[Federal Register: December 15, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 240)]
[Page 69061-69062]
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[CFDA No.: 84.250H]

Vocational Rehabilitation Service Projects for American Indians 
With Disabilities; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for 
Fiscal Year (FY) 1999

    Purpose of Program: To provide vocational rehabilitation services 
to American Indians with disabilities who reside on or near Federal or 
State reservations, consistent with their individual strengths, 
resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, and informed 
choice, so that they may prepare for and engage in gainful employment, 
including self-employment, telecommuting, or business ownership.
    Eligible Applicants: Applications may be submitted only by the 
governing bodies of Indian tribes and consortia of those governing 
bodies located on Federal or State reservations.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 1, 1999.
    Applications Available: December 15, 1998.
    Available Funds: $3,800,000.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $250,000--$350,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $300,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 12.

    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this 

    Project Period: Up to 60 months.
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 80, 81, and 
82; and (b) The regulations for this program in 34 CFR parts 369 and 


    Under section 121(b)(4) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as 
amended, the Secretary gives preference to applications that meet the 
following competitive priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) the 
Secretary awards 10 points to an application that meets this 
competitive priority. These points are in addition to any points the 
application earns under the selection criteria for the program:

Competitive Preference Priority--Continuation of Previously Funded 
Tribal Programs

    Section 121(b)(4) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, 
provides that in making new awards under this program the Secretary 
gives priority consideration to applications for the continuation of 
tribal programs that

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have been funded under this program. For this competition in fiscal 
year 1999, the Secretary implements this priority by giving a 
competitive preference of 10 bonus points, in accordance with 34 CFR 
75.105(c)(2)(i), to applications that meet this priority.
    Selection Criteria: In evaluating an application for a new grant 
under this competition, the Secretary uses selection criteria chosen 
from the general selection criteria in 34 CFR 75.210 of EDGAR. The 
selection criteria to be used for this competition will be provided in 
the application package for this competition. For Applications Contact: 
The Grants and Contracts Service Team (GCST), U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Room 3317, Switzer Building, 
Washington, D.C. 20202-2550. Telephone: (202) 205-8351. 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. The preferred method for 
requesting applications is to FAX your request to (202) 205-8717.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application 
package in an alternate format by contacting the GCST. However, the 
Department is not able to reproduce in an alternate format the standard 
forms included in the application package.
    For Further Information Contact: Pamela Martin, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Room 3314, Switzer Building, 
Washington, D.C., 20202-2650. Telephone: (202) 205-8494. Individuals 
who use a telecommunication 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.
    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 

Electronic Access to This Document

    Anyone may view this document, as well as all other Department of 
Education documents published in the Federal Register, in text or 
portable document format (pdf) on the World Wide Web 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 toll free at 1-888-293-6498. Anyone may also view these 
documents in text copy only on an electronic bulletin board of the 
Department. Telephone: (202) 219-1511 or, toll free, 1-800-222-4922. 
The documents are located under Option G--Files/Announcements, 
Bulletins and Press Releases.

    Note: The official version of a document is the document 
published in the Federal Register.

    Program Authority: 29 U.S.C. 711(c) and 750.

    Dated: December 9, 1998.
Judith E. Heumann,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. 98-33181 Filed 12-14-98; 8:45 am]