FR Doc 03-21813
[Federal Register: August 26, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 165)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

[CFDA No.: 84.129C, 84.129E, 84.129F, 84.129Q, 84.129R]

 
Rehabilitation Training: Rehabilitation Long-Term Training; 
Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2004

    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; 
and
    (3) Projects that provide support for medical residents enrolled in 
residency training programs in the specialty of physical medicine and 
rehabilitation.
    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: August 27, 2003.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: October 27, 2003.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: December 26, 2003.
    Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested 
$42,629,000 for the Rehabilitation Training program for FY 2004, of 
which an estimated $1,100,000 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 
program.

    Note: This competition is being conducted in FY 2003 for grants 
that will be awarded using FY 2004 funds.

    Estimated Range of Awards: $75,000 to $100,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $100,000.
    Estimated Total Number of Awards: 11.
    Maximum Number of Awards, Maximum 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 Award in 
any project year.

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                                    Priority area
                                  (maximum number of
          CFDA number                 awards in          Maximum award
                                     parentheses)
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84.129C.......................  Rehabilitation                  $100,000
                                 Administration (4).
84.129E.......................  Rehabilitation                  $100,000
                                 Technology (2).
84.129F.......................  Vocational Evaluation           $100,000
                                 and Work Adjustment
                                 (3).
84.129Q.......................  Rehabilitation of               $100,000
                                 Individuals Who Are
                                 Deaf or Hard of
                                 Hearing (4).
84.129R.......................  Job Development and             $100,000
                                 Job Placement
                                 Services to
                                 Individuals With
                                 Disabilities (3).
------------------------------------------------------------------------


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

    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:

    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. You may include 
brief appendices, but be advised that peer reviewers are not required 
to review appendix material.
    We will reject your application if--

    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 
386.

    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

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areas of personnel shortages 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 propose to provide training in the areas of personnel 
shortages listed in the chart.
    Performance Measures: The Government Performance and Results Act 
(GPRA) of 1993 directs Federal departments and agencies to improve the 
effectiveness of their programs by engaging in strategic planning, 
setting outcome-related goals for programs, and measuring program 
results against those goals. Program officials must develop performance 
measures for all of their grant programs to assess their performance 
and effectiveness. The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) has 
established a set of indicators to assess the effectiveness of the 
Rehabilitation Training program and will use the following indicator 
for the Rehabilitation Long-Term Training program projects:
    [sbull]The percentage of graduates fulfilling their payback 
requirement through acceptable employment.
    Each grantee must report annually on this indicator using the 
electronic grantee reporting system administered by RSA for this 
purpose.

Application Procedures

    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 Department is continuing to expand its pilot project for 
electronic submission of applications to include additional formula 
grant programs and additional discretionary grant competitions. The 
Rehabilitation Long-Term Training program (CFDA numbers 84.129C, 
84.129E, 84.129F, 84.129Q, and 84.129R) is one of the programs included 
in the pilot project. If you are an applicant under the 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). Users of e-Application will be 
entering data on-line while completing their applications. You may not 
e-mail 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 be saved into a 
database. We request your participation in e-Application. We shall 
continue to evaluate its success and solicit suggestions for its 
improvement.
    If you participate in e-Application, please note the following:



    The Department must acknowledge and confirm these periods of 
unavailability before granting you an extension. To request this 
extension or to confirm the Department's acknowledgement of any system 
unavailability, you may contact either (1) the person listed elsewhere 
in this notice under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT or (2) the e-
GRANTS help desk at 1-888-336-8930.
    You may access the electronic grant application for the 
Rehabilitation Long-Term Training program at: http://e-grants.ed.gov.
    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 at its Web site: http://www.edpubs.org/webstore/Content/search.asp">http://www.edpubs.org/webstore/Content/search.asp.
    Or you may contact ED Pubs at its e-mail address: 
edpubs@inet.ed.gov. If you request an application from ED Pubs, be sure to identify this competition as follows: CFDA number 84.129C, E, F, Q, or R.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marilyn Fountain, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 3332, Switzer Building, 
Washington, DC 20202-2649. Telephone (202) 205-8294 or via Internet: 
Marilyn.Fountain@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may 
call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    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

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listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application 
package in an alternative format by contacting 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.

Electronic Access to This Document

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    Program Authority: 29 U.S.C. 772.

    Dated: August 21, 2003.
Loretta Petty Chittum,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative 
Services.
[FR Doc. 03-21813 Filed 8-25-03; 8:45 am]

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