[Federal Register: December 22, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 245)]
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[CFDA No.: 84.250G]

Vocational Rehabilitation Service Projects for American Indians 
with Disabilities; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for 
Fiscal Year (FY) 1998

    Purpose of Program: To provide vocational rehabilitation services 
to American Indians with disabilities who reside on Federal or State 
reservations, consistent with their individual strengths, resources, 
priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, and informed choice, so 
that they may prepare for and engage in gainful employment.
    Eligible Applicants: Applications may be submitted only by the 
governing bodies of Indian Tribes and consortia of those governing 
bodies located on Federal or State reservations.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 19, 1998.
    Applications Available: December 22, 1997.
    Available Funds: $6,200,000.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $250,000-$350,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $300,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 20.

    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this 

    Project Period: Up to 36 months.
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 80, 81, and 
82; and (b) The regulations for this program in 34 CFR parts 369 and 


    Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) and section 130(b)(4) of the 
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the Secretary gives preference 
to applications that meet the following competitive priority. The 
Secretary awards 10 points to an application that meets this 
competitive priority. These points are in addition to any points the 
application earns under the selection criteria for the program:

Competitive Preference Priority--Continuation of Previously Funded 
Tribal Programs

    Section 130(b)(4) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, 
provides that in making new awards under this program the Secretary 
gives priority consideration to applications for the continuation of 
tribal programs that have been funded under this program. For this 
competition in fiscal year 1998, the Secretary implements this priority 
by giving a competitive preference of 10 bonus points, in accordance 
with 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i), to applications that meet this priority.
    Selection Criteria: In evaluating an application for a new grant 
under this competition, the Secretary uses selection criteria chosen 
from the general selection criteria in Sec. 75.210 of EDGAR. The 
selection criteria to be used for this competition will be provided in 
the application package for this competition.
    For Applications Contact: The Grants and Contracts Services Team 
(GCST), U.S. Department of Education, 600 Independence Avenue, S.W., 
Room 3317, Switzer Building, Washington, D.C. 20202-2550. Telephone: 
(202) 205-8351. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the 
deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-
800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through 
Friday. The preferred method for requesting applications is to FAX your 
request to (202) 205-8717.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application 
package in an alternate format by contacting the GCST. However, the 
Department is not able to reproduce in an alternate format the standard 
forms included in the application package.
    For Further Information Contact: Pamela Martin, U.S. Department of 
Education, 600 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 3314, Switzer Building, 
Washington, D.C., 20202-2650. Telephone: (202) 205-8494.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an 
alternate format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the contact person listed in the preceding 
    Electronic Access to This Document: Anyone may view this document, 
as well as all other Department of Education documents published in the 
Federal Register, in text or portable document format (pdf) on the 

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Wide Web at either of the following sites:


    To use the pdf you must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader Program with 
Search, which is available free at either of the previous sites. If you 
have questions about using the pdf, call the U.S. Government Printing 
Office toll free at 1-888-293-6498.
    Anyone may also view these documents in text copy only on an 
electronic bulletin board of the Department. Telephone: (202) 219-1511 
or, toll free, 1-800-222-4922. The documents are located under Option 
G--Files/Announcements, Bulletins and Press Releases.

    Note: The official version of a document is the document 
published in the Federal Register.

    Program Authority: 29 U.S.C. 711(c) and 750.

    Dated: December 16, 1997.
Judith E. Heumann,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. 97-33245 Filed 12-19-97; 8:45 am]