[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 63 (Monday, April 5, 2021)]
[Pages 17590-17591]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-06915]



Office of Indian Education (OIE); Formula Grants to Local 
Educational Agencies

AGENCY: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of 

ACTION: Supplemental notice.


SUMMARY: On January 12, 2021, the Department of Education (Department) 
published in the Federal Register a notice inviting applications for 
fiscal year (FY) 2021 for the Office of Indian Education (OIE) Formula 
Grants to Local Educational Agencies program, Assistance Listing Number 
84.060A. This notice provides supplemental information to clarify the 
student count data year that will be considered by the Secretary when 
making awards for FY 2021.

DATES: Part II of the Electronic Application System for Indian 
Education (EASIE) Applications Available: April 5, 2021.
    Deadline for Transmittal of EASIE Part II: May 14, 2021, 11:59 
p.m., Eastern Time.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions about the Formula Grants 
program, contact Dr. Crystal C. Moore, U.S. Department of Education, 
400 Maryland Avenue SW, MS 6335, Washington, DC 20202-6335. Telephone: 
(202) 215-3964. Email: [email protected]. For technical questions 
about the EASIE application and uploading documentation, contact the 
Partner Support Center (PSC).

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Telephone: 877-457-3336. Email: [email protected].
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text 
telephone (TTY), contact the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 
1-800-877-8339 or by email at: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On January 12, 2021, we published in the 
Federal Register a notice inviting applications for the OIE Formula 
Grants to Local Educational Agencies program (86 FR 2397) (January 12, 
2021 notice) that established the deadlines for Parts I and II of the 
EASIE application and described application and program requirements, 
including the requirement in section IV (6)(a) that applicants ``submit 
a current Indian student count for FY 2021'' in Part I of EASIE.
    The deadline for Part I of the EASIE application closed on March 
11, 2021. Upon reviewing submitted Part I applications, OIE discovered 
a decrease in a significant number of applicants' FY 2021 student count 
as compared to FY 2020. OIE conducted outreach to determine the cause 
for the decrease in student counts, and the majority of applicants 
surveyed cited the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic as the cause. Due 
to the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant impact it has had on 
applicants and the students served by this grant program, we are 
supplementing the January 12, 2021 notice with the following 
information for applicants:
    (1) OIE will compare the applicant's current Indian student count 
for FY 2021 with the Indian student count provided by the same 
applicant on its FY 2020 application. OIE will allocate awards based on 
the higher of the student counts reported by an applicant in either FY 
2020 or FY 2021.
    (2) For applicants that did not apply in FY 2020, OIE will use the 
current Indian student count for FY 2021 as reported in their FY 2021 
    All other requirements and deadlines established in the January 12, 
2021 notice are unchanged and remain in effect. Applicants that 
submitted the Part I application are not required to take any further 
action for OIE to use the higher of the FY 2020 or 2021 student counts.
    In order to receive an award, all applicants must meet all 
requirements established in the January 12, 2021 notice, including the 
upcoming deadline for Part II of the EASIE application. Failure to meet 
all requirements, including submitting the required ``Supplementary 
Documentation'' in section IV of the January 12, 2021 notice, by the 
listed deadline, will result in an incomplete application that will not 
be considered for funding. OIE recommends uploading the supplementary 
documentation at least two days prior to the FY21 deadline date of May 
14, 2021 to ensure that any potential submission issues are resolved 
prior to the deadline.
    Consistent with the January 12, 2021 notice, applicants must submit 
EASIE Part II by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on May 14, 2021. Instructions 
for submitting an application can be found in the January 12, 2021 
    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 7421, et seq.
    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) or text 
format (txt), a thumb drive, an MP3 file, braille, large print, 
audiotape, or compact disc, or other accessible format.
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Ruth Ryder,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Programs, Office of 
Elementary and Secondary Education.
[FR Doc. 2021-06915 Filed 4-2-21; 8:45 am]