[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 23 (Monday, February 4, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 7765-7767]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-02376]


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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Submission of Data by State Educational Agencies; Submission 
Dates for State Revenue and Expenditure Reports for Fiscal Year (FY) 
2012, Revisions to Those Reports, and Revisions to Prior Fiscal Year 
Reports

AGENCY: National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of 
Education Sciences, Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Secretary announces dates for the submission by state 
educational agencies (SEAs) of expenditure and revenue data and average 
daily attendance statistics on ED Form 2447 (the National Public 
Education Financial Survey (NPEFS)) for FY 2012. The Secretary sets 
these dates to ensure that data are available to serve as the basis for 
timely distribution of Federal funds. The U.S. Census Bureau is the 
data collection agent for the National Center for Education Statistics 
(NCES). The data will be published by NCES and will be used by the 
Secretary in the calculation of allocations for FY 2014 appropriated 
funds.

DATES: SEAs can begin submitting data on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. 
The deadline for the final submission of all data, including any 
revisions to previously submitted data for FY 2011 and FY 2012, is 
Thursday, August 15, 2013. Any resubmissions of FY 2011 or FY 2012 data 
by SEAs in response to requests for clarification, reconciliation, or 
other inquiries by NCES or the Census Bureau must be completed by 
Tuesday, September 3, 2013. All outstanding data issues must be 
reconciled or resolved by the SEAs, NCES, and the Census Bureau prior 
to September 3, 2013.

ADDRESSES AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION: SEAs may mail ED Form 2447 to: 
U.S. Census Bureau, ATTENTION: Governments Division, Washington, DC 
20233-6800.

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    SEAs may submit data online using the interactive survey form 
(NPEFS Web form) at: http://surveys.nces.ed.gov/ccdnpefs. The NPEFS Web 
form includes a digital confirmation page where a personal 
identification number (PIN) may be entered. A successful entry of the 
PIN serves as a signature by the authorizing official. A certification 
form also may be printed from the Web site, signed by the authorizing 
official, and mailed to the Governments Division of the Census Bureau 
at the address listed under ADDRESSES AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION. This 
signed form must be mailed within five business days of submission of 
the NPEFS Web form.
    Alternatively, SEAs may hand-deliver submissions by August 15, 
2013, at 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) to: Governments Division, U.S. Census 
Bureau, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, MD 20746.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Stephen Q. Cornman, NPEFS Project 
Director, National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of 
Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Telephone: (202) 502-
7338 or by email: stephen.cornman@ed.gov; or Mr. Jumaane Young, NPEFS 
Project Manager; or an NPEFS team member (Census Bureau). Telephone: 1-
800-437-4196 or (301) 763-1571 or email: Govs.npefs.list@census.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text 
telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-
800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the authority of section 153(a)(1)(I) 
of the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, 20 U.S.C. 9543, which 
authorizes NCES to gather data on the financing of education, NCES 
collects data annually from SEAs through ED Form 2447. The report from 
SEAs includes attendance, revenue, and expenditure data from which NCES 
determines a State's ``average per-pupil expenditure'' (SPPE) for 
elementary and secondary education, as defined in section 9101(2) of 
the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA) 
(20 U.S.C. 7801(2)).
    In addition to using the SPPE data as general information on the 
financing of elementary and secondary education, the Secretary uses 
these data directly in calculating allocations for certain formula 
grant programs, including, but not limited to, Title I, Part A of the 
ESEA, Impact Aid, and Indian Education programs. Other programs, such 
as the Education for Homeless Children and Youth program under Title 
VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the Teacher 
Quality State Grants program (Title II, Part A of the ESEA), make use 
of SPPE data indirectly because their formulas are based, in whole or 
in part, on State Title I, Part A allocations.
    In January 2013, the Census Bureau, acting as the data collection 
agent for NCES, will email to SEAs ED Form 2447 with instructions and 
request that SEAs commence submitting FY 2012 data to the Census Bureau 
on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. SEAs are urged to submit accurate and 
complete data by Friday, March 15, 2013, to facilitate timely 
processing. Submissions by SEAs to the Census Bureau will be analyzed 
for accuracy and returned to each SEA for verification. SEAs must 
submit all data, including any revisions to FY 2011 and FY 2012 data, 
to the Census Bureau no later than Thursday, August 15, 2013. Any 
resubmissions of FY 2011 or FY 2012 data by SEAs in response to 
requests for clarification, reconciliation, or other inquiries by NCES 
or the Census Bureau must be completed by Tuesday, September 3, 2013. 
Between August 15, 2013, and September 3, 2013, SEAs may also, on their 
own initiative, resubmit data to resolve issues not addressed in their 
final submission of NPEFS data by August 15, 2013. All outstanding data 
issues must be reconciled or resolved by the SEAs, NCES, and the Census 
Bureau prior to September 3, 2013.
    In order to facilitate timely submission of data, the Census Bureau 
will send reminder notices to SEAs in June and July of 2013.
    Having accurate and consistent information on time is critical to 
an efficient and fair allocation process and to the NCES statistical 
process. To ensure timely distribution of Federal education funds based 
on the best, most accurate data available, NCES establishes, for 
program funding allocation purposes, Thursday, August 15, 2013, as the 
final date by which the NPEFS Web form or ED Form 2447 must be 
submitted. Any resubmissions of FY 2011 or FY 2012 data by SEAs in 
response to requests for clarification, reconciliation, or other 
inquiries by NCES or the Census Bureau must be completed through the 
NPEFS Web form or ED Form 2447 by Tuesday, September 3, 2013. If an SEA 
submits revised data after the final deadline that result in a lower 
SPPE figure, the SEA's allocations may be adjusted downward or the 
Department may direct the SEA to return funds. SEAs should be aware 
that all of these data are subject to audit and that, if any 
inaccuracies are discovered in the audit process, the Department may 
seek recovery of overpayments for the applicable programs.
    Note: The following are important dates in the data collection 
process for FY 2012:

January 30, 2013..........................  SEAs can begin to submit
                                             accurate and complete data
                                             for FY 2011 and FY 2012.
March 15, 2013............................  SEAs are urged to submit
                                             accurate and complete data
                                             for FY 2011 and FY 2012.
August 15, 2013...........................  Mandatory final submission
                                             date for FY 2011 and FY
                                             2012 data to be used for
                                             program funding allocation
                                             purposes.
September 3, 2013.........................  Response by SEA's to
                                             requests for clarification,
                                             reconciliation or other
                                             inquiries by NCES or the
                                             Census Bureau. All data
                                             issues to be resolved.
 

If an SEA's submission is received by the Census Bureau after August 
15, 2013, the SEA must show one of the following as proof that the 
submission was mailed on or before that date:
    1. A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark.
    2. A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the 
U.S. Postal Service.
    3. A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial 
carrier.
    4. Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary.

If the SEA mails ED Form 2447 through the U.S. Postal Service, the 
Secretary does not accept either of the following as proof of mailing:
    1. A private metered postmark.
    2. A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service.

    Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated 
postmark. Before relying on this method, an SEA should check with 
its local post office.

    Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities may obtain this 
document in an accessible format (e.g., Braille, large print, 
audiotape, or compact disc) on request to: Mr. Stephen Q. Cornman, 
NPEFS Project Director, National Center for Education Statistics, 
Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. 
Telephone: (202) 502-7338 or email: stephen.cornman@ed.gov.
    Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this 
document is the document published in the Federal

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    Authority:  20 U.S.C. 9543.

    Dated: January 30, 2013.
John Q. Easton,
Director, Institute of Education Sciences.
[FR Doc. 2013-02376 Filed 2-1-13; 8:45 am]
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