[Federal Register: February 4, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 23)]
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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 (IDEA) 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, March 4, 1999, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

ADDRESSES: Hilton, Crystal City, 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, 
Arlington, VA 22202, near the Crystal City metro stop.

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

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 
that 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 
    This FICC meeting coincides with the early intervention and 
preschool directors (Part C and 619 of IDEA) meetings held in the same 
location with overlapping times. At this meeting the Maternal and Child 
Health Bureau in conjunction with the FICC is sponsoring a policy forum 
on Thursday morning with Dr. Jack Shonkoff. The FICC members will be 
the policy forum respondents. During the afternoon session the FICC 
will attend to ongoing work including reports from a technical 
assistance survey, a Department of Defense Task Force, and Medicaid 
Benefits Task Force. To request a packet of materials or accommodations 
such as interpreters for persons who are hearing impaired, materials in 
Braille, large print, or cassette please call Kim Lawrence at (202) 
205-5507 (voice) or (202) 205-9754 (TDD) by February.
    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. 99-2584 Filed 2-3-99; 8:45 am]