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Download as PDF sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 141 / Tuesday, July 22, 2008 / Notices March 31, 2004, to issue a notice to proceed in connection with the construction of a full scale water treatment plant to replace the existing, inadequate Monhagen Water Treatment Plant. Pursuant to the Decree, the City shall construct a water treatment facility to filter the drinking water it draws from surface water sources. The Decree requires the City to complete construction of the facility by April 30, 2010, pursuant to a schedule of eight interim construction milestones. The Decree further requires the City to implement a number of interim measures to protect the quality of its drinking water until the City has fully complied with the long term construction of the water treatment facility. 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AGENCY: SUMMARY: The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups or individuals who would like to enter into a cooperative agreement with NIC to develop a series of five papers related to parole with a primary audience of parole board members, parole staff, governors, appointing authorities, and related criminal justice agencies. The five papers will be developed over an eighteen month time. The initial paper will address core competencies for parole board members and executive parole staff in paroling authorities. Additional topics for this series will be determined by NIC and the vendor. Project Goal: The overall goal of the initial paper is the development of a document on core competencies for parole board members and executive staff. This document will address the following: PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 42595 Describe the competencies needed to be a parole board member, parole chair and executive parole staff; Clarify how the competencies relate to the role of parole with other stakeholders within the criminal justice systems; Describe the organizational structures within the parole office that support the development and operation of competencies; Examine how competencies promote the use of EBP in parole and revocation decision making; Illustrate how governors, appointing authorities, and parole boards can use the competencies to make selection and hiring decisions. The core competencies must conform to the principles presented in the documents ‘‘Comprehensive Framework for Paroling Authorities in an Era of Evidence-Based Practices’’, the ‘‘Correctional Leadership Competencies for the 21st Century for Executives and Senior-Level Leaders’’, and the ‘‘Correctional Leadership Competencies for the 21st Century for Manager and Supervisor Levels’’. These documents can be found at the following links: http://nicic.org/Downloads/PDF/ Library/022906.pdf (NIC Accession no. 022906), http://www.nicic.org/pubs/ 2005/020474.pdf (NIC Accession no. 020474) and http://nicic.org/ Downloads/PDF/Library/020475.pdf (NIC Accession no. 020475). DATES: Applications must be received by 4 p.m. EDT on August 20, 2008. ADDRESSES: Mailed applications must be sent to: Director, National Institute of Corrections, 320 First Street, NW., Room 5007, Washington, DC 20534. Applicants are encouraged to use Federal Express, UPS, or similar service to ensure delivery by the due date. Hand delivered applications should be brought to 500 First Street, NW., Washington, DC 20534. At the front desk, dial 7–3106, extension 0 for pickup. Faxed applications will not be accepted. Electronic applications can be submitted via http://www.grants.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: All technical or programmatic questions concerning this announcement should be directed to Carla Smalls, Correctional Program Specialist, National Institute of Corrections. She can be reached by email at cjsmalls@bop.gov or to George M. Keiser, Chief, Community Corrections Division, National Institute of Corrections. He can be reached by email at gkeiser@bop.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: Parole can be defined as both a procedure by which a board E:\FR\FM\22JYN1.SGM 22JYN1 42596 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 141 / Tuesday, July 22, 2008 / Notices sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES administratively releases inmates from prison as well as a provision for postrelease supervision. For our discussion, parole is defined as the release of an offender from imprisonment to the community by a releasing authority (parole board or paroling authority) prior to the expiration of the offender’s sentence, subject to conditions imposed by the releasing authority. Revocation is the action of a releasing authority removing a person from parole status in response to a violation of conditions. As articulated by Nancy M. Campbell in the ‘‘Comprehensive Framework for Paroling Authorities in an Era of Evidence-Based Practices,’’ one of the key functions of a paroling authority, board members and staff, is directing and facilitating the achievement of desired outcomes through people and resources. Getting the work done through others is a reality for most leaders and managers, and this is particularly true given the structure of parole. Paroling authorities can set the terms and conditions of parole, but they rely on others to implement them. Even in those cases, where the paroling authority and supervision agency are combined, parole board members rely on others to implement the terms and conditions that they set. Effective governors appoint paroling authorities who have both leadership and management skills. As Jim Collins has said, ‘‘First get the right people on the bus.’’ This is often difficult in the public sector but not impossible. To accomplish the goals of successful reentry and public protection requires an understanding of the pivotal role that parole can play in protecting the public by helping offenders transition and reenter society successfully. Most parole board members are appointed by elected officials and these officials need to understand what skills, knowledge, and attitudes (competencies) the ‘‘right people’’ (parole board members and staff) must possess to be effective in their work. National Institute of Corrections Experience Progress to Date: NIC has adopted three documents that can guide the development of core competencies for parole board members and staff. The first two documents, ‘‘Correctional Leadership Competencies for the 21st Century for Executives and Senior-Level Leaders’’ and the ‘‘Correctional Leadership Competencies for the 21st Century for Manager and Supervisor Levels’’ outline core competencies for criminal justice managers. The third document, ‘‘Comprehensive Framework VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:47 Jul 21, 2008 Jkt 214001 for Paroling Authorities in an Era of Evidence-Based Practices’’ describes the overarching visionary plan that paroling authorities will need for a future of well trained board members, using evidence based practices within agencies that have sufficient staff and other resources to effectively support the release and revocation of offenders. A review of these three documents provides a template for the development of a paper outlining the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that staff and board members should possess. Scope of Work: Under this first phase of the cooperative agreement, the single major area of work to be completed is the development of a paper approximately 50 pages in length that presents the core competencies for parole board members and executive parole staff. It is anticipated that this paper will be prototypical of the remaining four papers. Description: This initial document on parole will examine the skills, knowledge and abilities that parole board members and executive staff must possess to be effective in performing their work responsibilities within the criminal justice system. Work to be performed: The provider shall consult with the Correctional Program Specialist (CPS) assigned to manage the cooperative agreement to ensure understanding of, and agreement on, the scope of work to be performed; submit a detailed work plan with time lines for accomplishing project activities to CPS for approval prior to any work being performed under this agreement; designate a point of contact, which will serve as the conduit of information and work experience between the CPS and the awardee; and review pertinent NIC documents to include training programs in the development of the core competencies. Deliverables: The provider shall describe methodology used to produce papers; outline a management plan to include timelines for the development of the papers; produce five papers; and recommend distribution plan. Document Preparation: For all awards in which a document will be a deliverable, the awardee must follow the Guidelines for Preparing and Submitting Manuscripts for Publication as found in the ‘‘General Guidelines for Cooperative Agreements’’ which will be included in the award package. Required Expertise: The successful applicant will need skills, abilities and knowledge in the areas of knowledge of the criminal justice system; knowledge of the role of parole and its function within the criminal justice system; ability to conduct research and relate PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 these findings in a non-technical manner; skilled in conducting job task analyses that relate to job competencies; knowledge of evidence-based practices and offender transition, and how these areas relate to the parole process; and effective written and oral communication skills. Application Requirements: Applications should be concisely written, typed double spaced and referenced to the project by the ‘‘NIC Application Number’’ and Title provided in this announcement. The package must include: OMB Standard Form 424, Application for Federal Assistance, a cover letter that identifies the audit agency responsible for the applicant’s financial accounts as well as the audit period of fiscal year that the applicant operates under (e.g., July 1 through June 30), and an outline of projected costs. The following additional forms must also be included: OMB Standard Form 424A, Budget Information—Non-Construction Programs, OMB Standard Form 424B, Assurances—Non-Construction Programs (available at www.grants.gov) and DOJ/NIC Certification Regarding Lobbying; Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters; and the Drug-Free Workplace Requirements (available at http://www.nicic.gov/ Downloads/PDF/certif-frm.pdf.) Applications may be submitted in hard copy, or electronically via http:// www.grants.gov. If submitted in hard copy, there needs to be an original and six copies of the full proposal (program and budget narratives, application forms and assurances). The original should have the applicant’s signature in blue ink. Telephone Conference: A telephone conference will be conducted for persons receiving this solicitation and having a serious intent to respond on July 30, 2008 at 2:00 pm EDT. In this conference, the NIC project manager will respond to questions regarding the solicitation and expectation of work to be performed. Please notify Carla Smalls electronically (cjsmalls@bop.gov) by 12 noon EDT on July 25, 2008, regarding your interest in participating in the conference. You will be provided with a call-in number and instructions. In addition, NIC project managers will post answers to questions received from potential applicants on its Web site for the six weeks in which the solicitation is open to the public. Authority: Public Law 93–415. Funds Available: NIC is seeking the applicant’s best ideas regarding accomplishment of the scope of work and the related costs for achieving the goals of this solicitation. The final E:\FR\FM\22JYN1.SGM 22JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 141 / Tuesday, July 22, 2008 / Notices budget and award amount will be negotiated between NIC and the successful applicant. Funds may only be used for the activities that are linked to the desired outcome of the project. Following award of the cooperative agreement, NIC will work with the awardee to refine the identification of additional topics, plus the review and final acceptance of each deliverable. A specific funding amount is not disclosed. Both the cost and the development strategy are to be completed. Selection will be based on a determination of the best value for the government to achieve the goals of the award. This project will be a collaborative venture with the NIC Community Corrections Division. Eligibility of Applicants: An eligible applicant is any public or private agency, educational institution, organization, individual or team with expertise in the described areas. Review Considerations: Applications received under this announcement will be subjected to a 3-to-5 person NIC Peer Review Process. Number of Awards: One. NIC Application Number: 08C79. This number should appear as a reference line in the cover letter, in box 4a of Standard Form 424, and outside of the envelope in which the application is sent. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 16.601. Executive Order 12372: This project is not subject to the provisions of Executive Order 12372. Thomas J. Beauclair, Deputy Director, National Institute of Corrections. [FR Doc. E8–16684 Filed 7–21–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–36–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Proposed Information Collection Request for the Extension of the Individual Training Account Experiment; Extension With Changes of Approved Collection; Comment Request Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor. ACTION: Notice. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:47 Jul 21, 2008 Jkt 214001 general public and federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Employment and Training Administration is soliciting comments for a proposed extension with revisions to an approved information collection (OMB 1205–0441, expires November 30, 2009) to evaluate long-term impacts of participants in the Individual Training Account Experiment. A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addresses section of this notice or by accessing: http://www.doleta.gov/ OMBCN/OMBControlNumber.cfm. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the ADDRESSES section below on or before September 22, 2008. ADDRESSES: Submit written comments to Janet Javar, Room N–5641, Employment and Training Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210. Telephone number: 202–693–3677 (this is not a toll-free number). Fax: 202–693– 2766. E-mail: javar.janet@dol.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 brought about substantial changes in the way training and other employment services are provided. WIA required workforce investment areas to establish Individual Training Accounts (ITAs), which provide vouchers or other related funding methods that customers can use to pay for training. ITAs are intended to empower customers to choose the training services they need and raise the accountability of states, local areas, and service providers for meeting these needs. The ITA Experiment was conducted between June 1999 and September 2006. It was designed to test different approaches for managing customer choice in the administration of ITAs. States and local offices have a great deal of flexibility in deciding how much guidance to provide to customers in choosing WIA-funded training. The experiment tested three approaches that differed widely in both the resources made available to customers and the involvement of local counselors in PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 42597 guiding customer choice. The three approaches included a highly structured approach (in which customers were steered to the highest-return training options), a moderately guided approach, and a true voucher approach (in which customers were offered a lump sum and allowed to choose any state-approved training). The three approaches were tested through an experiment that randomly assigned new customers to one of the three ITA approaches. The advantages of randomly assigning customers are increased precision and accuracy in the impact estimates. ETA selected six grantees through a competitive process to participate in the evaluation. The experiment was conducted in Chicago, Illinois; Charlotte, North Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; Phoenix, Arizona; Bridgeport, Connecticut; and Jacksonville, Florida. Intake began in 2001. Findings from the initial evaluation of the ITA Experiment suggested that a longer-term follow-up was necessary in order to reach more definitive conclusions regarding the impacts and cost-effectiveness of the ITA approaches. For most ITA study participants, the initial data collection permitted examination of employment outcomes for 18 months following random assignment. At that time, a substantial number of ITA participants were still in training, so that the ultimate effects of the ITA approaches had not yet been completely realized. This extension of the evaluation examines the longer-term outcomes of ITA study participants, with a second follow-up survey administered between four and seven years after random assignment and with longer-term employment and earnings data, including updated unemployment insurance (UI) wage records. This request for a second participant follow-up survey includes only minor modifications to the first follow-up survey (OMB 1205–0441). It collects the same critical information that can only be collected using survey data on the employment, training, and earnings experiences of the ITA study participants. The second follow-up survey and additional UI data collection are needed to examine a more extensive employment history for each ITA study participant and update the experimental estimates of net impacts and return-oninvestment analyses for the three ITA approaches. To determine the relative long-term impacts of different ITA approaches on training experiences and on labor market outcomes, updated stateadministrative data and second followup survey data will be used. These data E:\FR\FM\22JYN1.SGM 22JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

National Institute of Corrections


Solicitation for a Cooperative Agreement: To Develop a Series of 
Papers on Parole

AGENCY: National Institute of Corrections, Department of Justice.

ACTION: Solicitation for a Cooperative Agreement.

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SUMMARY: The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting 
proposals from organizations, groups or individuals who would like to 
enter into a cooperative agreement with NIC to develop a series of five 
papers related to parole with a primary audience of parole board 
members, parole staff, governors, appointing authorities, and related 
criminal justice agencies. The five papers will be developed over an 
eighteen month time. The initial paper will address core competencies 
for parole board members and executive parole staff in paroling 
authorities. Additional topics for this series will be determined by 
NIC and the vendor.
    Project Goal: The overall goal of the initial paper is the 
development of a document on core competencies for parole board members 
and executive staff. This document will address the following:
    Describe the competencies needed to be a parole board member, 
parole chair and executive parole staff;
    Clarify how the competencies relate to the role of parole with 
other stakeholders within the criminal justice systems;
    Describe the organizational structures within the parole office 
that support the development and operation of competencies;
    Examine how competencies promote the use of EBP in parole and 
revocation decision making;
    Illustrate how governors, appointing authorities, and parole boards 
can use the competencies to make selection and hiring decisions.
    The core competencies must conform to the principles presented in 
the documents ``Comprehensive Framework for Paroling Authorities in an 
Era of Evidence-Based Practices'', the ``Correctional Leadership 
Competencies for the 21st Century for Executives and Senior-Level 
Leaders'', and the ``Correctional Leadership Competencies for the 21st 
Century for Manager and Supervisor Levels''. These documents can be 
found at the following links: http://nicic.org/Downloads/PDF/Library/
022906.pdf (NIC Accession no. 022906), http://www.nicic.org/pubs/2005/
020474.pdf (NIC Accession no. 020474) and http://nicic.org/Downloads/
PDF/Library/020475.pdf (NIC Accession no. 020475).

DATES: Applications must be received by 4 p.m. EDT on August 20, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Mailed applications must be sent to: Director, National 
Institute of Corrections, 320 First Street, NW., Room 5007, Washington, 
DC 20534.
    Applicants are encouraged to use Federal Express, UPS, or similar 
service to ensure delivery by the due date.
    Hand delivered applications should be brought to 500 First Street, 
NW., Washington, DC 20534. At the front desk, dial 7-3106, extension 0 
for pickup.
    Faxed applications will not be accepted. Electronic applications 
can be submitted via http://www.grants.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: All technical or programmatic 
questions concerning this announcement should be directed to Carla 
Smalls, Correctional Program Specialist, National Institute of 
Corrections. She can be reached by e-mail at cjsmalls@bop.gov or to 
George M. Keiser, Chief, Community Corrections Division, National 
Institute of Corrections. He can be reached by e-mail at 
gkeiser@bop.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: Parole can be defined as both a 
procedure by which a board

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administratively releases inmates from prison as well as a provision 
for post-release supervision. For our discussion, parole is defined as 
the release of an offender from imprisonment to the community by a 
releasing authority (parole board or paroling authority) prior to the 
expiration of the offender's sentence, subject to conditions imposed by 
the releasing authority. Revocation is the action of a releasing 
authority removing a person from parole status in response to a 
violation of conditions.
    As articulated by Nancy M. Campbell in the ``Comprehensive 
Framework for Paroling Authorities in an Era of Evidence-Based 
Practices,'' one of the key functions of a paroling authority, board 
members and staff, is directing and facilitating the achievement of 
desired outcomes through people and resources. Getting the work done 
through others is a reality for most leaders and managers, and this is 
particularly true given the structure of parole. Paroling authorities 
can set the terms and conditions of parole, but they rely on others to 
implement them. Even in those cases, where the paroling authority and 
supervision agency are combined, parole board members rely on others to 
implement the terms and conditions that they set. Effective governors 
appoint paroling authorities who have both leadership and management 
skills.
    As Jim Collins has said, ``First get the right people on the bus.'' 
This is often difficult in the public sector but not impossible. To 
accomplish the goals of successful reentry and public protection 
requires an understanding of the pivotal role that parole can play in 
protecting the public by helping offenders transition and reenter 
society successfully. Most parole board members are appointed by 
elected officials and these officials need to understand what skills, 
knowledge, and attitudes (competencies) the ``right people'' (parole 
board members and staff) must possess to be effective in their work.

National Institute of Corrections Experience

    Progress to Date: NIC has adopted three documents that can guide 
the development of core competencies for parole board members and 
staff. The first two documents, ``Correctional Leadership Competencies 
for the 21st Century for Executives and Senior-Level Leaders'' and the 
``Correctional Leadership Competencies for the 21st Century for Manager 
and Supervisor Levels'' outline core competencies for criminal justice 
managers. The third document, ``Comprehensive Framework for Paroling 
Authorities in an Era of Evidence-Based Practices'' describes the 
overarching visionary plan that paroling authorities will need for a 
future of well trained board members, using evidence based practices 
within agencies that have sufficient staff and other resources to 
effectively support the release and revocation of offenders. A review 
of these three documents provides a template for the development of a 
paper outlining the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that staff and 
board members should possess.
    Scope of Work: Under this first phase of the cooperative agreement, 
the single major area of work to be completed is the development of a 
paper approximately 50 pages in length that presents the core 
competencies for parole board members and executive parole staff. It is 
anticipated that this paper will be prototypical of the remaining four 
papers.
    Description: This initial document on parole will examine the 
skills, knowledge and abilities that parole board members and executive 
staff must possess to be effective in performing their work 
responsibilities within the criminal justice system.
    Work to be performed: The provider shall consult with the 
Correctional Program Specialist (CPS) assigned to manage the 
cooperative agreement to ensure understanding of, and agreement on, the 
scope of work to be performed; submit a detailed work plan with time 
lines for accomplishing project activities to CPS for approval prior to 
any work being performed under this agreement; designate a point of 
contact, which will serve as the conduit of information and work 
experience between the CPS and the awardee; and review pertinent NIC 
documents to include training programs in the development of the core 
competencies.
    Deliverables: The provider shall describe methodology used to 
produce papers; outline a management plan to include timelines for the 
development of the papers; produce five papers; and recommend 
distribution plan.
    Document Preparation: For all awards in which a document will be a 
deliverable, the awardee must follow the Guidelines for Preparing and 
Submitting Manuscripts for Publication as found in the ``General 
Guidelines for Cooperative Agreements'' which will be included in the 
award package.
    Required Expertise: The successful applicant will need skills, 
abilities and knowledge in the areas of knowledge of the criminal 
justice system; knowledge of the role of parole and its function within 
the criminal justice system; ability to conduct research and relate 
these findings in a non-technical manner; skilled in conducting job 
task analyses that relate to job competencies; knowledge of evidence-
based practices and offender transition, and how these areas relate to 
the parole process; and effective written and oral communication 
skills.
    Application Requirements: Applications should be concisely written, 
typed double spaced and referenced to the project by the ``NIC 
Application Number'' and Title provided in this announcement. The 
package must include: OMB Standard Form 424, Application for Federal 
Assistance, a cover letter that identifies the audit agency responsible 
for the applicant's financial accounts as well as the audit period of 
fiscal year that the applicant operates under (e.g., July 1 through 
June 30), and an outline of projected costs. The following additional 
forms must also be included: OMB Standard Form 424A, Budget 
Information--Non-Construction Programs, OMB Standard Form 424B, 
Assurances--Non-Construction Programs (available at www.grants.gov) and 
DOJ/NIC Certification Regarding Lobbying; Debarment, Suspension and 
Other Responsibility Matters; and the Drug-Free Workplace Requirements 
(available at http://www.nicic.gov/Downloads/PDF/certif-frm.pdf.)
    Applications may be submitted in hard copy, or electronically via 
http://www.grants.gov. If submitted in hard copy, there needs to be an 
original and six copies of the full proposal (program and budget 
narratives, application forms and assurances). The original should have 
the applicant's signature in blue ink.
    Telephone Conference: A telephone conference will be conducted for 
persons receiving this solicitation and having a serious intent to 
respond on July 30, 2008 at 2:00 pm EDT. In this conference, the NIC 
project manager will respond to questions regarding the solicitation 
and expectation of work to be performed. Please notify Carla Smalls 
electronically (cjsmalls@bop.gov) by 12 noon EDT on July 25, 2008, 
regarding your interest in participating in the conference. You will be 
provided with a call-in number and instructions. In addition, NIC 
project managers will post answers to questions received from potential 
applicants on its Web site for the six weeks in which the solicitation 
is open to the public.
    Authority: Public Law 93-415.
    Funds Available: NIC is seeking the applicant's best ideas 
regarding accomplishment of the scope of work and the related costs for 
achieving the goals of this solicitation. The final

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budget and award amount will be negotiated between NIC and the 
successful applicant. Funds may only be used for the activities that 
are linked to the desired outcome of the project. Following award of 
the cooperative agreement, NIC will work with the awardee to refine the 
identification of additional topics, plus the review and final 
acceptance of each deliverable. A specific funding amount is not 
disclosed. Both the cost and the development strategy are to be 
completed. Selection will be based on a determination of the best value 
for the government to achieve the goals of the award.
    This project will be a collaborative venture with the NIC Community 
Corrections Division.
    Eligibility of Applicants: An eligible applicant is any public or 
private agency, educational institution, organization, individual or 
team with expertise in the described areas.
    Review Considerations: Applications received under this 
announcement will be subjected to a 3-to-5 person NIC Peer Review 
Process.
    Number of Awards: One.
    NIC Application Number: 08C79.
    This number should appear as a reference line in the cover letter, 
in box 4a of Standard Form 424, and outside of the envelope in which 
the application is sent.
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 16.601.
    Executive Order 12372: This project is not subject to the 
provisions of Executive Order 12372.

Thomas J. Beauclair,
Deputy Director, National Institute of Corrections.
[FR Doc. E8-16684 Filed 7-21-08; 8:45 am]
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