Notice of Waivers Granted Under Section 3511 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, 36195-36196 [2020-12794]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 115 / Monday, June 15, 2020 / Notices annual report provides data on the status of the funded project that corresponds to the scope and objectives established in the approved application and any amendments. To ensure that accurate and reliable data are reported to Congress on program implementation and performance outcomes, the SFEC APR collects the raw data from grantees in a consistent format to calculate these data in the aggregate. Dated: June 10, 2020. Kate Mullan, PRA Coordinator, Strategic Collections and Clearance Governance and Strategy Division, Office of Chief Data Officer. [FR Doc. 2020–12854 Filed 6–12–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No. ED–2020–SCC–0090] Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Master Generic Plan for Customer Surveys and Focus Groups Department of Education (ED), Department of Education (ED). ACTION: Notice. 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Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records. Title of Collection: Master Generic Plan for Customer Surveys and Focus Groups. OMB Control Number: 1800–0011. Type of Review: An extension of an existing information collection. Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals or Households. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 451,326. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 115,344. Abstract: Surveys to be considered under this generic will only include those surveys that improve customer service or collect feedback about a service provided to individuals or entities directly served by ED. The results of these customer surveys will help ED managers plan and implement program improvements and other customer satisfaction initiatives. Focus groups that will be considered under the generic clearance will assess customer satisfaction with a direct service, or will be designed to inform a customer PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36195 satisfaction survey ED is considering. Surveys that have the potential to influence policy will not be considered under this generic clearance. Dated: June 9, 2020. Stephanie Valentine, PRA Coordinator, Strategic Collections and Clearance, Governance and Strategy Division, Office of Chief Data Officer, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development. [FR Doc. 2020–12796 Filed 6–12–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Notice of Waivers Granted Under Section 3511 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In this notice, we announce waivers that the U.S. Department of Education (Department) granted, within the last 30 days, under the CARES Act. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hugh Reid, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room Potomac Center Plaza (PCP)– 11114, Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 245–7491. Email: Hugh.Reid@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: Section 3511(d)(3) of the CARES Act requires the Secretary to publish, in the Federal Register and on the Department’s website, a notice of the Secretary’s decision to grant a waiver. The Secretary must publish this notice no later than 30 days after granting the waiver and the notice must include which waiver was granted and the reason for granting the waiver. This notice is intended to fulfill the Department’s obligation to publicize its waiver decisions by identifying the waivers granted under section 3511. The Department has approved waivers of the following requirement: Section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) to extend the period of availability of fiscal year (FY) 2018 funds for programs in which the State educational agency (SEA) participates as the eligible agency until September 30, 2021. On April 17, 2020 the Secretary delegated authority for programs over SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\15JNN1.SGM 15JNN1 36196 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 115 / Monday, June 15, 2020 / Notices which the Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education (Assistant Secretary) has administrative authority the authority to grant waivers under the section 3511 of the CARES Act. On May 15, 2020, the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) published a notice in the Federal Register (85 FR 29440) announcing 41 waivers that were granted to SEAs. Twenty-eight of those waivers were for State grants authorized by Title I of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins), and 13 of those waivers were for State grants authorized by Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (i.e., the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA)). In the last 30 days, OCTAE granted six waivers to SEAs. Waiver Data jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES I. Extensions of the Obligation Period A. Three waivers were granted to SEAs for State grants authorized by Title I of Perkins, and three waivers were granted to SEAs for State grants authorized by Title II of WIOA (AEFLA). 1. Provision waived: Tydings Amendment, section 421(b) of GEPA (20 U.S.C. 1225(b)).1 Reasons: These waivers were granted under section 421(b) of GEPA to extend the period of availability of FY 2018 funds until September 30, 2021, pursuant to the 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act (GEPA section 421(b) waivers). It is not possible to obligate funds on a timely basis, as originally planned, due to extensive school and program disruptions in the States. These disruptions are in response to extraordinary circumstances for which a national emergency related to the COVID–19 pandemic has been duly declared by the President of the United States under section 501(b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121–5207, and will protect the health and safety of students, staff, and our communities. Waiver Applicants: The SEA GEPA section 421(b) waiver applicants provided assurance that the SEA will: (1) Use, and ensure that its subgrantees will use, funds under the respective 1 Section 3511(b) of the CARES Act only authorizes the Secretary to grant waivers requested by SEAs of the Tydings Amendment, section 421(b) of GEPA, to extend the period of availability of State formula grant funds authorized by Perkins and AEFLA. The Department currently does not have the authority to grant a waiver of the Tydings Amendment with respect to Perkins or AEFLA to States in which the SEA is not the grantee for these State-administered programs. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:04 Jun 12, 2020 Jkt 250001 programs in accordance with the provisions of all applicable statutes, regulations, program plans, and applications not subject to these waivers; (2) work to mitigate, and ensure that its subgrantees will work to mitigate, any negative effects that may occur as a result of the requested waiver; and (3) provide the public and all subgrantees in the State with notice of, and the opportunity to comment on, this request by posting information regarding the waiver request and the process for commenting on the State website. The Assistant Secretary reviewed the SEAs’ requests for a GEPA section 421(b) waiver and determined that the following SEAs met the requirements for a GEPA section 421(b) waiver on the dates indicated below: (1) State grants authorized by Title I of Perkins: • California Board of Education, May 18, 2020; • Maryland State Department of Education, June 4, 2020; and • Wyoming Board of Education, May 21, 2020. (2) State grants authorized by Title II of WIOA (AEFLA): • Arizona State Board of Education, May 28, 2020; • California Board of Education, May 18, 2020; and • Hawaii State Board of Education, May 19, 2020. The Assistant Secretary also announced the waiver decisions at: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ ovae/pi/covid19/. 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) on request to the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. 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. 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AGENCY: ACTION: The Industry Advisory Board (IAB) to the International Energy Agency (IEA) will meet on June 23–25, 2020, through a webinar, in connection with a joint meeting of the IEA’s Standing Group on Emergency Questions (SEQ) and the IEA’s Standing Group on the Oil Market (SOM) which is scheduled at the same time. DATES: June 23–25, 2020. ADDRESSES: The location details of the SEQ and SOM webinar meeting are under the control of the IEA Secretariat, located at 9 rue de la Fe´de´ration, 75015 Paris, France FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas Reilly, Assistant General Counsel for International and National Security Programs, Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20585, 202–586– 5000. 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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 115 (Monday, June 15, 2020)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Notice of Waivers Granted Under Section 3511 of the Coronavirus 
Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

AGENCY: Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Department of 
Education.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In this notice, we announce waivers that the U.S. Department 
of Education (Department) granted, within the last 30 days, under the 
CARES Act.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hugh Reid, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room Potomac Center Plaza (PCP)-
11114, Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 245-7491. 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: 
    Section 3511(d)(3) of the CARES Act requires the Secretary to 
publish, in the Federal Register and on the Department's website, a 
notice of the Secretary's decision to grant a waiver. The Secretary 
must publish this notice no later than 30 days after granting the 
waiver and the notice must include which waiver was granted and the 
reason for granting the waiver. This notice is intended to fulfill the 
Department's obligation to publicize its waiver decisions by 
identifying the waivers granted under section 3511.
    The Department has approved waivers of the following requirement: 
Section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) to extend 
the period of availability of fiscal year (FY) 2018 funds for programs 
in which the State educational agency (SEA) participates as the 
eligible agency until September 30, 2021.
    On April 17, 2020 the Secretary delegated authority for programs 
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which the Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult 
Education (Assistant Secretary) has administrative authority the 
authority to grant waivers under the section 3511 of the CARES Act. On 
May 15, 2020, the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education 
(OCTAE) published a notice in the Federal Register (85 FR 29440) 
announcing 41 waivers that were granted to SEAs. Twenty-eight of those 
waivers were for State grants authorized by Title I of the Carl D. 
Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins), and 13 of 
those waivers were for State grants authorized by Title II of the 
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (i.e., the Adult 
Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA)).
    In the last 30 days, OCTAE granted six waivers to SEAs.

Waiver Data

I. Extensions of the Obligation Period

    A. Three waivers were granted to SEAs for State grants authorized 
by Title I of Perkins, and three waivers were granted to SEAs for State 
grants authorized by Title II of WIOA (AEFLA).
    1. Provision waived: Tydings Amendment, section 421(b) of GEPA (20 
U.S.C. 1225(b)).\1\
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    \1\ Section 3511(b) of the CARES Act only authorizes the 
Secretary to grant waivers requested by SEAs of the Tydings 
Amendment, section 421(b) of GEPA, to extend the period of 
availability of State formula grant funds authorized by Perkins and 
AEFLA. The Department currently does not have the authority to grant 
a waiver of the Tydings Amendment with respect to Perkins or AEFLA 
to States in which the SEA is not the grantee for these State-
administered programs.

    Reasons: These waivers were granted under section 421(b) of GEPA to 
extend the period of availability of FY 2018 funds until September 30, 
2021, pursuant to the 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act (GEPA 
section 421(b) waivers). It is not possible to obligate funds on a 
timely basis, as originally planned, due to extensive school and 
program disruptions in the States. These disruptions are in response to 
extraordinary circumstances for which a national emergency related to 
the COVID-19 pandemic has been duly declared by the President of the 
United States under section 501(b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster 
Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5207, and will 
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protect the health and safety of students, staff, and our communities.

    Waiver Applicants: The SEA GEPA section 421(b) waiver applicants 
provided assurance that the SEA will: (1) Use, and ensure that its 
subgrantees will use, funds under the respective programs in accordance 
with the provisions of all applicable statutes, regulations, program 
plans, and applications not subject to these waivers; (2) work to 
mitigate, and ensure that its subgrantees will work to mitigate, any 
negative effects that may occur as a result of the requested waiver; 
and (3) provide the public and all subgrantees in the State with notice 
of, and the opportunity to comment on, this request by posting 
information regarding the waiver request and the process for commenting 
on the State website.
    The Assistant Secretary reviewed the SEAs' requests for a GEPA 
section 421(b) waiver and determined that the following SEAs met the 
requirements for a GEPA section 421(b) waiver on the dates indicated 
below:
    (1) State grants authorized by Title I of Perkins:
     California Board of Education, May 18, 2020;
     Maryland State Department of Education, June 4, 2020; and
     Wyoming Board of Education, May 21, 2020.
    (2) State grants authorized by Title II of WIOA (AEFLA):
     Arizona State Board of Education, May 28, 2020;
     California Board of Education, May 18, 2020; and
     Hawaii State Board of Education, May 19, 2020.
    The Assistant Secretary also announced the waiver decisions at: 
https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/covid19/.
    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) on request to 
the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT.
    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.

Scott Stump,
Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education.
[FR Doc. 2020-12794 Filed 6-12-20; 8:45 am]
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