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Special Education - Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities

Number: 84.325
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
84.325 Special Education - Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities
Federal Agency (030):
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education
Authorization (040):
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part D, Subpart 2, Section 662, 20 U.S.C 1462.
Objectives (050):
The purposes of this program are to (1) help address State-identified needs for highly qualified personnel--in special education, related services, early intervention, and regular education--to work with infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities; and (2) ensure that those personnel have the necessary skills and knowledge, derived from practices that have been determined through scientifically based research and experience, to be successful in serving those children.
Types of Assistance (060):
PROJECT GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Funds must be used to prepare personnel to serve children with both low and high-incidence disabilities, leadership personnel, and for special projects. Awards are made only to eligible applicants that meet State and professionally recognized standards for the preparation of special education and related services personnel, if the purpose of the project is to assist personnel in obtaining degrees.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
State educational agencies, local education agencies, public charter schools that are LEAs under State law, institutions of higher education, other public agencies, private nonprofit organizations, outlying areas, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, and, if approved by the Secretary, for-profit organizations.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities are the primary beneficiaries under this program.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
OMB Circulars A-21, A-122, and A-87 may apply to grantees under this program depending on the grantee. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program.
Award Procedure (093):
Applications are reviewed and evaluated by outside experts and program staff, in accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) (34 CFR 75, Subpart D).
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
From 90 to 120 days.
Appeals (096):
Not Applicable.
Renewals (097):
As required by EDGAR, awards may be renewed annually for up to five years throughout the project period of the award, if the recipient has made substantial progress in meeting the goals of the project, subject to the availability of appropriations. (See 34 CFR 75.253).
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: A recipient of a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement may be required to share in the cost of a project. (See 20 U.S.C. 1482 (a)(2)(A).).
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Typically from one to five years. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Progress reports shall be made on an annual basis. Final reports shall be made at the end of the project period. Cash reports are not applicable. Grantees must submit an annual performance report (APR) as required under EDGAR 34 CFR 74.51-53. Expenditure reports are monitored through the APR. Performance reports are monitored through the APR.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit 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 expend 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 (113):
As required by EDGAR, the awardee shall maintain accounts, records, and other evidence pertaining to all costs incurred, revenues or other applicable credits acquired under its award, as stated in grant or contract terms and conditions. Generally, records related to grant funds, compliance, and performance must be maintained for a period of five years after completion. (34 CFR 74.53 and 34 CFR 75.730-732).
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 12 $88,298,799; FY 13 est $83,700,085; and FY 14 est $85,799,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
The range and average vary by competition.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
34 CFR Part 304, Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR 74, 75, 77,79, 80, 81, 82, 85, and 86.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
None.
Headquarters Office (152):
Bonnie Jones, Department of Education, OSERS Office of Special Education Programs, Potomac Center Plaza, 550 12th Street, SW, , Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: bonnie.jones@ed.gov Phone: (202) 245-7395.
Website Address (153):
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/index.html.
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
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, and announced in the application package or the application notice in the Federal Register.