Applications for New Awards; High School Equivalency Program

CourtEducation Department
Citation86 FR 68648
Record Number2021-26267
Publication Date03 December 2021
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Additional Responses: 210.
Total Estimated Number of
Additional Burden Hours: 305 hours.
Abstract: NCCC program members
have been a crucial part of AmeriCorps
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ongoing activities.
These activities are an essential
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Dated: November 29, 2021.
Mary Hyde,
Director, Office of Research and Evaluation.
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BILLING CODE 6050–28–P
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Applications for New Awards; High
School Equivalency Program
AGENCY
: Office of Elementary and
Secondary Education, Department of
Education.
ACTION
: Notice.
SUMMARY
: The Department of Education
(Department) is issuing a notice inviting
applications for fiscal year (FY) 2022 for
the High School Equivalency Program
(HEP), Assistance Listing Number
84.141A. This notice relates to the
approved information collection under
the Office of Management and Budget
(OMB) control number 1894–0006.
DATES
:
Applications Available: December 6,
2021.
Deadline for Transmittal of
Applications: February 1, 2022.
Deadline for Intergovernmental
Review: April 4, 2022.
Pre-Application Webinar Information:
The Department will hold pre-
application workshops via webinar for
prospective applicants on Wednesday,
December 8, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. Eastern
Time. We will repeat the webinar on
Thursday, December 9, 2021, at 1:30
p.m. Eastern Time.
ADDRESSES
: For the addresses for
obtaining and submitting an
application, please refer to our Common
Instructions for Applicants to
Department of Education Discretionary
Grant Programs, published in the
Federal Register on February 13, 2019
(84 FR 3768) and available at
www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-
02-13/pdf/2019-02206.pdf.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
:
Millicent Bentley-Memon, U.S.
Department of Education, 400 Maryland
Avenue SW, Room 3E311, Washington,
DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 401–1427.
Email: Millicent.Bentley-Memon@
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.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
:
Full Text of Announcement
I. Funding Opportunity Description
Purpose of Program: The HEP is
designed to assist migratory or seasonal
farmworkers (or immediate family
members of such workers) to obtain the
equivalent of a secondary school
diploma and subsequently to gain
improved employment, enter into
military service, or be placed in an
institution of higher education (IHE) or
other postsecondary education or
training.
Priorities: This competition includes
one competitive preference priority and
one invitational priority. In accordance
with 34 CFR75.105(b)(2)(iv), the
competitive preference priority is from
section 418A(e) of the Higher Education
Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) (20
U.S.C. 1070d–2(e)).
Competitive Preference Priority: For
FY 2022 and any subsequent year in
which we make awards from the list of
unfunded applications from this
competition, this priority is a
competitive preference priority. Under
34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) we award up to
an additional 15 points to an
application, depending on how well the
application meets this priority.
Consideration of Prior Experience.
(Up to 15 points)
Projects that are expiring (current HEP
grantees in their final budget period)
will be considered for additional points
under this competitive preference
priority. In accordance with section
418A(e) of the HEA, the Department
will award up to 15 points for this
priority. In accordance with 34 CFR
206.31, the Secretary will consider the
applicant’s prior experience in
implementing its expiring HEP project,
based on information that includes:
(a) The number of HEP participants
served;
(b) The percentage of HEP
participants exiting the program having
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received a High School Equivalency
(HSE) diploma;
(c) The percentage of HSE diploma
recipients who enter postsecondary
education or training programs,
upgraded employment, or the military;
and
(d) The extent to which the applicant
met administrative requirements.
Note: This competitive preference
priority applies to expiring projects
(current HEP grantees in their final
budget period) that first received their
current HEP award in FY 2017.
Invitational Priority: For FY 2022 and
any subsequent year in which we make
awards from the list of unfunded
applications from this competition, this
priority is an invitational priority.
Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1) we do not
give an application that meets this
invitational priority a competitive or
absolute preference over other
applications.
This priority is:
Meeting Student Social, Emotional,
and Academic Needs.
Projects that are designed to improve
students’ social, emotional, academic,
and career development through one or
both of the following:
(a) Creating a supportive, positive,
identity-safe, and inclusive climate for
students who are migratory or seasonal
farmworkers or immediate family
members of such workers.
(b) Fostering partnerships, including
across government agencies (e.g.,
housing, human services, or
employment agencies), local
educational agencies, community-based
organizations, adult learning providers,
and postsecondary education
institutions, to provide comprehensive
services to students who are migratory
or seasonal farmworkers, or immediate
family members of such workers, to
support student social, emotional,
mental health and academic needs.
Definitions: The definitions of
‘‘migrant farmworker’’ and ‘‘seasonal
farmworker’’ are from 34 CFR 206.5.
The definitions of ‘‘demonstrates a
rationale,’’ ‘‘experimental study,’’ ‘‘logic
model,’’ ‘‘project component,’’
‘‘promising evidence,’’ ‘‘quasi-
experimental design study,’’ ‘‘relevant
outcome,’’ and ‘‘What Works
Clearinghouse Handbooks (WWC
Handbooks)’’ are from 34 CFR 77.1.
Demonstrates a rationale means a key
project component included in the
project’s logic model is informed by
research or evaluation findings that
suggest the project component is likely
to improve relevant outcomes.
Experimental study means a study
that is designed to compare outcomes
between two groups of individuals
(such as students) that are otherwise
equivalent except for their assignment
to either a treatment group receiving a
project component or a control group
that does not. Randomized controlled
trials, regression discontinuity design
studies, and single-case design studies
are the specific types of experimental
studies that, depending on their design
and implementation (e.g., sample
attrition in randomized controlled trials
and regression discontinuity design
studies), can meet What Works
Clearinghouse (WWC) standards
without reservations as described in the
WWC Handbooks:
(i) A randomized controlled trial
employs random assignment of, for
example, students, teachers, classrooms,
or schools to receive the project
component being evaluated (the
treatment group) or not to receive the
project component (the control group).
(ii) A regression discontinuity design
study assigns the project component
being evaluated using a measured
variable (e.g., assigning students reading
below a cutoff score to tutoring or
developmental education classes) and
controls for that variable in the analysis
of outcomes.
(iii) A single-case design study uses
observations of a single case (e.g., a
student eligible for a behavioral
intervention) over time in the absence
and presence of a controlled treatment
manipulation to determine whether the
outcome is systematically related to the
treatment.
Logic model (also referred to as a
theory of action) means a framework
that identifies key project components
of the proposed project (i.e., the active
‘‘ingredients’’ that are hypothesized to
be critical to achieving the relevant
outcomes) and describes the theoretical
and operational relationships among the
key project components and relevant
outcomes.
Migrant farmworker means a seasonal
farmworker—as defined in this notice—
whose employment required travel that
precluded the farmworker from
returning to his or her domicile
(permanent place of residence) within
the same day.
Project component means an activity,
strategy, intervention, process, product,
practice, or policy included in a project.
Evidence may pertain to an individual
project component or to a combination
of project components (e.g., training
teachers on instructional practices for
English learners and follow-on coaching
for these teachers).
Promising evidence means that there
is evidence of the effectiveness of a key
project component in improving a
relevant outcome, based on a relevant
finding from one of the following:
(i) A practice guide prepared by WWC
reporting a ‘‘strong evidence base’’ or
‘‘moderate evidence base’’ for the
corresponding practice guide
recommendation;
(ii) An intervention report prepared
by the WWC reporting a ‘‘positive
effect’’ or ‘‘potentially positive effect’’
on a relevant outcome with no reporting
of a ‘‘negative effect’’ or ‘‘potentially
negative effect’’ on a relevant outcome;
or
(iii) A single study assessed by the
Department, as appropriate, that—
(A) Is an experimental study, a quasi-
experimental design study, or a well-
designed and well-implemented
correlational study with statistical
controls for selection bias (e.g., a study
using regression methods to account for
differences between a treatment group
and a comparison group); and
(B) Includes at least one statistically
significant and positive (i.e., favorable)
effect on a relevant outcome.
Quasi-experimental design study
means a study using a design that
attempts to approximate an
experimental study by identifying a
comparison group that is similar to the
treatment group in important respects.
This type of study, depending on design
and implementation (e.g., establishment
of baseline equivalence of the groups
being compared), can meet WWC
standards with reservations, but cannot
meet WWC standards without
reservations, as described in the WWC
Handbook.
Relevant outcome means the student
outcome(s) or other outcome(s) the key
project component is designed to
improve, consistent with the specific
goals of the program.
Seasonal farmworker means a person
whose primary employment was in
farmwork on a temporary or seasonal
basis (that is, not a constant year-round
activity) for a period of at least 75 days
within the past 24 months.
What Works Clearinghouse
Handbooks (WWC Handbooks) means
the standards and procedures set forth
in the WWC Standards Handbook,
Versions 4.0 or 4.1, and WWC
Procedures Handbook, Versions 4.0 or
4.1, or in the WWC Procedures and
Standards Handbook, Version 3.0 or
Version 2.1 (all incorporated by
reference, see § 77.2). Study findings
eligible for review under WWC
standards can meet WWC standards
without reservations, meet WWC
standards with reservations, or not meet
WWC standards. WWC practice guides
and intervention reports include
findings from systematic reviews of
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evidence as described in the WWC
Handbooks documentation.
Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070d–
2.
Note: Projects will be awarded and must be
operated in a manner consistent with the
nondiscrimination requirements contained in
Federal civil rights laws.
Applicable Regulations: (a) The
Education Department General
Administrative Regulations in 34 CFR
parts 75, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84, 86, 97, 98,
and 99. (b) The OMB Guidelines to
Agencies on Governmentwide
Debarment and Suspension
(Nonprocurement) in 2 CFR part 180, as
adopted and amended as regulations of
the Department in 2 CFR part 3485. (c)
The Uniform Administrative
Requirements, Cost Principles, and
Audit Requirements for Federal Awards
in 2 CFR part 200, as adopted and
amended as regulations of the
Department in 2 CFR part 3474. (d) The
regulations for this program in 34 CFR
part 206. (e) The Migrant Education
Program (MEP) definitions in 34 CFR
200.81. (f) The National Farmworker
Jobs Program (NFJP) definitions in 20
CFR 685.110 and eligibility regulations
in 20 CFR 685.320.
Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86
apply to IHEs only.
Note: The MEP definitions and NFJP
definitions and eligibility regulations apply
to individuals seeking to qualify for HEP
based on past participation in the MEP or
NFJP.
II. Award Information
Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
Estimated Available Funds: The
Administration has requested
$12,574,487 for new awards for this
program for FY 2022. The actual level
of funding, if any, depends on final
congressional action. However, we are
inviting applications to allow enough
time to complete the grant process if
Congress appropriates funds for this
program.
Contingent upon the availability of
funds and the quality of applications,
we may make additional awards in
subsequent years from the list of
unfunded applications from this
competition.
Estimated Range of Awards:
$180,000–$475,000.
Estimated Average Size of Awards:
$475,000.
Maximum Award: We will not make
an award exceeding $475,000 for a
single budget period of 12 months.
Under 34 CFR 75.104(b) the Secretary
may reject without consideration or
evaluation any application that
proposes a project funding level that
exceeds the stated maximum award
amount.
Minimum Award: The Department
will not make an award for less than the
amount of $180,000 for a single budget
period of 12 months. Under section
418A of the HEA, the Secretary is
prohibited from making an award for
less than the stated award amount.
Therefore, we will reject any application
that proposes a HEP award that is less
than the stated minimum award
amount.
Note: This approach is intended to
promote fairness and transparency in the
competitive process.
Estimated Number of Awards: 26.
Note: The Department is not bound by any
estimates in this notice.
Project Period: Up to 60 months (five
12-month budget periods). Under
section 418(e) of the HEA, except under
extraordinary circumstances, the
Secretary must award grants for a five-
year period. Under 34 CFR 75.117(b),
applicants must submit a budget
narrative accompanied by a budget form
prescribed by the Secretary that
provides budget information for each
budget period of the proposed project
period. Therefore, we may reject any
application that does not propose a five-
year project period as reflected on the
applicant’s ED 524 form, Section A and
budget narrative form, submitted as a
part of the application.
III. Eligibility Information
1. Eligible Applicants: An IHE (as
defined in section 101 and 102 of the
HEA) or a private nonprofit (as those
terms are defined in 34 CFR 77.1)
organization may apply for a grant to
operate a HEP project. If a private
nonprofit organization other than an
IHE applies for a HEP grant, that
organization must plan the project in
cooperation with an IHE and must
propose to operate some aspects of the
project with the facilities of that IHE.
Note: If you are a nonprofit organization,
under 34 CFR 75.51, you may demonstrate
your nonprofit status by providing: (1) Proof
that the Internal Revenue Service currently
recognizes the applicant as an organization to
which contributions are tax deductible under
section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue
Code; (2) a statement from a State taxing
body or the State attorney general certifying
that the organization is a nonprofit
organization operating within the State and
that no part of its net earnings may lawfully
benefit any private shareholder or individual;
(3) a certified copy of the applicant’s
certificate of incorporation or similar
document if it clearly establishes the
nonprofit status of the applicant; or (4) any
item described above if that item applies to
a State or national parent organization,
together with a statement by the State or
parent organization that the applicant is a
local nonprofit affiliate.
2. a. Cost Sharing or Matching: This
competition does not require cost
sharing or matching. However,
consistent with 34 CFR 75.700, which
requires an applicant to comply with its
approved application, an applicant that
proposes non-Federal matching funds
and is awarded a grant must provide
those funds for each year that the funds
are proposed.
b. Indirect Cost Rate Information: This
program uses a training indirect cost
rate. This limits indirect cost
reimbursement to an entity’s actual
indirect costs, as determined in its
negotiated indirect cost rate agreement,
or eight percent of a modified total
direct cost base, whichever amount is
less. For more information regarding
training indirect cost rates, see 34 CFR
75.562. For more information regarding
indirect costs, or to obtain a negotiated
indirect cost rate, please see
www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocfo/
intro.html.
c. Administrative Cost Limitation:
This program does not include any
program-specific limitation on
administrative expenses. All
administrative expenses must be
reasonable and necessary and conform
to Cost Principles described in 2 CFR
part 200 subpart E of the Uniform
Guidance.
3. Subgrantees: Under 34 CFR
75.708(b) and (c) a grantee under this
competition may award subgrants—to
directly carry out project activities
described in its application—to the
following types of entities: IHEs and
nonprofit organizations. The grantee
may award subgrants to entities it has
identified in an approved application or
that it selects through a competition
under procedures established by the
grantee.
4. Other: Projects funded under this
competition must budget for a three-day
Office of Migrant Education annual
meeting for HEP Directors in the
Washington, DC area during each year
of the project period. Such expenses are
allowable uses of grant funds and may
be included in the proposed project
budget. This meeting may be held
virtually if conditions warrant such
format.
IV. Application and Submission
Information
1. Application Submission
Instructions: Applicants are required to
follow the Common Instructions for
Applicants to Department of Education
Discretionary Grant Programs,
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published in the Federal Register on
February 13, 2019 (84 FR 3768) and
available at www.govinfo.gov/content/
pkg/FR-2019-02-13/pdf/2019-02206.pdf,
which contain requirements and
information on how to submit an
application. Under 34 CFR 206.20,
applicants are required to make
additional submissions with their
application. Those requirements are
available at www.ecfr.gov/current/title-
34/subtitle-B/chapter-II/part-206/
subpart-C/section-206.20.
2. Submission of Proprietary
Information: Given the types of projects
that may be proposed in applications for
HEP, your application may include
business information that you consider
proprietary. In 34 CFR 5.11 we define
‘‘business information’’ and describe the
process we use in determining whether
any of that information is proprietary
and, thus, protected from disclosure
under Exemption 4 of the Freedom of
Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552, as
amended).
Because we plan to make successful
applications available to the public, you
may wish to request confidentiality of
business information.
Consistent with Executive Order
12600, please designate in your
application any information that you
believe is exempt from disclosure under
Exemption 4. In the appropriate
Appendix section of your application,
under ‘‘Other Attachments Form,’’
please list the page number or numbers
on which we can find this information.
For additional information please see 34
CFR 5.11(c).
3. Intergovernmental Review: This
competition is subject to Executive
Order 12372 and the regulations in 34
CFR part 79. Information about
Intergovernmental Review of Federal
Programs under Executive Order 12372
is in the application package for this
competition.
4. Funding Restrictions: We reference
regulations outlining funding
restrictions in the Applicable
Regulations section of this notice.
5. Recommended Page Limit: The
application narrative is where you, the
applicant, address the selection criteria
that reviewers use to evaluate your
application. We recommend that you (1)
limit the application narrative to no
more than 25 pages and (2) use the
following standards:
A ‘‘page’’ is 8.5x 11, on one side
only, with 1margins at the top, bottom,
and both sides.
Double space (no more than three
lines per vertical inch) all text in the
application narrative, including titles,
headings, footnotes, quotations,
references, and captions, as well as all
text in charts, tables, figures, and
graphs.
Use a font that is either 12 point or
larger or no smaller than 10 pitch
(characters per inch).
Use one of the following fonts:
Times New Roman, Courier, Courier
New, or Arial.
The recommended page limit does not
apply to the cover sheet; the budget
section, including the narrative budget
justification; the assurances and
certifications; or the abstract, the
resumes, the bibliography, or the letters
of support. However, the recommended
page limit does apply to all of the
application narrative. An application
will not be disqualified if it exceeds the
recommended page limit.
V. Application Review Information
1. Selection Criteria: The selection
criteria for this competition are from 34
CFR 75.210 and are as follows:
(a) Need for project (Up to 10 points).
(1) The Secretary considers the need
for the proposed project.
(2) In determining the need for the
proposed project, the Secretary
considers the magnitude of the need for
the services to be provided or the
activities to be carried out by the
proposed project. (Up to 10 points)
(b) Quality of the project design (Up
to 24 points).
(1) The Secretary considers the
quality of the design of the proposed
project.
(2) In determining the quality of the
design of the proposed project, the
Secretary considers the following
factors:
(i) The extent to which the goals,
objectives, and outcomes to be achieved
by the proposed project are clearly
specified and measurable. (Up to 7
points)
(ii) The extent to which the design of
the proposed project is appropriate to,
and will successfully address, the needs
of the target population or other
identified needs. (Up to 5 points)
(iii) The extent to which the proposed
project will establish linkages with
other appropriate agencies and
organizations providing services to the
target population. (Up to 5 points)
(iv) The extent to which the proposed
project demonstrates a rationale (as
defined in this notice). (Up to 7 points)
(c) Quality of project services (Up to
24 points).
(1) The Secretary considers the
quality of the services to be provided by
the proposed project.
(2) In determining the quality of the
services to be provided by the proposed
project, the Secretary considers the
quality and sufficiency of strategies for
ensuring equal access and treatment for
eligible project participants who are
members of groups that have
traditionally been underrepresented
based on race, color, national origin,
gender, age, or disability. (Up to 3
points)
(3) In addition, the Secretary
considers the following factors:
(i) The extent to which the services to
be provided by the proposed project are
appropriate to the needs of the intended
recipients or beneficiaries of those
services. (Up to 7 points)
(ii) The extent to which the services
to be provided by the proposed project
involve the collaboration of appropriate
partners for maximizing the
effectiveness of project services. (Up to
7 points)
(iii) The likely impact of the services
to be provided by the proposed project
on the intended recipients of those
services. (Up to 7 points)
(d) Quality of project personnel (Up to
10 points).
(1) The Secretary considers the
quality of the personnel who will carry
out the proposed project.
(2) In determining the quality of
project personnel, the Secretary
considers the extent to which the
applicant encourages applications for
employment from persons who are
members of groups that have
traditionally been underrepresented
based on race, color, national origin,
gender, age, or disability. (Up to 3
points)
(3) In addition, the Secretary
considers the qualifications, including
relevant training and experience, of key
project personnel. (Up to 7 points)
(e) Adequacy of resources. (Up to 12
points).
(1) The Secretary considers the
adequacy of resources for the proposed
project.
(2) In determining the adequacy of
resources for the proposed project, the
Secretary considers the following
factors:
(i) The adequacy of support, including
facilities, equipment, supplies, and
other resources, from the applicant
organization or the lead applicant
organization. (Up to 4 points)
(ii) The relevance and demonstrated
commitment of each partner in the
proposed project to the implementation
and success of the project. (Up to 4
points)
(iii) The extent to which the costs are
reasonable in relation to the objectives,
design, and potential significance of the
proposed project. (Up to 4 points)
(f) Quality of the project evaluation.
(Up to 20 points).
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(1) The Secretary considers the
quality of the evaluation to be
conducted of the proposed project.
(2) In determining the quality of the
evaluation, the Secretary considers the
following factors:
(i) The extent to which the methods
of evaluation are thorough, feasible, and
appropriate to the goals, objectives, and
outcomes of the proposed project. (Up
to 10 points)
(ii) The extent to which the methods
of evaluation will provide performance
feedback and permit periodic
assessment of progress toward achieving
intended outcomes. (Up to 5 points)
(iii) The extent to which the methods
of evaluation will, if well implemented,
produce promising evidence (as defined
in this notice) about the project’s
effectiveness. (Up to 5 points)
2. Review and Selection Process: We
remind potential applicants that in
reviewing applications in any
discretionary grant competition, the
Secretary may consider, under 34 CFR
75.217(d)(3), the past performance of the
applicant in carrying out a previous
award, such as the applicant’s use of
funds, achievement of project
objectives, and compliance with grant
conditions. The Secretary may also
consider whether the applicant failed to
submit a timely performance report or
submitted a report of unacceptable
quality.
In addition, in making a competitive
grant award, the Secretary requires
various assurances, including those
applicable to Federal civil rights laws
that prohibit discrimination in programs
or activities receiving Federal financial
assistance from the Department (34 CFR
100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23).
Additional factors we consider in
selecting an application for an award are
in section 418A of the HEA. In
accordance with section 418A, the
Secretary makes HEP awards based on
the number, quality, and promise of the
applications. Additionally, in
accordance with section 418A, if final
FY 2022 HEP and College Assistance
Migrant Program appropriations exceed
$40,000,000, the Secretary will consider
the need to provide an equitable
geographic distribution of HEP awards.
The Secretary may consider the need to
provide equitable geographic
distribution of HEP awards when—
1. Two or more applicants receive the
same score at the funding cutoff for this
competition;
2. The Secretary determines that a
geographic region is overserved by
current HEP projects;
3. The Secretary determines that a
geographic region is underserved by
current HEP projects; or
4. Two or more applicants propose to
operate similar HEP projects in the same
geographical region.
When evaluating a potentially
overserved or underserved geographic
region, the Secretary may consider
factors such as migrant or seasonal
farmworker population data for a State
or region, approximate distance between
current and proposed projects, the type
of entity of the current or proposed
project (e.g., private nonprofit
organization, 2-year IHE, 4-year IHE),
and the number of students proposed to
be served by the current or proposed
HEP project.
3. Risk Assessment and Specific
Conditions: Consistent with 2 CFR
200.206, before awarding grants under
this competition the Department
conducts a review of the risks posed by
applicants. Under 2 CFR 200.208, the
Secretary may impose specific
conditions and, under 2 CFR 3474.10, in
appropriate circumstances, high-risk
conditions on a grant if the applicant or
grantee is not financially stable; has a
history of unsatisfactory performance;
has a financial or other management
system that does not meet the standards
in 2 CFR part 200, subpart D; has not
fulfilled the conditions of a prior grant;
or is otherwise not responsible.
4. Integrity and Performance System:
If you are selected under this
competition to receive an award that
over the course of the project period
may exceed the simplified acquisition
threshold (currently $250,000), under 2
CFR 200.206(a)(2) we must make a
judgment about your integrity, business
ethics, and record of performance under
Federal awards—that is, the risk posed
by you as an applicant—before we make
an award. In doing so, we must consider
any information about you that is in the
integrity and performance system
(currently referred to as the Federal
Awardee Performance and Integrity
Information System (FAPIIS)),
accessible through the System for
Award Management. You may review
and comment on any information about
yourself that a Federal agency
previously entered and that is currently
in FAPIIS.
Please note that, if the total value of
your currently active grants, cooperative
agreements, and procurement contracts
from the Federal Government exceeds
$10,000,000, the reporting requirements
in 2 CFR part 200, Appendix XII,
require you to report certain integrity
information to FAPIIS semiannually.
Please review the requirements in 2 CFR
part 200, Appendix XII, if this grant
plus all the other Federal funds you
receive exceed $10,000,000.
5. In General: In accordance with the
Office of Management and Budget’s
guidance located at 2 CFR part 200, all
applicable Federal laws, and relevant
Executive guidance, the Department
will review and consider applications
for funding pursuant to this notice
inviting applications in accordance
with:
(a) Selecting recipients most likely to
be successful in delivering results based
on the program objectives through an
objective process of evaluating Federal
award applications (2 CFR 200.205);
(b) Prohibiting the purchase of certain
telecommunication and video
surveillance services or equipment in
alignment with section 889 of the
National Defense Authorization Act of
2019 (Pub. L. 115–232) (2 CFR 200.216);
(c) Providing a preference, to the
extent permitted by law, to maximize
use of goods, products, and materials
produced in the United States (2 CFR
200.322); and
(d) Terminating agreements in whole
or in part to the greatest extent
authorized by law if an award no longer
effectuates the program goals or agency
priorities (2 CFR 200.340).
VI. Award Administration Information
1. Award Notices: If your application
is successful, we notify your U.S.
Representative and U.S. Senators and
send you a Grant Award Notification
(GAN); or we may send you an email
containing a link to access an electronic
version of your GAN. We may notify
you informally, also.
If your application is not evaluated or
not selected for funding, we notify you.
2. Administrative and National Policy
Requirements: We identify
administrative and national policy
requirements in the application package
and reference these and other
requirements in the Applicable
Regulations section of this notice.
We reference the regulations outlining
the terms and conditions of an award in
the Applicable Regulations section of
this notice and include these and other
specific conditions in the GAN. The
GAN also incorporates your approved
application as part of your binding
commitments under the grant.
3. Open Licensing Requirements:
Unless an exception applies, if you are
awarded a grant under this competition,
you will be required to openly license
to the public grant deliverables created
in whole, or in part, with Department
grant funds. When the deliverable
consists of modifications to pre-existing
works, the license extends only to those
modifications that can be separately
identified and only to the extent that
open licensing is permitted under the
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terms of any licenses or other legal
restrictions on the use of pre-existing
works. Additionally, a grantee or
subgrantee that is awarded competitive
grant funds must have a plan to
disseminate these public grant
deliverables. This dissemination plan
can be developed and submitted after
your application has been reviewed and
selected for funding. For additional
information on the open licensing
requirements please refer to 2 CFR
3474.20.
4. Reporting: (a) If you apply for a
grant under this competition, you must
ensure that you have in place the
necessary processes and systems to
comply with the reporting requirements
in 2 CFR part 170 should you receive
funding under the competition. This
does not apply if you have an exception
under 2 CFR 170.110(b).
(b) At the end of your project period,
you must submit a final performance
report, including financial information,
as directed by the Secretary. If you
receive a multiyear award, you must
submit an annual performance report
that provides the most current
performance and financial expenditure
information as directed by the Secretary
under 34 CFR 75.118. The Secretary
may also require more frequent
performance reports under 34 CFR
75.720(c). For specific requirements on
reporting, please go to www.ed.gov/
fund/grant/apply/appforms/
appforms.html.
5. Performance Measures: For the
purposes of the Government
Performance and Results Act of 1993
(GPRA) and reporting under 34 CFR
75.110, the Department developed the
following performance measures to
evaluate the overall effectiveness of
HEP: (1) The percentage of HEP
participants exiting the program having
received a HSE diploma (GPRA 1), and
(2) the percentage of HSE diploma
recipients who enter postsecondary
education or training programs,
upgraded employment, or the military
(GPRA 2).
Applicants must propose annual
targets for these measures and establish
annual student enrollment targets in
their applications. Applicants should
identify these targets within their
application abstracts. The national
target for GPRA 1 for FY 2022 is that 69
percent of HEP participants exit the
program having received an HSE
credential. The national target for GPRA
2 for FY 2022 is that 80 percent of HEP
HSE diploma recipients will enter
postsecondary education or training
programs, upgraded employment, or the
military. The national targets for
subsequent years may be adjusted based
on additional baseline data.
Peer reviewers evaluate how well
applicants propose to meet their
application’s goals and objectives. Peer
reviewers will score related selection
criteria on the basis of how well an
applicant addresses these GPRA
measures in addition to any other goals
and objectives included in the
application. Therefore, applicants will
want to consider how to demonstrate a
sound capacity to provide reliable data
on the GPRA measures, including the
project’s annual performance targets for
addressing the GPRA performance
measures, as is required by the OMB-
approved annual performance report
that is included in the application
package. All grantees will be required to
submit, as part of their annual
performance report, information with
respect to these GPRA performance
measures.
6. Continuation Awards: In making a
continuation award under 34 CFR
75.253, the Secretary considers, among
other things: Whether a grantee has
made substantial progress in achieving
the goals and objectives of the project;
whether the grantee has expended funds
in a manner that is consistent with its
approved application and budget; and,
if the Secretary has established
performance measurement
requirements, whether the grantee has
made substantial progress in achieving
the performance targets in the grantee’s
approved application.
In making a continuation award, the
Secretary also considers whether the
grantee is operating in compliance with
the assurances in its approved
application, including those applicable
to Federal civil rights laws that prohibit
discrimination in programs or activities
receiving Federal financial assistance
from the Department (34 CFR 100.4,
104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23).
VII. Other Information
Accessible Format: On request to the
program contact person listed under
FOR
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
,
individuals with disabilities can obtain
this document and a copy of the
application package in an accessible
format. The Department will provide the
requestor with an accessible format that
may include Rich Text Format (RTF),
text format (txt), a thumb drive, an MP3
file, braille, large print, audiotape,
compact disc, or other accessible format.
Electronic Access to This Document:
The official version of this document is
the document published in the Federal
Register. You may access the official
edition of the Federal Register and the
Code of Federal Regulations at
www.govinfo.gov. At this site you can
view this document, as well as all other
documents of this Department
published in the Federal Register, in
text or Portable Document Format
(PDF). To use PDF you must have
Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is
available free at the site.
You may also access documents of the
Department published in the Federal
Register by using the article search
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Specifically, through the advanced
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your search to documents published by
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Ian Rosenblum,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and
Programs Delegated the authority to perform
the functions and duties of the Assistant
Secretary, Office of Elementary and
Secondary Education.
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Applications for New Awards; College
Assistance Migrant Program
AGENCY
: Office of Elementary and
Secondary Education, Department of
Education.
ACTION
: Notice.
SUMMARY
: The Department of Education
(Department) is issuing a notice inviting
applications for fiscal year (FY) 2022 for
the College Assistance Migrant Program
(CAMP), Assistance Listing Number
84.149A. This notice relates to the
approved information collection under
the Office of Management and Budget
(OMB) control number 1894–0006.
DATES
:
Applications Available: December 6,
2021.
Deadline for Transmittal of
Applications: February 1, 2022.
Deadline for Intergovernmental
Review: April 4, 2022.
Pre-Application Webinar Information:
The Department will hold pre-
application workshops via webinar for
prospective applicants on Wednesday,
December 8, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. Eastern
Time. We will repeat the webinar on
Thursday, December 9, 2021, at 1:30
p.m. Eastern Time.
ADDRESSES
: For the addresses for
obtaining and submitting an
application, please refer to our Common
Instructions for Applicants to
Department of Education Discretionary
Grant Programs, published in the
Federal Register on February 13, 2019
(84 FR 3768) and available at
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