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SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION granting a request for a waiver of the Industry Classification System (NAICS)
Nonmanufacturer Rule for Lenses, code 339115. The public is invited to
[Disaster Declaration #10418]
Ophthalmic, Manufacturing. According comment or provide source information
New York Disaster #NY–00020 to the request, no small business to SBA on the proposed waivers of the
Declaration of Economic Injury manufacturers supply these classes of Nonmanufacturer Rule for this class of
products to the Federal government. If NAICS code within 15 days after date of
AGENCY: Small Business Administration. granted, the waiver would allow publication in the Federal Register.
ACTION: Notice. otherwise qualified regular dealers to Dated: March 7, 2006.
supply the products of any domestic
SUMMARY: This is a notice of an Karen C. Hontz,
manufacturer on a Federal contract set
Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) aside for small businesses; service- Associate Administrator for Government
declaration for the State of New York, Contracting.
disabled veteran-owned small
dated 03/07/2006. businesses or SBA’s 8(a) Business [FR Doc. E6–3570 Filed 3–13–06; 8:45 am]
Incident: Rock Slide. Development Program. BILLING CODE 8025–01–P
Incident Period: 12/20/2005. DATES: Comments and source
Effective Date: 03/07/2006. information must be submitted March
EIDL Loan Application Deadline Date: DEPARTMENT OF STATE
29, 2006.
12/07/2006.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments [Public Notice 5340]
ADDRESSES: Submit completed loan
and source information to Edith Butler,
applications to: Small Business Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Program Analyst, U.S. Small Business
Administration, National Processing Affairs (ECA) Request for Grant
Administration, Office of Government
And Disbursement Center, 14925 Proposals: Competition for Proposals
Contracting, 409 3rd Street, SW., Suite
Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. (1) To Strengthen Secondary
8800, Washington, DC 20416.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A. Education in Indonesia Through a
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Escobar, Office of Disaster Assistance, Edith Butler, Program Analyst, by Program for High School English
Small Business Administration, 409 3rd telephone at (202) 619–0422; by FAX at Language Teachers and/or (2) To
Street, SW., Suite 6050, Washington, DC (202) 481–1788; or by e-mail at Strengthen Private and Community-
20416. edith.butler@sba.gov. based Secondary Education in
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is Indonesia through a Program for
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section
hereby given that as a result of the School Administrators & Community
Administrator’s EIDL declaration on 03/ 8(a)(17) of the Small Business Act (Act),
Leaders
07/2006, applications for economic 15 U.S.C. 637(a)(17), requires that
injury disaster loans may be filed at the recipients of Federal contracts set aside Announcement Type: New Grant.
address listed above or other locally for small businesses, service-disabled Funding Opportunity Number: ECA/
announced locations. veteran-owned small businesses, or PE/C/WHA–EAP–06–33.
SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Catalog of Federal Domestic
The following areas have been Program provide the product of a small Assistance Number: 00.000.
determined to be adversely affected by business manufacturer or processor, if Key Dates:
the disaster: the recipient is other than the actual Application Deadline: May 3, 2006.
Primary Counties: Westchester. Executive Summary: The Office of
Contiguous Counties: New York: manufacturer or processor of the
product. This requirement is commonly Citizen Exchanges of the Bureau of
Bronx; Putnam; Rockland. Educational and Cultural Affairs
Connecticut: Fairfield. referred to as the Nonmanufacturer
New Jersey: Bergen. Rule. The SBA regulations imposing announces an open competition for
The Interest Rate is: 4.000. this requirement are found at 13 CFR grants to support two distinct exchanges
The number assigned to this disaster 121.406(b). Section 8(a)(17)(b)(iv) of the projects with Indonesia. U.S. public and
for economic injury is 104180. Act authorizes SBA to waive the non-profit organizations meeting the
The States which received an EIDL Nonmanufacturer Rule for any ‘‘class of provisions described in Internal
Declaration # are New York; products’’ for which there are no small Revenue code section 26 U.S.C.
Connecticut; New Jersey business manufacturers or processors 501(c)(3) may submit proposals that
available to participate in the Federal support the goals of the two exchange
(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Number 59002). market. programs. The Program for High School
As implemented in SBA’s regulations English Language Teachers is intended
Hector V. Barreto, at 13 CFR 121.1202(c), in order to be to strengthen secondary school
Administrator. considered available to participate in education in Indonesia, support
[FR Doc. E6–3569 Filed 3–13–06; 8:45 am] the Federal market for a class of tolerance in a diverse, democratic
BILLING CODE 8025–01–P products, a small business manufacturer society, and allow Indonesians and
must have submitted a proposal for a Americans to share their views on
contract solicitation or received a international education and teaching
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION contract from the Federal government high school students language and
within the last 24 months. The SBA critical thinking skills necessary to their
Small Business Size Standards: defines ‘‘class of products’’ based on six success in the workforce. The Program
Waiver of the Nonmanufacturer Rule digit coding system. The coding system for School Administrators & Community
AGENCY:Small Business Administration. is the Office of Management and Budget Leaders will bring senior instructors and
ACTION:Notice of intent to Waive the North American Industry Classification leaders (‘‘kiai’’) of Islamic day and
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Nonmanufacturer Rule for Lenses, System (NAICS). boarding schools and counterparts from
Ophthalmic, Manufacturing. The SBA is currently processing a other Indonesian private schools to U.S.
request to waive the Nonmanufacturer for informational sessions on teacher/
SUMMARY: The Small Business Rule for Lenses, Ophthalmic, administrator training techniques and
Administration (SBA) is considering Manufacturing, North American classroom observation as well as

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provide them with an orientation to U.S. partner institutions should demonstrate of State ECA Bureau funding for the
society, history, culture and values. an ability to arrange and conduct U.S. program. In addition, before submitting
Applicants must submit separate and overseas activities.); a proposal, applicants are strongly
proposals for each project outlined. • An outline of the applicant encouraged to be in touch with the
organization’s relevant expertise in the Washington, DC-based State Department
I. Funding Opportunity Description:
project theme and country; contact for project description below.
Authority • An outline of relevant experience
managing previous exchange programs; Projects
Overall grant-making authority for
• Resumes of experienced staff who 1. High School English Language
this program is contained in the Mutual
have demonstrated a commitment to Teachers
Educational and Cultural Exchange Act
monitor projects and ensure
of 1961, Public Law 87–256, as A successful program will provide
implementation;
amended, also known as the Fulbright- participants:
• A comprehensive plan to evaluate
Hays Act. The purpose of the Act is ‘‘to • Understanding of important
whether program outcomes achieved
enable the Government of the United elements of a civil society. This
met the specific objectives described in
States to increase mutual understanding includes concepts such as volunteerism,
the narrative. (See the Program
between the people of the United States the idea that American citizens can and
Monitoring and Evaluation section
and the people of other countries* * *; do act at the grassroots level to deal
[IV.3d.d below] for further guidance on
to strengthen the ties which unite us with social and educational problems,
evaluation.);
with other nations by demonstrating the • A post-grant plan that demonstrates and an awareness of the respect for the
educational and cultural interests, how the grantee plans to maintain rule of law in the U.S.
developments, and achievements of the • Knowledge of the importance of
contacts initiated through the program.
people of the United States and other education to creating the conditions for
Applicants should discuss ways that
nations* * *and thus to assist in the a free market economy. This includes
U.S. and foreign participants or host
development of friendly, sympathetic awareness of private enterprise and an
institutions could collaborate and
and peaceful relations between the appreciation of the role of the
communicate after the ECA-funded
United States and the other countries of entrepreneur in economic growth.
grant has concluded. (See Review • Appreciation for American culture,
the world.’’ The funding authority for Criterion #5, per item V.1 below for
the program above is provided through an understanding of the diversity of
more information on post-grant American society and increased
legislation. Funding is being provided
activities.) tolerance and respect for others with
from FY–2005/FY–2006 Economic • Successful projects will
Support Funds (ESF) transferred to the differing views and beliefs.
demonstrate the importance Americans • Interaction with Americans that
Bureau in FY–2006 for obligation. place on community service as an may generate enduring ties.
Purpose element of a strong civil society and • Enhanced leadership capacity that
The Bureau seeks proposals for the may include ideas and projects to will enable them to initiate and support
following projects: To strengthen strengthen civil society through activities in their home countries that
secondary education in Indonesia community service either during focus on development and community
through a program for High School participants’ stay in the U.S. or upon service.
English Language Teachers and/or (2) to their return to their countries. Successful applicants must fully
strengthen private and community- • In addition to addressing the demonstrate a capacity to achieve the
based secondary education in Indonesia projects described below, proposals following three key activities:
through a program for School should develop partner organizations’ (1) Recruit and select approximately
Administrators & Community Leaders. capacity in such areas as strategic 30 individual English teachers from
Competitive proposals will include planning, performance management, high schools throughout Indonesia,
the following: fund raising, financial management, including private religious schools.
• A brief description of the problem human resources management, and Program should be designed for two
as it relates to Indonesia. (Proposals that decision-making. groups of 15 teachers to travel to the
request resources for an initial needs It is important that the proposal U.S. For this phase of the program,
assessment will be deemed less narrative clearly state the applicant’s partnering with organizations based in
competitive under the review criterion commitment to consult closely with the Indonesia is encouraged.
Program Planning and Ability to Public Affairs Section of the U.S. (2) In addition to identifying schools
Achieve Objectives, per item V.1 Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia to and screening, selecting, and preparing
below.); develop plans for project participants prior to departure for the
• A clear statement of program implementation and to select project United States, the recipient of this grant
objectives and projected outcomes that participants. Proposals should also will be responsible for building and
respond to Bureau goals for each theme acknowledge U.S. Embassy involvement executing a three to four week
in this competition. Desired outcomes in the final selection of all participants. informative travel and residency
should be described in qualitative and Applicants should state their program in the United States.
quantitative terms. (See the Program willingness to invite representatives of (3) The final part of the program will
Monitoring and Evaluation section per the U.S. and/or consulate(s) to be conducting enhancement activities
item V.1 below, for more information on participate in program sessions or site and leadership development
project objectives and outcomes.); visits. Applicants are also strongly opportunities that reinforce program
• A proposed timeline, listing the encouraged to consult with Public goals after the participants’ return to
optimal schedule for each program Affairs Officers at U.S. Embassy in Indonesia. An essential follow-on
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activity; Jakarta, Indonesia as they develop component will be a longitudinal


• A description of participant proposals responding to this RFGP. assessment of the achievements of the
recruitment and selection processes; Narratives should state that all material program.
• Letters of support from foreign and developed for the project will Program design should focus on
U.S. partners. (Letters from prospective prominently acknowledge Department offering participants maximum

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opportunities to develop leadership assessment of the achievements of the Approximate Total Funding: $600,000
skills and raise their awareness of how program. (from ESF transfer to ECA).
to develop critical thinking, nurture Program design should focus on Approximate Number of Awards: 2.
democratic values, and encourage offering participants maximum Approximate Average Award:
tolerance for diversity through the opportunities to develop leadership $300,000.
classroom and through networks of skills and raise their awareness of how Floor of Award Range: $200,000.
teachers. to develop critical thinking, nurture Ceiling of Award Range:
democratic values, and encourage Approximately $300,000.
2. School Administrators & Community Anticipated Award Date: Pending
Leaders tolerance for through the classroom and
availability of funds, August 31, 2006.
through school-supported community Anticipated Project Completion Date:
School Administrators and activities and networks. September 30, 2007–June 30, 2008.
Community Leaders should be provided
Suggested Program Designs Projects under this competition may
with the following:
range in length from one to three years
• Acquire an understanding of Bureau-supported exchanges may depending on the number of project
important elements of a civil society. include internships; study tours; short- components, the country/region targeted
This includes concepts such as term, non-technical experiential and the extent of the evaluation plan
volunteerism, the idea that American learning; extended and intensive proposed by the applicant. The Office of
citizens can and do act at the grassroots workshops; and seminars taking place Citizen Exchanges strongly encourages
level to deal with social and educational in the United States or overseas as long applicant organizations to plan enough
problems, and an awareness of the as these seminars promote intensive time after project activities to measure
respect for the rule of law in the U.S. exchange of ideas among participants in project outcomes. Please refer to the
• Acquire an understanding of the the project. Examples of program Program Monitoring and Evaluation
importance of education to creating the activities include: section, item IV.3d.3 below, for further
conditions for a free market economy. 1. A U.S.-based program that includes guidance on evaluation.
This includes awareness of private an orientation to program purposes and
enterprise and an appreciation of the to U.S. society; study tour/site visits; III. Eligibility Information
role of the entrepreneur in economic professional internships/placements; III.1. Eligible applicants: Applications
growth. interaction and dialogue; hands-on may be submitted by public and private
• Develop an appreciation for training; professional development; and non-profit organizations meeting the
American culture, an understanding of action plan development. provisions described in Internal
the diversity of American society and 2. Capacity-building/training-of- Revenue Code section 26 U.S.C.
increased tolerance and respect for trainer (TOT) workshops to help 501(c)(3).
others with differing views and beliefs. participants to identify priorities, create III.2. Cost Sharing or Matching Funds:
• Interact with Americans and work plans, strengthen professional and There is no minimum or maximum
generate enduring ties. volunteer skills, share their experience percentage required for this
• Gain leadership capacity that will with committed people within each competition. However, the Bureau
enable them to initiate and support country, and become active in a encourages applicants to provide
activities in their home countries that practical and valuable way. maximum levels of cost sharing and
focus on development and community 3. Site visits by U.S. facilitators/ funding in support of its programs. Cost
service. experts to monitor projects in the region sharing is an important element of the
A successful program design must and to encourage further development, ECA-grantee institution relationship,
accomplish these three key objectives: as appropriate. and it demonstrates the implementing
(1) Recruit and select approximately organization’s commitment to the
30 individual leaders from Indonesian Participant Selection
program. Cost sharing is included as one
private secondary schools that are Proposals should clearly describe the criterion for grant proposal evaluation.
administered under the auspices of the types of persons that will participate in Applicants are strongly encouraged to
Government of Indonesia’s Department the program as well as the participant cost share a portion of overhead and
of Religious Affairs. Program should be recruitment and selection processes. For administrative expenses. Cost-sharing,
designed for two groups of 15 school programs that include U.S. internships, including contributions from the
administrators and community leaders applicants should submit letters of applicant, proposed in-country
to travel to the U.S. For this phase of the support from host institutions. In the partner(s), and other sources should be
program, partnering with organizations selection of foreign participants, the included in the budget request. Proposal
based in Indonesia is encouraged. Bureau and U.S. embassies retain the budgets that do not reflect cost sharing
(2) In addition to identifying schools right to review all participant will be deemed not competitive under
and screening, selecting, and preparing nominations and to accept or refuse the Cost Effectiveness and Cost Sharing
participants prior to departure for the participants recommended by grantee criterion (item V.1 below). When cost
United States, the recipient of this grant institutions. When U.S. participants are sharing is offered, it is understood and
will be responsible for building and selected, grantee institutions must agreed that the applicant must provide
executing a three to four week provide their names and brief the amount of cost sharing as stipulated
informative travel and residency biographical data to the Office of Citizen in its proposal and later included in an
program in the United States. Exchanges. Priority in two-way approved grant agreement. Cost sharing
(3) The final part of the program will exchange proposals will be given to may be in the form of allowable direct
be conducting enhancement activities foreign participants who have not or indirect costs. For accountability, you
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and leadership development previously traveled to the United States. must maintain written records to
opportunities that reinforce program support all costs that are claimed as
II. Award Information
goals after the participants’ return to your contribution, as well as costs to be
Indonesia. An essential follow-on Type of Award: Grant. paid by the Federal government. Such
component will be a longitudinal Fiscal Year Funds: FY–2006. records are subject to audit. The basis

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for determining the value of cash and agreement from the U.S. Government. program status. Therefore, proposals
in-kind contributions must be in This number is a nine-digit should explicitly state in writing that the
accordance with OMB Circular A–110, identification number, which uniquely applicant is prepared to assist the
(Revised), Subpart C.23—Cost Sharing identifies business entities. Obtaining a Bureau in meeting all requirements
and Matching. In the event you do not DUNS number is easy and there is no governing the administration of
provide the minimum amount of cost charge. To obtain a DUNS number, Exchange Visitor Programs as set forth
sharing as stipulated in the approved access http:// in 22 CFR part 62. If your organization
budget, ECA’s contribution will be www.dunandbradstreet.com or call 1– has experience as a designated
reduced in like proportion. 866–705–5711. Please ensure that your Exchange Visitor Program Sponsor, the
III.3. Other Eligibility Requirements: DUNS number is included in the applicant should discuss its record of
(a.) Grants awarded to eligible appropriate box of the SF–424 which is compliance with 22 CFR part 62 et seq.,
organizations with less than four years part of the formal application package. including the oversight of its
of experience in conducting IV.3b. All proposals must contain an Responsible Officers and Alternate
international exchange programs will be executive summary, proposal narrative Responsible Officers, screening and
limited to $60,000. and budget. selection of program participants,
Please Refer to the Solicitation provision of pre-arrival information and
IV. Application and Submission Package. It contains the mandatory orientation to participants, monitoring
Information Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI) of participants, proper maintenance and
document for additional formatting and security of forms, record-keeping,
Note: Please read the complete Federal technical requirements.
Register announcement before sending reporting and other requirements.
IV. 3c. You must have nonprofit status The Office of Citizen Exchanges of
inquiries or submitting proposals. Once the
RFGP deadline has passed, Bureau staff may
with the IRS at the time of application. ECA will be responsible for issuing DS–
not discuss this competition with applicants If your organization is a private 2019 forms to participants in this
until the proposal review process has been nonprofit which has not received a grant program.
completed. or cooperative agreement from ECA in A copy of the complete regulations
the past three years, or if your governing the administration of
IV.1 Contact Information to Request organization received nonprofit status Exchange Visitor (J) programs is
an Application Package: Please contact from the IRS within the past four years, available at http://exchanges.state.gov
the Office of Citizen Exchanges, ECA/ you must submit the necessary or from: United States Department of
PE/C, Room 220, U.S. Department of documentation to verify nonprofit status State, Office of Exchange Coordination
State, SA–44, 301 4th Street, SW., as directed in the PSI document. Failure and Designation, ECA/EC/ECD—SA–44,
Washington, DC 20547, tel.: 202–453– to do so will cause your proposal to be Room 734, 301 4th Street, SW.,
8163; fax: 202–453–8168; or e-mail declared technically ineligible. Washington, DC 20547. Telephone:
rharveyrh@state.gov to request a IV. 3d. Please take into consideration (202) 203–5029. FAX: (202) 453–8640.
Solicitation Package. Please refer to the the following information when IV.3d.2 Diversity, Freedom and
Funding Opportunity Number (ECA/PE/ preparing your proposal narrative: Democracy Guidelines.
C/WHA–EAP–06–33) located at the top IV. 3d.1 Adherence To All Pursuant to the Bureau’s authorizing
of this announcement when making Regulations Governing the J Visa. legislation, programs must maintain a
your request. The Office of Citizen Exchanges of the non-political character and should be
The Solicitation Package contains the Bureau of Educational and Cultural balanced and representative of the
Proposal Submission Instruction (PSI) Affairs is the official program sponsor of diversity of American political, social,
document that consists of required the exchange program covered by this and cultural life. ‘‘Diversity’’ should be
application forms, and standard RFGP, and an employee of the Bureau interpreted in the broadest sense and
guidelines for proposal preparation. will be the ‘‘Responsible Officer’’ for the encompass differences including, but
Please specify the Bureau Program program under the terms of 22 CFR part not limited to ethnicity, race, gender,
Officer listed for each region and theme 62, which covers the administration of religion, geographic location, socio-
above and refer to the Funding the Exchange Visitor Program (J visa economic status, and physical
Opportunity Number (ECA/PE/C/WHA– program). Under the terms of 22 CFR challenges. Applicants are strongly
EAP–06–33) located at the top of this part 62, organizations receiving grants encouraged to adhere to the
announcement on all other inquiries under this RFGP will be third parties advancement of this principle both in
and correspondence. ‘‘cooperating with or assisting the program administration and in program
IV. 2. To Download a Solicitation sponsor in the conduct of the sponsor’s content. Please refer to the review
Package Via Internet: The entire program.’’ The actions of grantee criteria under the ‘‘Support for
Solicitation Package may be program organizations shall be Diversity’’ section for specific
downloaded from the Bureau’s Web site ‘‘imputed to the sponsor in evaluating suggestions on incorporating diversity
at http://exchanges.state.gov/education/ the sponsor’s compliance with’’ 22 CFR into your proposal. Public Law 104–319
rfgps/menu.htm. Please read all part 62. Therefore, the Bureau expects provides that ‘‘in carrying out programs
information before downloading. that any organization receiving a grant of educational and cultural exchange in
IV. 3. Content and Form of under this competition will render all countries whose people do not fully
Submission: Applicants must follow all assistance necessary to enable the enjoy freedom and democracy,’’ the
instructions in the Solicitation Package. Bureau to fully comply with 22 CFR Bureau ‘‘shall take appropriate steps to
The application should be sent per the part 62 et seq. provide opportunities for participation
instructions under IV.3f. ‘‘Application The Bureau of Educational and in such programs to human rights and
Deadline and Methods of Submission’’ Cultural Affairs places great emphasis democracy leaders of such countries.’’
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below. on the secure and proper administration Public Law 106–113 requires that the
IV. 3a. You are required to have a Dun of Exchange Visitor (J visa) Programs governments of the countries described
and Bradstreet Data Universal and adherence by grantee program above do not have inappropriate
Numbering System (DUNS) number to organizations and program participants influence in the selection process.
apply for a grant or cooperative to all regulations governing the J visa Proposals should reflect advancement of

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these goals in their program contents, to and changed understanding and air travel must be in compliance with
the full extent deemed feasible. attitude. Learning includes both the Fly America Act. There is no charge
IV.3d.3. Program Monitoring and substantive (subject-specific) learning for J–1 visas for participants in Bureau
Evaluation. and mutual understanding. sponsored programs.
Proposals must include a plan to 3. Participant behavior, concrete 2. Per Diem. For U.S.-based
monitor and evaluate the project’s actions to apply knowledge in work or programming, organizations should use
success, both as the activities unfold community; greater participation and the published Federal per diem rates for
and at the end of the program. The responsibility in civic organizations; individual U.S. cities. Domestic per
Bureau recommends that your proposal interpretation and explanation of diem rates may be accessed at: http://
include a draft survey questionnaire or experiences and new knowledge gained; policyworks.gov/org/main/mt/
other technique plus a description of a continued contacts between homepage/mtt/perdiem/perd03d.html.
methodology to use to link outcomes to participants, community members, and ECA requests applicants to budget
original project objectives. The Bureau others. realistic costs that reflect the local
expects that the grantee will track 4. Institutional changes, such as economy and do not exceed Federal per
participants or partners and be able to increased collaboration and diem rates. Foreign per diem rates can
respond to key evaluation questions, partnerships, policy reforms, new be accessed at: http://www.state.gov/m/
including satisfaction with the program, programming, and organizational a/als/prdm/html.
learning as a result of the program, improvements. 3. Interpreters. For U.S.-based
changes in behavior as a result of the activities, ECA strongly encourages
program, and effects of the program on Please note: Consideration should be given applicants to hire their own locally
institutions (institutions in which to the appropriate timing of data collection based interpreters. However, applicants
for each level of outcome. For example,
participants work or partner may ask ECA to assign State Department
satisfaction is usually captured as a short-
institutions). The evaluation plan term outcome, whereas behavior and interpreters. One interpreter is typically
should include indicators that measure institutional changes are normally needed for every four participants who
gains in mutual understanding as well considered longer-term outcomes. require interpretation. When an
as substantive knowledge. applicant proposes to use State
Successful monitoring and evaluation Overall, the quality of your Department interpreters, the following
depend heavily on setting clear goals monitoring and evaluation plan will be expenses should be included in the
and outcomes at the outset of a program. judged on how well it (1) specifies budget: Published Federal per diem
Your evaluation plan should include a intended outcomes; (2) gives clear rates (both ‘‘lodging’’ and ‘‘M&IE’’) and
description of your project’s objectives, descriptions of how each outcome will ‘‘home-program-home’’ transportation
your anticipated project outcomes, and be measured; (3) identifies when in the amount of $400 per interpreter.
how and when you intend to measure particular outcomes will be measured; Salary expenses for State Department
these outcomes (performance and (4) provides a clear description of interpreters will be covered by the
indicators). The more that outcomes are the data collection strategies for each Bureau and should not be part of an
‘‘smart’’ (specific, measurable, outcome (i.e., surveys, interviews, or applicant’s proposed budget. Bureau
attainable, results-oriented, and placed focus groups). (Please note that funds cannot support interpreters who
in a reasonable time frame), the easier evaluation plans that deal only with the accompany delegations from their home
it will be to conduct the evaluation. You first level of outcomes [satisfaction] will country or travel internationally.
should also show how your project be deemed less competitive under the 4. Book and Cultural Allowances.
objectives link to the goals of the present evaluation criteria.) Foreign participants are entitled to a
program described in this RFGP. Grantees will be required to provide one-time cultural allowance of $150 per
Your monitoring and evaluation plan reports analyzing their evaluation person, plus a book allowance of $50.
should clearly distinguish between findings to the Bureau in their regular Interpreters should be reimbursed up to
program outputs and outcomes. Outputs program reports. All data collected, $150 for expenses when they escort
are products and services delivered, including survey responses and contact participants to cultural events. U.S.
often stated as an amount. Output information, must be maintained for a program staff, trainers or participants
information is important to show the minimum of three years and provided to are not eligible to receive these benefits.
scope or size of project activities, but it the Bureau upon request. 5. Consultants. Consultants may be
cannot substitute for information about IV.3e. Please take the following used to provide specialized expertise or
progress towards outcomes or the information into consideration when to make presentations. Honoraria rates
results achieved. Examples of outputs preparing your budget: should not exceed $250 per day.
include the number of people trained or IV.3e.1. Applicants must submit a Organizations are encouraged to cost-
the number of seminars conducted. comprehensive budget for the entire share rates that would exceed that
Outcomes, in contrast, represent program. For this competition, requests figure. Subcontracting organizations
specific results a project is intended to should not exceed $300,000 for either of may also be employed, in which case
achieve and is usually measured as an the two projects. There must be a the written agreement between the
extent of change. Findings on outputs summary budget as well as breakdowns prospective grantee and sub-grantee
and outcomes should both be reported, reflecting both administrative and should be included in the proposal.
but the focus should be on outcomes. program budgets. Such sub-grants should detail the
We encourage you to assess the Applicants may provide separate sub- division of responsibilities and
following four levels of outcomes, as budgets for each program component, proposed costs, and subcontracts should
they relate to the program goals set out phase, location, or activity to provide be itemized in the budget.
in the RFGP (listed here in increasing clarification. 6. Room rental. The rental of meeting
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order of importance): IV.3e.2. Allowable costs for the space should not exceed $250 per day.
1. Participant satisfaction with the program include the following: Any rates that exceed this amount
program and exchange experience. 1. Travel. International and domestic should be cost shared.
2. Participant learning, such as airfare; visas; transit costs; ground 7. Materials. Proposals may contain
increased knowledge, aptitude, skills, transportation costs. Please note that all costs to purchase, develop and translate

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materials for participants. Costs for high requested ECA grant funds will be more extra copy of the completed SF–424 form and
quality translation of materials should competitive under the cost effectiveness place it in an envelope addressed to ‘‘ECA/
be anticipated and included in the and cost sharing criterion, per item V.1 EX/PM’’.
budget. Grantee organizations should below. Proposals should show strong The original and ten copies of the
expect to submit a copy of all program administrative cost sharing application should be sent to: U.S.
materials to ECA, and ECA support contributions from the applicant, the in- Department of State, SA–44, Bureau of
should be acknowledged on all country partner and other sources. Educational and Cultural Affairs, Ref.:
materials developed with its funding. Please refer to the Solicitation ECA/PE/C/WHA–EAP–06–33, Program
8. Equipment. Applicants may Package for complete budget guidelines Management, ECA/EX/PM, Room 534,
propose to use grant funds to purchase and formatting instructions. 301 4th Street, SW., Washington, DC
equipment, such as computers and IV.3f. Application Deadline and
20547.
printers; these costs should be justified Methods of Submission: Application Along with the Project Title, all
in the budget narrative. Costs for Deadline Date: Thursday, May 3, 2006. applicants must enter the above
furniture are not allowed. Reference Number: ECA/PE/C/WHA–
Reference Number in Box 11 on the SF–
9. Working meal. Normally, no more EAP–06–33.
424 contained in the mandatory
than one working meal may be provided Methods of Submission: Applications
may be submitted in one of two ways: Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI)
during the program. Per capita costs
(1) In hard-copy, via a nationally of the solicitation document.
may not exceed $15–$25 for lunch and IV.3f.2—Submitting Electronic
$20–$35 for dinner, excluding room recognized overnight delivery service
(i.e., DHL, Federal Express, UPS, Applications.
rental. The number of invited guests Applicants have the option of
may not exceed participants by more Airborne Express, or U.S. Postal Service
Express Overnight Mail, etc.), or submitting proposals electronically
than a factor of two-to-one. When through Grants.gov (http://
setting up a budget, interpreters should (2) Electronically through http://
www.grants.gov. Along with the Project www.grants.gov). Complete solicitation
be considered ‘‘participants.’’ packages are available at Grants.gov in
10. Return travel allowance. A return Title, all applicants must enter the
above Reference Number in Box 11 on the ‘‘Find’’ portion of the system. Please
travel allowance of $70 for each foreign
the SF–424 contained in the mandatory follow the instructions available in the
participant may be included in the
Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI) ‘Get Started’ portion of the site (http://
budget. This allowance would cover
of the solicitation document. www.grants.gov/GetStarted).
incidental expenses incurred during
IV.3f.1 Submitting Printed Applicants have until midnight (12
international travel.
11. Health Insurance. Foreign Applications. a.m.) of the closing date to ensure that
participants will be covered during their Due to heightened security measures, their entire applications have been
participation in the program by the proposal submissions must be sent via uploaded to the grants.gov site.
ECA-sponsored Accident and Sickness a nationally recognized overnight Applications uploaded to the site after
Program for Exchanges (ASPE), for delivery service (i.e., DHL, Federal midnight of the application deadline
which the grantee must enroll them. Express, UPS, Airborne Express, or U.S. date will be automatically rejected by
Details of that policy can be provided by Postal Service Express Overnight Mail, the grants.gov system, and will be
the contact officers identified in this etc.) and be shipped no later than the technically ineligible.
above deadline. The delivery services Applicants will receive a
solicitation. The premium is paid by
used by applicants must have in-place, confirmation e-mail from grants.gov
ECA and should not be included in the
centralized shipping identification and upon the successful submission of an
grant proposal budget. However,
tracking systems that may be accessed application. ECA will not notify you
applicants are permitted to include
via the Internet and delivery people upon receipt of electronic applications.
costs for travel insurance for U.S.
who are identifiable by commonly IV.3g. Intergovernmental Review of
participants in the budget.
recognized uniforms and delivery Applications: Executive Order 12372
12. Wire transfer fees. When
vehicles. Proposals shipped on or before does not apply to this program.
necessary, applicants may include costs
the above deadline but received at ECA IV.3h. Applicants must also submit
to transfer funds to partner
more than seven days after the deadline the ‘‘Executive Summary’’ and
organizations overseas. Grantees are
will be ineligible for further ‘‘Proposal Narrative’’ sections of the
urged to research applicable taxes that
consideration under this competition. proposal in text (.txt) format on a PC-
may be imposed on these transfers by
Proposals shipped after the established formatted disk. The Bureau will provide
host governments.
13. In-country travel costs for visa deadlines are ineligible for these files electronically to the
processing purposes. Given the consideration under this competition. It appropriate Public Affairs Section(s) at
requirements associated with obtaining is each applicant’s responsibility to the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta for its
J–1 visas for ECA-supported ensure that each package is marked with review.
participants, applicants should include a legible tracking number and to V. Application Review Information
costs for any travel associated with visa monitor/confirm delivery to ECA via the
interviews or DS–2019 pick-up. Internet. ECA will not notify you upon V.1. Review Process
14. Administrative Costs. Costs receipt of application. Delivery of The Bureau will review all proposals
necessary for the effective proposal packages may not be made via for technical eligibility. Proposals will
administration of the program may local courier service or in person for this be deemed ineligible if they do not fully
include salaries for grantee organization competition. Faxed documents will not adhere to the guidelines stated herein
employees, benefits, and other direct be accepted at any time. Only proposals and in the Solicitation Package. The
and indirect costs per detailed submitted as stated above will be program office will review all eligible
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instructions in the Application Package. considered. proposals as well as the Public


While there is no rigid ratio of Applicants must follow all Diplomacy section overseas, where
administrative to program costs, instructions in the Solicitation Package. appropriate. Eligible proposals will be
proposals in which the administrative Important note: When preparing your subject to compliance with Federal and
costs do not exceed 25% of the total submission please make sure to include one Bureau regulations and guidelines and

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forwarded to Bureau grant panels for encourages applicants to submit letters IV.3d.3 above for more information on
advisory review. Proposals may also be of support from proposed in-country the components of a competitive
reviewed by the Office of the Legal partners. evaluation plan. Successful applicants
Adviser or by other Department (grantee institutions) will be expected to
3. Cost Effectiveness and Cost Sharing
elements. Final funding decisions are at submit a report after each program
the discretion of the Department of Overhead and administrative costs in component concludes or on a quarterly
State’s Assistant Secretary for the proposal budget, including salaries, basis, whichever is less frequent. The
Educational and Cultural Affairs. Final honoraria and subcontracts for services, Bureau also requires that grantee
technical authority for grants resides should be kept to a minimum. Proposals institutions submit a final narrative and
with the Bureau’s Grants Officer. whose administrative costs are less than financial report no more than 90 days
twenty-five (25) per cent of the total after the expiration of a grant. Please
Review Criteria funds requested from the Bureau will be refer to the ‘‘Program Management/
Technically eligible applications will deemed more competitive under this Evaluation’’ section, item IV.3d.3 above
be competitively reviewed according to criterion. Applicants are strongly for more guidance.
the criteria stated below. These criteria encouraged to cost share a portion of
are not rank ordered and all carry equal overhead and administrative expenses. VI. Award Administration Information
weight in the proposal evaluation: Cost-sharing, including contributions VI.1a. Award Notices
1. Program Planning and Ability To from the applicant, proposed in-country
Final awards cannot be made until
Achieve Objectives partner(s), and other sources should be
funds have been appropriated by
included in the budget request. Proposal
Program objectives should be stated Congress, allocated and committed
budgets that do not reflect cost sharing
clearly and should reflect the through internal Bureau procedures.
will be deemed not competitive in this
applicant’s expertise in the subject area Successful applicants will receive an
category.
and region. Objectives should respond Assistance Award Document (AAD)
to the topics in this announcement and 4. Support of Diversity from the Bureau’s Grants Office. The
should relate to the current conditions Proposals should demonstrate AAD and the original grant proposal
in the target country/countries. A substantive support of the Bureau’s with subsequent modifications (if
detailed agenda and relevant work plan policy on diversity. Achievable and applicable) shall be the only binding
should explain how objectives will be relevant features should be cited in both authorizing document between the
achieved and should include a timetable program administration (selection of recipient and the U.S. Government. The
for completion of major tasks. The participants, program venue and AAD will be signed by an authorized
substance of workshops, internships, program evaluation) and program Grants Officer, and mailed to the
seminars and/or consulting should be content (orientation and wrap-up recipient’s responsible officer identified
described in detail. Sample training sessions, program meetings, resource in the application.
schedules should be outlined. materials and follow-up activities). Unsuccessful applicants will receive
Responsibilities of proposed in-country Applicants should refer to the Bureau’s notification of the results of the
partners should be clearly described. A Diversity, Freedom and Democracy application review from the ECA
discussion of how the applicant intends Guidelines in the Proposal Submission program office coordinating this
to address language issues should be Instructions (PSI) and the Diversity, competition.
included, if needed. Freedom and Democracy Guidelines VI.2 Administrative and National
2. Institutional Capacity section, Item IV.3d.2, above for Policy Requirements.
additional guidance.
Proposals should include (1) the Terms and Conditions for the
institution’s mission and date of 5. Post-Grant Activities Administration of ECA agreements
establishment; (2) detailed information Applicants should provide a plan to include the following:
about proposed in-country partner(s) conduct activities after the Bureau- Office of Management and Budget
and the history of the partnership; (3) an funded project has concluded in order Circular A–122, ‘‘Cost Principles for
outline of prior awards-U.S. government to ensure that Bureau-supported Nonprofit Organizations.’’
and/or private support received for the programs are not isolated events. Funds Office of Management and Budget
target theme/country/region; and (4) for all post-grant activities must be in Circular A–21, ‘‘Cost Principles for
descriptions of experienced staff the form of contributions from the Educational Institutions.’’
members who will implement the applicant or sources outside of the OMB Circular A–87, ‘‘Cost Principles
program. The proposal should reflect Bureau. Costs for these activities must for State, Local and Indian
the institution’s expertise in the subject not appear in the proposal budget, but Governments’’.
area and knowledge of the conditions in should be outlined in the narrative. OMB Circular No. A–110 (Revised),
the target country/countries. Proposals Uniform Administrative
should demonstrate an institutional 6. Program Monitoring and Evaluation Requirements for Grants and
record of successful exchange programs, Proposals should include a detailed Agreements with Institutions of
including responsible fiscal plan to monitor and evaluate the Higher Education, Hospitals, and
management and full compliance with program. Program objectives should other Nonprofit Organizations.
all reporting requirements for past target clearly defined results in OMB Circular No. A–102, Uniform
Bureau grants as determined by Bureau quantitative terms. Competitive Administrative Requirements for
Grants Staff. The Bureau will consider evaluation plans will describe how Grants-in-Aid to State and Local
the past performance of prior recipients applicant organizations would measure Governments.
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and the demonstrated potential of new these results, and proposals should OMB Circular No. A–133, Audits of
applicants. Proposed personnel and include draft data collection States, Local Government, and Non-
institutional resources should be instruments (surveys, questionnaires, profit Organizations.
adequate and appropriate to achieve the etc.) in Tab E. See the ‘‘Program Please reference the following Web
program’s goals. The Bureau strongly Management/Evaluation’’ section, item sites for additional information: http://

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www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants. announcement before sending inquiries and MARAD’s regulations at 46 CFR


http://exchanges.state.gov/education/ or submitting proposals. Once the RFGP part 388 (68 FR 23084; April 30, 2003),
grantsdiv/terms.htm#articleI. deadline has passed, Bureau staff may that the issuance of the waiver will have
not discuss this competition with an unduly adverse effect on a U.S.-
VI.3. Reporting Requirements
applicants until the proposal review vessel builder or a business that uses
You must provide ECA with a hard process has been completed. U.S.-flag vessels in that business, a
copy original plus two copies of the waiver will not be granted. Comments
following reports: VIII. Other Information
should refer to the docket number of
(1) A final program and financial Notice this notice and the vessel name in order
report no more than 90 days after the
The terms and conditions published for MARAD to properly consider the
expiration of the award;
in this RFGP are binding and may not comments. Comments should also state
(2) Any interim report(s) required in
be modified by any Bureau the commenter’s interest in the waiver
the Bureau grant agreement document.
Grantees will be required to provide representative. Explanatory information application, and address the waiver
reports analyzing their evaluation provided by the Bureau that contradicts criteria given in § 388.4 of MARAD’s
findings to the Bureau in their regular published language will not be binding. regulations at 46 CFR part 388.
program reports. (Please refer to Issuance of the RFGP does not
constitute an award commitment on the DATES: Submit comments on or before
Application and Submission April 13, 2006.
Instructions [IV.3d.3] above for Program part of the Government. The Bureau
Monitoring and Evaluation reserves the right to reduce, revise, or ADDRESSES: Comments should refer to
information.) increase proposal budgets in accordance docket number MARAD–2006 24125.
All data collected, including survey with the needs of the program and the Written comments may be submitted by
responses and contact information, must availability of funds. Awards made will
hand or by mail to the Docket Clerk,
be maintained for a minimum of three be subject to periodic reporting and
U.S. DOT Dockets, Room PL–401,
years and provided to the Bureau upon evaluation requirements per section VI.3
Department of Transportation, 400 7th
request. above.
St., SW., Washington, DC 20590–0001.
All reports must be sent to the ECA Dated: March 8, 2006. You may also send comments
Grants Officer and ECA Program Officer C. Miller Crouch, electronically via the Internet at http://
listed in the final assistance award Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau dmses.dot.gov/submit/. All comments
document. of Educational and Cultural Affairs, will become part of this docket and will
Department of State.
VI.4. Program Data Requirements be available for inspection and copying
[FR Doc. E6–3589 Filed 3–13–06; 8:45 am]
Organizations awarded grants will be at the above address between 10 a.m.
BILLING CODE 4710–05–P
required to maintain specific data on and 5 p.m., E.T., Monday through
program participants and activities in an Friday, except Federal holidays. An
electronically accessible database format electronic version of this document and
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION all documents entered into this docket
that can be shared with the Bureau as
required. As a minimum, the data must Maritime Administration is available on the World Wide Web at
include the following: http://dms.dot.gov.
(1) Name, address, contact [Docket Number 2006 24125]
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
information and biographic sketch of all
Requested Administrative Waiver of Joann Spittle, U.S. Department of
persons who travel internationally on
the Coastwise Trade Laws Transportation, Maritime
funds provided by the grant or who
benefit from the grant funding but do AGENCY: Maritime Administration, Administration, MAR–830 Room 7201,
not travel. Department of Transportation. 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington,
(2) Itineraries of international and DC 20590. Telephone 202–366–5979.
ACTION: Invitation for public comments
domestic travel, providing dates of on a requested administrative waiver of SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As
travel and cities in which any exchange the Coastwise Trade Laws for the vessel described by the applicant the intended
experiences take place. Final schedules ALTIMATE PLEASURE. service of the vessel ALTIMATE
for in-country and U.S. activities must PLEASURE is:
be received by the ECA Program Officer SUMMARY: As authorized by Public Law
at least three workdays prior to the 105–383 and Public Law 107–295, the Intended Use: ‘‘I intend to provide
official opening of the activity. Secretary of Transportation, as charters to executive or company
represented by the Maritime groups.’’
VII. Agency Contacts Administration (MARAD), is authorized Geographic Region: East Coast, New
For questions about this to grant waivers of the U.S.-build England waterways to Florida,
announcement, contact: The Office of requirement of the coastwise laws under including the states of MA, NH, RI, and
Citizen Exchanges, ECA/PE/C, Room certain circumstances. A request for Florida.
220, ECA/PE/C/HWA–EAP–06–33, such a waiver has been received by
Bureau of Educational and Cultural MARAD. The vessel, and a brief Dated: March 7, 2006.
Affairs, U.S. Department of State, SA– description of the proposed service, is By order of the Maritime Administrator.
44, 301 4th Street, SW., Washington, listed below. The complete application Joel C. Richard,
DC, 20547; tel.: 202–453–8163; fax: 202– is given in DOT docket 2006x–24125 at Secretary, Maritime Administration.
453–8168; harveyrh@state.gov. http://dms.dot.gov. Interested parties [FR Doc. E6–3529 Filed 3–13–06; 8:45 am]
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For correspondence with the Bureau may comment on the effect this action BILLING CODE 4910–81–P
concerning this RFGP should reference may have on U.S. vessel builders or
the above title and number ECA/PE/C/ businesses in the U.S. that use U.S.-flag
WHA–EAP–06–33. Please read the vessels. If MARAD determines, in
complete Federal Register accordance with Public Law 105–383

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