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84.326 Special Education_Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities

FEDERAL AGENCY:

OFFICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

AUTHORIZATION:

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part D, Subpart 2, Section 685, as amended, by Public Law 105- 17, 20 U.S.C. 1485.
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To provide technical assistance and disseminate information through such mechanisms as institutes, regional resource centers, clearing houses and programs that support States and local entities in building capacity to improve early intervention, educational, and transitional services and results for children with disabilities and their families, and address systemic-change goals and priorities.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants.
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Funds must be used to provide technical assistance and disseminate information consistent with the objectives of the program.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility: A State educational agency, a local educational agency, an institution of higher education, any other public agency, a private nonprofit organization, an outlying area, an Indian tribe or tribal organization (as defined under section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act), and a for-profit organization, if the Secretary finds it appropriate in light of the purposes of a particular competition for a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement. The Secretary may limit the entities eligible for an award to categories of these eligible entities. The Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau are also eligible through September 30, 2001.
Beneficiary Eligibility: Infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities, and other individuals with disabilities, and their families benefit from this program.
Credentials/Documentation: None.
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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:

Pre-application Coordination: 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 a single point of contact in his or her State to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure: The standard application forms as furnished and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 must be used for this program. The program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.
Award Procedure: Applications will be reviewed by a panel of experts.
Deadlines: Deadlines are published in the Federal Register. Contact the Headquarters Office for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: Range is from 90 to 120 days.
Appeals: Not applicable.
Renewals: Awards may be renewed annually for up to 5 years throughout the project period of the award, depending upon the availability of appropriations.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements: The Secretary may require a recipient of a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement to share in the cost of a project. (See 20 U.S.C. 1461 (f)(2).)
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: Typically from 1 to 5 years. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports: Progress reports shall be made on an annual basis. Final reports shall be made at the end of the project period. Cash balance reports will be required annually.
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: As stated in grant or contract terms and conditions, the awardee shall maintain accounts, records, and other evidence pertaining to all costs incurred, revenues or other applicable credits acquired under this grant.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification: 91-0300-0-1-500.
Obligations: (Grants) FY 01 $53,481,000; FY 02 est $53,481,000; and FY 03 est $53,481,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance:
The range and average vary by competition.
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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Approximately new 50 awards will be made in fiscal year 2001.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

None.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office: Not applicable.
Headquarters Office: David Guardino Department of Education, OSERS Office of Special Education Programs, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: david.guardino@ed.gov Phone: (202) 245-6209

Web Site Address:  
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/index.html

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

No examples are currently available.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Criteria for selecting among grant applications will normally be selected from those in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR Part 75.210.

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