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the Higher Education Act of 1965, as cycle. Other suggestions to fit these accessed from http://edicsweb.ed.gov,
amended, (Title IV, HEA Programs). The additional questions included removing by selecting the ‘‘Browse Pending
Secretary also requests comments on some of the instructions on the form. Collections’’ link and by clicking on
changes under consideration for the The Secretary requests comments on link number 2465. When you access the
2005–2006 award year FAFSA. ways to further simplify the application information collection, click on
DATES: Interested persons are invited to for students, parents, and schools, as ‘‘Download attachments’’ to view.
submit comments on or before May 11, well as suggestions for incorporating Written requests for information should
2004. these new data elements. be addressed to Vivian Reese,
ADDRESSES: Written comments and
The Secretary is publishing this Department of Education, 400 Maryland
requests for copies of the proposed request for comment under the Avenue, SW., Room 4050, Regional
information collection requests should provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Office Building 3, Washington, DC
be addressed to Joseph Schubart, Act of 1995, 44 U.S. C. 3501 et seq. 20202–4651 or to the e-mail address
Under that Act, ED must obtain the Vivian.Reese@ed.gov. Requests may also
Department of Education, 400 Maryland
review and approval of the Office of be electronically mailed to the Internet
Avenue, SW., Room 4050, Regional
Management and Budget (OMB) before address OCIO_RIMG@ed.gov or faxed to
Office Building 3, Washington, DC
it may use a form to collect information. (202) 708–9346. Please specify the
In addition, interested persons can However, under procedure for obtaining complete title of the information
access this document on the Internet: approval from OMB, ED must first collection when making your request.
(1) Go to IFAP at http://ifap.ed.gov; obtain public comment of the proposed
form, and to obtain that comment, ED [FR Doc. 04–5586 Filed 3–11–04; 8:45 am]
(2) Scroll down to ‘‘Publications’’;
must publish this notice in the Federal BILLING CODE 4001–01–P
(3) Click on ‘‘FAFSAs and Renewal
FAFSAs’’; Register.
(4) Click on ‘‘By 2005–2006 Award In addition to comments requested
above, to accommodate the DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
(5) Click on ‘‘Draft FAFSA Form/ requirements of the Paperwork Office of Special Education and
Instructions’’. Reduction Act, the Secretary is Rehabilitative Services; Overview
Please note that the free Adobe interested in receiving comments with Information; Demonstration and
Acrobat Reader software, version 4.0 or regard to the following matters: (1) Is Training Programs—Braille Training
greater, is necessary to view this file. this collection necessary to the proper Program; Notice Inviting Applications
This software can be downloaded for functions of the Department, (2) will for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY)
free from Adobe’s Web site: http:// this information be processed and used 2004
www.adobe.com. in a timely manner, (3) is the estimate
of burden accurate, (4) how might the Catalog of Federal Domestic
Joseph Schubart (202) 708–9266. Department enhance the quality, utility, Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.235E
and clarity of the information to be Dates: Applications Available: March
Individuals who use a
collected, and (5) how might the 12, 2004.
telecommunications device for the deaf
Department minimize the burden of this Deadline for Transmittal of
(TDD) may call the Federal Information
collection on the respondents, including Applications: April 26, 2004.
Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 Deadline for Intergovernmental
between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., eastern time, through the use of information
technology. Review: June 25, 2004.
Monday through Friday. Eligible Applicants: State agencies
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section Dated: March 8, 2004.
and other public or nonprofit agencies
483 of the Higher Education Act of Angela C. Arrington,
and organizations, including
1965, as amended (HEA), requires the Leader, Regulatory Information Management institutions of higher education.
Secretary, ‘‘in cooperation with agencies Group, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
Estimated Available Funds: $200,000.
and organizations involved in providing Federal Student Aid Estimated Range of Awards: $75,000–
student financial assistance,’’ to $100,000.
‘‘produce, distribute and process free of Type of Review: Revision.
Title: Free Application for Federal Estimated Average Size of Awards:
charge a common financial reporting $100,000 per 12-month period.
Student Aid (FAFSA).
form to be used to determine the need Frequency: Annually. Estimated Number of Awards: 2.
and eligibility of a student under’’ the Affected Public: Individuals or Note: The Department is not bound by any
Title IV, HEA Programs. This form is the household. estimates in this notice.
FAFSA. In addition, section 483 Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping
authorizes the Secretary to include non- Project Period: Up to 60 months.
Hour Burden:
financial data items that assist States in Responses: 14,762,847. Full Text of Announcement
awarding State student financial Burden Hours: 7,624,153.
assistance. Abstract: The FAFSA collects I. Funding Opportunity Description
The draft 2005–2006 FAFSA (posted identifying and financial information Purpose of Program: This program
to the IFAP Web site) incorporates four about a student applying for Title IV, offers financial assistance to establish
new data elements in preparation for a HEA program funds. This information is projects that will provide training in the
potential match with IRS data. These used to calculate the student’s expected use of braille for personnel providing
new data elements are on page 3 of the family contribution, which is used to vocational rehabilitation services or
form, questions 18–21. To allow room determine a student’s financial need. educational services to youth and adults
for these new data elements we are The information is also used for who are blind.
recommending the number of schools determining a student’s eligibility for Priority: In accordance with 34 CFR
an applicant lists on the FAFSA be State and institutional financial aid 75.105(b)(2)(iv), this priority is from
reduced from six to four. This programs. section 303(d)(2) of the Rehabilitation
recommendation is based on comments Requests for copies of the proposed Act of 1973, as amended (Act), 29 U.S.C.
received during the previous clearance information collection request may be 773(d)(2).

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Absolute Priority: For FY 2004 this You may also contact ED Pubs at its Note: Some of the procedures in these
priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 Web site: www.ed.gov/pubs/ instructions for transmitting applications
CFR 75.105(c)(3) we consider only edpubs.html or you may contact ED differ from those in EDGAR (34 CFR 75.102).
Under the Administrative Procedure Act (5
applications that meet this priority. Pubs at its e-mail address: U.S.C. 553) the Department generally offers
This priority is: edpubs@inet.ed.gov. interested parties the opportunity to
Grants must be used for the If you request an application from ED comment on proposed regulations. However,
establishment or continuation of Pubs, be sure to identify this these amendments make procedural changes
projects that may provide (1) competition as follows: CFDA number only and do not establish new substantive
development of braille training 84.235E. policy. Therefore, under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(A),
materials; (2) in-service or pre-service Individuals with disabilities may the Secretary has determined that proposed
training in the use of braille, the rulemaking is not required.
obtain a copy of the application package
importance of braille literacy, and in an alternative format (e.g., Braille,
Pilot Project for Electronic Submission
methods of teaching Braille to youth large print, audiotape, or computer
of Applications
and adults who are blind; and (3) diskette) by contacting the Grants and
activities to promote knowledge and use Contracts Services Team, U.S. We are continuing to expand our pilot
of braille and nonvisual access Department of Education, 400 Maryland project for electronic submission of
technology for blind youth and adults Avenue, SW., room 3317, Switzer applications to include additional
through a program of training, Building, Washington, DC 20202–2550. formula grant programs and additional
demonstration, and evaluation Telephone: (202) 205–8207. discretionary grant competitions.
conducted with leadership of 2. Content and Form of Application Demonstration and Training Programs—
experienced blind individuals, Submission: Requirements concerning Braille Training Program—CFDA
including the use of comprehensive, the content of an application, together Number 84.235E is one of the programs
state-of-the-art technology. with the forms you must submit, are in included in the pilot project. If you are
Program Authority: 29 U.S.C. 773(d). the application package for this an applicant under the Demonstration
Applicable Regulations: (a) The program. and Training Programs— Braille
Education Department General 3. Submission Dates and Times: Training Program, you may submit your
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in Applications Available: March 12, 2004. application to us in either electronic or
34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, Deadline for Transmittal of paper format.
84, 85, 86, 97, and 99. Applications: April 26, 2004. The dates The pilot project involves the use of
and times for the transmittal of the Electronic Grant Application System
Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 79
apply to all applicants except federally applications by mail or by hand (e-Application). If you use e-
recognized Indian tribes. (including a courier service or Application, you will be entering data
commercial carrier) are in the online while completing your
Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 application package for this program. application. You may not e-mail an
apply to institutions of higher education electronic copy of a grant application to
The application package also specifies
only. us. If you participate in this voluntary
the hours of operation of the e-
Application Web site. pilot project by submitting an
II. Award Information application electronically, the data you
We do not consider an application
Type of Award: Discretionary grants. that does not comply with the deadline enter online will be saved into a
Estimated Available Funds: $200,000. requirements. Deadline for database. We request your participation
Estimated Range of Awards: $75,000– Intergovernmental Review: June 25, in e-Application. We shall continue to
$100,000. 2004. evaluate its success and solicit
Estimated Average Size of Awards: 4. Intergovernmental Review: This suggestions for its improvement.
$100,000 per each 12-month period. If you participate in e-Application,
program is subject to Executive Order
Estimated Number of Awards: 2. please note the following:
12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR
• Your participation is voluntary.
Note: The Department is not bound by any part 79. Information about • When you enter the e-Application
estimates in this notice. Intergovernmental Review of Federal system, you will find information about
Project Period: Up to 60 months. Programs under Executive Order 12372 its hours of operation. We strongly
is in the application package for this recommend that you do not wait until
III. Eligibility Information program. the application deadline date to initiate
1. Eligible Applicants: State agencies 5. Funding Restrictions: Indirect cost an e-Application package.
and other public or nonprofit agencies reimbursement for grants under this • You will not receive additional
and organizations, including program is limited to the recipient’s point value because you submit a grant
institutions of higher education. actual indirect costs, as determined by application in electronic format, nor
2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This its negotiated indirect cost rate will we penalize you if you submit an
program does not involve cost sharing agreement, or 10 percent of the total application in paper format.
or matching. direct cost base, whichever amount is • You may submit all documents
less (34 CFR 373.22(a)). We reference electronically, including the
IV. Application and Submission additional regulations outlining funding
Information Application for Federal Education
restrictions in the Applicable Assistance (ED 424), Budget
1. Address to Request Application Regulations section of this notice. Information—Non-Construction
Package: Education Publications Center 6. Other Submission Requirements: Programs (ED 524), and all necessary
(ED Pubs), P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD Instructions and requirements for the assurances and certifications.
20794–1398. Telephone (toll free): 1– transmittal of applications by mail or by • Your e-Application must comply
877–433–7827. FAX: (301) 470–1244. If hand (including a courier service or with any page limit requirements
you use a telecommunications device commercial carrier) are in the described in this notice.
for the deaf (TDD), you may call (toll application package for this program. • After you electronically submit
free): 1–877–576–7734. Application Procedures: your application, you will receive an

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automatic acknowledgement, which V. Application Review Information Braille through pre- and post-measures
will include a PR/Award number (an Selection Criteria: The selection or other appropriate measures.
identifying number unique to your criteria for this program are in the VII. Agency Contacts
application). application package.
• Within three working days after FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
submitting your electronic application, VI. Award Administration Information Theresa DeVaughn or Alfreda Reeves,
fax a signed copy of the Application for 1. Award Notices: If your application U.S. Department of Education, 400
Federal Education Assistance (ED 424) is successful, we notify your U.S. Maryland Avenue, SW., room 3316,
to the Application Control Center after Representative and U.S. Senators and Switzer Building, Washington, DC
following these steps: send you a Grant Award Notification 20202–2650. Telephone: for Theresa
1. Print ED 424 from e-Application. (GAN). We may also notify you DeVaughn (202) 205–5392; for Alfreda
informally. Reeves (202) 205–9361.
2. The institution’s Authorizing If your application is not evaluated or If you use a telecommunications
Representative must sign this form. not selected for funding, we notify you. device for the deaf (TDD), you may call
3. Place the PR/Award number in the 2. Administrative and National Policy the Federal Information Relay Service
upper right hand corner of the hard Requirements: We identify (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339.
copy signature page of the ED 424. administrative and national policy Individuals with disabilities may
4. Fax the signed ED 424 to the requirements in the application package obtain this document in an alternative
Application Control Center at (202) and reference these and other format (e.g., Braille, large print,
260–1349. requirements in the Applicable audiotape, or computer diskette) on
Regulations section of this notice. request to the program contact persons
• We may request that you give us
We reference the regulations outlining listed in this section.
original signatures on other forms at a
later date. the terms and conditions of an award in VIII. Other Information
the Applicable Regulations section of
Application Deadline Date Extension this notice and include these and other Electronic Access to This Document:
in Case of System Unavailability: If you specific conditions in the GAN. The You may view this document, as well as
elect to participate in the e-Application GAN also incorporates your approved all other documents of this Department
pilot for Demonstration and Training application as part of your binding published in the Federal Register, in
Programs—Braille Training Program and commitments under the grant. text or Adobe Portable Document
you are prevented from submitting your 3. Reporting: At the end of your Format (PDF) on the Internet at the
application on the application deadline project period, you must submit a final following site: www.ed.gov/news/
date because the e-Application system is performance report, including financial fedregister. To use PDF you must have
unavailable, we will grant you an information, as directed by the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is
extension of one business day in order Secretary. If you receive a multi-year available free at this site. If you have
to transmit your application award, you must submit an annual questions about using PDF, call the U.S.
electronically, by mail, or by hand performance report that provides the Government Printing Office (GPO), toll
delivery. We will grant this extension most current performance and financial free, at 1–888–293–6498; or in the
if— expenditure information as specified by Washington, DC, area at (202) 512–1530.
1. You are a registered user of e- the Secretary in 34 CFR 74.51 and in 34 Note: The official version of this document
Application, and you have initiated an CFR 75.118. is the document published in the Federal
e-Application for this competition; and 4. Performance Measures: All grantees Register. Free Internet access to the official
will submit an annual performance edition of the Federal Register and the Code
2. (a) The e-Application system is
report documenting their evaluation of Federal Regulations is available on GPO
unavailable for 60 minutes or more Access at www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/
between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 findings, as required by section
p.m., Washington, DC, time, on the 303(d)(2)(C) of the Act. This report must
application deadline date; or describe whether they were successful Dated: March 8, 2004.
in increasing the knowledge and use of Troy R. Justesen,
(b) The e-Application system is
braille for program participants. For Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special
unavailable for any period of time
example, reports could include the Education and Rehabilitative Services.
during the last hour of operation (that is,
number of participants who successfully [FR Doc. 04–5669 Filed 3–11–04; 8:45 am]
for any period of time between 3:30 p.m.
completed a college-level or advanced-
and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC, time) on BILLING CODE 4000–01–P
level Braille course, achieved
the application deadline date.
demonstrated competence in reading
We must acknowledge and confirm and writing Braille (i.e., certificate of
these periods of unavailability before completion of a program of self-study or DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
granting you an extension. To request training module that will lead to
this extension or to confirm our Agency Information Collection
successful completion of the National
acknowledgement of any system Extension
Literary Braille Competency Test offered
unavailability, you may contact either by the Library of Congress, National Department of Energy.
(1) the persons listed elsewhere in this Library Service for the Blind and Notice and request for
notice under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION Physically Handicapped), successfully comments.
CONTACT (see VII. Agency Contacts) or completed in-service training activities
(2) the e-GRANTS help desk at 1–888– leading to achievement of agency or SUMMARY: The Department of Energy
336–8930. State qualifications or standards of (DOE), pursuant to the Paperwork
You may access the electronic grant competency in Braille reading, writing, Reduction Act of 1995), is seeking
application for Demonstration and and technology for rehabilitation or comment on a proposed three-year
Training Programs—Braille Training education professionals, or extension with the Office of
Program at: http://e-grants.ed.gov. demonstrated increased knowledge of Management and Budget (OMB) of an

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