FR Doc E9-19333[Federal Register: August 12, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 154)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Overview 
Information; Vocational Rehabilitation Services Projects for American 
Indians With Disabilities; Notice Reopening Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 
Competition for the Vocational Rehabilitation Services Projects for 
American Indians With Disabilities Program

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.250A.
SUMMARY: On May 14, 2009, we published in the Federal Register (74 FR 
22729) a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year 
(FY) 2009 for the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services 
(AIVRS) program. The application notice for the FY 2009 AIVRS program 
competition established a July 23, 2009, deadline date for eligible 
applicants to apply for funding under this program. Elsewhere in this 
issue of the Federal Register we have published interim final 
regulations that amend the regulatory definition of the term consortium 
under the AIVRS program. In order to apply this change to entities 
applying for a FY 2009 grant, through this notice, we are reopening the 
competition and establishing a new deadline for the submission of 
applications by those applicants affected by the change.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: August Martin, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 5088, PCP, Washington, DC 
20202-2800. Telephone: (202) 245-7410 or by e-mail: 
august.martin@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the 
deaf (TDD), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-
877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities can obtain a copy of the application 
package in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, 
or computer diskette) by contacting the program contact person listed 
in this section.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Elsewhere in this issue of the Federal 
Register, the Department has amended the definition of the term 
consortium in the regulations for the AIVRS program (34 CFR 371.4(b)). 
The purpose of this regulatory change is to ensure that any consortium 
of Indian tribes could establish a separate legal entity to apply for a 
grant under this program. Prior to this regulatory change, the 
Department's definition of the term consortium under the AIVRS program 
required Indian tribes that choose to form a consortium to designate 
one of the Indian tribes of the consortium to serve as the grantee; it 
did not also permit the Indian tribes in the consortium to create a 
separate legal entity that would serve as the grantee on behalf of the 
consortium and be responsible for using the grant funds to provide 
services to all the Indian tribes in the consortium. To ensure that the 
change in the regulatory definition of the term consortium under the 
AIVRS program applies to entities applying for a FY 2009 grant, we are 
reopening the competition and establishing a new deadline for the 
submission of applications.
    Only groups of Indian tribes that seek to apply for funding under 
the AIVRS program as a consortium using a separate legal entity as the 
applicant are permitted to submit an application under this reopened 
competition. Applicants that submitted applications by the July 23, 
2009, deadline date in accordance with the terms of the May 14, 2009, 
notice inviting applications are not required to submit new 
applications. If an applicant that has already submitted an application 
for this competition now chooses to join a consortium and have a 
separate legal entity apply on behalf of the consortium, the applicant 
must notify the Department and reapply using the separate legal entity 
as the applicant by the deadline date in this notice.
    The new deadline date is:
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: September 11, 2009.
    For information (other than the deadline for submission) about how 
to submit your application, please refer to section IV. 6. Other 
Submission Requirements in the May 14, 2009 Federal Register notice (74 

FR 22729).
    Electronic Access to This Document: You can view this document, as 
well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal 
Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the 
Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/fedregister.
    To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available 
free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. 
Government Printing Office (GPO), 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: 
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/index.html.

    Delegation of Authority: The Secretary of Education has delegated 
authority to Andrew J. Pepin, Executive Administrator for the Office of 
Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, to perform the functions 
of the Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative 
Services.

    Dated: August 7, 2009.
Andrew J. Pepin,
Executive Administrator for Special Education and Rehabilitative 
Services.
[FR Doc. E9-19333 Filed 8-11-09; 8:45 am]

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