[Federal Register: December 30, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 249)]
[Page 67850]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Federal Interagency Coordinating Council Meeting (FICC)

AGENCY: Federal Interagency Coordinating Council, Education.

ACTION: Notice of a public meeting.


SUMMARY: This notice describes the schedule and agenda of a forthcoming 
meeting of the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council, and invites 
people to participate. Notice of this meeting is required under section 
685(c) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and is 
intended to notify the general public of their opportunity to attend 
the meeting. The meeting will be accessible to individuals with 

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, January 22, 1998 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 
and Friday, January 23, 1998 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

ADDRESS: Columbia Room of the Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C Street, S.W., 
Washington, D.C. 20202.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Libby Doggett or Kim Lawrence, U.S. 
Department of Education, 330 C Street, S.W., Room 3080, Switzer 
Building, Washington, DC 20202-2644. Telephone: 202-205-8428 or 202-
205-5507. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf 
(TDD) may call 202-205-9754.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Federal Interagency Coordinating Council 
(FICC) is established under section 685 of the Individuals with 
Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1484a). The Council is 
established to: (1) Minimize duplication across Federal, State and 
local agencies of programs and activities relating to early 
intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and 
their families and preschool services for children with disabilities; 
(2) ensure effective coordination of Federal early intervention and 
preschool programs, including Federal technical assistance and support 
activities; and (3) identify gaps in Federal agency programs and 
services and barriers to Federal interagency cooperation. To meet these 
purposes, the FICC seeks to: (1) Identify areas of conflict, overlap, 
and omissions in interagency policies related to the provision of 
services to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities; (2) 
develop and implement joint policy interpretations on issues related to 
infants, toddlers, and preschoolers that cut across Federal agencies, 
including modifications of regulations to eliminate barriers to 
interagency programs and activities; and (3) coordinate the provision 
of technical assistance and dissemination of best practice information. 
The FICC is chaired by the Assistant Secretary for Special Education 
and Rehabilitative Services.
    At this meeting the FICC plans to set priorities for the next three 
years and discuss changes to the FICC dictated by the 1997 amendments 
to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Individuals are 
invited to come and participate in the planning process. Because the 
sequence of planning activities builds over two days, individuals are 
asked to participate in all steps and attend the entire meeting. Those 
who attend the meeting will be asked to take an active role in the 
planning process and make a commitment to participating in the ongoing 
work of one of the action teams.
    Individuals wishing to participate are asked to call Kim Lawrence 
at 202-205-8428 (voice) or 202-205-9754 (TDD) by January 12 to reserve 
a space and request a packet of planning materials. The meeting of the 
FICC is open to the public and will be physically accessible. Anyone 
requiring accommodations such as materials in Braille, large print, or 
cassette please call Kim Lawrence at (202) 205-8428 ten days in advance 
of the meeting. Interpreters for persons who are hearing impaired will 
be available.
    Summary minutes of the FICC meetings will be maintained and 
available for public inspection at the U.S. Department of Education, 
330 C Street, S.W., Room 3080, Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20202-
2644, from the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., weekdays, except 
Federal Holidays.
Judith E. Heumann,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. 97-33852 Filed 12-26-97; 8:45 am]