[Federal Register: November 29, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 228)]
[Page 66616]
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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
disabilities. The FICC will attend to ongoing work including reports
from committees and task forces. A delegation of Canadian policy makers
will attend the meetings and participate in a policy exchange. A Policy
Forum on Service Coordination, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), will be held on
Thursday morning from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. An agenda is included in
the packet and the meeting is open to the public. The Department of
Defense/Education Task Force will meet Tuesday afternoon, November 30
from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. The monitoring task force will meet on
Wednesday morning, December 1, 1999 from 9 a.m.-12 noon. Committee
meetings will be held from 12 noon-2 p.m. and a Health Care Financing
Administration (HCFA) Listening Session will be held from 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
on Wednesday, December 1.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, December 2, 1999 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

ADDRESSES: U.S. Dept. of Education, Barnard Auditorium, 400 Maryland
Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202, near the Federal Center Southwest and
L'Enfant metro stops.

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(c) 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 in 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.
    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) 205-5507 (voice) or (202) 205-9754 (TDD) 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 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays, except Federal
Judith E. Heumann,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. 99-30881 Filed 11-26-99; 8:45 am]