[Federal Register: June 1, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 104)]
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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 

DATES: Thursday, June 25, 1998 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

ADDRESSES: Clark Room of the Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C Street, SW, 
Washington, DC 20202.

Libby Doggett or Kim Lawrence, U.S. Department of Education, 330 C 
Street, SW, 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 will consider and possibly take action on 
the following: selection of priorities for the next few years, a vision 
and mission statement, a set of operating policies and procedures, and 
a strategic plan that will guide the FICC work for the next three 
years, ways to resolve conflicts between Medicaid and private insurance 
in the provision of early intervention services, and implementation of 
changes in payment by Champus/Tricare for early intervention services. 
Reports from the FICC committees (Finance, Legislative, Integrated 
Services, Communication, Family Empowerment and Executive) will be 
heard and acted upon as necessary.
    The meeting of the FICC is open to the public and will be 
physically accessible. Anyone requiring accommodations such as an 
interpreter, materials in Braille, large print, or cassette please call 
Kim Lawrence at (202) 205-8428 ten days in advance of the meeting.
    Summary minutes of the FICC meetings will be maintained and 
available for public inspection at the U.S. Department of Education, 
330 C Street, SW, 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. 98-14415 Filed 5-29-98; 8:45 am]