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Notice of Waivers Granted Under Section 3511 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

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AGENCY:

Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Department of Education.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

In this notice, we announce waivers that the U.S. Department of Education (Department) granted, within the last 30 days, under the CARES Act.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Hugh Reid, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room Potomac Center Plaza (PCP)—11114, Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 245-7491. Email: Hugh.Reid@ed.gov.

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

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Section 3511(d)(3) of the CARES Act requires the Secretary to publish, in the Federal Register and on the Department's website, a notice of the Secretary's decision to grant a waiver. The Secretary must publish this notice no later than 30 days after granting the waiver and the notice must include which waiver was granted and the reason for granting the waiver. This notice is intended to fulfill the Department's obligation to publicize its waiver decisions by identifying the waivers granted under section 3511.

The Department has approved waivers of the following requirement: Section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) to extend the period of availability of fiscal year (FY) 2018 funds for programs in which the State educational agency (SEA) participates as the eligible agency until September 30, 2021.

In the last 30 days, the Department's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) granted 41 waivers to SEAs.

Waiver Data

I. Extensions of the Obligation Period

A. Twenty-eight waivers were granted to SEAs for State grants authorized by Title I of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins), and 13 waivers to SEAs for State grants authorized by Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (i.e., the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA)).

1. Provision waived: Tydings Amendment, section 421(b) of GEPA (20 U.S.C. 1225 (b)).[1]

Reasons: These waivers were granted under section 421(b) of GEPA to extend the period of availability of FY 2018 funds until September 30, 2021, pursuant to the 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act (GEPA section 421(b) waivers). It is not possible to obligate funds on a timely basis, as originally planned, due to extensive school and program disruptions in the States. These disruptions are in response to extraordinary circumstances for which a national emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic has been duly declared by the President of the United States under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 100 Public Law 707, and will protect the health and safety of students, staff, and our communities.

Waiver Applicants: The SEA GEPA section 421(b) waiver applicants provided assurance that the SEA will: (1) Use, and ensure that its subgrantees will use, funds under the respective programs in accordance with the provisions of all applicable statutes, regulations, program plans, and applications not subject to these waivers; (2) work to mitigate, and ensure that its subgrantees will work to mitigate, any negative effects that may occur as a result of the requested waiver; and (3) provide the public and all subgrantees in the State with notice of, and the opportunity to comment on, this request by posting information regarding the waiver request and the process for commenting on the State website.

The Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education, reviewed the SEAs' requests for a GEPA section 421(b) waiver and determined that the following SEAs met the requirements for a GEPA section 421(b) waiver on the dates indicated below:

(1) State grants authorized by Title I of Perkins:

  • Alabama State Department of Education, April 21, 2020;
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  • Arkansas Department of Education, April 17, 2020;
  • Connecticut State Department of Education, April 27, 2020;
  • Delaware Department of Education, April 22, 2020;
  • Florida Department of Education, April 30, 2020;
  • Georgia Department of Education, April 17, 2020;
  • Illinois State Board of Education, April 21, 2020;
  • Kentucky Department of Education, April 27, 2020;
  • Maine Department of Education, April 23, 2020;
  • Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, April 20, 2020;
  • Mississippi Department of Education, April 17, 2020;
  • Nevada Department of Education, April 23, 2020;
  • New Hampshire Department of Education, April 17, 2020;
  • New Jersey Department of Education, April 27, 2020;
  • New Mexico Public Education Department, April 30, 2020;
  • New York State Education Department, April 21, 2020;
  • North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, April 17, 2020;
  • Oregon Department of Education, April 27, 2020;
  • Puerto Rico Department of Education, April 17, 2020;
  • Rhode Island Department of Education, April 20, 2020;
  • South Carolina Department of Education, April 21, 2020;
  • Tennessee Department of Education, April 28, 2020;
  • Texas Education Agency, April 21, 2020;
  • Utah State Board of Education, April 24, 2020;
  • Vermont Agency of Education, May 4, 2020;
  • Virgin Islands Department of Education, April 22, 2020; and
  • Virginia Department of Education, April 17, 2020.

(2) State grants authorized by Title II of WIOA (AEFLA):

  • Connecticut State Department of Education, April 27, 2020;
  • Delaware Department of Education, April 22, 2020;
  • Florida Department of Education, April 30, 2020;
  • Iowa Department of Education, April 23, 2020;
  • Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, April 20, 2020;
  • Nevada Department of Education, April 23, 2020;
  • New York State Education Department, April 21, 2020;
  • Puerto Rico Department of Education, April 17, 2020;
  • Rhode Island Department of Education, April 20, 2020;
  • South Carolina Department of Education, April 21, 2020;
  • Virgin Islands Department of Education, April 22, 2020;
  • Virginia Department of Education, April 17, 2020; and
  • West Virginia Department of Education, April 21, 2020.

The Secretary also announced the waiver decisions at: https://www2.ed.gov/​about/​offices/​list/​ovae/​pi/​covid19/​index.html.

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Scott Stump,

Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education.

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Footnotes

1.  Section 3511(b) of the CARES Act only authorizes the Secretary to grant waivers requested by SEAs of the Tydings Amendment, section 421(b) of GEPA, to extend the period of availability of State formula grant funds authorized by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins Act) and the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA). The Department currently does not have the authority to grant a waiver of the Tydings Amendment with respect to the Perkins Act or AEFLA to States in which the SEA is not the grantee for these State-administered programs.

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[FR Doc. 2020-10488 Filed 5-14-20; 8:45 am]

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