[Federal Register: September 10, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 175)]
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[CFDA No.: 84.129E, 84.129F, 84.129H, 84.129L, 84.129P, 84.129Q, 

Rehabilitation Training: Rehabilitation Long-Term Training

ACTION: Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year 
(FY) 2003.


    Purpose of Program: The Rehabilitation Long-Term Training program 
provides financial assistance for--
    (1) Projects that provide basic or advanced training leading to an 
academic degree in areas of personnel shortages in rehabilitation as 
identified by the Assistant Secretary;
    (2) Projects that provide a specified series of courses or program 
of study leading to award of a certificate in areas of personnel 
shortages in rehabilitation as identified by the Assistant Secretary; 
    (3) Projects that provide support for medical residents enrolled in 
residency training programs in the specialty of physical medicine and 
    Eligible Applicants: State agencies and other public or nonprofit 
agencies and organizations, including Indian tribes and institutions of 
higher education, are eligible for assistance under the Rehabilitation 
Long-Term Training program.
    Applications Available: September 10, 2002.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: October 25, 2002.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: December 24, 2002.
    Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested 
$42,629,000 for the Rehabilitation Training program for FY 2003, of 
which an estimated $2,725,000 would be allocated for this competition. 
The actual level of funding, if any, depends on final congressional 
action. However, we are inviting applications to allow enough time to 
complete the grant process if Congress appropriates funds for this 

    Note: This competition is being announced in FY 2002 for grants 
that will be awarded using FY 2003 funds.

    Estimated Range of Awards: $75,000 to $100,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $100,000.
    Estimated Total Number of Awards: 31.
    Maximum Number of Awards, Maximum Level of Awards, and Absolute 
Priorities: The maximum number of awards to be made are listed in 
parentheses following each priority area. We will reject any 
application that proposes a budget exceeding the amount listed under 
maximum level of award in any project year.

                                  Priority area (maximum
           CFDA Nos.               number of awards in     Maximum level
                                       parentheses)          of award
84.129E........................  Rehabilitation                 $100,000
                                  Technology (4).
84.129F........................  Vocational Evaluation           100,000
                                  and Work Adjustment
84.129H........................  Rehabilitation of               100,000
                                  Individuals Who Are
                                  Mentally Ill (3).
84.129L........................  Undergraduate Education          75,000
                                  in the Rehabilitation
                                  Services (8).
84.129P........................  Specialized Personnel           100,000
                                  for Rehabilitation of
                                  Individuals Who are
                                  Blind or Have Vision
                                  Impairment (7).
84.129Q........................  Rehabilitation of               100,000
                                  Individuals Who Are
                                  Deaf or Hard of
                                  Hearing (5).
84.129R........................  Job Development and Job         100,000
                                  Placement Services to
                                  Individuals With
                                  Disabilities (5).

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

    Project Period: Up to 60 months.
    Page Limit: Part III of the application, the application narrative, 
is where you, the applicant, address the selection criteria that 
reviewers use to evaluate your application. You must limit Part III to 
the equivalent of no more than 35 pages, using the following standards:
    [sbull] A ``page'' is 8.5'' x 11'', on one side only, with 1'' 
margins at the top, bottom, and both sides.
    [sbull] 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.
    [sbull] Use a font that is either 12-point or larger or no smaller 
than 10 pitch (characters per inch).
    The page limit does not apply to Part I, the cover sheet, Part II, 
the budget section, including the narrative budget justification; Part 
IV, the assurances and certifications; or the one-page abstract, the 
resumes, the bibliography, or the letters of support. However, you must 
include all of the application narrative in Part III.
    We will reject your application if--
    [sbull] You apply these standards and exceed the page limit; or
    [sbull] You apply other standards and exceed the equivalent of the 
page limit.
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 
81, 82, 85, 86, and 99. (b) The regulations in 34 CFR parts 385 and 

    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 apply to all applicants 
except federally recognized Indian tribes.

    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to institutions of 
higher education only.

    Selection Criteria: In evaluating an application for a new grant 
under this competition, we use the selection criteria in 34 CFR 385.31 
and 386.20. The selection criteria to be used for this competition will 
be provided in the application package for this competition.
    Priorities: This competition focuses on projects designed to meet 
the priorities in the regulations for this program (34 CFR 386.1). The 
priority areas of personnel shortage are listed in the chart published 
in this notice.
    Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) and 34 CFR 386.1, we consider only 
applications that provide training in the areas of personnel shortage 
listed in the chart.
    Application Procedures:

    Note: Some of the procedures in these instructions for 
transmitting applications differ from those in the Education 
Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) (74 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 continuing to expand its pilot 
project of electronic submission of applications to include additional 
formula grant programs and additional discretionary grant competitions. 
The Rehabilitation Training: Rehabilitation Long-Term Training program, 
CFDA 84.129, is one of the programs included in the pilot project. If 
you are an applicant under the Rehabilitation Training: Rehabilitation 
Long-Term Training 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-APPLICATION, formerly e-GAPS) portion of the 
Grant Administration and Payment System (GAPS). We request your 
participation in this pilot project. We shall continue to evaluate its 
success and solicit suggestions for improvement.
    If you participate in this e-APPLICATION pilot, please note the 
    [sbull] Your participation is voluntary.
    [sbull] You will not receive any additional point value or penalty 
because you submit a grant application in electronic or paper format.
    [sbull] You can submit all documents electronically, including the 
Application for Federal Assistance (ED 424), Budget Information--Non-
Construction Programs (ED 524), and all necessary assurances and 
    [sbull] Within 3 working days of submitting your electronic 
application, fax a signed copy of the Application for Federal 
Assistance (ED 424) to the Application Control Center following these 
    1. Print ED 424 from the e-APPLICATION system.
    2. Make sure that the institution's Authorizing Representative 
signs this form.
    3. Before faxing this form, submit your electronic application via 
the e-APPLICATION system. You will receive an automatic 
acknowledgement, which will include a PR/Award number (an identifying 
number unique to your application).
    4. Place the PR/Award number in the upper right corner of ED 424.
    5. Fax ED 424 to the Application Control Center at (202) 260-1349.
    [sbull] We may request that you give us original signatures on all 
other forms at a later date.
    You may access the electronic grant application for the 
Rehabilitation Training: Rehabilitation Long-Term Training program at: 
    We have included additional information about the e-APPLICATION 
pilot project (see Parity Guidelines between Paper and Electronic 
Applications) in the application package.
    Please note that due to the Department's end of the fiscal year 
close out activities, the e-APPLICATION system will be unavailable from 
October 1 through October 5. It will become available for users again 
on Monday, October 7.
    For Applications Contact: Education Publications Center (ED Pubs), 
P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Telephone (toll free): 1-877-433-
7827. FAX: (301) 470-1244. If you use a telecommunications device for 
the deaf (TDD), you may call (toll free): 1-877-576-7734.
    You may also contact ED Pubs via its Web site: http://www.ed.gov/
    Or you may contact ED Pubs at its e-mail address: 
    If you request an application from ED Pubs, be sure to identify 
this competition as follows: CFDA number 84.129E, F, H, L, P, Q, or R.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Chesley, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., (Room 3318, Switzer Building), 
Washington, DC 20202-2649. Telephone (202) 205-9481 or via Internet: 
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may 
call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an 
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the program contact person listed under FOR 
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application 
package in an alternative format by contacting

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the Grants and Contracts Services Team, U.S. Department of Education, 
400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 3317, Switzer Building, Washington, DC 
20202-2550. Telephone: (202) 205-8207. If you use a telecommunications 
device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Information Relay 
Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339. However, the Department is not able 
to reproduce in an alternative format the standard forms included in 
the application package.

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

    Dated: September 4, 2002.
Loretta Petty Chittum,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative 
[FR Doc. 02-22870 Filed 9-9-02; 8:45 am]