of local fire and rescue departments, emergency medical service providers, crisis center/hotlines, and law enforcement agencies that may be called to assist in a large-scale disaster. Participation of the higher education institution in the NIMS preparedness program of the local government is essential to ensure that firstresponder services are delivered in a timely and effective manner. Additional information PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22139 about NIMS implementation is available at: http://www.fema.gov/emergency/nims/ nims_compliance.shtm. Higher education institutions that have previously received Federal preparedness funding and are, therefore, already NIMS-compliant should indicate that in the assurance form. Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking: Under the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553) the Department generally offers interested parties the opportunity to comment on proposed priorities and other requirements. Section 437(d)(1) of GEPA, however, allows the Secretary to exempt from rulemaking requirements, regulations governing the first grant competition under a new or substantially revised program authority. In the report language accompanying the 2008 Department of Education Appropriations Act, Congress indicated that funding recommended for school emergency preparedness activities be used for new grant awards to higher education institutions to develop and implement emergency management plans for preventing campus violence (including assessing and addressing the mental health needs of students) and for responding to threats and incidents of violence or natural disaster in a manner that ensures the safety of the campus community. (House Appropriations Committee Print explanatory statement regarding the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 (H.R. 2764; Pub. L. 110–161), pg. 1582). The EMHE grant competition is the first grant competition for this program under 20 U.S.C. 7131 and, therefore, qualifies for this exemption. In order to ensure timely grant awards, the Secretary has decided to forgo public comment on the priority and other requirements under section 437(d)(1) of GEPA. This priority and other requirements will apply to the FY 2008 grant competition and any subsequent years in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition. Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 7131. Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, 99, and 299. Note: The regulations in 34 CRF part 79 apply to all applicants except federally recognized Indian tribes. II. Award Information Type of Award: Discretionary grants. Estimated Available Funds: $5,374,000. Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of applications, we may make additional awards later in E:\FR\FM\24APN1.SGM 24APN1 22140 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 80 / Thursday, April 24, 2008 / Notices FY 2008 and in FY 2009 and subsequent years from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition. Estimated Range of Awards: $50,000– $500,000. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $50,000 for small-sized institutions; $250,000 for medium-sized institutions; and $500,000 for large-sized institutions. Estimated Number of Awards: 18. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: Up to 18 months. III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants: Higher education institutions and consortia thereof. For the purposes of this competition, the term ‘‘higher education institutions’’ includes those institutions described in sections 101(a), 101(b), and 102 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), except that institutions included in section 102 of the HEA are eligible only to the extent that they are located within the United States (including Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). A copy of the relevant provisions from the HEA will be included in the application package. 2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This competition does not require cost sharing or matching. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Address to Request Application Package: You can obtain an application package via the Internet or from the Education Publications Center (ED Pubs). To obtain a copy via the Internet, use the following address: http:// www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/ grantapps/index.html. To obtain a copy from ED Pubs, write, fax, or call the following: Education Publications Center, 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), call, toll free: 1–877– 576–7734. You can contact ED Pubs at its Web site, also: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/ edpubs.html or 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 84.184T. Individuals with disabilities can obtain a copy of the application package in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:15 Apr 23, 2008 Jkt 214001 large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) by contacting the person listed under Alternative Format in section VIII 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. 3. Submission Dates and Times: Applications Available: April 24, 2008. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 27, 2008. 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 in paper format 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. Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or auxiliary aid in connection with the application process should contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII in this notice. If the Department provides an accommodation or auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability in connection with the application process, the individual’s application remains subject to all other requirements and limitations in this notice. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 23, 2008. 4. Intergovernmental Review: This competition is subject to Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. Information about Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs under Executive Order 12372 is in the application package for this competition. 5. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section in 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. To comply with the President’s Management Agenda, we are participating as a partner in the Governmentwide Grants.gov Apply site. The EMHE Grants competition, CFDA PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Number 84.184T, is included in this project. We request your participation in Grants.gov. If you choose to submit your application electronically, you must use the Governmentwide 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 email an electronic copy of a grant application to us. You may access the electronic grant application for the EMHE Grants competition at http://www.Grants.gov. You must search for the downloadable application package for this competition by the CFDA number. Do not include the CFDA number’s alpha suffix in your search (e.g., search for 84.184, not 84.184T). 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 date and time stamped. Your application must be fully uploaded and submitted and must be date and 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 accept your application if it is received—that is, date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system—after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. We do not consider an application that does not comply with the deadline requirements. When we retrieve your application from Grants.gov, we will notify you if we are rejecting your application because it was date and 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 submission 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 E:\FR\FM\24APN1.SGM 24APN1 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 80 / Thursday, April 24, 2008 / Notices Education Submission Procedures pertaining to Grants.gov at http://eGrants.ed.gov/help/ GrantsgovSubmissionProcedures.pdf. • To submit your application via Grants.gov, you must complete all steps in the Grants.gov registration process (see http://www.grants.gov/applicants/ get_registered.jsp). These steps include (1) registering your organization, a multi-part process that includes registration with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR); (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 submit successfully an application via Grants.gov. In addition you will need to update your CCR registration on an annual basis. This may take three or more business days to complete. • 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. • If you submit your application electronically, you must submit all documents electronically, including all information you typically provide 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 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 in this paragraph or submit a passwordprotected 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 from VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:15 Apr 23, 2008 Jkt 214001 Grants.gov an automatic notification of receipt that contains a Grants.gov tracking number. (This notification indicates receipt by Grants.gov only, not receipt by the Department). The Department then will retrieve your application from Grants.gov and send a second notification to you by e-mail. This second notification indicates that the Department has received your application and has assigned your application a PR/Award number (an EDspecified 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 Technical Issues with the Grants.gov System: If you are experiencing problems submitting your application through Grants.gov, please contact the Grants.gov Support Desk, toll free, at 1–800–518–4726. You must obtain a Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number and must keep a record of it. If you are prevented from electronically submitting your application on the application deadline date because of technical problems with the Grants.gov system, we will grant you an extension until 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, the following business day to enable you to transmit your application electronically or by hand delivery. You also may mail your application by following the mailing instructions described elsewhere in this notice. If you submit an application after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII in this notice and provide an explanation of the technical problem you experienced with Grants.gov, along with the Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number. 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: The extensions to which we refer 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 application 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. PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22141 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 84.184T), 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 84.184T), 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. (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. (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 84.184T), 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 E:\FR\FM\24APN1.SGM 24APN1 22142 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 80 / Thursday, April 24, 2008 / Notices Department—in Item 11 of the SF 424 the CFDA number, including suffix letter, if any, of the competition under which you are submitting your application; and (2) The Application Control Center will mail to you a notification of receipt of your grant application. If you do not receive this notification 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. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES V. Application Review Information 1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this program 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 notify you informally, also. 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 in this notice. We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of an award in the Applicable Regulations section in 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. You must also submit an interim report nine months after the award date. This report should provide the most current performance and financial expenditure information as directed by the Secretary under 34 CFR 75.118. The Secretary may also require more frequent performance reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements on reporting, please go to http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/ appforms/appforms.html. 4. Performance Measures: We have identified the following key Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA) performance measure for assessing the effectiveness of the EMHE Grants program: The percentage of EMHE grantees that demonstrate a 50 percent increase at the end of the project period in the number VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:15 Apr 23, 2008 Jkt 214001 of course completions by their higher education institution personnel in key National Incident Management System (NIMS) courses compared to the number of such courses completed at the start of the grant project period. This GPRA measure constitutes the Department’s indicator of success for this program. Applicants for a grant under this program are advised to give careful consideration to this measure in designing their proposed project. Before beginning implementation of training connected to this grant, each grantee will be required to determine baseline data on the total number of these courses completed by personnel on its campus between April 2004 (when the courses first became available) and the project start date for their EMHE grant. Each applicant is strongly encouraged to include this information in its application if it is available. If it is not available during the application phase, each grantee will be required to collect and report baseline data in its interim report and both baseline and final progress with regard to this measure in its final report. For the purposes of this measure, ‘‘key NIMS courses’’ are those identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the Department of Homeland Security as requirements for NIMS compliance. To date these courses include the following: Incident Command System (ICS)–100 Introduction to ICS, ICS–200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents, ICS–300 Intermediate ICS, ICS–400 Advanced ICS, ICS–700 National Incident Management System: An Introduction, and ICS–800.B National Response Framework, An Introduction. ICS–100, ICS–200, ICS– 700, and ICS–800.B courses are all available online as Independent Study (IS) courses offered through the FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) at: http://training.fema.gov. (It is not necessary that the key NIMS training requirements be met through a Federal source such as the on-campus resident courses or online distance learning courses offered by the EMI. The courses may also be taken through State, Tribal, and local emergency management training programs that offer equivalent, in-classroom training for completion.) Note: Completion of course IS–100.SC Introduction to the Incident Command System, I–100, for Schools, constitutes completion of course ICS–100. This course was specifically designed to provide ICS training within a school-based context. PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 VII. Agency Contact Tara Hill, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW., room 3E340, Washington, DC 20202–6450. Telephone: (202) 708–9431 or by e-mail: tara.hill@ed.gov. If you use a TDD, call the FRS, toll free, at 1–800–877–8339. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: VIII. Other Information Alternative Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document and a copy of the application package in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII in this notice. 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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools; Overview Information: 
Emergency Management for Higher Education Grants; Notice Inviting 
Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.184T.


DATES: Applications Available: April 24, 2008. Deadline for Transmittal 
of Applications: May 27, 2008. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: 
July 23, 2008.

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: Emergency Management for Higher Education 
(EMHE) Grants support efforts by higher education institutions to 
develop, or review and improve, and fully integrate, campus-based all-
hazards emergency management planning efforts within the framework of 
the four phases of emergency management [Prevention-Mitigation, 
Preparedness, Response, and Recovery].
    Priority: We are establishing this priority for the FY 2008 grant 
competition and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the 
list of unfunded applicants from this competition in accordance with 
section 437(d)(1) of the General Education Provisions (GEPA), 20 U.S.C. 
1232(d)(1).
    Absolute Priority: This priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 
CFR 75.105(c)(3) we consider only applications that meet this priority.
    This priority is:
    Develop, or Review and Improve, and Fully Integrate Campus-Based 
All-Hazards Emergency Management Planning Efforts for Higher Education 
Institutions.
    A program funded under this absolute priority must use the 
framework of the four phases of emergency management (Prevention-
Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery) to:
    (1) Develop, or review and improve, and fully integrate a campus-
wide all-hazards emergency management plan that takes into account 
threats that may be unique to the campus;
    (2) Train campus staff, faculty, and students in emergency 
management procedures;
    (3) Ensure coordination of planning and communication across all 
relevant components, offices, and departments of the campus;
    (4) Coordinate with local and State government emergency management 
efforts;
    (5) Develop a written plan with emergency protocols that include 
the medical, mental health, communication, and transportation needs of 
persons with disabilities, temporary special needs of individuals, and 
other unique needs (including those arising from language barriers or 
cultural differences such as specific clothing expectations) of 
individuals;
    (6) Develop or update a written plan that prepares the campus for 
infectious disease outbreaks with both short-term implications for 
planning (e.g., outbreaks caused by methicillin-resistant 
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long-term implications for planning (e.g., pandemic influenza); and
    (7) Develop or enhance a written plan for preventing violence on 
campus by assessing and addressing the mental health needs of students 
who may be at risk of causing campus violence by harming themselves or 
others.

    Note: Information about the four phases of emergency management 
is available in the Department's Practical Information on Crisis 
Planning Guide, which is accessible on the Department's Web site at 
http://www.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/crisisplanning.html.

    Additional Requirements: All applicants must meet the following 
additional requirements.
    Partner Agreements. To be considered for a grant award, an 
applicant must include in its application an agreement that details the 
higher education institution's procedures for coordination between the 
campus and: (1) A representative of the appropriate level of local or 
State government for the locality in which the campus is located (for 
example, the mayor, city manager, or county executive) and (2) a 
representative from a local or State emergency management coordinating 
body (for example, head of the local emergency planning council that 
would be involved in coordinating a large-scale emergency response 
effort in the campus community). The agreement must include a 
description of the partners' roles and responsibilities in supporting 
and strengthening emergency management plans for the campus as well as 
descriptions of the roles and responsibilities of the higher education 
institution in grant implementation and partner coordination. An 
authorized representative of the higher education institution and both 
of the partners identified in this paragraph must sign an assurance 
form acknowledging the agreement. If either of the two required 
partners is not present in an applicant's community, or cannot feasibly 
participate, the agreement must explain the absence of each missing 
partner.
    Applications that fail to include the required agreement (or an 
explanation documenting why an agreement is not included as specified 
in the previous paragraph), including information on partners' roles 
and responsibilities and on their commitment to continuation and 
continuous improvement (with signatures and explanations for missing 
signatures as specified), will not be read.
    Applicants submitting on behalf of multiple campuses must include 
partner agreements with required partner signatures for each 
participating campus.
    Although this program requires partnerships with other parties, 
administrative direction and fiscal control for the project must remain 
with the higher education institution.
    Coordination with State or Local Homeland Security Plan. All 
emergency management plans must be coordinated with the Homeland 
Security Plan of the State or locality in which the applicant campus is 
located. All States submitted such a plan to the Department of Homeland 
Security (DHS) on January 30, 2004. To ensure that emergency services 
are coordinated, and to avoid duplication of effort within States and 
localities, an applicant must include in its application an assurance 
that the higher education institution will coordinate with, and follow, 
the requirements of its State or local Homeland Security Plan for 
emergency services and initiatives. This assurance must be signed by 
the applicant and submitted with the application.
    Implementation of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). 
Each applicant must agree to implement its grant in a manner consistent 
with the implementation of the NIMS in its community. An applicant must 
include in its application an assurance that it has met, or will 
complete, all current NIMS requirements by the end of the grant period.
    Because DHS' determination of NIMS requirements may change from 
year to year, an applicant must refer to the most recent list of NIMS 
requirements published by DHS when submitting its application. In any 
notice inviting applications, the Department will provide applicants 
with information necessary to access the most recent DHS list of NIMS 
requirements. Information about the FY 2007 NIMS requirements for 
tribal governments and local jurisdictions, including higher education 
institutions, may be found at: http://www.fema.gov/pdf/emergency/nims/
imp_mtrx_tribal.pdf.

    Note: A higher education institution's NIMS compliance must be 
achieved in close coordination with the local government and with 
recognition of the first-responder capabilities held by the higher 
education institution and the local government. The relationship 
between any campus-based law enforcement or security department and 
plan must be considered in conjunction with the plan and capacity of 
local fire and rescue departments, emergency medical service 
providers, crisis center/hotlines, and law enforcement agencies that 
may be called to assist in a large-scale disaster. Participation of 
the higher education institution in the NIMS preparedness program of 
the local government is essential to ensure that first-responder 
services are delivered in a timely and effective manner. Additional 
information about NIMS implementation is available at: http://
www.fema.gov/emergency/nims/nims_compliance.shtm.

    Higher education institutions that have previously received Federal 
preparedness funding and are, therefore, already NIMS-compliant should 
indicate that in the assurance form.
    Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking: Under the Administrative Procedure 
Act (5 U.S.C. 553) the Department generally offers interested parties 
the opportunity to comment on proposed priorities and other 
requirements. Section 437(d)(1) of GEPA, however, allows the Secretary 
to exempt from rulemaking requirements, regulations governing the first 
grant competition under a new or substantially revised program 
authority. In the report language accompanying the 2008 Department of 
Education Appropriations Act, Congress indicated that funding 
recommended for school emergency preparedness activities be used for 
new grant awards to higher education institutions to develop and 
implement emergency management plans for preventing campus violence 
(including assessing and addressing the mental health needs of 
students) and for responding to threats and incidents of violence or 
natural disaster in a manner that ensures the safety of the campus 
community. (House Appropriations Committee Print explanatory statement 
regarding the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 (H.R. 2764; Pub. L. 
110-161), pg. 1582). The EMHE grant competition is the first grant 
competition for this program under 20 U.S.C. 7131 and, therefore, 
qualifies for this exemption. In order to ensure timely grant awards, 
the Secretary has decided to forgo public comment on the priority and 
other requirements under section 437(d)(1) of GEPA. This priority and 
other requirements will apply to the FY 2008 grant competition and any 
subsequent years in which we make awards from the list of unfunded 
applicants from this competition.
    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 7131.
    Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 81, 
82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, 99, and 299.

    Note: The regulations in 34 CRF part 79 apply to all applicants 
except federally recognized Indian tribes.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
    Estimated Available Funds: $5,374,000.
    Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of 
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FY 2008 and in FY 2009 and subsequent years from the list of unfunded 
applicants from this competition.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $50,000-$500,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $50,000 for small-sized 
institutions; $250,000 for medium-sized institutions; and $500,000 for 
large-sized institutions.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 18.

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

    Project Period: Up to 18 months.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: Higher education institutions and consortia 
thereof. For the purposes of this competition, the term ``higher 
education institutions'' includes those institutions described in 
sections 101(a), 101(b), and 102 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, 
as amended (HEA), except that institutions included in section 102 of 
the HEA are eligible only to the extent that they are located within 
the United States (including Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin 
Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern 
Mariana Islands). A copy of the relevant provisions from the HEA will 
be included in the application package.
    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This competition does not require cost 
sharing or matching.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Address to Request Application Package:
    You can obtain an application package via the Internet or from the 
Education Publications Center (ED Pubs). To obtain a copy via the 
Internet, use the following address: http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/
apply/grantapps/index.html. To obtain a copy from ED Pubs, write, fax, 
or call the following: Education Publications Center, 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), 
call, toll free: 1-877-576-7734.
    You can contact ED Pubs at its Web site, also: http://www.ed.gov/
pubs/edpubs.html or 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 84.184T.
    Individuals with disabilities can obtain a copy of the application 
package in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, 
audiotape, or computer diskette) by contacting the person listed under 
Alternative Format in section VIII 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.
    3. Submission Dates and Times:
    Applications Available: April 24, 2008.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 27, 2008.
    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 in 
paper format 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.
    Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or 
auxiliary aid in connection with the application process should contact 
the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII 
in this notice. If the Department provides an accommodation or 
auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability in connection with the 
application process, the individual's application remains subject to 
all other requirements and limitations in this notice.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 23, 2008.
    4. Intergovernmental Review: This competition is subject to 
Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. 
Information about Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs under 
Executive Order 12372 is in the application package for this 
competition.
    5. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding 
restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section in 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.
    To comply with the President's Management Agenda, we are 
participating as a partner in the Governmentwide Grants.gov Apply site. 
The EMHE Grants competition, CFDA Number 84.184T, is included in this 
project. We request your participation in Grants.gov.
    If you choose to submit your application electronically, you must 
use the Governmentwide 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 EMHE Grants 
competition at http://www.Grants.gov. You must search for the 
downloadable application package for this competition by the CFDA 
number. Do not include the CFDA number's alpha suffix in your search 
(e.g., search for 84.184, not 84.184T).
    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 date and time 
stamped. Your application must be fully uploaded and submitted and must 
be date and 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 accept your application if 
it is received--that is, date and time stamped by the Grants.gov 
system--after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application 
deadline date. We do not consider an application that does not comply 
with the deadline requirements. When we retrieve your application from 
Grants.gov, we will notify you if we are rejecting your application 
because it was date and 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 submission 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 
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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 steps in the Grants.gov registration process (see http://
www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp). These steps include (1) 
registering your organization, a multi-part process that includes 
registration with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR); (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 submit successfully an application via Grants.gov. In 
addition you will need to update your CCR registration on an annual 
basis. This may take three or more business days to complete.
     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.
     If you submit your application electronically, you must 
submit all documents electronically, including all information you 
typically provide 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 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 in 
this paragraph 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 from Grants.gov an automatic notification of receipt that 
contains a Grants.gov tracking number. (This notification indicates 
receipt by Grants.gov only, not receipt by the Department). The 
Department then will retrieve your application from Grants.gov and send 
a second notification to you by e-mail. This second notification 
indicates that the Department has received your application and has 
assigned your application 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 
Technical Issues with the Grants.gov System: If you are experiencing 
problems submitting your application through Grants.gov, please contact 
the Grants.gov Support Desk, toll free, at 1-800-518-4726. You must 
obtain a Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number and must keep a record of 
it.
    If you are prevented from electronically submitting your 
application on the application deadline date because of technical 
problems with the Grants.gov system, we will grant you an extension 
until 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, the following business day to 
enable you to transmit your application electronically or by hand 
delivery. You also may mail your application by following the mailing 
instructions described elsewhere in this notice.
    If you submit an application after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, 
on the application deadline date, please contact the person listed 
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII in this notice and 
provide an explanation of the technical problem you experienced with 
Grants.gov, along with the Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number. 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: The extensions to which we refer 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 application 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 84.184T), 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 
84.184T), 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.
    (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.
    (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 
84.184T), 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

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Department--in Item 11 of the SF 424 the CFDA number, including suffix 
letter, if any, of the competition under which you are submitting your 
application; and
    (2) The Application Control Center will mail to you a notification 
of receipt of your grant application. If you do not receive this 
notification within 15 business days from the application deadline 
date, you should call the U.S. Department of Education Application 
Control Center at (202) 245-6288.

V. Application Review Information

    1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this program are 
from 34 CFR 75.210 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 notify you informally, also.
    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 in this notice.
    We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of 
an award in the Applicable Regulations section in 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. You must also submit an interim report nine months 
after the award date. This report should provide the most current 
performance and financial expenditure information as directed by the 
Secretary under 34 CFR 75.118. The Secretary may also require more 
frequent performance reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific 
requirements on reporting, please go to http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/
apply/appforms/appforms.html.
    4. Performance Measures: We have identified the following key 
Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA) performance 
measure for assessing the effectiveness of the EMHE Grants program: The 
percentage of EMHE grantees that demonstrate a 50 percent increase at 
the end of the project period in the number of course completions by 
their higher education institution personnel in key National Incident 
Management System (NIMS) courses compared to the number of such courses 
completed at the start of the grant project period. This GPRA measure 
constitutes the Department's indicator of success for this program. 
Applicants for a grant under this program are advised to give careful 
consideration to this measure in designing their proposed project. 
Before beginning implementation of training connected to this grant, 
each grantee will be required to determine baseline data on the total 
number of these courses completed by personnel on its campus between 
April 2004 (when the courses first became available) and the project 
start date for their EMHE grant. Each applicant is strongly encouraged 
to include this information in its application if it is available. If 
it is not available during the application phase, each grantee will be 
required to collect and report baseline data in its interim report and 
both baseline and final progress with regard to this measure in its 
final report.
    For the purposes of this measure, ``key NIMS courses'' are those 
identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the 
Department of Homeland Security as requirements for NIMS compliance. To 
date these courses include the following: Incident Command System 
(ICS)-100 Introduction to ICS, ICS-200 ICS for Single Resources and 
Initial Action Incidents, ICS-300 Intermediate ICS, ICS-400 Advanced 
ICS, ICS-700 National Incident Management System: An Introduction, and 
ICS-800.B National Response Framework, An Introduction. ICS-100, ICS-
200, ICS-700, and ICS-800.B courses are all available online as 
Independent Study (IS) courses offered through the FEMA's Emergency 
Management Institute (EMI) at: http://training.fema.gov. (It is not 
necessary that the key NIMS training requirements be met through a 
Federal source such as the on-campus resident courses or online 
distance learning courses offered by the EMI. The courses may also be 
taken through State, Tribal, and local emergency management training 
programs that offer equivalent, in-classroom training for completion.)

    Note: Completion of course IS-100.SC Introduction to the 
Incident Command System, I-100, for Schools, constitutes completion 
of course ICS-100. This course was specifically designed to provide 
ICS training within a school-based context.

VII. Agency Contact

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tara Hill, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW., room 3E340, Washington, DC 20202-
6450. Telephone: (202) 708-9431 or by e-mail: tara.hill@ed.gov.
    If you use a TDD, call the FRS, toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

VIII. Other Information

    Alternative Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this 
document and a copy of the application package in an alternative format 
(e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on 
request to the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII in this notice.
    Electronic Access to This Document: You can 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: April 18, 2008.
Deborah A. Price,
Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug-Free Schools.
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