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Funding Option - Assistive Technology Alternative Financing Program, Dept of Education

Posted on August 9, 2012 at 8:57am

Subject: August 8, 2012 (Vol. 77, No. 153) Federal Register - Applications for New Awards: AT AFP

 

Dear Colleagues:

 

Below please view a link for a text and PDF version of the Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) published in today’s Federal Register (Vol. 77, No. 153, Wednesday, August 8, 2012) for the Assistive Technology Alternative Financing Program. I have also pasted in the text of the AT AFP priority in this email.

 

Please note that applications must be submitted by Friday, September 7th.

 

Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: September 7, 2012.

    Applications for grants under this program must be submitted

electronically using the Grants.gov Apply site (Grants.gov).

 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Brian Bard (brian.bard@ed.gov) or me.

 

Thank you for your patience,

 

Rob

 

Rob Groenendaal | Management and Program Analyst | Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services | US Department of Education 

550 12th Street, SW, Room 5025 | Washington, DC  20202-2800 | email: robert.groenendaal@ed.gov | office: 202-245-7393 | fax: 202-245-7591

 

 

 


Contents

Federal Register
Vol. 77, No. 153
Wednesday, August 8, 2012


 

 

 

Education Department

 

Applications for New Awards:

 

Assistive Technology Alternative Financing Program,

 

47375–47380 [2012–19477]

[TEXT]  [PDF]


 

[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 153 (Wednesday, August 8, 2012)]

[Notices]

[Pages 47375-47380]

From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]

[FR Doc No: 2012-19477]

 

 

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 

 

Applications for New Awards; Assistive Technology Alternative

Financing Program

 

AGENCY: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services,

Department of Education.

 

ACTION: Notice.

 

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Overview Information

 

Assistive Technology Alternative Financing Program Notice Inviting

Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012

 

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.224D

 

 

DATES:

    Applications Available: August 8, 2012.

    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: September 7, 2012.

 

Full Text of Announcement

 

I. Funding Opportunity Description

 

    Purpose of Program: Many individuals with disabilities do not have

the private financial resources to purchase the assistive technology

(AT) they need. In addition, programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, and

vocational rehabilitation cannot meet the growing demand for AT.

Financial loan services, such as alternative financing programs (AFPs),

offer individuals with disabilities affordable options that can

significantly enhance their access to AT. These programs offer

alternatives to the traditional payment options of public assistance

and out-of-pocket financing and maximize independence and participation

in society by individuals with disabilities through the acquisition of

AT.

    Between 2000 and 2006, the Office of Special Education and

Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) awarded competitive one-year grants to

33 States under title III of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998 (AT

Act of 1998) for the establishment, maintenance, or expansion of AFPs.

The AFPs featured one or more alternative financing mechanisms that

provided loans for individuals with disabilities and their family

members, guardians, advocates, and authorized representatives to

purchase AT devices and services.

    Although only funded for one year, these AFPs were required to

implement a sustainability plan and maintain permanent programs that

continue project activities after the end of the project period. The

AFPs are still operating. The 33 States that currently operate a title

III AFP received a cumulative total of $60,285,260 in Federal funding

during fiscal years 2000 through 2006. From FY 2000 through the end of

FY 2011, AFPs, using alternative financing mechanisms such as a

revolving loan or partnership loan program, have processed 12,341 loans

totaling $135,199,949 in financial assistance for the purchase of AT

devices and services, an amount more than twice the original Federal

funding.

    To build upon the success of these AFPs, the Consolidated

Appropriations Act, 2012 (Pub. L. 112-74) provided OSERS an additional

$1,996,220 for competitive grants to support AFPs that help individuals

with disabilities purchase assistive technology devices. The AFPs may

include a low-interest loan fund, an interest buy-down program, a

revolving loan fund, a loan guarantee or an insurance program, or

another mechanism that is approved by the Secretary.

    As stated in the conference report accompanying the FY 2012

appropriations bill (House Report 112-331), the conferees’ goal in

providing these funds is to allow greater access to affordable

financing to help people with disabilities purchase the specialized

technologies needed to live independently, to succeed at school and

work, and to otherwise live active and productive lives.

    The conference report also states the conferees’ intent that

applicants should incorporate credit-building activities in their

programs, including financial education and information about other

possible funding sources. The conference report further states that

successful applicants should emphasize consumer choice and control and

build programs that will provide financing for the full array of AT

devices and services and ensure that all people with disabilities,

regardless of type of disability or health condition, age, level of

income, and residence have access to the program.

    Priority: This priority is established under section 437(d)(1) of

the General Education Provisions Act (Pub. L. 112-123).

    Absolute Priority: For FY 2012, this priority is an absolute

priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we consider only applications that

meet this priority.

    This priority is:

 

Assistive Technology Alternative Financing Program

 

    This priority is for one-year grant awards to support AFPs that

assist individuals with disabilities to obtain funding for AT devices

and services.

    In order to meet this priority, the applicant must establish or

expand one or more of the following types of AFPs:

    (1) A low-interest loan fund.

    (2) An interest buy-down program.

    (3) A revolving loan fund.

    (4) A loan guarantee or insurance program.

    (5) Another mechanism that is approved by the Secretary.

    AFPs must be designed to allow individuals with disabilities and

their family members, guardians, advocates, and authorized

representatives to purchase AT devices or services. If family members,

guardians, advocates, and authorized representatives (including

employers who have been designated by an individual with a disability

as an authorized representative) receive AFP support to

 

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purchase AT devices or services, the purchase must be on behalf of an

individual with a disability, i.e., the AT device or service that is

purchased must be solely for the benefit of that individual.

    To be considered for funding, an applicant must identify the type

or types of AFP to be supported by the grant and submit all of the

following assurances:

    (1) Permanent Separate Account: An assurance from the applicant

that–

    (a) All funds that support the AFP, including funds repaid during

the life of the program, will be deposited in a permanent separate

account and identified and accounted for separately from any other

funds;

    (b) If the grantee administering the program invests funds within

this account, the grantee will invest the funds in low-risk securities

in which a regulated insurance company may invest under the law of the

State; and

    (c) The grantee will administer the funds with the same judgment

and care that a person of prudence, discretion, and intelligence would

exercise in the management of the financial affairs of that person.

    (2) Permanence of the Program: An assurance that the AFP will

continue on a permanent basis.

    An applicant’s obligation to implement the AFP consistent with all

of the requirements, including reporting requirements, continues until

there are no longer any funds available to operate the AFP and all

outstanding loans have been repaid. If a grantee decides to terminate

its AFP while there are still funds available to operate the program,

the grantee must return the funds remaining in the permanent separate

account to the U.S. Department of Education except for funds being used

for grant purposes, such as loan guarantees for outstanding loans.

However, before closing out its grant, the grantee also must return any

principal and interest remitted to it on outstanding loans and any

other funds remaining in the permanent separate account, such as funds

being used as loan guarantees for those loans.

    (3) Consumer Choice and Control: An assurance that, and information

describing the manner in which, the AFP will expand and emphasize

consumer choice and control.

    (4) Supplement-Not-Supplant: An assurance that the funds made

available through the grant to support the AFP will be used to

supplement and not supplant other Federal, State, and local public

funds expended to provide alternative financing mechanisms.

    (5) Use and Control of Funds: An assurance that–

    Funds comprised of the principal and interest from the account

described in paragraph (1) Permanent Separate Account of this priority

will be available solely to support the AFP.

    This assurance regarding the use and control of funds applies to

all funds derived from the AFP including the original Federal award,

AFP funds generated by either interest bearing accounts or investments,

and all principal and interest paid by borrowers of the AFP who are

extended loans from the permanent separate account.

    (6) Indirect Costs: An assurance that the percentage of the funds

used for indirect costs will not exceed 10 percent of the portion of

the grant award that is used annually for program administration

(excluding funds used for loan activity).

    For each 12-month budget period, grantees must recalculate their

allowable indirect cost rate, which may not exceed 10 percent of the

portion of the grant award that is used annually for program

administration.

    (7) Administrative Policies and Procedures: An assurance that the

applicant receiving a grant under this priority will submit to the

Secretary for review and approval within the 12 month project period

the following policies and procedures for administration of the AFP:

    (a) A procedure to review and process in a timely manner requests

for financial assistance for immediate and potential technology needs,

including consideration of methods to reduce paperwork and duplication

of effort, particularly relating to need, eligibility, and

determination of the specific AT device or service to be financed

through the program.

    (b) A policy and procedure to ensure that individuals are allowed

to apply for financing regardless of type of disability or health

condition, age, income level, location of residence in the State, or

type of AT device or service for which financing is requested through

the program. It is permissible for programs to target individuals with

disabilities who would have been denied conventional financing as a

priority for AFP funding.

    (c) A procedure to ensure consumer choice and consumer-controlled

oversight of the program.

    (8) Data Collection: An assurance that the applicant will collect

and report data requested by the Secretary in the format, with the

frequency, and using the method established by the Secretary until

there are no longer any funds available to operate the AFP and all

outstanding loans have been repaid.

    (9) Credit Building Activities: An assurance that the AFP will

incorporate credit-building activities into their programs, including

financial education and information about other possible funding

sources.

    Competitive Preference Priorities: Within this absolute priority,

we give competitive preference to applications that address the

following priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(C)(2)(i), we award up to an

additional 10 points to an application that proposes to establish an

AFP or up to an additional 5 points to an application that proposes to

expand an existing AFP, depending on how well the application meets

these priorities.

    These priorities are:

    Need to Establish an AFP (10 additional points.): This applies to

an applicant located in a State or outlying area where an AFP grant has

not been previously awarded under title III of the AT Act of 1998:

Alaska, American Samoa, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of

Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire,

New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode

Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia.

    Need to Expand an AFP (5 additional points.): This applies to an

applicant located in a State or outlying territory where an AFP grant

has been previously awarded under title III of the AT Act of 1998, but

the State or territory has received less than a total of $1 million in

Federal grant funds under title III of the AT Act of 1998 during fiscal

years 2000 through 2006 for the operation of its AFP: Arizona,

Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Montana, Nevada, South Carolina, Vermont,

Washington, Wyoming, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana

Islands, and Virgin Islands.

 

Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking

 

    Under the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553), the

Department generally offers interested parties the opportunity to

comment on proposed priorities. Section 437(d)(1) of GEPA, however,

allows the Secretary to exempt from rulemaking requirements and

regulations governing the first grant competition under a new or

substantially revised program authority. This is the first grant

competition for this program, as authorized under the Fiscal Year 2012

Consolidated Appropriations Act, and therefore qualifies for this

exemption. In order to ensure timely grant awards, the

 

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Secretary has decided to forego public comment on the proposed absolute

and competitive preference priorities under section 437(d)(1)of GEPA.

The absolute and competitive preference priorities will apply to the FY

2012 grant competition only.

 

    Program Authority: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (Pub.

L. 112-74).

 

   Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General

Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80,

81, 82, 84, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The Education Department suspension

and debarment regulations in 2 CFR part 3485. In general, EDGAR applies

to these grants except to the extent it is inconsistent with the

purpose and intent of the requirements in this notice. Specifically,

grantees are exempt from Sec.  80.25(i) regarding interest earned on

advances, and the addition method in Sec.  80.25(g)(2) applies to

program income rather than the deduction method in Sec.  80.25(g)(1).

Also, Sec. Sec.  75.560-75.564 do not apply to the extent that these

sections of EDGAR are inconsistent with the AFP requirement that

indirect costs cannot exceed 10 percent of the costs to administer the

program.

 

    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to institutions of

higher education only.

 

II. Award Information

 

    Type of Award: Discretionary grants.

    Estimated Available Funds: $1,986,000.

    Estimated Range of Awards: Up to $993,000.

    Estimated Number of Awards: 2 to 5.

    Maximum Award: We will reject any application that proposes a

budget exceeding $993,000 for a single budget period of 12 months. The

Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

may change the maximum amount through a notice published in the Federal

Register.

 

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

notice.

 

    Project Period: Up to 12 months.

 

III. Eligibility Information

 

    1. Eligible Applicants: State and outlying area agencies;

community-based organizations that are operated for individuals with

disabilities and have a board of directors on which a majority of the

members are individuals with disabilities or the family members,

guardians, advocates, or authorized representatives of the individuals.

    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not require cost

sharing or matching.

 

IV. Application and Submission Information

 

    1. Address to Request Application Package: You can obtain an

application package via the Internet or from the Education Publications

Center (ED Pubs). To obtain a copy via the Internet, use the following

address: www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/grantapps/index.html. To obtain a

copy from ED Pubs, write, fax, or call the following: ED Pubs, U.S.

Department of Education, P.O. Box 22207, Alexandria, VA 22304.

Telephone, toll free: 1-877-433-7827. FAX: (703) 605-6794. If you use a

telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY),

call, toll free: 1-877-576-7734.

    You can contact ED Pubs at its Web site, also: www.EDPubs.gov or at

its email address: edpubs@inet.ed.gov.

    If you request an application from ED Pubs, be sure to identify

this program as follows: CFDA Number 84.224D.

    Individuals with disabilities can obtain a copy of the application

package in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape,

or compact disc) by contacting the person or team listed under

Accessible Format in section VIII of this notice.

    2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements

concerning the content of an application, together with the forms you

must submit, are in the application package for this competition. Page

Limit: The application narrative (Part III of the application) is where

you, the applicant, address the selection criteria that reviewers use

to evaluate your application. You must limit the application narrative

[Part III] to the equivalent of no more than 24 pages, using the

following standards:

     A “page” is 8.5” x 11”, on one side only, with 1”

margins at the top, bottom, and both sides.

     Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch)

all text in the application narrative, including titles, headings,

footnotes, quotations, references, and captions, as well as all text in

charts, tables, figures, and graphs.

     Use a font that is either 12 point or larger or no smaller

than 10 pitch (characters per inch).

     Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier,

Courier New, or Arial. An application submitted in any other font

(including Times Roman or Arial Narrow) will not be accepted.

    The page limit does not apply to Part I, the Application for

Federal Assistance; Part IV, the assurances and certifications; or the

one-page abstract, the eligibility statement, the curriculum vitae, the

bibliography, the letters of recommendation, or the information on the

protection of human subjects. However, the page limit does apply to all

of the application narrative section [Part III].

    We will reject your application if you exceed the page limit or if

you apply other standards and exceed the equivalent of the page limit.

    3. Submission Dates and Times: Applications Available: August 8,

2012.

    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: September 7, 2012.

    Applications for grants under this program must be submitted

electronically using the Grants.gov Apply site (Grants.gov). For

information (including dates and times) about how to submit your

application electronically, or in paper format by mail or hand delivery

if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission

requirement, please refer to section IV. 7. Other Submission

Requirements of this notice.

    We do not consider an application that does not comply with the

deadline requirements.

    Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or

auxiliary aid in connection with the application process should contact

the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII

of this notice. If the Department provides an accommodation or

auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability in connection with the

application process, the individual’s application remains subject to

all other requirements and limitations in this notice.

    4. Intergovernmental Review: This program is subject to Executive

Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. Information about

Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs under Executive Order

12372 is in the application package for this competition. The Secretary

has decided to waive the full 60-day review period for State comments

on new applications because there would not be enough time after the

end of the 60-day comment period for the Secretary to make awards

before the end of the fiscal year, when the funds appropriated to this

program would no longer be available for obligation by the Department.

    5. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding

restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.

    6. Data Universal Numbering System Number, Taxpayer Identification

Number, Central Contractor Registry, and System for Award Management:

To

 

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do business with the Department of Education, you must–

    a. Have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and a

Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN);

    b. Register both your DUNS number and TIN with the Central

Contractor Registry (CCR)–and, after July 24, 2012, with the System

for Award Management (SAM), the Government’s primary registrant

database;

    c. Provide your DUNS number and TIN on your application; and

    d. Maintain an active CCR or SAM registration with current

information while your application is under review by the Department

and, if you are awarded a grant, during the project period.

    You can obtain a DUNS number from Dun and Bradstreet. A DUNS number

can be created within one business day.

    If you are a corporate entity, agency, institution, or

organization, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal Revenue Service.

If you are an individual, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal

Revenue Service or the Social Security Administration. If you need a

new TIN, please allow 2-5 weeks for your TIN to become active.

    The CCR or SAM registration process may take five or more business

days to complete. If you are currently registered with the CCR, you may

not need to make any changes. However, please make certain that the TIN

associated with your DUNS number is correct. Also note that you will

need to update your registration annually. This may take three or more

business days to complete. Information about SAM is available at

SAM.gov.

    In addition, if you are submitting your application via Grants.gov,

you must (1) be designated by your organization as an Authorized

Organization Representative (AOR); and (2) register yourself with

Grants.gov as an AOR. Details on these steps are outlined at the

following Grants.gov Web page: www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp.

    7. Other Submission Requirements:

    Applications for grants under this program must be submitted

electronically unless you qualify for an exception to this requirement

in accordance with the instructions in this section.

 

a. Electronic Submission of Applications

 

    Applications for grants under the Assistive Technology Alternative

Financing program, CFDA Number 84.224D, must be submitted

electronically using the Governmentwide Grants.gov Apply site at

www.Grants.gov. Through this site, you will be able to download a copy

of the application package, complete it offline, and then upload and

submit your application. You may not email an electronic copy of a

grant application to us.

    We will reject your application if you submit it in paper format

unless, as described elsewhere in this section, you qualify for one of

the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement and submit, no

later than two weeks before the application deadline date, a written

statement to the Department that you qualify for one of these

exceptions. Further information regarding calculation of the date that

is two weeks before the application deadline date is provided later in

this section under Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement.

    You may access the electronic grant application for the Assistive

Technology Alternative Financing program at www.Grants.gov. You must

search for the downloadable application package for this program by the

CFDA number. Do not include the CFDA number’s alpha suffix in your

search (e.g., search for 84.224, not 84.224D).

    Please note the following:

     When you enter the Grants.gov site, you will find

information about submitting an application electronically through the

site, as well as the hours of operation.

     Applications received by Grants.gov are date and time

stamped. Your application must be fully uploaded and submitted and must

be date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system no later than 4:30:00

p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. Except as

otherwise noted in this section, we will not accept your application if

it is received–that is, date and time stamped by the Grants.gov

system–after 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application

deadline date. We do not consider an application that does not comply

with the deadline requirements. When we retrieve your application from

Grants.gov, we will notify you if we are rejecting your application

because it was date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system after

4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date.

     The amount of time it can take to upload an application

will vary depending on a variety of factors, including the size of the

application and the speed of your Internet connection. Therefore, we

strongly recommend that you do not wait until the application deadline

date to begin the submission process through Grants.gov.

     You should review and follow the Education Submission

Procedures for submitting an application through Grants.gov that are

included in the application package for this program to ensure that you

submit your application in a timely manner to the Grants.gov system.

You can also find the Education Submission Procedures pertaining to

Grants.gov under News and Events on the Department’s G5 system home

page at www.G5.gov.

     You will not receive additional point value because you

submit your application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you

if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission

requirement, as described elsewhere in this section, and submit your

application in paper format.

     You must submit all documents electronically, including

all information you typically provide on the following forms: the

Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424), the Department of

Education Supplemental Information for SF 424, Budget Information–Non-

Construction Programs (ED 524), and all necessary assurances and

certifications.

    If you submit your application electronically, you must upload any

narrative sections and all other attachments to your application as

files in a PDF (Portable Document) read-only, non-modifiable format. Do

not upload an interactive or fillable PDF file. If you upload a file

type other than a read-only, non-modifiable PDF or submit a password-

protected file, we will not review that material.

     Your electronic application must comply with any page-

limit requirements described in this notice.

     After you electronically submit your application, you will

receive from Grants.gov an automatic notification of receipt that

contains a Grants.gov tracking number. (This notification indicates

receipt by Grants.gov only, not receipt by the Department.) The

Department then will retrieve your application from Grants.gov and send

a second notification to you by email. This second notification

indicates that the Department has received your application and has

assigned your application a PR/Award number (an ED-specified

identifying number unique to your application).

     We may request that you provide us original signatures on

forms at a later date.

    Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of Technical Issues

with the Grants.gov System: If you are experiencing problems submitting

your application through Grants.gov, please contact the Grants.gov

Support Desk, toll free, at 1-800-518-4726. You must obtain a

Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number and must keep a record of it.

 

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    If you are prevented from electronically submitting your

application on the application deadline date because of technical

problems with the Grants.gov system, we will grant you an extension

until 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, the following business day to

enable you to transmit your application electronically or by hand

delivery. You also may mail your application by following the mailing

instructions described elsewhere in this notice.

    If you submit an application after 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC

time, on the application deadline date, please contact the person

listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII of this

notice and provide an explanation of the technical problem you

experienced with Grants.gov, along with the Grants.gov Support Desk

Case Number. We will accept your application if we can confirm that a

technical problem occurred with the Grants.gov system and that that

problem affected your ability to submit your application by 4:30:00

p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. The

Department will contact you after a determination is made on whether

your application will be accepted.

 

    Note: The extensions to which we refer in this section apply

only to the unavailability of, or technical problems with, the

Grants.gov system. We will not grant you an extension if you failed

to fully register to submit your application to Grants.gov before

the application deadline date and time or if the technical problem

you experienced is unrelated to the Grants.gov system.

 

    Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement: You qualify for an

exception to the electronic submission requirement, and may submit your

application in paper format, if you are unable to submit an application

through the Grants.gov system because–

     You do not have access to the Internet; or

     You do not have the capacity to upload large documents to

the Grants.gov system; and

     No later than two weeks before the application deadline

date (14 calendar days or, if the fourteenth calendar day before the

application deadline date falls on a Federal holiday, the next business

day following the Federal holiday), you mail or fax a written statement

to the Department, explaining which of the two grounds for an exception

prevent you from using the Internet to submit your application. If you

mail your written statement to the Department, it must be postmarked no

later than two weeks before the application deadline date. If you fax

your written statement to the Department, we must receive the faxed

statement no later than two weeks before the application deadline date.

    Address and mail or fax your statement to: Robert Groenendaal, U.S.

Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 5025, Potomac

Center Plaza (PCP), Washington, DC 20202-2800. FAX: (202) 245-7590.

    Your paper application must be submitted in accordance with the

mail or hand delivery instructions described in this notice.

 

b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail

 

    If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission

requirement, you may mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or a

commercial carrier) your application to the Department. You must mail

the original and two copies of your application, on or before the

application deadline date, to the Department at the following address:

U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention:

(CFDA Number 84.224D), LBJ Basement Level 1, 400 Maryland Avenue SW.,

Washington, DC 20202-4260.

    You must show proof of mailing consisting of one of the following:

    (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark.

    (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the

U.S. Postal Service.

    (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial

carrier.

    (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of the

U.S. Department of Education.

    If you mail your application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do

not accept either of the following as proof of mailing:

    (1) A private metered postmark.

    (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service.

    If your application is postmarked after the application deadline

date, we will not consider your application.

 

    Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated

postmark. Before relying on this method, you should check with your

local post office.

 

c. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery

 

    If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission

requirement, you (or a courier service) may deliver your paper

application to the Department by hand. You must deliver the original

and two copies of your application by hand, on or before the

application deadline date, to the Department at the following address:

U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention:

(CFDA Number 84.224D), 550 12th Street SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center

Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-4260.

    The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily

between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, except

Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays.

 

    Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications: If you

mail or hand deliver your application to the Department–

    (1) You must indicate on the envelope and–if not provided by

the Department–in Item 11 of the SF 424 the CFDA number, including

suffix letter, if any, of the competition under which you are

submitting your application; and

    (2) The Application Control Center will mail to you a

notification of receipt of your grant application. If you do not

receive this notification within 15 business days from the

application deadline date, you should call the U.S. Department of

Education Application Control Center at (202) 245-6288.

 

V. Application Review Information

 

    1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this program are

from 34 CFR 75.210 and are listed in the application package.

    2. Review and Selection Process: We remind potential applicants

that in reviewing applications in any discretionary grant competition,

the Secretary may consider, under 34 CFR 75.217(d)(3), the past

performance of the applicant in carrying out a previous award, such as

the applicant’s use of funds, achievement of project objectives, and

compliance with grant conditions. The Secretary may also consider

whether the applicant failed to submit a timely performance report or

submitted a report of unacceptable quality.

    In addition, in making a competitive grant award, the Secretary

also requires various assurances including those applicable to Federal

civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or

activities receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department

of Education (34 CFR 100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23).

    3. Special Conditions: Under 34 CFR 74.14 and 80.12, the Secretary

may impose special conditions on a grant if the applicant or grantee is

not financially stable; has a history of unsatisfactory performance;

has a financial or other management system that does not meet the

standards in 34 CFR parts 74 or 80, as applicable; has not fulfilled

the conditions of a prior grant; or is otherwise not responsible.

 

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VI. Award Administration Information

 

    1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your

U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award

Notification (GAN). We may notify you informally, also.

    If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding,

we notify you.

    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify

administrative and national policy requirements in the application

package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable

Regulations section of this notice.

    We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of

an award in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice and

include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also

incorporates your approved application as part of your binding

commitments under the grant.

    3. Reporting: (a) If you apply for a grant under this competition,

you must ensure that you have in place the necessary processes and

systems to comply with the reporting requirements in 2 CFR part 170

should you receive funding under the competition. This does not apply

if you have an exception under 2 CFR 170.110(b).

    (b) At the end of your project period, you must submit a final

performance report, including financial information, as directed by the

Secretary. If you receive a multi-year award, you must submit an annual

performance report that provides the most current performance and

financial expenditure information as directed by the Secretary under 34

CFR 75.118. The Secretary may also require more frequent performance

reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements on reporting,

please go to www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/appforms/appforms.html.

    4. Performance Measures: The Government Performance and Results Act

of 1993 (GPRA) directs Federal departments and agencies to improve the

effectiveness of their programs by engaging in strategic planning,

setting outcome-related goals for programs, and measuring program

results against those goals. The goal of the AFP is to reduce cost

barriers to obtaining AT devices and services by providing alternative

financing mechanisms that allow individuals with disabilities and their

family members, guardians, advocates, and authorized representatives to

purchase AT devices and services. The following measure has been

developed for evaluating the overall effectiveness of the AFP: The

cumulative amount loaned to individuals with disabilities per $1

million in cumulative Federal investment. Grantees will report data for

use in calculating these measures through the data collection system

required by the Secretary as stated in paragraph (8) in the list of

required assurances in the absolute priority in this notice.

 

VII. Agency Contact

 

    For Further Information Contact: Robert Groenendaal, U.S.

Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 5025, PCP,

Washington, DC 20202-2800. Telephone: (202) 245-7393 or by email:

robert.groenendaal@ed.gov.

    If you use a TDD or a TTY, call the FRS, toll free, at 1-800-877-

8339.

 

VIII. Other Information

 

    Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this

document and a copy of the application package in an accessible format

(e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) by contacting

the Grants and Contracts Services Team, U.S. Department of Education,

400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 5075, PCP, Washington, DC 20202-2550.

Telephone: (202) 245-7363. If you use a TDD, call the FRS, toll free,

at 1-800-877-8339.

    Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this

document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free

Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the

Code of Federal Regulations is available via the Federal Digital System

at: www.gpo.gov/fdsys. At this site you can view this document, as well

as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal

Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). To use PDF

you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at the

site.

 

    Dated: August 3, 2012.

Alexa Posny,

Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

[FR Doc. 2012-19477 Filed 8-7-12; 8:45 am]

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