[Federal Register: May 20, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 97)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 
Federal Interagency Coordinating Council Meeting

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of a public meeting.

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SUMMARY: This notice describes the schedule and agenda of the 
forthcoming meeting of the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council 
(FICC). Notice of this meeting is intended to inform members of the 
general public of their opportunity to attend the meeting. The FICC 
will engage in policy discussions related to health services for young 
children with disabilities and their families. The meeting will be open 
and accessible to the general public.

DATES: FICC Meeting: Thursday, June 12, 2003 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

ADDRESSES: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 200 
Independence Avenue, SW., Room 505A, Washington, DC, 20201.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Obral Vance, U.S. Department of 
Education, 330 C Street, SW., Room 3090, Switzer Building, Washington, 
DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 205-5507 (press 3). Individuals who use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call (202) 205-5637.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FICC is established under section 644 of 
the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1444). The 
FICC 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 Dr. Robert H. Pasternack, Assistant Secretary 
for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
    Individuals who need accommodations for a disability in order to 
attend the meeting (i.e., interpreting services, assistive listening 
devices, material in alternative format) should notify Obral Vance at 
(202) 205-5507 (press 3) or (202) 205-5637 (TDD) ten days in advance of 
the meeting. The meeting location is accessible to individuals with 
disabilities.
    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 3090, Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20202, 
from the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays, except Federal holidays.

Loretta Petty Chittum,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative 
Services.
[FR Doc. 03-12525 Filed 5-19-03; 8:45 am]

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