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Notice of Consideration of Unsolicited Grant Proposals and Intent To Publish Regulations

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National Institute for Literacy.


The Director provides through this notice information concerning the receipt by the National Institute for Literacy (the Institute) of four unsolicited grant proposals, the process under which the Institute will consider the proposals, the intention of the Institute to publish regulations to govern future grant competitions and consideration of future unsolicited grant proposals, and the intention of the Institute not to accept additional unsolicited grant proposals until final regulations have been published.

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Elizabeth Hollis, Special Assistant to the Director, National Institute for Literacy, 1775 I Street, NW., Suite 730, Washington, DC 20006-2401, Telephone: (202) 233-2025, or via the Internet:

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The Institute is authorized under 20 U.S.C. 9252(c)(1) to carry out a number of activities to improve and expand the system for the delivery of literacy services. To assist it in carrying out these activities, the Institute may award grants to individuals, public or private institutions, agencies, organizations, or consortia of such institutions, agencies, or organizations (20 U.S.C. 9252(c)(2)). In addition, the Institute is authorized under 20 U.S.C. 6367 to carry out information dissemination responsibilities with respect to scientifically based reading research.

In the past, the Institute, which is administered under the terms of an interagency agreement entered into by the Secretaries of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services (the Interagency Group), has adopted provisions of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) for purposes of grant competitions and grant awards. However, the Institute has determined that it would be beneficial for potential grantees to have regulations specifically applicable to the Institute's grants process. The Institute believes that having its own set of regulations would reflect the Institute's purposes more clearly and therefore provide better guidance to potential applicants and improve the overall efficiency and consistency of its grants management process. Therefore, the Institute is currently preparing regulations to govern future grant awards to authorized entities. In the meantime, the Institute has received four unsolicited proposals that are awaiting consideration. The Director does not wish to postpone the consideration of these proposals further; therefore, for the sole purpose of considering these unsolicited proposals, the Director adopts the regulations in part 75 of EDGAR (34 CFR part 75) applicable to unsolicited proposals, including 34 CFR 75.210(b), 75.211, 75.219, and 75.222. Finally, the Director is hereby providing notice that the Institute will accept no further submissions of unsolicited proposals until it has prepared and published final regulations.

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Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 9252.

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Dated: June 16, 2006.

Sandra Baxter,

Director, National Institute for Literacy.

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[FR Doc. E6-9835 Filed 6-21-06; 8:45 am]