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84.161 Rehabilitation Services_Client Assistance Program

FEDERAL AGENCY:

OFFICE OF ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

AUTHORIZATION:

Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Title I, Part B, Section 112, 29 U.S.C. 732.
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(1) To provide assistance in informing and advising clients and client applicants of available benefits under the Rehabilitation Act; (2) to assist and advocate for clients and client applicants in their relationships with projects, programs and services provided under this Act, including assistance and advocacy in pursuing legal, administrative and other appropriate remedies; (3) to provide information on available services under the Act and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act to any individual with disabilities in the State.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Formula Grants.
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Grant funds may be used for services to help clients and applicants understand the rehabilitation services available under the Rehabilitation Act, and to provide information to individuals with disabilities in the State. No class action suits are allowed.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility: States and Territories (through the Governor) are eligible for awards. The Governor shall designate a public or private agency to conduct the State's program.
Beneficiary Eligibility: Clients and client applicants receiving services or interested in seeking assistance under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, will benefit.
Credentials/Documentation: Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.
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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:

Pre-application Coordination: The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency with approval of OMB under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure: The Governor submits assurances that meet the requirements established under the Rehabilitation Act, as amended, and Federal regulations. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.
Award Procedure: Notice of annual allotment to States, quarterly grant award notices and funds are withdrawn under the Electronic Transfer System or by Treasury check.
Deadlines: Contact the regional office for deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: Not applicable.
Appeals: The State may appeal to the Office of Administrative Law Judges (34 CFR 81).
Renewals: Not applicable.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements: In accordance with the Act Federal funds are distributed on the basis of the relative population of each State, except no State shall receive less than $50,000, Territories $30,000. When total funds available for this program exceed $7,500,000, the minimum allotment is $100,000 for States and $45,000 for Territories. This program has no matching requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: Annually.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports: Annual progress reports, expenditure reports, and quarterly cash reports.
Audits: In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records: Information on clients and client applicants served as cases should be maintained.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification: 91-0301-0-1-506.
Obligations: (Grants) FY 01 $11,647,000; FY 02 est $11,897,000; and FY 03 est $11,897,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance:
To be determined.
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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

In fiscal year 2001, an estimated 58,600 clients will be served. The majority (or more than three-fourths) of individuals served were persons with disabilities who requested routine information or referral services.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

Client Assistance Program Regulations (34 CFR 370).

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:
None.
Headquarters Office: Jim Doyle, Department of Education, OSERS Rehabilitation Services Administration, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: jim.doyle@ed.gov Phone: (202) 245-6630.

Web Site Address:  
https://www.ed.gov/

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Not applicable.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Not applicable.

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