[Federal Register: October 22, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 204)]
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Part V

Department of Education


Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Rehabilitation
Short-Term Training; Notice

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Rehabilitation Short-Term Training

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

ACTION: Notice of proposed priority for fiscal year (FY) 2000 and
subsequent fiscal years


SUMMARY: The Secretary proposes a funding priority under the
Rehabilitation Short-Term Training program. The Secretary may use this
priority for competitions in FY 2000 and in subsequent fiscal years.
The Secretary takes this action to support special seminars,
institutes, workshops, and other short-term courses in technical
matters relating to the vocational, medical, social, and psychological
rehabilitation programs, independent living services programs, and
client assistance programs.

DATES: We must receive your comments on or before November 22, 1999.

ADDRESSES: All comments concerning this proposed priority should be
addressed to Dr. Beverly Brightly, U.S. Department of Education, 400
Maryland Avenue, SW., Mary E. Switzer Building, room 3327, Washington,
DC 20202-2649. If you prefer to send your comments through the
Internet, use the following address: Beverly__Brightly@ed.gov
    You must include the term ``Rehabilitation Short-Term Training
Program'' in the subject line of your electronic message.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Beverly Brightly. Telephone (202)
205-9561. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD),
you may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-
    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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Short-Term Training program is
authorized under section 302(a) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as

Goals 2000: Educate America Act

    The Goals 2000: Educate America Act (Goals 2000) focuses the
Nation's education reform efforts on the eight National Education Goals
and provides a framework for meeting them. Goals 2000 promotes new
partnerships to strengthen schools and expands the Department's
capacities for helping communities to exchange ideas and obtain
information needed to achieve the goals.
    This proposed priority would address the National Education Goal
that every adult American will be literate and will possess the
knowledge and skills necessary to compete in a global economy and
exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The proposed
priority furthers the objectives of this Goal by focusing available
funds on projects that improve the skills of Client Assistance Program
staff, which will improve the responsiveness of the vocational
rehabilitation system to adults with disabilities and their vocational
    The Secretary will announce the final priority in a notice in the
Federal Register. The final priority will be determined by responses to
this notice, available funds, and other considerations of the
Department. Funding of particular projects depends on the availability
of funds, the nature of the final priority, and the quality of the
applications received. The publication of this proposed priority does
not preclude the Secretary from proposing additional priorities, nor
does it limit the Secretary to funding only this priority, subject to
meeting applicable rulemaking requirements.

    Note: This notice of proposed priority does not solicit
applications. In any year in which the Secretary chooses to use this
proposed priority, the Secretary invites applications through a
notice published in the Federal Register. A notice inviting
applications under this competition will be published in the Federal
Register concurrent with or following publication of the notice of
final priority.


    Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), the Secretary proposes to give an
absolute preference to applications that meet the following priority.
The Secretary proposes to fund under this competition only applications
that meet this absolute priority:
    A project must--
    * Provide training to Client Assistance Program (CAP)
personnel on an as-needed basis, including--
    (1) Management training on skills needed for strategic and
operational planning and direction of CAP services;
    (2) Advocacy training on skills and knowledge needed by CAP staff
to assist persons with disabilities to gain access to and to use the
services and benefits available under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,
as amended, with particular emphasis on new statutory and regulatory
    (3) Systemic advocacy training on skills and knowledge needed by
CAP staff to address programmatic issues of concern;
    (4) Training and technical assistance on CAP best practices; and
    (5) Training on skills and knowledge needed by CAP staff to perform
additional responsibilities required by the Workforce Investment Act of
1998, as amended.
    * Coordinate training efforts with other training supported
by the Rehabilitation Services Administration, as well as with the
training supported by the Center for Mental Health Services and the
Administration on Developmental Disabilities on common areas such as
protection and advocacy, financial management, and trial advocacy.
    * Include both national and regional training seminars in
each project year.

Intergovernmental Review

    This program is subject to the requirements of Executive Order
12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. The objective of the
Executive order is to foster an intergovernmental partnership and a
strengthened federalism by relying on processes developed by State and
local governments for coordination and review of proposed Federal
financial assistance.
    In accordance with the order, this document is intended to provide
early notification of the Department's specific plans and actions for
this program.

Invitation To Comment

    We invite you to submit comments and recommendations regarding this
proposed priority. During and after the comment period, you may inspect
all public comments about this proposed priority in the Mary E. Switzer
Building, room 3217, 330 C Street, SW., Washington, DC, between the
hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday of
each week except Federal holidays.

Assistance to Individuals With Disabilities in Reviewing the Rulemaking

    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 priority. 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.

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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:


To use the PDF you must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader Program with
Search, which is available free at either of the previous sites. If you
have questions about using the PDF, call the U.S. Government Printing
Office (GPO), toll free, at 1-888-293-6498; or in the Washington, DC,
area at (202) 512-1530.

    Note: The official version of this document is the document
published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the
official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal
Regulations is available on GPO Access at: http://

    (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number 84.246K
Rehabilitation Short-Term Training)

    Program authority: 29 U.S.C. 721(b) and (e) and 796(e).

    Dated: October 19, 1999.
Judith E. Heumann,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. 99-27688 Filed 10-21-99; 8:45 am]