Applications for New Awards; Technical Assistance and Dissemination To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities-Planning Grants for Increasing Instructional Time and Reducing Administrative Burdens, 33762-33767 [2019-14890]

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[FR Doc. 2019–14904 Filed 7–12–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Applications for New Awards; Technical Assistance and Dissemination To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities—Planning Grants for Increasing Instructional Time and Reducing Administrative Burdens Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The mission of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is to improve early childhood, educational, and employment outcomes and raise expectations for all people with disabilities, their families, their communities, and the Nation. As such, the Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2019 for Planning Grants for Increasing Instructional Time and Reducing Administrative Burdens, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.326A. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 1820–0028. DATES: Applications Available: July 15, 2019. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 14, 2019. No later than July 22, 2019, OSERS will post pre-recorded informational SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 webinars designed to provide technical assistance (TA) to interested applicants. The webinars may be found at www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/osep/ new-osep-grants.html. Pre-Application Q & A Blog: No later than July 22, 2019, OSERS will open a blog where interested applicants may post questions about the application requirements for this competition and where OSERS will post answers to the questions received. OSERS will not respond to questions unrelated to the application requirements for this competition. The blog may be found at www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/osep/ new-osep-grants.html and will remain open until August 19, 2019. After the blog closes, applicants should direct questions to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. ADDRESSES: For the addresses for obtaining and submitting an application, please refer to our Common Instructions for Applicants to Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the Federal Register on February 13, 2019 (84 FR 3768), and available at www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-201902-13/pdf/2019-02206.pdf. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Egnor, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 5163, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–5108. Telephone: (202) 245–7334. Email: David.Egnor@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: Full Text of Announcement I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program is to promote academic achievement and to improve results for children with disabilities by providing TA, supporting model demonstration projects, disseminating useful information, and implementing activities that are supported by scientifically based research. Priority: This competition includes one absolute priority. In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(v), this priority is from allowable activities specified in the statute (see sections 663 and 681(d) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); 20 U.S.C. 1463 and 1481(d)). E:\FR\FM\15JYN1.SGM 15JYN1 khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 135 / Monday, July 15, 2019 / Notices Absolute Priority: For FY 2019 and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applications from this competition, this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that meet this priority. This priority is: Planning Grants for Increasing Instructional Time and Reducing Administrative Burdens. Background: The Secretary believes that all students should be given the opportunity to succeed and that their success should be the primary focus of everyone in the educational system. When special education teachers, related services providers, and administrators spend time completing unnecessary paperwork, their ability to focus on improving outcomes for children with disabilities is hampered. In the 2004 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Congress recognized that some Federal IDEA Part B requirements could create excessive paperwork and noninstructional time burdens on special education teachers, related services providers, and State and local administrators, thus diverting time and resources away from instruction and other activities that would improve educational and functional results for children with disabilities. As such, under section 609 of IDEA, Congress gave the Department limited authority to grant waivers of certain requirements of Part B of IDEA to not more than 15 States, based on State proposals to reduce excessive paperwork and noninstructional time burdens that do not assist in improving educational and functional results for children with disabilities. States and local governments have always had the authority, within the constraints of State and local law, to change or waive State and local requirements that exceed IDEA statutory and regulatory requirements in order to reduce administrative burden and increase instructional time. The purpose of this priority is to support States in planning systemic changes that will promote improved educational and functional results for children with disabilities by reducing administrative burdens. Generally, States receiving grants under this priority will (1) assess the extent to which specific local, State, and Federal IDEA Part B requirements generate excessive paperwork and noninstructional time burdens on special education teachers, related services providers, and State and local administrators that do not assist in VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:08 Jul 12, 2019 Jkt 247001 improving educational and functional results for children with disabilities (hereafter in the background, ‘‘administrative burdens’’); and (2) develop a plan to reduce those administrative burdens. Specifically, the Department seeks to make one-year awards to State educational agencies (SEAs) to assist them in conducting a comprehensive review of local, State, and Federal IDEA Part B requirements that result in administrative burdens. This review must not affect children’s civil rights, procedural safeguards, and right to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE). The Department anticipates that, at the end of the oneyear project period, grantees will have developed a plan to reduce administrative burdens resulting from State or local statutory or regulatory requirements, policies, procedures, or practices that exceed IDEA Part B statutory or regulatory requirements. The plan would also identify administrative burdens resulting from Federal IDEA Part B statutory or regulatory requirements for which the State could seek a waiver in accordance with section 609 of IDEA.1 The Department also intends to propose and adopt requirements for waivers and waiver applications under section 609 of IDEA later this year. In fiscal year 2020, the Department intends to solicit applications for multiyear waiver projects that could, but would not be required to, build on the plans developed under the planning grants awarded under this competition. Our primary purpose is to help States identify the solutions that work best in their own circumstances while protecting children’s civil rights, 1 Under section 609 of IDEA, the Secretary is authorized to grant waivers of the statutory requirements of, or regulatory requirements relating to, Part B to not more than 15 States and for a period not to exceed 4 years. The waivers must be based on proposals submitted by States to reduce excessive paperwork and noninstructional time burdens that do not assist in improving educational and functional results for children with disabilities. For any State that receives a waiver of Federal IDEA Part B requirements, the Secretary will terminate the waiver if the Secretary determines that the State failed to appropriately implement its waiver, or the Secretary determines the State needs assistance in implementing IDEA requirements and the waiver has contributed to or caused such need for assistance, needs intervention in implementing IDEA requirements, or needs substantial intervention in implementing IDEA requirements. Not all statutory and regulatory requirements under Part B of IDEA may be waived under section 609. Specifically, the Secretary may not waive any statutory or regulatory provisions relating to applicable civil rights requirements or procedural safeguards. Furthermore, waivers may not affect the right of a child with a disability to receive FAPE. In short, State proposals for waivers must preserve the basic rights of children with disabilities. PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 33763 procedural safeguards, and the right to receive FAPE. The intention of the Department is not to predetermine specific solutions for any State, but rather to support States’ own efforts to review, analyze, and identify barriers to improved outcomes for children with disabilities. The Department believes that by taking the time to review current requirements and meaningfully engage local stakeholders, States can make real and lasting change in the provision and effectiveness of services to children with disabilities. Priority: The purpose of this priority is to fund up to 10 grants to support States in planning systemic changes that will promote improved educational and functional results for children with disabilities by reducing administrative burdens. Generally, States receiving grants under this priority will (1) assess the extent to which specific local, State, and Federal IDEA Part B requirements generate excessive paperwork and noninstructional time burdens on special education teachers, related services providers, and State and local administrators that do not assist in improving educational and functional results for children with disabilities (hereafter in the priority, ‘‘administrative burdens’’); and (2) develop a plan to reduce those administrative burdens. Projects must achieve, at a minimum, the following outcomes— (a) Identification of the particular sources and effects of administrative burdens on special education and other teachers, related services providers, and State and local administrators; and (b) A plan to reduce administrative burdens that would result in increased time and resources available for instruction and other activities aimed at improving results for children with disabilities. Applicants must propose projects that meet the following programmatic requirements: (a) The project must meaningfully consult a diverse group of stakeholders on an ongoing basis to support the goals and objectives of the project. Such a group must include, at a minimum, representatives of the following groups: (i) Special education teachers and related services providers; (ii) Local special education administrators; (iii) Individuals with disabilities; (iv) Parents, as defined in IDEA Section 602(23), of children with disabilities; and (v) The State Advisory Panel; and (b) The project must prepare a plan that— E:\FR\FM\15JYN1.SGM 15JYN1 khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 33764 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 135 / Monday, July 15, 2019 / Notices (i) Identifies the State and local statutory and regulatory requirements or policies, procedures, and practices that exceed IDEA Part B statutory and regulatory requirements and were considered for revision; (ii) Describes the range of options available to the State in reducing local, State, or Federal IDEA Part B administrative burdens, including any limitations on those options (e.g., statutory or regulatory requirements, judicial precedent); (iii) Establishes clear and achievable timelines for the reduction of State and local administrative burdens; (iv) Identifies the anticipated benefits of any potential reforms, including likely beneficiaries, and the magnitude and scope of anticipated benefits and potential increases in the time and resources available for instruction and other activities intended to improve educational and functional results for children with disabilities; and (v) Identifies any Federal IDEA Part B statutory or regulatory requirements for which a waiver may be sought in accordance with section 609 of IDEA; and (vi) Describes the procedures the State will use to ensure that any waiver that may be sought in accordance with section 609 of IDEA will not— (A) Waive any statutory requirements of, or regulatory requirements relating to, applicable civil rights requirements or procedural safeguards under section 615 of IDEA; or (B) Affect the right of a child with a disability to receive FAPE under Part B of IDEA. Note: The purpose of this priority is to support States in developing a plan that meets these criteria. Applicants are not expected to submit the actual plan that meets these criteria as part of their application. Application Requirements: To be considered for funding under this priority, applicants must meet the application requirements in this priority. Each project funded under this absolute priority also must meet the programmatic requirements specified in the priority. (a) Demonstrate, in the narrative portion of the application under ‘‘Need for the project,’’ how the proposed project will identify administrative burdens on special education teachers, related services providers, and State and local administrators. To meet this requirement, the applicant must describe— (1) The current magnitude and scope of the administrative burdens to be addressed; VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:08 Jul 12, 2019 Jkt 247001 (2) The current number of State and local staff impacted by those burdens and the number of children with disabilities that they serve; and (3) The current impact of those burdens on State and local staff and children with disabilities (e.g., teacher retention, planning time, transparency for families). (b) Demonstrate, in the narrative portion of the application under ‘‘Significance’’ how the proposed project will— (1) Develop a plan to reduce administrative burdens and produce meaningful and sustained change at the State or local level; and (2) Develop specific proposals for changes to, or waivers of, requirements, policies, procedures, or practices that will reduce administrative burdens for State or local staff in order to increase the time and resources available for instruction and other activities aimed at improving educational and functional results for children with disabilities. (c) Demonstrate, in the narrative section of the application under ‘‘Quality of the project design,’’ how the proposed project will— (1) Meet the consultation requirements in paragraph (a) under the programmatic requirements specified in the priority. Applicants must include a proposed timeline for the consultation process, including a description of the methods of consultation (e.g., in-person meetings, conference calls, emails); (2) Identify local, State, or Federal IDEA Part B requirements, policies, procedures, or practices that may generate administrative burdens for State and local staff and may be reviewed by the project, including any proposed criteria for that review (e.g., frequency, complexity, number of staff affected, number of families affected); (3) Assess the extent to which specific sources of administrative burdens may affect educational and functional results for children with disabilities; and (4) Produce and make publicly available a plan that meets the requirements in paragraph (b) under the programmatic requirements specified in the priority. (d) Demonstrate, in the narrative section of the application under ‘‘Quality of the management plan,’’ how— (1) The proposed management plan will ensure that the project’s intended outcomes will be achieved on time and within budget. To address this requirement, the applicant must describe— (i) Clearly defined responsibilities for key project personnel, consultants, and subcontractors, as applicable; and PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (ii) Timelines and milestones for accomplishing the project tasks, including the publication of the final plan on the State’s website within three months of the close of the project period; (2) Key project personnel and any consultants and subcontractors will be allocated and how these allocations are appropriate and adequate to achieve the project’s intended outcomes; and (3) The proposed project will benefit from a diversity of perspectives, including those of families, educators, TA providers, researchers, and policymakers, among others, in its development and operation. Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking: Under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553) the Department generally offers interested parties the opportunity to comment on proposed priorities. Section 681(d) of IDEA, however, makes the public comment requirements of the APA inapplicable to the priority in this notice. Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1463 and 1481. Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General Administrative Regulations in 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The Office of Management and Budget Guidelines to Agencies on Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) in 2 CFR part 180, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department in 2 CFR part 3485. (c) The Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards in 2 CFR part 200, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department in 2 CFR part 3474. II. Award Information Type of Award: Cooperative agreement. Estimated Available Funds: $1,500,000. Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of applications, we may make additional awards in FY 2020 from the list of unfunded applications from this competition. Maximum Award: We will not make an award exceeding $150,000 for a single budget period of 12 months. Estimated Number of Awards: 10. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: Up to 12 months. III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants: SEAs in any State, which is defined, consistent with section 602(31) of IDEA, as each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and each of the outlying areas. E:\FR\FM\15JYN1.SGM 15JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 135 / Monday, July 15, 2019 / Notices khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not require cost sharing or matching. 3. Subgrantees: A grantee under this competition may not award subgrants to entities to directly carry out project activities described in its application. Under 34 CFR 75.708(e), a grantee may contract for supplies, equipment, and other services in accordance with 2 CFR part 200. 4. Other General Requirements: (a) Recipients of funding under this competition must make positive efforts to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities (see section 606 of IDEA). (b) Applicants for, and recipients of, funding must, with respect to the aspects of their proposed project relating to the absolute priority, involve individuals with disabilities, or parents of individuals with disabilities ages birth through 26, in planning, implementing, and evaluating the project (see section 682(a)(1)(A) of IDEA). IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Application Submission Instructions: Applicants are required to follow the Common Instructions for Applicants to Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the Federal Register on February 13, 2019 (84 FR 3768), and available at www.govinfo.gov/content/ pkg/FR-2019-02-13/pdf/2019-02206.pdf, which contain requirements and information on how to submit an application. 2. Intergovernmental Review: This competition is subject to Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. However, under 34 CFR 79.8(a), we waive intergovernmental review in order to make an award by the end of FY 2019. 3. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice. 4. Recommended Page Limit: The application narrative (Part III of the application) is where you, the applicant, address the selection criteria that reviewers use to evaluate your application. We recommend that you (1) limit the application narrative to no more than 70 pages and (2) use the following standards: • A ‘‘page’’ is 8.5″ x 11″, on one side only, with 1″ margins at the top, bottom, and both sides. • Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch) all text in the application narrative, including titles, headings, footnotes, quotations, VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:08 Jul 12, 2019 Jkt 247001 reference citations, and captions, as well as all text in charts, tables, figures, graphs, and screen shots. • Use a font that is 12 point or larger. • Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier, Courier New, or Arial. The recommended page limit does not apply to Part I, the cover sheet; Part II, the budget section, including the narrative budget justification; Part IV, the assurances and certifications; or the abstract (follow the guidance provided in the application package for completing the abstract), the table of contents, the list of priority requirements, the resumes, the reference list, the letters of support, or the appendices. However, the recommended page limit does apply to all of the application narrative, including all text in charts, tables, figures, graphs, and screen shots. V. Application Review Information 1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this competition are from 34 CFR 75.210 and are as follows: (a) Need for the project (10 points). (1) The Secretary considers the need for the proposed project. (2) In determining the need for the proposed project, the Secretary considers the following factors: (i) The magnitude or severity of the problem to be addressed by the proposed project; and (ii) The extent to which specific gaps or weaknesses in services, infrastructure, or opportunities have been identified and will be addressed by the proposed project, including the nature and magnitude of those gaps or weaknesses. (b) Significance (25 points). (1) The Secretary considers the significance of the proposed project. (2) In determining the significance of the proposed project, the Secretary considers the following factors: (i) The likelihood that the proposed project will result in system change or improvement; (ii) The extent to which the proposed project is likely to yield findings that may be utilized by other appropriate agencies and organizations; and (iii) The importance or magnitude of the results or outcomes likely to be attained by the proposed project, especially improvements in teaching and student achievement. (c) Quality of the project design (30 points). (1) The Secretary considers the quality of the design of the proposed project. (2) In determining the quality of the design of the proposed project, the PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 33765 Secretary considers the following factors: (i) The extent to which the goals, objectives, and outcomes to be achieved by the proposed project are clearly specified and measurable; (ii) The extent to which the design of the proposed project is appropriate to, and will successfully address, the needs of the target population or other identified needs; (iii) The extent to which the proposed project is designed to build capacity and yield results that will extend beyond the period of Federal financial assistance; (iv) The extent to which the proposed project encourages parental involvement; and (v) The extent to which the proposed project will increase efficiency in the use of time, staff, money, or other resources in order to improve results and increase productivity. (d) Adequacy of resources (15 points). (1) The Secretary considers the adequacy of resources for the proposed project. (2) In determining the adequacy of resources for the proposed project, the Secretary considers the following factors: (i) The extent to which the budget is adequate to support the proposed project; and (ii) The potential for the incorporation of project purposes, activities, or benefits into the ongoing program of the agency or organization at the end of Federal funding. (e) Quality of the management plan (20 points). (1) The Secretary considers the quality of the management plan for the proposed project. (2) In determining the quality of the management plan for the proposed project, the Secretary considers the following factors: (i) The extent to which the time commitments of the project director and principal investigator and other key project personnel are appropriate and adequate to meet the objectives of the proposed project; (ii) How the applicant will ensure that a diversity of perspectives is brought to bear in the operation of the proposed project, including those of parents, teachers, the business community, a variety of disciplinary and professional fields, recipients or beneficiaries of services, or others, as appropriate; and (iii) The adequacy of the management plan to achieve the objectives of the proposed project on time and within budget, including clearly defined responsibilities, timelines, and milestones for accomplishing project tasks. E:\FR\FM\15JYN1.SGM 15JYN1 khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 33766 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 135 / Monday, July 15, 2019 / Notices 2. Review and Selection Process: We remind potential applicants that in reviewing applications in any discretionary grant competition, the Secretary may consider, under 34 CFR 75.217(d)(3), the past performance of the applicant in carrying out a previous award, such as the applicant’s use of funds, achievement of project objectives, and compliance with grant conditions. The Secretary may also consider whether the applicant failed to submit a timely performance report or submitted a report of unacceptable quality. In addition, in making a competitive grant award, the Secretary requires various assurances, including those applicable to Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department (34 CFR 100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23). 3. Additional Review and Selection Process Factors: In the past, the Department has had difficulty finding peer reviewers for certain competitions because so many individuals who are eligible to serve as peer reviewers have conflicts of interest. The standing panel requirements under section 682(b) of IDEA also have placed additional constraints on the availability of reviewers. Therefore, the Department has determined that for some discretionary grant competitions, applications may be separated into two or more groups and ranked and selected for funding within specific groups. This procedure will make it easier for the Department to find peer reviewers by ensuring that greater numbers of individuals who are eligible to serve as reviewers for any particular group of applicants will not have conflicts of interest. It also will increase the quality, independence, and fairness of the review process, while permitting panel members to review applications under discretionary grant competitions for which they also have submitted applications. 4. Risk Assessment and Specific Conditions: Consistent with 2 CFR 200.205, before awarding grants under this competition the Department conducts a review of the risks posed by applicants. Under 2 CFR 3474.10, the Secretary may impose specific conditions and, in appropriate circumstances, high-risk conditions on a grant if the applicant or grantee is not financially stable; has a history of unsatisfactory performance; has a financial or other management system that does not meet the standards in 2 CFR part 200, subpart D; has not fulfilled the conditions of a prior grant; or is otherwise not responsible. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:08 Jul 12, 2019 Jkt 247001 5. Integrity and Performance System: If you are selected under this competition to receive an award that over the course of the project period may exceed the simplified acquisition threshold (currently $250,000), under 2 CFR 200.205(a)(2) we must make a judgment about your integrity, business ethics, and record of performance under Federal awards—that is, the risk posed by you as an applicant—before we make an award. In doing so, we must consider any information about you that is in the integrity and performance system (currently referred to as the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS)), accessible through the System for Award Management. You may review and comment on any information about yourself that a Federal agency previously entered and that is currently in FAPIIS. Please note that, if the total value of your currently active grants, cooperative agreements, and procurement contracts from the Federal Government exceeds $10,000,000, the reporting requirements in 2 CFR part 200, Appendix XII, require you to report certain integrity information to FAPIIS semiannually. Please review the requirements in 2 CFR part 200, Appendix XII, if this grant plus all the other Federal funds you receive exceed $10,000,000. VI. Award Administration Information 1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award Notification (GAN); or we may send you an email containing a link to access an electronic version of your 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 of this notice. We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of an award in the Applicable Regulations section of 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. Open Licensing Requirements: Unless an exception applies, if you are awarded a grant under this competition, you will be required to openly license to the public grant deliverables created in whole, or in part, with Department grant funds. When the deliverable PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 consists of modifications to pre-existing works, the license extends only to those modifications that can be separately identified and only to the extent that open licensing is permitted under the terms of any licenses or other legal restrictions on the use of pre-existing works. Additionally, a grantee that is awarded competitive grant funds must have a plan to disseminate these public grant deliverables. This dissemination plan can be developed and submitted after your application has been reviewed and selected for funding. For additional information on the open licensing requirements please refer to 2 CFR 3474.20. 4. Reporting: (a) If you apply for a grant under this competition, you must ensure that you have in place the necessary processes and systems to comply with the reporting requirements in 2 CFR part 170 should you receive funding under the competition. This does not apply if you have an exception under 2 CFR 170.110(b). (b) At the end of your project period, you must submit a final performance report, including financial information, as directed by the Secretary. The Secretary may also require more frequent performance reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements on reporting, please go to www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/ appforms/appforms.html. 5. Performance Measures: Under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993, the Department has established a set of performance measures, including long-term measures, that are designed to yield information on various aspects of the effectiveness and quality of the Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program. These measures are: • Program Performance Measure #1: The number of administrative burdens identified for reduction. • Program Performance Measure #2: The number of special education teachers, related service providers, and administrators impacted by the proposed burden reduction. • Program Performance Measure #3: The estimated change in hours spent by teachers, related service providers and administrators on compliance with administrative burdens as a result of the proposed burden reduction. The measures apply to projects funded under this competition, and grantees are required to submit data on these measures as directed by OSEP. Grantees will be required to report information on their project’s performance in a report to the E:\FR\FM\15JYN1.SGM 15JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 135 / Monday, July 15, 2019 / Notices Department at the end of the one-year project period (34 CFR 75.590). VII. Other Information Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document and a copy of the application package in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) by contacting the Management Support Services Team, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 5081A, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–5076. 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. You may access the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations at www.govinfo.gov. 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 Portable Document Format (PDF). To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at the site. 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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 135 (Monday, July 15, 2019)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Applications for New Awards; Technical Assistance and 
Dissemination To Improve Services and Results for Children With 
Disabilities--Planning Grants for Increasing Instructional Time and 
Reducing Administrative Burdens

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The mission of the Office of Special Education and 
Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is to improve early childhood, 
educational, and employment outcomes and raise expectations for all 
people with disabilities, their families, their communities, and the 
Nation. As such, the Department of Education (Department) is issuing a 
notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2019 
for Planning Grants for Increasing Instructional Time and Reducing 
Administrative Burdens, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) 
number 84.326A. This notice relates to the approved information 
collection under OMB control number 1820-0028.

DATES: 
    Applications Available: July 15, 2019.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 14, 2019.
    No later than July 22, 2019, OSERS will post pre-recorded 
informational webinars designed to provide technical assistance (TA) to 
interested applicants. The webinars may be found at www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/osep/new-osep-grants.html.
    Pre-Application Q & A Blog: No later than July 22, 2019, OSERS will 
open a blog where interested applicants may post questions about the 
application requirements for this competition and where OSERS will post 
answers to the questions received. OSERS will not respond to questions 
unrelated to the application requirements for this competition. The 
blog may be found at www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/osep/new-osep-grants.html and will remain open until August 19, 2019. After the blog 
closes, applicants should direct questions to the person listed under 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

ADDRESSES: For the addresses for obtaining and submitting an 
application, please refer to our Common Instructions for Applicants to 
Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the 
Federal Register on February 13, 2019 (84 FR 3768), and available at 
www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-13/pdf/2019-02206.pdf.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Egnor, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 5163, Potomac Center Plaza, 
Washington, DC 20202-5108. Telephone: (202) 245-7334. Email: 
[email protected].
    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:

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Technical Assistance and 
Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with 
Disabilities program is to promote academic achievement and to improve 
results for children with disabilities by providing TA, supporting 
model demonstration projects, disseminating useful information, and 
implementing activities that are supported by scientifically based 
research.
    Priority: This competition includes one absolute priority. In 
accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(v), this priority is from allowable 
activities specified in the statute (see sections 663 and 681(d) of the 
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); 20 U.S.C. 1463 and 
1481(d)).

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    Absolute Priority: For FY 2019 and any subsequent year in which we 
make awards from the list of unfunded applications from this 
competition, this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 
75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that meet this priority. 
This priority is:
    Planning Grants for Increasing Instructional Time and Reducing 
Administrative Burdens.
    Background:
    The Secretary believes that all students should be given the 
opportunity to succeed and that their success should be the primary 
focus of everyone in the educational system. When special education 
teachers, related services providers, and administrators spend time 
completing unnecessary paperwork, their ability to focus on improving 
outcomes for children with disabilities is hampered.
    In the 2004 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities 
Education Act (IDEA), Congress recognized that some Federal IDEA Part B 
requirements could create excessive paperwork and noninstructional time 
burdens on special education teachers, related services providers, and 
State and local administrators, thus diverting time and resources away 
from instruction and other activities that would improve educational 
and functional results for children with disabilities. As such, under 
section 609 of IDEA, Congress gave the Department limited authority to 
grant waivers of certain requirements of Part B of IDEA to not more 
than 15 States, based on State proposals to reduce excessive paperwork 
and noninstructional time burdens that do not assist in improving 
educational and functional results for children with disabilities. 
States and local governments have always had the authority, within the 
constraints of State and local law, to change or waive State and local 
requirements that exceed IDEA statutory and regulatory requirements in 
order to reduce administrative burden and increase instructional time.
    The purpose of this priority is to support States in planning 
systemic changes that will promote improved educational and functional 
results for children with disabilities by reducing administrative 
burdens. Generally, States receiving grants under this priority will 
(1) assess the extent to which specific local, State, and Federal IDEA 
Part B requirements generate excessive paperwork and noninstructional 
time burdens on special education teachers, related services providers, 
and State and local administrators that do not assist in improving 
educational and functional results for children with disabilities 
(hereafter in the background, ``administrative burdens''); and (2) 
develop a plan to reduce those administrative burdens.
    Specifically, the Department seeks to make one-year awards to State 
educational agencies (SEAs) to assist them in conducting a 
comprehensive review of local, State, and Federal IDEA Part B 
requirements that result in administrative burdens. This review must 
not affect children's civil rights, procedural safeguards, and right to 
receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE). The Department 
anticipates that, at the end of the one-year project period, grantees 
will have developed a plan to reduce administrative burdens resulting 
from State or local statutory or regulatory requirements, policies, 
procedures, or practices that exceed IDEA Part B statutory or 
regulatory requirements. The plan would also identify administrative 
burdens resulting from Federal IDEA Part B statutory or regulatory 
requirements for which the State could seek a waiver in accordance with 
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    \1\ Under section 609 of IDEA, the Secretary is authorized to 
grant waivers of the statutory requirements of, or regulatory 
requirements relating to, Part B to not more than 15 States and for 
a period not to exceed 4 years. The waivers must be based on 
proposals submitted by States to reduce excessive paperwork and 
noninstructional time burdens that do not assist in improving 
educational and functional results for children with disabilities. 
For any State that receives a waiver of Federal IDEA Part B 
requirements, the Secretary will terminate the waiver if the 
Secretary determines that the State failed to appropriately 
implement its waiver, or the Secretary determines the State needs 
assistance in implementing IDEA requirements and the waiver has 
contributed to or caused such need for assistance, needs 
intervention in implementing IDEA requirements, or needs substantial 
intervention in implementing IDEA requirements.
    Not all statutory and regulatory requirements under Part B of 
IDEA may be waived under section 609. Specifically, the Secretary 
may not waive any statutory or regulatory provisions relating to 
applicable civil rights requirements or procedural safeguards. 
Furthermore, waivers may not affect the right of a child with a 
disability to receive FAPE. In short, State proposals for waivers 
must preserve the basic rights of children with disabilities.
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    The Department also intends to propose and adopt requirements for 
waivers and waiver applications under section 609 of IDEA later this 
year. In fiscal year 2020, the Department intends to solicit 
applications for multiyear waiver projects that could, but would not be 
required to, build on the plans developed under the planning grants 
awarded under this competition.
    Our primary purpose is to help States identify the solutions that 
work best in their own circumstances while protecting children's civil 
rights, procedural safeguards, and the right to receive FAPE. The 
intention of the Department is not to predetermine specific solutions 
for any State, but rather to support States' own efforts to review, 
analyze, and identify barriers to improved outcomes for children with 
disabilities. The Department believes that by taking the time to review 
current requirements and meaningfully engage local stakeholders, States 
can make real and lasting change in the provision and effectiveness of 
services to children with disabilities.
    Priority:
    The purpose of this priority is to fund up to 10 grants to support 
States in planning systemic changes that will promote improved 
educational and functional results for children with disabilities by 
reducing administrative burdens. Generally, States receiving grants 
under this priority will (1) assess the extent to which specific local, 
State, and Federal IDEA Part B requirements generate excessive 
paperwork and noninstructional time burdens on special education 
teachers, related services providers, and State and local 
administrators that do not assist in improving educational and 
functional results for children with disabilities (hereafter in the 
priority, ``administrative burdens''); and (2) develop a plan to reduce 
those administrative burdens.
    Projects must achieve, at a minimum, the following outcomes--
    (a) Identification of the particular sources and effects of 
administrative burdens on special education and other teachers, related 
services providers, and State and local administrators; and
    (b) A plan to reduce administrative burdens that would result in 
increased time and resources available for instruction and other 
activities aimed at improving results for children with disabilities.
    Applicants must propose projects that meet the following 
programmatic requirements:
    (a) The project must meaningfully consult a diverse group of 
stakeholders on an ongoing basis to support the goals and objectives of 
the project. Such a group must include, at a minimum, representatives 
of the following groups:
    (i) Special education teachers and related services providers;
    (ii) Local special education administrators;
    (iii) Individuals with disabilities;
    (iv) Parents, as defined in IDEA Section 602(23), of children with 
disabilities; and
    (v) The State Advisory Panel; and
    (b) The project must prepare a plan that--

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    (i) Identifies the State and local statutory and regulatory 
requirements or policies, procedures, and practices that exceed IDEA 
Part B statutory and regulatory requirements and were considered for 
revision;
    (ii) Describes the range of options available to the State in 
reducing local, State, or Federal IDEA Part B administrative burdens, 
including any limitations on those options (e.g., statutory or 
regulatory requirements, judicial precedent);
    (iii) Establishes clear and achievable timelines for the reduction 
of State and local administrative burdens;
    (iv) Identifies the anticipated benefits of any potential reforms, 
including likely beneficiaries, and the magnitude and scope of 
anticipated benefits and potential increases in the time and resources 
available for instruction and other activities intended to improve 
educational and functional results for children with disabilities; and
    (v) Identifies any Federal IDEA Part B statutory or regulatory 
requirements for which a waiver may be sought in accordance with 
section 609 of IDEA; and
    (vi) Describes the procedures the State will use to ensure that any 
waiver that may be sought in accordance with section 609 of IDEA will 
not--
    (A) Waive any statutory requirements of, or regulatory requirements 
relating to, applicable civil rights requirements or procedural 
safeguards under section 615 of IDEA; or
    (B) Affect the right of a child with a disability to receive FAPE 
under Part B of IDEA.
    Note: The purpose of this priority is to support States in 
developing a plan that meets these criteria. Applicants are not 
expected to submit the actual plan that meets these criteria as part of 
their application.
    Application Requirements:
    To be considered for funding under this priority, applicants must 
meet the application requirements in this priority. Each project funded 
under this absolute priority also must meet the programmatic 
requirements specified in the priority.
    (a) Demonstrate, in the narrative portion of the application under 
``Need for the project,'' how the proposed project will identify 
administrative burdens on special education teachers, related services 
providers, and State and local administrators. To meet this 
requirement, the applicant must describe--
    (1) The current magnitude and scope of the administrative burdens 
to be addressed;
    (2) The current number of State and local staff impacted by those 
burdens and the number of children with disabilities that they serve; 
and
    (3) The current impact of those burdens on State and local staff 
and children with disabilities (e.g., teacher retention, planning time, 
transparency for families).
    (b) Demonstrate, in the narrative portion of the application under 
``Significance'' how the proposed project will--
    (1) Develop a plan to reduce administrative burdens and produce 
meaningful and sustained change at the State or local level; and
    (2) Develop specific proposals for changes to, or waivers of, 
requirements, policies, procedures, or practices that will reduce 
administrative burdens for State or local staff in order to increase 
the time and resources available for instruction and other activities 
aimed at improving educational and functional results for children with 
disabilities.
    (c) Demonstrate, in the narrative section of the application under 
``Quality of the project design,'' how the proposed project will--
    (1) Meet the consultation requirements in paragraph (a) under the 
programmatic requirements specified in the priority. Applicants must 
include a proposed timeline for the consultation process, including a 
description of the methods of consultation (e.g., in-person meetings, 
conference calls, emails);
    (2) Identify local, State, or Federal IDEA Part B requirements, 
policies, procedures, or practices that may generate administrative 
burdens for State and local staff and may be reviewed by the project, 
including any proposed criteria for that review (e.g., frequency, 
complexity, number of staff affected, number of families affected);
    (3) Assess the extent to which specific sources of administrative 
burdens may affect educational and functional results for children with 
disabilities; and
    (4) Produce and make publicly available a plan that meets the 
requirements in paragraph (b) under the programmatic requirements 
specified in the priority.
    (d) Demonstrate, in the narrative section of the application under 
``Quality of the management plan,'' how--
    (1) The proposed management plan will ensure that the project's 
intended outcomes will be achieved on time and within budget. To 
address this requirement, the applicant must describe--
    (i) Clearly defined responsibilities for key project personnel, 
consultants, and subcontractors, as applicable; and
    (ii) Timelines and milestones for accomplishing the project tasks, 
including the publication of the final plan on the State's website 
within three months of the close of the project period;
    (2) Key project personnel and any consultants and subcontractors 
will be allocated and how these allocations are appropriate and 
adequate to achieve the project's intended outcomes; and
    (3) The proposed project will benefit from a diversity of 
perspectives, including those of families, educators, TA providers, 
researchers, and policymakers, among others, in its development and 
operation.
    Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking: Under the Administrative Procedure 
Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553) the Department generally offers interested 
parties the opportunity to comment on proposed priorities. Section 
681(d) of IDEA, however, makes the public comment requirements of the 
APA inapplicable to the priority in this notice.
    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1463 and 1481.
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations in 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84, 86, 
97, 98, and 99. (b) The Office of Management and Budget Guidelines to 
Agencies on Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) in 
2 CFR part 180, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department 
in 2 CFR part 3485. (c) The Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost 
Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards in 2 CFR part 
200, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department in 2 CFR 
part 3474.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Cooperative agreement.
    Estimated Available Funds: $1,500,000.
    Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of 
applications, we may make additional awards in FY 2020 from the list of 
unfunded applications from this competition.
    Maximum Award: We will not make an award exceeding $150,000 for a 
single budget period of 12 months.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 10.
    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice.
    Project Period: Up to 12 months.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: SEAs in any State, which is defined, 
consistent with section 602(31) of IDEA, as each of the 50 States, the 
District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and each of the 
outlying areas.

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    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not require cost 
sharing or matching.
    3. Subgrantees: A grantee under this competition may not award 
subgrants to entities to directly carry out project activities 
described in its application. Under 34 CFR 75.708(e), a grantee may 
contract for supplies, equipment, and other services in accordance with 
2 CFR part 200.
    4. Other General Requirements: (a) Recipients of funding under this 
competition must make positive efforts to employ and advance in 
employment qualified individuals with disabilities (see section 606 of 
IDEA).
    (b) Applicants for, and recipients of, funding must, with respect 
to the aspects of their proposed project relating to the absolute 
priority, involve individuals with disabilities, or parents of 
individuals with disabilities ages birth through 26, in planning, 
implementing, and evaluating the project (see section 682(a)(1)(A) of 
IDEA).

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Application Submission Instructions: Applicants are required to 
follow the Common Instructions for Applicants to Department of 
Education Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the Federal 
Register on February 13, 2019 (84 FR 3768), and available at 
www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-13/pdf/2019-02206.pdf, which 
contain requirements and information on how to submit an application.
    2. Intergovernmental Review: This competition is subject to 
Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. However, 
under 34 CFR 79.8(a), we waive intergovernmental review in order to 
make an award by the end of FY 2019.
    3. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding 
restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.
    4. Recommended Page Limit: The application narrative (Part III of 
the application) is where you, the applicant, address the selection 
criteria that reviewers use to evaluate your application. We recommend 
that you (1) limit the application narrative to no more than 70 pages 
and (2) use the following standards:
     A ``page'' is 8.5'' x 11'', on one side only, with 1'' 
margins at the top, bottom, and both sides.
     Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch) 
all text in the application narrative, including titles, headings, 
footnotes, quotations, reference citations, and captions, as well as 
all text in charts, tables, figures, graphs, and screen shots.
     Use a font that is 12 point or larger.
     Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier, 
Courier New, or Arial.
    The recommended page limit does not apply to Part I, the cover 
sheet; Part II, the budget section, including the narrative budget 
justification; Part IV, the assurances and certifications; or the 
abstract (follow the guidance provided in the application package for 
completing the abstract), the table of contents, the list of priority 
requirements, the resumes, the reference list, the letters of support, 
or the appendices. However, the recommended page limit does apply to 
all of the application narrative, including all text in charts, tables, 
figures, graphs, and screen shots.

V. Application Review Information

    1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this competition 
are from 34 CFR 75.210 and are as follows:
    (a) Need for the project (10 points).
    (1) The Secretary considers the need for the proposed project.
    (2) In determining the need for the proposed project, the Secretary 
considers the following factors:
    (i) The magnitude or severity of the problem to be addressed by the 
proposed project; and
    (ii) The extent to which specific gaps or weaknesses in services, 
infrastructure, or opportunities have been identified and will be 
addressed by the proposed project, including the nature and magnitude 
of those gaps or weaknesses.
    (b) Significance (25 points).
    (1) The Secretary considers the significance of the proposed 
project.
    (2) In determining the significance of the proposed project, the 
Secretary considers the following factors:
    (i) The likelihood that the proposed project will result in system 
change or improvement;
    (ii) The extent to which the proposed project is likely to yield 
findings that may be utilized by other appropriate agencies and 
organizations; and
    (iii) The importance or magnitude of the results or outcomes likely 
to be attained by the proposed project, especially improvements in 
teaching and student achievement.
    (c) Quality of the project design (30 points).
    (1) The Secretary considers the quality of the design of the 
proposed project.
    (2) In determining the quality of the design of the proposed 
project, the Secretary considers the following factors:
    (i) The extent to which the goals, objectives, and outcomes to be 
achieved by the proposed project are clearly specified and measurable;
    (ii) The extent to which the design of the proposed project is 
appropriate to, and will successfully address, the needs of the target 
population or other identified needs;
    (iii) The extent to which the proposed project is designed to build 
capacity and yield results that will extend beyond the period of 
Federal financial assistance;
    (iv) The extent to which the proposed project encourages parental 
involvement; and
    (v) The extent to which the proposed project will increase 
efficiency in the use of time, staff, money, or other resources in 
order to improve results and increase productivity.
    (d) Adequacy of resources (15 points).
    (1) The Secretary considers the adequacy of resources for the 
proposed project.
    (2) In determining the adequacy of resources for the proposed 
project, the Secretary considers the following factors:
    (i) The extent to which the budget is adequate to support the 
proposed project; and
    (ii) The potential for the incorporation of project purposes, 
activities, or benefits into the ongoing program of the agency or 
organization at the end of Federal funding.
    (e) Quality of the management plan (20 points).
    (1) The Secretary considers the quality of the management plan for 
the proposed project.
    (2) In determining the quality of the management plan for the 
proposed project, the Secretary considers the following factors:
    (i) The extent to which the time commitments of the project 
director and principal investigator and other key project personnel are 
appropriate and adequate to meet the objectives of the proposed 
project;
    (ii) How the applicant will ensure that a diversity of perspectives 
is brought to bear in the operation of the proposed project, including 
those of parents, teachers, the business community, a variety of 
disciplinary and professional fields, recipients or beneficiaries of 
services, or others, as appropriate; and
    (iii) The adequacy of the management plan to achieve the objectives 
of the proposed project on time and within budget, including clearly 
defined responsibilities, timelines, and milestones for accomplishing 
project tasks.

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    2. Review and Selection Process: We remind potential applicants 
that in reviewing applications in any discretionary grant competition, 
the Secretary may consider, under 34 CFR 75.217(d)(3), the past 
performance of the applicant in carrying out a previous award, such as 
the applicant's use of funds, achievement of project objectives, and 
compliance with grant conditions. The Secretary may also consider 
whether the applicant failed to submit a timely performance report or 
submitted a report of unacceptable quality.
    In addition, in making a competitive grant award, the Secretary 
requires various assurances, including those applicable to Federal 
civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or 
activities receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department 
(34 CFR 100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23).
    3. Additional Review and Selection Process Factors: In the past, 
the Department has had difficulty finding peer reviewers for certain 
competitions because so many individuals who are eligible to serve as 
peer reviewers have conflicts of interest. The standing panel 
requirements under section 682(b) of IDEA also have placed additional 
constraints on the availability of reviewers. Therefore, the Department 
has determined that for some discretionary grant competitions, 
applications may be separated into two or more groups and ranked and 
selected for funding within specific groups. This procedure will make 
it easier for the Department to find peer reviewers by ensuring that 
greater numbers of individuals who are eligible to serve as reviewers 
for any particular group of applicants will not have conflicts of 
interest. It also will increase the quality, independence, and fairness 
of the review process, while permitting panel members to review 
applications under discretionary grant competitions for which they also 
have submitted applications.
    4. Risk Assessment and Specific Conditions: Consistent with 2 CFR 
200.205, before awarding grants under this competition the Department 
conducts a review of the risks posed by applicants. Under 2 CFR 
3474.10, the Secretary may impose specific conditions and, in 
appropriate circumstances, high-risk conditions on a grant if the 
applicant or grantee is not financially stable; has a history of 
unsatisfactory performance; has a financial or other management system 
that does not meet the standards in 2 CFR part 200, subpart D; has not 
fulfilled the conditions of a prior grant; or is otherwise not 
responsible.
    5. Integrity and Performance System: If you are selected under this 
competition to receive an award that over the course of the project 
period may exceed the simplified acquisition threshold (currently 
$250,000), under 2 CFR 200.205(a)(2) we must make a judgment about your 
integrity, business ethics, and record of performance under Federal 
awards--that is, the risk posed by you as an applicant--before we make 
an award. In doing so, we must consider any information about you that 
is in the integrity and performance system (currently referred to as 
the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System 
(FAPIIS)), accessible through the System for Award Management. You may 
review and comment on any information about yourself that a Federal 
agency previously entered and that is currently in FAPIIS.
    Please note that, if the total value of your currently active 
grants, cooperative agreements, and procurement contracts from the 
Federal Government exceeds $10,000,000, the reporting requirements in 2 
CFR part 200, Appendix XII, require you to report certain integrity 
information to FAPIIS semiannually. Please review the requirements in 2 
CFR part 200, Appendix XII, if this grant plus all the other Federal 
funds you receive exceed $10,000,000.

VI. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your 
U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award 
Notification (GAN); or we may send you an email containing a link to 
access an electronic version of your 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 of this notice.
    We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of 
an award in the Applicable Regulations section of 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. Open Licensing Requirements: Unless an exception applies, if you 
are awarded a grant under this competition, you will be required to 
openly license to the public grant deliverables created in whole, or in 
part, with Department grant funds. When the deliverable consists of 
modifications to pre-existing works, the license extends only to those 
modifications that can be separately identified and only to the extent 
that open licensing is permitted under the terms of any licenses or 
other legal restrictions on the use of pre-existing works. 
Additionally, a grantee that is awarded competitive grant funds must 
have a plan to disseminate these public grant deliverables. This 
dissemination plan can be developed and submitted after your 
application has been reviewed and selected for funding. For additional 
information on the open licensing requirements please refer to 2 CFR 
3474.20.
    4. Reporting: (a) If you apply for a grant under this competition, 
you must ensure that you have in place the necessary processes and 
systems to comply with the reporting requirements in 2 CFR part 170 
should you receive funding under the competition. This does not apply 
if you have an exception under 2 CFR 170.110(b).
    (b) At the end of your project period, you must submit a final 
performance report, including financial information, as directed by the 
Secretary. The Secretary may also require more frequent performance 
reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements on reporting, 
please go to www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/appforms/appforms.html.
    5. Performance Measures: Under the Government Performance and 
Results Act of 1993, the Department has established a set of 
performance measures, including long-term measures, that are designed 
to yield information on various aspects of the effectiveness and 
quality of the Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve 
Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program. These 
measures are:
     Program Performance Measure #1: The number of 
administrative burdens identified for reduction.
     Program Performance Measure #2: The number of special 
education teachers, related service providers, and administrators 
impacted by the proposed burden reduction.
     Program Performance Measure #3: The estimated change in 
hours spent by teachers, related service providers and administrators 
on compliance with administrative burdens as a result of the proposed 
burden reduction.
    The measures apply to projects funded under this competition, and 
grantees are required to submit data on these measures as directed by 
OSEP.
    Grantees will be required to report information on their project's 
performance in a report to the

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Department at the end of the one-year project period (34 CFR 75.590).

VII. Other Information

    Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this 
document and a copy of the application package in an accessible format 
(e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) by contacting 
the Management Support Services Team, U.S. Department of Education, 400 
Maryland Avenue SW, Room 5081A, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 
20202-5076. 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. You may 
access the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of 
Federal Regulations at www.govinfo.gov. 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 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.

Johnny W. Collett,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. 2019-14890 Filed 7-12-19; 8:45 am]
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