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of Education to make awards to U.S. Estimated Available Funds: secondary schools, postsecondary
institutions of higher education to $7,366,000 for the first 12 months of this institutions, baccalaureate degree-
develop and improve modern foreign project period. Funding for years two granting institutions, area career and
language and area studies training through five is subject to the availability technical education schools, local
programs. of funds and to a grantee meeting the workforce investment boards, business
This information collection is being requirements of 34 CFR 75.253. and industry, and intermediaries, and to
submitted under the Streamlined Estimated Range of Awards: provide career and technical education
Clearance Process for Discretionary $3,000,000 to $4,000,000 for the first 12 students with opportunities throughout
Grant Information Collections (1890– months. their lifetimes to develop, in
0001). Therefore, the 30-day public Estimated Average Size of Awards: conjunction with other education and
comment period notice will be the only $3,683,000 for a single budget period of training programs, the knowledge and
public comment notice published for 12 months. skills needed to keep the United States
this information collection. Estimated Number of Awards: 2. competitive. (20 U.S.C. 2301(6) and (7))
Requests for copies of the information Note: The Department is not bound by any (b) Definitions. Congress replaced the
collection submission for OMB review estimates in this notice. term ‘‘vocational and technical
may be accessed from http:// Project Period: Up to 60 months. education’’ with the term ‘‘career and, by selecting the technical education’’ throughout the
‘‘Browse Pending Collections’’ link and Full Text of Announcement Act. The term career and technical
by clicking on link number 3296. When I. Funding Opportunity Description education is defined in section 3(5) of
you access the information collection, the Act and, for the convenience of
Purpose of Program: Section 117 of potential applicants, is reiterated in the
click on ‘‘Download Attachments’’ to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical
view. Written requests for information Definitions section of this notice. (20
Education Act of 2006 (Act or Perkins U.S.C. 2302(5)(A))
should be addressed to U.S. Department IV), authorizes the Secretary to make (c) Annual needs estimates, facilities
of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, grants to tribally controlled reports, and long-term facilities study.
SW., Potomac Center, 9th Floor, postsecondary career and technical Congress eliminated the requirements
Washington, DC 20202–4700. Requests institutions that do not receive Federal that the Department prepare annual
may also be electronically mailed to support under the Tribally Controlled institutional needs estimates, facilities or faxed to 202– College or University Assistance Act of reports, and long-term facilities studies.
245–6623. Please specify the complete 1978 or the Navajo Community College (d) Indian student count. As
title of the information collection when Act to provide basic support for the described in detail elsewhere in this
making your request. education and training of Indian notice, the Act made changes to the
Comments regarding burden and/or students in career and technical statutory definition of the term ‘‘Indian
the collection activity requirements education programs. student count.’’ These changes mean
should be electronically mailed to Statutory Changes Affecting TCPCTIP: that the Department will require Individuals who For the convenience of applicants, we somewhat different certified data from
use a telecommunications device for the describe in this section the major grantees for grant calculations in years
deaf (TDD) may call the Federal statutory changes made to the Carl D. when the amounts appropriated for
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at Perkins Vocational and Technical TCPCTIP are insufficient to pay the total
1–800–877–8339. Education Act of 1998 (Perkins III), allowable costs proposed by grantees.
[FR Doc. E7–9302 Filed 5–14–07; 8:45 am] which was amended by the Act, that (e) Requirement for Complaint
affect TCPCTIP. Resolution Procedure. The Act requires
(a) Purpose. In the Act, Congress has the Department to establish, after
expanded and added elements to the consultation with tribally controlled
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION law’s statement of purpose, most postsecondary career and technical
significantly by stating that, among institutions, a complaint resolution
Office of Vocational and Adult other statutory purposes, programs procedure for grant determinations and
Education (OVAE); Overview supported under the Act should build calculations. The Department developed
Information; Tribally Controlled on the efforts of States and localities to what it believes is a fair, effective, and
Postsecondary Career and Technical develop challenging academic and efficient complaint resolution procedure
Institutions Program (TCPCTIP); Notice technical standards and should assist that will provide program grantees with
Inviting Applications for New Awards students in meeting such standards, a process for resolving complaints
for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 including student academic regarding grant determinations and
achievement standards, especially in grant amount calculations without
Catalog of Federal Domestic preparation for high-skill, high-wage, or resulting in inordinate delays in the
Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.245. high-demand occupations in emerging grant award process. To effectuate the
DATES: Applications Available: May 15, or established professions. (20 U.S.C. consultation process, the Department
2007. 2301(1)) Congress also added to the requested input from the two current
Deadline for Transmittal of statement of purpose a requirement that TCPCTIP grantees on the procedure,
Applications: June 14, 2007. programs provide technical assistance placed the Department’s proposed
Eligible Applicants: A tribally that promotes leadership, initial procedure on the Department’s Web
controlled postsecondary career and preparation, and professional site, and made it available to the
technical institution that does not development at the State and local American Indian Higher Education
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receive Federal support under the levels, and improves the quality of Consortium (AIHEC). The Department
Tribally Controlled College or career and technical education teachers, appreciated the input it received during
University Assistance Act of 1978 (25 faculty, administrators, and counselors. the consultation process and carefully
U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), or the Navajo (20 U.S.C. 2301(5)) Additionally, the considered the suggestions provided in
Community College Act (25 U.S.C. 640a Act’s statement of purpose was finalizing its complaint resolution
et seq.). amended to support partnerships among procedure.

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(f) Complaint Resolution Procedure. students and the institutional support wage prescribed by State or local law or
(1) Under the complaint resolution costs of the TCPCTIP grant, including the minimum hourly wage established
procedure established by the the specific types of costs described in under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Department pursuant to section 117(g) section 117(e) of the Act, which (iii) A grantee may only award a
of the Act, a tribally controlled include— stipend if the stipend combined with
postsecondary career and technical (1) The maintenance and operation of other resources the student receives
institution may file a complaint with the the program, including development does not exceed the student’s financial
Assistant Secretary for Vocational and costs, costs of basic and special need. A student’s financial need is the
Adult Education (Assistant Secretary) instruction (including special programs difference between the student’s cost of
seeking an administrative review of a for individuals with disabilities and attendance and the financial aid or other
grant determination or calculation made academic instruction), materials, resources available to defray the
under section 117 of the Act regarding student costs, administrative expenses, student’s cost of participating in a
any prospective grant award to that boarding costs, transportation, student TCPCTIP project.
institution, including for: services, daycare and family support (iv) To calculate the amount of a
(i) A determination regarding the programs for students and their families student stipend, a grantee would
institution’s eligibility to apply for a (including contributions to the costs of multiply the number of hours a student
grant under section 117 of the Act. education for dependents), and student actually attends career and technical
(ii) A determination arising from the stipends; education instruction by the amount of
Indian student count information and (2) Capital expenditures, including the minimum hourly wage that is
data that the institution has provided to operations and maintenance, and minor prescribed by State or local law or by
OVAE. improvements and repair, and physical the minimum hourly wage that is
(iii) A determination of the plant maintenance costs, for the conduct established under the Fair Labor
allowability of proposed project of programs funded under this section; Standards Act.
spending that the institution has (3) Costs associated with repair, Example: If a grantee uses the Fair Labor
identified in its application, including upkeep, replacement, and upgrading of Standards Act minimum hourly wage of
its proposed budget. instructional equipment; and $5.15 and a student attends classes for 20
(iv) The calculation of the (4) Institutional support of career and hours a week, the student’s stipend would be
institution’s grant amount. technical education. $103 for the week during which the student
(2) A section 117(g) complaint (b) Allowable Expenses. attends classes ($5.15 × 20 = $103).
requesting administrative review must— (1) Under TCPCTIP, allowable costs Note: Grantees must maintain records that
(i) Be submitted in writing and mailed include costs for basic support of a fully support their decisions to award
to the Assistant Secretary for Vocational grantee’s career and technical education stipends and the amounts that are paid, such
and Adult Education, U.S. Department programs. Costs that are not specifically as proof of a student’s enrollment in a
of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, authorized by section 117 of the Act or TCPCTIP, stipend applications, timesheets
SW., room PCP–11138, Potomac Center clearly associated with career and showing the number of attendance hours
Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–7241, technical education programs for Indian confirmed in writing by an instructor,
within ten days of the applicant being students, such as an institution’s general student financial status information, and
notified by OVAE of the decision in evidence that a student would not be able to
administrative costs, will not be
participate in the TCPCTIP project without a
question; considered allowable direct costs under stipend. (20 U.S.C. 1232f; 34 CFR 75.700–
(ii) Include a clear and concise this program. 75.702; 75.730; and 75.731)
statement of the factual and legal basis (2) TCPCTIP funds may be used for
upon which the complaint is based as capital expenditures, including (v) An eligible student may receive a
well as any calculations supporting the operations and maintenance, minor stipend when taking a course for the
complaint, any supporting improvements and repair, and physical first time. However, a stipend may not
documentation or evidence, and a plant maintenance costs, only when be provided to a student who has
statement of the relief sought, arising incurred for the conduct of programs already taken, completed, and had the
from the complaint; and funded under section 117 of the Act. opportunity to benefit from a course and
(iii) Be signed by the tribally (3) Stipends may be paid to enable is merely repeating the course.
controlled postsecondary career and students to participate in a TCPCTIP (vi) An applicant must include in its
technical institution’s authorized career and technical education program. application the procedure it intends to
official. (i) To be eligible for a stipend, a use to determine student eligibility for
(3) During the administrative review student must— stipends and stipend amounts, and its
of any section 117(g) complaint, OVAE (A) Be enrolled in a career and oversight procedures for the awarding
may request additional information technical education project funded and payment of stipends.
from the institution that has submitted under this program; (c) Annual and Final Progress
the complaint or conduct other (B) Be in regular attendance in a Reports. In addition to the reports
proceedings, as appropriate, for a fair TCPCTIP project and meet the training required under the Reporting section of
and complete review of the complaint. institution’s attendance requirement; this notice, grantees must provide the
(4) The Assistant Secretary will send (C) Maintain satisfactory progress in Department with annual and final
the complainant a letter of final his or her program of study according to progress reports showing the findings of
determination that will include the legal the training institution’s published an independent evaluator’s review of
and factual grounds for the Assistant standards for satisfactory progress; and their CTE programs’ effectiveness.
(D) Have an acute economic need that (d) Attendance Costs Are Not Income.
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Secretary’s determination.
Program Requirements, Application prevents participation in a project (1) Under TCPCTIP, the portion of any
Requirements, Evaluation funded under this program without a student financial assistance received
Requirements, and Definitions stipend and that cannot be met through under the Act that is made available for
Program Requirements: a work-study program. attendance costs described in paragraph
(a) Program Expenditures. TCPCTIP (ii) The amount of a stipend is the (2) of this section may not be considered
grants fund programs for Indian greater of either the minimum hourly as income or resources in determining

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eligibility for assistance under any other attainment of the goals and objectives the observed results and the specific
program funded in whole or in part with would further any tribal economic treatment given to project participants;
Federal funds. development plans. (d) Measure the extent to which
(2) For purposes of this section, (e) Long-range and short-range needs information about or resulting from the
attendance costs are— to be addressed by the project, including project was disseminated at other sites,
(i) Tuition and fees normally assessed the institution’s plans for the placement such as through the grantee’s
a student carrying the same academic of students (e.g., placement into development and use of guides or
workload as determined by the additional training or education, manuals that provide step-by-step
institution, and including costs for military service, or employment). directions for practitioners to follow
rentals or purchases of any equipment, (f) A detailed budget identifying the when initiating similar career and
materials, or supplies required of all costs to be paid with funds under this technical education efforts; and
students in the same course of study; program for the first year of the five-year (e) Measure the long-term impact of
and project period, and resources available the project by, for example, examining
(ii) An allowance for books, supplies, from other Federal, State, and local follow-up data on students’
transportation, dependent care, and sources, including any student financial employment, sustained employment,
miscellaneous personal expenses for a aid that will be used to achieve the goals promotions, further higher education or
student attending an institution on at and objectives of the proposed project. training, or the impact the project had
least a half-time basis, as determined by Evaluation Requirements: on tribal economic development or
the institution. (20 U.S.C. 2415) To ensure the high quality of career and technical education
(e) Eligibility for Assistance under TCPCTIP projects and the achievement activities.
TCPCTIP May Not Preclude Assistance of the goals and purposes of section 117 Definitions:
under Other Programs. Except as of the Act, each grantee must budget for Career and technical education means
specifically provided in the Act, and conduct an ongoing evaluation of organized educational activities that—
eligibility for assistance under this its TCPCTIP project’s effectiveness. An (a) Offer a sequence of courses that—
program does not preclude any tribally independent evaluator must conduct the (1) Provides individuals with
controlled postsecondary career and evaluation. The evaluation must— coherent and rigorous content aligned
technical institution from receiving (a) Be appropriate for the project and with challenging academic standards
Federal financial assistance under any be both formative and summative in and relevant technical knowledge and
program authorized under the Higher nature; skills needed to prepare for further
Education Act of 1965, or under any (b) Include—
education and careers in current or
other applicable program for the benefit (1) The performance measures for
emerging professions;
of institutions of higher education or TCPCTIP that are identified in the
(2) Provides technical skill
career and technical education. (20 Performance Measures section of this
proficiency, an industry-recognized
U.S.C. 2327(f)(1)) notice;
(2) Qualitative and quantitative data credential, a certificate, or an associate
Application Requirements:
To receive a TCPCTIP grant, an with respect to— degree; and
applicant must include in its (i) Academic, and career and (3) May include prerequisite courses
application: technical, competencies demonstrated (other than remedial courses) that meet
(a) Documentation showing that the by the participants and the number and the requirements of this definition; and
applicant is eligible according to each of kinds of academic and work credentials (b) Include competency-based applied
the requirements in the Eligible acquired by individuals, including learning that contributes to the
Applicants section of this notice, participation in programs providing academic knowledge, higher-order
including meeting the definition of the skill proficiency assessments, industry reasoning and problem-solving skills,
terms ‘‘tribally controlled postsecondary certifications, or training at the associate work attitudes, general employability
career and technical institution’’ and degree level that is articulated with an skills, technical skills, and occupation-
‘‘institution of higher education’’ (e.g., advanced degree option; specific skills, and knowledge of all
proof of the institution’s accreditation (ii) Student progress in achieving aspects of an industry, including
status) and certification that the technical skill proficiencies necessary to entrepreneurship, of the individual. (20
institution does not receive Federal obtain employment in the field for U.S.C. 2302(5))
support under the Tribally Controlled which the student has been prepared; Indian means a person who is a
College or University Assistance Act of (iii) Activities during the formative member of an Indian tribe, as defined in
the 1978 (25 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) or the stages of the project, to help guide and section 2 of the Tribally Controlled
Navajo Community College Act (25 improve the project, as well as a College or University Assistance Act of
U.S.C. 640a et seq.). summative evaluation that includes 1978 (25 U.S.C. 1801).
(b) Descriptions of the programs of recommendations for improving Indian student count means a number
study, including academic courses, to be programs of study and disseminating equal to the total number of Indian
supported under the proposed TCPCTIP information about high-quality students enrolled in each tribally
project. Projects funded under this programs of study; controlled postsecondary career and
competition must propose organized (iv) The number and percentage of technical institution, as determined in
educational activities that meet the students who obtained industry- accordance with the following:
definition of career and technical recognized credentials, certificates, or (a) Enrollment. For each academic
education, as that term is defined in degrees; and year, the Indian student count must be
(v) The outcomes of students’ determined on the basis of the
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section 3(5) of the Act (and as reiterated

in the Definitions section of this notice). technical assessments, by type and enrollments of Indian students as in
(c) The estimated number of students scores. effect at the conclusion of—
to be served by the proposed five-year (c) Measure the effectiveness of the (1) In the case of the fall term, the
project in each course of study. project, through a comparison between third week of the fall term; and
(d) Goals and objectives for the the intended and observed results, and (2) In the case of the spring term, the
proposed project, including how the a demonstration of a clear link between third week of the spring term.

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(b) Calculation. For each academic Institution of higher education, as defined in section 101 of the Higher
year, the Indian student count for a defined in section 3(18) of the Act and Education Act of 1965, except that
tribally controlled postsecondary career in section 101 of the Higher Education subsection (a)(2) of such section shall
and technical institution must be the Act of 1965, means— not be applicable and the reference to
quotient obtained by dividing the sum (a) An educational institution in any Secretary in subsection (a)(5) of such
of the credit hours of all Indian students State that— section shall be deemed to refer to the
enrolled in the tribally controlled (1) Admits as regular students only Secretary of the Interior) that—
postsecondary career and technical persons having a certificate of (a) Is formally controlled, or has been
institution by 12. graduation from a school providing formally sanctioned or chartered, by the
(c) Summer Term. Any credit earned secondary education, or the recognized governing body of an Indian tribe or
in a class offered during a summer term equivalent of such a certificate; tribes;
must be counted in the determination of (2) Is legally authorized within such (b) Offers a technical degree or
the Indian student count for the State to provide a program of education certificate granting program;
succeeding fall term. beyond secondary education; (c) Is governed by a board of directors
(d) Students Without Secondary (3) Provides an educational program or trustees, a majority of whom are
School Degrees. for which the institution awards a Indians;
(1) A credit earned at a tribally bachelor’s degree or provides not less (d) Demonstrates adherence to stated
controlled postsecondary career and than a two-year program that is goals, a philosophy, or a plan of
technical institution by any Indian acceptable for full credit toward such a operation, that fosters individual Indian
student who has not obtained a degree; economic and self-sufficiency
secondary school degree (or the (4) Is a public or other nonprofit opportunity, including programs that
recognized equivalent of such a degree) institution; and are appropriate to stated tribal goals of
must be counted toward the (5) Is accredited by a nationally developing individual
determination of the Indian student recognized accrediting agency or entrepreneurships and self-sustaining
count if the institution at which the association or, if not so accredited, is an economic infrastructures on
student is enrolled has established institution that has been granted pre- reservations;
criteria for the admission of the student accreditation status by such an agency (e) Has been in operation for at least
on the basis of the ability of the student or association that has been recognized three years;
to benefit from the education or training by the Secretary of Education for the (f) Holds accreditation with or is a
of the institution. granting of pre-accreditation status, and candidate for accreditation by a
(2) The institution must be presumed the Secretary of Education has nationally recognized accrediting
to have established the criteria determined that there is satisfactory authority for postsecondary career and
described in paragraph (d)(1) of this assurance that the institution will meet technical education; and
definition if the admission procedures the accreditation standards of such an (g) Enrolls the full-time equivalent of
for the institution include counseling or agency or association within a not less than 100 students, of whom a
testing that measures the aptitude of a reasonable time. majority are Indians. (20 U.S.C.
student to complete successfully a (b) The term also includes— 2302(34))
course in which the student is enrolled. (1) Any school that provides not less Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking:
(3) No credit earned by an Indian than a one-year program of training to Under the Administrative Procedures
student for the purpose of obtaining a prepare students for gainful Act (5 U.S.C. 553) the Department
secondary school degree (or the employment in a recognized occupation generally offers interested parties the
recognized equivalent of such a degree) and that meets the provisions of opportunity to comment on proposed
may be counted toward the paragraphs (a)(1), (2), (4) and (5) of this non-statutory requirements, definitions,
determination of the Indian student definition. and selection criteria. Section 437(d)(1)
count. (2) A public or nonprofit private of the General Education Provisions Act
(4) Any credit earned by an Indian educational institution in any State that, (20 U.S.C. 1232(d)(1)), however, allows
student in a continuing education in lieu of the requirement in paragraph the Secretary to exempt from
program of a tribally controlled (a)(1) of this definition, admits as rulemaking requirements non-statutory
postsecondary career and technical regular students persons who are requirements, definitions, and selection
institution must be included in the beyond the age of compulsory school criteria governing the first grant
determination of the sum of all credit attendance in the State in which the competition under a new or
hours of the student if the credit is institution is located. (20 U.S.C. 1001 substantially revised program authority.
converted to a credit-hour basis in and 2302(18)) This is the first grant competition for
accordance with the system of the Non-traditional fields means this program under the Act and,
institution for providing credit for occupations or fields of work, including therefore, qualifies for this exemption.
participation in the program. (20 U.S.C. careers in computer science, technology, In order to ensure timely grant awards,
2327(h)(2)) and other current and emerging high- the Secretary has decided to forgo
Indian tribe means any Indian tribe, skill occupations, for which individuals public comment on certain non-
band, nation, or other organized group from one gender comprise less than 25 statutory requirements, definitions, and
or community, including any Alaskan percent of the individuals employed in selection criteria in this notice. These
Native village or regional or village each such occupation or field of work. requirements and selection criteria will
corporation as defined in or established (20 U.S.C. 2302(20)) apply to the FY 2007 grant competition
pursuant to the Alaskan Native Claims Stipend means a subsistence only.
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Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), allowance for a student that is necessary Program Authority: The Carl D. Perkins
that is recognized as eligible for the for the student to participate in a project Career and Technical Education Act of 2006
special programs and services provided funded under this program. (Pub. L. 109–270, 20 U.S.C. 2301 et seq.), in
by the United States to Indians because Tribally Controlled Postsecondary particular, section 117 (20 U.S.C. 2327).
of their status as Indians. (20 U.S.C. Career and Technical Institution means Applicable Regulations: The
2327(h)(1); 25 U.S.C. 1801(a)(2)) an institution of higher education (as Education Department General

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Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, the downloadable application package
34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 81, 82, 84, 85, large print, audiotape, or computer for this program by the CFDA number.
86, 97, 98, and 99. diskette) by contacting the program Do not include the CFDA number’s
Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 contact person listed in this section. alpha suffix in your search (e.g., search
apply to institutions of higher education 2. Content and Form of Application for 84.245, not 84.245A).
only. Submission: Requirements concerning Please note the following:
the content of an application, together • Your participation in is
II. Award Information with the forms you must submit, are in voluntary.
the application package for this • When you enter the site,
Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
Estimated Available Funds: program. you will find information about
$7,366,000 for the first 12 months of this 3. Submission Dates and Times: submitting an application electronically
project period. Funding for years two Applications Available: May 15, 2007. through the site, as well as the hours of
through five is subject to the availability Deadline for Transmittal of operation.
Applications: June 14, 2007. • Applications received by
of funds and to a grantee meeting the
Applications for grants under this are date and time stamped. Your
requirements of 34 CFR 75.253.
Estimated Range of Awards: program may be submitted application must be fully uploaded and
$3,000,000 to $4,000,000 for the first 12 electronically using the submitted and must be date and time
months. Apply site (, or in paper stamped by the system no
Estimated Average Size of Awards: format by mail or hand delivery. For later than 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC
$3,683,000 for a single budget period of information (including dates and times) time, on the application deadline date.
12 months. about how to submit your application Except as otherwise noted in this
Estimated Number of Awards: 2. electronically, or by mail or hand section, we will not consider your
delivery, please refer to section IV. 6. application if it is date and time
Note: The Department is not bound by any stamped by the system later
estimates in this notice. Other Submission Requirements in this
notice. than 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on
Project Period: Up to 60 months. We do not consider an application the application deadline date. When we
III. Eligibility Information that does not comply with the deadline retrieve your application from
requirements., we will notify you if we are
1. Eligible Applicants: Any tribally rejecting your application because it
Individuals with disabilities who
controlled postsecondary career and was date and time stamped by the
need an accommodation or auxiliary aid
technical institution that meets the system after 4:30 p.m.,
in connection with the application
definition in section 3(34) of the Act is Washington, DC time, on the
process should contact the person listed
eligible to apply for a grant under this application deadline date.
program if it is not receiving Federal under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
CONTACT. • The amount of time it can take to
support under the Tribally Controlled upload an application will vary
4. Intergovernmental Review: This
College or University Assistance Act of depending on a variety of factors,
program is not subject to Executive
1978 (25 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), or the including the size of the application and
Order 12372 and the regulations in 34
Navajo Community College Act (25 the speed of your Internet connection.
U.S.C. 640a et seq.). CFR part 79.
5. Funding Restrictions: We reference Therefore, we strongly recommend that
2. a. Cost Sharing or Matching: This you do not wait until the application
program does not require cost sharing or regulations outlining funding
restrictions in the Applicable deadline date to begin the submission
Regulations section of this notice. process through
b. Supplement-Not-Supplant: This
6. Other Submission Requirements: • You should review and follow the
program involves supplement-not-
Applications for grants under this Education Submission Procedures for
supplant funding requirements. (20
program may be submitted submitting an application through
U.S.C. 2391(a))
3. Other—Indirect Costs: Institutions electronically or in paper format by mail that are included in the
receiving grants under this program will or hand delivery. application package for this program to
not be required to use a restricted a. Electronic Submission of ensure that you submit your application
indirect cost rate. (20 U.S.C. 2327(c)(3)) Applications. in a timely manner to the
To comply with the President’s system. You can also find the Education
IV. Application and Submission Management Agenda, we are Submission Procedures pertaining to
Information participating as a partner in the at
1. Address to Request Application Governmentwide Apply site. help/
Package: Lois Davis, U.S. Department of TCPCTIP, CFDA Number 84.245, is GrantsgovSubmissionProcedures.pdf.
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., included in this project. We request • To submit your application via
room 11063, Potomac Center Plaza, your participation in, you must complete all steps
Washington, DC 20202–7241. If you choose to submit your in the registration process
Telephone: (202) 245–7784. FAX: (202 application electronically, you must use (see
245–7170) or e-mail: the Governmentwide Apply get_registered.jsp). These steps include
You also may obtain an application site at Through (1) Registering your organization, a
package via the Internet from the this site, you will be able to download multi-part process that includes
following address: a copy of the application package, registration with the Central Contractor
complete it offline, and then upload and Registry (CCR); (2) registering yourself
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If you use a telecommunications submit your application. You may not e- as an Authorized Organization
device for the deaf (TDD), you may call mail an electronic copy of a grant Representative (AOR); and (3) getting
the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1– application to us. authorized as an AOR by your
800–877–8339. You may access the electronic grant organization. Details on these steps are
Individuals with disabilities may application for TCPCTIP at http:// outlined in the 3-Step
obtain a copy of the application package You must search for Registration Guide (see http://

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Grants.govRegistrationBrochure.pdf). experiencing problems submitting your 20785–1506.
You also must provide on your application through, please Regardless of which address you use,
application the same D–U–N–S Number contact the Support Desk at you must show proof of mailing
used with this registration. Please note 1–800–518–4726. You must obtain a consisting of one of the following:
that the registration process may take Support Desk Case Number (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service
five or more business days to complete, and must keep a record of it. postmark.
and you must have completed all If you are prevented from (2) A legible mail receipt with the
registration steps to allow you to submit electronically submitting your date of mailing stamped by the U.S.
successfully an application via application on the application deadline Postal Service. In addition you will need to date because of technical problems with (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or
update your CCR registration on an the system, we will grant you receipt from a commercial carrier.
annual basis. This may take three or an extension until 4:30 p.m., (4) Any other proof of mailing
more business days to complete. Washington, DC time, the following acceptable to the Secretary of the U.S.
• You will not receive additional business day to enable you to transmit Department of Education.
point value because you submit your your application electronically or by If you mail your application through
application in electronic format, nor hand delivery. You also may mail your the U.S. Postal Service, we do not
will we penalize you if you submit your application by following the mailing accept either of the following as proof
application in paper format. instructions described elsewhere in this of mailing:
• If you submit your application notice. (1) A private metered postmark.
electronically, you must submit all If you submit an application after 4:30 (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by
documents electronically, including all p.m., Washington, DC time, on the the U.S. Postal Service.
information you typically provide on If your application is postmarked after
application deadline date, please
the following forms: Application for the application deadline date, we will
contact the person listed under FOR
Federal Assistance (SF 424), the not consider your application.
Department of Education Supplemental
provide an explanation of the technical Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not
Information for SF 424, Budget
problem you experienced with uniformly provide a dated postmark. Before
Information—Non-Construction relying on this method, you should check, along with the
Programs (ED 524), and all necessary with your local post office.
Support Desk Case Number. We will
assurances and certifications. Please
accept your application if we can c. Submission of Paper Applications
note that two of these forms—the SF 424
confirm that a technical problem by Hand Delivery.
and the Department of Education
occurred with the system If you submit your application in
Supplemental Information for SF 424—
and that that problem affected your paper format by hand delivery, you (or
have replaced the ED 424 (Application
ability to submit your application by a courier service) must deliver the
for Federal Education Assistance).
• If you submit your application 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the original and two copies of your
electronically, you must attach any application deadline date. The application by hand, on or before the
narrative sections of your application as Department will contact you after a application deadline date, to the
files in a .DOC (document), .RTF (rich determination is made on whether your Department at the following address:
text), or .PDF (Portable Document) application will be accepted. U.S. Department of Education,
format. If you upload a file type other Note: The extensions to which we refer in Application Control Center, Attention:
than the three file types specified in this this section apply only to the unavailability (CFDA Number 84.245A), 550 12th
paragraph or submit a password- of, or technical problems with, the Street, SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center
system. We will not grant you an extension Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–4260.
protected file, we will not review that
if you failed to fully register to submit your The Application Control Center
material. application to before the
• Your electronic application must accepts hand deliveries daily between
application deadline date and time or if the
comply with any page-limit 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC
technical problem you experienced is
requirements described in this notice. unrelated to the system. time, except Saturdays, Sundays, and
• After you electronically submit Federal holidays.
your application, you will receive from b. Submission of Paper Applications
Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper an automatic notification of by Mail. Applications: If you mail or hand deliver
receipt that contains a If you submit your application in your application to the Department—
tracking number. (This notification paper format by mail (through the U.S. (1) You must indicate on the envelope
indicates receipt by only, not Postal Service or a commercial carrier), and—if not provided by the Department—in
receipt by the Department.) The you must mail the original and two Item 11 of the SF 424 the CFDA number,
copies of your application, on or before including suffix letter, if any, of the
Department then will retrieve your
the application deadline date, to the competition under which you are submitting
application from and send a your application; and
second notification to you by e-mail. Department at the applicable following
(2) The Application Control Center will
This second notification indicates that address: mail to you a notification of receipt of your
the Department has received your By mail through the U.S. Postal grant application. If you do not receive this
application and has assigned your Service: U.S. Department of Education, notification within 15 business days from the
application a PR/Award number (an ED- Application Control Center, Attention: application deadline date, you should call
(CFDA Number 84.245A), 400 Maryland the U.S. Department of Education
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specified identifying number unique to

your application). Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202– Application Control Center at (202) 245–
• We may request that you provide us 4260; or 6288.
original signatures on forms at a later By mail through a commercial carrier:
U.S. Department of Education, V. Application Review Information
Application Deadline Date Extension Application Control Center, Stop 4260, (1) Selection Criteria: The selection
in Case of Technical Issues with the Attention: (CFDA Number 84.245A), criteria for this program are as follows.

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The maximum score for each criterion content and career and technical skill example, memoranda of understanding,
and for each factor is indicated in proficiencies; letters of support, commitments to
parentheses. The total maximum score (B) Will advance instructional employ project participants). (5 points)
for these selection criteria is 105 points. personnel’s understanding of effective (iv) The potential for continued
(a) Quality of the project design. (30 instructional strategies that are support of the project after Federal
points) In determining the quality of the supported by scientifically-based funding ends. (5 points)
design of the proposed project, we research; and (e) Quality of the project evaluation.
consider the following factors: (C) Are sustained, intensive, and (25 points) In determining the quality of
(i) The extent to which the goals, classroom-focused. (5 points) the evaluation, we consider the
objectives, and outcomes to be achieved (b) Quality of the management plan. following factors:
by the proposed project are clearly (15 points) In determining the quality of (i) The extent to which the methods
specified and measurable (for example, the management plan for the proposed of evaluation proposed by the grantee
we look for clear descriptions of project, we consider the following are thorough, feasible, and appropriate
proposed student career and technical factors: to the goals, objectives, and outcomes of
education activities; recruitment and (i) The adequacy of the management the proposed project. (5 points)
retention strategies; expected plan to achieve the goals and objectives (ii) The extent to which the methods
enrollments, completions, and student of the proposed project on time and of evaluation include the use of
placements in jobs, military specialties, within budget, including clearly defined objective performance measures that are
and continuing education/training responsibilities, timelines, and the clearly related to the intended outcomes
opportunities; the number of project milestones and performance standards of the project and the Government
staff to be trained; and identification of for accomplishing project tasks. (5 Performance and Results Act of 1993
requirements for each program of study points) (GPRA) performance measures
to be provided under the project, (ii) The extent to which the time discussed elsewhere in this notice and
including related training areas and a commitments of the project director and will produce quantitative and
description of performance outcomes). other key project personnel, including qualitative data. (5 points)
(5 points) instructional staff, are appropriate and (iii) The extent to which the methods
(ii) The extent to which the proposed adequate to meet the objectives of the of evaluation will provide performance
project will establish linkages with proposed project. (5 points) feedback and continuous improvement
other appropriate agencies (e.g., Indian (iii) The adequacy of procedures for toward achieving intended outcomes. (5
Health Services, Tribal Planning Offices, student recruitment and retention. (5 points)
the Department of Interior’s Bureau of points) (iv) The extent to which the proposed
Indian Affairs and Office of Indian (c) Quality of project personnel. (15 evaluation will be conducted by an
Education, the Department of Labor) points) In determining the quality of external evaluator with appropriate
and organizations providing services to project personnel, we consider the background and technical expertise to
the target population. (5 points) following factors: carry out the evaluation. (5 points)
(iii) The extent to which the proposed (i) The extent to which the applicant (v) The extent to which the methods
project will strengthen the rigor of the encourages applications for employment of the evaluation include processes that
institution’s career and technical from persons who are members of consider the validity and integrity of
education programs of study by offering groups that have traditionally been data collection and analysis;
programs with challenging academic underrepresented based on race, color, accessibility of appropriate and timely
content and technical skill proficiency, national origin, gender, age, or data; accurate descriptions of
including by administering technical disability. (5 points) performance; collection processes that
assessments that are aligned with (ii) The qualifications, including yield unbiased, unprejudiced, and
industry-recognized standards, and relevant training, expertise, and impartial data results; and the extent to
awarding industry-recognized experience, of the project director, other which representation of the data clearly
credentials, certificates, or degrees. (5 key personnel, and project consultants. communicates an accurate picture of
points) (5 points) performance. (5 points)
(iv) The extent to which the services (iii) The extent to which the project
to be provided by the proposed project will use instructors who are certified to VI. Award Administration Information
will prepare students to gain teach in the field in which they will 1. Award Notices: If your application
employment in high-skill, high-wage, provide instruction. (5 points) is successful, we notify your U.S.
and high-demand occupations or in (d) Adequacy of resources. (20 points) Representative and U.S. Senators and
non-traditional fields. (5 points) In determining the adequacy of send you a Grant Award Notification
(v) The extent to which the services resources for the proposed project, we (GAN). We may also notify you
to be provided will improve student consider the following factors: informally.
achievement, as measured against (i) The adequacy of support from the If your application is not evaluated or
rigorous academic and career and applicant organization(s), including not selected for funding, we notify you.
technical standards, and will promote facilities, equipment, supplies, and 2. Administrative and National Policy
student retention in the grantee other resources. (5 points) Requirements: We identify
institution or transfer to a baccalaureate (ii) The extent to which the budget is administrative and national policy
degree program. (5 points) adequate and the costs are reasonable in requirements in the application package
(vi) The extent to which the proposed relation to the number of persons to be and reference these and other
project will provide opportunities for served and the anticipated results and requirements in the Applicable
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high-quality professional development benefits of the proposed project. (5 Regulations section of this notice.
that— points) We reference the regulations outlining
(A) Will improve instructional (iii) The relevance and demonstrated the terms and conditions of an award in
personnel’s knowledge and skills so that commitment of the applicant, local the Applicable Regulations section of
they can help students attain employers, or tribal entities to be served this notice and include these and other
challenging and rigorous academic by the project (as evidenced by, for specific conditions in the GAN. The

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GAN also incorporates your approved provide, in its annual performance and Once at the main page mf EAC’s Web
application as part of your binding final reports, data about its progress on site, viewers should click the link to the
commitments under the grant. these measures. Standards Board Virtual Meeting Room.
3. Reporting: At the end of your The virtual meeting room will open on
project period, you must submit a final VII. Agency Contact
Thursday, May 17, 2007, at 7 a.m. EDT
performance report, including financial For Further Information Contact: Lois and will close on Tuesday, May 22, at
information, as directed by the Davis, U.S. Department of Education, 7 a.m. EDT. The site will be available 24
Secretary. If you receive a multi-year 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room hours per day during that 5-day period.
award, you must submit an annual 11063, Potomac Center Plaza, PURPOSE: The EAC Standards Board will
performance report that provides the Washington, DC 20202–7241. review and provide comment on a draft
most current performance and financial Telephone: (202) 245–7784 or e-mail: EAC report that was developed by
expenditure information as directed by Design for Democracy. The draft report
the Secretary in 34 CFR 75.118. The If you use a telecommunications contains best practices suggestions on
Secretary may also require more device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the design of voter information, optical
frequent performance reports under 34 the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1– scan ballots and direct recording
CFR 75.720(c). For specific 800–877–8339. electronic (DRE) ballots based on
requirements on reporting, please go to Individuals with disabilities may legislative guidelines, information obtain this document in an alternative design principles and user centered
appforms/appforms.html. We strongly format (e.g., Braille, large print, research.
encourage grantees to submit their audiotape, or computer diskette) on The EAC Standards Board virtual
reports through e-Reports, the request to the program contact person meeting room was established to enable
Department’s electronic performance listed in this section. the Standards Board to review and
reporting initiative.
4. Performance Measures: Under VIII. Other Information discuss draft documents in a public
GPRA, Federal departments and forum when it is not feasible for an in-
Electronic Access to This Document:
agencies must clearly describe the goals person board meeting. The May 17–22,
You may view this document, as well as
and objectives of programs, identify 2007 forum is the first use of this virtual
all other documents of this Department
resources and actions needed to meeting room and as such is a test of the
published in the Federal Register, in
accomplish goals and objectives, concept. The Standards Board will not
text or Adobe Portable Document
develop a means of measuring progress take any votes or propose any
Format (PDF) on the Internet at the
made, and regularly report on resolutions during this 5-day forum.
following site:
achievement. One important source of Members will post comments about the
program information on successes and draft best practices suggestions for the
To use PDF you must have Adobe
lessons learned is the project evaluation design of voter information and ballots.
Acrobat Reader, which is available free
conducted under individual grants. The at this site. If you have questions about Statement of Exceptional
Department has developed the following using PDF, call the U.S. Government Circumstances
GPRA performance measures for Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1–
evaluating the overall effectiveness of This notice of a special forum will not
888–293–6498; or in the Washington, be published in the Federal Register 15
TCPCTIP projects: DC, area at (202) 512–1530.
(a) The percentage of students days prior to the dates that the forum
Note: The official version of this document will be open. Late notice was
mastering academic knowledge and is the document published in the Federal
skills that meet challenging State- unavoidable due to the short timeline
Register. Free Internet access to the official between when EAC will receive the
defined or program-defined academic edition of the Federal Register and the Code
standards, as measured by the draft report and the scheduled date for
of Federal Regulations is available on GPO
percentage of career and technical Access at: final approval of June 14, 2007. The
education students who receive degrees, index.html. timetable for the noticed forum was
certificates, or credentials. expedited to allow EAC sufficient time
(b) The percentage of students who Dated: May 10, 2007. to receive, review and consider
meet State-established or program- Troy R. Justesen, comments from members of the
established industry-validated career Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Standards Board, EAC Board of
and technical skills standards. Education. Advisors and the public prior to
(c) The percentage of programs [FR Doc. E7–9314 Filed 5–14–07; 8:45 am] preparation of the report.
offering skill competencies, related BILLING CODE 4000–01–P This activity is open to the public.
assessments, and industry-recognized The public may view the proceedings of
skills certificates in postsecondary this special forum by visiting the EAC
programs. ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION Standards Board virtual meeting room at
(d) The percentage of students who at any time between
are retained in, and complete Sunshine Act Notice Thursday, May 17, 2007, 7 a.m. EDT
postsecondary career and technical and Tuesday, May 22, 2007, 7 a.m. EDT.
education programs. AGENCY: United States Election The public also may view the draft
(e) The percentage of student placed Assistance Commission (EAC). report of suggested best practices for
in jobs, military service, or higher-level ACTION: Notice of virtual public forum voter information and ballot designs,
continuing education programs upon for EAC Standards Board. which will be posted on EAC’s Web site
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graduation or completion of the beginning May 17, 2007. The public

postsecondary career and technical DATE AND TIME: Thursday, May 17, 2007, may file written statements to the EAC
education programs. Accordingly, each 7 a.m. EDT through Tuesday, May 22, 7 Standards Board at
TCPCTIP grantee must assess progress a.m. EDT.
on the above performance measures in PLACE: EAC Standards Board virtual Data on EAC’s Web site is accessible
evaluating the success of its project, and meeting room at to visitors with disabilities and meets

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