[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 80 (Thursday, April 25, 2013)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-09806]
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Applications for New Awards; Training and Information for Parents
of Children With Disabilities--Parent Training and Information Centers
AGENCY: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services,
Department of Education.
Overview Information: Training and Information for Parents of
Children with Disabilities--Parent Training and Information Centers
Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2013.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.328M.
Applications Available: April 25, 2013.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 10, 2013.
Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: August 8, 2013.
Full Text of Announcement
I. Funding Opportunity Description
Purpose of Program: The purpose of this program is to ensure that
parents of children with disabilities receive training and information
to help improve results for their children.
Priority: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(iv) and (v), this
priority is from allowable activities specified in the statute, or
otherwise authorized in the statute (see sections 671 and 681(d) of the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)).
Absolute Priority: For FY 2013 and any subsequent year in which we
make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition,
this is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), for this
competition, we consider only applications that meet this priority.
This priority is:
Parent Training and Information Centers.
Almost 35 years of research and experience has demonstrated that
the education of children with disabilities can be made more effective
by strengthening the ability of parents to participate fully in the
education of their children at school and at home (see section
601(c)(5)(B) of IDEA).
This notice announces a priority designed to help ensure that
parents of children with disabilities have the training and information
they need to participate in the education of their children.
Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) are designed to meet
the needs of parents of children with disabilities living in the
States, regions of the States, or territories served by the PTIs,
particularly underserved parents and parents of children who may be
inappropriately identified as having a disability. Under this priority,
PTIs will, consistent with section 671 of IDEA, provide parents of
children with disabilities with the training and information they need
to enable them to participate cooperatively and effectively in helping
their children to--
(a) Meet developmental and functional goals and the challenging
academic achievement standards that have been established for all
(b) Be prepared to lead productive independent adult lives, to the
maximum extent possible.
The following Web site provides further information on the work of
previously funded PTIs: www.parentcenternetwork.org.
To be considered for funding under this absolute priority,
applicants must meet the application requirements contained in the
priority. All projects funded under the absolute priority also must
meet the programmatic and administrative requirements specified in the
Application Requirements: An applicant must include in its
(a) A logic model that depicts, at a minimum, the goals,
activities, outputs, and outcomes of the proposed project. A logic
model communicates how a project will achieve its outcomes and provides
a framework for both the formative and summative evaluations of the
Note: The following Web sites provide more information on logic
models: www.researchutilization.org/matrix/logicmodel_resource3c.html and http://archive.tadnet.org/model_and_performance?format=html.
(b) A plan to implement the activities described in the Project
Activities section of this priority;
(c) A plan, linked to the proposed project's logic model, for a
formative evaluation of the proposed project's activities. The plan
must describe how the formative evaluation will use clear performance
objectives to ensure continuous improvement in the operation of the
proposed project, including objective measures of progress in
implementing the project and ensuring the quality of products and
(d) A budget for attendance at the following:
(1) The three-day Leadership Conference in Washington, DC during
each year of the project period.
(2) The two-day Regional Technical Assistance for Parent Centers
Conference, in the region in which the PTI is located, during each year
of the project period. Applicants should refer to
www.parentcenternetwork.org for a list of regions; and
(e) A description specifying the special efforts the PTI will make
(1) Ensure that the needs for training and information of
underserved parents of children with disabilities in the area to be
served, including parents of children attending high-poverty schools
\1\ and the State's persistently lowest-achieving schools,\2\ are
effectively met; and
\1\ For the purpose of this notice, the term ``high-poverty
school'' means a school in which at least 50 percent of students are
eligible for free or reduced-price lunches under the Richard B.
Russell National School Lunch Act or in which at least 50 percent of
students are from low-income families as determined using one of the
criteria specified under section 1113(a)(5) of the Elementary and
Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended. For middle and high
schools, eligibility may be calculated on the basis of comparable
data from feeder schools. Eligibility as a high-poverty school under
this definition is determined on the basis of the most currently
\2\ For the purpose of this notice, the term ``persistently
lowest-achieving schools means,'' as determined by the State--
(a)(1) Any Title I school in improvement, corrective action, or
restructuring that (i) Is among the lowest-achieving five percent of
Title I schools in improvement, corrective action, or restructuring
or the lowest-achieving five Title I schools in improvement,
corrective action, or restructuring in the State, whichever number
of schools is greater; or (ii) Is a high school that has had a
graduation rate as defined in 34 CFR 200.19(b) that is less than 60
percent over a number of years; and (2) Any secondary school that is
eligible for, but does not receive, Title I funds that--(i) Is among
the lowest-achieving five percent of secondary schools or the
lowest-achieving five secondary schools in the State that are
eligible for, but do not receive, Title I funds, whichever number of
schools is greater; or (ii) Is a high school that has had a
graduation rate as defined in 34 CFR 200.19(b) that is less than 60
percent over a number of years.
(b) To identify the persistently lowest-achieving schools, a
State must take into account both--(i) The academic achievement of
the ``all students'' group in a school in terms of proficiency on
the State's assessments under section 1111(b)(3) of the ESEA in
reading/language arts and mathematics combined; and (ii) The
school's lack of progress on those assessments over a number of
years in the ``all students'' group. For the purposes of this
priority, the Department considers schools that are identified as
Tier I or Tier II schools under the School Improvement Grants
Program (see 75 FR 66363) as part of a State's approved FY 2009, FY
2010, or FY 2011 application to be persistently lowest-achieving
schools. A list of these Tier I and Tier II schools can be found on
the Department's Web site at www2.ed.gov/programs/sif/index.html.
(2) Work with community-based organizations, including those that
work with low-income parents and parents of limited English proficient
Project Activities: To meet the requirements of this priority, the
PTI, at a minimum, must--
(a) Maintain a Web site that contains, at a minimum, a current
calendar of upcoming events, free informational publications for
families, and links to webinars or other online multimedia resources.
The Web site must also meet government or industry-recognized standards
for accessibility. Applicants can find more information regarding Web
site accessibility at: http://webaim.org;
(b) Provide training and information that meets the training and
information needs of parents of children with disabilities living in
the area served by the PTI, particularly underserved parents and
parents of children who may be inappropriately identified as having a
disability and including parents of children attending high-poverty
schools and the State's persistently lowest-achieving schools;
(c) Serve the parents of infants, toddlers, and children from ages
birth through 26, with the full range of disabilities described in
section 602(3) of IDEA;
(d) Ensure that the training and information provided meets the
needs of low-income parents and parents of limited English proficient
(e) Assist parents to--
(1) Better understand the nature of their children's disabilities
and their educational, developmental, and transitional needs;
(2) Communicate effectively and work collaboratively with personnel
responsible for providing special education, early intervention
services, transition services, and related services;
(3) Participate in decision-making processes, including those
regarding participation in State and local assessments, and the
development of individualized education programs under Part B of IDEA
and individualized family service plans under Part C of IDEA;
(4) Obtain appropriate information about the range, type, and
(i) Options, programs, services, technologies, practices, and
interventions that are based on scientifically based research, to the
extent practicable; and
(ii) Resources available to assist children with disabilities and
their families in school and at home, including information available
through the Office of Special Education's (OSEP's) technical assistance
and dissemination centers (www.tadnet.org) and through communities of
(5) Understand the requirements of IDEA related to the provision of
education and early intervention services to children with
(6) Participate in activities at the school level that benefit
their children; and
(7) Participate in school reform activities;
(f) In States where the State elects to contract with the PTIs,
contract with the State educational agency (SEA) to provide, consistent
with subsections (B) and (D) of section 615(e)(2) of IDEA, individuals
to meet with parents to explain the mediation process;
(g) Assist parents in resolving disputes in the most expeditious
and effective way possible, including encouraging the use, and
explaining the benefits, of alternative methods of dispute resolution
such as the mediation process described in section 615(e) of IDEA;
(h) Assist parents and students with disabilities to understand
their rights and responsibilities under IDEA, including those under
section 615(m) of IDEA upon the student's reaching the age of majority
(as appropriate under State law);
(i) Assist parents to understand the availability of, and how to
effectively use, procedural safeguards provided under IDEA, including
the resolution session described in section 615(e);
(j) Assist parents in understanding, preparing for, and
participating in, the resolution session described in section
615(f)(1)(B) of IDEA;
(k) Establish cooperative partnerships with any Community Parent
Resource Centers (CPRCs) and any other PTIs funded in the State under
sections 672 and 671 of IDEA, respectively;
(l) Network with appropriate clearinghouses, including
organizations conducting national dissemination activities under
section 663 of IDEA and the Department's Institute of Education
Sciences, and with other national, State, and local organizations and
agencies such as protection and advocacy agencies that serve parents
and families of children with the full range of disabilities described
in section 602(3) of IDEA;
(m) Respond to requests from OSEP for information about the needs
and experiences of parents served by the PTI to inform OSEP's analysis
of State progress towards improving outcomes for children with
(n) Annually report to the Department on--
(1) The number and demographics of parents to whom the PTI provided
information and training in the most recently concluded fiscal year,
including additional information regarding the parents' unique needs
and the levels of service provided to them; and
(2) The effectiveness of strategies used to reach and serve
parents, including underserved parents of children with disabilities
such as parents of children attending high-poverty schools and the
State's persistently lowest achieving schools, by providing evidence of
how those parents were served effectively;
(o) Respond to requests from the OSEP-funded National and Regional
Parent Training Assistance Centers (PTACs) and use the technical
assistance services of the National and Regional PTACs in order to
serve the families of infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities
as efficiently as possible. Regional PTACs are charged with assisting
PTIs and CPRCs with administrative and programmatic issues;
(p) In collaboration with OSEP and the National PTAC, participate
in an annual collection of program data for the PTIs and CPRCs funded
under sections 671 and 672 of IDEA, respectively; and
(q) Maintain ongoing communication with the OSEP Project Officer
through phone conversations and email communication.
In addition, the PTI's board of directors must meet not less than
once in each calendar quarter to review the activities for which the
award was made, and annually submit to the Secretary a written review
of the PTI's activities conducted during the preceding fiscal year.
Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking: Under the Administrative Procedure
Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553) the Department generally offers interested
parties the opportunity to comment on proposed priorities and
requirements. Section 681(d) of IDEA, however, makes the public comment
requirements of the APA inapplicable to the priorities in this notice.
Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1471 and 1481.
Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General
Administrative Regulations in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84,
97, 98, and 99. (b) The Education Department debarment and suspension
regulations in 2 CFR part 3485.
Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 apply to all applicants
except federally recognized Indian tribes.
II. Award Information
Type of Awards: Discretionary grants.
Estimated Available Funds: $486,599.
Maximum Award: We will reject any application that proposes a
budget exceeding the following maximum amounts for a single budget
period of 12 months:
The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative
Services may change the maximum amount through a notice published in
the Federal Register.
Note: We are accepting only applications that propose to serve
Arkansas and Montana.
Estimated Number of Awards: 2.
Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this
Project Period: Up to 24 months.
Estimated Project Awards: Project award amounts are for a single
budget period of 12 months.
The Department took into consideration current funding levels,
population distribution, poverty rates, and low-density enrollment when
determining the award amounts for grants under this competition. In the
following States, one award may be made for up to the amounts listed to
a qualified applicant for a PTI Center to serve the entire State.
III. Eligibility Information
1. Eligible Applicants: Parent organizations.
Note: Section 671(a)(2) of IDEA defines a ``parent
organization'' as a private nonprofit organization (other than an
institution of higher education) that--
(a) Has a board of directors--
(1) The majority of whom are parents of children with
disabilities ages birth through 26;
(2) That includes--
(i) Individuals working in the fields of special education,
related services, and early intervention; and
(ii) Individuals with disabilities; and
(3) The parent and professional members of which are broadly
representative of the population to be served, including low-income
parents and parents of limited English proficient children; and
(b) Has as its mission serving families of children with
disabilities who are ages birth through 26, and have the full range
of disabilities described in section 602(3) of IDEA.
2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not require cost
sharing or matching.
3. Other: General Requirements--(a) The projects funded under this
program must make positive efforts to employ and advance in employment
qualified individuals with disabilities (see section 606 of IDEA).
(b) Applicants and grant recipients funded under this program must
involve individuals with disabilities or parents of individuals with
disabilities ages birth through 26 in planning, implementing, and
evaluating the projects (see section 682(a)(1)(A) of IDEA).
IV. Application and Submission Information
1. Address to Request Application Package: You can obtain an
application package via the Internet, or from either the Education
Publications Center (ED Pubs) or the program office.
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:
You can contact ED Pubs at its Web site, also: www.EDPubs.gov or at
its email address: email@example.com.
If you request an application package from ED Pubs, be sure to
identify the competition to which you want to apply, as follows: CFDA
To obtain a copy from the program office, contact: Carmen Sanchez,
U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., room 4057,
Potomac Center Plaza (PCP), Washington DC 20202-2600. Telephone: (202)
245-6595. If you use a TDD or TTY, call the Federal Relay Service
(FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.
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 person or 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.
Page Limit: The application narrative (Part III of the application)
is where you, the applicant, address the selection criteria that
reviewers use to evaluate your application. You must limit Part III to
the equivalent of no more than 70 pages using the following standards:
A ``page'' is 8.5 x 11, on one side
only, with 1 margins at the top, bottom, and both sides.
Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch)
all text in the application narrative, including titles,
headings, footnotes, quotations, references, and captions, as well as
all text in charts, tables, figures, and graphs.
Use a font that is either 12 point or larger or no smaller
than 10 pitch (characters per inch).
Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier,
Courier New, or Arial. An application submitted in any other font
(including Times Roman or Arial Narrow) will not be accepted.
The page limit does not apply to Part I, the cover sheet; Part II,
the budget section, including the narrative budget justification; Part
IV, the assurances and certifications; or the one-page abstract, the
resumes, the bibliography, or the letters of support. However, the page
limit does apply to all of the application narrative section (Part
We will reject your application if you exceed the page limit; or if
you apply other standards and exceed the equivalent of the page limit.
3. Submission Dates and Times:
Applications Available: April 25, 2013.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 10, 2013.
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
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.
Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: August 8, 2013.
4. Intergovernmental Review: This program is subject to Executive
Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. Information about
Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs under Executive Order
12372 is in the application package for this competition.
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, Central Contractor Registry, 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 Central
Contractor Registry (CCR)--and, after July 24, 2012, with the System
for Award Management (SAM), the Government's primary registrant
c. Provide your DUNS number and TIN on your application; and
d. Maintain an active CCR or 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 business day.
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 CCR or SAM registration process may take five or more business
days to complete. If you are currently registered with the CCR, 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 to complete. Information about SAM is available at
In addition, the Board Chair of the parent organization applying
for a grant must (1) be designated by the organization as an Authorized
Organization Representative (AOR); and (2) register with Grants.gov as
an AOR. Details on these steps are outlined at the following Grants.gov
Web page: www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp.
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 Parent Training and Information
Centers competition, CFDA number 84.328M, 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 Parent
Training and Information Centers competition at www.Grants.gov. You
must search for the downloadable application package for this program
by the CFDA number. Do not include the CFDA number's alpha suffix in
your search (e.g., search for 84.328, not 84.328M).
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 program 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 you 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
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. Additional, detailed information on how to attach
files is in the application instructions.
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 that
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--
You do not have access to the Internet; or
You do not have the capacity to upload large documents to
the Grants.gov system;
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
prevent 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: Carmen Sanchez, U.S.
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 4057, PCP,
Washington, DC 20202-2600. FAX: (202) 245-7617.
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 84.328M), 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
(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
c. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery.
If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission
requirement, you (or a courier service) 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 84.328M), 550 12th Street SW., Room 7041, 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 program are
from 34 CFR 75.210 and are listed in the application package.
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. Additional Review and Selection Process Factors: In the past,
the Department has had difficulty finding peer reviewers for certain
competitions because so many individuals who are eligible to serve as
peer reviewers have conflicts of interest. The Standing Panel
requirements under section 682(b) of IDEA also have placed additional
constraints on the availability of reviewers. Therefore, the Department
has determined that, for some discretionary grant competitions,
applications may be separated into two or more groups and ranked and
selected for funding within specific groups. This procedure will make
it easier for the Department to find peer reviewers, by ensuring that
greater numbers of individuals who are eligible to serve as reviewers
for any particular group of applicants will not have conflicts of
interest. It also will increase the quality, independence, and fairness
of the review process, while permitting panel members to review
applications under discretionary grant competitions for which they also
have submitted applications. However, if the Department decides to
select an equal number of applications in each group for funding, this
may result in different cut-off points for fundable applications in
4. Special Conditions: Under 34 CFR 74.14 and 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 parts 74 or 80, as applicable; 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,
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/fund/grant/apply/appforms/appforms.html.
4. Performance Measures: Under the Government Performance and
Results Act of 1993, the Department has established a set of
performance measures, including long-term measures, that are designed
to yield information on various aspects of the effectiveness and
quality of the Training and Information for Parents of Children with
Disabilities program. The measures focus on the extent to which
projects provide high-quality materials, the relevance of project
products and services to educational and early intervention policy and
practice, and the usefulness of products and services to improve
educational and early intervention policy and practice.
Grantees will be required to provide information related to these
measures in annual reports submitted to the Department.
Grantees also will be required to report information on their
projects' performance in annual reports to the Department (34 CFR
5. Continuation Awards: In making a continuation award, the
Secretary may consider, 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. In making a continuation award, 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
VII. Agency Contacts
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carmen Sanchez, U.S. Department of
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 4057, PCP, Washington, DC
20202-2600. Telephone: (202) 245-6595.
If you use a TDD or a TTY, call the FRS, toll free, at 1-800-877-
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 computer 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
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by the Department.
Dated: April 22, 2013.
Delegated the authority to perform the functions and duties of the
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. 2013-09806 Filed 4-24-13; 8:45 am]
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