Proposed Priority-National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research-Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program, 18933-18935 [2013-07260]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 60 / Thursday, March 28, 2013 / Proposed Rules enacted or otherwise effectuated, such legislation or regulation will be applicable to the OTA, and the FAA may update or amend the OTA to reflect these changes. (4) Transmission of data from the Site Operator to the FAA or its designee must only include those data listed in Appendix B to the OTA. (Appendix B to the OTA is available as part of the SIR [Screening Information Request] at http://faaco.faa.gov.) The FAA anticipates that test site operator privacy practices as discussed in their privacy policies will help inform the dialogue among policymakers, privacy advocates, and the industry regarding broader questions concerning the use of UAS technologies. The privacy requirements proposed here are specifically designed for the operation of the UAS Test Sites. They are not intended to pre-determine the long-term policy and regulatory framework under which commercial UASs would operate. 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AGENCY: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS ACTION: SUMMARY: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Rock Island Railroad and Highway Drawbridge across the Upper Mississippi River, mile 482.9, at Rock Island, Illinois. The deviation is necessary to allow the Quad City Marathon to cross the bridge. This VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:19 Mar 27, 2013 Jkt 229001 deviation allows the bridge to be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position for four hours. DATES: This deviation is effective from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on September 22, 2013. ADDRESSES: The docket for this deviation, [USCG–2013–0144] is available at http://www.regulations.gov. Type the docket number in the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click ‘‘SEARCH.’’ Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this deviation. 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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The U.S. Army Rock Island Arsenal requested a temporary deviation for the Rock Island Railroad and Highway Drawbridge, across the Upper Mississippi River, mile 482.9, at Rock Island, Illinois to remain in the closed-to-navigation position for a four hour period from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., September 22, 2013, while a run/walk is held between the cities of Davenport, IA and Rock Island, IL. The Rock Island Railroad and Highway Drawbridge currently operates in accordance with 33 CFR 117.5, which states the general requirement that drawbridges shall open promptly and fully for the passage of vessels when a request to open is given in accordance with the subpart. There are no alternate routes for vessels transiting this section of the Upper Mississippi River. The Rock Island Railroad and Highway Drawbridge, in the closed-tonavigation position, provides a vertical clearance of 23.8 feet above normal pool. Navigation on the waterway consists primarily of commercial tows and recreational watercraft. This temporary deviation has been coordinated with waterway users. No objections were received. In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(e), the drawbridge must return to its regular operating schedule immediately at the end of the effective period of this PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 18933 temporary deviation. This deviation from the operating regulations is authorized under 33 CFR 117.35. Dated: March 14, 2013. Eric A. Washburn, Bridge Administrator, Western Rivers. [FR Doc. 2013–07145 Filed 3–27–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION 34 CFR Chapter III [CFDA Number: 84.133P–1.] Proposed Priority—National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research—Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education. ACTION: Proposed priority. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services proposes a priority for the Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) program under the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program administered by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). The Assistant Secretary may use this priority for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2013 and later years. We take this action to ensure that NIDRR’s resources are appropriately allocated across the three outcome domains of individual wellbeing—community living and participation, employment, and health and function. We intend this priority to strengthen the capacity of the disability and rehabilitation field to train qualified individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to conduct high-quality, advanced multidisciplinary rehabilitation research; and through this training contribute to improved outcomes for individuals with disabilities across the domains of community living and participation, employment, and health and function. DATES: We must receive your comments on or before April 29, 2013. ADDRESSES: Address all comments about this notice to Marlene Spencer, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., room 5133, Potomac Center Plaza (PCP), Washington, DC 20202–2700. If you prefer to send your comments by email, use the following address: marlene.spencer@ed.gov. You must include the phrase ‘‘Proposed Priority E:\FR\FM\28MRP1.SGM 28MRP1 18934 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 60 / Thursday, March 28, 2013 / Proposed Rules between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, Monday through Friday of each week except Federal holidays. Assistance to Individuals with Disabilities in Reviewing the Rulemaking Record: On request we will provide an appropriate accommodation or auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability who needs assistance to review the comments or other documents in the public rulemaking record for this notice. If you SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This want to schedule an appointment for notice of proposed priority is in concert this type of accommodation or auxiliary with NIDRR’s Long-Range Plan (Plan). aid, please contact the person listed The currently approved Plan, which under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION was published in the Federal Register CONTACT. on February 15, 2006 (71 FR 8166), can Purpose of Program: The purpose of be accessed on the Internet at the the Disability and Rehabilitation following site: www2.ed.gov/legislation/ Research Projects and Centers Program FedRegister/other/2006-1/021506d.html. is to plan and conduct research, Through the implementation of the demonstration projects, training, and Plan, NIDRR seeks to: (1) Improve the related activities, including quality and utility of disability and international activities, to develop rehabilitation research; (2) foster an methods, procedures, and rehabilitation exchange of expertise, information, and technology, that maximize the full training methods to facilitate the inclusion and integration into society, advancement of knowledge and employment, independent living, family understanding of the unique needs of support, and economic and social selftraditionally underserved populations; sufficiency of individuals with (3) determine best strategies and disabilities, especially individuals with programs to improve rehabilitation the most severe disabilities, and to outcomes for underserved populations; improve the effectiveness of services (4) identify research gaps; (5) identify authorized under the Rehabilitation Act mechanisms for integrating research and of 1973, as amended (Rehabilitation practice; and (6) disseminate findings. Act). This notice proposes a new priority Advanced Rehabilitation Research that NIDRR intends to use in FY 2013 Training: and possibly later years. However, The purpose of NIDRR’s ARRT nothing precludes NIDRR from program, which is funded through the publishing additional priorities, if Disability and Rehabilitation Research needed. Furthermore, NIDRR is under Projects and Centers Program, is to no obligation to make an award using provide advanced research training and this priority. The decision to make an experience to individuals with award will be based on the quality of doctorates, or similar advanced degrees, applications received and available who have clinical or other relevant funding. experience. ARRT projects train Invitation to Comment: We invite you rehabilitation researchers, including to submit comments regarding this researchers with disabilities, with notice. To ensure that your comments particular attention to research areas have maximum effect in developing the that support the implementation and notice of final priority, we urge you to objectives of the Rehabilitation Act, and identify clearly the specific topic that that improve the effectiveness of each comment addresses. services authorized under the We invite you to assist us in Rehabilitation Act. complying with the specific Additional information on the ARRT requirements of Executive Orders 12866 program can be found at: www.ed.gov/ and 13563 and their overall requirement rschstat/research/pubs/resof reducing regulatory burden that program.html#DRRP. might result from this proposed priority. Program Authority: 29 U.S.C. 762(g) Please let us know of any further ways and 764(a). we could reduce potential costs or Applicable Program Regulations: 34 increase potential benefits while CFR part 350. preserving the effective and efficient Proposed Priority: This notice administration of the program. contains one proposed priority. During and after the comment period, Advanced Rehabilitation Research you may inspect all public comments Training Program. Background: NIDRR’s mission is to about this notice in room 5133, 550 12th support the generation of new Street, SW., PCP, Washington, DC, mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS for ARRT Projects’’ in the subject line of your electronic message. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marlene Spencer. Telephone: (202) 245– 7532 or by email: marlene.spencer@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1–800–877– 8339. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:19 Mar 27, 2013 Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 knowledge and promote its effective use to improve the abilities of individuals with disabilities to participate in community activities of their choice and to enhance society’s capacity to provide full opportunities and accommodations for these individuals. NIDRR research focuses on major life domains as identified in NIDRR’s Final Long-Range Plan for FY 2005–2009 (Federal Register, 2006): (1) Employment, (2) Participation and Community Living, and (3) Health and Function. To help ensure that rehabilitation researchers receive advanced research training and experience consistent with the outcome areas identified in NIDRR’s Long-Range Plan, NIDRR is proposing priorities under the ARRT program for the Plan’s major life domains. References: National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (2006). Notice of Final Long-Range Plan for Fiscal Years 2005–2009. Federal Register. Vol. 71, No 31. P 8166–8200. Proposed Priority: The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services proposes a new priority for the Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) program. For FY 2013, and potential subsequent years, ARRT projects must provide advanced research training to eligible individuals to enhance their capacity to conduct high-quality multidisciplinary rehabilitation and disability research to improve outcomes for individuals with disabilities in one of NIDRR’s major domains of individual well-being: (a) Community living and participation, (b) employment, or (c) health and function. Types of Priorities: When inviting applications for a competition using one or more priorities, we designate the type of each priority as absolute, competitive preference, or invitational through a notice in the Federal Register. The effect of each type of priority follows: Absolute priority: Under an absolute priority, we consider only applications that meet the priority (34 CFR 75.105(c)(3)). Competitive preference priority: Under a competitive preference priority, we give competitive preference to an application by (1) awarding additional points, depending on the extent to which the application meets the priority (34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i)); or (2) selecting an application that meets the priority over an application of comparable merit that does not meet the priority (34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(ii)). Invitational priority: Under an invitational priority, we are particularly interested in applications that meet the priority. However, we do not give an application that meets the priority a E:\FR\FM\28MRP1.SGM 28MRP1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 60 / Thursday, March 28, 2013 / Proposed Rules preference over other applications (34 CFR 75.105(c)(1)). Final Priority: We will announce the final priority in a notice in the Federal Register. We will determine the final priority after considering responses to this notice and other information available to the Department. This notice does not preclude us from proposing additional priorities, requirements, definitions, or selection criteria, subject to meeting applicable rulemaking requirements. Note: This notice does not solicit applications. In any year in which we choose to use this priority, we invite applications through a notice in the Federal Register. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 Regulatory Impact Analysis Under Executive Order 12866, the Secretary must determine whether this regulatory action is ‘‘significant’’ and, therefore, subject to the requirements of the Executive order and subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866 defines a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ as an action likely to result in a rule that may— (1) Have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more, or adversely affect a sector of the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or State, local, or tribal governments or communities in a material way (also referred to as an ‘‘economically significant’’ rule); (2) Create serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency; (3) Materially alter the budgetary impacts of entitlement grants, user fees, or loan programs or the rights and obligations of recipients thereof; or (4) Raise novel legal or policy issues arising out of legal mandates, the President’s priorities, or the principles stated in the Executive order. This proposed regulatory action is not a significant regulatory action subject to review by OMB under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866. We have also reviewed this regulatory action under Executive Order 13563, which supplements and explicitly reaffirms the principles, structures, and definitions governing regulatory review established in Executive Order 12866. To the extent permitted by law, Executive Order 13563 requires that an agency— (1) Propose or adopt regulations only on a reasoned determination that their benefits justify their costs (recognizing that some benefits and costs are difficult to quantify); VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:19 Mar 27, 2013 Jkt 229001 (2) Tailor its regulations to impose the least burden on society, consistent with obtaining regulatory objectives and taking into account—among other things and to the extent practicable—the costs of cumulative regulations; (3) In choosing among alternative regulatory approaches, select those approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health and safety, and other advantages; distributive impacts; and equity); (4) To the extent feasible, specify performance objectives, rather than the behavior or manner of compliance a regulated entity must adopt; and (5) Identify and assess available alternatives to direct regulation, including economic incentives—such as user fees or marketable permits—to encourage the desired behavior, or provide information that enables the public to make choices. Executive Order 13563 also requires an agency ‘‘to use the best available techniques to quantify anticipated present and future benefits and costs as accurately as possible.’’ The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of OMB has emphasized that these techniques may include ‘‘identifying changing future compliance costs that might result from technological innovation or anticipated behavioral changes.’’ We are issuing this proposed priority only upon a reasoned determination that its benefits would justify its costs. In choosing among alternative regulatory approaches, we selected those approaches that would maximize net benefits. Based on the analysis that follows, the Department believes that this regulatory action is consistent with the principles in Executive Order 13563. We also have determined that this regulatory action would not unduly interfere with State, local, and tribal governments in the exercise of their governmental functions. In accordance with both Executive orders, the Department has assessed the potential costs and benefits, both quantitative and qualitative, of this regulatory action. The potential costs are those resulting from statutory requirements and those we have determined as necessary for administering the Department’s programs and activities. The benefits of the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Programs have been well established over the years, as projects similar to the one envisioned by the proposed priority have been completed successfully. This proposed priority would strengthen the capacity of the PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 9990 18935 rehabilitation and disability field to train qualified individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to conduct high-quality, advanced multidisciplinary research across all of NIDRR’s major domains of community living and participation, employment, and health and function; and thereby contribute to advancing knowledge and solving problems encountered by individuals with disabilities of all ages. Intergovernmental Review: This program is not subject to Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) by contacting the Grants and Contracts Services Team, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., room 5075, PCP, Washington, DC 20202–2550. Telephone: (202) 245– 7363. If you use a TDD or a TTY, call the FRS, toll free, at 1–800–877–8339. Electronic Access to This Document: 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 via the Federal Digital System at: www.gpo.gov/fdsys. At this site 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). To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at the site. You may also access documents of the Department published in the Federal Register by using the article search feature at: www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published by the Department. Dated: March 25, 2013. 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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

34 CFR Chapter III

[CFDA Number: 84.133P-1.]


Proposed Priority--National Institute on Disability and 
Rehabilitation Research--Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training 
Program

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

ACTION: Proposed priority.

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SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and 
Rehabilitative Services proposes a priority for the Advanced 
Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) program under the Disability 
and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program administered 
by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research 
(NIDRR). The Assistant Secretary may use this priority for competitions 
in fiscal year (FY) 2013 and later years. We take this action to ensure 
that NIDRR's resources are appropriately allocated across the three 
outcome domains of individual well-being--community living and 
participation, employment, and health and function. We intend this 
priority to strengthen the capacity of the disability and 
rehabilitation field to train qualified individuals, including 
individuals with disabilities, to conduct high-quality, advanced 
multidisciplinary rehabilitation research; and through this training 
contribute to improved outcomes for individuals with disabilities 
across the domains of community living and participation, employment, 
and health and function.

DATES: We must receive your comments on or before April 29, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Address all comments about this notice to Marlene Spencer, 
U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., room 5133, 
Potomac Center Plaza (PCP), Washington, DC 20202-2700.
    If you prefer to send your comments by email, use the following 
address: marlene.spencer@ed.gov. You must include the phrase ``Proposed 
Priority

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for ARRT Projects'' in the subject line of your electronic message.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marlene Spencer. Telephone: (202) 245-
7532 or by email: marlene.spencer@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text 
telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-
800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice of proposed priority is in 
concert with NIDRR's Long-Range Plan (Plan). The currently approved 
Plan, which was published in the Federal Register on February 15, 2006 
(71 FR 8166), can be accessed on the Internet at the following site: 
www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2006-1/021506d.html.
    Through the implementation of the Plan, NIDRR seeks to: (1) Improve 
the quality and utility of disability and rehabilitation research; (2) 
foster an exchange of expertise, information, and training methods to 
facilitate the advancement of knowledge and understanding of the unique 
needs of traditionally underserved populations; (3) determine best 
strategies and programs to improve rehabilitation outcomes for 
underserved populations; (4) identify research gaps; (5) identify 
mechanisms for integrating research and practice; and (6) disseminate 
findings.
    This notice proposes a new priority that NIDRR intends to use in FY 
2013 and possibly later years. However, nothing precludes NIDRR from 
publishing additional priorities, if needed. Furthermore, NIDRR is 
under no obligation to make an award using this priority. The decision 
to make an award will be based on the quality of applications received 
and available funding.
    Invitation to Comment: We invite you to submit comments regarding 
this notice. To ensure that your comments have maximum effect in 
developing the notice of final priority, we urge you to identify 
clearly the specific topic that each comment addresses.
    We invite you to assist us in complying with the specific 
requirements of Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 and their overall 
requirement of reducing regulatory burden that might result from this 
proposed priority. Please let us know of any further ways we could 
reduce potential costs or increase potential benefits while preserving 
the effective and efficient administration of the program.
    During and after the comment period, you may inspect all public 
comments about this notice in room 5133, 550 12th Street, SW., PCP, 
Washington, DC, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., 
Washington, DC time, Monday through Friday of each week except Federal 
holidays. Assistance to Individuals with Disabilities in Reviewing the 
Rulemaking Record: On request we will provide an appropriate 
accommodation or auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability who 
needs assistance to review the comments or other documents in the 
public rulemaking record for this notice. If you want to schedule an 
appointment for this type of accommodation or auxiliary aid, please 
contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
    Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Disability and 
Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program is to plan and 
conduct research, demonstration projects, training, and related 
activities, including international activities, to develop methods, 
procedures, and rehabilitation technology, that maximize the full 
inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, 
family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals 
with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe 
disabilities, and to improve the effectiveness of services authorized 
under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Rehabilitation Act).
    Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training:
    The purpose of NIDRR's ARRT program, which is funded through the 
Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program, is 
to provide advanced research training and experience to individuals 
with doctorates, or similar advanced degrees, who have clinical or 
other relevant experience. ARRT projects train rehabilitation 
researchers, including researchers with disabilities, with particular 
attention to research areas that support the implementation and 
objectives of the Rehabilitation Act, and that improve the 
effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act.
    Additional information on the ARRT program can be found at: 
www.ed.gov/rschstat/research/pubs/res-program.html#DRRP.
    Program Authority: 29 U.S.C. 762(g) and 764(a).
    Applicable Program Regulations: 34 CFR part 350.
    Proposed Priority: This notice contains one proposed priority.
    Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program.
    Background: NIDRR's mission is to support the generation of new 
knowledge and promote its effective use to improve the abilities of 
individuals with disabilities to participate in community activities of 
their choice and to enhance society's capacity to provide full 
opportunities and accommodations for these individuals. NIDRR research 
focuses on major life domains as identified in NIDRR's Final Long-Range 
Plan for FY 2005-2009 (Federal Register, 2006): (1) Employment, (2) 
Participation and Community Living, and (3) Health and Function. To 
help ensure that rehabilitation researchers receive advanced research 
training and experience consistent with the outcome areas identified in 
NIDRR's Long-Range Plan, NIDRR is proposing priorities under the ARRT 
program for the Plan's major life domains.
    References: National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation 
Research (2006). Notice of Final Long-Range Plan for Fiscal Years 2005-
2009. Federal Register. Vol. 71, No 31. P 8166-8200.
    Proposed Priority: The Assistant Secretary for Special Education 
and Rehabilitative Services proposes a new priority for the Advanced 
Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) program. For FY 2013, and 
potential subsequent years, ARRT projects must provide advanced 
research training to eligible individuals to enhance their capacity to 
conduct high-quality multidisciplinary rehabilitation and disability 
research to improve outcomes for individuals with disabilities in one 
of NIDRR's major domains of individual well-being: (a) Community living 
and participation, (b) employment, or (c) health and function.
    Types of Priorities: When inviting applications for a competition 
using one or more priorities, we designate the type of each priority as 
absolute, competitive preference, or invitational through a notice in 
the Federal Register. The effect of each type of priority follows:
    Absolute priority: Under an absolute priority, we consider only 
applications that meet the priority (34 CFR 75.105(c)(3)).
    Competitive preference priority: Under a competitive preference 
priority, we give competitive preference to an application by (1) 
awarding additional points, depending on the extent to which the 
application meets the priority (34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i)); or (2) 
selecting an application that meets the priority over an application of 
comparable merit that does not meet the priority (34 CFR 
75.105(c)(2)(ii)).
    Invitational priority: Under an invitational priority, we are 
particularly interested in applications that meet the priority. 
However, we do not give an application that meets the priority a

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preference over other applications (34 CFR 75.105(c)(1)).
    Final Priority: We will announce the final priority in a notice in 
the Federal Register. We will determine the final priority after 
considering responses to this notice and other information available to 
the Department. This notice does not preclude us from proposing 
additional priorities, requirements, definitions, or selection 
criteria, subject to meeting applicable rulemaking requirements.

    Note: This notice does not solicit applications. In any year in 
which we choose to use this priority, we invite applications through 
a notice in the Federal Register.

Executive Orders 12866 and 13563

Regulatory Impact Analysis

    Under Executive Order 12866, the Secretary must determine whether 
this regulatory action is ``significant'' and, therefore, subject to 
the requirements of the Executive order and subject to review by the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Section 3(f) of Executive Order 
12866 defines a ``significant regulatory action'' as an action likely 
to result in a rule that may--
    (1) Have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more, 
or adversely affect a sector of the economy, productivity, competition, 
jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or State, local, or 
tribal governments or communities in a material way (also referred to 
as an ``economically significant'' rule);
    (2) Create serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an 
action taken or planned by another agency;
    (3) Materially alter the budgetary impacts of entitlement grants, 
user fees, or loan programs or the rights and obligations of recipients 
thereof; or
    (4) Raise novel legal or policy issues arising out of legal 
mandates, the President's priorities, or the principles stated in the 
Executive order.
    This proposed regulatory action is not a significant regulatory 
action subject to review by OMB under section 3(f) of Executive Order 
12866.
    We have also reviewed this regulatory action under Executive Order 
13563, which supplements and explicitly reaffirms the principles, 
structures, and definitions governing regulatory review established in 
Executive Order 12866. To the extent permitted by law, Executive Order 
13563 requires that an agency--
    (1) Propose or adopt regulations only on a reasoned determination 
that their benefits justify their costs (recognizing that some benefits 
and costs are difficult to quantify);
    (2) Tailor its regulations to impose the least burden on society, 
consistent with obtaining regulatory objectives and taking into 
account--among other things and to the extent practicable--the costs of 
cumulative regulations;
    (3) In choosing among alternative regulatory approaches, select 
those approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential 
economic, environmental, public health and safety, and other 
advantages; distributive impacts; and equity);
    (4) To the extent feasible, specify performance objectives, rather 
than the behavior or manner of compliance a regulated entity must 
adopt; and
    (5) Identify and assess available alternatives to direct 
regulation, including economic incentives--such as user fees or 
marketable permits--to encourage the desired behavior, or provide 
information that enables the public to make choices.
    Executive Order 13563 also requires an agency ``to use the best 
available techniques to quantify anticipated present and future 
benefits and costs as accurately as possible.'' The Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs of OMB has emphasized that these 
techniques may include ``identifying changing future compliance costs 
that might result from technological innovation or anticipated 
behavioral changes.''
    We are issuing this proposed priority only upon a reasoned 
determination that its benefits would justify its costs. In choosing 
among alternative regulatory approaches, we selected those approaches 
that would maximize net benefits. Based on the analysis that follows, 
the Department believes that this regulatory action is consistent with 
the principles in Executive Order 13563.
    We also have determined that this regulatory action would not 
unduly interfere with State, local, and tribal governments in the 
exercise of their governmental functions.
    In accordance with both Executive orders, the Department has 
assessed the potential costs and benefits, both quantitative and 
qualitative, of this regulatory action. The potential costs are those 
resulting from statutory requirements and those we have determined as 
necessary for administering the Department's programs and activities.
    The benefits of the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects 
and Centers Programs have been well established over the years, as 
projects similar to the one envisioned by the proposed priority have 
been completed successfully. This proposed priority would strengthen 
the capacity of the rehabilitation and disability field to train 
qualified individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to 
conduct high-quality, advanced multidisciplinary research across all of 
NIDRR's major domains of community living and participation, 
employment, and health and function; and thereby contribute to 
advancing knowledge and solving problems encountered by individuals 
with disabilities of all ages.
    Intergovernmental Review: This program is not subject to Executive 
Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79.
    Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this 
document in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, 
audiotape, or compact disc) by contacting the Grants and Contracts 
Services Team, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., 
room 5075, PCP, Washington, DC 20202-2550. Telephone: (202) 245-7363. 
If you use a TDD or a TTY, call the FRS, toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.
    Electronic Access to This Document: 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 via the Federal Digital System 
at: www.gpo.gov/fdsys. At this site 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). To use PDF 
you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at the 
site.
    You may also access documents of the Department published in the 
Federal Register by using the article search feature at: 
www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search 
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    Dated: March 25, 2013.
Michael Yudin,
Delegated the authority to Perform the functions and Duties of 
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. 2013-07260 Filed 3-27-13; 8:45 am]
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