[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 137 (Thursday, July 17, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 41680-41684]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-16830]



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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Applications for New Awards; Vocational Rehabilitation Services 
Projects for American Indians With Disabilities

AGENCY: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, 
Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice.

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Overview Information

Vocational Rehabilitation Services Projects for American Indians With 
Disabilities

    Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 
2014.

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.250J.


DATES: Applications Available: July 18, 2014.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: September 2, 2014.

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The purpose of this program is to provide 
vocational rehabilitation (VR) 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, interests, and informed choice, so 
that they may prepare for and engage in gainful employment, including 
self-employment, telecommuting, or business ownership.
    This program also supports an important White House initiative 
issued in a Presidential Memorandum on Job-Driven Training for Workers 
on January 30, 2014.\1\ This memorandum emphasizes the importance of 
developing a workforce with the skills that employers need. The 
Vocational Rehabilitation Services Projects for American Indians with 
Disabilities program supports the initiative by providing training and 
other services to assist individuals with disabilities to prepare for 
and engage in gainful and competitive employment.
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    \1\ Obama, B.H., Presidential Memorandum on Job-Driven Training 
for Workers. The White House, Office of the Press Secretary. January 
30, 2014. Available at: www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/30/presidential-memorandum-job-driven-training-workers.
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    Priority: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(iv), this priority 
is from section 121(b)(4) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended 
(29 U.S.C. 741(b)(4)).
    Competitive Preference Priority: For FY 2014 and any subsequent 
year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from 
this competition, this priority is a competitive preference priority. 
Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) we award an additional 10 points to an 
application that meets this priority.
    This priority is:

Continuation of Previously Funded Tribal Programs

    In making new awards under this program, we give priority to 
applications for the continuation of programs that have been funded 
under the Vocational Rehabilitation Services Projects for American 
Indians with Disabilities program.

    Program Authority: 29 U.S.C. 741.

    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 80, 81, 82, 
84, and 97. (b) The Education Department debarment and suspension 
regulations in 2 CFR part 3485. (c) The regulations for this program in 
34 CFR parts 369 and 371.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
    Estimated Available Funds: $21,000,000.
    Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of 
applications, we may make additional awards in FY 2015 from the list of 
unfunded applicants from this competition.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $340,000-$550,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $425,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 48.

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


    Project Period: Up to 60 months.

    Note: Eligibility for funding under the grant is contingent upon 
a grantee's continuing eligibility under the program regulations. As 
described in section III of this notice, these regulations may be 
amended during the project period for these grants. On an annual 
basis and as part of our process for making continuation awards 
under 34 CFR 75.253, the Department will review current grants and 
determine whether each grantee continues to meet the applicable 
eligibility requirements.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: The governing bodies of Indian tribes (and 
consortia of those governing bodies) located on Federal and State 
reservations.

Background

    On May 9, 2012, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) 
released a report, ``Federal Funding for Non-Federally Recognized 
Tribes,'' GAO-12-348 (available at www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-348), in 
which a question was raised concerning the Department's practice for 
determining eligibility under the American Indian Vocational 
Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) program. In interpreting the term 
``reservation,'' the Department had included tribes that were located 
on a defined and contiguous area of land where there was a 
concentration of tribal members and on which the tribal government was 
providing structured activities and services, such as the tribal 
service areas identified in a tribe's grant application.
    The Department agreed to comply with GAO's recommendation that the 
Secretary review the eligibility requirements for AIVRS grants and take 
appropriate action on grants made to tribes that do not have Federal or 
State reservations.
    For FYs 2012 and 2013, the Department decided not to conduct 
competitions for new awards under the AIVRS program while it was 
studying this issue. It extended any grants that were expiring at the 
end of FYs 2012 and 2013 and waived the regulatory prohibition on cost 
extensions so that these grantees could continue to receive grant funds 
while the Department was conducting its review. (77 FR 59085 (September 
26, 2012); 78 FR 57066 (September 17, 2013))
    On June 23, 2014, the Department published in the Federal Register 
a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes, as one 
alternative, to amend the regulatory definition of ``reservation,'' to 
limit the definition only to traditional Federal and State reservations 
and other land areas specifically listed in the statutory definition of 
``reservation'' in 29 U.S.C. 741(c). (79 FR 35502) However, the NPRM 
also proposes an alternative definition of ``reservation'' consistent 
with the Department's long-standing interpretation that includes, in 
the definition of ``reservation,'' a defined area of land recognized by 
a State or the Federal Government where there is a concentration of 
tribal members and on which the tribal government is providing 
structured activities and services.
    Given the time needed to fully consider all comments to the NPRM in 
concert with comments received through tribal consultation, and before 
a final determination on the definition of ``reservation'' is reached, 
the Department decided that it is in the best interests of the program, 
its grantees, and the American Indians with

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disabilities they serve, to hold a competition for FY 2014. Because the 
Department has not published final regulations changing its definition 
of ``reservation,'' the competition for FY 2014 will be conducted using 
the interpretation of ``reservation'' that the Department has used for 
many years. Consequently, an applicant that can demonstrate it is 
located on a defined and contiguous area of land where there is a 
concentration of tribal members and on which the tribal government is 
providing structured activities and services is eligible to apply. One 
way of demonstrating eligibility is to show that the U.S. Census 
identifies the applicant's land area as a State designated tribal 
statistical area or tribal designated statistical area.
    Eligibility for funding under the grant beyond the initial year is 
contingent upon a grantee's continuing eligibility under the program 
regulations, as the regulations may be amended. On an annual basis and, 
as part of our process for making continuation awards under 34 CFR 
75.253, the Department will review current grants and determine whether 
each grantee continues to meet the applicable eligibility requirements.
    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: Cost sharing is required by 34 CFR 
371.40.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Address to Request Application Package: You can obtain an 
application package via the Internet or from the Education Publications 
Center (ED Pubs). To obtain a copy via the Internet, use the following 
address: www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/grantapps/index.html. To obtain a 
copy from ED Pubs, write, fax, or call the following: ED Pubs, U.S. 
Department of Education, P.O. Box 22207, Alexandria, VA 22304. 
Telephone, toll free: 1-877-433-7827. FAX: (703) 605-6794. If you use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), 
call, toll free: 1-877-576-7734.
    You can contact ED Pubs at its Web site, also: www.EDPubs.gov or at 
its email address: edpubs@inet.ed.gov.
    If you request an application from ED Pubs, be sure to identify 
this program or competition as follows: CFDA number 84.250J.
    Individuals with disabilities can obtain a copy of the application 
package in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, 
or compact disc) by contacting the team listed under Accessible Format 
in section VIII of this notice.
    2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements 
concerning the content of an application, together with the forms you 
must submit, are in the application package for this competition. These 
include a requirement that the applicant submit documentation 
demonstrating that it is a federally or State recognized tribe and is 
located on a Federal or State reservation, as interpreted by the 
Department to include a defined and contiguous area of land where there 
is a concentration of tribal members and on which the tribal government 
is providing structured activities and services.

    Note: Each application must describe how the Special Application 
Requirements stated at 34 CFR 371.21 will be met, including evidence 
that the applicant has or will obtain a formal cooperative agreement 
with the appropriate State VR agency or agencies that include 
strategies for collaboration and coordination of service provision.

    3. Submission Dates and Times: Applications Available: July 18, 
2014.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: September 2, 2014.
    Applications for grants under this competition must be submitted 
electronically using the Grants.gov Apply site (Grants.gov). For 
information (including dates and times) about how to submit your 
application electronically, or in paper format by mail or hand delivery 
if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, please refer to section IV. 7. Other Submission 
Requirements of this notice.
    We do not consider an application that does not comply with the 
deadline requirements.
    Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or 
auxiliary aid in connection with the application process should contact 
the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII 
of this notice. If the Department provides an accommodation or 
auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability in connection with the 
application process, the individual's application remains subject to 
all other requirements and limitations in this notice.
    4. Intergovernmental Review: This competition is not subject to 
Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79.
    5. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding 
restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.
    6. Data Universal Numbering System Number, Taxpayer Identification 
Number, and System for Award Management: To do business with the 
Department of Education, you must--
    a. Have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and a 
Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN);
    b. Register both your DUNS number and TIN with the System for Award 
Management (SAM) (formerly the Central Contractor Registry (CCR)), the 
Government's primary registrant database;
    c. Provide your DUNS number and TIN on your application; and
    d. Maintain an active SAM registration with current information 
while your application is under review by the Department and, if you 
are awarded a grant, during the project period.
    You can obtain a DUNS number from Dun and Bradstreet. A DUNS number 
can be created within one-to-two business days.
    If you are a corporate entity, agency, institution, or 
organization, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal Revenue Service. 
If you are an individual, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal 
Revenue Service or the Social Security Administration. If you need a 
new TIN, please allow 2-5 weeks for your TIN to become active.
    The SAM registration process can take approximately seven business 
days, but may take upwards of several weeks, depending on the 
completeness and accuracy of the data entered into the SAM database by 
an entity. Thus, if you think you might want to apply for Federal 
financial assistance under a program administered by the Department, 
please allow sufficient time to obtain and register your DUNS number 
and TIN. We strongly recommend that you register early.

    Note: Once your SAM registration is active, you will need to 
allow 24 to 48 hours for the information to be available in 
Grants.gov and before you can submit an application through 
Grants.gov.

    If you are currently registered with SAM, you may not need to make 
any changes. However, please make certain that the TIN associated with 
your DUNS number is correct. Also note that you will need to update 
your registration annually. This may take three or more business days.
    Information about SAM is available at www.SAM.gov. To further 
assist you with obtaining and registering your DUNS number and TIN in 
SAM or updating your existing SAM account, we have prepared a SAM.gov 
Tip Sheet, which you can find at: http://www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/sam-faqs.html.
    In addition, if you are submitting your application via Grants.gov, 
you must (1) be designated by your organization as an

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Authorized Organization Representative (AOR); and (2) register yourself 
with Grants.gov as an AOR. Details on these steps are outlined at the 
following Grants.gov Web page: www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html.
    7. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under 
this competition must be submitted electronically unless you qualify 
for an exception to this requirement in accordance with the 
instructions in this section.

a. Electronic Submission of Applications

    Applications for grants under the AIVRS program, CFDA number 
84.250J, must be submitted electronically using the Governmentwide 
Grants.gov Apply site at www.Grants.gov. Through this site, you will be 
able to download a copy of the application package, complete it 
offline, and then upload and submit your application. You may not email 
an electronic copy of a grant application to us.
    We will reject your application if you submit it in paper format 
unless, as described elsewhere in this section, you qualify for one of 
the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement and submit, no 
later than two weeks before the application deadline date, a written 
statement to the Department that you qualify for one of these 
exceptions. Further information regarding calculation of the date that 
is two weeks before the application deadline date is provided later in 
this section under Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement.
    You may access the electronic grant application for the AIVRS 
program at www.Grants.gov. You must search for the downloadable 
application package for this competition by the CFDA number. Do not 
include the CFDA number's alpha suffix in your search (e.g., search for 
84.250, not 84.250J).
    Please note the following:
     When you enter the Grants.gov site, you will find 
information about submitting an application electronically through the 
site, as well as the hours of operation.
     Applications received by Grants.gov are date and time 
stamped. Your application must be fully uploaded and submitted and must 
be date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system no later than 4:30:00 
p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. Except as 
otherwise noted in this section, we will not accept your application if 
it is received--that is, date and time stamped by the Grants.gov 
system--after 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application 
deadline date. We do not consider an application that does not comply 
with the deadline requirements. When we retrieve your application from 
Grants.gov, we will notify you if we are rejecting your application 
because it was date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system after 
4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date.
     The amount of time it can take to upload an application 
will vary depending on a variety of factors, including the size of the 
application and the speed of your Internet connection. Therefore, we 
strongly recommend that you do not wait until the application deadline 
date to begin the submission process through Grants.gov.
     You should review and follow the Education Submission 
Procedures for submitting an application through Grants.gov that are 
included in the application package for this competition to ensure that 
you submit your application in a timely manner to the Grants.gov 
system. You can also find the Education Submission Procedures 
pertaining to Grants.gov under News and Events on the Department's G5 
system home page at www.G5.gov.
     You will not receive additional point value because you 
submit your application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you 
if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, as described elsewhere in this section, and submit your 
application in paper format.
     You must submit all documents electronically, including 
all information you typically provide on the following forms: The 
Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424), the Department of 
Education Supplemental Information for SF 424, Budget Information--Non-
Construction Programs (ED 524), and all necessary assurances and 
certifications.
     You must upload any narrative sections and all other 
attachments to your application as files in a PDF (Portable Document) 
read-only, non-modifiable format. Do not upload an interactive or 
fillable PDF file. If you upload a file type other than a read-only, 
non-modifiable PDF or submit a password-protected file, we will not 
review that material.
     Your electronic application must comply with any page-
limit requirements described in this notice.
     After you electronically submit your application, you will 
receive from Grants.gov an automatic notification of receipt that 
contains a Grants.gov tracking number. (This notification indicates 
receipt by Grants.gov only, not receipt by the Department.) The 
Department then will retrieve your application from Grants.gov and send 
a second notification to you by email. This second notification 
indicates that the Department has received your application and has 
assigned your application a PR/Award number (an ED-specified 
identifying number unique to your application).
     We may request that you provide us original signatures on 
forms at a later date.
    Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of Technical Issues 
with the Grants.gov System: If you are experiencing problems submitting 
your application through Grants.gov, please contact the Grants.gov 
Support Desk, toll free, at 1-800-518-4726. You must obtain a 
Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number and must keep a record of it.
    If you are prevented from electronically submitting your 
application on the application deadline date because of technical 
problems with the Grants.gov system, we will grant you an extension 
until 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, the following business day to 
enable you to transmit your application electronically or by hand 
delivery. You also may mail your application by following the mailing 
instructions described elsewhere in this notice.
    If you submit an application after 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC 
time, on the application deadline date, please contact the person 
listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII of this 
notice and provide an explanation of the technical problem you 
experienced with Grants.gov, along with the Grants.gov Support Desk 
Case Number. We will accept your application if we can confirm that a 
technical problem occurred with the Grants.gov system and that the 
problem affected your ability to submit your application by 4:30:00 
p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. The 
Department will contact you after a determination is made on whether 
your application will be accepted.
    Note: The extensions to which we refer in this section apply only 
to the unavailability of, or technical problems with, the Grants.gov 
system. We will not grant you an extension if you failed to fully 
register to submit your application to Grants.gov before the 
application deadline date and time or if the technical problem you 
experienced is unrelated to the Grants.gov system.
    Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement: You qualify for an 
exception to the electronic submission requirement, and may submit your 
application in paper format, if you are unable to submit an application 
through the Grants.gov system because--

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     You do not have access to the Internet; or
     You do not have the capacity to upload large documents to 
the Grants.gov system; and
     No later than two weeks before the application deadline 
date (14 calendar days or, if the fourteenth calendar day before the 
application deadline date falls on a Federal holiday, the next business 
day following the Federal holiday), you mail or fax a written statement 
to the Department, explaining which of the two grounds for an exception 
prevents you from using the Internet to submit your application.
    If you mail your written statement to the Department, it must be 
postmarked no later than two weeks before the application deadline 
date. If you fax your written statement to the Department, we must 
receive the faxed statement no later than two weeks before the 
application deadline date.
    Address and mail or fax your statement to: August Martin, U.S. 
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 5049, 
Washington, DC 20202-2800. FAX: (202) 245-7592.
    Your paper application must be submitted in accordance with the 
mail or hand delivery instructions described in this notice.

b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail

    If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, you may mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or a 
commercial carrier) your application to the Department. You must mail 
the original and two copies of your application, on or before the 
application deadline date, to the Department at the following address: 
U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: 
(CFDA Number 84.250J) LBJ Basement Level 1, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., 
Washington, DC 20202-4260.
    You must show proof of mailing consisting of one of the following:
    (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 of the 
U.S. Department of Education.
    If you mail your application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do 
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.
    If your application is postmarked after the application deadline 
date, we will not consider your application.

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

c. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery

    If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, you (or a courier service) may deliver your paper 
application to the Department by hand. You must deliver the original 
and two copies of your application by hand, on or before the 
application deadline date, to the Department at the following address: 
U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: 
(CFDA Number 84.250J) 550 12th Street SW., Room 7039, Potomac Center 
Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-4260.
    The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily 
between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, except 
Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays.

    Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications: If you 
mail or hand deliver your application to the Department--
    (1) You must indicate on the envelope and--if not provided by 
the Department--in Item 11 of the SF 424 the CFDA number, including 
suffix letter, if any, of the competition under which you are 
submitting your application; and
    (2) The Application Control Center will mail to you a 
notification of receipt of your grant application. If you do not 
receive this notification within 15 business days from the 
application deadline date, you should call the U.S. Department of 
Education Application Control Center at (202) 245-6288.

V. Application Review Information

    1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this competition 
are from 34 CFR 75.210 of EDGAR and are listed in the application 
package. The maximum score for all of the selection criteria is 100 
points, plus the 10 competitive preference priority points (see Section 
I. Competitive Preference Priority).
    2. Review and Selection Process: We remind potential applicants 
that in reviewing applications in any discretionary grant competition, 
the Secretary may consider, under 34 CFR 75.217(d)(3), the past 
performance of the applicant in carrying out a previous award, such as 
the applicant's use of funds, achievement of project objectives, and 
compliance with grant conditions. The Secretary may also consider 
whether the applicant failed to submit a timely performance report or 
submitted a report of unacceptable quality.
    In addition, in making a competitive grant award, the Secretary 
also requires various assurances including those applicable to Federal 
civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or 
activities receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department 
of Education (34 CFR 100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23).
    3. Special Conditions: Under 34 CFR 80.12, the Secretary may impose 
special conditions on a grant if the applicant or grantee is not 
financially stable; has a history of unsatisfactory performance; has a 
financial or other management system that does not meet the standards 
in 34 CFR part 80; has not fulfilled the conditions of a prior grant; 
or is otherwise not responsible.

VI. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your 
U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award 
Notification (GAN); or we may send you an email containing a link to 
access an electronic version of your GAN. We may notify you informally, 
also.
    If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, 
we notify you.
    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify 
administrative and national policy requirements in the application 
package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable 
Regulations section of this notice.
    We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of 
an award in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice and 
include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also 
incorporates your approved application as part of your binding 
commitments under the grant.
    3. Reporting: (a) If you apply for a grant under this competition, 
you must ensure that you have in place the necessary processes and 
systems to comply with the reporting requirements in 2 CFR part 170 
should you receive funding under the competition. This does not apply 
if you have an exception under 2 CFR 170.110(b).
    (b) At the end of your project period, you must submit a final 
performance report, including financial information, as directed by the 
Secretary. If you receive a multi-year award, you must submit an annual 
performance report that provides the most current performance and 
financial expenditure information as directed by the Secretary under 34 
CFR 75.118. The Secretary may also require more frequent performance 
reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements on reporting, 
please go to www.ed.gov/

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fund/grant/apply/appforms/appforms.html.
    4. Performance Measures: Under the Government Performance and 
Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), the Department has established three 
performance measures for the AIVRS program. The measures are (1) the 
percentage of individuals who leave the program with an employment 
outcome, (2) the percentage of projects that demonstrate an average 
annual cost per employment outcome of no more than $35,000, and (3) the 
percentage of projects that demonstrate an average annual cost per 
participant of no more than $10,000. Each grantee must annually report 
its performance on these measures through the Annual Progress Reporting 
Form (APR Form) for the AIVRS program.

Job Training and Employment Common Measures

    In addition, the AIVRS APR Form requests data necessary to assess 
the AIVRS program's performance on supplemental measures that are 
comparable to the job training and employment common measures that were 
developed by the Office of Management and Budget in coordination with 
Federal agencies with job training programs. Each grantee is required 
to collect and report data for these supplemental measures as part of 
the annual performance report requirement, including information on: 
(1) The number of individuals who, during this reporting period, were 
still employed three months after achieving an employment outcome, (2) 
the number of individuals who, during this reporting period, were still 
employed six months after achieving an employment outcome, (3) the 
average weekly earnings at entry, and (4) the average weekly earnings 
of the individuals whose employment outcomes resulted in earnings.

    Note: For purposes of this section, the term ``employment 
outcome'' has the meaning provided in 34 CFR 369.4.

    5. Continuation Awards: In making a continuation award, the 
Secretary considers, under 34 CFR 75.253, the extent to which a grantee 
has made ``substantial progress toward meeting the objectives in its 
approved application.'' This consideration includes the review of a 
grantee's progress in meeting the targets and projected outcomes in its 
approved application, and whether the grantee has expended funds in a 
manner that is consistent with its approved application and budget and 
the cost principles described in the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) Circular A-87. In making a continuation grant, the Secretary also 
considers whether the grantee is operating in compliance with the 
assurances in its approved application, including those applicable to 
Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or 
activities receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department 
(34 CFR 100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23). On an annual basis and 
as part of our process for making continuation awards under 34 CFR 
75.253, the Department will review current grants and determine whether 
each grantee continues to meet the applicable eligibility requirements.

VII. Agency Contact

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: August Martin, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 5049, Potomac Center Plaza 
(PCP), Washington, DC 20202-2800. Telephone: (202) 245-7410 or by 
email: august.martin@ed.gov.
    If you use a TDD or a TTY, call the Federal Relay Services (FRS), 
toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

VIII. Other Information

    Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this 
document and a copy of the application package in an accessible format 
(e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) by contacting 
the Grants and Contracts Services Team, U.S. Department of Education, 
400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 5075, PCP, Washington, DC 20202-2550. 
Telephone: (202) 245-7363. If you use a TDD or a TTY, call the FRS, 
toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.
    Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this 
document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free 
Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the 
Code of Federal Regulations is available via the Federal Digital System 
at: www.gpo.gov/fdsys. At this site you can view this document, as well 
as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal 
Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). To use PDF 
you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at the 
site.
    You may also access documents of the Department published in the 
Federal Register by using the article search feature at: 
www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search 
feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published 
by the Department.

    Dated: July 14, 2014.
Michael K. Yudin,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative 
Services.
[FR Doc. 2014-16830 Filed 7-16-14; 8:45 am]
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