[Federal Register: February 5, 1996 (Volume 61, Number 24)]
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Part III

Department of Education


Impact Aid; Notice

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Impact Aid

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice extending the application deadline date for Impact Aid
fiscal year 1996 section 8002 grants and fiscal year 1997 section 8003 


SUMMARY: The Secretary extends the deadline date for the submission of 
applications for Impact Aid fiscal year 1996 section 8002 grants and 
fiscal year 1997 section 8003 grants to March 15, 1996. Impact Aid 
regulations at 34 CFR 222.3 specify that the annual application 
deadline is January 31. Due to a lack of appropriated funds in November 
and December resulting in the furlough of Department employees and 
inclement weather in January, the Department of Education, like many 
other Federal agencies, was closed for approximately five weeks. As a 
result, application packages could not be mailed until the week of 
January 15, 1996. Consequently, an extension is being granted to 
potential applicants under sections 8002 and 8003 for Impact Aid 
assistance for the respective years specified. Section 8003 applicants 
should use a survey date for their student counts that is at least 
three days after the start of the 1995-96 school year and before the 
extended deadline of March 15, 1996.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This notice extending the application deadline date to 
March 15, 1996, for Impact Aid fiscal year 1996 section 8002 grants and 
fiscal year 1997 section 8003 grants is effective February 5, 1996. The 
deadline date for the transmittal of comments by State Educational 
Agencies is March 30, 1996. The Secretary will also accept and approve 
for payment any otherwise approvable application that is received on or 
before the sixtieth calendar day after March 15, 1996, which is May 14, 
1996. However, any applicant meeting the conditions of the preceding 
sentence will have its payment reduced by 10 percent of the amount it 
would have received had its application been filed by March 15, 1996.

Department of Education, 600 Independence Avenue SW., Room 4200 
Portals, Washington, DC 20202-6244. Telephone: (202) 260-3907. 
Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may 
call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 
between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.
    Waiver of rulemaking. Section 222.3, which establishes the annual 
January 31 Impact Aid application deadline, is currently in effect. 
However, due to the government furloughs affecting the Department and 
inclement weather, the applications could not be mailed to applicants 
on a timely basis, and applicants may not have sufficient time to 
comply with the annual deadline. Because this amendment makes a 
procedural change for this year only as a result of unique 
circumstances, proposed rulemaking is not required under 5 U.S.C. 
553(b)(A). In addition, the Secretary has determined under 5 U.S.C. 
553(b)(B) that proposed rulemaking on this one-time suspension of the 
regulatory deadline date is impracticable, unnecessary, and contrary to 
the public interest.

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 7705.

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number 84.041)

    Dated: January 31, 1996.
Gerald N. Tirozzi,
Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education.
[FR Doc. 96-2326 Filed 2-2-96; 8:45 am]