[Federal Register: December 21, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 246)]
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[CFDA No.: 84.250B]

Vocational Rehabilitation Service Projects for American Indians 
With Disabilities; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for 
Fiscal Year (FY) 2001

    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 
choices, 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.
    Applications Available: December 21, 2000.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 21, 2001.
    Estimated Available Funds: $1,525,135.
    The Administration has requested $23,998,000 for this program for 
FY 2001. The actual level of funding, if any, depends on final 
congressional action. However, we are inviting applications to allow 
enough time to complete the grant process before the end of the fiscal 
year, if Congress appropriates funds for this program.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $250,000-$350,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $300,000.
    Reasonable Accommodations: We will consider, and may fund, requests 
for additional funding as an addendum to an application to reflect the 
costs of reasonable accommodations necessary to allow individuals with 
disabilities to be employed on the project as personnel on project 
    Estimated Number of Awards: 5.

    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 part 371.
    Priority: Under section 121(b)(4) of the Rehabilitation Act of 
1973, as amended, we give preference to applications that meet the 
following competitive priority. Under 34 CFR 74.105(c)(2)(i) we award 
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:
    Competitive Preference Priority--Continuation of Previously Funded 
Tribal Programs: In making new awards under this program, we give 
priority consideration to applications for the continuation of tribal 
programs that have been funded under this program.
    Selection Criteria: In evaluating an application for a new grant 
under this competition, we use 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: Education Publications Center (ED Pubs), 
P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Telephone (toll free): 1-877-433-
7827. FAX (301) 470-1244. If you use a telecommunications device for 
the deaf (TDD), you may call (toll free): 1-877-576-7734.
    You may also contact ED Pubs at its Web site: http://www.ed.gov/
    Or you may contact ED Pubs at its e-mail address: 
    If you request an application from ED Pubs, be sure to identify 

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competition as follows: CFDA number 84.250B.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application 
package in an alternative format by contacting the Grants and Contracts 
Services Team, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., 
room 3317, Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20202-2550. Telephone: 
(202) 205-8351. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf 
(TDD), you may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-
800-877-8339. However, the Department is not able to reproduce in an 
alternative format the standard forms included in the application 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pamela Martin or Suzanne Tillman, U.S. 
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 3314, Switzer 
Building, Washington, DC 20202-2650. Telephone (202) 205-8494 or (202) 
205-8303. 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 
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the contact persons listed in the preceding 
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    Program Authority:  29 U.S.C. 773(b).

    Dated: December 15, 2000.
Judith E. Heumann,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. 00-32494 Filed 12-20-00; 8:45 am]