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Proposed Waiver and Extension of the Project Period for the Technical Assistance Coordination Center

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Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), Department of Education.


Proposed waiver and extension of the project period.

[Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.326Z.]


The Secretary proposes to waive the requirements in our regulations of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations that, respectively, generally prohibit project periods exceeding five years and project period extensions involving the obligation of additional Federal funds. The proposed waiver and extension of the project period would enable the currently funded Technical Assistance Coordination Center to receive funding from October 1, 2013, through September 30, 2014.


We must receive your comments on or before September 3, 2013.


Address all comments about this proposed waiver and extension of the project period to David Guardino, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 4106, Potomac Center Plaza (PCP), Washington, DC 20202-2600.

If you prefer to send your comments by email, use the following address: You must include the phrase “Proposed waiver and extension of the project period” in the subject line of your message.

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David Guardino. Telephone: (202) 245-6209, or by email:

If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf or a text telephone, call the Federal Relay Service, toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

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Invitation to Comment: We invite you to submit comments regarding this proposed waiver and extension. During and after the comment period, you may inspect all public comments about this proposed waiver and extension of the project period in Room 4106, PCP, 550 12th Street SW., Washington, DC, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, Monday through Friday of each week, except Federal holidays.

Assistance to Individuals with Disabilities in Reviewing the Rulemaking Record: On request, we will provide an appropriate accommodation or auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability who needs assistance to review the comments or other documents in the public rulemaking record for this notice. If you want to schedule an appointment for this type of aid, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.


On June 5, 2008, the Department published a notice in the Federal Register (73 FR 32016) inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2008 for a Technical Assistance Coordination Center (Center). The Center was funded under the Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities (TA&D) program, authorized under section 663 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Its purpose is to support ongoing communication, collaboration, and coordination among the centers in the OSEP-funded TA&D Network, and between these centers and other relevant federally funded TA&D centers, national professional organizations, and a broad spectrum of stakeholders. Approximately 30 OSEP-funded centers comprise the TA&D Network and provide technical assistance (TA) covering a variety of areas to State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), Part C State lead agencies, early intervention service (EIS) programs and providers, families of children with disabilities, and others to improve services and outcomes for children served under Part B and Part C of IDEA.

Based on the selection criteria published in the 2008 notice inviting applications, the Department made one award for a period of 60 months to the Academy for Educational Development, Inc. (now FHI 360) to establish the Center, which is currently known as the Technical Assistance Coordination Center.

The Center has two broad goals:

(1) Create a resource center where the various TA&D centers funded by OSEP and other Federal agencies that provide assistance and support to States, LEAs, EIS programs and providers, and stakeholders in the field can store and share information and resources developed by TA providers.

(2) Support OSEP in developing a comprehensive network integrating a variety of relevant federally funded centers, professional organizations, and other stakeholders to collaborate, solve problems together, and exchange knowledge and expertise.

The Center accomplishes this work by: (a) Creating ongoing opportunities to promote coordination, communication, and collaboration among OSEP-funded TA centers and other federally funded TA centers through various workgroups, meetings, listservs, and TA communities of practice; (b) maintaining a Web site that houses tools that TA&D Network projects have developed or can use in their TA delivery (e.g., product database, discretionary database, and TA&D Network Web site search); and (c) sharing knowledge of best practices in collaboration with the TA&D Network and other federally funded TA centers.

The Center's current project period is scheduled to end on September 30, 2013. We do not believe that it would be in the public interest to run a competition for a new Center this year because the Department is planning to change the organization of its TA activities to better coordinate Federal TA activities to meet the needs of children with disabilities. We also have concluded that it would be contrary to the public interest to have a lapse in the provision of TA services currently provided by the Center pending the changes to the organization of the Department's TA activities. For these reasons, the Secretary proposes to waive the requirements in 34 CFR 75.250, which prohibit project periods exceeding five years, and waive the requirements in 34 CFR 75.261(a) and (c)(2), which allow the extension of a project period only if the extension does Start Printed Page 46861not involve the obligation of additional Federal funds. The waiver would allow the Department to issue a continuation award in the amount of $1,299,827 to FHI 360 for an additional 12-month period, which should ensure that the Center's support of, and collaboration and coordination with, the Federal TA&D centers will not be interrupted.

Any activities to be carried out during the year of the continuation award would have to be consistent with, or be a logical extension of, the scope, goals, and objectives of the grantee's application as approved in the 2008 Technical Assistance Coordination Center competition.

If the proposed waiver and extension of the project period are announced in a final notice in the Federal Register, the requirements applicable to continuation awards for this competition, set forth in the June 5, 2008, notice inviting applications, and the requirements in 34 CFR 75.253 would apply to any continuation awards sought by the current Technical Assistance Coordination Center grantee. If we announce the waiver and extension as final, we will base our decisions regarding a continuation award on the program narrative, budget, budget narrative, and program performance report submitted by the current grantee, and the requirements in 34 CFR 75.253.

Regulatory Flexibility Act Certification

The Department certifies that the proposed waiver and extension of the project period would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

The only entity that would be affected by the proposed waiver and extension of the project period is the current grantee.

The Secretary certifies that the proposed waiver and extension would not have a significant economic impact on this entity because the extension of an existing project imposes minimal compliance costs, and the activities required to support the additional year of funding would not impose additional regulatory burdens or require unnecessary Federal supervision.

Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

This notice of proposed waiver and extension of the project period does not contain any information collection requirements.

Intergovernmental Review

This program is subject to Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. One of the objectives of the Executive order is to foster an intergovernmental partnership and a strengthened federalism. The Executive order relies on processes developed by State and local governments for coordination and review of proposed Federal financial assistance. This document provides early notification of our specific plans and actions for this program.

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Dated: July 29, 2013.

Michael K. Yudin,

Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

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[FR Doc. 2013-18539 Filed 8-1-13; 8:45 am]