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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 130 / Monday, July 12, 2021 / Notices and including the professional doctoral degree, including those institutions that are specifically certified by the agency as accredited for Title IV purposes. 7. Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools. Scope of recognition: The accreditation of postsecondary, non-degree granting institutions that offer all or part of their educational programs via distance education modalities in the United States. 8. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (‘‘SACSCOC’’). Scope of recognition: The accreditation and pre-accreditation (‘‘Candidate for Accreditation’’) of degree-granting institutions of higher education in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, including the accreditation of programs offered via distance and correspondence education within these institutions. This recognition extends to the SACSCOC Board of Trustees and the Appeals Committee of the College Delegate Assembly on cases of initial candidacy or initial accreditation and for continued accreditation or candidacy. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Compliance Reports 1. New York State Board of Regents, State Education Department, Office of the Professions (Public Postsecondary Vocational Education, Practical Nursing). Scope of Recognition: State agency for the approval of public postsecondary vocational education in the field of practical nursing offered by a Board of Cooperative Educational Services, an Educational Opportunity Center, City School Districts, and County Boards of Supervisors to prepare persons for licensed practical nursing careers in the State of New York. The compliance report includes findings of noncompliance with Criteria in 34 CFR 603 as referenced in the SDO decision letter dated May 27, 2020 available under NACIQI meeting date 02/27/2020 at https://surveys.ope.ed.gov/ erecognition/PublicDocuments. Submission of Written Comments Regarding a Specific Accrediting Agency Under Review Written comments about the recognition of any of the accrediting agencies listed above must be received by August 15, 2021, in the ThirdPartyComments@ed.gov mailbox. Please include in the subject line ‘‘Written Comments: (agency name).’’ The electronic mail (email) must include the name(s), title, organization/ affiliation, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of the VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Jul 09, 2021 Jkt 253001 person(s) making the comment. Comments should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document or in a medium compatible with Microsoft Word (not a PDF file) that is attached to an email or provided in the body of an email message. Comments about an agency that has submitted a compliance report scheduled for review by the Department must relate to the criteria for recognition cited in the senior Department official’s letter that requested the report, or in the Secretary’s appeal decision, if any. Comments about an agency that has submitted a petition for initial recognition, renewal of recognition, or an expansion of scope must relate to the agency’s compliance with the Criteria for the Recognition of Accrediting Agencies, which are available at http:// www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/ index.html. Only written materials submitted by the deadline to the email address listed in this notice, and in accordance with these instructions, become part of the official record concerning agencies scheduled for review and are considered by the Department and NACIQI in their deliberations. Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available via the Federal Digital System at: www.gpo.gov/fdsys. At this site you can view this document, as well as all other documents of the Department published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). To use PDF, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at the site. You may also access documents of the Department published in the Federal Register by using the article search feature at: www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published by the Department. Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1011c; 20 U.S.C. 1099b. Annmarie Weisman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Planning and Innovation, Office of Postsecondary Education. [FR Doc. 2021–14741 Filed 7–9–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36533 DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No. ED–2021–SCC–0034] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Assurance of Compliance—Civil Rights Certificate Office of Civil Rights (OCR), Department of Education (ED). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of a currently approved collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before August 11, 2021. 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 information collection request by selecting ‘‘Department of Education’’ under ‘‘Currently Under Review,’’ then check ‘‘Only Show ICR for Public Comment’’ checkbox. Comments may also be sent to ICDocketmgr@ed.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Elizabeth Wiegman, 202–453–6039. 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 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\12JYN1.SGM 12JYN1 36534 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 130 / Monday, July 12, 2021 / Notices 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: Assurance of Compliance—Civil Rights Certificate. OMB Control Number: 1870–0503. Type of Review: An extension of a currently approved collection. Respondents/Affected Public: State, Local, and Tribal Governments; Private Sector. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 25. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 8. Abstract: The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has enforcement responsibilities under several civil rights laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act. To meet these responsibilities, OCR collects assurances of compliance from applicants for Federal financial assistance from, and applicants for funds made available through, the Department of Education, as required by regulations. These entities include, for example, State educational agencies, local education agencies, and postsecondary educational institutions. If a recipient violates one or more of these civil rights laws, OCR and the Department of Justice can use the signed assurances of compliance in an enforcement proceeding. Dated: July 7, 2021. Juliana Pearson, PRA Coordinator, Strategic Collections and Clearance Governance and Strategy Division Office of Chief Data Officer Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development. [FR Doc. 2021–14742 Filed 7–9–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Applications for New Awards; Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2021 for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) Program, Assistance Listing Number 84.215G. This notice relates to the approved SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Jul 09, 2021 Jkt 253001 information collection under OMB control number 1894–0006. DATES: Applications Available: July 12, 2021. Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: July 22, 2021. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 11, 2021. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: September 10, 2021. 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: Simon Earle, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 3E254, Washington, DC 20202– 6450. Telephone: (202) 453–7923. Email: Simon.Earle@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. Pre-Application Webinar Information: The Department will hold a preapplication meeting via webinar for prospective applicants. For information about the pre-application webinar, visit the IAL website at: https://oese.ed.gov/ offices/office-of-discretionary-grantssupport-services/well-roundededucation-programs/innovativeapproaches-to-literacy/. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Full Text of Announcement I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: The IAL program supports high-quality programs designed to develop and improve literacy skills for children and students from birth through 12th grade in highneed local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools. The Department intends to promote innovative literacy programs that support the development of literacy skills in low-income communities, including programs that (1) develop and enhance effective school library programs, which may include providing professional development for school librarians, books, and up-to-date materials to high-need schools; (2) provide early literacy services, including pediatric literacy programs through which, during well-child visits, medical providers trained in researchbased methods of early language and literacy promotion provide developmentally appropriate books and PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 recommendations to parents to encourage them to read aloud to their children starting in infancy; and (3) provide high-quality books on a regular basis to children and adolescents from low-income communities to increase reading motivation, performance, and frequency. The Explanatory Statement for Division H of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Pub. L. 116– 260) (2021 Appropriations Explanatory Statement) includes language directing the Department to reserve no less than 50 percent of funds under the IAL program for grants to develop and enhance effective school library programs, which may include providing professional development to school librarians and books and up-to-date materials to high-need schools (166 Cong. Rec. H8634, 2020). While report language does not create a legal requirement to reserve the specified amount of funding for school library programs, the number of high-quality applications related to school library programs received under IAL competitions generally has allowed the Department to meet this report language directive. Priorities: This notice contains two absolute priorities and three competitive preference priorities. Absolute Priorities 1 and 2 were established in the notice of final priorities and requirement for IAL (NFP), published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register. Competitive Preference Priority 1 is from the Administrative Priorities for Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the Federal Register on March 9, 2020 (85 FR 13640) (Administrative Priorities). Competitive Preference Priorities 2 and 3 are from the NFP. Absolute Priorities: For FY 2021 and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applications from this competition, these priorities are absolute priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that meet at least one of these absolute priorities. These priorities are: Absolute Priority 1—Projects, Carried Out in Coordination With School Libraries, for Book Distribution, Childhood Literacy Activities, or Both. Projects that propose to coordinate with school libraries to carry out grant activities, such as book distributions, childhood literacy activities, or both, for the proposed project. Absolute Priority 2—Projects, Carried Out in Coordination With School Libraries, That Provide a Learning Environment That Is Racially, Ethnically, Culturally, Disability Status E:\FR\FM\12JYN1.SGM 12JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

[Docket No. ED-2021-SCC-0034]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the 
Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment 
Request; Assurance of Compliance--Civil Rights Certificate

AGENCY: Office of Civil Rights (OCR), 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 a currently approved collection.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
August 11, 2021.

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 information collection request by selecting ``Department of 
Education'' under ``Currently Under Review,'' then check ``Only Show 
ICR for Public Comment'' checkbox. Comments may also be sent to 
[email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to 
collection activities, please contact Elizabeth Wiegman, 202-453-6039.

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

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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: Assurance of Compliance--Civil Rights 
Certificate.
    OMB Control Number: 1870-0503.
    Type of Review: An extension of a currently approved collection.
    Respondents/Affected Public: State, Local, and Tribal Governments; 
Private Sector.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 25.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 8.
    Abstract: The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has enforcement 
responsibilities under several civil rights laws, including Title VI of 
the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 
1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age 
Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access 
Act. To meet these responsibilities, OCR collects assurances of 
compliance from applicants for Federal financial assistance from, and 
applicants for funds made available through, the Department of 
Education, as required by regulations. These entities include, for 
example, State educational agencies, local education agencies, and 
postsecondary educational institutions. If a recipient violates one or 
more of these civil rights laws, OCR and the Department of Justice can 
use the signed assurances of compliance in an enforcement proceeding.

    Dated: July 7, 2021.
Juliana Pearson,
PRA Coordinator, Strategic Collections and Clearance Governance and 
Strategy Division Office of Chief Data Officer Office of Planning, 
Evaluation and Policy Development.
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