Special Education_Studies and Evaluations

To assess the progress in implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, including State and local efforts to provide (1) Free appropriate public education to children with disabilities; and (2) early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities who would be at risk
of having substantial developmental delays if early intervention services were not provided.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.



Program Accomplishments

None.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds must be used to support the objectives of the program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

A State educational agency, a local educational agency, an institution of higher education, any other public agency, a private non-profit organization, an outlying area, an Indian tribe or tribal organization (as defined under section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act), and a for-profit organization, if the Secretary finds it appropriate in light of the purposes of a particular competition for a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement.

The Department may limit the entities eligible for an award to categories of these eligible entities.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities, and other individuals with disabilities, and their families benefit from this program.

Credentials/Documentation

None.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is covered under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernment Review of Federal programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as a single point of contact in his or her State to be followed in applying for assistance if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

The standard application forms as furnished and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 must be used for this program. The program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of experts.

Deadlines

Contact the Headquarters Office for application deadlines.

Authorization

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 664, as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1464.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Range is from 90 to 120 days.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

Awards may be renewed annually for up to five years throughout the project period of the award, depending upon the availability of appropriations. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Typically from one to five years. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Progress reports shall be made on an annual basis.

Final reports shall be made at the end of the project period.

Cash balance reports will be required annually.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expand less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

As stated in grant or contract terms and conditions, the awardee shall maintain accounts, records, and other evidence pertaining to all costs incurred, revenues or other applicable credits acquired under this grant.

Financial Information

Account Identification

91-1100-0-1-500.

Obigations

(Grants) FY 07 $9,900,000; FY 08 est $9,460,000; and FY 09 est $9,460,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable because the range and number varies by topic.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

None.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20202-2500. Contact: David Malouf, E-mail: david.malouf@ed.gov Telephone: (202) 219-1309.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria for selecting among grant applications will normally be selected from those in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR Part 75.210.



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