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[Federal Register: February 15, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 31)]
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Part V

Department of Education


Rehabilitation Short-Term Training; Inviting Applications for New
Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2000; Notices

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Rehabilitation Short-Term Training

AGENCY: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services,
Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of final priority for fiscal year (FY) 2000 and
subsequent fiscal years.


SUMMARY: The Secretary announces a final funding priority for FY 2000
and subsequent fiscal years under the Rehabilitation Short-Term
Training program. The Secretary takes this action to support special
seminars, institutes, workshops, and other short-term courses in
technical matters relating to the vocational, medical, social, and
psychological rehabilitation programs, independent living services
programs, and client assistance programs.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This priority is effective on March 16, 2000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Beverly Steburg, U.S. Department of
Education, 61 Forsyth Street, SW, Room 18T91, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.
Telephone: (404) 562-6336. If you use a telecommunications device for
the deaf (TDD), you may call the TDD number at (404) 562-6347. Internet
address: Beverly--Steburg@ed.gov
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an
alternate format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer
diskette) on request to the contact person listed in the preceding

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice contains a final priority under
the Rehabilitation Short-Term Training program. The Short-Term Training
program is authorized under section 302(a) of the Rehabilitation Act of
1973, as amended.
    On October 22, 1999 the Secretary published a notice of proposed
priority for this program in the Federal Register (64 FR 57352).

    Note: This notice of final priority does not solicit
applications. A notice inviting applications under this competition
is published in a separate notice in this issue of the Federal

Public Comment

    In response to the Secretary's invitation in the notice of proposed
priority, seven parties submitted comments. All seven commenters
supported the priority, and several provided examples of how similar
training has been of benefit in the past. One commenter suggested 16
specific training topics, all of which could be addressed under the
priority as written. Technical and other minor changes--and suggested
changes the Secretary is not legally authorized to make under the
applicable statutory authority--are not addressed.
    The Secretary has made no changes in this priority since
publication of the notice of proposed priority.


    Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), the Secretary gives an absolute
preference to applications that meet the following priority. The
Secretary funds under this competition only applications that meet this
absolute priority:
    A project must--
    * Provide training to Client Assistance Program (CAP)
personnel on an as-needed basis, including--
    (1) Management training on skills needed for strategic and
operational planning and direction of CAP services;
    (2) Advocacy training on skills and knowledge needed by CAP staff
to assist persons with disabilities to gain access to and to use the
services and benefits available under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,
as amended, with particular emphasis on new statutory and regulatory
    (3) Systemic advocacy training on skills and knowledge needed by
CAP staff to address programmatic issues of concern;
    (4) Training and technical assistance on CAP best practices; and
    (5) Training on skills and knowledge needed by CAP staff to perform
additional responsibilities required by the Workforce Investment Act of
1998, as amended.
    * Coordinate training efforts with other training supported
by the Rehabilitation Services Administration, as well as with the
training supported by the Center for Mental Health Services and the
Administration on Developmental Disabilities on common areas such as
protection and advocacy, financial management, and trial advocacy.
    * Include both national and regional training seminars in
each project year.

Goals 2000: Educate America Act

    The Goals 2000: Educate America Act (Goals 2000) focuses the
Nation's education reform efforts on the eight National Education Goals
and provides a framework for meeting them. Goals 2000 promotes new
partnerships to strengthen schools and expands the Department's
capacities for helping communities to exchange ideas and obtain
information needed to achieve the goals.
    This final priority addresses the National Education Goal that
every adult American will be literate and will possess the knowledge
and skills necessary to compete in a global economy and exercise the
rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The final priority furthers
the objectives of this Goal by focusing available funds on projects
that improve the skills of Client Assistance Program personnel, which
will improve the responsiveness of the vocational rehabilitation system
to adults with disabilities and their vocational pursuits.

Intergovernmental Review

    This program is subject to the requirements of Executive Order
12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. The objective of the
Executive order is to foster an intergovernmental partnership and a
strengthened federalism by relying on processes developed by State and
local governments for coordination and review of proposed Federal
financial assistance.
    In accordance with the order, this document is intended to provide
early notification of the Department's specific plans and actions for
this program.
    Applicable Program Regulations: 34 CFR parts 385 and 390.
    Program Authority: 29 U.S.C. 721 (b) and (e) and 796(e).
    Electronic Access to This Document: You may view this document, as
well as all other Department of Education documents published in the
Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on
the Internet at either of the following sites:


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Search, which is available free at either of the previous sites. If you
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Office (GPO), toll free, at 1-888-293-6498; or in the Washington, DC
area at (202) 512-1530.

    Note: 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 on GPO Access at: http://

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number 84.246K.
Rehabilitation Short-Term Training)

    Dated: February 9, 2000.
Judith E. Heumann,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. 00-3442 Filed 2-14-00; 8:45 am]