Notice of Proposed Extension of Project Period and Waiver for the Puerto Rico State Technical Assistance (TA) Project To Improve Services and Results for Children Who Are Deaf-Blind, 49663-49664 [E8-19563]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 164 / Friday, August 22, 2008 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Notice of Proposed Extension of Project Period and Waiver for the Puerto Rico State Technical Assistance (TA) Project To Improve Services and Results for Children Who Are Deaf-Blind Office of Special Education Programs, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice of proposed extension of project period and waiver for the Puerto Rico State Technical Assistance (TA) Project to Improve Services and Results for Children Who Are Deaf-Blind. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Secretary proposes to waive the requirements in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), in 34 CFR 75.250 and 75.261(a), respectively, that generally prohibit project periods exceeding five years and extensions of project periods involving the obligation of additional Federal funds. This extension of project period and waiver will enable the currently funded Puerto Rico State TA Project to Improve Services and Results for Children Who Are Deaf-Blind to receive funding from October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009. DATES: We must receive your comments on or before September 8, 2008. ADDRESSES: Address all comments concerning this proposed extension and waiver to Anne Smith, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 4086, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–2641. Telephone: (202) 245–7529. If you prefer to send your comments through the Internet, use the following address: anne.smith@ed.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anne Smith. Telephone: (202) 245– 7529. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll-free, at 1–800–877–8339. Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Invitation to Comment We invite you to submit comments regarding this proposed extension of project period and waiver. During and after the comment period, you may inspect all public comments VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:12 Aug 21, 2008 Jkt 214001 about this proposed extension of project period and waiver in Room 4086, Potomac Center Plaza, 550 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday of each week except Federal holidays. Assistance to Individuals With Disabilities in Reviewing the Rulemaking Record On request, we will supply an appropriate aid, such as a reader or print magnifier, to an individual with a disability who needs assistance to review the comments or other documents in the public rulemaking record for this proposed extension of project period and waiver. If you want to schedule an appointment for this type of aid, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Background The Department published a notice in the Federal Register on July 3, 2003 (68 FR 39902), inviting applications for awards for fiscal year (FY) 2003. Based on that notice, the Department made 48 awards, including one award for a period of 60 months to the Puerto Rico Department of Education, in order to build the capacity of the State, parents, and professionals to improve outcomes for children and young adults who are deaf-blind and their families by providing TA, information, and training on early intervention, special education, related services, and transitional services. The Department published a notice inviting applications for awards for FY 2008 on March 25, 2008 (73 FR 15444). The Puerto Rico Department of Education submitted an application, but the budget request was above the maximum amount allocated to them, and, therefore, the application was ineligible for review. Given the severity of deaf-blindness and the low incidence of this population, it is important to ensure continuation of State TA services for children who are deaf-blind in Puerto Rico. Therefore, the Department proposes to extend the current grant to the Puerto Rico Department of Education (H326C030042) for a sixth year and award an additional $65,000 to that agency. The Department also intends to announce a competition to permit Puerto Rico to apply for four additional years of funding. The Puerto Rico Department of Education DeafBlind TA project has demonstrated significant progress in providing TA services to families, educators, and other service providers since it was funded in 2003. The Puerto Rico Department of Education’s current PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49663 project period for its Deaf-Blind TA Project is scheduled to end on September 30, 2008. Deaf-blindness is a severe and complex disability. In order to ensure that continued TA is available to assist Puerto Rican families, educators, and other professionals who work with children who are deaf-blind, the Secretary proposes to waive the requirements in 34 CFR 75.250 and 75.261(a) and proposes to issue a continuation award to the existing grantee for an additional twelve-month period. The Puerto Rico Department of Education will continue to build the capacity of the State, parents, and professionals to improve outcomes for children and young adults who are deafblind and their families by providing TA, information, and training on early intervention, special education, related services, and transitional services. Regulatory Flexibility Act Certification The Secretary certifies that the proposed extension of the project period and waiver will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The only entity that would be affected is the Puerto Rico Department of Education. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 This proposed extension of project period and waiver does not contain any information collection requirements. Intergovernmental Review This program is subject to the requirements of Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. One of the objectives of the Executive order is to foster an intergovernmental partnership and a strengthened federalism. The Executive order relies on processes developed by State and local governments for coordination and review of proposed Federal financial assistance. This document provides early notification of our specific plans and actions for this program. Electronic Access to This Document: You 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. E:\FR\FM\22AUN1.SGM 22AUN1 49664 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 164 / Friday, August 22, 2008 / Notices jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 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. D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426. The Commission’s Rules of Practice require all intervenors filing documents with the Commission to serve a copy of that document on each person on the official service list for the project. Dated: August 18, 2008. Further, if an intervenor files comments Tracy R. Justesen, Assistant Secretary for Special Education and or documents with the Commission relating to the merits of an issue that Rehabilitative Services. may affect the responsibilities of a [FR Doc. E8–19563 Filed 8–21–08; 8:45 am] particular resource agency, they must BILLING CODE 4000–01–P also serve a copy of the document on that resource agency. Motions to intervene, protests, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY comments, terms and conditions, recommendations, and prescriptions Federal Energy Regulatory may be filed electronically via the Commission Internet in lieu of paper. The [Project Nos. 12540–002; 12545–002; 12549– Commission strongly encourages 002] electronic filings. See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions Hydrodynamics, Inc.; Notice of on the Commission’s Web site (http:// Applications Accepted for Filing, www.ferc.gov) under the ‘‘e-Filing’’ link. Soliciting Motions To Intervene and k. The applications have been Protests, Ready for Environmental accepted for filing and are now ready for Analysis, and Soliciting Comments, environmental analysis. Terms and Conditions, l. The proposed Woods Project would Recommendations, and Prescriptions be built at the Greenfields Main Canal’s Woods drop structure. The applicant August 14, 2008. proposes to construct: (1) An inflatable Take notice that the following weir spanning the full width of the hydroelectric applications have been canal; (2) an intake structure with trash filed with the Commission and are rack and radial gate or stop-log shut off; available for public inspection. (3) a buried, 72-inch-diameter, 750-foota. Type of Application: Minor long steel or polyethylene penstock; (4) unconstructed projects. a powerhouse containing one Francis or b. Projects Nos.: 12540–002, 12545– propeller (Reaction) turbine and one 002, and 12549–002. generator with a rated output of 900 c. Date filed: March 31, 2008. kilowatts (kW); (5) a tailrace returning d. Applicant: Hydrodynamics, Inc. flows to the canal; (6) a switchyard; and e. Name of Projects: Woods, Johnson, (7) a 376-foot-long, 69-kilovolt (kV) and A–Drop. transmission line interconnecting with f. Location: On the Greenfields Main an existing powerline. Average annual Canal and the Greenfields South Canal, generation would be 2.2 gigawatt-hours parts of the U. S. Bureau of (GWh). Reclamation’s existing Sun River The proposed Johnson Project would Irrigation Project, in Cascade and Teton be built at the Greenfields South Canal’s Counties, Montana, near Fairfield, Johnson drop structure. The applicant Montana. proposes to construct: (1) An inflatable g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power weir spanning the width of the canal; (2) Act 16 U.S.C. 791(a)–825(r) an intake structure with trash rack and h. Applicant Contact: Roger Kirk, radial gate or stop-log shut off; (3) a Hydrodynamics, Inc., P.O. Box 1136, buried, 60-inch-diameter, 900-foot-long Bozeman, MT 59771, (406) 587–5086. steel or polyethylene penstock; (4) a i. FERC Contact: Dianne Rodman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, powerhouse containing one Francis or propeller (Reaction) turbine and one 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC generator with a rated output of 700 kW; 20426; telephone (202) 502–6077 or by (5) a tailrace returning flows to the e-mail at dianne.rodman@ferc.gov. j. Deadline for filing motions to canal; (6) a switchyard; (7) a 1,024-footintervene and protests, comments, terms long, 69-kV transmission line and conditions, recommendations, and interconnecting with an existing prescriptions: 60 days from the issuance powerline; and (8) a powerhouse access of this notice. All reply comments must road. Average annual generation would be filed with the Commission within be 1.7 GWh. The proposed A–Drop Project would 105 days from the date of this notice. be built at the Greenfields Main Canal’s All documents (original and eight Greenfield drop structure. The applicant copies) should be filed with: Kimberly VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:12 Aug 21, 2008 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 proposes to construct: (1) An inflatable weir spanning the width of the canal; (2) an intake structure with trash rack and radial gate or stop-log shut off; (3) a buried, 96-inch-diameter, 830-foot-long steel or polyethylene penstock; (4) a powerhouse containing one Francis or propeller (Reaction) turbine and one generator with a rated output of 1,000 kW; (5) a tailrace returning flows to the canal; (6) a switchyard; (7) a buried 144foot-long, 12-kV transmission line interconnecting with an existing powerline; and (8) an approximately 730-foot-long powerhouse access road. Average annual generation would be 2.5 GWh. m. Copies of the applications are available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission’s Web site at http://www.ferc.gov using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number, excluding the last three digits, in the docket number field to access each of the documents. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or tollfree at 1–866–208–3676, or for TTY, (202) 502–8659. Copies are also available for inspection and reproduction at the address in item h above. Register online at http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ esubscription.asp to be notified via email of new filings and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. n. Any qualified applicant desiring to file a competing application must submit to the Commission, on or before the specified intervention deadline date, a competing development application, or a notice of intent to file such an application. Submission of a timely notice of intent allows an interested person to file the competing development application no later than 120 days after the specified intervention deadline date. Applications for preliminary permits will not be accepted in response to this notice. A notice of intent must specify the exact name, business address, and telephone number of the prospective applicant, and must include an unequivocal statement of intent to submit a development application. A notice of intent must be served on the applicant named in this public notice. Anyone may submit comments, a protest, or a motion to intervene in accordance with the requirements of Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 385.210, 385.211, and 385.214. In determining the appropriate action to take, the Commission will consider all E:\FR\FM\22AUN1.SGM 22AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Notice of Proposed Extension of Project Period and Waiver for the 
Puerto Rico State Technical Assistance (TA) Project To Improve Services 
and Results for Children Who Are Deaf-Blind

AGENCY: Office of Special Education Programs, Office of Special 
Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of proposed extension of project period and waiver for 
the Puerto Rico State Technical Assistance (TA) Project to Improve 
Services and Results for Children Who Are Deaf-Blind.

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SUMMARY: The Secretary proposes to waive the requirements in the 
Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), in 34 
CFR 75.250 and 75.261(a), respectively, that generally prohibit project 
periods exceeding five years and extensions of project periods 
involving the obligation of additional Federal funds. This extension of 
project period and waiver will enable the currently funded Puerto Rico 
State TA Project to Improve Services and Results for Children Who Are 
Deaf-Blind to receive funding from October 1, 2008 through September 
30, 2009.

DATES: We must receive your comments on or before September 8, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Address all comments concerning this proposed extension and 
waiver to Anne Smith, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland 
Avenue, SW., Room 4086, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-
2641. Telephone: (202) 245-7529. If you prefer to send your comments 
through the Internet, use the following address: anne.smith@ed.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anne Smith. Telephone: (202) 245-7529.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the 
Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll-free, at 1-800-877-8339. Individuals 
with disabilities may obtain this document in an alternative format 
(e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on 
request to the contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Invitation to Comment

    We invite you to submit comments regarding this proposed extension 
of project period and waiver.
    During and after the comment period, you may inspect all public 
comments about this proposed extension of project period and waiver in 
Room 4086, Potomac Center Plaza, 550 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC, 
between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through 
Friday of each week except Federal holidays.

Assistance to Individuals With Disabilities in Reviewing the Rulemaking 
Record

    On request, we will supply an appropriate aid, such as a reader or 
print magnifier, to an individual with a disability who needs 
assistance to review the comments or other documents in the public 
rulemaking record for this proposed extension of project period and 
waiver. If you want to schedule an appointment for this type of aid, 
please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

Background

    The Department published a notice in the Federal Register on July 
3, 2003 (68 FR 39902), inviting applications for awards for fiscal year 
(FY) 2003. Based on that notice, the Department made 48 awards, 
including one award for a period of 60 months to the Puerto Rico 
Department of Education, in order to build the capacity of the State, 
parents, and professionals to improve outcomes for children and young 
adults who are deaf-blind and their families by providing TA, 
information, and training on early intervention, special education, 
related services, and transitional services. The Department published a 
notice inviting applications for awards for FY 2008 on March 25, 2008 
(73 FR 15444). The Puerto Rico Department of Education submitted an 
application, but the budget request was above the maximum amount 
allocated to them, and, therefore, the application was ineligible for 
review. Given the severity of deaf-blindness and the low incidence of 
this population, it is important to ensure continuation of State TA 
services for children who are deaf-blind in Puerto Rico. Therefore, the 
Department proposes to extend the current grant to the Puerto Rico 
Department of Education (H326C030042) for a sixth year and award an 
additional $65,000 to that agency. The Department also intends to 
announce a competition to permit Puerto Rico to apply for four 
additional years of funding. The Puerto Rico Department of Education 
Deaf-Blind TA project has demonstrated significant progress in 
providing TA services to families, educators, and other service 
providers since it was funded in 2003. The Puerto Rico Department of 
Education's current project period for its Deaf-Blind TA Project is 
scheduled to end on September 30, 2008. Deaf-blindness is a severe and 
complex disability. In order to ensure that continued TA is available 
to assist Puerto Rican families, educators, and other professionals who 
work with children who are deaf-blind, the Secretary proposes to waive 
the requirements in 34 CFR 75.250 and 75.261(a) and proposes to issue a 
continuation award to the existing grantee for an additional twelve-
month period.
    The Puerto Rico Department of Education will continue to build the 
capacity of the State, parents, and professionals to improve outcomes 
for children and young adults who are deaf-blind and their families by 
providing TA, information, and training on early intervention, special 
education, related services, and transitional services.

Regulatory Flexibility Act Certification

    The Secretary certifies that the proposed extension of the project 
period and waiver will not have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities. The only entity that would be 
affected is the Puerto Rico Department of Education.

Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

    This proposed extension of project period and waiver does not 
contain any information collection requirements.

Intergovernmental Review

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


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    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: August 18, 2008.
Tracy R. Justesen,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
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