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Wednesday,

January 3, 2001

Part IV

Department of
Education
Native American Vocational and Technical
Education Program (NAVTEP); Notice
Inviting Applications for New Awards for
Fiscal Year (FY) 2000; Notice

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Submission of Applications: Each (Pub. L. 105–332), enacted October 31,
tribe to be served must approve an 1998. In section 116(e) of the Act,
[CFDA No: 84.101]
application for a project to serve more Congress expresses its intent to fund
Native American Vocational and than one Indian tribe. (25 U.S.C. programs that improve vocational and
Technical Education Program 450b(1)) technical education. Section 116, which
(NAVTEP); Notice Inviting Applications Deadline for Transmittal of continues support for the Secretary to
for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) Applications: March 2, 2001. provide grants, cooperative agreements,
2000 Available Funds: $13,063,668 for the and contracts for Native Americans to
first 12 months of the 36-month project operate vocational and technical
Notice to Applicants: This notice is a period. Funding for the second and education projects, also gives the
complete application package. Together third 12-month periods of the 36-month Secretary a strong mandate to expend
with the statute authorizing the program project period is subject to the Federal funds under the Native
and applicable regulations governing availability of funds and to a grantee American Vocational and Technical
the program, including the Education meeting the requirements of 34 CFR Education Program on projects that
Department General Administrative 75.253 (Continuation of multi-year improve vocational and technical
Regulations (EDGAR), the notice project after the first budget period.). education.
contains all of the information, Estimated Range of Awards: $300,000 Under the IVEP, the predecessor to
application forms, and instructions to $500,000 for the first 12 months. the NAVTEP, the Congress authorized
needed to apply for a grant under this Estimated Average Size of Awards: the Secretary to provide financial
competition. $375,000. assistance to Indian tribes and certain
Estimated Number of Awards: 35. schools funded by the Department of the
SUMMARY: The Secretary invites
Note: The Department is not bound by any Interior to plan, conduct, and
applications for new awards for FY 2000
estimates in this notice. administer projects, or portions of
under the Native American Program
Project Period: Up to 36 months. projects, that are authorized by and
authority of section 116 of the Carl D.
Applicable Statute and Regulations: consistent with the Carl D. Perkins
Perkins Vocational and Technical
(a) The relevant provisions of the Carl Vocational and Applied Technology
Education Act of 1998 (Act) and
Education Act of 1990 (20 U.S.C. 2301
announces deadline dates for the D. Perkins Vocational and Technical
et seq.). Based on requests from tribal
transmittal of applications for funding Education Act of 1998, 20 U.S.C. 2301
entities, the Secretary generally funded
under that program authority. et seq., in particular, section 116(a)–(g).
three types of projects. First, many tribal
Purpose of Program: The Native (b) The Education Department
entities used funds to provide tribal
American Vocational and Technical General Administrative Regulations
members with their initial opportunity
Education Program (NAVTEP), formerly (EDGAR) as follows:
to receive vocational and technical
known as the Indian Vocational (1) 34 CFR part 74 (Administration of
education in a tribal setting. Second,
Education Program (IVEP), provides Grants and Agreements with Institutions
tribal entities used grants to improve or
grants to improve vocational and of Higher Education, Hospitals, and
expand existing vocational programs or
technical education programs that are Other Nonprofit Organizations).
develop new ones. Third, some tribal
consistent with the purposes of the Act (2) 34 CFR part 75 (Direct Grant
entities received grants each year to
and that benefit American Indians and Programs).
provide continuous funding for the
Alaska Natives. (3) 34 CFR part 77 (Definitions that
Eligible Applicants: (a) The following same vocational education programs,
Apply to Department Regulations).
entities are eligible for an award under services, or activities.
(4) 34 CFR part 80 (Uniform
Section 116 of the Act changes many
the NAVTEP: Administrative Requirements for Grants
(1) A Federally recognized Indian requirements under which the Secretary
and Cooperative Agreements to State
tribe. must administer the vocational and
and Local Governments).
(2) A tribal organization. technical education program for
(5) 34 CFR part 81 (General Education
(3) An Alaska Native entity. Indians. Past grant recipients under the
Provisions Act—Enforcement).
(4) A Bureau-funded school, except IVEP will find that statutory changes
(6) 34 CFR part 82 (New Restrictions
for a bureau funded school proposing to will have a noticeable impact on how
on Lobbying).
use its award to support secondary tribal entities plan for and operate
(7) 34 CFR part 85 (Governmentwide
school vocational and technical projects.
Debarment and Suspension The following summary is intended to
education programs. (Nonprocurement) and
(b) Any tribe, tribal organization, help the reader to become familiar with
Governmentwide Requirements for the significant changes in section 116 of
Alaska Native entity, or eligible Bureau- Drug-Free Workplace (Grants)).
funded school may apply individually the Act and the way in which these
(8) 34 CFR part 86 (Drug and Alcohol changes are reflected in the
or as part of a consortium with one or Abuse Prevention).
more eligible tribes, tribal organizations, administration of the NAVTEP as
(9) 34 CFR part 97 (Protection of compared with the IVEP.
Alaska Native entities, or eligible Human Subjects).
Bureau-funded schools. (Eligible (10) 34 CFR part 98 (Student Rights In Changes to the Program
applicants seeking to apply for funds as Research, Experimental Programs and
a consortium should read and follow the (a) Eligibility. (1) Applications from a
Testing). tribal organization may be submitted
regulations in 34 CFR 75.127–75.129, (11) 34 CFR part 99 (Family
which apply to group applications.) directly to the Secretary. Under the
Educational Rights and Privacy). IVEP, Indian tribes were required to
Note: An applicant must include
documentation in its application showing SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: submit the applications of tribal
that it and, if appropriate, consortium organizations.
General (2) Alaska Native entities are eligible
members are eligible according to the
requirements in paragraphs (a) and (b) of the This notice implements section 116 of to apply for and receive an award under
‘‘ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS’’ section of this the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and the NAVTEP whereas, under the IVEP,
notice. Technical Education Act of 1998 (Act) they were not.

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(3)(i) Bureau-funded schools In light of section 116(e) of the Act, Vocational and Applied Technology
proposing to use their awards to fund the Department generally does not Education Act of 1990 used the term
secondary vocational and technical intend to provide continuous funding ‘‘supplementary services’’ to refer to
education programs are no longer for the same vocational education those services. This change in
eligible for direct funding from the programs, services, or activities. The terminology may create confusion for
Secretary under the NAVTEP. Department will, however, continue to former grantees under the IVEP who, as
(ii) Although Bureau-funded schools support projects that develop new a matter of practice, generally used the
proposing to fund secondary programs programs, services, or activities or term ‘‘support services’’ to refer to
are not eligible to receive an award improve or expand existing programs, dependent care, transportation, books,
directly from the Secretary, an Indian services, or activities. In other words, and supplies. In order to avoid
tribe, tribal organization, Alaska Native the Department will support confusion, under the NAVTEP the
entity, or eligible Bureau funded school ‘‘expansion’’ or ‘‘improvements’’ that Secretary will use the term ‘‘direct
may use its award to assist a secondary include, but are not limited to, the assistance to students’’ to refer to
school operated or supported by the expansion of effective programs or tuition, dependent care, transportation,
Bureau of Indian Affairs to carry out practices; upgrading of activities, books, and supplies.
vocational and technical education equipment, or materials; increasing staff While the Act does not explicitly
programs. capacity; adoption of new technology; authorize the use of funds for direct
(4) A Bureau-funded school that is not modification of curriculum; or assistance to students, the legislative
proposing a secondary program is implementation of new policies to history of the Act indicates that
eligible for assistance under the improve program effectiveness and Congress intended to give eligible
NAVTEP. Under the IVEP, Bureau- outcomes. entities the flexibility to continue these
funded schools proposing The Secretary believes that some services to the extent they were
postsecondary programs were not programs, services, and activities, by previously provided. In view of the
eligible for funding. This change will their very nature, improve vocational legislative history and amendments to
enable the Bureau-funded schools for and technical education and thus meet the Act, the Secretary believes the
which assistance is provided under the the requirement of section 116(e) of the Congress intended to give eligible
Tribally Controlled Schools Act to Act. The notice provides, for the entities the flexibility to provide direct
receive an award under the NAVTEP. convenience of potential applicants, assistance to special populations under
(20 U.S.C. 2326(b)(1),(3), and (6)) examples of these types of programs, certain, limited circumstances.
services, and activities. It may become The Secretary realizes the importance
(b) Appeals process. (1) Any applicant of this direct assistance to students and
necessary for the Secretary to modify
may request a hearing to review the strongly encourages potential applicants
the examples as the body of knowledge
Secretary’s decision not to make an to strengthen and multiply their efforts
improves and today’s leading-edge
award under the NAVTEP, whereas to coordinate with Federal, State, and
techniques and methodologies become
under the IVEP only tribal organizations local entities for the provision of these
commonplace.
could request a hearing. (2) Start of services to students. Under services.
(2) The Secretary will implement the the IVEP, some applicants delayed the (d) Integration of services. Funds
appeals process in accordance with the start of projects for as much as six under the NAVTEP may be integrated
procedures in 34 CFR 401.23, except months. Those applicants delayed with assistance received from related
that the Secretary will accept a request services in order to recruit students and programs in accordance with the
for a hearing from any applicant denied staff. In light of section 116(e) of the provisions of Pub. L. 102–477, the
funding under the NAVTEP. Any Act, applicants under the NAVTEP Indian Employment, Training and
applicant denied funding under the should plan to start their vocational and Related Services Demonstration Act of
competition outlined in this notice has technical education programs as soon as 1992. Integration of services was not
30 calendar days to make a written possible after receiving notification of authorized under the IVEP.
request to the Secretary for a hearing to an award. The Secretary strongly (e) Supplanting. In accordance with
review the Secretary’s decision. encourages applicants to start their section 311(a) of the Act, funds under
(c) Authorized projects, services, programs no later than two months after this program may not be used to
activities. (1) Improvement. Section receiving notification. Under IVEP, supplant non-Federal funds used to
116(e) of the Act requires the Secretary many applicants were able to start carry out vocational and technical
to ensure that activities funded under projects soon after receiving funding education activities and tech-prep
the NAVTEP ‘‘will improve vocational because of pre-award planning. For activities. Further, the prohibition
and technical education programs...’’ example, while developing their against supplanting also means that
(20 U.S.C. 2326(e)). Through this new applications, these applicants reached grantees are required to use their
provision Congress has expressed its tentative agreements with prospective negotiated restricted indirect cost rate
intent that the Department generally not staff to work on the project in the event under this program. (34 CFR 75.563). A
continue support of ongoing Indian funding was received. The applicants supplanting provision did not apply to
vocational and technical education also advertised the possibility of grantees under the IVEP.
programs. Further, the requirement in vocational and technical education Each year a few applicants propose to
section 116(e) of the Act, that projects services becoming available and, supplant tribal and other non-Federal
funded under NAVTEP serve to improve therefore, were able to quickly attract funds with Federal funds in order to pay
(rather than merely sustain) vocational students. the costs of students’ tuition, dependent
and technical education programs, (3) Support services. In section 3(25), care, transportation, books, supplies,
aligns the NAVTEP with other programs the Act now uses the term ‘‘support and other costs associated with
authorized under the Act that require services’’ to refer to services that are participation in a vocational and
recipients of funds under the Act to related to curriculum modification, technical education program. With the
develop challenging academic standards equipment modification, classroom new statutory prohibition against
and improve vocational and technical modification, supportive personnel, and supplanting, the Secretary cautions
education. instructional aids. The Carl D. Perkins applicants not to plan to use funds

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under the NAVTEP to replace otherwise regarding eligibility for enrollment shall (c) A school for which assistance is
available non-Federal funding for be final. (20 U.S.C. 2326(a)(1); 43 U.S.C. provided under the Tribally Controlled
‘‘direct assistance to students’’ and 1602(b)). Schools Act of 1988 (25 U.S.C. 2501 et
family assistance programs. Alaska Native entity means an entity seq.). (25 U.S.C. 2026(3)).
Further, the Secretary is concerned such as an Alaska Native village, group, Coherent sequence of courses means a
that funds under the NAVTEP may be or regional or village corporation. (20 series of courses in which vocational
used to replace Federal student U.S.C. 2326; 43 U.S.C. 1602(c), (d), (g), and academic education is integrated,
financial aid. The Secretary wishes to and (j)). and which directly relates to, and leads
highlight that the statute does not Alaska Native group means any tribe, to, both academic and occupational
authorize the Secretary to fund projects band, clan, village, community, or competencies. The term includes
that serve primarily as entities through village association of Natives in Alaska competency-based education and
which students may apply for and composed of less than twenty-five academic education.
receive tuition and other financial Natives, who comprise a majority of the Direct assistance to students means
assistance. residents of the locality. (43 U.S.C. tuition, dependent care, transportation,
(f) Limitation on services. Section 315 1602(d)). books, and supplies.
of the Act prohibits the use of funds Alaska Native village means any tribe, Indian means a person who is a
received under the Act to provide band, clan, group, village, community, member of an Indian tribe. (20 U.S.C.
vocational and technical education or association in Alaska— 2326(a)(3); 25 U.S.C. 450b(d)).
programs to students prior to the (a) Listed in sections 1610 and 1615 Indian tribe means any Indian tribe,
seventh grade. of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement band, nation, or other organized group
(g) Evaluation. In order to ensure the Act; or or community, including any Alaska
high quality of NAVTEP projects and (b) That meets the requirements of Native village or regional or village
the achievement of the purposes of chapter 33 of the Alaska Native Claims corporation as defined in or established
section 116 of the Act, this notice Settlement Act; and pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims
includes a requirement for projects to (c) That the Secretary of Interior
Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.)
evaluate their quality and effectiveness. determines was, on the 1970 census
that is recognized as eligible for the
Along with being consistent with the enumeration date (as shown by the
special programs and services provided
Act’s requirement that recipients census or other evidence satisfactory to
by the United States to Indians because
measure levels of performance, the the Secretary of Interior, who shall make
of their status as Indians. (20 U.S.C.
notice is harmonious with the findings of fact in each instance),
2326(a)(3); 25 U.S.C. 450b(e)).
Department’s promotion of composed of twenty-five or more
Institution of higher education
accountability and performance Natives. (43 U.S.C. 1602(c)).
Alaska regional corporation means an means—
measures under the Government (a) An educational institution in any
Performance and Results Act (GPRA). Alaska Native regional corporation
established under the laws of the State State that—
Definitions of Alaska in accordance with the (1) Admits as regular students only
provisions of chapter 33 of the Alaska persons having a certificate of
Act of April 16, 1984 means the
Native Claims Settlement Act. (43 graduation from a school providing
Federal law commonly known as the
U.S.C. 1602(g)). secondary education, or the recognized
‘‘Johnson-O’Malley Act’’ that authorizes
Alaska village corporation means an equivalent of such a certificate;
the Secretary of the Interior to make
Alaska Native Village Corporation (2) Provides an educational program
contracts for the education of Indians
organized under the laws of the State of for which the institution awards a
and other purposes (25 U.S.C. 455–457).
Acute economic need means an Alaska as a business for profit or bachelor’s degree or provides not less
income that is at or below the national nonprofit corporation to hold, invest, than a 2-year program that is acceptable
poverty level according to the latest manage and/or distribute lands, for full credit toward such a degree;
available data from the Department of property, funds, and other rights and (3) Is a public or other nonprofit
Commerce or the Department of Health assets for and on behalf of a Native institution; and
and Human Services Poverty village in accordance with the terms of (4) Is accredited by a nationally
Guidelines. chapter 33 of the Alaska Native Claims recognized accrediting agency or
Alaska Native or Native means— Settlement Act. (43 U.S.C. 1602(j)). association, or if not so accredited, is an
(a) A citizen of the United States who Bureau means the Bureau of Indian institution that has been granted
is a person of one-fourth degree or more Affairs of the U.S. Department of the preaccreditation status by such an
Alaska Indian (including Tsimshian Interior. (25 U.S.C. 2026(2)). agency or association that has been
Indians not enrolled in the Metlakta Bureau-funded school means— recognized by the Secretary of the
Indian Community) Eskimo, or Aleut (a) A Bureau operated elementary or Interior for the granting of
blood, or a combination thereof. secondary day or boarding school or preaccreditation status, and the
(b) The term includes— Bureau-operated dormitory for students Secretary of Interior has determined that
(1) Any Native, as so defined, either attending a school other than a Bureau there is satisfactory assurance that the
or both of whose adoptive parents are school. (25 U.S.C. 2026(4)); institution will meet the accreditation
not Natives; and (b) An elementary or secondary standards of such an agency or
(2) In the absence of proof of a school or dormitory which receives association within a reasonable time.
minimum blood quantum, any citizen of financial assistance for its operation (b) The term also includes—
the United States who is regarded as an under a contract, grant, or agreement (1) Any school that provides not less
Alaska Native by the Native village or with the Bureau under section 102, than a 1-year program of training to
Native group of which he or she claims 103(a), or 208 of the Indian Self- prepare students for gainful
to be a member and whose father or Determination Act (25 U.S.C. 450f, employment in a recognized occupation
mother is (or, if deceased, was) regarded 450h(a), or 458d) or under the Tribally and that meets the provisions of
as Native by any village or group. Any Controlled Schools Act of 1988 (25 paragraphs (a)(1), (3), and (4) of this
decision of the Secretary of Interior U.S.C. 2504). (25 U.S.C. 2026(5)); or definition.

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(2) A public or nonprofit private (b) Include competency-based applied vocational and technical education
educational institution in any State that, learning that contributes to an programs under the NAVTEP;
in lieu of the requirement in paragraph individual’s academic knowledge, (D) Placement services for students
(a)(1) of this definition, admits as higher-order reasoning and problem- who have successfully completed
regular students persons who are solving skills, work attitudes, general vocational and technical education
beyond the age of compulsory school employability skills, technical skills, programs under the NAVTEP;
attendance in the State in which the and occupational-specific skills of an (E) Professional development
institution is located. individual. (20 U.S.C. 2302(29)). programs for teachers, counselors, and
(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1001 and 2302(28))
administrators; or
Eligible Programs, Services, and (F) Strong partnerships among
Special populations means— Activities
(a) Individuals with disabilities; grantees and local educational agencies,
(b) Individuals from economically (a) Authorized programs. Under this postsecondary institutions, community
disadvantaged families, including foster competition— leaders, adult education providers, and,
children; (1) The Secretary awards grants to as appropriate, other entities, such as
(c) Individuals preparing for carry out projects that improve employers, labor organizations, parents,
nontraditional training and vocational and technical education and local partnerships, to enable
employment; programs that are consistent with the students to achieve State academic
(d) Single parents, including single purposes of the Act. standards and vocational and technical
pregnant women; (2) In order to ensure that grants skills;
(e) Displaced homemakers; and awarded will serve to improve (iv) Use student assessment and
(f) Individuals with other barriers to vocational and technical education evaluation data to continually improve
educational achievement, including programs, the Secretary funds a instruction and staff development with
individuals with limited English vocational and technical education the goal of increasing student
proficiency.(20 U.S.C. 2302(23)). program, service, or activity that— achievement; or
Stipend means a subsistence (i) Is new—was not provided by the (v) Perform research, development,
allowance for a student that is necessary applicant during the instructional term demonstration, dissemination,
for the student to participate in a project that preceded the request for funding evaluation and assessment, capacity
funded under this program. under the NAVTEP; building, and technical assistance.
Tribal organization means the (ii) Will improve or expand an (b) Assistance to Bureau-funded
recognized governing body of any existing vocational and technical secondary schools. An Indian tribe, a
Indian tribe; any legally established education program; or tribal organization, an Alaska Native
organization of Indians that is (iii) Inherently improves vocational entity, or eligible Bureau-funded school
controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by and technical education. that receives an award under this
that governing body or that is (3) A program, service, or activity program may use all or a portion of the
democratically elected by the adult inherently improves vocational and funds to provide assistance to a
members of the Indian community to be technical education if it proposes to— secondary school operated or supported
served by the organization and that (i) Strengthen the academic, by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to enable
includes the maximum participation of vocational, and technical skills of that school to carry out vocational and
Indians in all phases of its activities, students participating in vocational and technical education programs.
provided that in any case where a technical education programs— (c) Student stipends. (1) A portion of
contract is let or grant made to an (A) By strengthening the rigor of the an award under this program may be
organization to perform services academic and vocational and technical used to provide stipends to a student to
benefiting more than one Indian tribe, components of programs; and help meet the costs of participation in
(B) Through the integration of a NAVTEP project.
the approval of each such Indian tribe
academics with vocational and (2) The student must—
shall be a prerequisite to the letting or
technical education programs through a (i) Be enrolled in a vocational and
making of such contract or grant. (20
coherent sequence of courses to ensure technical education project funded
U.S.C. 2326(a)(3); 25 U.S.C. 450b(l)). learning in the core academic and
Tribally Controlled College or under this program;
vocational and technical subjects; (ii) Be in regular attendance in a
University means an institution of (ii) Expand the scope, depth, and
higher education which is formally NAVTEP project and meet the training
relevance of curriculum, especially institution’s attendance requirement;
controlled, or has been formally content that provides students with a
sanctioned, or chartered, by the and
comprehensive understanding of all (iii) Maintain satisfactory progress in
governing body of an Indian tribe or aspects of an industry and a variety of his or her course of study according to
tribes, except that no more than one hands-on, job-specific experiences; the training institution’s published
such institution shall be recognized (iii) Offer— standards for satisfactory progress.
with respect to any such tribe. (A) Work-related experience, (iv) Have an acute economic need
(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 2302(27) and 25 internships, cooperative education, that—
U.S.C. 1801(a)(4)) school-based enterprises, (A) Prevents participation in a project
Vocational and technical education entrepreneurship, community service funded under this program; and
means organized educational activities learning, and job shadowing that are (B) Cannot be met through a work-
that— related to vocational and technical study program.
(a) Offer a sequence of courses that education programs; (3) The amount of a stipend may be
provides an individual with the (B) Coaching/mentoring and support the greater of either the minimum
academic and technical knowledge and services, extra help for students after hourly wage prescribed by State or local
skills the individual needs to prepare school, on the weekends, and/or during law, or the minimum hourly wage
for further education and careers (other the summers so they can meet higher established under the Fair Labor
than careers requiring a baccalaureate, standards; Standards Act.
master’s, or doctoral degree) in current (C) Career guidance and academic (4) A grantee may only award a
or emerging employment sectors; and counseling for students participating in stipend if the stipend combined with

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other resources the student receives cost of providing programs for special Selection Criteria
does not exceed the student’s financial populations. The Secretary uses the following
need. A student’s financial need is the (B) The amount of the grant that program criteria to evaluate an
difference between the student’s cost of would be used for these services (both application. The maximum score for
attendance and the financial aid or other on an item-by-item basis and in the each criterion is indicated in
resources available to defray the aggregate compared to the amount of the parentheses.
student’s cost of attending a NAVTEP entire grant) would be consistent with (a) Need for project. (15 points) (1)
project. the predecessor authority to fund The Secretary considers the need for the
(5) To calculate the amount of a support services under the IVEP. proposed project.
student’s stipend, a grantee would (2) In determining the need for the
multiply the number of hours a student Integration of Services
proposed project, the Secretary
actually attends vocational and (a) A tribe, tribal organization, or considers the following factors:
technical education instruction by the Alaska Native entity receiving financial (i) The magnitude or severity of the
amount of the minimum hourly wage assistance under this program may problem to be addressed by the
that is prescribed by State or local law, integrate those funds with assistance proposed project.
or by the minimum hourly wage that is received from related programs in (ii) The magnitude of the need for the
established under the Fair Labor accordance with the provisions of Pub. services to be provided or the activities
Standards Act. L. 102–477, the Indian Employment, to be carried out by the proposed project
Example: If a grantee uses the Fair Labor Training and Related Services (as evidenced by data such as local labor
Standards Act minimum hourly wage of Demonstration Act of 1992 (25 U.S.C. market demand, occupational trends,
$6.15 and a student attends classes for 20 3401 et seq.). surveys, recommendations from
hours a week, the student’s stipend would be (b) A tribe, tribal organization, or accrediting agencies, or tribal economic
$123 for the week during which the student development plans).
attends classes ($6.15 × 20 = 123).
Alaska Native entity wishing to
integrate funds must have a plan that (iii) The extent to which specific gaps
(d) Direct assistance to students. (1) A meets the requirements of the Indian or weaknesses in services,
grantee may provide direct assistance to Employment, Training and Related infrastructure, or opportunities have
a student if the following conditions are Services Demonstration Act of 1992 (25 been identified and will be addressed by
met: U.S.C. 3401 et seq.) and is acceptable to the proposed project, including the
(A) The recipient of the direct the Secretary of the Interior and the nature and magnitude of those gaps or
assistance must be an individual who is Secretary of Education. weaknesses.
a member of a special population and For further information on the (b) Significance. (10 points) (1) The
who is participating in a NAVTEP integration of grant funds under this and Secretary considers the significance of
project. related programs contact Lynn Forcia, the proposed project.
(B) Direct assistance may only be Chief, Division of Job Placement and (2) In determining the significance of
provided to an individual to the extent Training, Office of Economic the proposed project, the Secretary
that it is needed to address barriers to Development, Bureau of Indian Affairs, considers the following factors:
the individual’s successful participation U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C (i) The potential contribution of the
in a NAVTEP project. Street NW., Mailstop 4640–MIB, proposed project to increased
(C) Direct assistance to individuals Washington, DC 20240. Telephone: knowledge or understanding of
must be part of a broader, more (202) 219–5270. Internet address: educational needs, issues, or effective
generally focused effort to address the Lynn_Forcia@ios.doi.gov. Fax: (202) educational strategies for providing
needs of individuals who are members 208–3664. vocational and technical education to
of special populations. Direct assistance American Indians and Alaska Natives.
to individuals who are members of Special Considerations (ii) The likelihood that the proposed
special populations is not, by itself, a In addition to the points to be project will result in system change or
‘‘program for special populations’’. awarded to applicants based on the improvement in the applicant’s
(D) Funds must be used to selection criteria, under section 116(e) educational program.
supplement, and not supplant, of the Act the Secretary awards— (iii) The extent to which the proposed
assistance that is otherwise available project is likely to build local capacity
(a) Up to 10 points to applications
from non-Federal sources. For example, to provide, improve, or expand services
that propose exemplary approaches that
generally, a postsecondary educational that address the vocational and
involve, coordinate with, or encourage
institution could not use NAVTEP funds technical education needs of the target
tribal economic development plans; and
to provide child care for single parents population.
if non-Federal funds previously were (b) Five points to applications from (iv) The extent to which the results of
made available for this purpose, or if tribally controlled colleges or the proposed project are to be
non-Federal funds are used to provide universities that— disseminated in ways that will enable
child care services for single parents (1) Are accredited or are candidates vocational and technical education
participating in non-vocational for accreditation by a nationally practitioners to use the information or
programs and these services otherwise recognized accreditation organization as strategies developed by the proposed
would have been available to vocational an institution of postsecondary project.
students in the absence of NAVTEP vocational and technical education; or (v) The importance or magnitude of
funds. (2) Operate vocational and technical the results or outcomes likely to be
(2) In determining how much of the education programs that are accredited attained by the proposed project,
grant funds may be used for direct or are candidates for accreditation by a especially improvements in teaching
assistance to a student, a grantee must nationally recognized accreditation and student achievement.
consider whether: organization and issue certificates for (c) Quality of the project design. (25
(A) The specific services to be completion of vocational and technical points) (1) The Secretary considers the
provided are a reasonable and necessary education programs. (20 U.S.C. 2326(e)). quality of the project design.

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(2) In determining the quality of the (i) The extent to which the services to (f) Adequacy of resources. (5 points)
design of the proposed project, the be provided by the proposed project are (1) The Secretary considers the
Secretary considers the following appropriate to the needs of the intended adequacy of resources for the proposed
factors: recipients of those services. project.
(i) The extent to which goals, (ii) The extent to which the services (2) In determining the adequacy of
objectives, and outcomes are clearly to be provided by the proposed project resources for the proposed project, the
specified and measurable (e.g., student reflect up-to-date knowledge from Secretary considers the following
vocational and technical education research and effective practice. factors:
activities; expected enrollments, (iii) The likely impact of the services (i) The adequacy of support, including
completions, and student placements in to be provided by the proposed project facilities, equipment, supplies and other
jobs, military specialties, and on the intended recipients of those resources, from the applicant
continuing education/training services. organization(s).
opportunities in each vocational (iv) The extent to which the training (ii) The relevance and demonstrated
training area; the number of teachers, or professional development services to commitment (e.g., articulation
counselors, and administrators to be be provided by the proposed project are agreements, memoranda of
trained; identification of requirements of sufficient quality, intensity, and understanding, letters of support,
for each course of study to be provided duration to lead to improvements in commitments to employ project
under the project, including related practice among the recipients of those participants) of the applicant, members
training areas; description of services. of the consortium, local employers, or
performance outcomes; and description (v) The extent to which the training or tribal entities to be served by the
of the planned dissemination activities, professional development services to be project, to the implementation and
including the number and names of provided by the proposed project for the success of the project.
products or practices to be staff of its vocational and technical (iii) The extent to which the budget is
disseminated, target audience for education program are of sufficient adequate to support the proposed
dissemination activities, and intended quality, intensity, and duration to lead project.
uses for disseminated products or to improvements in practice among the (iv) The extent to which the costs are
services). applicant’s staff. reasonable in relation to the objectives,
(ii) The extent to which the design of (vi) The likelihood that the services to design, services, and potential
the proposed project is appropriate to, be provided by the proposed project significance of the proposed project.
and will successfully address, the needs (v) The extent to which the costs are
will lead to improvements in the skills
of the target population or other reasonable in relation to the number of
necessary to gain employment.
identified needs. persons to be served and to the
(vii) The likelihood that the services
(iii) The extent to which the design anticipated results and benefits.
to be provided by the proposed project
(vi) The potential for continued
for implementing and evaluating the will lead to improvements in the
support of the project after Federal
proposed project will result in achievement of students as measured
funding ends, including, as appropriate,
information to guide possible against rigorous academic standards.
the demonstrated commitment of
replication of project activities or (viii) The likelihood that the services appropriate entities to provide such
strategies, including information about to be provided by the proposed project support.
the effectiveness of the approach or will lead to improvements in the skills (g) Quality of the management plan.
strategies employed by the project. necessary to gain employment or build (10 points) (1) The Secretary considers
(iv) The extent to which the design of capacity for independent living. the quality of the management plan for
the proposed project reflects up-to-date (e) Quality of project personnel. (15 the proposed project.
knowledge from research and effective points) (1) The Secretary considers the (2) In determining the quality of the
practice. quality of the personnel who will carry management plan for the proposed
(v) The extent to which the proposed out the proposed project. project, the Secretary considers the
project will be coordinated with similar (2) In determining the quality of following factors:
or related efforts, and with other project personnel, the Secretary (i) The adequacy of the management
appropriate community, State, and considers the extent to which the plan to achieve the objectives of the
Federal resources. applicant encourages applications for proposed project on time and within
(vi) The extent to which the proposed employment from persons who are budget, including clearly defined
project will establish linkages with members of groups that have responsibilities, timelines, and the
other appropriate agencies and traditionally been underrepresented milestones and performance standards
organizations providing services to the based on color, national origin, gender, for accomplishing project tasks.
target population. age, or disability. (ii) The extent to which the time
(vii) The extent to which performance (3) In addition, the Secretary commitments of the project director and
feedback and continuous improvement considers the following factors: principal investigator and other key
are integral to the design of the (i) The qualifications, including project personnel are appropriate and
proposed project. relevant training and experience, of the adequate to meet the objectives of the
(viii) The quality of the methodology project director. proposed project.
to be employed in the proposed project. (ii) The qualifications, including (iii) The adequacy of procedures for
(d) Quality of project services. (25 relevant training and experience, of key ensuring feedback and continuous
points) (1) The Secretary considers the project personnel, especially the extent improvement in the operation of the
quality of the services to be provided by to which the project will use instructors proposed project.
the proposed project. who are certified to teach in the field in (iv) The adequacy of mechanisms for
(2) In determining the quality of the which they will provide instruction. ensuring high-quality products and
services to be provided by the proposed (iii) The qualifications, including services from the proposed project.
project, the Secretary considers the relevant training and experience, of (h) Quality of the project evaluation.
following factors: project consultants or subcontractors. (20 points)

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(1) The Secretary considers the independent evaluator must conduct the an explanation of any action taken or
quality of the evaluation to be evaluation. contemplated to resolve the difficulties;
conducted by an independent evaluator (2) The evaluation must— (ii) A description of any favorable
of the proposed project. (i) Be appropriate for the project and developments that will permit the
(2) In determining the quality of the be both formative and summative in project to accomplish its purposes
evaluation, the Secretary considers the nature; sooner, at less cost, or more effectively
following factors: (ii) Include performance measures than projected; and
(i) The extent to which the methods that are clearly related to the intended (iii) A statistical report covering
of evaluation proposed by the grantee outcomes of the project and the GPRA quantitative analyses of—
are thorough, feasible, and appropriate core factors for the NAVTEP; (A) The extent to which the project
to the goals, objectives, and outcomes of (iii) Measure the effectiveness of the achieved its goals with respect to
the proposed project. project, including a comparison enrollment, completion, and placement
(ii) The extent to which the methods between the intended and observed (into additional training or education,
of evaluation include the use of results, and a demonstration of a clear military service, or employment) of
objective performance measures that are link between the observed results and participants for the most recently
clearly related to the intended outcomes the specific treatment given to project completed training cycle(s) by gender
of the project and the GPRA core factors participants; and by courses of study for which
discussed elsewhere in this notice, and (iv) Measure the extent to which instruction was provided;
will produce quantitative and (B) The number and kind of academic,
information about or resulting from the
qualitative data to the extent possible. vocational and technical, and work
project was disseminated and the ease
(iii) The extent to which the methods credentials and competencies acquired
by which project activities and results
of evaluation will provide timely and demonstrated by individuals
were replicated at other sites, such as
guidance for quality assurance. participating in the project, including
through the grantee’s development and
(iv) The extent to which the methods the number of those who have
use of guides or manuals that provide
of evaluation will provide performance completed the education and training
step-by-step directions for practitioners
feedback and permit periodic offered by the project. Grantees should
to follow when initiating similar efforts
assessment of progress toward achieving also report students’ participation in
and reproducing comparable results;
intended outcomes. programs providing instruction at the
and
(v) The extent to which the evaluation associate degree level that is articulated
(v) Measure the long-term impact of
will provide guidance about effective with an advanced degree option; and
the project, e.g., follow-up data on (C) The number of referrals to social
strategies suitable for replication or students’ employment, sustained
testing in other settings. (Approved by or related services that were intended to
employment, promotions, advancement improve the extent to which
the Office of Management and Budget in the military, further/continuing
under Control No. 1830–0542) participants benefit from the project
education or training, or the impact the (e.g., referring a student to an agency
Additional Factors project had on tribal economic that will help her to obtain child care
development or vocational and or health care, which would result in
After evaluating applications
technical education activities offered by improved classroom attendance) or to
according to the selection criteria in this
tribes. prepare for or obtain employment.
notice, the Secretary may select other
than the most highly rated applications (3) A proposed project evaluation (3) An annual evaluation report that is
for funding if doing so would— design must be submitted to the submitted along with the annual
(a) Permit the funding of more cost- Department for review and approval performance report. (Approved by the
effective projects; prior to the end of the first six months Office of Management and Budget under
(b) Prevent the duplication of an effort of the project period. Control Number 1830–0542)
already being made; (4) As required in paragraph (b)(2) of
the ‘‘PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS’’ Indian Self-Determination Contracts
(c) Create a more equitable
distribution of funds under this section of this notice, the results of the Section 116(b)(2) of the Act provides
competition among Indian tribes, tribal evaluation must be submitted to the that grants or contracts awarded under
organizations, Alaska Native entities, or Secretary along with the annual section 116 are subject to the terms and
eligible Bureau-funded schools; performance report. conditions of section 102 of the Indian
(d) Prevent the funding of an (b) Reporting. Each grantee shall Self-Determination Act (ISDA)(25 U.S.C.
applicant who performed poorly under submit to the Secretary the following 450f) and shall be conducted in
a previous award under this program, reports— accordance with the provisions of
especially one who failed to accomplish (1) A semi-annual performance report, sections 4, 5, and 6 of the Act of April
the project objectives; or unless the Secretary requires more 16, 1934, which are relevant to the
(e) Permit the funding of a variety of frequent reporting, summarizing programs administered under section
approaches for carrying out the significant project accomplishments 116(b). Section 102 of the ISDA
activities under the NAVTEP. and, if applicable, barriers impeding authorizes Indian tribes to request self-
progress and steps taken to alleviate determination contracts. Accordingly,
Program Requirements those barriers. an Indian tribe or tribal organization
To ensure the high quality of (2) A performance report must that has applied to the Secretary for
NAVTEP projects and the achievement include— financial assistance under the NAVTEP
of the goals and purposes of section (i) A comparison of actual and has been notified of its selection to
116(e) of the Act, the Secretary accomplishments to the objectives be a recipient of financial assistance
establishes the following program established for the period. Describe any may submit a request to operate its
requirements: problems, delays, or adverse conditions NAVTEP project through a section 102
(a) Evaluation. (1) Each grantee shall that materially impair the ability of the Indian self-determination contract.
budget for and conduct an ongoing project to accomplish its purposes, In accordance with section 102(a) of
evaluation of its effectiveness. An along with the reasons for slippage and the ISDA, any tribe or tribal

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organization requesting to operate its (a) Students master academic (e) Student participation in and
project under an Indian self- knowledge and skills that meet completion of vocational and technical
determination contract must do so by challenging State defined (at the education programs that lead to
tribal resolution. After successful secondary level) or program defined (at nontraditional training and employment
applicants are selected under the the postsecondary level) academic as measured by an increase in the
competition announced in this notice, standards as measured by— number of vocational and technical
the Secretary will review any such (1) At the secondary level, an increase education students who—
requests pursuant to the ISDA. If a in the number of vocational and
(1) Enroll in nontraditional training
request for an Indian self-determination technical education students who show
programs; and
contract is approved, the Indian tribe or increased score gains in language arts,
tribal organization submitting the mathematics, science, and social (2) Secure employment in
request will be required, to the extent studies; and nontraditional job/careers. (Approved
possible, to operate its project in (2) At the postsecondary level, an by the Office of Management and
accordance with the terms of the ISDA, increase in the number of vocational Budget under Control Number 1830–
as well as in accordance with the and technical education students who 0542)
relevant provisions of the NAVTEP receive degrees, certificates, or Waiver of Rulemaking
statute and the program requirements credentials.
established in this notice. As with (b) Students master the knowledge Under the Administrative Procedure
grants, self-determination contracts and skills that meet State established (at Act (5 U.S.C. 553) the Department
under the NAVTEP are limited to a 36- the secondary level) or program generally offers interested parties the
month period and subject to the established (at the postsecondary level), opportunity to comment on proposed
availability of funds. The vocational and industry-validated vocational and program requirements before they are
technical education programs, services, technical skill standards as measured implemented. However, section
and activities provided through an by— 437(d)(1) of the General Education
Indian self-determination contract (1) An increase in the number of Provisions Act exempts from formal
would have to be essentially the same programs with industry-recognized skill rulemaking requirements, regulations
as were proposed in the initial standards so students can earn skill governing the first grant competition
application and approved by the certificates in those programs; and under a new or substantially revised
Department. Any tribe or tribal (2) An increase in the number of
program authority (20 U.S.C.
organization that is successful under the programs offering skill competencies,
1232(d)(1)). The program authority for
competition announced in this notice related assessments, and industry-
what was formerly known as the Indian
and is selected to receive funding, but recognized skills certificates in
Vocational Education Program was
whose request for an Indian self- secondary and postsecondary
institutions. substantially revised on October 31,
determination contract is denied, may 1998 by section 116 of Pub. Law 105–
appeal the denial to the Secretary. If you (c) Student attainment of a secondary
school diploma or its State-recognized 332. In order to make awards on a
have questions about ISDA self- timely basis, the Assistant Secretary has
determination contracts, please contact equivalent, proficiency credentials in
conjunction with a secondary school decided to publish this notice of
the staff listed in the FOR FURTHER program requirements without
INFORMATION CONTACT section of this
diploma, or a postsecondary degree or
credential as measured by an increase requesting public comment, under the
notice. authority of section 437(d)(1). Any
in the number of vocational and
Government Performance and Results technical education students who— requirements, criteria, or regulations
Act (GPRA) (1) At the secondary level— that the Department establishes for
(i) Attain high school diplomas; or future competitions will be published in
The Government Performance and
(ii) Attain a proficiency credential in proposed form in the Federal Register
Results Act of 1993 (GPRA) places new
conjunction with a secondary school with an opportunity for interested
management expectations and
diploma or its State-recognized persons to comment.
requirements on Federal departments
equivalent; or The Assistant Secretary is not
and agencies by creating a framework
(2) At the postsecondary level, attain promulgating any regulations through
for more effective planning, budgeting,
postsecondary degrees, certificates, and this notice applicable to section
program evaluation, and fiscal
credentials. 116(b)(2) of the Act, relating to certain
accountability for Federal programs. (d) Placement in, retention in, and
The intent of the Act is to improve sections of the Indian Self-
completion of, postsecondary education
public confidence by holding Determination Act and the Act of April
or advanced training, placement in
departments and agencies accountable 16, 1934. However, the Assistant
military services, or placement or
for achieving program results. Secretary is interested in receiving
retention in employment as measured
Departments and agencies must clearly future public comment and suggestions
by an increase in the number of
describe the goals and objectives of their on the Department’s implementation of
vocational and technical education
programs, identify resources and actions section 116 of the Act and on whether
students who—
needed to accomplish these goals and (1) Graduate from secondary programs any regulations may be needed in the
objectives, develop a means of and enter postsecondary programs; future. Please send written public
measuring progress made, and regularly (2) Graduate from postsecondary comments on this issue to Sharon A.
report on their achievement. One programs and enter advanced degree Jones, Division of National Programs,
important source of program programs or advanced training; Office of Vocational and Adult
information on successes and lessons (3) Remain in and/or complete a Education, U.S. Department of
learned is the project evaluation postsecondary degree or certificate Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW.
conducted under individual grants. program; (Room 4515, Mary E. Switzer Building),
NAVTEP grantees shall include the (4) Are placed in military service; or Washington, DC 20202–7242.
following core factors in evaluating the (5) Are placed in a job, upgraded in Telephone (202) 205–9870. Internet
success of their projects: a job, or retain employment. addresses: sharon_jones@ed.gov.

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Instructions for Transmittal of CFDA number—and suffix letter, if any—of paul_geib@ed.gov


Applications the competition under which the application linda_mayo@ed.gov
is being submitted. gwen_washington@ed.gov
Applicants are required to submit one
original signed application and two Application Instructions and Forms Individuals who use a
copies of the application. All forms and telecommunications device for the deaf
All forms and instructions are (TDD) may call the Federal Information
assurances must have ink signatures. included as Appendix A of this notice.
Please mark applications as ‘‘original’’ Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339
Questions and answers pertaining to between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern time,
or ‘‘copy’’. To aid with the review of this program are included, as Appendix
applications, the Department Monday through Friday. Individuals
B, to assist potential applicants. with disabilities may obtain this notice
encourages applicants to submit four To apply for an award under this
additional paper copies of the in an alternative format (e.g., Braille,
program competition, an application large print, audiotape, or computer
application. The Department will not must be organized in the following
penalize applicants who do not provide diskette) on request to the contact
order, include the following five parts, person listed at the beginning of this
additional copies. and CONTAIN DOCUMENTATION
(a) If an applicant wants to apply for paragraph. Please note, however, that
SHOWING THAT THE APPLICANT the Department is not able to reproduce
a grant under this competition, the AND, IF APPROPRIATE, CONSORTIUM
applicant must either— in an alternative format the standard
MEMBERS ARE ELIGIBLE ACCORDING forms included in the notice.
(1) Mail the original and two copies TO THE REQUIREMENTS IN THE
of the application on or before the ‘‘ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS’’ SECTION OF Electronic Access to This Document
deadline date to: THIS NOTICE. The parts and additional You may view this document, as well
U.S. Department of Education, materials are as follows: as all other Department of Education
Application Control Center, (1) Application for Federal Education documents published in the Federal
Attention: (CFDA #84.101), Assistance (ED Form 424 (Rev. 1–12– Register, in text or Adobe Portable
Washington, DC 20202–4725, or 99)) and instructions. Document Format (PDF) on the Internet
(2) Hand deliver the original and two (2) Budget Information—Non- at either of the following sites:
copies of the application by 4:30 p.m. Construction Programs (ED Form No. http://ocfo.ed.gov/fedreg.htm
(Washington, DC time) on or before the 524) and instructions. http://www.ed.gov/news.html
deadline date to: (3) Budget Narrative.
(4) Program Narrative. To use PDF you must have Adobe
U.S. Department of Education, Acrobat Reader, which is available free
Application Control Center, (5) Additional Assurances and
Certifications: at either of the preceding sites. If you
Attention: (CFDA #84.101), Room have questions about using PDF, call the
a. Assurances—Non-Construction
#3633, Regional Office Building #3, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO),
Programs (Standard Form 424B).
7th and D Streets, SW., Washington, toll free, at 1–888–293–6498; or in the
b. Certification regarding Lobbying,
DC Washington, DC, area at (202) 512–1530.
Debarment, Suspension, and Other
(b) An applicant must show one of the Note: The official version of this document
Responsibility Matters; and Drug-Free
following as proof of mailing: is the document published in the Federal
Workplace Requirements (ED 80–0013)
(1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service Register. Free Internet access to the official
and instructions.
postmark. c. Certification regarding Debarment, edition of the Federal Register and the Code
(2) A legible mail receipt with the Suspension, Ineligibility and Voluntary of Federal Regulations is available on GPO
date of mailing stamped by the U.S. Access at: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/
Exclusion: Lower Tier Covered index.html
Postal Service. Transactions (ED Form 80–0014, 9/90)
(3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or and instructions. Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 2326(a)–(g).
receipt from a commercial carrier.
Note: ED Form 80–0014 is intended for the Dated: December 27, 2000.
(4) Any other proof of mailing use of grantees and should not be transmitted
acceptable to the Secretary. Robert Muller,
to the Department.
(c) If an application is mailed through Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of
d. Disclosure of Lobbying Activities Vocational and Adult Education.
the U.S. Postal Service, the Secretary
(Standard Form LLL), if applicable, and
does not accept either of the following Estimated Public Reporting Burden
instructions. This document has been
as proof of mailing:
marked to reflect statutory changes. See According to the Paperwork
(1) A private metered postmark.
the notice published by the Office of Reduction Act of 1995, no persons are
(2) A mail receipt that is not dated by
Management and Budget at 61 FR 1413 required to respond to a collection of
the U.S. Postal Service.
(January 19, 1996). information unless it displays a valid
Notes: (1) The U.S. Postal Service does not e. Notice to All Applicants.
uniformly provide a dated postmark. Before
OMB control number. The valid OMB
No grant or cooperative agreement control number for this information
relying on this method, an applicant should
check with its local post office.
may be awarded unless a completed collection is 1830–0542. Expiration
(2) The Application Control Center will application form has been received. date: September 30, 2003. The time
mail a Grant Application Receipt FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul required to complete this information
Acknowledgment to each applicant. If an Geib, Linda Mayo, or Gwen Washington, collection is estimated to average 208
applicant fails to receive the notification of Special Programs Branch, Division of hours per response, including the time
application receipt within 15 days from the National Programs, Office of Vocational to review instructions, search existing
date of mailing the application, the applicant and Adult Education, U.S. Department data resources, gather the data needed,
should call the U.S. Department of Education of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue,
Application Control Center at (202) 708–
and complete and review the
9494.
SW. (Room 4520, Mary E. Switzer information collection.
(3) The applicant must indicate on the Building), Washington, DC 20202–7242. If you have any comments concerning
envelope and—if not provided by the Telephone (202) 205–9962, 205–9353, the accuracy of the time estimates or
Department—in Item 10 of the Application or 205–9270, respectively. Internet suggestions for improving this form,
for Federal Assistance (ED Form 424) the addresses: please write to: U.S. Department of

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Education, Washington, DC 20202– programmatic and administrative regulations Q. Can I obtain copies of reviewers’
4651. governing various direct grant programs. To comments?
If you have comments or concerns assist potential applicants, the Department A. Upon written request, reviewers’
regarding the status of your individual has assembled the following most commonly comments will be mailed to unsuccessful
asked questions followed by the applicants.
submission of this form, write directly Department’s answers. Q. If my application receives high scores
to: Paul Geib, Linda Mayo or Gwen Q. Can we get an extension of the from the reviewers, does that mean that I will
Washington, Division of National deadline? receive funding?
Programs, Office of Vocational and A. No. A closing date may be changed only A. Not necessarily. It is often the case that
Adult Education, U.S. Department of under extraordinary circumstances. Any the number of applications scored highly by
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., change must be announced in the Federal the reviewers exceeds the dollars available
Room 4512, Mary E. Switzer Building, Register and must apply to all applications. for funding projects under a particular
Washington, DC 20202–7242. Waivers for individual applications cannot competition. The order of selection, which is
be granted regardless of the circumstances. based on the scores of all the applications
Appendix A Q. How many copies of the application reviewed and other relevant factors,
should I submit and must they be bound? determines the applications that can be
Part II—Budget Information A. Applicants are required to submit one funded.
Instructions for Part II—Budget Information original and two copies of the grant Q. What happens during pre-award
Sections A and B—Budget Summary by application. To aid with the review of clarification discussions?
Categories applications, the Department encourages A. During pre-award clarification
applicants to submit four additional copies of
1. Personnel: Show salaries to be paid to discussions, technical and budget issues may
the grant application. The Department will
personnel for each budget year. be raised. These are issues that have been
not penalize applicants who do not provide
2. Fringe Benefits: Indicate the rate and identified during the panel and staff reviews
additional copies. The binding of
amount of fringe benefits for each budget that require clarification. Sometimes issues
year. applications is optional.
are stated as ‘‘conditions.’’ These are issues
3. Travel: Indicate the amount requested Q. We just missed the deadline for the XXX
that have been identified as so critical that
both local and out of State travel of Program competition. May we submit under another
the award cannot be made unless those
Staff for each budget year. Include funds for competition?
conditions are met. Questions may also be
the 1st and 2nd year for two people to attend A. Yes, however, the likelihood of success
raised about the proposed budget. Generally,
the Program Director’s Workshop. is not good. A properly prepared application
these issues are raised because an application
4. Equipment: Indicate the cost of non- must meet the specifications of the
competition to which it is submitted. contains inadequate justification or
expendable personal property that has a cost explanation of a particular budget item, or
of $5,000 or more per unit for each budget Q. I’m not sure which competition is most
appropriate for my project. What should I because the budget item seems unimportant
year. to the successful completion of the project.
5. Supplies: Include the cost of consumable do?
A. We are happy to discuss any such If you are asked to make changes that you
supplies and materials to be used during the feel could seriously affect the project’s
project period for each budget year. questions with you and provide clarification
on the unique elements of the various success, you may provide reasons for not
6. Contractual: Show the amount to be making the changes or provide alternative
used for: (1) procurement contracts (except competitions.
Q. Will you help us prepare our suggestions. Similarly, if proposed budget
those which belong on other lines such as reductions will, in your opinion, seriously
supplies and equipment); and (2) sub- application?
A. We are happy to provide general affect the project activities, you may explain
contracts for each budget year. why and provide additional justification for
7. Construction: Not applicable. program information. Clearly, it would not be
appropriate for staff to participate in the the proposed expenses. An award cannot be
8. Other: Indicate all direct costs not made until all issues under discussion have
clearly covered by lines 1 through 6 above, actual writing of an application, but we can
respond to specific questions about been resolved.
including consultants and capital Q. How do I provide an assurance?
expenditures for each budget year. application requirements, evaluation criteria,
and the priorities. Applicants should A. Except for SF–424B. ‘‘Assurances—Non-
9. Total Direct Cost: Show the total for Construction Programs,’’ you may provide an
Lines 1 through 8 for each budget year. understand, however, that prior contact with
the Department is not required, nor will it in assurance simply by stating in writing that
10. Indirect Costs: Indicate the rate and you are meeting a prescribed requirement.
amount of indirect costs for each budget year. any way influence the success of an
application. Q. Where can copies of the Federal
11. Training/Stipend Cost: Indicate cost Register, Education Department General
per student and number of hours of Q. When will I find out if I’m going to be
funded? Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), and
instruction. The amount of a stipend may be
A. You can expect to receive notification Federal statutes be obtained?
the greater of the minimum hourly wage
within 3 to 4 months of the applications A. Copies of these materials can usually be
prescribed by State and local law, or the
received and the number of Department found at your local library. If not, they can
minimum hourly wage set under the Fair
competitions with similar closing dates. be obtained from the Government Printing
Labor Standards Act.
Q. Once my application has been reviewed Office by writing to Superintendent of
12. Total Costs: Show total for lines 9
by the review panel, can you tell me the Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office,
through 11 for each budget year.
outcome? Washington, DC 20402. Telephone: (202)
Instructions for Part III—Budget Narrative A. No. Every year we are called by a 708–8228. When requesting copies of
The budget narrative should explain, number of applicants who have a legitimate regulations or statutes, it is helpful to use the
justify, and, if needed, clarify your budget reason for needing to know the outcome of specific name of the public law, number of
summary. For each line item (personnel, the panel review prior to official notification. a statute, or part number of a regulation. The
fringe benefits, travel, etc.) in your budget, Some applicants need to make job decisions, material referenced in this notice should be
explain why it is there and how you some need to notify a local school district, referred to as follows:
computed the costs. etc. Regardless of the reason, because final (1) The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and
Please limit this section to no more than funding decisions have not been made at that Technical Education Act of 1998.
five pages. Be sure that each page of your point, we cannot share information about the (2) Education Department General
application is numbered consecutively. results of the panel review with anyone. Administrative Regulations, 34 CFR parts 74,
Q. Will my application be returned if I am 75, 77, 80, 81, 82, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99.
Appendix B Copies of these materials may also be
not funded?
A. No. We no longer return unsuccessful found on the World Wide Web at http://
Potential applicants frequently direct
applications. Thus, applicants should retain www.access.gpo.gov/nara.
questions to officials of the Department
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