[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 115 (Thursday, June 14, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 27758-27763]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-12823]


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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Applications for New Awards; Indian Education Discretionary 
Grants Programs--Professional Development Grants Program

AGENCY: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of 
Education.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Education is issuing a notice inviting 
applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2018 for Indian 
Education Discretionary Grants Programs--Professional Development 
Program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number 84.299B.

DATES: Applications Available: June 14, 2018.
    Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: June 29, 2018.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 30, 2018.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: September 27, 2018.

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 12, 2018 (83 FR 6003) and available at 
www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-12/pdf/2018-02558.pdf.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angela Hernandez-Marshall, U.S. 
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 3W113, 
Washington, DC 20202-6335. Telephone: (202) 205-1909 or by email: 
angela.hernandez-marshall@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text 
telephone (TTY), call, toll free: 1-877-576-7734.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The purposes of the Indian Education 
Professional Development Grants program that are relevant to this 
competition are to increase the number of qualified Indian individuals 
in professions that serve Indians; and to provide training to qualified 
Indian individuals to become teachers and administrators.
    Priorities: This competition contains two absolute priorities, and 
four competitive preference priorities. We are establishing Absolute 
Priorities 1 and 2 and Competitive Preference Priority 1 for the FY 
2018 grant competition and any subsequent year in which we make awards 
from the list of unfunded applications from this competition, in 
accordance with section 437(d)(1) of the General Education Provisions 
Act (GEPA), 20 U.S.C. 1232(d)(1). In accordance with 34 CFR 
75.105(b)(2)(ii), Competitive Preference Priorities 2 and 3 are from 
the regulations for this program (34 CFR 263.5). Competitive Preference 
Priority 4 is from the Department's notice of Final Supplemental 
Priorities and Definitions for Discretionary Grant Programs 
(Supplemental Priorities), published in the Federal Register on March 
2, 2018 (83 FR 9096).
    Absolute Priorities: These priorities are absolute priorities. 
Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we consider only applications that meet one 
or both of these priorities.
    These priorities are:
    Absolute Priority 1: Pre-Service training for teachers.
    Projects that--
    (i) Provide support and training to Indian individuals to complete 
a pre-service education program before the end of the award period that 
enables the individuals to meet the requirements for full State 
certification or licensure as a teacher through--
    (A) Training that leads to a degree in education;
    (B) For States allowing a degree in a specific subject area, 
training that leads to a degree in the subject area; or
    (C) Training in a current or new specialized teaching assignment 
that requires a degree and in which a documented teacher shortage 
exists;
    (ii) Provide two years of induction services, during the award 
period, to participants after graduation, certification, or licensure, 
while they are completing their first two years of work as teachers in 
local education agencies (LEAs) (including Bureau of Indian Education 
(BIE)-funded schools) that serve a high proportion of Indian students; 
and
    (iii) Include goals for the--
    (A) Number of participants to be recruited each year;
    (B) Number of participants to continue in the project each year;
    (C) Number of participants to graduate each year; and
    (D) Number of participants to find qualifying jobs within 12 months 
of completion.
    Absolute Priority 2: Pre-service administrator training.
    Projects that--
    (i) Provide support and training to Indian individuals to complete 
a graduate degree in education administration that is provided before 
the end of the award period and that allows participants to meet the 
requirements for State certification or licensure as an education 
administrator;
    (ii) Provide two years of induction services, during the award 
period, to participants after graduation, certification, or licensure, 
while they are completing their first two years of work as 
administrators in LEAs (including BIE-funded schools) that serve a high 
proportion of Indian students; and
    (iii) Include goals for the--
    (A) Number of participants to be recruited each year;
    (B) Number of participants to continue in the project each year;
    (C) Number of participants to graduate each year; and
    (D) Number of participants to find qualifying jobs within twelve 
months of completion.
    Competitive Preference Priorities: For FY 2018 and any subsequent 
year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applications 
from this competition, these priorities are competitive preference 
priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(ii) we award an additional three 
points to an application that meets Competitive Preference Priority 1, 
an additional five points to an application that meets Competitive 
Preference Priority 2, an additional three points to an application 
that meets Competitive Preference Priority 3, and up to an additional 
five points to an application, depending on how well the application 
meets Competitive Preference Priority 4. Applicants who receive points 
under Competitive Preference Priority 2 are not eligible for points 
under Competitive Preference Priority 3; thus the maximum number of 
points is 13.
    These priorities are:
    Competitive Preference Priority 1 (Zero or three additional 
points).
    An application that includes a letter of support signed by the 
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representative of an LEA or BIE-funded school that agrees to consider 
program graduates for qualifying jobs and that serves a high proportion 
of Indian students.
    Competitive Preference Priority 2 (Zero or five additional points).
    An application submitted by an Indian Tribe, Indian organization, 
or Tribal College or University (as defined in section 316 of the 
Higher Education Act of 1965) (TCU) that is eligible to participate in 
the Professional Development program. A consortium application of 
eligible entities that meets the requirements of 34 CFR 75.127 through 
75.129 and includes an Indian Tribe, Indian organization, or TCU will 
be considered eligible to receive preference under this priority only 
if the lead applicant for the consortium is the Indian Tribe, Indian 
organization, or TCU. In order to be considered a consortium 
application, the application must include the consortium agreement, 
signed by all parties.
    Competitive Preference Priority 3 (Zero or three additional 
points).
    A consortium application of eligible entities whose lead is non-
Tribal that--
    (i) Meets the requirements of 34 CFR 75.127 through 75.129 and 
includes an Indian Tribe, Indian organization, or TCU; and
    (ii) Is not eligible to receive a preference under Competitive 
Preference Priority 2.
    Competitive Preference Priority 4 (Up to five additional points):
    An application that is designed to increase the opportunities for 
high-quality preparation of, or professional development for, teachers 
or other educators of science, technology, engineering, math, or 
computer science.
    Application Requirements:
    Application requirements 1 and 3 below are from 20 U.S.C. 7442(e), 
and application requirement 2 is established, for the FY 2018 grant 
competition and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the 
list of unfunded applications from this competition, in accordance with 
section 437(d)(1) of GEPA, 20 U.S.C. 1232(d)(1).
    Each application must describe how the eligible entity will--
    (1) Recruit qualified Indian individuals, such as students who may 
not be of traditional college age, to become teachers, principals, or 
school leaders;
    (2) Use funds made available under the grant to support the 
recruitment, preparation, and professional development of Indian 
teachers or principals in local educational agencies (including BIE-
funded schools) that serve a high proportion of Indian students; and
    (3) Assist participants in meeting the payback requirements.
    Statutory Hiring Preference:
    (a) Awards that are primarily for the benefit of Indians are 
subject to the provisions of section 7(b) of the Indian Self-
Determination and Education Assistance Act (Pub. L. 93-638). That 
section requires that, to the greatest extent feasible, a grantee--
    (1) Give to Indians preferences and opportunities for training and 
employment in connection with the administration of the grant; and
    (2) Give to Indian organizations and to Indian-owned economic 
enterprises, as defined in section 3 of the Indian Financing Act of 
1974 (25 U.S.C. 1452(e)), preference in the award of contracts in 
connection with the administration of the grant.
    (b) For purposes of this section, an Indian is a member of any 
federally recognized Indian Tribe.
    Definitions:
    The definition of ``computer science'' is from the Supplemental 
Priorities. The definition of ``Indian organization'' is from the 
program regulations, 34 CFR 263.3. We are establishing the definition 
of ``qualifying job,'' for the FY 2018 grant competition and any 
subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded 
applications from this competition, in accordance with section 
437(d)(1) of GEPA, 20 U.S.C. 1232(d)(1).
    Computer science means the study of computers and algorithmic 
processes and includes the study of computing principles and theories, 
computational thinking, computer hardware, software design, coding, 
analytics, and computer applications.
    Computer science often includes computer programming or coding as a 
tool to create software, including applications, games, websites, and 
tools to manage or manipulate data; or development and management of 
computer hardware and the other electronics related to sharing, 
securing, and using digital information.
    In addition to coding, the expanding field of computer science 
emphasizes computational thinking and interdisciplinary problem-solving 
to equip students with the skills and abilities necessary to apply 
computation in our digital world.
    Computer science does not include using a computer for everyday 
activities, such as browsing the internet; use of tools like word 
processing, spreadsheets, or presentation software; or using computers 
in the study and exploration of unrelated subjects.
    Indian organization means an organization that--
    (1) Is legally established--
    (i) By Tribal or inter-Tribal charter or in accordance with State 
or Tribal law; and
    (ii) With appropriate constitution, by-laws, or articles of 
incorporation;
    (2) Includes in its purposes the promotion of the education of 
Indians;
    (3) Is controlled by a governing board, the majority of which is 
Indian;
    (4) If located on an Indian reservation, operates with the sanction 
or by charter of the governing body of that reservation;
    (5) Is neither an organization or subdivision of, nor under the 
direct control of, any institution of higher education; and
    (6) Is not an agency of State or local government.
    Qualifying job means employment in the participant's field of study 
under this program, in an LEA (including a BIE-funded school) that 
serves a high proportion of Indian students.
    Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking: Under the Administrative Procedure 
Act (5 U.S.C. 553) the Department generally offers interested parties 
the opportunity to comment on proposed priorities, requirements, 
definitions, and selection criteria. Section 437(d)(1) of GEPA, 
however, allows the Secretary to exempt from rulemaking requirements, 
regulations governing the first grant competition under a new or 
substantially revised program authority. This is the first grant 
competition for this program under section 6122 of the Elementary and 
Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student 
Succeeds Act (20 U.S.C. 7442) and therefore qualifies for this 
exemption. In order to ensure timely grant awards, the Secretary has 
decided to forgo public comment on certain aspects of this notice, 
including some of the priorities, requirements, definitions and 
selection criteria under section 437(d)(1) of GEPA. These priorities, 
requirements, definitions, and selection criteria will apply to the FY 
2018 grant competition and any subsequent year in which we make awards 
from the list of unfunded applications from this competition.
    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 7442.
    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 Office of Management and Budget 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

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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 263. (e) 
The Supplemental Priorities.

    Note:  The open licensing requirement in 2 CFR 3474.20 does not 
apply for this program.


    Note:  The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 apply to all applicants 
except federally recognized Indian Tribes.


    Note:  The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to institutions 
of higher education only.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
    Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested 
$37,291,000 for the Special Programs for Indian Children program for FY 
2018, of which we intend to use an estimated $6,300,000 for this 
competition. 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 before the end of the current 
fiscal year, if Congress appropriates funds for this program.
    Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of 
applications, we may make additional awards in FY 2019 from the list of 
unfunded applications from this competition.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $300,000-$400,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $350,000.
    Maximum Award: We will not make an award exceeding $400,000 for the 
first, second, or third 12-month budget period. The last two 12-month 
budget periods will be limited to induction services only, at a cost 
not to exceed $120,000 per year. We will not make an award exceeding 
$120,000 for the fourth or fifth 12-month budget period.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 18.

    Note:  The Department is not bound by any estimates in this 
notice.

    Project Period: Up to 60 months. We will award grants for an 
initial period of not more than three years, and may renew such grants 
for an additional period of not more than two years if we find that the 
grantee is achieving the objectives of the grant.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants:
    (a) An applicant must be an eligible entity which means--
    (1) An institution of higher education, including a TCU;
    (2) A State educational agency in consortium with an institution of 
higher education;
    (3) An LEA in consortium with an institution of higher education;
    (4) An Indian Tribe or Indian organization in consortium with an 
institution of higher education; or
    (5) A BIE-funded school, in consortium with at least one TCU, where 
feasible.
    (b) Eligibility of an applicant requiring a consortium with an 
institution of higher education, including a TCU, requires that the 
institution of higher education be accredited to provide the coursework 
and level of degree required by the project.
    (c) An applicant applying as an Indian organization must 
demonstrate that the entity meets the definition of ``Indian 
organization.''
    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not require cost 
sharing or matching.
    3. Other: Projects funded under this competition should budget for 
a two-day Project Directors' meeting in Washington, DC during each year 
of the project period.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Application Submission Instructions: For information on how to 
submit an application please refer to our Common Instructions for 
Applicants to Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs, 
published in the Federal Register on February 12, 2018 (83 FR 6003) and 
available at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-12/pdf/2018-02558.pdf.
    2. Submission of Proprietary Information: Given the types of 
projects that may be proposed in applications for the Indian Education 
Professional Development Grants program, 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 by posting them on our website, 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 specify allowable costs in 34 CFR 
263.4.
    A Professional Development program may include, as training costs, 
assistance to--
    (1) Fully finance a student's educational expenses including 
tuition, books, and required fees; health insurance required by the 
institution of higher education; stipend; dependent allowance; 
technology costs; program required travel; and instructional supplies; 
or
    (2) Supplement other financial aid, including Federal funding other 
than loans, for meeting a student's educational expenses.
    The maximum stipend amount is $1,800 per month for full-time 
students; grantees may also provide participants with a $300 allowance 
per month per dependent during an academic term. The Department will 
reduce any stipends in excess of this amount. The terms ``stipend,'' 
``full-time student,'' and ``dependent allowance'' are defined in 34 
CFR 263.3. Stipends may be paid only to full-time students.
    Other costs that a Professional Development program may include, 
but that must not be included as training costs, include costs for--
    (1) Collaborating with prospective employers within the grantees' 
local service area to create a pool of potentially available qualifying 
jobs;
    (2) Assisting participants in identifying and securing qualifying 
jobs in their fields of study following completion of the program; and
    (3) Teacher mentoring programs, professional guidance, and 
instructional support provided by educators, local traditional leaders, 
or cultural experts, as appropriate for teachers during their first two 
years of employment as teachers.
    We reference additional 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

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that reviewers use to evaluate your application. We recommend that you 
(1) limit the application narrative to no more than 30 pages and (2) 
use the following standards:
     A ``page'' is 8.5'' x 11'', on one side only, with 1'' 
margins 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 two-page abstract, the resumes, 
the bibliography, the letters of support, or the signed consortium 
agreement, if applicable.

V. Application Review Information

    1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this competition 
include selection criteria taken from 34 CFR 75.210, and from the 
program regulations (34 CFR 263.6). We are establishing the remaining 
selection criteria for the FY 2018 grant competition and any subsequent 
year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applications 
from this competition, in accordance with section 437(d)(1) of GEPA, 20 
U.S.C. 1232(d)(1). The selection criteria are also listed in the 
application package. The maximum score for all of these criteria is 100 
points. The maximum score for each criterion is indicated in 
parentheses.
    (a) Need for project (GEPA Waiver) (Maximum 15 points). The 
Secretary considers the need for the proposed project. In determining 
the need for the proposed project, the Secretary considers the 
following factors:
    (1) (Up to 5 points) The extent to which specific gaps or 
weaknesses in services, infrastructure, or opportunities have been 
identified and will be addressed by the proposed project, including the 
nature and magnitude of those gaps or weaknesses.
    (2) (Up to 10 points) The extent to which employment opportunities 
exist in LEAs (including BIE-funded schools) that serve a high 
proportion of Indian students in the project's service area, as 
demonstrated through a job market analysis.
    (b) Quality of the project design (GEPA Waiver) (Maximum 25 
points). The Secretary considers the following factors in determining 
the quality of the design of the proposed project:
    (1) (Up to 10 points) The extent to which the goals, objectives, 
and outcomes to be achieved by the proposed project are ambitious but 
also attainable and address--
    (i) The number of participants expected to be recruited in the 
project each year;
    (ii) The number of participants expected to continue in the project 
each year;
    (iii) The number of participants expected to graduate; and
    (iv) The number of participants expected to find qualifying jobs 
within twelve months of completion.
    (2) (Up to 8 points) The extent to which the proposed project has a 
plan for recruiting and selecting participants, including students who 
may not be of traditional college age, that ensures that program 
participants are likely to complete the program.
    (3) (Up to 7 points) The extent to which the proposed project will 
incorporate the needs of potential employers, as identified by a job 
market analysis, by establishing partnerships and relationships with 
appropriate entities (e.g., LEAs, including BIE-funded schools, that 
serve a high proportion of Indian students) and developing programs 
that meet their employment needs.
    (c) Quality of project services (GEPA Waiver) (Maximum 25 points). 
The Secretary considers the following factors in determining the 
quality of project services:
    (1) (Up to 4 points) The likelihood that the proposed project will 
provide participants with learning experiences that develop needed 
skills for successful teaching and/or administration in LEAs, including 
BIE-funded schools, that serve a high proportion of Indian students.
    (2) (Up to 4 points) The extent to which the proposed project 
prepares participants to adapt teaching and/or administrative practices 
to meet the breadth of Indian student needs.
    (3) (Up to 6 points) The extent to which the applicant will provide 
job placement activities that reflect the findings of a job market 
analysis and needs of potential employers that serve a high proportion 
of Indian students.
    (4) (Up to 5 points) The extent to which the applicant will offer 
induction services that reflect the latest research on effective 
delivery of such services.
    (5) (Up to 6 points) The extent to which the applicant will assist 
participants in meeting the service obligation requirements.
    (d) Quality of project personnel (34 CFR 263.6) (Maximum 15 
points). The Secretary considers the following factors when determining 
the quality of the personnel who will carry out the proposed project:
    (1) (Up to 4 points) The qualifications, including relevant 
training, experience, and cultural competence, of the project director 
and the amount of time this individual will spend directly involved in 
the project.
    (2) (Up to 8 points) The qualifications, including relevant 
training, experience, and cultural competence, of key project personnel 
and the amount of time to be spent on the project and direct 
interactions with participants.
    (3) (Up to 3 points) The qualifications, including relevant 
training, experience, and cultural competence (as necessary), of 
project consultants or subcontractors, if any.
    (e) Quality of the management plan. (34 CFR 75.210) (Maximum 20 
points). The Secretary considers the following factors when determining 
the quality of the management plan for the proposed project:
    (1) (Up to 7 points) The extent to which the costs are reasonable 
in relation to the number of persons to be served and to the 
anticipated results and benefits.
    (2) (Up to 5 points) The adequacy of procedures for ensuring 
feedback and continuous improvement in the operation of the proposed 
project.
    (3) (Up to 8 points) The extent to which the time commitments of 
the project director and principal investigator and other key project 
personnel are appropriate and adequate to meet the objectives of the 
proposed project.
    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 
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assistance from the Department (34 CFR 100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 
110.23).
    3. Risk Assessment and Special Conditions: Consistent with 2 CFR 
200.205, before awarding grants under this competition the Department 
conducts a review of the risks posed by applicants. Under 2 CFR 
3474.10, the Secretary may impose special conditions and, 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 
$150,000), under 2 CFR 200.205(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.

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. 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.
    (c) Under 34 CFR 75.250(b), the Secretary may provide a grantee 
with additional funding for data collection analysis and reporting.
    4. Performance Measures: The Department has established the 
following Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA) 
performance measures for the Indian Education Professional Development 
program: (1) The percentage of participants in administrator 
preparation projects who become principals, vice principals, or other 
school administrators in LEAs that serve American Indian and Alaska 
Native students; (2) the percentage of participants in teacher 
preparation projects who become teachers in LEAs that serve American 
Indian and Alaska Native students; (3) the percentage of program 
participants who meet State licensure requirements; (4) the percentage 
of program participants who complete their service requirement on 
schedule; (5) the cost per individual who successfully completes an 
administrator preparation program, takes a position in a school 
district that benefits American Indian/Alaska Native enrollment, and 
completes the service requirement in such a district; and (6) the cost 
per individual who successfully completes a teacher preparation 
program, takes a position in such a school district that benefits 
American Indian/Alaska Native enrollment, and completes the service 
requirement in such a district.
    These measures constitute the Department's indicator of success for 
this program. Consequently, we advise an applicant for a grant under 
this program to give careful consideration to these measures in 
conceptualizing the approach and evaluation for its proposed project. 
Each grantee will be required to provide, in its annual performance and 
final reports, data about its progress in meeting these measures.
    5. 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, 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).
    Pursuant to section 6122(g) of the ESEA, the Secretary will award 
grants for an initial period of not more than three years, and may 
renew such grants for an additional period of not more than two years 
if the Secretary finds that the grantee is achieving the objectives of 
the grant.

VII. Other Information

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    Dated: June 11, 2018.
Jason Botel,
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Delegated the Authority to 
Perform the Functions and Duties of the Assistant Secretary of 
Elementary and Secondary Education.
[FR Doc. 2018-12823 Filed 6-13-18; 8:45 am]
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