Institute of Education Sciences; Overview Information; Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems Grant Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009, 36305-36309 [E8-14534]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 124 / Thursday, June 26, 2008 / Notices 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. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: June 23, 2008. Angela C. Arrington, IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management. rfrederick on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES Federal Student Aid Type of Review: New. Title: Documents Associated with the Notice of Terms and Conditions of Purchase of Loans under the Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans Act of 2008. Abstract: As one of several measures intended to address concerns about the availability of loans under the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program during the 2008–2009 academic year, the Ensuring Continued Access to VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:05 Jun 25, 2008 Jkt 214001 Student Loans Act of 2008 (ECASLA) provides the Department of Education (the Department) with temporary authority to purchase student loans from FFEL Program lenders. The documents included in this collection set forth the terms and conditions of the loan purchase program authorized by the ECASLA and collect the information from lenders that is required by the Department to administer the program. Additional Information The U.S. Department of Education (Department) requests that OMB grant an emergency clearance by June 27, 2008 for Loan Purchase Program information collection documents associated with the newly authorized authority to purchase loans, as per the Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans Act of 2008 (‘‘ECASLA’’): 1. Master Participation Agreement, with exhibits; 2. Master Loan Sale Agreement, with exhibits; and 3. Additional documents forthcoming specifying data intended to be collected. Section 459A of the Higher Education Act (‘‘HEA’’), signed into law on May 7, 2008, provides that the Secretary of Education, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget must jointly determine the terms and conditions of this newly authorized loan purchase program. These information collection documents set forth those terms and aid in the administration of the program. The Loan Purchase Program was established under the HEA by the ECASLA. Congress passed this law to remedy market conditions threatening the ability of student lenders to make student loans for the 2008–2009 academic year. While loans for the academic year can be originated as early as May, the bulk of originations occur during the period from July through August. To ensure that student lenders are able to utilize the Loan Purchase Program, the Documents must be reviewed by lenders in advance of final publication of the Notice of Terms and Conditions of Purchase of Loans under the Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans Act of 2008. As such, the lending community must have final, approved versions of the Documents no later than June 27, 2008 to ensure that they will be able to utilize the Loan Purchase Program in time for the 2008– 2009 academic year. The Department thus requests emergency clearance because the regular clearance process would not enable us to make an OMBapproved set of Documents available to lenders seeking to make student loans during the 2008–2009 academic year. PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36305 Upon receiving emergency clearance of the Documents, the Department will submit the ECASLA Loan Purchase Program documents for regular clearance process, including notice of a 60-day public comment period. Frequency: On Occasion. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit. Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: Responses: 9,650. Burden Hours: 22,800. 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 3748. 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., LBJ, Washington, DC 20202–4537. Requests may also be electronically mailed to the Internet address ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or faxed to 202– 401–0920. Please specify the complete title of the information collection when making your request. Comments regarding burden and/or the collection activity requirements, should be electronically mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 800–877–8339. [FR Doc. E8–14540 Filed 6–25–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Institute of Education Sciences; Overview Information; Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems Grant Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.372A. Dates: Applications Available: June 26, 2008 (Request for Applications (RFA)). August 4, 2008 (application package). Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: September 25, 2008. Full Text of Announcement I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: The purpose of the grant program for statewide longitudinal data systems is to promote the generation and accurate and timely use of data that are needed to: (1) E:\FR\FM\26JNN1.SGM 26JNN1 36306 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 124 / Thursday, June 26, 2008 / Notices Comply with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, and other reporting requirements, and (2) facilitate analyses and research to improve student academic achievement and close achievement gaps. This purpose is served by providing assistance to State educational agencies to enable them to design, develop, and implement statewide, longitudinal data systems to manage, analyze, disaggregate, and use individual student data. States may apply for funds to address the following purposes: (1) Develop and implement such statewide longitudinal data systems; (2) expand K–12 longitudinal data systems to include preschool data, teacher data, finance data, and any other K–12 data not yet included in their systems; (3) create interoperability with postsecondary data systems or create consolidated P–16 data systems, in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act; and (4) import workforce data from other sources. The capacity to examine longitudinal data that include postsecondary and workforce information will enhance the ability of State educational agencies to evaluate the effectiveness of their elementary and secondary education programs. Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 9607. rfrederick on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 77, 80, 81, 82, 84, 85, 97, 98, and 99. In addition, the regulations in 34 CFR part 75 are applicable, except for the provisions in 34 CFR 75.100, 75.101(b), 75.102, 75.103, 75.105, 75.109(a), 75.200, 75.201, 75.209, 75.210, 75.211, 75.217, 75.219, 75.220, 75.221, 75.222, and 75.230. II. Award Information Type of Award: Cooperative agreements. Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested $100,000,000 for this program in FY 2009, of which it intends to make available $94,000,000 for new Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems grant awards. Although Congress has not enacted a final appropriation for FY 2009, the Institute is inviting applications for this competition now so that it may be prepared to make awards following final action on the Department’s appropriations bill. The actual award of grants will depend on the availability of funds. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $3,000,000 to $9,000,000 for the entire project period. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:05 Jun 25, 2008 Jkt 214001 Estimated Number of Awards: The number of awards made under this competition will depend upon the quality of the applications received. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: Two to five years. III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants are limited to SEAs. 2. a. Cost Sharing or Matching: This competition does not require cost sharing or matching. b. Supplement-Not-Supplant: This competition involves supplement-notsupplant funding requirements. Funds made available under this grant program are to supplement, and not supplant, other State or local funds used for developing or improving State data systems. The grants are expected to assist SEAs in their efforts to design, develop, and implement statewide longitudinal data systems, but not to supplant State and local funds. That is, the Institute of Education Sciences expects grant funding to augment existing State and local funds devoted to this effort. IV. Application and Submission Information 1. RFA and Other Information: Information regarding program and application requirements for this competition will be contained in the NCES RFA package, which will be available on June 26, 2008, at the following Web site: http://ies.ed.gov/ funding/. 2. Application Package: The application package with forms and instructions for applying to this competition will be available no later than August 4, 2008, at http:// www.Grants.gov (see section V of this notice). 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 IX of this notice. Note: Interested potential applicants should periodically check the Institute’s Web site at http://ies.ed.gov/funding/. 3. Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under this competition must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov Apply site (Grants.gov). For information (including dates and times) about how to submit your application electronically, or in paper format by mail or hand delivery if you qualify for an exception to the electronic PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 submission requirement, please refer to section V. Submission of Applications 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. V. Submission of Applications Applications for grants under this competition must be submitted electronically unless you qualify for an exception to this requirement in accordance with the instructions in this section. a. Electronic Submission of Applications. Applications for grants under the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems competition, CFDA Number 84.372A, must be submitted electronically using 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. We will reject your application if you submit it in paper format unless, as described elsewhere in this section, you qualify for one of the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement and submit, no later than two weeks before the application deadline date, a written statement to the Department that you qualify for one of these exceptions. Further information regarding calculation of the date that is two weeks before the application deadline date is provided later in this section under Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement. You may access the electronic grant application for the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems 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 84.372, not 84.372A). Please note the following: E:\FR\FM\26JNN1.SGM 26JNN1 rfrederick on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 124 / Thursday, June 26, 2008 / Notices • 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 4:30:00 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 4:30:00 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 4:30:00 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 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:05 Jun 25, 2008 Jkt 214001 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 qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, as described elsewhere in this section, and submit your application in paper format. • 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—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). • You must attach any narrative sections of your application as files in .PDF (Portable Document) format. If you upload a file type other than the file type 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 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. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36307 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 4:30:00 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 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VIII 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 4:30:00 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. Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement: You qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, and may submit your application in paper format, if you are unable to submit an application through the Grants.gov system because— • You do not have access to the Internet; or • You do not have the capacity to upload large documents to the Grants.gov system; and • No later than two weeks before the application deadline date (14 calendar days or, if the fourteenth calendar day before the application deadline date falls on a Federal holiday, the next business day following the Federal holiday), you mail or fax a written statement to the Department, explaining which of the two grounds for an exception prevent you from using the Internet to submit your application. If you mail your written statement to the Department, it must be postmarked no later than two weeks before the application deadline date. If you fax E:\FR\FM\26JNN1.SGM 26JNN1 36308 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 124 / Thursday, June 26, 2008 / Notices rfrederick on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES your written statement to the Department, we must receive the faxed statement no later than two weeks before the application deadline date. Address and mail or fax your statement to: Elizabeth Payer, U.S. Department of Education, 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW., room 602C, Washington, DC 20208. FAX: (202) 219– 1466. Your paper application must be submitted in accordance with the mail or hand delivery instructions described in this notice. b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail. If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, you may mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or a commercial carrier) your application to the Department. 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: 84.372A), 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: 84.372A), 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. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:05 Jun 25, 2008 Jkt 214001 If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, you (or a courier service) may deliver your paper application to the Department by hand. You 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: 84.372A), 550 12th Street, SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–4260. The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily between 8:00 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—if not provided by the 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. VI. Application Review Information Selection Criteria: Information regarding selection criteria and review procedures for this competition will be provided in the RFA package. VII. 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 Notice (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 PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 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: To evaluate the overall success of this program, the Institute will determine at the end of each grant whether the SEA has in operation a statewide longitudinal data system. Grantees will be expected to report in annual and final reports on the status of their development and implementation of these systems. 5. Grant Administration: Applicants should budget for a two-day meeting for project directors to be held in Washington, DC. VIII. Agency Contact Tate Gould, U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 1990 K Street, NW., room 9023, Washington, DC 20006–5651. Telephone: (202) 219–7080 or via Internet: Tate.Gould@ed.gov. If you use a TDD, call the Federal Relay Service, toll free, at 1–800–877– 8339. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: IX. 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 VIII 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 E:\FR\FM\26JNN1.SGM 26JNN1 36309 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 124 / Thursday, June 26, 2008 / Notices Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/ index.html. Dated: June 20, 2008. Grover J. Whitehurst, Director, Institute of Education Sciences. [FR Doc. E8–14534 Filed 6–25–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC08–523–001, FERC–523] Commission Information Collection Activities, Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Submitted for OMB Review June 19, 2008. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirements of section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3507, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) has submitted the information collection described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review of this information collection requirement. Any interested person may file comments directly with OMB and should address a copy of those comments to the Commission as explained below. The Commission received no comments in response to an earlier Federal Register notice of February 26, 2008 (73 FR 10236–10237) and has made this notation in its submission to OMB. DATES: Comments on the collection of information are due by July 21, 2008. ADDRESSES: Address comments on the collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Desk Officer. Comments to OMB should be filed electronically, c/o oira_submission@omb.eop.gov and include the OMB Control No. (1902– 0043) as a point of reference. The Desk Officer may be reached by telephone at 202–395–7345. A copy of the comments should also be sent to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Office of the Executive Director, ED–34, Attention: Michael Miller, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426. Comments may be filed either in paper format or electronically. Those persons filing electronically do not need to make a paper filing. For paper filings, such comments should be submitted to the Secretary of the Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426 and should refer to Docket No. IC08– 523–001. Documents filed electronically via the Internet must be prepared in an acceptable filing format and in compliance with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission submission guidelines. Complete filing instructions and acceptable filing formats are available at (http://www.ferc.gov/help/ submission-guide/electronic-media.asp). To file the document electronically, access the Commission’s Web site and click on Documents & Filing, E-Filing (http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ efiling.asp), and then follow the instructions for each screen. First time users will have to establish a user name and password. The Commission will send an automatic acknowledgement to the sender’s e-mail address upon receipt of comments. All comments may be viewed, printed or downloaded remotely via the Internet through FERC’s homepage using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. For user assistance, contact fercolinesupport@ferc.gov or toll-free at (866) 208–3676 or for TTY, contact (202) 502–8659. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Miller may be reached by telephone at (202) 502–8415, by fax at (202) 273–0873, and by e-mail at michael.miller@ferc.gov. The information collection under the requirements of FERC–523 ‘‘Applications for Authorization of Issuance of Securities.’’ Under Federal Power Act (FPA) section 204, 16 U.S.C. 824c: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ‘‘No public utility or licensee shall issue any security, or assume any obligation or liability as guarantor, indorser, surety, or otherwise in respect of any security of another person, unless and until, and then only to the extent that, upon application by the public utility, the Commission by order authorized such issue or assumption of the liability. The Commission shall make such order if it finds that such issue or assumption (a) is for lawful object, within the corporate purposes of the applicant and compatible with the public interest, which is necessary or appropriate for or consistent with the proper performance by the applicant of service as a public utility and which will not impair its ability to perform that service, and (b) is reasonably necessary or appropriate for such purposes.* * * The Commission uses the information contained in filings to determine its acceptance and/or rejection for granting applications for authorization to either issue securities or to assume an obligation or liability by the public utilities and their licensees who make these applications. The Commission implements this statute through its regulations, which are found at 18 CFR part 34; sections 131.43 and 131.50 of 18 CFR Part 131 prescribe the required format for the filings. The information is filed electronically. Action: The Commission is requesting a three-year extension of the current expiration date with no changes to the current reporting requirements. Burden Statement: Public reporting burden for this collection is estimated as: Number of responses per respondent (2) Average burden hours per response (3) Total annual burden hours (1)×(2)×(3) 60 ................................................................................................................................................. rfrederick on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES Number of responses annually (1) 1 88 5280 The estimated total cost to respondents is $320,821 [5,280 hours divided by 2080 hours 1 times $126,384 2 equals $320,821]. The cost of filing FERC–523, per respondent, is $5,347 (rounded-off). 1 Number 2 Average of hours an employee works each year. annual salary per employee 3. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:05 Jun 25, 2008 Jkt 214001 The reporting burden includes the total time, effort, or financial resources expended to generate, maintain, retain, disclose, or provide the information including: (1) Reviewing instructions; (2) developing, acquiring, installing, using technology and systems for the purposes of collecting, validating, verifying, processing, maintaining, PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 disclosing and providing information; (3) adjusting the existing ways to comply with any previously applicable filing instructions and requirements; (4) training personnel to respond to this collection of information; (5) searching data sources; (6) completing and reviewing the collection of information; and (7) transmitting, or otherwise E:\FR\FM\26JNN1.SGM 26JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Institute of Education Sciences; Overview Information; Statewide 
Longitudinal Data Systems Grant Program; Notice Inviting Applications 
for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.372A.
    Dates: Applications Available: June 26, 2008 (Request for 
Applications (RFA)). August 4, 2008 (application package).
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: September 25, 2008.

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The purpose of the grant program for statewide 
longitudinal data systems is to promote the generation and accurate and 
timely use of data that are needed to: (1)

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Comply with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as 
amended, and other reporting requirements, and (2) facilitate analyses 
and research to improve student academic achievement and close 
achievement gaps. This purpose is served by providing assistance to 
State educational agencies to enable them to design, develop, and 
implement statewide, longitudinal data systems to manage, analyze, 
disaggregate, and use individual student data. States may apply for 
funds to address the following purposes: (1) Develop and implement such 
statewide longitudinal data systems; (2) expand K-12 longitudinal data 
systems to include preschool data, teacher data, finance data, and any 
other K-12 data not yet included in their systems; (3) create 
interoperability with postsecondary data systems or create consolidated 
P-16 data systems, in a manner consistent with the requirements of the 
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act; and (4) import workforce 
data from other sources. The capacity to examine longitudinal data that 
include postsecondary and workforce information will enhance the 
ability of State educational agencies to evaluate the effectiveness of 
their elementary and secondary education programs.

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 9607.

    Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 77, 80, 81, 82, 84, 
85, 97, 98, and 99. In addition, the regulations in 34 CFR part 75 are 
applicable, except for the provisions in 34 CFR 75.100, 75.101(b), 
75.102, 75.103, 75.105, 75.109(a), 75.200, 75.201, 75.209, 75.210, 
75.211, 75.217, 75.219, 75.220, 75.221, 75.222, and 75.230.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Cooperative agreements.
    Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested 
$100,000,000 for this program in FY 2009, of which it intends to make 
available $94,000,000 for new Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems grant 
awards. Although Congress has not enacted a final appropriation for FY 
2009, the Institute is inviting applications for this competition now 
so that it may be prepared to make awards following final action on the 
Department's appropriations bill. The actual award of grants will 
depend on the availability of funds.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $3,000,000 to $9,000,000 for the 
entire project period.
    Estimated Number of Awards: The number of awards made under this 
competition will depend upon the quality of the applications received.

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

    Project Period: Two to five years.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants are limited to SEAs.
    2. a. Cost Sharing or Matching: This competition does not require 
cost sharing or matching.
    b. Supplement-Not-Supplant: This competition involves supplement-
not-supplant funding requirements. Funds made available under this 
grant program are to supplement, and not supplant, other State or local 
funds used for developing or improving State data systems. The grants 
are expected to assist SEAs in their efforts to design, develop, and 
implement statewide longitudinal data systems, but not to supplant 
State and local funds. That is, the Institute of Education Sciences 
expects grant funding to augment existing State and local funds devoted 
to this effort.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. RFA and Other Information: Information regarding program and 
application requirements for this competition will be contained in the 
NCES RFA package, which will be available on June 26, 2008, at the 
following Web site: http://ies.ed.gov/funding/.
    2. Application Package: The application package with forms and 
instructions for applying to this competition will be available no 
later than August 4, 2008, at http://www.Grants.gov (see section V of 
this notice).
    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 IX of this notice.

    Note: Interested potential applicants should periodically check 
the Institute's Web site at http://ies.ed.gov/funding/.

    3. Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under this 
competition must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov Apply 
site (Grants.gov). For information (including dates and times) about 
how to submit your application electronically, or in paper format by 
mail or hand delivery if you qualify for an exception to the electronic 
submission requirement, please refer to section V. Submission of 
Applications 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.

V. Submission of Applications

    Applications for grants under this competition must be submitted 
electronically unless you qualify for an exception to this requirement 
in accordance with the instructions in this section.
    a. Electronic Submission of Applications.
    Applications for grants under the Statewide Longitudinal Data 
Systems competition, CFDA Number 84.372A, must be submitted 
electronically using 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.
    We will reject your application if you submit it in paper format 
unless, as described elsewhere in this section, you qualify for one of 
the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement and submit, no 
later than two weeks before the application deadline date, a written 
statement to the Department that you qualify for one of these 
exceptions. Further information regarding calculation of the date that 
is two weeks before the application deadline date is provided later in 
this section under Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement.
    You may access the electronic grant application for the Statewide 
Longitudinal Data Systems 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 84.372, not 84.372A).
    Please note the following:

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     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 
4:30:00 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 4:30:00 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 4:30:00 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 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 qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, as described elsewhere in this section, and submit your 
application in paper format.
     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).
     You must attach any narrative sections of your application 
as files in .PDF (Portable Document) format. If you upload a file type 
other than the file type 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 4:30:00 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 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC 
time, on the application deadline date, please contact the person 
listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VIII 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 4:30:00 
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.

    Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement: You qualify for an 
exception to the electronic submission requirement, and may submit your 
application in paper format, if you are unable to submit an application 
through the Grants.gov system because--
     You do not have access to the Internet; or
     You do not have the capacity to upload large documents to 
the Grants.gov system; and
     No later than two weeks before the application deadline 
date (14 calendar days or, if the fourteenth calendar day before the 
application deadline date falls on a Federal holiday, the next business 
day following the Federal holiday), you mail or fax a written statement 
to the Department, explaining which of the two grounds for an exception 
prevent you from using the Internet to submit your application.
    If you mail your written statement to the Department, it must be 
postmarked no later than two weeks before the application deadline 
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your written statement to the Department, we must receive the faxed 
statement no later than two weeks before the application deadline date.
    Address and mail or fax your statement to: Elizabeth Payer, U.S. 
Department of Education, 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW., room 602C, 
Washington, DC 20208. FAX: (202) 219-1466.
    Your paper application must be submitted in accordance with the 
mail or hand delivery instructions described in this notice.
    b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail.
    If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, you may mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or a 
commercial carrier) your application to the Department. 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: 84.372A), 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: 84.372A), 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 qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, you (or a courier service) may deliver your paper 
application to the Department by hand. You 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: 84.372A), 550 12th Street, SW., Room 7041, 
Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-4260.
    The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily 
between 8:00 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--if not provided by the 
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.

VI. Application Review Information

    Selection Criteria: Information regarding selection criteria and 
review procedures for this competition will be provided in the RFA 
package.

VII. 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 Notice 
(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. 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 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: To evaluate the overall success of this 
program, the Institute will determine at the end of each grant whether 
the SEA has in operation a statewide longitudinal data system. Grantees 
will be expected to report in annual and final reports on the status of 
their development and implementation of these systems.
    5. Grant Administration: Applicants should budget for a two-day 
meeting for project directors to be held in Washington, DC.

VIII. Agency Contact

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tate Gould, U.S. Department of 
Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 1990 K Street, 
NW., room 9023, Washington, DC 20006-5651. Telephone: (202) 219-7080 or 
via Internet: Tate.Gould@ed.gov.
    If you use a TDD, call the Federal Relay Service, toll free, at 1-
800-877-8339.

IX. 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 VIII 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

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


    Dated: June 20, 2008.
Grover J. Whitehurst,
Director, Institute of Education Sciences.
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