[Federal Register: April 13, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 72)]
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Part V

Department of Education


Life Skills for State and Local Prisoners Program; Notice Inviting
Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2000

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[CFDA No.: 84.255A]

Life Skills for State and Local Prisoners Program; Notice
Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2000

    Note to Applicants: This notice is a complete application package.
Together with the statute authorizing the program and applicable
regulations governing the program, including the Education Department
General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), this notice contains all of
the information, application forms, and instructions needed to apply
for an award under this competition.
    Purpose of Program: The Life Skills for State and Local Prisoners
Program provides financial assistance for establishing and operating
programs designed to reduce recidivism through the development and
improvement of life skills necessary for reintegration of adult
prisoners into society.
    Eligible Applicants: The following entities are eligible for an
award under this program:
    (a) State or local correctional agencies.
    (b) State or local correctional education agencies.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 30, 2000.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 31, 2000.
    Available Funds: $4,750,000 for the first 12 months. Funding for
the second and third 12 months is subject to availability of funds and
to a grantee meeting the requirements of 34 CFR 75.253.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $315,000--$475,000 (funding for first 12
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $395,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 10-15.

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

    Project period: Up to 36 months (3 twelve-month grant cycles).
    Page Limit: The application narrative is where you, the applicant,
address the selection criteria reviewers use to evaluate your
application. You must limit the application narrative to the equivalent
of no more than 75 pages (including appendices) or 2,000 characters per
page for the page limit specified, using the following standards:
    * A page is 8.5 inches x 11 inches, on one side only, with
1-inch margins at the top, bottom, and both sides. For an electronic
submission, a page equals 2,000 characters; and the Department of
Education will convert any charts, tables, figures, and graphs from a
page equivalency to a character count.
    * Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch)
all text in the application narrative, including titles, headings,
footnotes, quotations, references, and captions, as well as all text in
charts, tables, figures, and graphs.
    * Use a font that is either 12-point or larger or no smaller
than 10 pitch (characters per inch).
    The page and character count limits do not apply to the Application
for Federal Education Assistance Form (ED 424); the Budget
Information--Non-Construction Programs Form (ED 524), including the
itemized budget; the other application forms; the assurances and
certifications; or the table of contents, the text of the selection
criteria within the narrative, the resumes, or the letters of support.
    We will reject your application if--
    * You apply these standards and exceed the page limit; or
    * You apply other standards and exceed the equivalent of the
page limit.
    Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR Parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80,
81, 82, 85, 86, 97, 98, 99, and the regulations for this program in 34
CFR Part 490.


    Applicants are encouraged to take particular note of the following
definitions that are contained in 34 CFR 490.4:
    ``Life skills'' includes self-development, communication skills,
job and financial skills development, education, interpersonal and
family relationship development, and stress and anger management.
    ``Local correctional agency'' means any agency of local government
that provides corrections services to incarcerated adults.
    ``Local correctional education agency'' means any agency of local
government, other than a local correctional agency, that provides
educational services to incarcerated adults.
    ``State correctional agency'' means any agency of State government
that provides corrections services to incarcerated adults.
    ``State correctional education agency'' means any agency of State
government, other than a State correctional agency, that provides
educational services to incarcerated adults.

Invitational Priorities

    Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1), the Secretary is particularly interested
in applications that meet one or more of the following invitational
priorities. However, an application that meets these invitational
priorities does not receive competitive or absolute preference over
other applications.

Invitational Priority #1

    Applications that demonstrate ways in which eligible entities and
the private sector can effectively work together to assist students who
are criminal offenders under the supervision of the justice system to
attain the life skills they need to make a successful transition from
correctional education programs to productive employment, including--
    (a) Work experience or apprenticeship programs;
    (b) Transitional worksite job training for students that is related
to their occupational goals and closely linked to classroom and
laboratory instruction provided by an eligible entity;
    (c) Placement services in occupations that the students are
preparing to enter;
    (d) Where practical, projects that include activities that will
benefit the public, such as the rehabilitation of public schools or
housing in inner cities or economically depressed rural areas; or
    (e) Employment-based learning programs.

Invitational Priority #2

    Applications received from eligible entities, that establish or
operate a life skills program for incarcerated adults within an
Empowerment Zone, including a Supplemental Empowerment Zone (EZ), or an
Enterprise Community (EC) designated by the United States Department of
Housing and Urban Development or the United States Department of
Agriculture. The Department seeks to encourage eligible applicants
within EZ/EC communities to apply for grants in this competition. A
list of EZ/EC communities is included in this notice.

Selection Criteria

    The Secretary uses the following selection criteria to evaluate
applications for new grants under this competition. The maximum score
for all of these criteria is 100 points. The maximum score for each
criterion is indicated in parentheses.
    The program regulations in 34 CFR 490.20(b) provide that the
Secretary may award up to 100 points for the selection criteria,
including a reserved 15 points. For this competition, the Secretary
distributes the reserved 15 points as follows:
    Program Factors (34 CFR 490.21(a)). An additional ten points are
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this criterion for a possible total of 25 points.
    Evaluation Plan (34 CFR 490.21(d)). An additional five points are
added to this criterion for a possible total of 20 points.
    (a) Program factors (25 points). The Secretary reviews the
application to determine the quality of the proposed project, including
the extent to which the application includes--
    (1) A clear description of the services to be offered; and
    (2) Life skills education designed to prepare adult offenders to
reintegrate successfully into communities, schools, and the workplace.
    (b) Educational significance (15 points). The Secretary reviews
each application to determine the extent to which the applicant
    (1) Project objectives that contribute to the improvement of life
    (2) To use unique and innovative techniques to produce benefits
that address life skills problems and needs that are of national
significance; and
    (3) To demonstrate how well those national needs will be met by the
    (c) Plan of operation (15 points). The Secretary reviews each
application to determine the quality of the plan of operation for the
project, including--
    (1) The quality of the design of the project;
    (2) The extent to which the project includes specific intended
outcomes that--
    (i) Will accomplish the purposes of the program;
    (ii) Are attainable within the project period, given the project's
budget and other resources;
    (iii) Are susceptible to evaluation;
    (iv) Are objective and measurable; and
    (v) For a multi-year project, include specific objectives to be
met, during each budget period, that can be used to determine the
progress of the project toward meeting its intended outcomes;
    (3) The extent to which the plan of management is effective and
ensures proper and efficient administration of the project;
    (4) The quality of the applicant's plan to use its resources and
personnel to achieve each objective and intended outcome during the
period of Federal funding; and
    (5) How the applicant will ensure that project participants who are
otherwise eligible to participate are selected without regard to race,
color, national origin, gender, age, or disabling condition.
    (d) Evaluation plan (20 points). The Secretary reviews each
application to determine the quality of the evaluation plan for the
project, including the extent to which the applicant's methods of
    (1) Are clearly explained and appropriate to the project;
    (2) Will determine how successful the project is in meeting its
intended outcomes, including an assessment of the effectiveness of the
project in improving life skills of prisoners. To the extent feasible,
the assessment must include a one-year post-release review, during the
grant period, to measure the success of the project with respect to
those prisoners who received services and were released. The assessment
must involve comparison of the project to other existing education and
training programs or no treatment for individuals, as appropriate. To
assess program effectiveness, consideration may be given to
implementing a random assignment evaluation design.
    (3) Provide for an assessment of the efficiency of the program's
replication efforts, including dissemination activities and technical
assistance provided to other projects;
    (4) Include formative evaluation activities to help assess program
management and improve program operations; and
    (5) To the extent possible, are objective and produce data that are
    (e) Demonstration and dissemination (10 points). The Secretary
reviews each application to determine the efficiency of the plan for
demonstrating and disseminating information about project activities
and results throughout the project period, including--
    (1) High quality in the design of the demonstration and
dissemination plan;
    (2) Identification of target groups and provisions for publicizing
the project at the local, State, and national levels by conducting or
delivering presentations at conferences, workshops, and other
professional meetings and by preparing materials for journal articles,
newsletters, and brochures;
    (3) Provisions for demonstrating the methods and techniques used by
the project to others interested in replicating these methods and
techniques, such as by inviting them to observe project activities;
    (4) A description of the types of materials the applicant plans to
make available to help others replicate project activities and the
methods for making the materials available; and
    (5) Provisions for assisting others to adopt and successfully
implement the project or methods and techniques used by the project.
    (f) Key personnel (5 points).
    (1) The Secretary reviews each application to determine the quality
of key personnel the applicant plans to use on the project, including--
    (i) The qualifications, in relation to the objectives and planned
outcomes of the project, of the project director;
    (ii) The qualifications, in relation to the objectives and planned
outcomes of the project, of each of the other key personnel to be used
in the project, including any third-party evaluator;
    (iii) The time that each person referred to in paragraphs (f)(1)(i)
and (ii) of this section will commit to the project; and
    (iv) How the applicant, as part of its nondiscriminatory employment
practices, will ensure that its personnel are selected for employment
without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, or
disabling condition.
    (2) To determine personnel qualifications under paragraphs
(f)(1)(i) and (ii) of this section, the Secretary considers experience
and training in project management and in fields related to the
objectives and planned outcomes of the project.
    (g) Budget and cost effectiveness (5 points). The Secretary reviews
each application to determine the extent to which the budget--
    (1) Is cost effective and adequate to support the project
    (2) Contains costs that are reasonable and necessary in relation to
the objectives of the project; and
    (3) Proposes using non-Federal resources available from appropriate
employment, training, and education agencies in the State to provide
project services and activities and to acquire project equipment and
    (h) Adequacy of resources and commitment (5 points).
    (1) The Secretary reviews each application to determine the extent
to which the applicant plans to devote adequate resources to the
project. The Secretary considers the extent to which--
    (i) Facilities that the applicant plans to use are adequate; and
    (ii) Equipment and supplies that the applicant plans to use are
    (2) The Secretary reviews each application to determine the
applicant's commitment to the project, including the extent to which--
    (i) Non-Federal resources are adequate to provide project services
and activities, especially resources of the public and private sectors;
    (ii) The applicant has the capacity to continue, expand, and build
upon the project when Federal assistance ends.

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Intergovernmental Review

    This program is subject to the requirements of Executive Order
12372 (Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs) and the
regulations in 34 CFR part 79. The objective of the Executive order is
to foster an intergovernmental partnership and to strengthen federalism
by relying on State and local processes for State and local government
coordination and review of proposed Federal financial assistance.
    Applicants must contact the appropriate State Single Point of
Contact to find out about, and to comply with, the State's process
under Executive order 12372. Applicants proposing to perform activities
in more than one State should immediately contact the Single Point of
Contact for each of those States and follow the procedure established
in each State under the Executive order. If you want to know the name
and address of any State Single Point of Contact (SPOC), see the list
included in this notice, or you may view the latest SPOC list on the
OMB Web site at the following address:


    In States that have not established a process or chosen a program
for review, State, areawide, regional, and local entities may submit
comments directly to the Department. Any State Process Recommendation
and other comments submitted by a State Single Point of Contact and any
comments from State, areawide, regional, and local entities must be
mailed or hand-delivered by the date indicated in this notice to the
following address: The Secretary, E.O. 12372--CFDA #84.255A, U.S.
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 7E200,
Washington, DC 20202-0125.
    Proof of mailing will be determined on the same basis as
applications (see 34 CFR 75.102). Recommendations or comments may be
hand-delivered until 4:30 p.m. (Eastern time) on the date indicated in
this notice.
    Please note that the above address is not the same address as the
one to which the applicant submits its completed application. Do not
send applications to the above address.

Instructions for Transmittal of Applications

    Note: Some of the procedures in these instructions for
transmitting applications differ from those in the Education
Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) (34 CFR
75.102). Under the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553) the
Department generally offers interested parties the opportunity to
comment on proposed regulations. However, these amendments make
procedural changes only and do not establish new substantive policy.
Therefore, under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(A), the Secretary has determined
that proposed rulemaking is not required.

Pilot Project for Electronic Submission of Applications

    The U.S. Department of Education is conducting a limited pilot
project of electronic submission of discretionary grant applications
for selected programs. The Life Skills for State and Local Prisoners
Program (CFDA 84.255A) is one of the programs included in the pilot
project. If you are an applicant under the Life Skills for State and
Local Prisoners Program, you may submit your application to us in
either electronic or paper format.
    The pilot project involves the use of the Electronic Grant
Application System (e-GAPS) portion of the Grant Administration and
Payment System (GAPS). We request your participation in the e-GAPS
pilot project. By participating you will have an opportunity to have
input into the overall design and approach of e-GAPS. At the conclusion
of the pilot project, we will evaluate its success and solicit
suggestions for improvements.
    If you participate as a grant applicant in an e-GAPS pilot, please
note the following:
    * Your participation is voluntary.
    * You will not receive any additional point value or penalty
because you submit a grant application in electronic or paper format.
    * You can submit all documents electronically, including the
Application for Federal Assistance (ED 424), Budget Information--Non-
Construction Programs (ED Form No. 524), and all necessary assurances
and certifications. We may request that you give us original signatures
on forms at a later date.
    You may access the electronic grant application for the Life Skills
for State and Local Prisoners Program at:
    We have included additional information about the e-GAPS pilot
project (see Parity Guidelines between Paper and Electronic
Applications) in this notice.
    If you want to apply for a grant and be considered for funding, you
must meet the following deadline requirements:
    (A) If You Send Your Application by Mail:
    You must mail the original and two copies of the application on or
before the deadline date to: U.S. Department of Education, Application
Control Center, Attention: CFDA #84.255A, Washington, DC 20202-4725.
    You must show one of the following as proof of mailing:
    (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark.
    (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the
U.S. Postal Service.
    (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial
    (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary.
    If you mail an application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do
not accept either of the following as proof of mailing:
    (1) A private metered postmark.
    (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service.
    (B) If You Deliver Your Application by Hand:
    You or your courier must hand deliver the original and two copies
of the application by 4:30 P.M. (Washington, DC time) on or before the
deadline date to: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control
Center, Attention: CFDA #84.255A, Room 3633, Regional Office Building
3, 7th and D Streets, SW., Washington, DC.
    The Application Control Center accepts application deliveries daily
between 8 a.m. and 4:30 P.M. (Washington, DC time), except Saturdays,
Sundays, and Federal holidays. The Center accepts application
deliveries through the D Street entrance only. A person delivering an
application must show identification to enter the building.
    (C) If You Submit Your Application Electronically:
    You must submit your grant application through the Internet using
the software provided on the e-Grants Web site (http://e-grants.ed.gov)
by 4:30 p.m. (Washington, DC time) on the deadline date.
    The regular hours of operation of the e-Grants Web site are 6:00
a.m. till 12:00 midnight (Washington, DC time) daily, except Saturdays,
Sundays, and Federal holidays. Please note that on Wednesdays the Web
site is closed for maintenance at 7:00 p.m. (Washington, DC time).
    (1) The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated
postmark. Before relying on this method, you should check with your
local post office.
    (2) If you send your application by mail or deliver it by hand or
by a courier service, the Application Control Center will mail a Grant
Application Receipt Acknowledgment to you. If you do not receive the
notification of application

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receipt within 15 days from the date of mailing the application, you
should call the U.S. Department of Education Application Control Center
at (202) 708-9493.
    (3) You must indicate on the envelope and--if not provided by the
Department--in Item 3 of the Application for Federal Education
Assistance (ED 424; revised January 12, 1999) the CFDA number--and
suffix letter--of the competition under which you are submitting your
    (4) If you submit your application through the Internet via the e-
Grants Web site, you will receive an automatic acknowledgment when we
receive your application.

Application Instructions and Form

    To apply for an award under this program competition, your
application must be organized in the following order and include the
following five parts:
    Part I: Application for Federal Assistance (ED Form 424 (Rev. 4-
    Part II: Budget Information.
    Part III: Budget Narrative.
    Part IV: Program Narrative.
    Part V: Assurances and Certifications:
    a. Assurances--Non-Construction Programs (Standard Form 424B).
    b. Certification regarding Lobbying; Debarment, Suspension, and
Other Responsibility Matters; and Drug-Free Workplace Requirements (ED
80-0013) and Instructions.
    c. Certification regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility and
Voluntary Exclusion: Lower Tier Covered Transactions (ED 80-0014, 9/90)
and Instructions.
    ED 80-0014 is intended for the use of grantees and should not be
transmitted to the Department.)
    d. Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Standard Form LLL-A) (if
applicable) and Instructions, and Disclosure of Lobbying Activities
Continuation Sheet (Standard Form LLL-A).
    e. An assurance that the applicant will report annually to the
Secretary on the participation rate, cost, and effectiveness of the
program and any other aspect of the program on which the Secretary may
request information. (20 U.S.C. 1211-2(e)(2))
    This notice contains all forms and instructions, including a
statement regarding estimated public reporting burden, a notice to
applicants regarding compliance with section 427 of the General
Education Provisions Act (GEPA), various assurances, certifications,
and required documentation, and additional information.
    All applicants submitting hard copy applications must submit ONE
original signed application, including ink signatures on all forms and
assurances and ONE copy of the application. Please mark each
application as original or copy.
    No grant may be awarded unless a completed application form has
been received.

Instructions for Part III--Budget Narrative

    The budget narrative should explain, justify, and, if needed,
clarify your budget summary. For each line item (personnel, fringe
benefits, travel, etc.) in your budget, explain why it is there and how
you computed the costs.

Instructions for Part IV--Program Narrative

    The program narrative will comprise the largest portion of your
application. This part is where you spell out the who, what, when,
where, why, and how of your proposed project.
    Although you will not have a form to fill out for your narrative,
there is a format. This format is the selection criteria. Because your
application will be reviewed and rated by a review panel on the basis
of the selection criteria, your narrative should follow the order and
format of the criteria.
    Before preparing your application, you should carefully read the
legislation and regulations of the program, eligibility requirements,
information on any priority set by the Secretary, and the selection
criteria for this competition.
    Your program narrative should be clear, concise, and to the point.
Begin the narrative with a one page abstract or summary of your
proposed project. Then describe the project in detail, addressing each
selection criterion in order.
    You may include supporting documentation as appendices. Be sure
that this material is concise and pertinent to this program
    You are advised that--
    (a) The Department considers only information contained in the
application in ranking applications for funding consideration. Letters
of support sent separately from the formal application package are not
considered in the review by the technical review panels. (34 CFR
    (b) The technical review panel evaluates each application solely on
the basis of the established technical review criteria. Letters of
support contained in the application will strengthen the application
only if they contain commitments that pertain to the established
technical review criteria, such as commitment of resources.
    For Further Information Contact: Jennifer Arnold, U.S. Department
of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Room 4529 Mary E. Switzer
Building, Washington, D.C. 20202-7142, Telephone (202) 205-5621.
    Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD)
may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this notice in an
alternate format (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer
diskette) on request to the contact person listed in the preceding
paragraph. Please note, however, that the Department is not able to
reproduce in an alternate format the standard forms included in this
    Information about the Department's funding opportunities, including
copies of application notices for discretionary grant competitions, can
be viewed on the Department's Website (at http://www.ed.gov/). However,
the official application notice for a discretionary grant competition
is the notice published in the Federal Register.

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 Adobe
Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet 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 preceding sites. If
you have questions about using the PDF, call the U.S. Government
Printing Office, toll free, at 1-888-293-6498 or in the Washington, DC
area at (202) 512-1530.

    Note: 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 on GPO Access at:

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1211-2.

    Dated: April 6, 2000.
Robert D. Muller,
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education.

Instructions for Estimated Public Reporting Burden

    Under terms of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980, as amended, and

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the regulations implementing that Act, the Department of Education
invites comment on the public reporting burden in this collection of
information. Public reporting burden for this collection of information
is estimated to average 90 hours per response, including the time for
reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and
maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the
collection of information. You may send comments regarding this burden
to the U.S. Department of Education, Information Management Team,
Washington, D.C. 20202-4651; and to the Office of Management and
Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project, OMB 1830-0013, Washington, D.C.
20503. (Information collection approved under OMB control number 1830-
0013. Expiration date: 3/31/2001)

Parity Guidelines Between Paper and Electronic Applications

    The Department of Education is conducting a limited pilot project
that allows applicants to use an Internet-based electronic system for
submitting applications under selected discretionary grant programs.
This competition is among those that have an electronic submission
option available to all applicants. The system, called e-GAPS
(Electronic Grant Application Package System), allows an applicant to
submit a grant application to the Department (us) electronically, using
a current version of the applicant's Internet browser. To see e-GAPS
visit the following address:


    Because we want to ensure parity and a similar look between
applications transmitted electronically and applications submitted in
conventional paper form, e-GAPS has an impact on all applicants under
this competition.
    E-GAPS is a data-driven system; that is, e-GAPS users will be
entering data on-line while completing their applications. This will be
more interactive than just e-mailing a soft copy of a grant application
to us. If you participate in this voluntary pilot project by submitting
an application electronically, the data you enter on-line will go into
a database and ultimately will be accessible in electronic form to our
    However, this pilot project is only the first step in the
Department's eventual transition to electronic applications for grants.
The pilot project is designed to enable us to evaluate the experience
of gathering application data on-line. We will assess the on-line
review process separately; so, during this pilot project, we will
ultimately review in hard copy all information that we receive.
    To help ensure parity and a similar look between electronic and
paper copies of grant applications, we are asking each applicant that
submits a paper application to adhere voluntarily to the following
    * Use consistent font throughout your document, with no
formatting of any kind (that is, no bolding, underlining, italics, or
colored text).
    * If you are preparing your application on a conventional
typewriter, make sure that the pitch (characters per inch) of the font
is consistent throughout your document, and do not use formatting of
any kind (for example, underlining or italics).
    * For the narrative component, your application should
consist of the number and text of each selection criterion followed by
the narrative. The text of the selection criterion, if included, does
not count against any page or character count limitation. You should
append charts, tables, graphs, and graphics of any kind after you have
completed the text of the relevant section. We suggest that you begin
these items on a separate sheet of paper and refer to them within the
    1. Please describe your project management plan.
    Our project plan is composed of three major components: start-up,
fulfillment, and closure. The flow of these components into the stated
outcomes for this project is described below and presented in figure 3-
    * Create all illustrations (including charts, tables,
graphs, and pictures) in grayscale only.
    * Place a page number at the bottom right of each page
beginning with 1; and number your pages consecutively throughout your
    At the top right of each page, place the name of the applicant, the
applicant's DUNS number (if available), and the CFDA number of the

Additional Information

What Should I Know About ED Grants?

    What Should I Know About ED Grants? provides a non-technical
summary of the Department of Education's discretionary grants process
and the laws and regulations that govern it. An electronic copy of What
Should I Know About ED Grants? is available at: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/
    To obtain a hard copy of What Should I Know About ED Grants?,
please contact the Office of Correctional Education at: (202) 205-5621.
DUNS Number Instructions
    D-U-N-S No.: Please provide the applicant's D-U-N-S Number. You can
obtain your D-U-N-S Number at no charge by calling 1-800-333-0505 or by
completing a D-U-N-S Number Request Form. The form can be obtained via
the Internet at the following URL: http://www.dnb.com/dbis/aboutdb/
    The D-U-N-S Number is a unique nine-digit number that does not
convey any information about the recipient. A built in check digit
helps assure the accuracy of the D-U-N-S Number. The ninth digit of
each number is the check digit, which is mathematically related to the
other digits. It lets computer systems determine if a D-U-N-S Number
has been entered correctly.
    Dun & Bradstreet, a global information services provider, has
assigned D-U-N-S numbers to over 43 million companies worldwide.
Grant Application Receipt Acknowledgment
    If you fail to receive the notification of application receipt
within fifteen (15) days after the closing date, call: U.S. Department
of Education, Coordination and Control Branch, (202) 708-9495.
Grant And Contract Funding Information
    The Department of Education provides information about grant and
contract opportunities through the internet: ED Internet Home Page,

Important Notice to Prospective Participants in U.S. Department of
Education Contract and Grant Programs

    Applicants for grants from the U.S. Department of Education (ED)
have to compete for limited funds. Deadlines assure all applicants that
they will be treated fairly and equally, without last minute haste.
    For these reasons, ED must set strict deadlines for grant
applications. Prospective applicants can avoid disappointment if they
understand that:
    Failure to meet a deadline will mean that an applicant will be
rejected without any consideration whatever.
    The rules, including the deadline, for applying for each grant are
published, individually, in the Federal Register. A one-year
subscription to the Register may be obtained by sending $340.00 to:
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office,
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check or money order only, no cash or stamps.)
    The instructions in the Federal Register must be followed exactly.
Do not accept any other advice you may receive. No ED employee is
authorized to extend any deadline published in the Register. Questions
regarding submission of applications may be addressed to: U.S.
Department of Education, Application Control Center, Washington, D.C.
    Competitive procurement actions undertaken by the ED are governed
by the Federal Procurement Regulation and implementing ED Procurement
    Generally, prospective competitive procurement actions are
synopsized in the Commerce Business Daily (CBD). Prospective offerors
are therein advised of the nature of the procurement and where to apply
for copies of the Request for Proposals (RFP).
    Offerors are advised to be guided solely by the contents of the CBD
synopsis and the instructions contained in the RFP. Questions regarding
the submission of offers should be addressed to the Contracts
Specialist identified on the face page of the RFP.
    Offers are judged in competition with others, and failure to
conform with any substantive requirements of the RFP will result in
rejection of the offer without any consideration whatever.
    Do not accept any advice you receive that is contrary to
instructions contained in either the CBD synopsis or the RFP. No ED
employee is authorized to consider a proposal which is non-responsive
to the RFP.
    A subscription to the CBD is available for $208.00 per year via
second class mailing or $261.00 per year via first class mailing.
Information included in the Federal Acquisition Regulation is contained
in Title 48, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 1 ($49.00). The
foregoing publication may be obtained by sending your check or money
order only, no cash or stamps, to: Superintendent of Documents, U.S.
Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402-9371.
    In an effort to be certain this important information is widely
disseminated, this notice is being included in all ED mail to the
public. You may therefore, receive more than one notice. If you do, we
apologize for any annoyance it may cause you.
    ED Form 5348, 8/92, Replaces ED Form 5348, 6/86 which is obsolete.


    For each staff member, please provide position, FTE, annual salary,
and amount he or she will be paid for time devoted to grant. As
explained in general information section, applicant must provide
documentation of all other internal and external time commitments for
each staff member.
Fringe Benefits
    Please indicate the rate used to calculate fringe benefits for each
staff person. Applicant must include a signed statement that rates are
standard for that institution.
    Please describe, for all staff travel, purpose, type of travel, who
will be traveling, the number of days. Be as detailed as possible,
including information as to costs for airfare (or mileage), lodging,
food, and other expenses. Please also include all registration fees
    Equipment is defined in the Education Department General
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) as tangible, nonexpendable personal
property including exempt property charged directly to the grant award
having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost of
$5,000 or more per unit. Applicants should also include in this
category any materials required to run such equipment (peripherals,
software, installation costs, etc.)
    These should be broken down by type, with a clear distinction made
between those used for administrative purposes and those that will be
used for instruction of students (indicate how many students will
benefit). Must be tangible, thus services like printing should not be
included here.
    If an outside entity has been procured through a competitive bid
procedure to perform tasks, include here. Please indicate whether done
by open bid or sole source justification. If service provider not
selected competitively, include in ``Other'' category.
    Please include here all other costs (advertising, evaluation fees,
printing, etc.). Applicant should indicate purpose of expenditure and
how cost was calculated.
    These are costs involved in upkeep (utilities, employee services,
etc.) that cannot be attributed to a specific objective. In order for
an applicant to claim an indirect rate they must have a negotiated
agreement with a Federal agency.


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[FR Doc. 00-9140 Filed 4-12-00; 8:45 am]