FR Doc 2010-9508
[Federal Register: April 23, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 78)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Overview 
Information; Rehabilitation Training: Rehabilitation Long-Term Training 
Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Numbers: 84.129 B, C, E, 
F, H, J, P, Q, R, and W.

    Note: This notice invites applications for 10 separate 
competitions. For funding information regarding each of the 10 
competitions, refer to the chart under Award Information in section 
II of this notice.

    Dates: Applications Available: April 23, 2010.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 7, 2010.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: August 6, 2010.

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    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 Secretary;
    (2) Projects that provide a specified series of courses or program 
of study leading to the award of a certificate in areas of personnel 
shortages in rehabilitation as identified by the Secretary; and
    (3) Projects that provide support for medical residents enrolled in 
residency training programs in the specialty of physical medicine and 
rehabilitation.
    Priorities: This notice includes three absolute priorities and one 
competitive preference priority. In order to receive funding under any 
of the competitions announced in this notice, an applicant must meet 
Absolute Priority 1. An applicant for funding under CFDA No. 84.129B 
(Rehabilitation Counseling) also must meet Absolute Priority 2, and an 
applicant for funding under CFDA No. 84.129W (Comprehensive System of 
Personnel Development) also must meet Absolute Priority 3. The 
competitive preference priority applies to all competitions announced 
in this notice.
    Absolute Priority 1: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(ii), 
this priority is from 34 CFR 386.1. For FY 2010 and any subsequent year 
in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from these 
competitions, this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 
75.105(c)(3) we consider only applications that meet this priority.
    This priority is:
    Rehabilitation Long-Term Training programs designed to provide 
academic training in areas of personnel shortages.
    Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), for each competition, we consider only 
applications that propose to provide training in the priority areas of 
personnel shortages listed in the following chart.

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            CFDA No.                           Priority area
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84.129B.........................  Rehabilitation Counseling.
84.129C.........................  Rehabilitation Administration.
84.129E.........................  Rehabilitation Technology.
84.129F.........................  Vocational Evaluation and Work
                                   Adjustment.
84.129H.........................  Rehabilitation of Individuals Who are
                                   Mentally Ill.
84.129J.........................  Rehabilitation Psychology.
84.129P.........................  Specialized Personnel for
                                   Rehabilitation of Individuals who are
                                   Blind or Have Vision Impairments.
84.129Q.........................  Rehabilitation of Individuals Who are
                                   Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
84.129R.........................  Job Development and Job Placement
                                   Services to Individuals with
                                   Disabilities.
84.129W.........................  Comprehensive System of Personnel
                                   Development.
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    Absolute Priority 2 (CFDA No. 84.129B): This priority is from the 
notice of final priority for this program, published in the Federal 
Register on January 15, 2003 (68 FR 2166). For FY 2010 and any 
subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded 
applicants from the competition for CFDA No. 84.129B, this priority is 
an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), for this competition, 
we consider only applications that meet this absolute priority and 
Absolute Priority 1.
    This priority is:
    Partnership with the State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency 
(84.129B--Rehabilitation Counseling).
    This priority supports projects that will increase the knowledge of 
students of the role and responsibilities of the vocational 
rehabilitation (VR) counselor and of the benefits of counseling in 
State VR agencies. This priority focuses attention on and intends to 
strengthen the unique role of rehabilitation

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educators and State VR agencies in the preparation of qualified VR 
counselors by increasing or creating ongoing collaboration between 
institutions of higher education and State VR agencies.
    Projects funded under this priority must include within the degree 
program information about and experience in the State VR system. 
Projects must include partnering activities for students with the State 
VR agency including experiential activities, such as formal internships 
or practicum agreements. In addition, experiential activities for 
students with community-based rehabilitation service providers are 
encouraged.
    Projects must include an evaluation of the impact of project 
activities.
    Absolute Priority 3 (CFDA No. 84.129W--Comprehensive System of 
Personnel Development): This priority is from the notice of final 
priority for this program, published in the Federal Register on October 
16, 1998 (63 FR 55764). For FY 2010 and any subsequent year in which we 
make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from the competition 
for CFDA No. 84.129W, this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 
CFR 75.105(c)(3), for this competition, we consider only applications 
that meet this absolute priority and Absolute Priority 1.
    This priority is:
    Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (84.129W).
    Projects must--
    (1) Provide training leading to academic degrees or academic 
certificates to current vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselors, 
including counselors with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and those 
from diverse backgrounds, toward meeting designated State unit (DSU) 
personnel standards required under section 101(a)(7) of the 
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, commonly referred to as the 
Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD);
    (2) Address the academic degree and academic certificate needs 
specified in the CSPD plans of those States with which the project will 
be working; and
    (3) Develop innovative approaches (e.g., distance learning, 
competency-based programs, and other methods) that would maximize 
participation in, and the effectiveness of, project training.
    Competitive Preference Priority: This priority is from 34 CFR 
75.225. For FY 2010 and any subsequent year in which we make awards 
from the list of unfunded applicants from any one of these 
competitions, this priority is a competitive preference priority and is 
limited to institutions of higher learning. Under 34 CFR 
75.105(c)(2)(i) we award an additional 10 points to an application that 
meets this priority.
    This priority is:
    Institutions of higher education that meet the definition of novice 
applicant.
    To meet this priority, an applicant must be an institution of 
higher education that meets the definition of novice applicant in 34 
CFR 75.225. To meet this definition of novice applicant, the applicant 
must--
    1. Have never received a grant or subgrant under the Rehabilitation 
Training: Rehabilitation Long-Term Training program;
    2. Have never been a member of a group application, submitted in 
accordance with sections 34 CFR 75.127-75.129, that received a grant 
under the Rehabilitation Training: Rehabilitation Long-Term Training 
program; and
    3. Have not had an active discretionary grant from the Federal 
Government in the five years before the deadline date for applications 
under the Rehabilitation Training: Rehabilitation Long-Term Training 
program. A grant is considered active until the end of the grant's 
project or funding period, including any extensions of these periods 
that extend the grantee's authority to obligate funds.

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

    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 
81, 82, 84, 85, 86, and 99. (b) The regulations for this program in 34 
CFR parts 385 and 386. (c) The notice of final priority for this 
program, published in the Federal Register on January 15, 2003 (68 FR 
2166). (d) The notice of final priority for this program, published in 
the Federal Register on October 16, 1998 (63 FR 55764).

    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.

II. Award Information

    Type of Awards: Discretionary grants.
    Estimated Available Funds: $6,450,000.

    Note: Please refer to the ``Maximum Award'' column of the chart 
in this section for the estimated dollar amounts for individual 
competitions.

    Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of 
applications for the competitions announced in this notice, we may make 
additional awards in FY 2010 from the lists of unfunded applicants from 
individual competitions.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $70,000-$150,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $100,000.
    Maximum Award: See chart.
    Estimated Number of Awards: See chart.
    Project Period: Up to 60 months.

                Rehabilitation Long-Term Training Program Application Notice for Fiscal Year 2010
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                                                       Maximum award  (per budget
         CFDA Number               Priority area                  year)              Estimated number of awards
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84.129B......................  Rehabilitation                             $150,000                            25
                                Counseling.
84.129C......................  Rehabilitation                              100,000                             1
                                Administration.
84.129E......................  Rehabilitation                              100,000                             2
                                Technology.
84.129F......................  Vocational Evaluation                       100,000                             2
                                and Work Adjustment.
84.129H......................  Rehabilitation of                           100,000                             5
                                Individuals Who are
                                Mentally Ill.
84.129J......................  Rehabilitation                              100,000                             2
                                Psychology.
84.129P......................  Specialized Personnel                       100,000                             3
                                for Rehabilitation
                                of Individuals who
                                are Blind or Have
                                Vision Impairments.
84.129Q......................  Rehabilitation of                           100,000                             4
                                Individuals Who are
                                Deaf or Hard of
                                Hearing.
84.129R......................  Job Development and                         100,000                             2
                                Job Placement
                                Services to
                                Individuals with
                                Disabilities.
84.129W......................  Comprehensive System                        100,000                             6
                                of Personnel
                                Development.
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    We will reject any application that proposes a budget exceeding the 
maximum amount for each individual competition for a single budget 
period of 12 months. For projects funded under 84.129B, the maximum 
amount for a single budget period of 12 months is $150,000. For all 
other competitions in this notice, the maximum amount is $100,000 for a 
single budget period of 12 months. The Assistant Secretary for Special 
Education and Rehabilitative Services may change the maximum amount 
through a notice published in the Federal Register.

    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this 
notice. The Secretary may decide to increase or decrease the number 
of grants awarded in each specific priority area based on factors 
such as the quality of the applications received.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: States and public or nonprofit agencies and 
organizations, including Indian Tribes and institutions of higher 
education.
    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: Cost sharing of at least 10 percent of 
the total cost of the project is required of grantees under the 
Rehabilitation Long-Term Training program. The Secretary may waive part 
of the non-Federal share of the cost of the project after negotiations 
if the applicant demonstrates that it does not have sufficient 
resources to contribute the entire match (34 CFR 386.30).

    Note: Under 34 CFR 75.562(c), an indirect cost reimbursement on 
a training grant is limited to the recipient's actual indirect 
costs, as determined by its negotiated indirect cost rate agreement, 
or eight percent of a modified total direct cost base, whichever 
amount is less. Indirect costs in excess of the limit may not be 
charged directly, used to satisfy matching or cost-sharing 
requirements, or charged to another Federal award.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Address to Request Application Package: ED Pubs, U.S. Department 
of Education, P.O. Box 22207, Alexandria, VA 22304. Telephone, toll 
free: 1-877-433-7827. FAX: (703) 605-6794. If you use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call, toll free: 1-877-
576-7734.
    You can contact ED Pubs at its Web site, also: 
http://www.EDPubs.gov or at its e-mail address: edpubs@inet.ed.gov.
    If you request an application package from ED Pubs, be sure to 
identify the competition as follows: CFDA number 84.129 B, C, E, F, H, 
J, P, Q, R, or W.
    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 person or team listed under 
Accessible Format in section VIII of this notice.
    2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements 
concerning the content of an application, together with the forms you 
must submit, are in the application package for the competition.
    Page Limit: The application narrative (Part III of the application) 
is where you, the applicant, address the selection criteria that 
reviewers use to evaluate your application. You must limit the 
application narrative (Part III) to the equivalent of no more than 45 
pages, using the following standards:
     A ``page'' is 8.5 x 11, on one side only, with 1'' margins 
at the top, bottom, and both sides.
     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).
     Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier, 
Courier New, or Arial. An application submitted in any other font 
(including Times Roman or Arial Narrow) will not be accepted.
    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, the references, or the letters of support. 
However, the page limit does apply to all of the application narrative 
section (Part III).
    We will reject your application if you exceed the page limit; or if 
you apply other standards and exceed the equivalent of the page limit.
    3. Submission Dates and Times:
    Applications Available: April 23, 2010.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 7, 2010.
    Applications for grants under these competitions must be submitted 
electronically using the Electronic Grant Application System (e-
Application) accessible through the Department's e-Grants site. For 
information (including dates and times) about how to submit your 
application electronically, or in paper format by mail or hand delivery 
if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, please refer to section IV. 6. Other Submission 
Requirements of this notice.
    We do not consider an application that does not comply with the 
deadline requirements.
    Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or 
auxiliary aid in connection with the application process should contact 
the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII 
of this notice. If the Department provides an accommodation or 
auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability in connection with the 
application process, the individual's application remains subject to 
all other requirements and limitations in this notice.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: August 6, 2010.
    4. Intergovernmental Review: This program is subject to Executive 
Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. Information about 
Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs under Executive Order 
12372 is in the application packages for these competitions.
    5. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding 
restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.
    6. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under 
these competitions must be submitted electronically unless you qualify 
for an exception to this requirement in accordance with the 
instructions in this section.

a. Electronic Submission of Applications

    Applications for grants under the Rehabilitation Training: 
Rehabilitation Long-Term Training competitions--CFDA Numbers 84.129 B, 
C, E, F, H, J, P, Q, R, and W must be submitted electronically using e-
Application, accessible through the Department's e-Grants Web site at: 
http:// e-grants.ed.gov.
    We will reject your application if you submit it in paper format 
unless, as described elsewhere in this section, you qualify for one of 
the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement and submit, no 
later than two weeks before the application deadline date, a written 
statement to the Department that you qualify for one of these 
exceptions. Further information regarding calculation of the date that 
is two weeks before the application deadline date is provided later in 
this section under Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement.
    While completing your electronic application, you will be entering 
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online that will be saved into a database. You may not e-mail an 
electronic copy of a grant application to us.
    Please note the following:
     You must complete the electronic submission of your grant 
application by 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application 
deadline date. E-Application will not accept an application for these 
competitions after 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the 
application deadline date. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you do 
not wait until the application deadline date to begin the application 
process.
     The hours of operation of the e-Grants Web site are 6:00 
a.m. Monday until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday; and 6:00 a.m. Thursday until 
8:00 p.m. Sunday, Washington, DC time. Please note that, because of 
maintenance, the system is unavailable between 8:00 p.m. on Sundays and 
6:00 a.m. on Mondays, and between 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and 6:00 a.m. 
on Thursdays, Washington, DC time. Any modifications to these hours are 
posted on the e-Grants Web site.
     You will not receive additional point value because you 
submit your application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you 
if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, as described elsewhere in this section, and submit your 
application in paper format.
     You must submit all documents electronically, including 
all information you typically provide on the following forms: The 
Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424), the Department of 
Education Supplemental Information for SF 424, Budget Information--Non-
Construction Programs (ED 524), and all necessary assurances and 
certifications. You must attach any narrative sections of your 
application as files in a .DOC (document), .RTF (rich text), or .PDF 
(Portable Document) format. If you upload a file type other than the 
three file types specified in this paragraph or submit a password 
protected file, we will not review that material.
     Your electronic application must comply with any page-
limit requirements described in this notice.
     Prior to submitting your electronic application, you may 
wish to print a copy of it for your records.
     After you electronically submit your application, you will 
receive an automatic acknowledgment that will include a PR/Award number 
(an identifying number unique to your application).
     Within three working days after submitting your electronic 
application, fax a signed copy of the SF 424 to the Application Control 
Center after following these steps:
    (1) Print SF 424 from e-Application.
    (2) The applicant's Authorizing Representative must sign this form.
    (3) Place the PR/Award number in the upper right hand corner of the 
hard-copy signature page of the SF 424.
    (4) Fax the signed SF 424 to the Application Control Center at 
(202) 245-6272.
     We may request that you provide us original signatures on 
other forms at a later date.
    Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of e-Application 
Unavailability: If you are prevented from electronically submitting 
your application on the application deadline date because e-Application 
is unavailable, we will grant you an extension of one business day to 
enable you to transmit your application electronically, by mail, or by 
hand delivery. We will grant this extension if--
    (1) You are a registered user of e-Application and you have 
initiated an electronic application for the competition; and
    (2) (a) E-Application is unavailable for 60 minutes or more between 
the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the 
application deadline date; or
    (b) E-Application is unavailable for any period of time between 
3:30 p.m. and 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application 
deadline date.
    We must acknowledge and confirm these periods of unavailability 
before granting you an extension. To request this extension or to 
confirm our acknowledgment of any system unavailability, you may 
contact either (1) the person listed elsewhere in this notice under FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT (see VII. Agency Contact) or (2) the e-
Grants help desk at 1-888-336-8930. If e-Application is unavailable due 
to technical problems with the system and, therefore, the application 
deadline is extended, an e-mail will be sent to all registered users 
who have initiated an e-Application. Extensions referred to in this 
section apply only to the unavailability of e-Application.
    Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement: You qualify for an 
exception to the electronic submission requirement, and may submit your 
application in paper format, if you are unable to submit an application 
through e-Application because--
     You do not have access to the Internet; or
     You do not have the capacity to upload large documents to 
e-Application;
 and
     No later than two weeks before the application deadline 
date (14 calendar days or, if the fourteenth calendar day before the 
application deadline date falls on a Federal holiday, the next business 
day following the Federal holiday), you mail or fax a written statement 
to the Department, explaining which of the two grounds for an exception 
prevents you from using the Internet to submit your application. If you 
mail your written statement to the Department, it must be postmarked no 
later than two weeks before the application deadline date. If you fax 
your written statement to the Department, we must receive the faxed 
statement no later than two weeks before the application deadline date.
    Address and mail or fax your statement to: Traci DiMartini, U.S. 
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 5027, Potomac 
Center Plaza (PCP), Washington, DC 20202-2800. FAX: (202) 245-7591.
    Your paper application must be submitted in accordance with the 
mail or hand delivery instructions described in this notice.

b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail

    If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, you may mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or a 
commercial carrier) your application to the Department. You must mail 
the original and two copies of your application, on or before the 
application deadline date, to the Department at the following address: 
U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: 
CFDA Number 84.129 B, C, E, F, H, J, P, Q, R, or W, LBJ Basement Level 
1, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202-4260.
    You must show proof of mailing consisting of one of the following:
    (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 
carrier.
    (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of the 
U.S. Department of Education.
    If you mail your 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.

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    If your application is postmarked after the application deadline 
date, we will not consider your application.

    Note: 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.

c. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery

    If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, you (or a courier service) may deliver your paper 
application to the Department by hand. You must deliver the original 
and two copies of your application, by hand, on or before the 
application deadline date, to the Department at the following address: 
U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: 
CFDA Number 84.129 B, C, E, F, H, J, P, Q, R, or W, 550 12th Street, 
SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-4260.
    The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily 
between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, except 
Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays.

    Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications:  If you 
mail or hand deliver your application to the Department--
    (1) You must indicate on the envelope and--if not provided by 
the Department--in Item 11 of the SF 424 the CFDA number, including 
suffix letter, if any, of the competition under which you are 
submitting your application; and
    (2) The Application Control Center will mail to you a 
notification of receipt of your grant application. If you do not 
receive this grant notification within 15 business days from the 
application deadline date, you should call the U.S. Department of 
Education Application Control Center at (202) 245-6288.

V. Application Review Information

    Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for these competitions 
are from 34 CFR 75.210 and 34 CFR 386.20 and are listed in the 
application package.

VI. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your 
U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award 
Notification (GAN). We may notify you informally, also.
    If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, 
we notify you.
    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify 
administrative and national policy requirements in the application 
package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable 
Regulations section of this notice.
    We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of 
an award in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice and 
include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also 
incorporates your approved application as part of your binding 
commitments under the grant.
    3. Reporting: At the end of your project period, you must submit a 
final performance report, including financial information, as directed 
by the Secretary. If you receive a multi-year award, you must submit an 
annual performance report that provides the most current performance 
and financial expenditure information as directed by the Secretary 
under 34 CFR 75.118. The Secretary may also require more frequent 
performance reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements 
on reporting, please go to 
http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/appforms/appforms.html.
    4. Performance Measures: The Government Performance and Results Act 
(GPRA) of 1993 directs Federal departments and agencies to improve the 
effectiveness of programs by engaging in strategic planning, setting 
outcome-related goals for programs, and measuring program results 
against those goals.
    The goal of the Rehabilitation Services Administration's (RSA) 
Rehabilitation Training: Rehabilitation Long-Term Training program is 
to increase the number of qualified VR personnel, including counselors 
and other professional staff, working in State VR or related agencies. 
At least 75 percent of all grant funds must be used for direct payment 
of student scholarships.
    Grantees are required to track current and former RSA scholars and 
maintain accurate information on them from the time they are enrolled 
in the program until they successfully meet their payback requirements. 
Specifically, each grantee is required to maintain information on the 
cumulative support granted to RSA scholars, scholar debt in years, 
program completion date and reason for exit for each scholar, dates 
each scholar's work begins and is completed to meet his or her payback 
agreement, type of employment scholars attain, all current contact 
information for scholars including home address, and the place of 
employment of individual scholars.
    Grantees are required to report annually to RSA on these data 
elements using the RSA Grantee Reporting Form, OMB number 1820-0617, an 
electronic reporting system supported by the RSA Management Information 
System (RSA MIS). The RSA Grantee Reporting Form collects specific 
data, including the number of RSA scholars entering the rehabilitation 
workforce, the rehabilitation field each scholar enters, and the type 
of employment setting each scholar chooses (e.g., State agency, 
nonprofit service provider, or practice group). This form allows RSA to 
measure results against the goal of increasing the number of qualified 
VR personnel working in State VR and related agencies.
    All Rehabilitation Long-Term Training grantees must also submit 
information in their annual report that details their relationship with 
State VR agencies including any information demonstrating articulation 
agreements, internships for RSA scholars, or employment of program 
graduates in the State VR agency.

VII. Agency Contact

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Traci DiMartini, U.S. Department of 
Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, 400 Maryland Avenue, 
SW., room 5027, PCP, Washington, DC 20202-2800. Telephone: (202) 245-
6425 or by e-mail: Traci.DiMartini@ed.gov.
    If you use a TDD, call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, 
at 1-800-877-8339.

VIII. Other Information

    Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this 
document and a copy of the application package in an accessible format 
(e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) by 
contacting the Grants and Contracts Service Team, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 5075, PCP, Washington, DC 
20202-2550. Telephone: (202) 245-7363. If you use a TDD, call the FRS, 
toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.
    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.

    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.



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    Dated: April 20, 2010.
Alexa Posny,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
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