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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 152 / Thursday, August 6, 2020 / Notices grantees are required to submit data on these measures as directed by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Grantees will be required to report information on their project’s performance in annual and final performance reports to the Department (34 CFR 75.590). The Department will also closely monitor the extent to which the products and services provided by the Center meet the needs identified by stakeholders and may require the Center to report on such alignment in their annual and final performance reports. 6. 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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) 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:13 Aug 05, 2020 Jkt 250001 your search to documents published by the Department. Mark Schultz, Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration. Delegated the authority to perform the functions and duties of the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. [FR Doc. 2020–17218 Filed 8–4–20; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Application Forms and Instructions for the National Resource Centers (84.015A) and Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (84.015B) Programs Department of Education (ED). Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before September 8, 2020. ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for proposed information collection requests should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/ do/PRAMain. Find this particular information collection request by selecting ‘‘Department of Education’’ under ‘‘Currently Under Review,’’ then check ‘‘Only Show ICR for Public Comment’’ checkbox. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Sarah Beaton, 202–453–7221. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Education (ED), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department’s information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed information collection request (ICR) that is described below. The Department of SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 47769 Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records. Title of Collection: Application Forms and Instructions for the National Resource Centers (84.015A) and Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (84.015B) Programs. OMB Control Number: 1840–0807. Type of Review: An extension of an existing information collection. Respondents/Affected Public: Private Sector. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 165. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 17,325. Abstract: This information collection (OMB 1840–0807) includes application instructions and forms for the National Resource Centers (NRC) Program (CFDA Number 84.015A) and the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships Program (CFDA Number 84.015B), authorized under Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (20 U.S.C. Section 1122). The type of collection is an extension of a previously-approved information collection (application). The NRC Program provides grants to institutions of higher education (IHE) or consortia of IHEs to establish, strengthen, and operate comprehensive and undergraduate foreign language and area or international studies centers. These centers serve as centers of excellence for world language training and teaching, research, and instruction in fields needed to provide full understanding of areas, regions, or countries where the languages are commonly used. The FLAS Fellowship Program awards allocations of fellowships, through institutions of higher education, to meritorious students enrolled in programs that offer performance-based instruction in world languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or the international aspects of professional studies. Together, these programs respond to the ongoing national need for individuals with expertise and E:\FR\FM\06AUN1.SGM 06AUN1 47770 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 152 / Thursday, August 6, 2020 / Notices competence in world languages and area or international studies; advance national security by developing a pipeline of highly proficient linguists and experts in critical world regions; and contribute to developing a globally competent workforce able to engage with a multilingual/multicultural clientele at home and abroad. Approval of this collection is necessary in order to conduct fiscal year (FY) 2022 program competitions. This collection is being submitted under the Streamlined Clearance Process for Discretionary Grant Information Collections (1894–0001). Therefore, the 30-day public comment period notice will be the only public comment notice published for this information collection request.’’ Dated: August 3, 2020. Kate Mullan, PRA Coordinator, Strategic Collections and Clearance, Governance and Strategy Division, Office of Chief Data Officer, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development. [FR Doc. 2020–17160 Filed 8–5–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Applications for New Awards; International Research and Studies Program—Research, Studies, and Surveys; and Specialized Instructional Materials Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2020 for the International Research and Studies (IRS) program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.017A. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 1840–0795. DATES: Applications Available: August 6, 2020. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: September 8, 2020. Pre-Application Webinar Information: The Department will hold a preapplication meeting via webinar for prospective applicants. Detailed information regarding the webinar will be provided on the website for the IRS program at www.ed.gov/programs/ iegpsirs/index.html. ADDRESSES: For the addresses for obtaining and submitting an application, please refer to our Common Instructions for Applicants to Department of Education Discretionary jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:13 Aug 05, 2020 Jkt 250001 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: Cheryl E. Gibbs, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 257–09, Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 453–5690. Email: cheryl.gibbs@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 IRS program provides grants to institutions, public and private agencies, organizations, and individuals to conduct research and studies to improve and strengthen instruction in modern foreign languages, area studies, and other international fields. The research and studies may include, but are not limited to— (a) Studies and surveys to determine needs for increased or improved instruction in modern foreign languages, area studies, or other international fields, including the demand for foreign language, area, or other international specialists in government, education, and the private sector; (b) Research on more effective methods of providing instruction and achieving competency in foreign languages, area studies, or other international fields; (c) Research on applying performance tests and standards across all areas of foreign language instruction and classroom use; (d) Developing and publishing specialized materials for use in foreign language, area studies, and other international fields or for training foreign language, area, and other international specialists; (e) Studies and surveys to assess the use of graduates of programs supported under title VI of the HEA by governmental, educational, and privatesector organizations and other studies assessing the outcomes and effectiveness of supported programs; (f) Comparative studies of the effectiveness of strategies to provide international capabilities at institutions of higher education; (g) Evaluation of the extent to which programs assisted under title VI of the HEA that address national needs would not otherwise be offered; PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (h) Studies and surveys of the use of technologies in foreign language, area studies, and international studies programs; (i) Studies and evaluations of effective practices in the dissemination of international information, materials, research, teaching strategies, and testing techniques throughout the educational community, including elementary and secondary schools; (j) Evaluations of the extent to which programs assisted under title VI of the HEA reflect diverse perspectives and a wide range of views and generate debate on world regions and international affairs, as described in the grantee’s application; (k) Systematic collection, analysis, and dissemination of data that contribute to achieving the purposes of title VI, part A of the HEA; and (l) Support for programs or activities to make data collected, analyzed, or disseminated under 20 U.S.C. 1125 publicly available and easy to understand. Priorities: Under this competition there are three competitive preference priorities. In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(ii), these priorities are from regulations (34 CFR 660.1). In this competition, the Department invites applicants to submit an application to request support for either a Research, Studies, and Surveys project or a Specialized Instructional Materials project. Applicants must provide in section 15 of the SF 424 Application for Federal Assistance, a description that clearly identifies the type of IRS project for which funding is requested. Additional submission details are included in the application package. Competitive Preference Priorities: For FY 2020 and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applications from this competition, these priorities are competitive preference priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i), we award an additional five points to an application that meets one of Competitive Preference Priority 1, Competitive Preference 2, or Competitive Preference Priority 3. An applicant may receive points under only one competitive preference priority. In the application project abstract, you must indicate the selected competitive preference priority being addressed by the FY 2020 proposed project and provide a substantive description of how the project activities meet the priority. These priorities are: Competitive Preference Priority 1. (5 points). Research on more effective methods of providing instruction and achieving E:\FR\FM\06AUN1.SGM 06AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 152 (Thursday, August 6, 2020)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the 
Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment 
Request; Application Forms and Instructions for the National Resource 
Centers (84.015A) and Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships 
(84.015B) Programs

AGENCY: Department of Education (ED).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is 
proposing an extension of an existing information collection.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
September 8, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for proposed 
information collection requests should be sent within 30 days of 
publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find 
this particular information collection request by selecting 
``Department of Education'' under ``Currently Under Review,'' then 
check ``Only Show ICR for Public Comment'' checkbox.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to 
collection activities, please contact Sarah Beaton, 202-453-7221.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Education (ED), in 
accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 
3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with 
an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing 
collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact 
of its information collection requirements and minimize the public's 
reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department's 
information collection requirements and provide the requested data in 
the desired format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed 
information collection request (ICR) that is described below. The 
Department of Education is especially interested in public comment 
addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to 
the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be 
processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden 
accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, 
and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the 
Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, 
including through the use of information technology. Please note that 
written comments received in response to this notice will be considered 
public records.
    Title of Collection: Application Forms and Instructions for the 
National Resource Centers (84.015A) and Foreign Language and Area 
Studies Fellowships (84.015B) Programs.
    OMB Control Number: 1840-0807.
    Type of Review: An extension of an existing information collection.
    Respondents/Affected Public: Private Sector.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 165.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 17,325.
    Abstract: This information collection (OMB 1840-0807) includes 
application instructions and forms for the National Resource Centers 
(NRC) Program (CFDA Number 84.015A) and the Foreign Language and Area 
Studies (FLAS) Fellowships Program (CFDA Number 84.015B), authorized 
under Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (20 
U.S.C. Section 1122). The type of collection is an extension of a 
previously-approved information collection (application).
    The NRC Program provides grants to institutions of higher education 
(IHE) or consortia of IHEs to establish, strengthen, and operate 
comprehensive and undergraduate foreign language and area or 
international studies centers. These centers serve as centers of 
excellence for world language training and teaching, research, and 
instruction in fields needed to provide full understanding of areas, 
regions, or countries where the languages are commonly used. The FLAS 
Fellowship Program awards allocations of fellowships, through 
institutions of higher education, to meritorious students enrolled in 
programs that offer performance-based instruction in world languages in 
combination with area studies, international studies, or the 
international aspects of professional studies.
    Together, these programs respond to the ongoing national need for 
individuals with expertise and

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competence in world languages and area or international studies; 
advance national security by developing a pipeline of highly proficient 
linguists and experts in critical world regions; and contribute to 
developing a globally competent workforce able to engage with a 
multilingual/multicultural clientele at home and abroad. Approval of 
this collection is necessary in order to conduct fiscal year (FY) 2022 
program competitions.
    This collection is being submitted under the Streamlined Clearance 
Process for Discretionary Grant Information Collections (1894-0001). 
Therefore, the 30-day public comment period notice will be the only 
public comment notice published for this information collection 
request.''

    Dated: August 3, 2020.
Kate Mullan,
PRA Coordinator, Strategic Collections and Clearance, Governance and 
Strategy Division, Office of Chief Data Officer, Office of Planning, 
Evaluation and Policy Development.
[FR Doc. 2020-17160 Filed 8-5-20; 8:45 am]
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