[Federal Register: June 30, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 127)]
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Rehabilitation Services Administration

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of Proposed Competitive Preference for Fiscal Year 2001
for the Rehabilitation Long-Term Training, and Rehabilitation
Continuing Education Program.


SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education
and Rehabilitative Services proposes adding competitive preference
points to the competitions for the Rehabilitation Long-Term Training,
and Rehabilitation Continuing Education Program for fiscal year 2001.
This notice contains proposed language for adding competitive
preference points. This notice does not invite applications.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before July 31, 2000.

ADDRESSES: All comments concerning the addition of competitive
preference points should be addressed to Mary C. Lynch, U.S. Department
of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, room 3322, Switzer Building,
Washington, DC 20202-2649.
    Comments may also be sent through the Internet: mary_lynch@ed.gov

    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may
call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8399.
Internet: Mary_Lynch@ed.gov
    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


Invitation to Comment

    We invite you to submit comments regarding this proposed notice. We
invite you to assist us in complying with the specific requirements of
Executive Order 12866 and its overall requirement of reducing
regulatory burden that might result from this proposed notice. Please
let us know of any further opportunities we should take to reduce
potential costs or increase

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potential benefits while preserving the effective and efficient
administration of the program.
    During and after the comment period, you may inspect all public
comments about this notice in Room 3322, Switzer Building, 330 C Street
SW., Washington, DC, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Eastern
time, Monday through Friday of each week except Federal holidays.

Assistance to Individuals with Disabilities in Reviewing the
Rulemaking Record

    On request, we will supply an appropriate aid, such as a reader or
print magnifier, to an individual with a disability who needs
assistance to review the comments or other documents in the public
rulemaking record for the proposed language. If you want to schedule an
appointment for this type of aid, you may call (202) 205-8113 or (202)
260-9895. If you use a TDD, you may call the Federal Information Relay
Service at 1-800-877-8339.
    This proposed language supports the National Education Goal that
calls for every American to possess the skills necessary to compete in
a global economy.

Proposed Additional Selection Criterion

    The Assistant Secretary will use the selection criteria in 34 CFR
385.31, 386.20 and 389.30 to evaluate applications under this program.
The maximum score for all the criteria is 100 points; however, the
Assistant Secretary will also use the following criterion so that up to
an additional ten points may be earned by an applicant for a total
possible score of 110 points.
    Within the Rehabilitation Long-Term Training, and Rehabilitation
Continuing Education Program, we will give the following competitive
preference under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) to applications that are
otherwise eligible for funding under this competition.
    Up to ten (10) points based on the extent to which an application
includes effective strategies for employing and advancing in employment
qualified individuals with disabilities in projects awarded under this
competition. In determining the effectiveness of those strategies, we
will consider the applicant's prior success, as described in the
application, in employing and advancing in employment qualified
individuals with disabilities.

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    APPLICABLE PROGRAM REGULATIONS: 34 CFR Part 385, 386 and 389.

    Program Authority:  29 U.S.C. 774.

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 84.129 and 84.264,
the Rehabilitation Long-Term Training, and Rehabilitation Continuing
Education Program.)

    Dated: June 23, 2000.
Judith E. Heumann,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. 00-16579 Filed 6-29-00; 8:45 am]