[Federal Register: November 17, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 223)]
[Notices]
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Part III

Department of Education

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Parent Training and Information Centers Program; Notice

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Parent Training and Information Centers Programs

AGENCY: Department of Education, Office of Special Education and
Rehabilitative Services.

ACTION: Notice of proposed waiver.

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SUMMARY: We are proposing to waive the requirements in EDGAR at 34 CFR
75.261 as applied to the Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs)
funded in FY 1999 and to authorize the Centers to carry out additional
activities to support fifth year funding. Section 75.261 sets forth the
conditions for extending a project period, including the general
prohibition against extending projects that involve the obligation of
additional Federal funds. We also propose to issue one year
continuation awards in FY 2003 to 15 Parent Training and Information
Centers project funded in FY 1999 in order to ensure the most efficient
use of Federal funds. Only those grantees who currently hold the FY
1999 four year grant awards under the Parent Training and Information
Centers projects would be eligible to apply for the funds. The
Department is therefore soliciting public comment on the proposed
waiver.

DATES: Comments must be received on December 18, 2000.

ADDRESSES: All comments concerning this proposal should be addressed to
Debra Sturdivant or Donna Fluke, U.S. Department of Education, 400
Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 3527, Switzer Building, Washington, DC
20202-2641.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Debra Sturdivant, Telephone: (202)
205-8038, or Donna Fluke, Telephone: (202) 205-9161. If you use a
telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an
alternate format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer
diskette) on request to the contact person listed in the preceding
paragraph.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Invitation To Comment

    We invite you to submit comments regarding this proposed waiver.
    We invite you to assist us in complying with the specific
requirements of Executive Order 12866 and its overall requirement of
reducing regulatory burden that might result from this proposed waiver.
Please let us know of any further opportunities we should take to
reduce potential costs or increase potential benefits while preserving
the effective and efficient administration of the program.
    During and after the comment period, you may inspect all public
comments about this proposed waiver in Room 3414, Switzer Building, 330
C Street SW., Washington, D.C., between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00
p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday of each week except Federal
holidays.

Assistance to Individuals With Disabilities in Reviewing the
Rulemaking Record

    On request, we will supply an appropriate aid, such as a reader or
print magnifier, to an individual with a disability who needs
assistance to review the comments or other documents in the public
rulemaking record for this proposed waiver. If you want to schedule an
appointment for this type of aid, you may call (202) 205-8113 or (202)
260-9895. If you use a TDD, you may call the Federal Information Relay
Service at 1-800-877-8339.

Background

    On June 9, 1999, we issued a Notice Inviting Applications for New
Awards under the Parent Training and Information Centers Program for
Fiscal Year 1999. In this notice the Department announced that it would
make fifteen awards of up to 48 months (four-year cycle awards) under
34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
(IDEA), which directed us to support the establishment of Parent
Training and Information Centers that provide training and information
to parents of children with disabilities to help improve results for
their children.
    The fifteen Centers affected by this notice include thirteen State
awards and two other awards, one that focuses on the needs of Native
Americans families, and one that focuses on military families. The
grant period for these centers extends for four years until May 31,
2003.

Reasons

    Beginning with the awards made under this program in FY 2000, we
have determined that five years provides a more appropriate funding
cycle in order to foster more efficient use of Federal funds. On this
basis, we believe that it makes the most programmatic sense to issue
continuation awards to the existing fiscal year 1999 grantees in order
to make their award cycle consistent with the fiscal year 2000 five-
year cycle awards. However, to do so, we must waive the requirement in
34 CFR 75.261(c)(2), which prohibits project period extensions that
involve the obligation of additional Federal funds. We are proposing
this waiver at this time in order to give the affected grantees early
notice of the availability of a fifth year of funding.

Regulatory Flexibility Act Certification

    We certify that the proposed waiver and the activities required to
support fifth year funding would not have a significant economic impact
on a substantial number of small entities.
    The small entities that would be affected by this proposal are the
fiscal year 1999 PTI Centers currently receiving Federal funds.
However, the proposal would not have a significant economic impact on
the Centers because the waiver and activities required to support fifth
year funding would not impose excessive regulatory burdens or require
unnecessary Federal supervision. The proposal would impose minimal
requirements to ensure the proper expenditure of program funds,
including requirements that are standard to continuation awards.

Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980

    This proposal has been examined under the Paperwork Reduction Act
of 1980 and has been found to contain no information collection
requirements.

Intergovernmental Review

    This program is subject to the requirements of Executive Order
12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. One of the objectives of
the Executive order is to foster an intergovernmental partnership and a
strengthened Federalism. The Executive order relies on processes
developed by State and local governments for coordination and review of
proposed Federal financial assistance.
    This document provides early notification of the Department's
specific plans and actions for this program.

Assessment of Educational Impact

    We particularly request comments on whether this proposed waiver
would require transmission of information that any other agency or
authority of the United States gathers or makes available.

Electronic Access to This Document

    You may view this document, as well as all other Department of
Education documents published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe
Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at either of the
following sites:

http://ocfo.ed.gov/fedreg.htm
http://www.ed.gov/news.html

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(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number 84.328, Training and
Information for Parents of Children with Disabilities.)
    Dated: November 13, 2000.
Judith E. Heumann,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. 00-29451 Filed 11-16-00; 8:45 am]
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